Intersections August 2020: The shifting focus on economic recovery

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We are delighted to bring you August's Intersections, focusing on Economic Recovery.

In this month's issue:

  • CEO Simon Ancona reflects on the shifts in focus across the sectors for economic recovery
  • We interviewed the CEO of the Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA), Benjamin Taylor, on the Building Back Better initiative to improve public services post-COVID
  • Stephen Blackman, Principle Economist at NatWest, takes us on a trip in a time machine to show us what future economic recovery might look like
  • Spotlight on Big Business: WIG members leading the way for economic recovery
  • A selection of informative 'COVID-19 recovery' webinar recordings and resources you may have missed
  • Gain real insight into how a key government department works with our masterclass 'Workings of the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)' - only a few places left
  • Tackling Racism in Organisations - a three-part masterclass - only a few places left
  • Thought leadership from our members on the future of economic recovery, including Legal & General, Natwest Group, the Local Government Association, and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) 

CEO Blog: Economic Recovery: That was then, this is now, but what next, and what it?

This month, Simon Ancona looks at the economic journey the sectors have navigated thus far during COVID-19, a look at some of the previously back-benched issues the pandemic has highlighted, and where we can go from here. 

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Building Back Better public services, insights from Benjamin Taylor, CEO of PSTA

Hosting a range of events on the topic of economic recovery and Building Back Better public services, Benjamin Taylor, CEO of PSTA, gives us insight on the challenges and opportunities the UK has to build better public services in a post-COVID-19 world. He also discusses a plan for standardisation processes in the event of future economic shocks. 

Discover the key takeaways


An analysis of the economic recovery post-COVID-19 from the Principle Economist at NatWest

Stephen Blackman, Principle Economist at Natwest, looks into the future of economic recovery for the remainder of, and  post COVID-19. "COVID-19 is a time machine, transporting us to the future faster than we’ve had time to prepare. The dislocation we’re experiencing is us rapidly adjusting to this new reality."

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Spotlight on Big Business: WIG members leading the way for economic recovery

This month, Stephanie Pearce, WIG's Content and Event Manager, highlights the enormous economic importance of WIG's FTSE 350 members and some of their initiatives to support post-COVID 19 recovery. 

Find out more


'Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery' WIG webinar recordings and resources

COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis: Initiating a green, clean, resilient recovery with Lord Deben, Chair, Committe on Climate Change. 

Watch the recorded webinar here.
Read the report highlights here.

The Future of the Workplace, with Leslie Benson, FTI Consulting, and Robin Colman, Software AG.

Watch the recorded webinar here.
Read the report highlights here.

Perspectives on the Economic Landscape after COVID-19 with Ann Pettifor, Author, Political Economist and Director, Policy Research. 

Watch the recorded webinar here.
Read the report highlights here.

The Economic Landscape after COVID-19 with Mark Gregory, Chief Economist, EY.

Watch the recorded webinar here.
Read the report highlights here.

Establishing a Wellbeing Economy in Scotland with Benny Higgins, Scottish Government.

Watch the recorded webinar here.
Read the report highlights here.


Workings of the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 

Held across three 90 minute sessions through September 2020 (less than 20 spaces left)

15:00 - 16:30 | 22, 24 & 29 September

Fee: Member early bird rate: £250 + VAT (valid until 11 September)

Join us for a series of highly interactive online workshops which aim to deepen attendee's understanding of BEIS as a department and how best to work with them. You will hear from a variety of senior BEIS representatives and key stakeholders on topics including departmental structure, key strategic priorities, how BEIS works with other departments/agencies and how business can interact and engage with government.

Apply now


Tackling Racism in Organisations (in partnership with Frost Included) 

Tackling Racism in Organisations - a three-part masterclass

Held on three sessions through September - October 2020 (limited spaces left)

15:00 - 16:30 24 September | 15:00 - 16:00 8, 15 October

Fee: £495 + VAT.  

Recent world events have highlighted the need for organisations to create inclusive, diverse workplaces representative of all their stakeholders.

Help address some of those issues by participating in a three-part, action-based masterclass series tackling racism in organisations. Produced in partnership with leading diversity and inclusion consultancy, Frost Included, this masterclass provides individuals with the chance to learn and develop in a cross-sector environment.

Apply now


Thought Leadership from some of our members on the future of economic recovery

Legal & General

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) published a Summer 2020 CIO Outlook, providing their look ahead at the economic recovery roadmap. 

NatWest Group

NatWest's Chief Economist provides an analysis of the current outlook, with a word of advice on how policy support needs to remain in abundance to help the recovery along.

Local Government Association

LGA has outlined the role that creativity has to play in shaping our responses, now and in the future, with regards to climate change, globalisation, and technological innovation, enabling the economy and society to 'bounce forwards' from the impacts of the pandemic.

Office of National Statistics

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) regularly releases experimental data based on rapid response surveys, novel data sources, and experimental methods on the impact of COVID-19 on the UK economy and society, and is helpful in navigating the waters for the future of the UK's economic recovery. 


WIG content you might have missed

WIG members currently hiring

Are you currently recruiting or supporting team members to transition into roles elsewhere? The pandemic has meant many companies have been forced to let staff go. To support, we have started a list of our members that are advertising roles, grouped by industry, with the number of positions they have available. If your organisation is a WIG member which is hiring, please contact us to be added to this list. Read more. 

Getting to Transform - Time to Step Up 

Guest writer, Professor Malcolm Morley, OBE, runs the Centre for Partnership Working at Anglia Ruskin University. Here he shares his expertise about working collaboratively, with the pinnacle of the 'staircase of relationships' being 'Getting to Transform'. As an organisation championing cross-sector collaboration and working, we at WIG found his insights incredibly valuable. We trust that you will too. Read more.