chrisWe have been successful in focussing on solutions that make it easier for our customers to do business with us. While we were not able to advance our strategic goals as far or fast as we had hoped during the year given the trading conditions and our required focus, we have proven our durability and commitment to continuous improvement. Also, the countercyclical nature of some of our business units has proven a true asset in a difficult climate.

In 2017 I look forward to capitalising on the consolidation of 2016 and moving Forge Group back into a growth phase. We will continue to manage efficiencies and make the most of our critical mass and extensive branch infrastructure.

I wish to thank each of you for your ongoing commitment and continued hard work during this year. You are the driving force behind our sustainability.

I take this opportunity to wish you and your families well over the festive season, a well-deserved rest and safe travels should you be going away. I look forward to working together with you in 2017 to continue forging ahead. Chris Riley CEO

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