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Blue Door Podcast

O2 Business

Welcome to the Blue Door Podcast, brought to you by O2 Business, where we discuss technology that can help organisations be their best. We're focused on discussing market trends, culture and mindset, technologies that make a difference, and the lessons that can be learned from experts and market leaders from different industries. We interview senior leaders from some of the largest organisations across the globe. So open that door, come on in and let's begin.

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Ep31 - The Future of office spaces (pt 2 of 2)
08-12-2021
Ep31 - The Future of office spaces (pt 2 of 2)
In Episode 31 of the Blue Door Podcast, we continue our conversation about office space - focusing on the consideration of employees and their needs. We also follow up the group discussion with some thoughts around virtual environments with Chris Early from Virgin Media O2. This week’s guests: Nick Giraudeau, a partner at Cushman & Wakefield before becoming HSBC’s global head of corporate real estate, now at Flexible office provider WeWork - their first head of sales for the financial services industry Linkedin: Dave Cairns, Senior Vice President - Office Leasing at CBRE. He’s also an ex-professional poker player, and the founder of the CBRE Forward program – that helps CBRE and corporate real estate strategize and plan for the future of work in Canada. Linkedin: Chris Early, from Virgin Media O2, who looks after building acquisition through to disposal, office design and fit-out, as well as estates, space management and some FM in between. He has a particular interest in new ways of working, as a tool to improve the world of work more widely. LinkedIn: Want more? Download our Future of Work survey report: 'Creating a dynamic workforce: empowering employees for productivity and growth' our most recent thought leadership materials here: all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep31 - The Future of office spaces (pt 2 of 2)
08-12-2021
Ep31 - The Future of office spaces (pt 2 of 2)
In Episode 31 of the Blue Door Podcast, we continue our conversation about office space - focusing on the consideration of employees and their needs. We also follow up the group discussion with some thoughts around virtual environments with Chris Early from Virgin Media O2. This week’s guests: Nick Giraudeau, a partner at Cushman & Wakefield before becoming HSBC’s global head of corporate real estate, now at Flexible office provider WeWork - their first head of sales for the financial services industry Linkedin: Dave Cairns, Senior Vice President - Office Leasing at CBRE. He’s also an ex-professional poker player, and the founder of the CBRE Forward program – that helps CBRE and corporate real estate strategize and plan for the future of work in Canada. Linkedin: Chris Early, from Virgin Media O2, who looks after building acquisition through to disposal, office design and fit-out, as well as estates, space management and some FM in between. He has a particular interest in new ways of working, as a tool to improve the world of work more widely. LinkedIn: Want more? Download our Future of Work survey report: 'Creating a dynamic workforce: empowering employees for productivity and growth' our most recent thought leadership materials here: all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep30 - The Future of office spaces (pt 1 of 2)
01-12-2021
Ep30 - The Future of office spaces (pt 1 of 2)
In Episode 30 of the Blue Door Podcast, we bring together a panel of speakers from CBRE, WeWork and VirginMediaO2 as we look at the future of workspaces, and how organisations are considering the way they've traditionally operated and what they need for the future. This week’s guests: Nick Giraudeau, a partner at Cushman & Wakefield before becoming HSBC’s global head of corporate real estate, now at Flexible office provider WeWork - their first head of sales for the financial services industry Linkedin: Dave Cairns, Senior Vice President - Office Leasing at CBRE. He’s also an ex-professional poker player, and the founder of the CBRE Forward program – that helps CBRE and corporate real estate strategize and plan for the future of work in Canada. Linkedin: Chris Early, from Virgin Media O2, who looks after building acquisition through to disposal, office design and fit-out, as well as estates, space management and some FM in between. He has a particular interest in new ways of working, as a tool to improve the world of work more widely. LinkedIn: Want more? Download our Future of Work survey report: 'Creating a dynamic workforce: empowering employees for productivity and growth' our most recent thought leadership materials here: all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep29 - Climate Action with GSMA
24-11-2021
Ep29 - Climate Action with GSMA
In Episode 29 of the Blue Door Podcast, we are joined by Steven Moore, Head of Climate Action at GSMA, the industry association representing the worldwide mobile communications sector. We talk about the impact of technology on sustainability goals, from supply chain, through to product lifecycle. This week's guest: Steven Moore - Head of Climate Action at GSMA LinkedIn: View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep28 - Innovation: from concept to adoption
17-11-2021
Ep28 - Innovation: from concept to adoption
In Episode 28 of the Blue Door Podcast, we focus on innovation. We are joined by Karl Turner, Solutions Architect designer from Virgin Media O2’s The Lab, to discuss how to foster a culture of innovation, and the questions businesses need to ask.  This week's guest: Karl Turner - Solutions Architect designer from Virgin Media O2’s The Lab  LinkedIn:   View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep27 - COP26 special: the environmental benefits of connected transportation
10-11-2021
Ep27 - COP26 special: the environmental benefits of connected transportation
In Episode 27 of the Blue Door Podcast, we focus on transportation. As COP26 continues this week, we are joined by David Owens from Virgin Media O2's "The Lab" to look at how technology can provide a positive force for helping meet some of the sustainability objectives individuals and organisations are eager to achieve.  This week's guest: David Owens - Head of Technical Trials at Virgin Media O2.   Twitter: @Heliboy LinkedIn: View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep26 - The future of work: what next for field based workers?
