29 episodes

Listen to our podcast in which our experts discuss the big issues facing businesses in the new reality post COVID-19, also Brexit. (Formerly The Business of Brexit.)

Submit your questions to our experts by emailing us and hear their answers on the next show: brexit@kpmg.co.uk

Perspectives on the New Reality KPMG in the UK

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    • 4.8 • 66 Ratings

Listen to our podcast in which our experts discuss the big issues facing businesses in the new reality post COVID-19, also Brexit. (Formerly The Business of Brexit.)

Submit your questions to our experts by emailing us and hear their answers on the next show: brexit@kpmg.co.uk

    Episode 28 – The positives of negative emissions

    Episode 28 – The positives of negative emissions

    With COP26 just two months away, our latest podcast continues our focus on the path to net zero. We consider the vital role businesses have to play in tackling climate change. And we focus in on how negative emissions can help to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 


    In this episode 


    Will Gardiner, CEO of renewable energy company Drax Group, talks about how the company is using technologies including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to hit its target of becoming a carbon negative company by 2030.  

    Simon Virley, Vice Chair and Head of Energy & Natural Resources at KPMG in the UK, gives his views on the importance of negative emissions to reaching net zero 

    Wafa Jafri, Director, Energy Deal Strategy, KPMG in the UK, takes on hosting duties. 

    • 17 min
    Ep.27 - Powering the way to net zero

    Ep.27 - Powering the way to net zero

    Climate change was high on the agenda at the G7 summit. And it’s likely to remain there as we prepare for COP26 in November. As more companies sign up to net zero targets, we take a look back at progress so far in decarbonising the UK energy market. And we ask, what lessons can we learn to help power the way to net zero?


    To help answer that question, we discuss the key findings of a new report from KPMG and energy company SSE, ‘Hindsight is 2050 Vision’.


    On this month’s podcast


    Alistair Phillips-Davies, CEO of energy company SSE, tells us about what it means to him to be a COP26 partner and what SSE is doing to overcome the challenges to decarbonisation.


    Simon Virley, Vice Chair and Head of Energy & Natural Resources at KPMG in the UK, talks about his role in designing and implementing the Electricity Market Reform framework. He also shares his thoughts on what needs to happen next.


    Wafa Jafri, Director, Energy Deal Strategy, KPMG in the UK, takes on hosting duties.

    • 24 min
    Ep.26 Our digital future

    Ep.26 Our digital future

    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.

    • 27 min
    Ep.25 - Where to go to grow

    Ep.25 - Where to go to grow

    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.

    • 20 min
    Ep.24 - Changing places

    Ep.24 - Changing places

    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.

    • 20 min
    Ep.23 - Look both ways

    Ep.23 - Look both ways

    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.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Coxy696 ,

Unique insights

Having Kay Swinburne at KPMG and contributing to this pod gives an incredible insight to what’s really happening in the EU at this critical point. The clarity and non-political views are incredibly valuable.

aw194 ,

Only half what needed

Well presented and at a good level.....but only gives business half of what it should 😢

Brexit obviously represents risks and opportunities....but this podcast only covers the former

It’s the classic remoaner, a problem to be managed thing.....logo tells all

Why not offer thoughts and advice on how to maximise upside opportunities too?

Love89123 ,

Incredibly usefull

A great source of clear business advice during an extremely confusing and unpredictable time. Thank you!

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