So it’s coming up to the end of a very long, hard, difficult and/or weird year for many of us. I’m sure the other ‘planners’ out there had to scrunch up this year’s plans into a ball and get creative to keep business flowing.
To all those that had to make tough decisions this year, I commend you! And I want to congratulate all those that have managed to pivot, expand, bend and flex this year in order to be even more secure and successful through these times.
Here at Pyramis, we have been so very fortunate to work within an industry that has continued to receive funding, create new grant research projects and provide services that helped during COVID, so we are very happy that we were able to continue to support our clients the best way we could, helping them to manage those numbers.
As like many at this time of the year, the team are looking forward to a break over the festive period, but before we do, we’ve been looking back over the year and reflecting on our highlights and learnings.
Highlights Of Our Year
With a new website, an expanding team and our sister company Pyramis Accountancy launching, we had plenty to keep us busy through 2020.
But for me, the highlight has been getting to work with our talented team members and to watch the business develop with every contribution made. Most of my colleagues know that I have had a personal journey this year, but the kindness and support I’ve received, especially during a year when the world is facing such tough times, has been overwhelming. I was reminded that we work in such an incredible community, which is about people, as well as business.
I asked the team what their highlights and learnings were; Stefanie, enjoyed the ‘Photography Day’ we squeezed in right before lockdown. We are all a little camera shy and this really was a team effort and I agree with her comment that it was the ‘first day that it really felt like Pyramis now had a team of people’.
Alice joined us just before lockdown and mentioned that her highlight was ‘joining such a lovely team of supportive women in a role where I am continuously learning and growing’.
I can totally empathise with Vicky who supports us in marketing, where she mentioned a true highlight being getting the website project completed and ‘going live’.
What We Learnt
The team’s thoughts on learnings can be summed up with one word ‘resilience’.
This year really did push the skills and resilience of business owners everywhere. I certainly have been challenged, but my biggest learning, the one that stands out as I write this, is being true and honest to myself.
My personal challenges required me to reflect on what I do, how I do it and ask myself, ‘am I the best person to do it?’
And so, the latter part of 2020 has seen me take a step back, pause and really consider if what I aim to do moving forward is sustainable for me, the team and the business and how I play to my strengths.
That reflection then also requires action, and this is where the resilience shows up - I had to bend, flex, generate new ideas and pause activities which caused friction for me in order for the business to operate and grow.
Stefanie has also captured this in her learning, she mentioned ‘how well people and businesses adapt despite covid turning absolutely everything on its head. You hear about how resilient and adaptable humans can be, but it feels a bit different when you get to actually see it’.
Alice put it perfectly, ‘with a bit of patience and perseverance you can work through anything’ and whilst we adapted to a new digital work-flow platform, Vicky was surprised to find that ‘I like being in a world with techie women as they force me to learn how to use the likes of Trello and other tech tools’.
So What’s Next For Pyramis?
We just wanted to take this opportunity to send our season’s greetings, and hope you enjoy a break over the festive period.
We’ll be looking at the year ahead with excitement and enthusiasm, bringing more ideas to our offerings and services, launching our Pyramis Tech brand and looking at how we can continue to help business owners get closer to their numbers.