Manchester Metropolitan University

Wednesday, 27 March 2019


Industrial strategy after the Brexit shock: an endangered species?

Lecture Theatre 4, Geoffrey Manton Building

In 2017 the government published its industrial strategy. Later this year Greater Manchester will publish its local industrial strategy. But Brexit hangs over these processes, and as we approach the closing of the Article 50 window, the time is ripe to discuss whether the UK's national and local industrial strategies will survive the shock of EU withdrawal. Have we made enough progress on industrial strategy since the financial crisis? Was the possibility of a 'hard Brexit' taken into account when the strategy was devised, or it is over before it really began? Will the industrial strategy achieve its goals once the UK's relationships with the customs union and single market have been severed, or at least transformed?

Join us for a discussion of where we are, and where we are going, organised by Future Economies (Manchester Metropolitan University) with the support of the British Academy. This lively panel event will feature a range of expert speakers, including:

  • Andy Westwood - Vice Dean for Social Responsibility and Professor of Government Practice in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester; also President of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation, an expert adviser to the IMF, and member of the Industrial Strategy Commission
  • Scott Lavery - Lecturer in Politics and SPERI Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield; author of British Capitalism After the Crisis
  • Neil McInroy - Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies
  • Siân Errington - Political Officer at Unite the Union
  • Christian Spence - Head of Future Economies Analytics (Manchester Metropolitan University); former Head of Policy and Research at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Craig Berry (Chair) - Assistant Director of Future Economies and Reader in Political Economy at Manchester Metropolitan University; also member of the Industrial Strategy Commission and editor of What We Really Mean When We Talk About Industrial Strategy

More speakers will be announced in due course.

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