27 January 2014

That was the year that was...

Thirteen is considered by some to be an unlucky number, so my first thought as I settled down to write was to wonder why. After a few minutes of pleasurable distraction (what did we do before search engines?), I’ve discovered that there are a lot of theories but no hard evidence to support one over another. So how was 2013 for us, good or bad?

Well, as with every small business, we’ve had our ups and downs – sometimes exacerbated by the fact that a family crisis (no matter how small) tends to affect every member of the business when you’re the same family! I’m not going to dwell on the negative, though... there isn’t a lot of that, and I’d much rather focus on the positive.

So, what happened in our world in 2013? Quite a lot, now I come to think of it! In no particular order:

  • We changed the legal status of our business – we activated Clearly Stated Limited on 1 November 2013. The company had existed since Clearly Stated started, back in 2004, but had been dormant as until recently the advantages of trading as a company were negated by the extra administrative burden. Now, however, we are beginning to spread our wings a little, and the change in status fits with where we see ourselves going in the future.
  • We presented at TCUK 2013 – both Andrew and I delivered sessions at our professional body’s annual conference, and both were well received.
  • We delivered more writing skills training courses – both to local authorities and at a university.
  • I dusted off my clinical knowledge to work on a health-related application.
  • We received a SaBRE Certificate which acknowledges Clearly Stated's support of Andrew's reserve service.
  • I developed a CPD framework for the ISTC.
  • Andrew passed his first module on the Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing with the University of Limerick.

All things considered, that’s a pretty good year. 2014 is already shaping up quite nicely. We’ve made contact with a few people we’re looking forward to working with and are already planning conference attendance and milestones for the next phase of our development.

Alison

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