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Recent events

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Brexit – Did the economists get it wrong?

29 March 2017 - Early evening meeting - Login for venue


During the EU referendum campaign in 2016 many economists predicted disastrous economic consequences in case of a “Leave” vote. However, the current economic climate is far from this scenario. Were the economic models used at the time wrong? Were the predictions wrong or will they still take eff... Read More


Building more new homes each year

22 February 2017 - Breakfast meeting - Login for venue

Gavin Barwell MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Fixing the UK’s housing problems is challenging: Should London be treated as a special case? Would greater devolution of housing powers help better address the characteristics of each local market? What needs to be done to free up availability of land? The new government white paper is the first a... Read More

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Economic prospects for the UK and the EU in 2017

17 February 2017 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Andrew Smith, Economist

After the trauma of the Brexit vote and with a new American administration on the scene, businesses in the UK and the EU face a changed set of challenges and opportunities. Andrew Smith, formerly Chief Economist at KPMG, will give a detailed analysis of the overall economic landscape and its implica... Read More

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Meeting the international trade challenge

16 January 2017 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Edward Barker, Director, Strategy Directorate, Trade Policy Group, Department for International Trade

For a long time, Britain has had a significant international trade deficit that successive governments have tried to reduce. The Brexit vote has increased the urgency for the country to gear up to increase international trade and vigorously address non-EU markets. Edward Barker, Director, Trade Stra... Read More


Financing for growth

06 December 2016 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Rebecca Long Bailey, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Following the surprise EU referendum outcome, the change in government leadership, and the sharp drop in growth forecasts, policy-makers and economists are discussing the need for investment-led growth and a more ambitious industrial strategy. Come and hear Rebecca Long Bailey, Labour’s Shadow Chi... Read More

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Britain and the EU – Difficult questions after the EU referendum

27 October 2016 - Afternoon conference - Login for venue

Panel discussion,

This conference will discuss the present realities and future challenges arising from the referendum on 23rd June. Leading academics, politicians and commentators will be discussing such issues as freedom of movement, the triggering of Article 50, and the possibility of a “hard” Brexit. The prog... Read More