Nearly a decade after the global financial crisis, and in the wake of the Brexit vote, it is increasingly recognised by businesses and policymakers that the UK needs new economic thinking and practices to overcome stagnant productivity and regional economic disparities. A consensus is emerging for the first time in decades that industrial strategy has a central role to play in the UK economy.
Chaired by Dame Kate Barker, one of Britain’s foremost economists, the Commission’s other members are leading academics from the University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester.
Laying the Foundations
Laying the Foundations – the first major report from the Industrial Strategy Commission – was published in July 2017.
The report outlines the key foundations for a successful long-term industrial strategy and argues that the UK has a compelling need to introduce a framework for strategic economic management. Read the report.
The Commission’s final report will be published in November 2017.