Westminster Business Forum

Next steps for increasing productivity in UK businesses - leadership, workforce development and tackling regional disparities

Morning, Thursday, 28th March 2019

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This conference focuses on next steps for improving productivity within UK businesses at a time of significant policy development.

It is timed as the Government finalises the findings from its review into UK business productivity as part of the Industrial Strategy and following the Budget announcement of the expansion of the National Productivity Investment Fund.

Delegates will discuss what is needed from investment policy to effectively target support to critical areas such as housing, transport, digital infrastructure and R&D.

We also expect discussion on tailoring local industrial strategies to increasing productivity levels across different regions of the UK through initiatives such as business support hubs, and focused support for high-value entrepreneurs and start-ups.

The agenda will include discussion on raising firm-level productivity, and in particular how employers can develop the skills and support the training for business - including improving leadership and management within organisations.

Delegates will also assess how the introduction of the new generation of Higher T-level technical qualifications at level 4 and 5 might best be implemented to address the UK’s skills shortages and will consider strategies to improve access to and increase the uptake of STEM skills.

Guest of Honour

James Partington

Deputy Director, Business Productivity Review, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Keynote Speaker

Tony Danker

Chief Executive, Be the Business

Guest of Honour

James Partington

Deputy Director, Business Productivity Review, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Keynote Speakers

Annabelle Mourougane

Deputy Head of Division and Head of UK/Netherlands Desk, Economics Department, OECD

Tony Danker

Chief Executive, Be the Business


Jennifer Beckwith

Principal Policy Advisor, Employment Law & Employee Relations, CBI

Ben Willmott

Head of Public Policy, CIPD

Lord Inglewood

Chairman, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership

Tej Parikh

Senior Economist, Institute of Directors

Julie Kapsalis

Managing Director, Commercial, Chichester College Group and Director, Institute of Economic Development

Professor Tim Vorley

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Management School, University of Sheffield

Sue Ferns

Senior Deputy General Secretary, Prospect

Stephen Kerr MP

Member, House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee (subject to parliamentary business)

Richard Chaplin

Founder and Chief Executive, Managing Partners’ Forum

Lesley Giles

Director, Work Foundation

Tom Hadley

Director of Policy and Professional Services, Recruitment & Employment Confederation