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Realising the full potential of UK computer science

21 February 2018 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

Artificial intelligence and multiple other computer science developments are transforming life in the 21st Century. Oxford University already ranks highly amongst the top universities teaching and researching computer science, and is now committed to a major expansion of this work. This offers signi... Read More


Financing infrastructure for growth

31 January 2018 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury (Shadow City Minister)

Since the financial crisis, infrastructure investment has been squeezed in the interest of deficit reduction. It is now widely accepted that the UK needs an industrial strategy that provides significant investment in housing, transport, energy, and digital infrastructure to improve productivity, red... Read More

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Looking after the trade interests of SMEs

17 January 2018 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Bill Esterson MP, Shadow Minister for International Trade

International trade is extremely complex. At present any company attempting to forecast future sales needs to factor in uncertainty affecting future business risks linked to EU membership and also potential opportunities linked to other international markets. These issues do not just affect companie... Read More

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Financing a better future

10 January 2018 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Treasury Minister

Recent economic policies, especially the focus on austerity, have not stimulated the investment in infrastructure and skills needed to increase productivity and real wages. Labour has identified the need to change course and has proposed an approach involving a new National Investment Bank and the c... Read More

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A successful industrial strategy for the UK

04 December 2017 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair - Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

Political opinion and current economic theory have for several decades opposed government leadership in the development of industrial strategy. This appeared to change after the Brexit vote and with the formation of the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Now business and politi... Read More

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Urgent housing issues

29 November 2017 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Clive Betts MP, Chair - Communities and Local Government Select Committee

There is a cross-party consensus that problems in the housing market, including supply shortages, have not been effectively addressed for a long time. This has tremendous social consequences as well as significant economic effects. It also raises issues of planning, finance and regulation, and the G... Read More