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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.

Productivity Forums and regional disparities


Productivity Forums

We established 8 Productivity Forums in early 2021 to represent the English regions and devolved nations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Forums give the Institute reach across the UK and are the main route through which businesses and regional policymakers are engaged in the work of the Institute.

Each Forum has a Lead, Chair and members and there is a microsite for each forum where you can find out more about the members, insights and activities.

Engagement and Impact Director Nicola Pike works closely with the 8 forums to coordinate activity across the UK and between the forums and other key stakeholders.

Investment in Places research project

The Investment in Places research project is working with places to better understand how they can improve productivity, along with their economic and social conditions, with the aim of becoming more prosperous.


Supported by University of Glasgow

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London and the South

Supported by King's College London

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Yorks, Humber & North East

Supported by University of Sheffield

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Supported by University of Warwick

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North West

Supported by University of Manchester

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Supported by Cardiff University

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Northern Ireland

Supported by Queen's University Belfast

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East Anglia

Supported by University of Cambridge

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Regional Forums

The forums are involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Members include stakeholders from policy, community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each Productivity Forum is chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Forum Lead from each of the partner universities.