The business of Brexit
Ep.13 - What’s your tribe?

Ep.13 - What’s your tribe?

October 2, 2019

Things are getting nasty. Bitter verbal fighting inside Parliament last week only reflects hardening divisions across the country. We speak to Tom Clarkson from BritainThinks to understand … what Britons think when it comes to Brexit (and it’s not the simple Remain-Leave split you might think). We get a view from inside the Conservative Party Conference and we hear from the head of KPMG’s Manchester office on how the Brexit debate looks from the North looking South.

Featuring:

Tom Clarkson – Research Director, BritainThinks

Mark Essex – Director, Public Policy, KPMG

Nicola Quayle – Senior Partner, Manchester Office, KPMG

James Stewart – Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG

 

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit: https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

Ep.12 - This one’s about you

Ep.12 - This one’s about you

September 10, 2019

Brexit won’t just impact the five million EU nationals in the UK, or British people living in Europe. For all of us, new rules could make a big impact on how and when we travel. Employers will need to shake up how they help staff through both scenarios, while making sure Brexit doesn’t damage their access to talent.

Also on this episode, Chief Economist Yael Selfin outlines her latest forecasts for the UK economy, sterling and house prices. Read our latest UK Economic Outlook here: http://kpmg.com/uk/economicoutlook

And we look at the extra ways companies can war-game their plans for a possible no-deal Brexit.

Featuring:

Punam Birly - Partner and Brexit People & Immigration Lead

Tim Sarson – Partner, International Tax & Location Strategy

Yael Selfin – Chief Economist

James Stewart – Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG in the UK

 

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

 

Ep. 11 - Is your supply chain prepped for no deal?

Ep. 11 - Is your supply chain prepped for no deal?

August 21, 2019

Supply chains are the arteries of our economy and a no-deal Brexit threatens to clog them up. In a week when leaked Operation Yellowhammer papers suggested there could be major disruption across the UK, our guests ...

- Outline the new and emerging risks faced by supply chain and logistics planners

- Try to identify where left-field threats will come from

- Detail how the government can mitigate supply chain dislocation right now

- Debate how seasonality should change planners’ assumptions

- Pinpoint medium-term opportunities for more agile operators

- Highlight some likely structural changes in the longer term.

 

Featuring

Brian Connell – Brexit Supply Chain Lead, KPMG in the UK

James Hookham – Deputy Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association

Iain Prince – Managing Director, Operational Transformation Consulting, KPMG in the UK

James Stewart – Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG in the UK

 

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit 

Ep.10 - Does Brussels have the muscles?

Ep.10 - Does Brussels have the muscles?

July 19, 2019

It takes two to tango. This week we look at what’s happening on the EU side of negotiations with an inside track from Dr Kay Swinburne, who’s just completed a 10 year stint as an MEP and Vice Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs to join KPMG as our Vice Chair of Financial Services.

Kay gives her view of what reception the new British Prime Minister will get in Brussels and she maps out a very different future for the European project – and the impact that will have on Britain – once the UK is sitting on the outside looking in.

We also speak to Richard Bernau, from our financial services practice, on how British banks are preparing and likely credit conditions in the event of a hard Brexit.

Featuring:

James Stewart – Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG in the UK

Dr Kay Swinburne – Vice Chair of Financial Services, KPMG in the UK

Richard Bernau - Director, Financial Services, KPMG in the UK 

Stuart Burt - Analyst, External Affairs, KPMG in the UK

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

Ep.9 - Looking for a leader

Ep.9 - Looking for a leader

June 14, 2019

The race is on! As Conservative Party leadership election ignites, we look at the ramifications for business from a Brexit perspective.

We hear from George Freeman MP, one of the Tory’s ‘big thinkers’ and one of the 313 people electing the final two candidates. He talks about the really important aspect of the race now, and maps out a ’Britain Beyond Brexit’ - the title of his new collection of essays that was published this week.

We assess the chances of No Deal: Is business as switched on as it needs to be?

And the podcast also investigates what chief executives are thinking – not just about Brexit but the wider challenges – after this week’s Times CEO Summit. Sponsored by KPMG, and the release of our own UK CEO Outlook 2019.

Featuring:

James Stewart – Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG in the UK

Mark Essex – Director, Public Policy, KPMG in the UK

Rachel Hugo - Partner, Aerospace & Defense

George Freeman MP - Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

Ep.8 - To Brexit and beyond!

Ep.8 - To Brexit and beyond!

