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April 2024 Newsletter

Details of recent events and upcoming meetings are all available in our April newsletter. Industry Forum April 2024 Newsletter 

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May 2024 Newsletter

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February 2024 Newsletter

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Did the conference speeches reveal an economic vision for the UK?

In his party conference speech, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt painted a rosy picture of our future leadership in technology sectors. His words didn’t match the scale of the economic challenge. In the Labour conference, Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves avoided the trap of major economic policy commitments, and her vision may be too pedestrian. Rod Dowler writes […]

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Industry Forum October Newsletter

Take a look at our October Newsletter for details of upcoming events. Industry Forum October 2023 Newsletter 

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September Newsletter

Our September Newsletter is now available online with details of our 30th anniversary reception and other upcoming events. Industry-Forum-September-2023-Newsletter 

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June Newsletter

Take a look at our June Newsletter for details of upcoming events. Industry Forum June 2023 Newsletter 

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April 2023 Newsletter

Our April Newsletter is now available online with details of upcoming events. April 2023 Newsletter 

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February Newsletter

Our February Newsletter is now available oinline with details of upcoming events. Industry Forum February 2023 Newsletter 

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December Newsletter

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November Newsletter

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September Newsletter

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July Newsletter

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May Newsletter

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March Newsletter

Our March newsletter is now available with details of upcoming events. Industry Forum March 2022 Newsletter 

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November Newsletter

Take a look at our November Newsletter which includes details of some of the topics we plan to address in 2022. Open Newsletter 

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UK economic prospects for 2022 and beyond

At the 25 November Industry Forum virtual roundtable, Andrew Smith, Chief Economist for the Industry Forum reviewed the prospects for the UK economy in 2022 in the light of the Chancellor's Autumn Budget and Spending Review. Open video For slides, please email jwyer@industry-forum.org

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September Newsletter

Take a look at our September Newsletter packed with events for the Autumn. Open Newsletter 

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Summer Newsletter

Our Summer newsletter is now available with details of upcoming events. Industry Forum Summer Newsletter 

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Paying for the pandemic - recovery shouldn’t mean Austerity 2

At the 17 March Industry Forum virtual roundtable, IIPP Economist Josh Ryan-Collins analysed the case for an ambitious recovery plan to avoid Austerity 2. Open presentation For slides, please email jwyer@industry-forum.org

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Paying for the pandemic - the financial impact

At the 17 March Industry Forum virtual roundtable, Economist Andrew Smith analysed the economic impact of the pandemic and whether or not we need a rapid payback of the money the government has spent. Open presentation For slides, please email jwyer@industry-forum.org

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March Newsletter

Our March newsletter is now available with details of upcoming events. Industry Forum March 2021 Newsletter 

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January Newsletter

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November Newsletter

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September Newsletter

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July Newsletter

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June Newsletter

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The business impact of Covid 19

Phil McCauley of Labour Business TV interviews Industry Forum's Chair, Rod Dowler on the industry response to the Corona crisis: Click here to view

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May Newsletter

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Leading Indian procurement platform comes to the UK

Moglix, a leading Indian procurement platform company, is at the forefront of the global battle to get internationally sourced supplies to front line health and care workers fighting Covid 19. The company has recently started operations in the UK and has become the latest company to join the Industry Forum. The tsunami of demand for medical […]

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April Newsletter

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UK Economic Outlook

Industry Forum's Chief Economic Adviser, Andrew Smith, kicks-off the new year with his thoughts on the economic outlook for 2020. UK Economic Outlook The UK is performing badly. The economy has been slowing since 2017 and pretty much ground to a halt at the turn of the year, leaving growth over 2019 as a whole […]

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November Newsletter

Take a look at our November newsletter with details of the topics we're planning for 2020. Open Newsletter

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The road to zero emissions

The dice are loaded in the game to survive global heating. We need a radical plan to win, write Klaudia Chmielowska and Rod Dowler. Open article

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September Newsletter

Take a look at our September newsletter - full of upcoming events and details of our latest meeting with the Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP Open Newsletter

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June Newsletter

Take a look at our June newsletter - full of upcoming events and details of our latest meeting to discuss trust in technology Open Newsletter

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May Newsletter

Our May Newsletter is packed full of events we have scheduled for the next few months and those we are currently working on. Open Newsletter

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The deep roots of the trust crisis

Sigmund Freud, the public affairs industry and the internet may all have played a part in declining levels of public trust, write Isabelle Stanley and Rod Dowler. Measures to restore trust could include independent media fact-checking and research and greater transparency in political donations. Open article

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Brexit & UK higher education: turning a challenge into an opportunity

Klaudia Chmielowska has produced this opinion piece summarising the output from a student project at the Industry Forum, a London think tank focused on dialogue between public policy makers and business. She is a second-year undergraduate student reading Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford, a British Alumni Society scholar, and an HSBC […]

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Technology, work and the future

After Brexit and the weather, the hottest topic this year may be the future of work and the impact of technology, particularly robots. Industry Forum chair, Rod Dowler, has recently written this short opinion piece entitled 'Technology, work and the future'. An extract appeared in the 6 July Skills supplement of the New Statesman. You […]

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A tentative, 'me-too' approach to industrial strategy will lead us nowhere

An ambitious and entrepreneurial government could transform the UK economy by playing to its strengths, writes Rod Dowler. Read the full article here

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“Hard Brexit”, International Trade and the WTO Scenario

A new report by Dr. Andrew Black of the Global Policy Institute looks at the possible consequences of a hard Brexit, following the failure of Article 50 negotiations between Great Britain and the European Union. Through his detailed analysis, Dr. Black has attempted to fill the gap in economic forecasting which Brexit Secretary David Davis […]

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Why WTO rules are not a viable alternative and could wreck the economy

