In the News

17 February 2021 | Simon Melling


Alex Newlove of The WealthNet spoke to Simon Melling about growing a new business under lockdown, the challenge of diverse recruitment, and whether working from home is all it’s cracked up to be.

Simon Melling isn’t fully sold on the oft-recited vision of the future where we all swan into our offices a couple of days a week. “I do think the pendulum is ebbing away from home working” he says. “My answer to this has slightly changed this lockdown compared to the first, at which point I would’ve said inevitably, it is useful to have more flexible arrangements.”

Now he believes businesses will be suffering from a lack of “across the desk” moments: those everyday spontaneous interactions with colleagues which enhance morale – and efficiency. He caveats this with the opinion that “of course” there will be times where working from home is the best use of time, but says he feels for staff at big organisations who have been told they won’t be returning until the latter part of the year.

Vermeer was one of few firms which encouraged staff back when government guidelines permitted it during 2020 – “the vast majority were crying out to come back, we’re a sociable bunch”...


Click here to read more

Download the PDF here

Back to News & Insights

Terms & Conditions

The information and services described on this website are not intended to be used by, or to be available to, persons accessing the website from outside the United Kingdom.

The value of investments and the income derived from them may go down as well as up and you may not receive back all the money which you invest.

The investments and investment services described or recommended on this website may not be suitable for all people.

Any information relating to past performance of an investment or investment service is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

No tax advice is provided and clients will need to seek advice from their independent tax advisor.

Fluctuations in the rate of exchange may have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of non-sterling denominated investments.

Vermeer Investment Management Limited, its associates, employees and/or clients may own or have a position in securities referred to on this website or may have provided advice or investment services in relation to any such security.

The Website is for information purposes only. Information contained on it is not intended to be an offer to buy or sell securities and this website should not be regarded as an offer or solicitation to conduct investment business as defined in section 21 of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA).

Nothing on this website is intended to exclude or restrict any duty or liability which Vermeer Investment Management Limited may have under the FSMA (or any subsequent amending or replacement legislation) or the rules and regulations for the conduct of business made thereunder.

For the purposes of FSMA this website has been approved by Vermeer Investment Management Limited, which is authorized & regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Please read our Privacy Policy. By clicking ‘accept’ you agree to be bound by the terms of this notice.