I have a confession. I find the return to work after the festive season a slog. After the best part of two weeks eating Quality Street for breakfast and the most significant decision being whether or not it is acceptable to take the dog for a walk in a Star Wars onesie (me, not the dog), it can be difficult to shake that sluggish feeling.

I take solace in the fact that I'm not alone. Search the hashtag #backtowork on Twitter early January and you'll find countless people feel the same.  

What better way, then, to get back in the groove than to join my fellow partners at our annual strategy day, held today within the spectacularly re-furbished Aberdeen Art Gallery.  

We recently published our results for the financial year ending 31 March 2019,  showing an uplift in revenue and profit. With a quarter to go in the current financial year closing at the end of March 2020, we are on track to deliver a further 5% increase on the previous year.  

Our focus firmly remaining on long term sustainability, today's meeting marked some exciting developments ahead for the firm. A review of our core values, purpose, vision, objectives and strategies alongside a refreshed management structure is all underway to support a platform for the Ledingham Chalmers of the future. More on all of that to come, but it's days like this that re-energise and change that #backtowork to #bringiton.  

I, for one, am very grateful for the opportunity to build on the legacy which the firm benefits from, and to all my partners, colleagues and clients for making that #backtowork all the more bearable.  Thank you, folks!