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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


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Making 2019 a great year for London business

07 February 2019 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Rajesh Agrawal, London Deputy Mayor for Business

London is a preeminent international city with a vibrant economy that recovered well from the 2008 banking crisis. The city is prosperous and the population diverse and they voted strongly to remain in the European Union. Whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, London is likely to remain su... Read More


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Focusing investment to boost the economy

23 January 2019 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis followed by Brexit uncertainty have hampered UK economic activity for a decade during which productivity and real wage growth have stalled and the gap between the prosperity of London and the southeast, and the rest of the country, has grown. Labour’s plans... Read More


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Realising the potential of renewable energy

15 November 2018 - Lunch meeting - Login for venue

Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister

The dominance of hydrocarbons as an energy source is coming to an end. There are increasingly good ways to capture renewable energy from unlimited natural sources such as solar radiation, wind, and geothermal rocks. But realising the full potential of this development requires an immense change to t... Read More


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Key issues for the Public Accounts Committee

06 November 2018 - Breakfast meeting - Login for venue

Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Select Committee

The Public Accounts Committee is outspoken and hyperactive. It has a long list of current inquiries including the interface between health and social care, Universal Credit, the Brexit financial settlement, the performance of HMRC, the collapse of Carillion and many more. Come and hear Meg Hillier M... Read More