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Welcome to the Blue Door Podcast, brought to you by O2 Business, where we discuss technology that can help organisations bring out the best in their people and their customers.

We’re focused on discussing market trends, the culture and mindsetthe technologies that make a difference and the lessons that can be learned. We interviewed senior leaders from some of the largest organisations catering to the UK as well as across the globe. 

So open that door, come on in and let’s begin.  

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Episode 7 – Diversity and inclusivity: Representing every community you’re a part of

This episode is part of our ‘Lesson for Leaders series’, and looks at diversity and inclusivity, trust and reputation. During Blue Door Expo 2020, we brought together a panel of leaders to explore the corporate responsibility of every organisation to not only be fair and trustworthy, but to create an environment where every employee feels comfortable to be their whole selves, as well as providing representation and support to the communities they serve and are a part of.

This week’s guests:


Episode 6 – The workplace of the future and the need to embrace innovation

This week we continue our ‘Future of Work’ series. In this episode we take a closer look at the physical workplaces of the future, as well as how innovation and the approach to improving services is evolving.

We’re joined by Chris Early (from 14:09), Telefónica’s Estates and Development Manager, who explores how desk-based workers need for offices will evolve over the coming years.

And we’ll be talking with O2’s Head of Digital Solutions, Ant Morse (from 1:01), about the role that innovation plays in keeping businesses and brands relevant in the future.

This week’s guests:

    • Chris Early, Estates and Development Manager at Telefónica
    • Ant Morse, Head of Digital Solutions at O2

Episode 5 – Future of work: Digital workplaces and 5G private networks

This episode is our first in a series focused on the future of work. We talk to Dave Cornwell, Head of Solution Design at O2 about digital workplaces, including the tools and capabilities that are enabling today’s hybrid workforce to work from wherever they need to be.

We also hear from Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, who introduces the topics of Industry 4.0 and 5G Private Networks. Two topics that we’ll be exploring in more depth over the coming weeks.

This week’s guests include:

    • David Cornwell – Head of Solution Design at O2
    • Tommi Uitto – President of Mobile Networks at Nokia

Episode 4 – The value of strategic Partnerships – Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s UK&I

This week, O2 CEO Mark Evans is in conversation with CEO of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, Paul Pomroy. They were talking between the second and third lockdowns in the UK, and reflected on what it has meant to run an internationally recognised brand in 2020.

They discussed leadership, managing and motivating staff, adapting to new ways of working, the importance of strategic partnerships, adopting new technology, as well as about being ready for what comes next.

This week’s guests:

    • Mark Evans – CEO, O2
    • Paul Pomroy – CEO, McDonald’s UK and Ireland

Episode 3 – The mindset for developing high performance teams

In this week’s episode we join Eddie Jones, Men’s Head Coach at England Rugby and Mark Evans, CEO at O2 as they discuss the actions and mindset for developing high performance teams.

Eddie Jones’ reputation is legendary. He guided England to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, having masterminded the 2016 Grand Slam and a second successive Guinness Six Nations title in the initial two seasons of his six-year contract. In October, he led England to Six Nations victory once again, in this uplifting though fragmented tournament.

O2’s CEO, Mark Evans, met up with Eddie at England Rugby’s training home at Pennyhill Park, in Surrey. Their discussion recorded in October 2020 spanned rugby, leadership and the business lessons that can be taken from the world of sport.


Episode 2 – Building back a stronger Britain

5 pillars to build back a stronger Britain and Blue Door Award winner ENABLE Scotland 

In this week’s episode, you can hear Jo Bertram, Managing Director at O2 Business, share her thoughts on five pillars that will support the recovery and re-imagining of business in Britain.

We’re also showcasing one of our Blue Door Award winners as we talk to Sudeep Chaterjee from ENABLE Scotland, an organisation whose mobile-first approach has transformed communication and engagement, further enhancing the quality of their care to more than 1,000 disabled people they support across Scotland.

This week’s guests:

    • Jo Bertram – Managing Director of O2 Business
    • Sudeep Chaterjee – Director of Group Technology for ENABLE Scotland

Episode 1 – Driving innovation; maintaining relevance in a world of digital noise

This week’s episode focuses on innovation, not just for the sake of trying new things out, but innovation for the sake of survival. 

Consumer attitudes are changing at an accelerated pace. Access to information, insights and opinions has never been so easy or quick. Social platforms can amplify a voice with just a few clicks. The need to maintain relevance in a crowded digital world has never been more important. 

Our panel discussion from the Blue Door Expo looks at the challenges being met by industries from retail, finance and high street businesses through to public sector and infrastructure organisations. 

Our panel comprised of: 

    • Simon Reed, Head of IT Service & Operations, Suffolk County Council 
    • Andy Burton, CTO of The Very Group 
    • Louise Hunter, Corporate Affairs & Marketing Director at Northumbrian Water Group 
    • Phil Scully, CIO, Costa Coffee 
    • Karl Liriano, Head of Innovation, strategy and architecture at O2 

Preview episode – How we turned Blue Door Expo 2020 into a virtual event

In this first, preview episode of the Blue Door Podcast, we look at how we turned our annual Blue Door Expo into a virtual event in 2020, and discuss the background to some of the technology that we used. 

The Blue Door Conference is one of the highlights of O2’s business calendar, bringing together around 700 attendees from businesses around the UK to discuss the topics that spark debate, encourage creative solutions to complex situations, and prepare for a future that embraces change. 

This annual event is normally held at The O2 in North Greenwich, which left us with a challenge for 2020. Could we recreate the experience of The O2 in a new, online digital platform? 

Host Danny Hicks talks with Stuart Warrington from Superla, the company who we partnered with to develop Blue Door Expo 2020. 


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