Developing a Modern Industrial Strategy

Time & Date

Monday 20th March 2017

08:30 – Registration
09:00 – Start
12:30 – End


Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk

Developing a modern Industrial Strategy is a key pillar of the Government’s agenda to make an economy that works for everyone. The newly formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a green paper in January arguing that a modern Industrial Strategy must build on our strengths, make the UK one of the competitive places in the world, and “close the gap between the UK’s most productive companies, industries, places and people and the rest.” The green paper identifies ten pillars of the new Industrial Strategy – many of which align with themes identified in a recent Policy Exchange report, The New Industrial Strategy, published in December last year.

This major conference gathered together leaders from the fields of politics, academia and business to debate the shape of the emerging Industrial Strategy. The conference will address a number of questions, including:

  • What are the UK’s most important economic challenges and opportunities?
  • How can we ensure a new Industrial Strategy doesn’t hurt competition?
  • How can we catalyse growth at city and regional level?
  • How could we turn Britain into the most innovative economy in the world?
  • Is there a skills gap? Which skills matter and why?
  • How can we ensure that the industrial strategy is ‘green’?

Speakers and panelists included:

The Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sir Geoffrey Owen, Head of Industrial Policy at Policy Exchange; Author; Visiting Professor of Practice, LSE & Former Editor, the Financial Times
Baroness Wolf of Dulwich CBE, Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London
Duncan Clark, Programme Director, DONG Energy
Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council, and Interim Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority
Michael Liebreich, Founder & Chairman of the Advisory Board, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Professor Steve Broadberry, Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford
Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant
Chris Hulatt, Founder, Octopus Investments
Liz Stevenson, Group Head of Government Relations, London Stock Exchange Group

This event was kindly sponsored by the Midlands Engine and DONG Energy.



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