Webinar: Addressing Productivity: A Cross Sector Perspective with Gemma Peck, Director, Business Growth, BEIS

Following the pandemic, the government has made the development of a high wage, high skill economy a central ambition. To achieve this, addressing the UK’s productivity gap will be critical. Part of that focus will be working with the supply chain and SMEs to help address challenges around productivity. In this special session we will hear how BEIS, CMI and Aston are seeking to work across the sectors to support large FTSE companies work with their supply chains to address productivity, and how the government is supporting this drive. By joining us, you will:

  • Hear more about what can be done to support SMEs and supply chains in enhancing productivity
  • Discover what BEIS is doing to support the productivity drive with the Help to Grow scheme  
  • Learn where further collaboration across the public, private and not for profit sectors will prove vital in the drive to address the long tail of productivity
  • Gemma Peck

    Director, Business Growth


    Gemma joined BEIS as Director for Business Growth and the Office for Artificial Intelligence in March 2020. She leads the department’s work to support small businesses to start and scale, improve access to finance and enable emerging technology to thrive in the UK.   Previously Gemma worked at HM Treasury, where she led the Growth and Productivity Team, played a major role in the Treasury’s preparation for EU exit and management of local economic shocks, and led the programme to establish freeports across the UK. Before joining the Treasury in 2018, Gemma was a Deputy Director in both BEIS and DfE, leading on a range of economic and social policy reforms.

  • Ann Francke

    Chief Executive

    Chartered Management Institute

    Ann Francke OBE CMgr CCMI   Ann Francke is Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute the UK’s leading professional body for management and leadership with a global member community of over 160k. She started her career at Procter & Gamble and has held senior executive positions at Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI. In 2020, Ann was awarded an OBE for services to workplace equality.     Ann is an expert on gender balance in the workplace and speaks frequently in the media and conferences on this and other management topics. Her book on gender balance - Create a Gender-balanced Workplace, published in September 2019. Ann also authored the ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’ and has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE Cranfield report. She was awarded the MemCom award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body in 2016.     Ann has five Honorary Doctorates for her work in management and leadership and is an advisory board member for the Work Foundation & Nottingham Business School, sits on the Advisory Council of the Chancellors Help to Grow: Management initiative, is an Engineering Council Board member, chairing their diversity & inclusion working group and chairs the WACL working group on workplace equality. She has also previously served on commercial boards - Grant Thornton and Tongal.

  • Mark Hart

    Academic Director

    Aston Business School, Aston University

    Professor Mark Hart is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School, Associate Director of the Aston Centre for Growth, and is one of the Programme Directors and Academic Lead of the national Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme. A 2014 recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, he has played a national role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs as well as advising government on small business and entrepreneurship matters. He is a member of the Expert Advisory Council for the Government’s new Help to Grow: Management programme for small businesses across the UK.   He is Deputy Director of the national Enterprise Research Centre (www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk) which is jointly hosted by Aston University and the University of Warwick and has as its mission to understand the drivers of small business growth. Mark leads on business growth and productivity research to understand the dynamics of the private sector over time and the role of SMEs as well as contributing to the work on growth ambition and access to finance. He also manages the GEM UK national team for GEM Global which is the only international source of annual evidence on entrepreneurial attitudes, activity and aspiration (www.gemconsortium.org)