03-11-2021
Ep26 - The future of work: what next for field based workers?
In Episode 26 of the Blue Door Podcast, as part of our future of work series, we look beyond the discussions already happening around desk based working, and focus instead on what's being done to adopt the same mindset and thinking to help accelerate field based workers using technologies that will support efficiencies, productivity and improvements in health and safety. We are joined by Ant Morse, Head of Digital Solutions at O2 Business, who discusses the emerging technologies that allow businesses to rethink what their field based workers do and how they do it – as well as the operational efficiencies that will result. This week's guest: Ant Morse - Head of Digital Solutions at O2.  Twitter: @AntMorseUK LinkedIn:   Download our report: Is your field force evolving to meet current needs?   View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep25 - Lessons for leaders series: diversity and inclusivity
27-10-2021
Ep25 - Lessons for leaders series: diversity and inclusivity
In Episode 25 of the Blue Door Podcast we continue our Lessons for Leaders series, and talk to Paul Asare-Archer, Director of Compliance at Virgin Media O2, who some long time listeners might remember from back in episode 7. As Black History Month comes to one end, we talk directly to Paul about his own story, and the lessons to share about diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. This week’s guest: Paul Asare-Archer, Head of Compliance at O2  LinkedIn: View the full diversity panel discussion from Blue Door Expo here: View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube here:
Ep24 - Highlights 2: A look back at season one.
30-06-2021
Ep24 - Highlights 2: A look back at season one.
As season one of the podcast draws to a close, we’ve been looking back at some of the highlights from the interviews and discussions we have had over the past six months. In a super-sized episode we have timecodes and topics listed below for those that want to jump around the episode: Strategic partnerships [00:02:03]The return to the office [00:12:43]The Goal of Net Zero [00:22:00]Smart City Reality [00:31:22]Cyber Security [00:42:29]Women in Tech [00:52:23] And that's a wrap on this first Season of the Blue Door Podcast brought to you by O2 Business. We'll be back everywhere you find good podcasts from September - so subscribe and be notified as soon as new episodes become available.   More detail about this episode: 00:02:03: Back in Episode 4, we considered the value of strategic partnerships - when our CEO Mark Evans met up with Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland. Mark asked Paul what these past months have been like for McDonalds. 00:12:43: In Episode 6, we discussed the workplace of the future with my colleague Chris Early, Estates and Development Manager at Telefónica. I asked Chris what he thought were the key areas that every business should be considering as many of us start to return to the office. 00:22:00: In Episode 10 I discussed Climate Change, and the goal of Net Zero. I started by asking Tracey Herald, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at O2, what Nert Zero actually means. 00:31:22: In Episode 12 we turned our attention to Smart Cities - and eavesdropped onto a panel discussion from Blue Door Expo in October 2020. The panel included: Robert Franks, Managing Director of West Midlands 5GSteve Rose, Executive Partner at Bell Labs ConsultingAlastair McMahon, Commercial Director – Smart Cities, Health and Mobility at O2Laila Takeh, Digital Strategy and Innovation Senior Manager at 5prinG. 00:42:29: For Episode 14, we turned our attention to Cyber Security - and joined another panel discussion from Blue Door Expo. This time our panel included: Phil Donnelly, Detective Chief Inspector, Derbyshire PoliceNick Dawson, Global Head of B2B Solutions, SamsungMarcel Van Der Heijden, Lead Partner Deep Tech, Speed InvestPatricia Nicola, Head of Venture Development and Partnerships, Wayra 00:52:23: In Episode 22, we focused on Women in Tech. I was delighted to meet up with Jo Wimble-Groves a couple of weeks ago. As well as being the co-founder of Active Digital, she’s also a Mum, blogger, supporter of women in leadership and technology, and focused on helping young girls get involved in a STEM syllabus. I asked Jo about how Active Digital was planning to adapt their working culture now that many are starting to return to the office. Want even more? Access our Future of Work series whitepapers here: People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforcePlaces: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working worldTechnology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door Insight content on YouTube here Blue Door Awards - register your interest
Ep23 - Highlights 1: The Future of Work
23-06-2021
Ep23 - Highlights 1: The Future of Work
