Business Review of the Year 2018

By Gill Harris on 21 December, 2018

From GDPR to Brexit, 2018 has certainly produced its fair share of challenges in the business world. But happily, it’s also been a time of successes in the South West. We spoke to businesses across a range of sectors to find out how 2018 went for them… and what they are (and aren’t) looking forward to in 2019.

Today we interview James Eades, managing director of Bradford on Avon-based IT support firm Systemagic. 

How was 2018? 

It’s been a really good year. We grew our head count by about 30 per cent – it was fantastic, another great year. It’s been fun all the way through and to be honest, I can’t think of any lows.

Looking ahead to 2019…

With everything that’s happening in the wider world I think it’s going to be more difficult to maintain growth in 2019, but we certainly want to keep growing, so that’s the challenge. It’s just a case of planning properly and analysing how it’s all going. Looking forward – as long as it’s fun that’s the main thing, we’re a good team and that’s what really matters. If things get tough next year, so be it. I’m not convinced Brexit is going to affect us, but because we work with other small businesses it’s down to confidence – if people start tightening their belts it will affect us a little bit. One of the things we’ve been doing is to embrace the local business community and work with a lot of local businesses and help them understand what’s going on in IT, so we’re looking forward to doing more of that.

Pictured above: James Eades (second right in shirt) with the Systemagic team

Read The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire online this Saturday (December 22, 2018) to see how business was this year for Jelf Insurance.