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Thursday 28 March 2019 @ 09:00 - 13:00

 

Cost: £230 + VAT
 

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

 

It will bring out latest thinking on practical steps for individual businesses, and the support that they need, examining key issues in:

  • Investment and policy priorities;
  • Developing leadership and management;
  • Education and training;
  • The impact and adoption of innovation; and
  • Developing regional responses to productivity challenges.     

 

The agenda includes a keynote contribution on latest developments from Tony Danker, Chief Executive, Be the Business, which was set up with the funding and support of government and some of Britain’s leading companies to support businesses in improving their competitiveness and productivity.

 

There will also be a keynote address on priorities for the Business Productivity Review from James Partington, Deputy Director, Business Productivity Review, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

 

Policy developments

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.

 

Investment priorities and tackling regional productivity disparities

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.

 

Innovation and new technology

With the Government investing £4.7bn in R&D through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the conference will be an opportunity to consider in impact of new forms of technology and what can be done to help businesses to take advantage of innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics and telecoms - as well as considering the impact of necessary organisational changes on short-term business performance and employment.

 

Meeting skills needs and developing effective management and leadership

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.

 

The agenda

  • Priorities for the Business Productivity Review;
  • UK in an international productivity context, the impact of Brexit and lessons in tackling productivity challenges;
  • Strategies for tackling the ‘Productivity Puzzle’: addressing regional needs, developing wider infrastructure and lessons in raising productivity;
  • Raising firm-level productivity - supporting employers to improve productivity in the workplace and encouraging best practice;
  • Innovation in technology as a driver of productivity - opportunities and organisational challenges; and
  • Meeting skills needs, developing strong management and effective leadership, and adapting to future business trends.

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian  

 

 

9.05 - 9.35

Priorities for the Business Productivity Review

James Partington, Deputy Director, Business Productivity Review, Department for Business, Energy

and Industrial Strategy  

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.35 - 9.50

 

The UK in an international productivity context, the impact of Brexit and lessons in tackling productivity challenges

Senior speaker to be confirmed

 

 

9.50 - 10.40

Strategies for tackling the ‘Productivity Puzzle’: addressing regional needs, developing wider infrastructure and lessons in raising productivity

Tej Parikh, Senior Economist, Institute of Directors

Senior representative, LEP

Senior representative, business support

Commentator

Questions and comments from the floor with senior speaker to be confirmed

 

 

10.40 - 10.45

Chair’s closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

10.45 - 11.10

Coffee

 

 

11.10 - 11.15

 

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

11.15 - 11.45

 

Raising firm-level productivity - supporting employers to improve productivity in the workplace and

encouraging best practice

Tony Danker, Chief Executive, Be the Business

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.45 - 12.10

Innovation in technology as a driver of productivity - opportunities and organisational challenges

Senior speaker to be confirmed

Senior speaker to be confirmed

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.10 - 12.55

Meeting skills needs, developing strong management and effective leadership, and adapting to

future business trends

Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy, CIPD

Senior representative, FE

Senior representative, leadership

Senior representative, union

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Business Forum’s closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Peter van Gelder, Director, Westminster Business Forum

 

 

The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Business Forum. Follow us @WBFEvents for live updates.

 

Speakers

 

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Tony Danker, Chief Executive, Be the Business and James Partington, Deputy Director, Business Productivity Review, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

 

Further confirmed speakers include Tej Parikh, Senior Economist, Institute of Directors and Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy, CIPD.

 

Additional senior participants are being approached, but if you or a colleague would like to be considered as a speaker at this seminar, please contact us at speakeroffers@forumsupport.co.uk specifying the event and session where you would like to speak and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are offering to speak yourself please don’t fill in the booking form, as this will be taken as an order and you will be charged for a place subject to our T&Cs.

 

Networking

 

Westminster Business Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details). Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from BEIS, DWP, DCMS, HM Treasury and other relevant Departments, as well consumer groups, academics, and reporters from the national and trade media.

 

Output and About Us

 

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BEIS, DfE, DWP, GEO and other government departments; officials at ACAS, HMRC and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

The Westminster Business Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

 

Booking arrangements

 

To book places, please use our online booking form.

 

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Next steps for increasing productivity in UK businesses - leadership, workforce development and tackling regional disparities(including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

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