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UK Innovation Summit

City and Financial Global is launching the UK Innovation Summit, which will take place in London on November 29th, 2017, in order to provide companies with a practical, actionable guide to improving their productivity through innovation. The objective is for delegates to take away practical ideas that they apply to improving innovation and productivity in their own organisations.   

Through a selection of case studies and highly interactive panel discussions, the programme will examine in detail on: 

• How to improve the impact of the UK’s investment in R&D, infrastructure and commercialisation

• Innovation diffusion and digital innovation as a driver 

• The importance of becoming an export-led business and re-orienting trading strategies to the world outside Europe

• Workplace practices: productivity through people and the impact of effective leadership programmes

• How incremental change can generate huge improvements in productivity

• The importance of education, skills development and talent retention

• Measuring and benchmarking: end-to-end benchmarking, from corporate level metrics to front-line operations

• How to use benchmarking itself to improve productivity

Speakers include:

• Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership and Chair of the Productivity Leadership Group 

• Dr Ruth McKernan, CBE, Chief Executive, Innovate UK 

• Phil Smith, Chairman, Cisco UK and Ireland 

• Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI 

• Mike Cherry, National Chairman, The Federation of Small Businesses

• Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Board, Midlands Engine 

• Alison Mitchell, Executive Director, Sensor City 

• Gary Woodman, CEO Worcestershire LEP  

• Tera Allas, Senior Fellow Fellow, McKinsey Center for Government

• Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics, Imperial College 

• Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF 

• Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development, Rolls-Royce  

• Ben Morgan, Head of the Integrated Manufacturing Group, Factory 2050

• Allie Renison, Head of Europe and Trade Policy, The Institute of Directors 

• Tony Danker, Chief Executive, Productivity Leadership Group 

• Chris Blade, Managing Director, Cumbria Crystal 

• Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, UK & Ireland, McKinsey & Company 

• Andy Page, CEO, Sharing in Growth UK Ltd

For further information please visit the event website at