Westminster Business Forum

Priorities for shaping the UK’s Industrial Strategy

Thursday, 16th March 2017

Central London


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 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.

Guest of Honour

Simon Edmonds

Director, Manufacturing and Materials, Innovate UK

Guest of Honour

Simon Edmonds

Director, Manufacturing and Materials, Innovate UK


Rt Hon the Lord Foster of Bath

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Lord Cavendish of Furness

Member, All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group


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

Stephen Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing NI

Dick Elsy

Chief Executive Officer, High Value Manufacturing Catapult

Professor Steve Evans

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

Julian Ashworth

Global Director of Group Industry Policy, BT Group

Ann Watson

Managing Director, Semta

Lee Hopley

Chief Economist, EEF

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