Productivity

How should delivery of the Industrial Strategy embrace rural economies?

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England’s rural areas in 2017 generated gross value added of at least £246 billion and employ 3.5 million people. In this blog, Professor Jeremy Phillipson and Roger Turner, Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University, argue the government's modern Industrial Strategy is focussed on creating growth and opportunities for places all over our country.

Human skills will always be needed in a technological age

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People are one of the foundations of the modern Industrial Strategy. Improving people’s skills, helping them access good jobs, supporting whole-life wellbeing and delivering more opportunities are at its heart, writes Dr Grace Lordan from London School of Economics.

Embracing machine learning to keep us all moving

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Transportation has undergone a technological revolution in the last decade with apps like Citymapper and Uber helping us move quickly and efficiently. But traffic management hasn't changed in 30 years, until now, writes Peter Mildon of Vivacity Labs.

Cutting congestion by bringing fuel to you

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As vehicles begin to use alternative energy sources, petrol stations are becoming less and less popular. In cities where property values are high, landlords are closing petrol stations to make way for residential homes. Here, Reda Bennis from Zebra Fuel explains how his business is cutting congestion.

How educational equity across academic and vocational training can fuel innovation and productivity

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Brexit, artificial intelligence, global trade wars – the challenges facing UK workers seeking to get a foot on the career ladder have never been greater. Dave Axam, Chair of Enterprise at the M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, explains why we should be positive as we enter 2019.

How the Aerospace Sector Deal will help develop flight technology of the future

The new Aerospace Sector Deal sets out a programme of joint government and industry investment in the innovation needed to develop the next generation of aerospace technology here in the UK, writes Paul Everitt from ADS, the sector's industry representative.

Why thinking local really matters in delivering a national Industrial Strategy

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The government threw down a gauntlet to Local Enterprise Partnerships to deliver regional business growth and innovation when it published its Industrial Strategy White Paper last November. Here, Christine Gaskell explains the importance of Local Industrial Strategies.

Why is Oxfordshire at the heart of global autonomous vehicle development?

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The Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark visited the Culham Science Centre-based Oxbotica to announce the UK government has committed £25m towards three autonomous vehicle projects. Why was this announcement made in Oxfordshire? Simply put, we are at the heart of connected and autonomous vehicle developments globally.