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Happy New Year – Better Late than Never…

I think it may possibly be too late to still be wishing everyone a Happy New Year at the end of the third week of January but I’m hanging in there…

The last quarter of 2016 whizzed by in rather a 'speed of light' fashion for Logan and I with the sale of our house in Happisburgh, our annual shut down and frantic new home hunting.  The latter of which was a #fail so we decided to opt for renting rather than homelessness!  Moving to a property less than half the size of the one you are moving out of with no workshop, garage or outbuildings to speak of was interesting to say the least… thank goodness for friends and family’s spare rooms, garages, sheds and everywhere else our belongings can currently be located frankly.  You know who you are – we really do appreciate you! 

2017 has started off with more new machining enquiries than we know what to do with.  And curiously they are coming thick and fast from up and down the UK.  On some investigation, it appears for certain search terms, Google has promoted us to page one of its rankings which is rather a luxury… While we are enjoying it while it lasts, we are under no illusions, as search engine optimisation seems to be a fickle business.  Next week we may have plummeted down to page 423.

In other news (!) the price of metal seems to be going up by the minute – so much so that we are having to write to our customers to warn them that we may not be able to maintain certain pricing structures.  It’s not something we like to do but with metal prices having been low and static for such a long time, we can’t absorb large increases across the board. 

And finally and most importantly some may say (me possibly?!) – we have found a house to buy.  Yes!  It’s a lovely old farmhouse nine miles up the road from work.  Only snag is it is a little poorly at present.  All being well we should be in possession by early April but it’s still at the ‘fingers crossed’ stage so we’ll have to wait and see.

And there we have it.  January has been the month of quoting and property negotiations – consequently we quite like 2017 so far. 

Hope it’s working for everyone else too.

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