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Alliance Manchester Business School supports National Productivity Week

The North West Regional Productivity Forum, led by Alliance Manchester Business School, is taking part next week in National Productivity Week, a series of events, seminars, conferences and panel discussions addressing the UK’s productivity challenges.

The North West Forum has in particular organised a panel event about changing working patterns as part of the week. The panellists will discuss how companies should respond to increasing demands from some employees for flexibility, opportunities for remote and hybrid working, and the growing calls for a four-day working week. Book your place >>

National Productivity Week has been organised by The Productivity Institute, the ESRC-funded research body of which The University of Manchester is a member alongside eight other institutions. The Institute is based at Alliance Manchester Business School. Events will be running throughout the week from November 27 to December 1 and will bring together academics, business leaders, policymakers and think tanks to share insights into - and provide potential solutions for - the productivity slowdown in the UK.

At a special event in London The Productivity Institute will also launch the Productivity Agenda, a 10-chapter report written by academics spanning the Universities of Manchester, Cambridge, Cardiff, King’s College London and Warwick, among others. This will highlight nine key areas that policymakers need to focus on to address productivity growth in the UK.

The Productivity Institute is a UK-wide research organisation exploring what productivity means for business, for workers and for communities, and how it truly contributes to increased living standards and well-being. The North West Productivity Forum is one of The Productivity Institute’s eight forums involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Members include stakeholders from policy, and community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. The North West Forum is hosted by Alliance Manchester Business School and led by Professor Kieron Flanagan and chaired by Barry Leahey, the Managing Director of Playdale, which designs, manufactures and installs outdoor playground equipment.

Find out more about National Productivity Week >>

Find out more about The Productivity Institute >>

Professor Kieron Flanagan reflects on the causes of the North West’s productivity gap and how it might be addressed >>

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