The Big Picture | 2020: the Year Ahead

The Big Picture | 2020: the Year Ahead

In the wake of a reinstated conservative Government and renewed hope that a Brexit deal will soon be done, the new year will bring a raft of business opportunities and challenges. Joining the panel of experts in the Chamber’s first Big Picture event of 2020 is Newstores’ Managing Director, John Ryan. John will discuss the consumer confidence outlook for 2020, the changing face of the high street and priorities for the retail sector in the year ahead.

With the US-China trade war, ongoing certainty around implementation of Brexit and an increasing imperative to respond to the climate challenge, the operating environment for businesses is tougher than ever. Yet with rapid innovations in technology and open access to data, businesses have unprecedented insight into client and customer needs. With an increasing appetite for corporate activism, those who stay at the forefront of market trends and respond to consumer sentiment will be best placed to respond to new challenges in the year ahead.

Our experts will help you separate the hype from reality, sharing their analysis and forecast for the economy and marketplace in 2020 with insights on expected economic trends, geopolitical risk and opportunity, the influence of technology and the evolving requirements of both consumers and businesses.

Aus-UK Chamber Members – £10
Guests & Non-Members – £25



Ian Stewart, Chief UK Economist, Deloitte

Ian Stewart is a Partner and Chief Economist at Deloitte where he advises Boards and companies on macroeconomics. Ian devised the Deloitte Survey of Chief Financial Officers and writes a popular weekly economics blog, the Monday Briefing.

His previous roles include Chief Economist for Europe at Merrill Lynch, Head of Economics in the Conservative Research Department and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Ian was educated at the London School of Economics


John Ryan, Managing Director, Newstores

John Ryan is a journalist, analyst and consultant covering retail design, product merchandising, strategy and marketing for a variety of companies and magazines.

As managing director of ‘Newstores’ he provides a service that delivers details daily of new stores from around the world for retail boards in the UK and overseas.

He is also the stores editor of Retail Week, online editor of retail design magazine www.MInd-mag.com and European editor of VMSD, among others. On the consultancy side his clients range from Loblaws to Marks & Spencer, John Lewis to Sainsbury’s and L’Oreal, as well as Swedish retail company Itab.


Paul Lee, Global Head of Research – Technology Media and Telecommunications, Deloitte

Paul Lee is a UK Partner and the Global Head of Research for the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) industry at Deloitte. In his global role, Paul has authored over 80 TMT reports including Deloitte’s 15th annual Predictions for the Technology, Media and Telecommunications series. Paul also leads the Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey, now in its sixth year, which tracks usage of mobile around the world, based on a 53,000 user survey fielded in 31 countries.



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