For many of us, 2022 felt like a more than challenging year than usual in many ways.
In the space of 12 months the year was jam packed with many history changing events and a few that sit purely in the memorable camp, here are just a few of the highlights and low points.
Whilst we all hoped it wouldn’t happen, Russia went to war with Ukraine. The upshot other than the utter turmoil for the Ukrainian population was a significant global financial and energy crisis, the effects of which have followed us into 2023.
We also began 2022 in the midst of an Omicron coronavirus wave, however light was at the end of the tunnel as restrictions were lifted by mid February allowing us to return to a degree of normality.
Described as “the slap heard around the world”, Will Smith found himself banned from Oscars ceremonies for the next 10 years after laying one on Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars after making a joke about Will’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Boris Johnson conceded to parliamentary pressures and stepped down as Prime Minister, stating ‘Them’s the breaks’, the following leadership race being won by Liz Truss.
The Queen stole all our hearts when she took afternoon tea with Paddington Bear as part of her celebration of her Platinum Jubilee, marmalade sandwiches essential.
As summer got underway in the UK, blistering temperatures caused chaos in July as a heatwave saw temperatures pass 40C (104F).
July was also the month that England got behind our Lionesses at Wembley, as we hosted the European Championships and football finally came home with a 2-1 win over Germany.
Sadly in September we lost our Queen, people queued throughout the day and night to observe Her Majesty’s coffin. However in the same breath we gained a King and the era of a new reign began.
The October mini-budget caused a lack of economic confidence, the cost of living crisis that began earlier in the year was sent to a record high with inflation hitting 11.1%. Subsequently our new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, stepped down after the shortest terms of any Prime Minister.
Rishi Sunak stepped into her shoes with a promise to address the economic issues head on.
November saw former health secretary Matt Hancock controversially sign up to ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’, and remarkably he did very OK and changed the nations view of him.
Unsurprisingly Donald Trump announced his intention to run for president again despite most of his own candidates losing their respective races.
On our home ground Cristiano Ronaldo gave a slating TV interview about Manchester United and its management, his departure from the club quickly followed.
Heading into the end of the year we saw public sector strikes across the board, however in typical stoic fashion Britain muddled on through.
For Speed Couriers in particular 2022 was a year of resilience, the ever increasing cost of fuel and energy put pressures on not only ourselves but our valued clients. Throughout however we remained positive and ensured that customer service continued to be high and our valued team were all taken care of. As for what lies ahead in 2023, read on.