8 key challenges your business will face in 2023 and how you can address them
The headlines this year are already filled with talk of continuing high inflation, the cost of living crisis and the fact that many economies globally, not just in the UK, will likely be in recession for part or most of 2023. These financial challenges are just one of many obstacles that business will need to address if they want to grow this year.
However it’s not all doom and gloom. Latest predictions show the recession will likely not be as deep as feared, and wholesale energy prices have fallen back to the levels pre-Ukraine invasion, which will see living cost pressures fall later in the year.
So rather than approaching 2023 with fear and trepidation, businesses should take a positive outlook for 2023, prepare now and attack each challenge head on as an opportunity - there is plenty of potential for businesses not just to survive 2023, but to thrive this year.
So what do we think are the top challenges that businesses face?
- Inflation and Economic Downturn: The news is already filled with stories of high inflation, and that trend will likely continue for the first part of 2023 at least, with many economies shrinking - businesses need to be prepared for this reality.
- Soaring Levels of Competition: With the increasing globalisation of the economy, businesses will face more competition, not just from the local competitors that they are familiar with, but from companies all over the world.
- Changing Regulatory Landscape: There may be increased regulation and compliance requirements that businesses need to navigate in 2023. Businesses need to stay flexible and address any compliance issues quickly.
- Rapidly Evolving Markets: Constantly evolving market dynamics place businesses adaptability at the forefront of strategic initiatives with a key goal of enabling flexible and rapidly operational change. The markets you’re targeting, the products you’re selling and the how you employ your workforce may differ substantially from the beginning to the end of the year.
- Keeping Pace with Rapidly Evolving Digital Technologies: Staying current with new and emerging technologies can be a challenge for businesses, as it often requires investment in new equipment and training for employees.
- The War for Talent Acquisition and Retention: Attracting and retaining top talent will continue to be a challenge for businesses, as the job market becomes more competitive and employees want to retain the flexibility of hours, location and work-life balance.
- Changing Customer Expectations: Businesses will need to stay attuned to the evolving needs and preferences of their customers in order to remain relevant and successful.
- Demonstrating Sustainability: Climate change is the world’s largest business challenge. There will be increasing pressure on businesses to operate in a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. Customers, employees and investors want to work with companies that are seen to be minimising their environmental impact.
In the following series of posts we’ll look at each of these issues individually and examine how, with the intelligent application of branding, marketing strategies and tactics you can position your business to capitalise on these issues to help drive growth in 2023.