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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

The UK Economy After Brexit: Working for All?

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice is hosting a major conference on the economy on November 14th in central London. ‘The UK Economy After Brexit: Working for All’ will explore the future prospects for the economy and the priorities for Government. Issues for debates will include productivity and industrial strategy, long-term finance for investment, innovation policy and labour market reform.


8.30  Registration and coffee

9.00  Introduction and Welcome: Catherine McGuinness, Chairman, Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation

9.10  Opening remarks: Tom Kibasi, Director of IPPR and Chair, IPPR Commission on Economic Justice

9.20  Keynote Speech: George Freeman MP, Chair, Conservative Policy Forum; Co-chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth

9.45  Panel 1: The UK Economy: Perspectives and Priorities

  • Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI
  • Tim Roache, General Secretary, GMB
  • Professor Diane Coyle, Manchester University; Co-Chair, Industrial Strategy Commission
  • Will Hutton, the Observer 

10.55  Coffee

11.15 Panel 2: Industrial strategy: raising productivity, promoting innovation, rebalancing the economy

  • Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
  • Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive, Innovate UK
  • Charlotte Crosswell, CEO, Innovate Finance (invited)
  • Alessandro Rosiello, Director, ACT Blade Ltd and Associate Professor, University of Edinburgh Business School

12.30  Lunch 

13.30  Keynote Speech: Rt Hon John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 

14.10  Panel 3: Good jobs: improving skills, increasing pay, raising productivity

  • Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUC
  • Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
  • Martin McTague, National Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Sam White, Policy Director, Aviva
  • Alan Thornburrow, Scotland Director, Business in the Community

15.25  In Conversation: 

  • Martin Wolf, Financial Times
  • Professor Mariana Mazzucato, UCL

16.25  Closing remarks: Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR, and Chair of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice

16.30  Close

This conference is kindly supported by City of London Corporation and Aviva.