Author: Michael Kane

Blog: Skilling up the regions: Unlocking the UK’s productivity potential

by Michael Kane

The current skills system is not delivering the skills that UK businesses or the economy needs. Skills shortages consistently top the list of concerns of business leaders in our annual Global CEO survey, while the lack of powers over skills is a concern for local leaders. This means a new model [...]

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Blog: Why don’t we just… make sure economic growth benefits ev

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Blog: A country that works for everyone? Only with inclusive growt

Britain’s vote to leave the EU has forced into the open a fundamental and increasingly urgent debate about the country’s future. Should we pursue a more Singaporean model of economic growth, with low taxes and tariffs to attract investment and trade? Or should we seek to ‘regain control’ of our [...]

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Blog: We need to rethink economic policy to bring prosperity to th

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