This event presented best practice from a range of businesses who are already making progress in tackling the UK’s productivity puzzle.
This event featured keynote speeches from:
- Lord Mark Price, Former Managing Director of Waitrose, and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Writer and Former Government Minister of Trade and Investment.
- Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Chair: Sarah O'Connor, Investigations Correspondent, Financial Times.
Over several years JRF and others have argued that low-paid sectors such as retail and hospitality - which account for one in four private sector jobs - deserve a more prominent role in the Government’s industrial strategy if we are to create an economy that works for all.
Now the Government has acknowledged in its Industrial Strategy White Paper that these sectors have been overlooked and has committed to working with them to drive up earnings and productivity. This major conference will show how businesses, trade bodies, national and local government can make this goal a reality.
We heard best practice from a range of businesses who are already making progress in tackling the UK’s productivity puzzle. The event also heard from leading government figures and policy makers on their plans to support the retail and hospitality sector.