Date(s) - 16/12/2020
12:00 - 13:00
As a profession, we are used to living in ”interesting times”. None more so than those right now – a perfect storm whipped up by the combination of:
- A global pandemic with the prospects of vaccines on the way
- Trump out and Biden in the White House
- Last but by no means least – Brexit!
Not to mention “new ways of working” and the prospect of IR35 changes on the horizon.
The recent OBR forecast makes sombre reading: “Coronavirus has caused our economy to shrink 11 per cent this year – the largest drop in over 300 years. But the economy recovers its pre-virus level by the end of 2022. Support for public services, households and businesses costs £280 billion this year, pushing the deficit to £394 billion (19 per cent of GDP, the highest since 1944), and debt above 100 per cent of GDP (for the first time since 1960). Our central forecast shows £20-30 billion in spending cuts or tax rises would be required to balance revenues and day-to-day spending and stop debt from rising by the end of this Parliament.”
It’s worth reflecting that history often has a habit of repeating itself. Lasting from February 1918 to April 1920, H1N1 influenza A virus or Spanish Flu infected 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time – in four successive waves. The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
However, this was followed by a period of unprecedented boom – the roaring 20s (that we’re reminded ended abruptly in 1929 with the Great Crash). What will happen this time round and what it means for us as a profession and individually, is anyone’s guess. Then there’s Brexit!
In order to try to make sense of the challenges and opportunities that lie in store in 2021 for the interim profession and the clients we serve, we warmly invite you to join us over a virtual mince pie and glass of mulled wine to discuss these issues and what this could mean for us as we look forward into 2021.
Bringing their valuable insights will be 3 leading figures and familiar names from the Interim Service Provider community:
Doug Baird – CEO of New Street Consulting (formerly Interim Partners)
Steve Deverill – Director, Business Transformation at Eton Bridge
Darren Tolhurst – CEO at Practicus
Supporting our main speakers is Tony Evans, Co-Chair of the IIM who has been an interim practitioner for over 25 years, operating internationally at CEO level.
Hosting the event is Bruce Rayner, an IIM Director and practicing interim for over 25 years, also operating internationally at CEO and transformation director level.
The format will be an online Zoom Meeting where you will be able to interact will other guests via the video link. The event is FREE to all but spaces are limited with booking on a first come, first served basis. so please book early HERE and remember to send in your own thoughts, questions, and anecdotes (to firstname.lastname@example.org please) so that these can be shared with the group. A recording will be made available after to those who register.