2020, was the year that everyone wanted to forget, beginning with global political turmoil, wildfires erupting in Australia and the West Coast of America and a worldwide pandemic that turned our lives on their heads. Through all of this, there was a sense that if we could just get through the year, then 2021 would look better - well, the beginning of the year has just kept the punches coming with new virus variants, a global shortage of shipping containers and a brand new customs regime for UK industry to contend with. Through most of this period, everyone has learned to cope with extended lockdowns and a new normality.
In spite of the bleak picture painted above, the green shoots of the spring of 2021 beckon and with it a renewed sense of hope that all things are transient. The UK's national vaccine roll-out programme is in full swing and at the time of writing, we have had the welcome news of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. It's an interesting point to look back on the adaptation of the security industry to these astonishing times.