Productivity events series

As the UK continues to wrestle with how to resolve the UK productivity problem, the Work Foundation is working in partnership with the Centre for Productivity & Efficiency (CPE) at Lancaster University Management School, and the North West Business Leadership Team, to run a series of events, entitled Productivity Connections. Our focus in particular is what businesses can do themselves individually and collaboratively working with key partners to raise the quality of their management practices, to inspire more workplace innovation and to develop and utilise the most skilled workforce. The events aim to connect policy makers, businesses, and wider experts working to better understand and address drivers of productivity in these areas, and to shape future priorities for action.




Management, leadership and productivity – 3rd May, Lancaster University

Management capability is a crucial element in productivity. ‘Management practices’ are a particular focus of work on productivity by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the Productivity Through People leadership development programme at Lancaster aims to improve management and employee engagement for better productivity. Management in SMEs is of particular concern, as SME productivity tends to be worse than that of large firms.

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Productivity and skills in a modern economy – 6th June, Work Foundation, London

The vital role of managers investing in skills to enhance UK productivity is central to the Industrial Strategy. With nine out of ten of the 2024 workforce already in work[1], lifelong learning amongst existing workers, enabling upskilling and effective skills utilisation, is crucial.  This raises many questions. For example, how can managers be supported to adopt more digitally enabled forms of working and learning? And are initiatives such as the national retraining programme and flexible learning fund enough to inspire change?

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Productive and innovative places – 3rd July, Sci-Tech Daresbury

The Industrial Strategy emphasises the importance of place. Regional ecosystems provide an opportunity for specialisation, sharing of expertise and resources, and cultivating innovation. The NW is embarking on an adoption pilot for the ‘Made Smarter’ industrial digitalisation initiative and, more generally, place-based innovation within global value-chains is critical in the face of Brexit.

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[1] UKCES. (2015). Growth Through People Evidence and Analysis, at, accessed in June 2017.