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Solving the UK’s Productivity Puzzle


9:00 am - 1:30 pm


University of Kent Canterbury Campus
Grimond Building




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The Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise (ICE) Showcase will bring together business and university knowledge to address the challenges of improving productivity in the modern economy.

The UK ‘productivity puzzle’ is a perennial issue that has perplexed and frustrated governments and business leaders since the late Harold Wilson made his ‘white heat of technology’ speech in the 1960s.

Five decades on, the government’s Industrial Strategy places productivity at the centre of its mission to transform business and industry in the next twenty years. The Engineering Employers Federation and the Office for National Statistics analysis reveals that UK productivity growth remains over 16% lower than it was eleven years ago, during the recession that followed the financial crash.

This event will provide a mixture of talks, workshops, one-to-one meetings and networking to explore the latest technologies, research and innovation available to businesses, the public sector and organisations in the third sector.

The event is free to attend and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

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