This week, we focus on highlights from the conversations we've had around desk-based work force strategies. As doors to office buildings start to be opened, employees and employers have to make choices about what's going to be best for productivity, efficiency and staff well-being.   This episode provides a rapid fire approach to looking at the 3 key areas needing your attention today: people, places and technology. This week's guests: Chris Early - Estates and Development Manager at Telefonica.  Twitter: @chriscearly LinkedIn: Lucy Clayton, Head of Business Thought Leadership Marketing at O2 LinkedIn: Ant Morse - Head of Digital Solutions at O2.  Twitter: @AntMorseUK LinkedIn: David Cornwell - Head of Solutions at O2 Business.  Twitter: @dcornwell81 LinkedIn: Want more? Access our Future of Work series whitepapers here: People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforcePlaces: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working worldTechnology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door Insight content on YouTube here Blue Door Awards - register your interest
Ep22 - Women in tech: defining change. Meet Jo Wimble-Groves
16-06-2021
Ep22 - Women in tech: defining change. Meet Jo Wimble-Groves
This week I have a conversation with Jo Wimble-Groves - mum, company founder, director, supporter of women in leadership and technology, and focused on helping young girls get involved in a STEM syllabus. With a genuine take on realising her own faults, we'll look at how she's used that to ensure the well-being of her staff, and looking at what lessons she likes to share to open up discussions around topics that sometimes are thought to be a little awkward. The lessons for business well-being from the world of sportA new approach to teams and teamwork in a post COVID workplaceWhat will ‘work life balance’ really mean from now on?Being an ambassador for STEMThe value of having a creative output So open that door, come on in and let's begin to take a closer look at how talking about feeling like a guilty mum has let Jo talk about topics that have helped in her work and family life. This week's guest: Jo Wimble-Groves, co-founder, Active Digital Twitter: @jowimblegroves and @active_digitalLinkedIn: @guiltymother and @active_digitalWebsites: www.guiltymother.co.uk and www.activedigital.co.ukRise of the Girl can be pre-ordered now here -   Want more? Three core areas to enable a dynamic workforce: People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforcePlaces: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working worldTechnology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door Insights video content on YouTube here
Ep21 - Smart cities: when 1+1 = 3, the value of data analytics
09-06-2021
Ep21 - Smart cities: when 1+1 = 3, the value of data analytics
This week we return to the topic of Smart Cities. I talk with Geoff Wappett, head of O2 Motion, who's been speaking with councils, businesses and other organisations to understand the benefits of Smart Cities - expediting movements of vehicles, people and things, sustainability and environmental opportunities and much much more. The skills required of the analysts of the data collectedMore Smart City use cases for population movement data, and data collected by IoT sensorsHow data can support retailers with the regeneration of the high streetHow the insights from collected data has the potential to improve council services, reduce cost and improve efficiency. So open that door, come on in and let's begin to take a closer look at how Smart Cities can help make better decisions for people, places and technology. This week's guest: Geoff Wappett, Head of O2 Motion at Virgin Media O2. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/geoff-wappett-71a5031/Twitter: @GeoffWappett   Want more? Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door content on YouTube here Blue Door Awards 2021: Register your interest
Ep20 - Evolving your workplace culture
02-06-2021
Ep20 - Evolving your workplace culture
This week we focus on workplace culture. Culture is what's being done, and what's reinforced by that visible aspect of what's acceptable. It overwrites the intent in policies, and it's what gives a workplace and workforce it's essence, character or structure – whether that's about encouraging people to be creative, rewarding trying new things, learning and evolving, or a culture that is numbers focused and encouraging a competitive nature.  So at a time when public and private sector organisations are wondering how to redefine their workforce we look at culture in more depth, and what it takes to find the right balance for your organisation. This week's guests: Janine Chamberlin, Director, Enterprise Sales Talent Solutions at LinkedIn LinkedIn: Jon Conn, technology Director at RFU LinkedIn: Paul Jacquin, Partner, Board Member and Advisor, Taptrove Ventures and Randstad Innovation LinkedIn:  Catherine Leaver, Human Resources Director at O2 LinkedIn:   Want more? Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door content on YouTube here Blue Door Awards 2021: Register your interest
Ep19 - The Future of Work: Technology, supporting the employee experience
26-05-2021
Ep19 - The Future of Work: Technology, supporting the employee experience