May 17, 2019

Brexit can feel like groundhog day. Exactly one year ago on 17 May 2018, Theresa May told the press that withdrawal bill discussions would return to the Commons “within weeks rather than months” before the summer recess, “…that’s what you would expect us to do on an issue so important.”  

In this episode, we investigate the Brexit boredom by reflecting on how business is feeling after the latest Financial Times Brexit and Beyond Summit and offer some practical ways on how you can be best prepared during the/ current impasse.  

And we’re talking unlocking growth: how can firms use Brexit to rethink their strategy, connect the UK’s regional hubs and boost their bottom line?

Featuring:

James Stewart – Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG in the UK

Hannah Cool – Brexit Assurance Lead, KPMG in the UK

Mark Essex – Director, Public Policy, KPMG in the UK

Yael Selfin - Chief Economist, KPMG in the UK

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

Ep.7 - Can I ignore Brexit for a while?

Ep.7 - Can I ignore Brexit for a while?

April 18, 2019

The sun is shining and our immediate cliff edge nightmares are melting away as a long weekend beckons. So does the latest Brexit extension mean you can rest easy for a while?

In this week’s podcast we ask how to use these extra six months wisely:

  • What lessons you can draw from what has so far been a massive fire-drill?
  • How should firms to use this hiatus to rethink strategy and boost the bottom line?
  • When should you gear up once again so you’re ready for the next political crunch point?

 And we discuss how the politics could affect things:

  • Would the rest of the EU be willing to grant a further extension after the current Halloween deadline? We get a view from Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska at the Centre of European Reform in Brussels.
  • And we ask if that period of extension till 31 October is as certain as we’d like to think…

Featuring:

James Stewart – UK Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG in the UK

Joe Cassidy - Head of Commercialisation on Brexit, KPMG in the UK

Stuart Burt – External Affairs, KPMG in the UK

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska - Senior Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform

Rebecca Okuda - Director, Customs & International Trade, KPMG in the UK

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

Ep.6 - The entrepreneurs’ edition

Ep.6 - The entrepreneurs’ edition

April 4, 2019

In the latest episode of The business of Brexit we try to banish the Brexit blues, ask how entrepreneurs are approaching Brexit … and what the rest of us can learn from them. Helping in our search for optimism amid the gloom is Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation. She discusses why entrepreneurs remain optimistic and how some are using this jolt to BAU as a catalyst for growth. We also share practical tips about why - and how – firms need to set a real time crisis control, or ‘situation’, room in the still-possible event that we leave, next Friday, without a deal.

Featuring:

James Stewart – UK Head of Brexit & Vice Chair, KPMG in the UK

Tim Sarson - Partner, International Tax & Location Strategy, KPMG in the UK

Mark Essex – Director, Public Policy, KPMG in the UK

Emma Jones MBE – Founder, Enterprise Nation

Tracey Perera -  Brexit Programme Director

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

Ep.5 - ‘Extra time’ tactics

Ep.5 - ‘Extra time’ tactics

March 22, 2019

Recorded as EU leaders met in Brussels on Thursday afternoon to discuss a Brexit delay, The business of Brexit this week taps into how businesses across the country are reacting to the rapidly shifting politics. It sets out those final preparations you now have three weeks to complete before a still-possible cliff edge (rather than one). And the team suggest what companies will do if the government does get a deal through.

Featuring KPMG UK experts :

James Stewart – UK Head of Brexit & Vice Chair

Hannah Cool – Brexit Assurance Lead

Mark Essex – Director, Public Policy

Sue Richardson – Head of Retail for KPMG in the North

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit

Ep.4 - Ready for anything?

Ep.4 - Ready for anything?

March 7, 2019

With three weeks to go, are you ready for anything? Next week could be the biggest yet in the Brexit saga and with deal, 'no deal' and extension all still live possibilities, businesses need to ask themselves that question.

In this week's episode, we assess the likely outcome from a critical series of parliamentary votes and how firms should react to each scenario.

We explore what businesses can do now to avoid becoming distressed if Brexit starts to strain liquidity.

And the team give a view on how you can have those awkward pricing conversations with customers if Brexit is pushing your costs up.

Featuring KPMG UK experts :

Brian Connell – Brexit Supply Chain Lead

Hannah Cool – Brexit Assurance Lead

Mark Essex – Director, Public Policy

Blair Nimmo – Head of Restructuring

Need help getting ready for Brexit? Visit https://kpmg.com/uk/brexit