February’s Director magazine is out now. In her editor’s letter, Lysanne Currie discusses the issue of Brexit and looks at what’s inside this feature-packed edition. IoD members receive Director for free. Non-members can subscribe to the print edition or download the magazine on iPad and Android – details below
As I write, David Cameron has just delivered his Davos speech urging UK business to start campaigning, ahead of his renegotiation, for Britain to remain inside the EU. Warning that – even with the reform package – there could still be many imperfections, he insisted that Britain could yet have the best of both worlds.
Earlier this morning, Lord Allen joined us for a roundtable on leadership and Brexit was a key topic of conversation in the pre-discussion networking. Allen is encouraging the boardrooms of Britain to put the Brexit issue on the agenda and to really understand the implications for business, while Allie Renison, the IoD’s head of Europe and trade policy, agrees that the key issue now is for businesses to start thinking about the implications of the referendum.
Commenting on the prime minister’s speech, she told the BBC that, whatever their views, businesses cannot bury their heads in the sand over the EU vote.
“The issues are complex with a host of factors, known and unknown. But businesses need to work out how the result will affect their operations and begin planning accordingly.”
Columnist and entrepreneur Iqbal Wahhab agrees. Formerly in the ‘nothing to do with me’ camp, he explains (p27) why he now believes the Brexit debate is so relevant for small business growth.
Elsewhere in this issue we unearth the trends – and resultant opportunities – for all leaders to consider as the year gains pace. William Higham looks at the rise of the ‘Empathy Economy’ on p14, Nick Scott investigates the growth of real-time data analytics (p52) and on p72 Séamus Nevin looks at the effect digitisation is having on the workforce.
Finally, this month’s cover star – physicist, TV presenter and ambassador for the knowledge economy, Professor Brian Cox – gives a more macro view. He argues that Britain has always existed on the cutting edge and that a global lead is now within our grasp. Discover what he believes we need to do to get there on p32.
I hope the issue gives you much food for thought – I look forward to hearing your views.
Have a great month!