National Productivity Week 27th January 2025 | Visit Website

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The Wales Productivity Challenge

Did you know that the manufacturing sector in Wales accounts for a larger share of the economy than elsewhere in the UK? That the Welsh economy is also developing exciting new activities in arts and culture and tackling the difficult balancing act between raising productivity and improving health and wellbeing head on? 

In this episode, we take a deep dive into the productivity performance of Wales and how it stacks up against the rest of the UK. We’ll discuss the key drivers, sectors and resources as well differences between large and small businesses and regions. There is also an interesting question on how productivity fits in with the Welsh Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the parallels between Net Zero and productivity growth. 

Our guests:

  • Andrew Henley, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics, Director of Research Engagement and Impact Cardiff Business School 
  • Rhian Elston, Investment Director at Development Bank of Wales.
  • Ben Cottam, Head of Wales, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

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