About the Agile Future Forum

The Agile Future Forum (AFF) consists of 22 individual employers. The group is a diverse one: it includes small, medium and large enterprises, companies based in locations across the UK, businesses from every part of the economy and both public and private sector organisations.

Collectively, the group employs more than 500,000 people and serves as a microcosm of the UK’s economy. Crucially, each of the members has one thing in common – a track record of managing agile working practices within their own organisations.

The Agile Future Forum came together following discussions between the Coalition Government, which believes greater workplace agility could be an important spur for economic growth, and Sir Win Bischoff, the chairman of Lloyds Banking Group agreed to establish and chair a group of like-minded employers that would consider the issue of workforce agility.

Their initial focus was to investigate & prove the value of creating a more agile workforce to their businesses.

Having successfully proven the business case for agile working the group then started to investigate how they might best support other UK companies extract genuine additional business value by increasing the level of agile working practices in their business. The group is independent of Government.

Each of the Agile Future Forum members shares the view that there are real economic benefits in having an agile workforce and see agility as a key business tool that can help them meet the changing economic, demographic and technological challenges they face.

Agile Future Forum Founder Members

  • Addleshaw Goddard
  • B&Q
  • BP
  • Brunswick Group
  • BT
  • Bupa
  • Cisco
  • Citi
  • Ernst & Young
  • Eversheds
  • Ford
  • HM Treasury
  • ITV
  • John Lewis
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mitie
  • MTM Products LTD
  • Norman Broadbent
  • Tesco
  • Willis

The Context to Agile Working
The external business context has changed significantly since the 1980s and a number of shifting trends have created new challenges and opportunities for companies.

Work is becoming more complex

Work is becoming more complex and technology-dependent, creating a need for employees to manage their own working styles and time. Many routine roles have become automated, while other roles have become more complex and global in scope, requiring a more agile approach.

Rapid globalisation

Rapid globalisation and more demanding customer expectations present UK companies with new opportunities, but capturing these opportunities and meeting customer demands requires a 24/7 culture and responsive agile workforce.

Changing demographics

Changing demographics mean that there will be a more heterogeneous workforce profile in the future, with up to five generations – with correspondingly diverse approaches to work – expected to work in the company of the future.  Increased longevity and a less secure investment environment will create opportunities and challenges around accommodating an ageing workforce. At the same time, younger generations bring new values and expectations around working life, flexibility and a more social approach to work.

The Agility Mindset

The Agility Mindset uniquely presents and defines the business value of workforce agility in the UK for the first time. Written by Fiona Cannon OBE, one of the UK’s most eminent workplace diversity experts, The Agility Mindset presents an unrivalled wealth of unique...

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YBS Group Join The AFF

Agile Future Forum welcomes new member YBS Group, view and download the YBS case study below. YBS Group - John Heaps " The introduction of a smart working policy is already making a big contribution to the essential relationship of trust that lies at the heart of...

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