This week we focus on the third of our 3 whitepaper topics: technology. Specifically we look at the needs of the workforce and how simple steps can be taken to support the employee experience. What tasks will we be using our virtual AI assistants to complete?What will be the impact of ‘bot bosses’ as they start to displace middle management?How do you manage and plan for the up-skill and re-skill needs for new types of job roles that are emerging?What is the effect technology and Digital Talent will have on the green economy and a company’s sustainability credentials? To discuss these, and more, we welcome back Dave Cornwell, Head of Solutions at O2.  This week's guest: David Cornwell - Head of Solutions at O2 Business.  Twitter: @dcornwell81LinkedIn:   Want more? Three core areas to enable a dynamic workforce: People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforcePlaces: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working worldTechnology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research View all our Blue Door content on YouTube here Blue Door Awards - register your interest
Ep18 - The Future of Work: People. Unlocking the potential of your biggest asset.
19-05-2021
Ep18 - The Future of Work: People. Unlocking the potential of your biggest asset.
This week, we welcome back Ant Morse, Head of Digital Solutions at O2 Business, to join me for another episode in our future of work series. Last week we covered the topic of talent, tools and space: new workplace strategies for a dynamic working world. With that focus on the physicality of space, this week we move on to the core focus of People. So let's begin to take a closer look at the opportunity to enable freedom, flexibility and fulfilment in the age of the dynamic workforce. Three core areas to enable a dynamic workforce: People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforcePlaces: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working worldTechnology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital Our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research Want more? View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube hereBlue Door Awards - register your interest This week's guest: Ant Morse - Head of Digital Solutions at O2.  Twitter: @AntMorseUK LinkedIn:
Ep17 - The Future of Work: Places. As office doors re-open where do we really want to be working from?
12-05-2021
Ep17 - The Future of Work: Places. As office doors re-open where do we really want to be working from?
This week, we welcome back Chris early and Lucy Clayton, as they join me for another episode on our Future of Work series. We'll be discussing our new white paper - Talent, Tools and Space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working world.  What impact will flexibility have on the business?From an operations perspective, how do you accommodate people who want to be in the office really early? Or potentially late at night?What does that mean for utilities, energy, lighting?What about the impact on sustainability? Access our Future of Work series whitepapers here: Places: Talent, tools and space: New workplace strategies for a dynamic working world.People: Freedom, flexibility and fulfilment: Re-imaging work in the age of the dynamic workforce.Technology: AI, automation and collaboration: Why tomorrow’s talent is human + digital. Access our market research on The Future of Work: Dynamic working: the research.   Want more? View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube hereBlue Door Awards - register your interest This week's guests: Chris Early - Estates and Development Manager at Telefonica.  Twitter: @chriscearly LinkedIn: Lucy Clayton, Head of Business Thought Leadership Marketing at O2 LinkedIn:
Ep16 - Smart investments - Technologies for a greener, connected and sustainable future: with Costa Coffee, RSPB, Hubbub and O2
05-05-2021
Ep16 - Smart investments - Technologies for a greener, connected and sustainable future: with Costa Coffee, RSPB, Hubbub and O2
This week we discuss sustainability. As our energy demands, goods consumption and population continue to grow, organisations are looking at the conscious changes they can make to take social responsibility for their impact to planet and community. Our Blue Door Expo panel discusses the role that technology plays in supporting sustainable business models and the benefits this can deliver. Want more? Watch the full panel discussion on YouTube here.View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube hereBlue Door Awards - register your interest This week's guests: Oliver Rosevear, Head of Environment at Costa Coffee Connect on LinkedIn: Trewin Restorick, CEO and founder at Hubbub Connect on LinkedIn: Jeff Knott, Operations Director Central and Eastern England at Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Connect on LinkedIn: Facilitator: Tracey Herald, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, O2. Connect on LinkedIn:
Ep15 - Data driven insights - finding the algorithm within: with Sainsbury's, Experian, Highways England and AEG.
