Westminster Business Forum – Priorities for shaping the UK’s Industrial Strategy

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This seminar will discuss the priorities ahead for government’s forthcoming industrial strategy, which aims to develop ten key strategic areas to improve productivity and drive economic growth across the country.

Following the recent publication of the government’s Building our Industrial Strategy green paper, delegates will consider key questions around the strategy’s design – including whether it should have a sectoral approach or broader objectives such as competiveness – and will assess its possible implications for skills, investment, research and regional development across the UK economy. The discussion will also be informed by the challenges and opportunities facing key UK industries following the EU referendum result.

The conference is also scheduled to facilitate discussion on the findings of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee’s inquiry into Industrial Strategy, which is expected to report early this year.

Sessions are expected to bring together senior policymakers with representatives from a wide range of relevant industries – such as aerospace, agriculture, automotive, construction, defence, energy, electronics and life sciences – as well as investors, suppliers, enterprise partnerships, trade associations, consultants, academics, trade unions and banks, together with representatives from the national and trade press.

Speakers include:

Martin McTague, Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses

Professor Simon Collinson, Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, University of Birmingham

Dick Elsy, Chief Executive Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Professor Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Tim Frenneaux, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership

Emma Roberts, Head of Industrial Strategy, Confederation of British Industry

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