2020 has been an emotionally challenging year on many fronts, however we are proud to report that WWLA has weathered the storm and come out even stronger than at the beginning of the year.
We successfully managed working from home in isolation from collegial support, and it was reassuring to hear from staff that they missed their colleagues and the office working environment. However, spare a thought for many of our valued clients whose businesses were impacted heavily by COVID and the working relationships that were either lost or transformed due to COVID related redundancies. The period will be remembered with displeasure for its future uncertainty.
WWLA have grown this year from around 15 staff to 20 staff, and have nimbly adjusted to significant impacts to our clientele in the development sector (contaminated land), added new business lines (remote sensing), and strengthened existing business lines (pump station hydraulic design). In addition, we have formed a number of mutually beneficial and meaningful working relationships with other like-minded consultants, enabling a broader service offering.
We are fortunate to be trusted advisor to a number of extremely important relationship clients across all our fields of expertise, and we are very grateful to these clients and their faith in our work. It is true that we get a lot of satisfaction from understanding their business, the value proposition, and developing innovative ways to solve problems and achieve our client’s goals. But we also take pride in the doing the simple things well, such as doing what we say we are going to do, communicating regularly, and delivering on time, and to budget.
Next year is shaping up as really exciting with two new offices being built in Kumeu and Whangarei with anticipated move-in dates in March/April 2021. We also have many exciting projects on the books, and are seeing strong re-emergence of some clients that went into hibernation through COVID. We are prepared, ready to go, and looking forward to being of assistance.
Lastly but not least, thank you to all our wonderful staff and friends. You are all fantastic humans and enrich each other lives, as exemplified in the photos from our staff Christmas Party trip to Rangitoto Island yesterday, with the added bonus of watching the first day of America’s Cup world series racing.
Have a relaxing and safe festive season and we look forward to working with you all in the new year.
Noho ora mai.