Webinar: Viewpoint - economic recovery continues but new challenges emerge

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Economic recovery continues but new challenges emerge.

Join the IGD team for a webinar update on all the key issues:

bullet pointShoppers are fueling the recovery, but experiences are varied – we will look at ongoing evidence of a K-shaped recovery

bullet pointWe’ll explore the key risks to recovery – COVID-19 progression, labour shortages, inflation, and further stages of EU/UK transition

bullet pointWe will also look at how businesses need to adapt to a shopper landscape that has been significantly changed by COVID-19

bullet pointIn our final section we’ll cover how government priorities are shifting with far reaching implications for the food and consumer goods industry

We hope that you’ll join us then!

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Meet the speakers

James Walton

James Walton

Chief Economist, IGD


James’ role at IGD is to help businesses anticipate and cope with strategic events, including: economic pressures, geo-political change, social developments and environmental stress.

James is well known for speaking at both UK and international events and provides interviews for TV, radio and the press. He also creates original reports and articles for IGD.

James has worked with clients across the entire grocery industry as well as with non-industry groups such as government departments, financial businesses and NGOs.

James joined IGD in April 1999 and has served in several roles, becoming Chief Economist in 2004.

Prior to joining IGD, he worked for Hillsdown Holdings, Northern Foods and Rank-Xerox.

Michael Freedman

Michael Freedman

Senior Shopper Insight Manager, IGD


Michael has responsibility for all IGD’s shopper insight focusing on IGD’s Shopper Confidence Index, and how shopper behaviour is changing due to key events such as COVID-19 and EU exit. Michael also focuses on shopper insight relating to health and wellness, sustainability and multichannel shopping.

Michael is an experienced presenter, regularly delivering actionable shopper insights. He has over 20 years’ agency and client-side experience in managing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research projects. He was previously Senior Insight Manager at Which? and has worked at both GfK Market Research and Research International.