I've just enjoyed a long weekend in Cornwall with my wife, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. So, on the long drive back to Wiltshire today, I arranged to call in to Armortek so Helen could meet Mark and Gill (whom she's obviously heard a lot about !). When I confirmed it with Gill on Friday she was a little cagey. I jokingly said that they should hide any 'secret things' to which she enigmatically replied "we might have something to show you on Monday". Helen teased me all weekend about a Whippet ....
So we arrived at about 11.30 this morning, and Gill showed me this. Of all the things I expected, this certainly wasn't it ! And, unlike the rest of you, I had to react immediately rather than thinking about it. My first job was to relocate my jaw, which was bouncing around the floor
Being an ex-accountant, my first thoughts were like Stephen's. The goodwill in the Armortek brand is immense. But how to value it ? Any new management will look at the books, of course, but they need to see a continuing, positive and enthusiastic presence by us to add value. So that's our primary job from now on, which will generate the reward for Mark and Gill that they richly deserve.
But, as a human being, I noticed something else. Both Mark and Gill looked about 20 stone lighter ! They've obviously made a decision they're happy with and, while they're keen to see the brand survive and grow, they're looking forward to getting their life back - and who can deny them that ?
So, while we're all a bit shocked, and thinking of the nice toys we may never get, we need to make Mark and Gill aware of the high esteem they're held in, and how grateful we all are for what they do for us - and what they're continuing to do. And, the more we help and support the Armortek brand, the better the outcome will be for all. That's one of the best win-wins I've ever seen.
So here's to Mark and Gill - stay happy, and start planning your new life. And thanks for the tea break, and making Helen (and Mia, our Labrador) so welcome.
All the best,