Uncharted: the road to recovery

FRP's COVID-19 podcast series

Uncharted: the road to recovery is a business podcast hosted by Rebecca Burn-Callander (former enterprise editor at The Telegraph) and produced by FRP.

Designed specifically to address the fast-evolving issues facing the UK business community as it comes out of lockdown, Uncharted: the road to recovery documents the unique challenges of our time, and identifies how businesses are adapting to overcome them.

In this series, we identify and analyse the issues facing the UK business community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Against a backdrop of unique economic challenges, we ask how businesses are adapting to grow back stronger and how the lessons they’ve learnt will shape the world of work in years to come.

Joined by a range of specialist guest speakers alongside FRP industry experts, topics include new approaches to growth funding, conducting M&A in the new world order and stabilising and restructuring in the future.

Listen to the six episodes below or download them via your preferred podcast application.

Levelling up? Restructuring in the regions

In this episode of our Uncharted: the road to recovery podcast series, we explore the challenges and opportunities facing regional businesses in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Joining Rebecca are FRP Partners Martyn Pullin and Glyn Mummery, as well as Northern Powerhouse Partnership Director, Henri Murison, and CEO of Sheffield-based tech firm Razor, Jamie Hinton.

Episode transcript download

What does the future hold for the restructuring market?

Our panel assess the landscape for 2020 and onwards, and what new legislation like the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act will mean for business leaders hoping to get firms back on their feet.

This episode features Creative Entrepreneurs Founder and former Time Warner Managing Director Carolyn Dailey, alongside insolvency law expert Rob Turner (Brabners) and FRP Partners Allan Kelly and Phil Reynolds.

Episode transcript download

Light touch administrations

Rebecca Burn-Callander and our panel of experts discuss the re-emergence of the light touch administration as a tool to support high-profile businesses like Debenhams and Carluccio’s during COVID-19.

Welcomed onto the panel by our host Rebecca Burn-Callander are legal expert Joanne Rumley of Foot Anstey and the Insolvency Lawyers Association, FRP’s CEO Geoff Rowley and Partner Alastair Massey.

Episode transcript download

Returning to the market

In episode five of Uncharted: the road to recovery, we welcome another panel of experts to discuss the M&A market post-COVID and what the pandemic means for consolidation and expansion in 2020/21.

Alongside FRP Partners Mark Naughton and Adrian Alexander, our host Rebecca Burn-Callander welcomes LDC’s Dewi Hughes to provide the investor’s view.

Episode transcript download

Returning to growth

In the penultimate episode of Uncharted: the road to recovery, our guest panel of experts explore the funding landscape, including the role of traditional lenders in supporting the economy and the rise of alternative lenders as a higher risk source of growth capital for businesses.

Our panel features Dave Atkinson, Head of Region (SME Banking) at Lloyds Bank, Parminder Basran, Managing Partner at VGC Partners, as well as Tom Cox and Nick Grainger from FRP’s Debt Advisory team in London.

Episode transcript download

A new dawn

In the final episode of this series of Uncharted: the road to recovery, Rebecca Burn-Callander is joined by a panel of forensics professionals to discuss the impact of the pandemic and what it will mean for legal disputes in the future.

Joining Rebecca are FRP’s forensic experts, Chris Osborne and Steven Bain, and Tom Whittaker – part of the dispute resolution team at legal practice Burges Salmon.

Episode transcript download

Any view or opinion expressed during all podcast episodes are solely those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent those of FRP. Comments made by speakers during the podcast are intended for general information purposes only and do not replace appropriate professional advice.