28-04-2021
Ep15 - Data driven insights - finding the algorithm within: with Sainsbury's, Experian, Highways England and AEG.
This week we look at the topic of data. We consider what the right tools like, what true data driven insight can achieve, and the opportunity for individuals to understand the real value of their data. It is expected that every human on the planet will be creating approximately 1.7Mb of information .... every second. And with new low powered networks and IoT devices, that information will continue to grow. But just like the kitchen draw that collects un-connected "things" how do you ensure you're connecting the right data sets to tell a story that helps you define strategic and tactical actions? Want more? Watch the full panel discussion on YouTube here.View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube hereBlue Door Awards - register your interest This week's guests: David Jones, Senior VP of IT at AEG Connect on LinkedIn: Chaminga Chandratillake, Chief Analytics Officer at Sainsbury’s Connect on LinkedIn: Louise Maynard-Atem, Innovation Specialist, Data Exchange at Experian Connect on LinkedIn: Davin Crowley-Sweet, Chief Data Officer at Highways England   Facilitator: Dave Cornwell, Head of Solutions, O2 Business Connect on LinkedIn: on Twitter: @dcornwell81
Ep14 - Cyber-security: Protection at what cost? With Derbyshire Police, Samsung, Speed Invest, Wayra
21-04-2021
Ep14 - Cyber-security: Protection at what cost? With Derbyshire Police, Samsung, Speed Invest, Wayra
This week we focus on the human aspect of cyber security.  It’s a topic that demands a careful balance - ensuring there is protection of an organisation’s data, people and things whilst minimising the impact to employees, customers and citizens who just want to be able to do what they need to do. We listen to an expert panel from a Blue Door panel discussion held in October 2020. During it we discuss the key aspects of designing and developing a cyber-security approach that keeps people at its centre. Want more? Watch the full panel discussion on YouTube here.View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube hereBlue Door Awards - register your interest This week's guests: Phil Donnelly, Detective Chief Inspector, Derbyshire Police LinkedIn: Nick Dawson, Global Head of B2B Solutions, Samsung LinkedIn: @nckdwsn Marcel van der Heijden, Lead Partner Deep Tech, Speedinvest LinkedIn: @Marcel_v_d_H Patricia Nicola, Head of Venture Development and Partnerships, Wayra LinkedIn: @patriciaseedrs This week's discussion facilitated by: Jim Everett, UK Digital Infrastructure Specialist (Connectivity and Cyber Security), O2 Business LinkedIn: @EverettJim
Ep13 - As offices reopen, what do employees and senior leaders really want?
14-04-2021
Ep13 - As offices reopen, what do employees and senior leaders really want?
This week in our future of work series, we discuss some of the findings and analysis of a recent O2 Business survey that looks at how employee expectations have evolved during the pandemic. With input from over 2,000 UK desk-based workers it looks at what the future for the office worker might be as we start to open the doors of public and private sector buildings. We look at what's needed from a culture and mindset to meet the changing expectations of employees. And we discuss how the seven personas identified in the research provide an indication of how HR, Ops and IT will have a clear focus on defining new people, places and technology needs. Download the full research report here: Want more? View all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube hereBlue Door Awards - register your interest This week's guests:Lucy Clayton, Head of Business Thought Leadership Marketing at O2 LinkedIn:
Ep12 - Smart cities: what they mean for you - with Bell Labs, West Midlands 5G, 5prinG and O2
07-04-2021
Ep12 - Smart cities: what they mean for you - with Bell Labs, West Midlands 5G, 5prinG and O2
This week we explore the key items from a panel discussion on the topic of Smart Cities. What makes them work?What needs to happen to make the smart city a reality?What are the opportunities and pitfalls?And what effect has the pandemic had on Smart City progress? This episode includes extracts from our Blue Door Expo panel session from October 2020. Want more? Read the blog summary and access other insights hereView all our Blue Door Expo 2020 content on YouTube hereBlue Door Awards - register your interest This week's guests: Robert Franks, Managing Director of West Midlands 5G LinkedIn: Steve Rose, Executive Partner at Bell Labs Consulting Twitter: @stephenroseBLC Alastair McMahon, Commercial Director  - Smart Cities, Health and Mobility at O2 LinkedIn: Laila Takeh, Digital Strategy and Innovation Senior Manager at 5prinGLinkedIn: