Over a million UK businesses see Brexit as major obstacle to success
Significant increase in number of SMEs concerned about Brexit, especially innovators and exporters This press release was published here. The number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that view Brexit as a major obstacle to success has increased significantly since the referendum, according to research published in the journal Regional Studies by Ross Brown and […]
General election 2017 and the incompleteness of industrial strategy
Craig Berry argues that industrial strategy is the Achilles heel of British economic statecraft, but the radical approaches promised by both the Conservatives and Labour fall short of a transformative agenda.
Academy of Social Sciences: How can the UK and Scotland Prosper Outside the EU?
‘The EU Referendum – How can the UK prosper outside the EU?’ Professor Vicky Pryce FAcSS, Economist and Former Joint Head, Government Economic Service ‘How can Scotland prosper outside the EU?’ Professor Ronald MacDonald OBE, Research Professor of Macroeconomics and International Finance (Economics), University of Glasgow Academy of Social Sciences Professional Briefing 11 How can […]
The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model
SPERI has recently published a new research paper entitled ‘The Political Economy of Brexit and the UK’s National Business Model’. The paper draws together contributions from a series of workshops which ran throughout 2016 funded by the White Rose Consortium. The paper includes contributions from the three organisers of the workshop series, Scott Lavery (SPERI, Sheffield), Lucia […]
New Policy Institute 'An Industrial Strategy for a post-Brexit Britain'
The report argues that the Industrial Strategy needed by the UK: is about the supply side, with a special focus on labour as the element most impacted by Brexit; should concern itself with the whole of industry; should adopt rising labour productivity, industry by industry, as its goal, supported by greater equality of outcome in […]
Regional inequality, regional policy and progressive regionalism
Part of the Soundings Futures series, the first part of this article is an assessment of the scale of regional inequalities in Britain and the failures of the orthodox policy initiatives that have been advanced to address them. The main weaknesses of successive policy shifts have been that: overall expenditure has simply been inadequate to […]
Re-inventing regional policy for post-Brexit Britain
With Brussels and London having radically different attitudes to regional policy, Professor Kevin Morgan looks at what lies ahead for UK regional policy post Brexit. In a two-part blog, he argues that when the reign of EU regional policy ends in 2020, there is a real opportunity to build on the best features of European […]
UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee: 'Government's Industrial Strategy could do more to reflect Brexit opportunities'
‘The Science and Technology Committee welcomes the Government’s industrial strategy Green Paper, but it could give more room for discussing its links with Brexit. That means that the industrial strategy is not yet being fully configured to shape our Exit negotiations, but it will also have to be progressively updated to reflect the results of those […]
Why don’t we see growth up and down the country?
This Centre for Cities briefing argues that: Different parts of the economy – city centres, suburbs, hinterlands and rural areas – offer different things to business. And this influences the type of businesses they attract and grow. Cities inherently offer businesses a greater number of benefits because of a process known as agglomeration. But some […]
Brexit: A new industrial strategy and rules on state aid
Nicholas Crafts argues that ‘depending on the outcome of negotiations, Brexit potentially changes the rules that govern the use of industrial policy. The UK government has in mind risky policy reforms that appear to be incompatible with EU rules on state aid. This column argues that this is an unheralded downside of a hard Brexit.’
10 ideas for a successful place-based industrial strategy
The Centre for Cities set out 10 ideas on how the Government can develop an industrial strategy which recognises the significance of place as the organising framework for the UK economy, and which builds on the diverse roles that different places play within it.
Rethink manufacturing: A UK strategy for Industry 4.0
KPMG has commissioned this research among leading manufacturing executives from large organisations, to understand how they anticipate Brexit will impact them – and what are their highest priorities for a long-term and coherent industrial strategy from the UK government. KPMG rethink-manufacturing-a-new-uk-industrial-strategy
VIDEO: The Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP speaks at Policy Exchange’s Industrial Strategy conference
Watch The Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy deliver a speech and answer questions at Policy Exchange’s ‘Developing a Modern Industrial Strategy’ conference.
Localis report: 'The Making of an Industrial Strategy'
This report makes the case for a locally-led industrial strategy. It argues that to turn a national industrial strategy into local economic renewal, places and their leaders should be provided the space and powers by government to lead from the front. In short places should take control of their local industrial strategy, with greater influence over the […]
Midlands Engine Strategy
HM Government argues that: “The Midlands Engine Strategy is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to making the Midlands a powerful engine for economic growth. Stretching from Shropshire to Lincolnshire, with the M1, M6, and most of our major railway lines running through it, the Midlands sits at the very heart of the UK economy. Building […]
Implications of Brexit for UK ESIF programming and future regional policy
The UK referendum on EU membership resulted in a vote to leave the bloc. The UK and EU are currently in limbo whilst the withdrawing Member State prepares to trigger Article 50 and formally notify its intent to depart. The financial, legal and economic implications are expected to be wide-ranging although the process of unpicking […]
Brexit, EU Area-based Policies, and the Devolved Governments
Since the EU referendum, the post-Brexit future for agricultural, regional and rural policies in the UK have been hotly debated. Few of these debates have taken account of the role of the devolved governments in relation to these policies. Although agriculture, regional and rural policy have been heavily influenced by the EU for decades, the […]
Industrial Strategy: First Review
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This Report focuses on whether the Government’s proposed industrial strategy can help build a more equal, more productive, more competitive, more innovative and higher skilled […]
A Global Britain: From local startups to international markets
Tech and digital policy for skills, investment & trade COADEC (the Coalition for the Digital Economy) put forward recommendations on skills, talent, investment and trade to inform the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy in the post-Brexit context.
City Talks: what does a modern industrial strategy actually look like?
Andrew Carter (Centre for Cities) discusses the UK Government’s new Industrial Strategy and what it could mean for UK cities, with former Business Secretary Rt Hon Vince Cable, Nesta’s Director of Innovation Policy and Futures Louise Marston, and Gavin Kelly from the Resolution Trust.
Reactions to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper - press roundup
Two weeks ago the UK government unveiled its proposals for a new industrial strategy, one which promises ‘to improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country.’ As the dust settles on the announcement, press reaction to the 132-page Green Paper has been lukewarm. The Financial Times reports […]
Steps Towards an Industrial Strategy
Richard Jones is a Professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield, and a Council Member of EPSRC.
Brexit White Paper - 'The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union'