The business of Brexit
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

 

 

Ep.16 - Boris, business and the big B

Ep.16 - Boris, business and the big B

December 18, 2019

He’s got the mandate. Now what does he do with it? This week we roam across the full policy agenda confronting Boris Johnson – from upgrading infrastructure to achieving net zero emissions.

Featuring Demos chief exec Polly MacKenzie, the panel discuss which areas the prime minister should focus on in his first 100 days and why, ultimately, everything comes back to Brexit.

The line-up:

Mark Essex – Public Policy Director, KPMG in the UK

Polly MacKenzie – Chief Executive, Demos

James Stewart – Head of Brexit, KPMG in the UK

Simon Virley – Head of Energy and Natural Resources, KPMG in the UK.

 

Ep.15 - BLEEP! Business

Ep.15 - BLEEP! Business

November 29, 2019

The relationship between politics and business is broken. Can it be fixed? Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman of lobbyists Cicero Group and author of 'F**k Business - The Business of Brexit', unpacks what’s gone wrong and prescribes a remedy.

Alongside KPMG experts on government and politics, this podcast also asks: Will Brexit finally be put to bed under a new government?

Iain Anderson – Executive Chairman, Cicero Group

Mark Essex – Public Policy Director, KPMG in the UK

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

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis – Head of Public Sector Mobility and Trade Lead Partner, KPMG in the UK

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

Ep.14 -  Deal time?

Ep.14 - Deal time?

October 16, 2019

“It’s good to talk” as the saying goes, but in these volatile times what should organisations be telling their investors?

In what is a critical moment in the Brexit process, this week The business of Brexit talks to:

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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