In the wake of the Industrial Strategy White Paper from November 2017, we are convening this forum to assess the future of UK manufacturing in advanced and high-value industries.
Delegates will discuss the regional disparities in economic prosperity, and how advanced manufacturing and our world-class universities can alleviate this gap. Representatives from local authorities and devolved bodies will talk about regional strategy and the need for a triangulation between different layers of government and business.
Britain has long led the world in scientific research, but lagged behind in developing the commercial potential of its R&D. This forum will investigate recent successes of advanced manufacturing firms in the UK - ranging from aerospace to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - and plans for further bridging the gap between scientific and technological innovation.
As the economy adapts to our new future outside of the EU, we ask what impact Brexit will have on our manufacturing sector, how competitive we can be in a globalised economy, and where our negotiations leave the research bodies and industries currently funded and supported by Brussels.
Tying it all together, we will analyse the current state of the British workforce, and how we can cope with the incoming economic disruption that advanced technology brings. Are we focusing enough on STEM subjects and other technical qualifications in school? How can we tackle the UK's productivity problem? Can we have a working Industrial Strategy that gets the balance right between government interference and market freedom?