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What Does Another General Election Mean For Manchester Businesses?

18 Apr

Well, as you would expect from an operation that’s run as smoothly as North West Digital, we had a blog all planned out for today. But then we heard the news this lunch time, and it kind of derailed all our best laid plans. We assume we’re not alone in that sentiment!


So what does yet another general election mean for the small to medium businesses of Manchester? Well, it depends on your point of view really, and whether you’re a glass half empty or a glass half full person. Let us explain further.  


The Pessimistic View – More Uncertainty


It’s completely understandable to feel more than a little bit non-plussed at today’s announcement of a snap General Election to take place on 8th June 2017; after all, it’s not as though we haven’t had a deluge of things to vote on in the past few years. It’s only two years since we last had a general election, one year since the Manchester Council local elections, nine months since the Brexit vote and less than a month to go until the Greater Manchester mayoral election. Now we’ve got a general election in less than 7 weeks’ time thrown into the mix to boot, and you could be forgiven for greeting the announcement with a sense of voter apathy at best, and downright exasperation at worst. A bit like Brenda from Bristol.



And of course, if you’re one of life’s natural pessimists, then it’s understandable to feel just a little bit shaken at today’s shock announcement. As we’ve already discussed in this blog and through our social media channels, there is already significant disruption being caused to UK PLC thanks to the Brexit process, with both the pound and the stock market fluctuating daily. Each day in the media we get reports that British businesses are doing better now than ever than before, but also simultaneously that British businesses are in dire straits, and it’s difficult to know who to trust and who to believe.


Certainly, whichever version you choose to go with, there’s no denying that continued uncertainty and instabilities will ultimately prove harmful for UK business as a whole. In particular, even if small to medium businesses are currently performing well and holding their own, the presence of economic doubt will eventually start to put off new businesses from starting up, or existing businesses from expanding, and that leads to stagnation in the economy at least, if not a downright recession.


At the end of the day, if we want the small to medium businesses of Manchester to thrive, then we need to curtail the frequent trips to the polls and start getting some strong, consistent leadership in place, which in turn will engender confidence in the British economy and then help UK businesses to grow and thrive. However the two forthcoming elections pan out – whether we end up with a left-wing or right-wing British Government and Mayor of Greater Manchester – the main priority is that we get people who will provide stability and boost confidence amongst the business community, to ensure that British businesses can thrive in this uncertain, post-Brexit world.


The Optimistic View – A Chance For Change


On the other hand, if you’re one of life’s natural optimists, then your opinion on today’s surprise announcement might not be quite so ominous; in fact, you may even see this as a good thing.



For one thing, everyone who has been dissatisfied with the way things are going politically at the moment now has their chance to bring about some real change. So far, the Tory government have promised a ‘Hard Brexit’, and whilst a definitive definition of what that means has not been forthcoming, it’s likely that it will at least include a withdrawal from the European Single Market, which will be bad news for any Manchester businesses who import and export directly with Europe. Plus, the serious prospect of ‘no deal’ with the EU post-Brexit will almost certainly have devastating consequences for those small to medium businesses that deal with any of the European countries.


Having said that, if you do happen to be a company whose operation has been curtailed in recent years by the rules and regulations of the European Union, then you may be taking a different course and viewing today’s decision as great news for another reason. Rather than being your chance to put the brakes on the Brexit process, you may perceive this general election as a means of speeding up Britain’s exit from the restrictive bureaucracy of the EU, and thus being the means of helping your business grow and develop.


Therefore, regardless of whether you’re pro or anti-Brexit, if you’re an optimistic person, then you may just be jumping for joy at the chances this snap general election will offer you to affect some real change to the current political shambles, and the opportunities it will provide to boost the small to medium businesses of Manchester.


At the very least, even if you’re not convinced you can change the world, then at least your happy-go-lucky attitude will probably just be satisfied with the view that, at the end of the day, nothing much will change anyway, so why worry about it!



Get In Touch


Whatever your views about the forthcoming general election, we here at North West Digital are looking forward to the coming weeks and will be engaging with the political process to help get the best possible deal for the small to medium businesses of Manchester that we work with every day. If you’d like to find out more about what we do and what we’re planning, then please do get in touch with us today for a more in-depth chat.


You can contact us in any of the usual ways; by phone on 0161 477 8950, by email at, or by submitting an enquiry form through the website and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Rachel Weinhold

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