Enhancing Productivity: A Cross-Sector Perspective

Enhancing Productivity: Business and Government alignment on transforming the business support ecosystem

Productivity is vital to help boost the UK’s economic performance and improve standards of living. As a nation, the UK consistently falls behind many other developed economies in terms of productivity, with the gap widening.

In this special session with Be the Business, we will identify some of the main challenges to UK productivity growth and learn how Government and leading businesses are collaborating to help increase SME productivity. This session will allow you to:

  • Understand how the productivity challenge is impacting UK wide economic growth.
  • Find out how government and business are working together to address the UK’s productivity challenges.
  • Learn how leading UK businesses have sought to help boost SME productivity and support SMEs in their supply chain and customer base.
  • Learn how targeted interventions from Be the Business have helped SMEs to significantly improve their productivity.
  • Edward Thurman

    Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Lloyds Banking Group

    In November 2017 Ed was appointed as Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking within Commercial Banking. The Global Transaction Banking business serves all client groups within Commercial and Retail Business Banking, through specialist teams across the UK and key international hubs. As well as the provision of key cash management and payments products, the business designs, builds and delivers propositions to support clients’ broader working capital needs including Trade and Supply Chain Finance and Asset and Invoice Finance. Ed joined Lloyds Banking Group in August 2008 as a Director in Group Corporate Development. He was responsible for the development and formulation of the Group’s corporate strategy and was a member of the team that led the Group Strategic Review. Immediately prior to his current role Ed spent five years as Managing Director, Financial Institutions, a client unit created at the inception of the Commercial Banking business to create deeper institutional focus on this segment, and to best harness emerging industry trends to our benefit. After completing a degree in Economics, Ed began his career at the Bank of England before moving to the Financial Services Authority at its formation in 1998. He has also held senior strategy roles at Bear Stearns and ABN AMRO and before this spent five years with McKinsey & Company, consulting across the industry but with an emphasis on Wholesale Banking clients. In addition to his management responsibilities of the GTB business, Ed is also the Group’s Regional Ambassador for London and Commercial Banking’s Executive Sponsor for Disability.

  • Tony Danker

    CEO, Be the Business

    Tony Danker is Chief Executive of Be the Business, the new business-led movement created to transform UK’s productivity. Be the Business is chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield of the John Lewis Partnership and runs its campaign and programmes across the country. Tony was previously Chief Strategy Officer and International Director at Guardian News & Media (GNM), where he had responsibility for the company’s global expansion, business development and analytics functions. Before joining GNM, Tony spent two years in public policy and was a policy adviser in HM Treasury. He previously spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company, with expertise in government and organisational consulting. In 2004 he completed the mid-career Masters in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  • Nigel Whitehead CBE

    Director, External Affairs, BAE Systems

    Nigel is the Director of External Affairs for BAE Systems. He undertakes a number of additional roles: Chairman, Team Defence Information; Member of Productivity Leadership Group; Co-Chair, Defence Suppliers Forum – Executive Group.
    Nigel was previously the Chief Technology Officer for the company, having responsibility for coordinating technology investment, collaboration and exploitation across the Group’s products, services and operations. In this role Nigel also led the functions of Engineering, Manufacturing, Support, IM&T, Project Management and Strategy. Prior to this, Nigel was Group Managing Director of the company's UK defence businesses, delivering over £7bn turnover in the UK and international markets, and has been active in defence programmes for 33 years, working in the UK, Sweden and Australia. Nigel is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was appointed CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to vocational education and skills. Nigel's career highlights include being able to see a number of major defence products through development and delivery phases and then seeing them operate well in the hands of the armed forces.

  • Matt Carr

    Director, Carr's Pasties

    Matt Carr is a co-owner and director of third generation family firm Carr’s Pasties Ltd of Bolton, Greater Manchester - working alongside his brothers Joe and Liam.  He joined the company in 2013, having enjoyed a successful career in the construction and technology industries. Since 1938, Carr’s Pasties have been supplying delicious, freshly baked food to the good people of Bolton and beyond.  By instilling family values in the way they go about their business - with customers, suppliers and a dedicated workforce of nearly 100 people, they are proud to have been a part of Bolton life for so many years. The business is now in growth mode with many exciting opportunities – the challenge is to continue to grow sustainably whilst raising productivity and retaining the culture and values that makes Carr's Pasties such a fantastic business, a task made easier with the help of the Be The Business organisation. Matt lives with his wife and three children in Sheffield, making for a challenging commute – he says that the beauty of the Peak District and the best job in the world waiting for him every day softens the blow somewhat.



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