Business Futures

Business Futures

A podcast by Datel

Join our host, Emma Pownall, on her mission to discover what it is that makes a business successful in 2020. Does the latest tech really have all the answers? Or is it people that we should be focussing our attention on developing and managing better? Emma interviews business and industry experts to get the latest insight and practical advice that business leaders like you can start implementing right away. Subscribe to Business Futures on your favorite podcast player, or listen to the latest episodes below:

Episode 9:
How to deal with rapid change

In this show Emma is joined by Tom Cheesewright, a futurist and the author of “High Frequency Change”. Tom spends his time helping businesses deal with a globalised and fast-moving world, where decision-making just can’t seem to come fast enough.  This show was recorded a couple of months before Coronavirus made its mark on the world, but Tom’s advice is more valid now than ever: businesses need to prioritise agility and flexibility if they are going to succeed. In this jam packed episode, Tom and Emma discuss what ‘High frequency change’ actually is, how businesses are dealing with it and what can be learned from businesses in other parts of the world. Then they delve into what future proofing a business actually looks like. Learn more.

Episode 8:
Vimto - the secret recipe behind the brand's global success

In this show Emma talks to a woman at the top of a FTSE 250 company. If you’ve never heard of Marnie Millard, or Nichols PLC – the company she heads up - you’ll definitely have heard of Vimto. Just one of the world class brand that Nichols produces. Marnie’s worked in the ultra-competitive beverage industry all her life, and has not just become one of the few serving female FTSE 250 CEO’s, she’s also served the CBI, evangelised for women in business, and been awarded an OBE along the way. Learn more.

Episode 7:
The Future of Finance

In this show, we’re looking at the future of finance in modern business. Emma speaks to Mark Lee, the UK’s leading accountancy and finance function futurist. He spends his time helping finance professionals understand what’s around the corner in financial and business management. He’s joined by Datel’s own CFO, Nick Swarbrick. Nick’s an experienced CFO, non-exec, and has served on the board of Accountancy body, the ICAEW’s Management Faculty. Learn more.

Episode 6:
In conversation with The Manufacturer

In this episode Emma chatted with Nick Peters, Editorial Director; and Henry Anson, Managing Director at The Manufacturer. Their industry publication is an essential online and print resource for British Manufacturing. Nick and Henry have just released the 2020 results of their annual survey, the benchmark in taking the temperature of UK manufacturing. So with the sector dealing with skills challenges, technological disruption and more, we get to see what Britain really thinks. Learn more. 

Episode 5:
The benefits of coaching for businesses

In this episode, Emma had the pleasure of speaking with Anna Gudmundson, Simon Grayson and Laurence Hollobon. We discuss coaching within the workplace, focusing on the benefits of coaching for individuals and teams, the GROW Model, and top tips to get businesses started. Learn more.

Episode 4: 
The 2020 trends shaping technology and business

In this episode, you'll hear from Datel's R&D Director, Tim Purcell, on the trends that are going to shape technology and business in 2020. We explore the benefits and potential challenges of 5G, the notion of agile working in today's workplace, and the impact that Brexit is going to have on business. Learn more.

Episode 3: 
Intergenerational leadership

In this episode - Emma speaks to Henry Rose Lee, author of 'The Code for New Leaders' and expert on managing the different generations that make up today's workforce. They speak about why it's suddenly become important to understand the differences between the generations in a workforce. What each generation wants from their managers and companies they work for. And how businesses can use technology (and a bit of consideration and common sense) to get the most out of their people. Learn more.

Episode 2: 
Artificial Intelligence - in manufacturing

Discover how AI will shape the manufacturing industry in years to come. Emma speaks with futurist Matt O’Neill and Datel’s R&D Director Tim Purcell on the latest in emerging technology and if Artificial Intelligence is going to take over. They discuss how far we’ve progressed in putting Artificial Intelligence into modern business, IoT and AI and the ethics of AI. Learn more.

Episode 1:
International growth - what's the secret? 

In this episode, you'll hear from Barry Leahey, MD of Playdale Playgrounds, on how they turned their successful UK business into an international player. Learn more.

About Business Futures

by Emma Pownall, Business Futures host and Datel's Marketing Director

Ambition alone is not enough to make a business successful, and certainly not in the long term. But what is that magic ingredient that makes one business thrive and another business fail?

This is a topic that is debated by boards of directors, written about by best-selling authors and taught by business academics. In my own experience of working with hundreds of successful UK businesses, I find that there doesn’t seem to be one answer. Whether your business has been around for 200 years or 200 days, having the ambition to succeed is one thing but what I am learning from our customers is that there is also something else.

I’m on a journey to find out what that something is and share it with other directors and leaders along the way. Academics, specialists and experienced business leaders all have a view. So, through my podcast - Business Futures - I am asking the challenging questions of the people with the knowledge and experience to unearth what that magic ingredient is. From people management to building strong business relationships to technology and innovation, Business Futures will take a closer look.

Want to get involved?

The Business Futures team are looking for business experts, experienced business leaders and thought leaders to share their views on what they believe are the ingredients for business success.

Email if you’d like to feature in an upcoming show or have a suggestion on a topic you’d like us to explore.