A belated welcome to 2018. For those of you who are glad to see the back of last year, which turned out to be a bit of a slog for many at the end, there is some solace to be found in the general positive feeling that pervades a fresh start.
This is the time when everything gets reset to zero; last year’s achievements wiped from the memory as the battle begins again to build up pipelines, banking and fresh clients. It is like the start of a new football season: full of hope and expectation.
And this year there is much to look forward to. Forget the fact that Brexit is still on the horizon, that our politicians continue to squabble over things they pretend to care about and that the Doomsday clock has moved forward by 30 seconds to two minutes to midnight, the closest since 1953. Yes, nuclear threats and climate change aside, I remain very bullish about this year.