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The need for consensus on vital infrastructure projects

18 September 2019 - Breakfast meeting - Login for venue

Sir John Armitt CBE FREng FICE FCGI, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission

A modern economy needs a good physical and digital infrastructure to support business, education, leisure and social services. But, infrastructure projects usually require long term planning and investment. Policy uncertainty, policy changes and priority changes can therefore all lead to lack of act... Read More


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Key issues for the Home Affairs Select Committee

01 July 2019 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Chair, Home Affairs Select Committee

In brilliant form, Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the powerful Home Affairs Select Committee, led an Industry Forum briefing at the Bankside offices of FleishmanHillard Fishburn. With great precision, she unravelled the complexities of the Brexit negotiations, the problems of the rigid red lines,... Read More


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Labour’s plans for investment in science & technology

18 June 2019 - Breakfast meeting - Login for venue

Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Over a long term, companies and industries based on science and technology have contributed strongly to economic growth and the quality of life. For such reasons there is a growing consensus that significantly increasing the current relatively low level of UK investment in science and technology is ... Read More


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Restoring trust in digital tech

04 June 2019 - Early evening meeting - Login for venue

Panel discussion,

The explosive growth in use of the Internet and the World Wide Web began in the 1990s and saw the rapid establishment of what are now tech titans such Google, Facebook and Amazon as well as the further dramatic expansion of existing tech companies such as Apple and Microsoft. Regulators and legislat... Read More


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An innovation-led economy

28 February 2019 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy Science & Innovation.

The burgeoning technology sector is now vying with finance to be the most profitable business sector. As the digital wave moves on, it is transforming media, entertainment, communications, logistics, and now threatens to disrupt manufacturing, retail, logistics, transportation and more. In the UK we... Read More


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Is the patent system still the best way to encourage innovation?

13 February 2019 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Panel discussion,

The patent system is designed to reward innovation by protecting the innovator from competition in exchange for making details of the innovation public. This has generally worked well to foster innovation but there are a growing number of criticisms of the system, including that it is not flexible e... Read More