At the Heart of Things

At the Heart of Things

Christmas is fast approaching, and close on its heels is the New Year. Now, as we (or at least some of us) slow down toward some much-deserved rest, we can look back on the year that has been.

Just like every year, 2022 has presented us with unique challenges. There have been rising prices and disrupted supply chains, as well as illness, and uncertainty, to name a few. But these difficulties can make us all the more grateful for the blessings we have, especially at this time of year when we are encouraged to focus on all that we have to be thankful for.

One thing I’m personally grateful for is the work I can do at NTS. It is unnecessary to say that owning and running a business is hard work, but I write it here to emphasise my appreciation for everyone who has contributed to the continued success of NTS. Without our customers, suppliers, subcontractors, or team, we could not operate, so thank you all. Thanks is also due to the families of our team for their continued support. I would especially like to thank my own partner in life and business, Fiona, and my three daughters for all they have given in time, effort and encouragement to the running of the business. Family is at the heart of NTS.

And service is at the heart of family. When someone is overwhelmed with an urgent task or in need of a break, I often witness one of the team voluntarily jumping in to help. To me that’s what success looks like—a team of people who are not just working for profit or KPIs, but for each other. I am so grateful to our team at NTS for continuing to foster a culture of service. To one another and to our valued customers.

At Christmas time, we especially feel the value of family. Our late gracious Queen reminded her listeners of this in 1954 during her Christmas broadcast. That Christmas “has, before all, its origin in the homage we pay to a very special Family, who lived long ago in a very ordinary home, in a very unimportant village in the uplands of a small Roman province.

“Life in such a place might have been uneventful. But the Light, kindled in Bethlehem and then streaming from the cottage window in Nazareth, has illumined the world for two thousand years. It is in the glow of that bright beam that I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!”

To this, I wish only to add my own wishes to you and your families that this Christmas and New Year be full of love, joy, and peace.

See you next year!

Shane Conlon
NTS Managing Director


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