Perspectives on the New Reality
Ep.26 Our digital future

Ep.26 Our digital future

April 14, 2021

Organisations have accelerated their digital transformations to handle the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and their people. With lockdown easing, it’s time to think about the role of technology in a post-pandemic Britain and what that means for how we work.

In our latest podcast, we consider what our digital future will look like and how we get there.

Mark Williams, Partner, UK Ignition Lead, KPMG in the UK, is joined by:

Lisa Heneghan, Partner, Chief Digital Officer, KPMG in the UK, who reflects on KPMG’s Our Digital Future virtual event and gives her views on how organisations can accelerate their digital transformations and make their businesses future ready.

Garry Fingland, Chief Information Officer, Weir Group, who shares his vision of the digital future and how the pandemic has shaped it.

Mel Newton, Partner, People Consulting, KPMG in the UK, who considers new ways of working post COVID-19 and how we can keep employees engaged and productive.

Ep.25 - Where to go to grow

Ep.25 - Where to go to grow

February 17, 2021

What does trade look like in a post-Brexit economy and how can businesses boost their bottom line with imports and exports? In our latest podcast, we discuss trade with Europe and the rest of the world, and the tax risks that could emerge.

Vice Chair James Stewart is joined by:

Andrew Morgan, Senior Partner and Brexit lead, KPMG in the UK, who discusses the challenges and opportunities of trading with the EU.

David Slater, Director of Trade, KPMG in the UK, who gives his views on where business can look beyond Europe for growth.

Andrea Tolley, Partner and Head of Transfer Pricing Corporate, KPMG in the UK, who explains what tax risks businesses need to be aware of.

Ep.24 - Changing places

Ep.24 - Changing places

January 20, 2021

The pandemic has seen us working from home, buying more online and spending less time in city centres. The roll out of vaccines means that, hopefully, the end is in sight. But what will our towns and cities look like post COVID-19? How are these places going to change?

They’re the questions we seek to answer on our latest podcast.

Vice Chair James Stewart is joined by:

Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG in the UK, who shares the findings of our new report on the future of towns and cities.

Andy Pyle, Head of UK Real Estate, who provides his view on how the property market will fare.

Mark Essex, Director of Skills and co-author of a report on the future of towns with thinktank Demos, who discusses the importance of engaging local businesses and people.

Ep.23 - Look both ways

Ep.23 - Look both ways

December 17, 2020

It’s just over a year since Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won the election. We look back over the events of the past year and ahead to what we can expect in 2021.

Vice Chair James Stewart asks the questions and is joined by:

Alasdair Murray, Head of External Affairs, who discusses the view from Westminster.

Jennifer Lee, Head of our Liverpool office, providing her insights on how regional businesses have fared.

Olu Odubajo, customer and digital consultant and host of his own podcast, talking about changing consumer habits.

Ep.22 - Is Biden good for business?

Ep.22 - Is Biden good for business?

November 17, 2020

As the US election plays out its final throes, we ask what does a Biden administration mean for UK business?

Vice Chair James Stewart asks the questions and is joined by:

Alasdair Murray, Head of External Affairs, KPMG in the UK – explaining what the change of President means for British politics and policies

Yael Selfin, Chief Economist, KPMG in the UK – examining the possible economic impact and prospects for UK growth

Michelle Quest, Tax Partner, KPMG – discussing what the election result could mean for a UK-US trade deal and what British businesses can expect.

Ep.21 - Wake-up call

Ep.21 - Wake-up call

October 23, 2020

For businesses already grappling with the impact of COVID-19, Brexit is an issue they could do without. But with the end of the transition period just weeks away, is there a risk of sleepwalking into a no-deal Brexit? And, if so, who will give businesses a wake-up call?

In this episode, our experts discuss the stop-start nature of negotiations, the implications of no-deal or a skinny deal for regional businesses, and how Brexit could change the way we have to manage data.

The line-up:

David Elliott – Office Senior Partner, Newcastle Office, KPMG in the UK

Alasdair Murray – Head of External Affairs, KPMG in the UK

Isabel Ost – Director & Solicitor, KPMG Law, KPMG in the UK

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

Ep.20 - Keep calm and carry on

Ep.20 - Keep calm and carry on

October 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and work. Any hopes we’d return to some semblance of normal by autumn have evaporated. We could be facing another six months or more of restrictions.

Our panel discusses how businesses can help their people keep calm and carry on. We consider how organisations can adapt their approach to recruitment and onboarding, drawing on our own experience at KPMG. We look at how companies are motivating their people and supporting their health and wellbeing. And we take the view of one of our apprentices on what it’s like to work in a remote team, and the critical role of technology in the virtual office.

The line-up:

Mel Newton – Partner, People Consulting, KPMG in the UK

Josh Port – apprentice and digital ninja, KPMG in the UK

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

Camilla Woodhead – Head of Student Recruitment, KPMG in the UK

Ep. 19 - The waiting game

Ep. 19 - The waiting game

August 28, 2020

We’ve reached peak uncertainty in the UK: we’re officially in a recession; unemployment is rising; and there’s no sign of Brexit deal. That puts business leaders in a tight spot: should they press on with their plans, or wait and see what happens next? Our experts unravel the politics, economics and regional aspects of this waiting game, to help business leaders get ready for the new reality.

The line-up:

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

Alisdair Murray – Director, External Affairs, KPMG in the UK

Yael Selfin – Chief Economist, KPMG in the UK

Chris Hearld – Head of Regions, KPMG in the UK

Ep.18 - Are you ready for Brexit?

Ep.18 - Are you ready for Brexit?

August 11, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 remains the focus for government and business. But Brexit hasn’t gone away.

Our experts discuss what we can expect as we approach the end of the transition period. Will we get a deal - and if so, what will it look like? We consider the EU’s point of view and take a deeper dive into what a deal could mean for trade and customs tariffs.

The line-up:

Stuart Burt – Senior Manager, External Affairs, KPMG in the UK

Rebecca Okuda – Director, Head of Trade & Customs, KPMG in the UK

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

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

Ep.17 - Is Brexit done?

Ep.17 - Is Brexit done?

February 4, 2020

Brexit is only days old but the size of the task ahead is already looming large.

This week our experts ask which sectors will be the negotiating battleground, when businesses will get some certainty and how leaders can look to cut through the confusion and ensure they remain prepared, whatever the outcome.

The line-up:

Hannah Cool - Brexit Risk Management Lead, KPMG in the UK 

Mark Essex - Public Policy Director, KPMG in the UK

Tim Sarson – Partner and Value Chain Specialist, KPMG in the UK

James Stewart – Head of Brexit, KPMG in the UK