In 2017, the Theresa May government launched the Industrial Strategy, with the stated ambition to boost productivity across the UK, as well as enhancing prosperity. The Strategy aimed to work with businesses, the education sector, not-for-profits and local partnerships to create jobs and increase the earning power with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.
The launch of the Industrial Strategy, in combination with the challenges raised by the Brexit referendum, resulted in a call for a greater focus from across the sectors to address the regional divide and economic disparities currently present in society.
The events series throughout the year will look at some of the guiding principles and initiatives by the Industrial Strategy, alongside the drive from private, public and not-for-profits to look at regional growth, R&D, productivity and the wider economic picture.
WIG will provide a forum to discuss some of the most important and pressing parts of what the Industrial Strategy highlighted.
The core events within the Economic Growth and Prosperity theme will focus on:
15 April 2019
24 January 2019
Slides from the panel on 'The role of business in cracking the productivity challenge', Wednesday 23rd January
25 April 2018
18 April 2018
02 March 2018
01 March 2018
30 November 2017
The government's Industrial Strategy report
16 November 2017
KPMG's 2017 report on regional productivity challenges