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13 November 2009

Businesses are born, they live, they die

In talking about my own experiences of running a business, helping it to develop, fighting to help it survive and ultimately having to let go I have come to realise that they are no different from human beings. Savekers Limited was 106years old when I had to turn off the life support - there was no cure and letting go was the kindest thing I could do. My great grandfather has "given birth" to T Saveker Limited and with every new born comes the excitment, anticipation, pride and dreams. Companies travel through the stages of life including being toddlers, teenagers, through adulthood, middle age, old age and eventually death. They form relationships along the way some good and some bad. Some have accidents that shorten their life or handicap them and some may have an illness - the lottery of life can be seen in businesses and organisations. I did a bit of research this morning to see if any famous celebrities were born in 1903, the year Savekers was born. I Googled my question and up came a list - many of the names would have been people my grandparents may have recognised but there were two that I certainly knew... Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. I adored both of them especially in the Road To films. I knew Bob Hope had enjoyed a long life but on further investigation I found he'd lived to 100, just 6 years shy of Savekers. Bob did his bit during the second world war - as did Savekers (we manufactured parts for sten guns and spitfires), he was loved by many as was Savekers. It was painful to many when he passed away in July 2003 - friends, family and adoring fans, and each would have their own memories of him. This is no different to Savekers. We grieved for our loss, remembered fondly and now take a piece of it with us in the future. I smile when I remember Bob Hope and I do the same with Savekers Ltd. I always spoke of business being all about people and how they connect but it fascinates me now to view the link between people and companies - look at a well know company and describe it as a person, it changed my perception and helps to see things more clearly.