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We need a resolution: kicking off the New Year in unpredictable style

And so, as 2019 gets underway, we mark the beginning of another orbit of our hastily decaying planet around the sun with the traditional orgy of resolutions and predictions.

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, mainly because they always seem to involve something tedious like giving up food, or alcohol, or both. Or even worse, going to the gym.

However, I have actually made a resolution this year, precipitated by an emergency New Year’s Day trip to Swanley ASDA Supercentre. Our journey home from Christmas festivities was rudely interrupted by a breakneck departure from the M25 to buy a child’s duvet, after I accidentally left my daughter’s bedding at her grandparents’ house in Rutland. As I wandered round the aisles searching for something to keep a toddler from shivering to sleep in the depths of winter, I made a New Year’s resolution not to leave my daughter’s bedding in Rutland. And to never go back to Swanley. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to it.

As for predictions, well, my inbox is positively groaning under the weight of PR emails offering hastily thrown together opinions on what the next 12 months will bring for the industry. Predictions are generally a mug’s game at the best of times, but in the current climate it’s even worse. We’ve had two years of rabid uncertainty with Brexit, which looks set to get even more rabid and uncertain following the Commons vote on Theresa May’s deal. No one in UK politics can predict with any confidence what will happen over the next week, let alone over the next 12 months. And across the pond, well, the only thing you can accurately predict about Donald Trump’s White House adventure is that it will be unpredictable.

Also, I’ve checked back over last year’s industry predictions, and having failed to find anyone who accurately forecast any major talking points (eg commission chaos, the war on plastic, the vegan explosion) you’ll forgive me for not taking this year’s suggestions terribly seriously.

However, if you’re really desperate for a Nostradamus (pictured) impression, here goes. In 2019, people will still want to organise meetings, they will still want to organise events, and they will still want people to organise those meetings and events for them.

All the best for 2019!