industrial strategy

It’s old news that our society is ageing. By 2046 almost one in four people will be 65 years old and over - demographic changes
It’s old news that our society is ageing. By 2046 almost one in four people will be 65 years old and over - demographic changes
On 30 September 1948 Lewis Silkin, Clement Atlee’s Minister of Town and Country Planning, came to Laindon and addressed a
On 30 September 1948 Lewis Silkin, Clement Atlee’s Minister of Town and Country Planning, came to Laindon and addressed a
The question is will central government be bold enough to step up alongside the leaders in the North, to fuel the powerhouse to achieve its potential?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has already started. It's set to revolutionise the way we work and the businesses and industries of the future, from artificial intelligence to driverless cars, 3D printing to quantam computing, the speed of breakthroughs and change will be transformative.
If just one of these pupils is inspired to start their own business, creating jobs and new opportunities for others, then we have succeeded. Making sure that there is a place in the job market for all our young people, no matter their beginnings, is at the heart of what universities should do. There are, I'm sure, similar stories from every university in the land. Surely it makes sense to listen to them?
Yet despite these significant opportunities, the North and Midlands are still lagging their Southern counterparts when it comes to official innovation measures. This is something the country must address if it is to successfully exploit the new ideas, skills and technologies that will cement Britain's place at the forefront of this fourth Industrial Revolution that's now underway.
Yes, universities should be globally focused. Yes, they should contribute to knowledge through their powerful research. But initiatives like the Big Idea Challenge show how those closer to home can be inspired to walk a different path. Even if they never pass through our doors.
In January this year, the government launched a consultation on its new Industrial Strategy. This envisages our economic future as one backed by science and based on cutting-edge innovation, aims to build on excellence and also to spread growth across the UK through more focus on 'place'.