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Charles Levy
Senior Economist

A Plan for Growth in the UK’s Knowledge Economy

A Plan for Growth in the UK’s Knowledge Economy

Wednesday, 29 June 2011
15:30 - 17:00
Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, London SW1

  • Will Hutton, Executive Vice Chair, The Work Foundation (Chair)
  • Rt. Hon. Dr. Vincent Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Adrian Bailey MP, Chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee
  • Vicky Pryce, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
  • Charles Levy, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation


This report launch event brought together key figures from business, academia, media and the public sector to discuss where growth and jobs for the future going to come from. This has become a vital question for our future prosperity. Set against the context of the worst recession in living memory, the Work Foundation’s Knowledge Economy 2 research programme has been focusing on how the knowledge economy can best drive recovery. 

The primary objective of the Knowledge Economy 2 programme has been to set out what a more balanced and sustainable knowledge based economy would look like in 2020, back cast to where we are today and establish what needs to be done to achieve this objective. Our research has focused on what we think the sustainable foundations for growth in a knowledge economy are – an enterprise policy that works for high growth firms, a skills agenda that delivers the knowledge workers we need, investment to maintain our scientific and research leadership and action to ensure we make the most of our public services. We have also been looking at individual sectors to build up an industrial strategy for the knowledge economy. 

Launching our final publication from the programme, A plan for growth in the knowledge economy, the event offered an opportunity to discuss our vision of a sustainable and prosperous 2020 knowledge economy, and debate how we can achieve such an important goal. 

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