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A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

Trade Unlocked Conference

Trade Unlocked 2023 is a brand new national conference that brings together businesses of all sizes to discuss and address the challenges of the current trading environment. It is a conference that provides a platform for businesses small and large to engage with business leaders, trade experts, policy makers, and trade body representatives.

The Productivity Institute will be hosting a session on UK productivity at the conference, where Professor Bart van Ark, Managing Director of The Productivity Institute, will present a diagnosis of the specific UK issues that have been identified in the institute’s research to date. A panel of experts and practitioners will then discuss and explore the things that businesses and government need to address in order to make the UK a competitive and productive place.

Use the discount code TU23UNI or TU23REGISTERFREE when registering to save £350 on your ticket and attend the conference for free.


Tera Allas CBE, Director of Research and Economics at McKinsey

Nigel Driffield, Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School and Organisational capital research theme lead at The Productivity Institute

Halima Jibril, Research Fellow at the Enterprise Research Centre, University of Warwick, and The Productivity Institute

Donna Edwards, Managing Director for Business Support and Business Finance at The Growth Company

Conference details

Tuesday 20th June 2023
Hall 2
N.E.C. Birmingham
North Avenue
B40 1NT

Session details

Stage C: 1:00pm – 2:00pm


  • 20 June 2023


  • 9:30 am - 6:00 pm