A Brexit "no deal" and WTO rules would wreck the economy, writes IF Economist Andrew Smith. Countries normally seek trade arrangements which promote successful businesses, but the government is apparently seriously contemplating the opposite - a change in the terms of trade which will threaten the UK's most important sectors. Open a copy of No, […]

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Why robots aren’t the enemy

Anxiety about robots is lazy thinking that avoids the real and difficult issues caused by technological and economic change, writes Rod Dowler in the LSE Business Review, 24 April 2017 Click here to view Why robots aren't the enemy

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Economic prospects briefing 2017 – increasing risks and uncertainties

At the annual Industry Forum economic prospects briefing for 2017, Andrew Smith outlined the increasing risks and uncertainties arising from Brexit, the policies of the new Trump-led US administration, and the widespread political appetite for a return to protectionism. Andrew is the Chief Economic Adviser to the Industry Forum and he made his presentation to […]

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Rethinking the Treasury

During 2016, Industry Forum Chair, Rod Dowler, assisted Lord Kerslake’s independent review of the Treasury to consider how it should work to promote and manage more sustainable growth in a fairer and more equal society. Click here to open Rethinking the Treasury

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Trump’s New World Order: Brexit and Europe in a World Turned Upside Down

In this wide-ranging analysis of the implications of the election of Donald Trump and the UK vote for Brexit, Professor Stephen Haseler raises many disturbing questions about the shifting priorities and alignments of major world powers and the risks faced by the UK. Click here to open Trump’s New World Order: Brexit and Europe in a […]

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Difficult Questions yield some concensus

The joint Federal Trust/Global Policy Institute/Industry Forum project to tackle the difficult questions raised by Brexit did produce some significant survey consensus about what Brexit should provide. Sadly, in the time between the survey and March 2017 it has become clear that, as the Rolling Stones would say ‘You don’t always get what you want’. […]

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First, get their attention

In this provocative article, David Rowe argues that although Brexit will clearly lead to short-term economic turmoil driven by political uncertainty, it just might improve the sustainability of the European Union. David is an American academic and risk advisory specialist with extensive private sector experience. http://www.dmrra.com Download a copy of First, get their attention  

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We have seen the future and it doesn't work

Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust, gives his views on the consequences of unleashing the BREXIT tiger. Download a copy of We have seen the future and it doesn't work

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Summer 2016 Newsletter

Industry Forum Summer 2016 Newsletter Poised for change Whatever the outcome of the June 23 referendum vote, the logjam of deferred actions and decisions on the UK economy must shift. If the vote is to remain, we will need invigorated policies for greater and more energetic cooperation with our EU partners. If the vote is […]

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Why governments won't invest

Sir Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade from 2010 to 2015, outlines his views on why governments are reluctant to invest even when there are strong reasons for doing so. Download a copy of Why governments won't invest

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Andrew Smith’s answers to FT economics questions for 2016

Economist Andrew Smith gives his views on the economic outlook for 2016 in a recent Financial Times article. Download a copy of Andrew's responses FT questions Dec 15

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Economics update

A packed meeting at the National Liberal Club heard economist, Andrew Smith, give a wide-ranging economics update. The brief was to provide some ideas about the economic prospects for the UK and EU at the start of a year in which a possible UK EU referendum, the slowdown in China and the plummeting price of […]

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The EU provides often-overlooked economic benefits for the UK

By Viara Bojkova, Head of Geo-Economics Programme & Senior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute. The big campaigns for the UK to stay in or leave the EU paint pictures of alternative futures with a large brush. ‘We must have the enormous market and the regulatory protection afforded by a bloc of 500m affluent citizens’. […]

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Partnership with India: how our newest member built the Industry Forum’s new website

When support for the old purple and white Industry Forum website was suddenly withdrawn in July this year, the Forum was faced with a problem often faced by non-technology companies: how to manage an urgent project based on new and unfamiliar technology. Fortunately, help was at hand from the Forum’s newest member, Acuvate Software, a […]

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Staying or leaving the EU: do the arguments stand up?

With a new vote on EU membership now inevitable and with so much hanging on the outcome, the Industry Forum is pushing hard to discuss and understand the issues. On 8th September, Alan Johnson MP, the head of Labour’s pro-EU campaign, led a great Industry Forum discussion on ‘Why we should say ‘Yes’ to Europe. […]

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Is Europe losing the Internet race?

Some implications for the European Union of the 2015 Mary Meeker report on Internet trends - A report by Cameron Thompson at the Global Policy Institute Download your copy here: Is Europe losing the Internet race

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The challenges facing legacy banks

In September 2015 the Industry Forum organised a lively panel discussion, hosted by techUK, on the challenges faced by legacy banks. The speakers were: Keith Saxton, Chair of the techUK Financial Services Council, Josh Ryan-Collins, Associate Director, Economy and Finance, New Economics Foundation and Travers Clarke-Walker, Chief Marketing Officer – International Group, Fiserv. Download your copy of the presentation […]

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Man-made

Man-Made: Why so few women are in positions of power by Eva Tutchell and John Edmonds A summary, by the authors of their recently published book which shows that, despite years of apparent progress, real power in business and politics is still predominantly in the hands of men. Download a copy of Man-Made Summary

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Economic prospects for the UK

In June 2015 Andrew Smith, formerly Chief Economist at KPMG, gave a detailed analysis of the overall economic landscape and how things could play out for the UK. Download a copy of the slides here: Economic Prospects for the UK - 15 June 2015  

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The EU in the future of British security

This report by Andreas Capstack is intended as a counterpoint to the British government’s 'EU Balance of Competencies Review', which was commissioned to explore the areas in which the EU benefits the UK. The review drew attention to some of the benefits which the UK gains from European security cooperation, and areas in which the EU […]

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