National Productivity Week 27th January 2025 | Visit Website

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and practitioners

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productivity means for business

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

Staying productive in uncertain times

How do we respond to uncertainties that crises create? Are they holding us back in investing, hiring and innovating? Or can crises make us more agile and resilient, perhaps even more creative and inventive? How do we balance risks and opportunities? And what might that mean for productivity?

The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and the renewed level of geopolitical uncertainty from the war in Ukraine will upset our economies, businesses, jobs and living standards for years to come.

Host Bart van Ark is joined by three experts in economic and business forecasting to discuss how global political and economic uncertainty affects productivity and what we can do to respond.

Our guests:

  • Jagjit Chadha, Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  • Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, Confederation of British Industry
  • Paul Mizen, Professor of Monetary Economics, University of Nottingham

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