We were pleased to be back delivering our events programme after a disrupted end to 2019. Due to issues around Brexit and the ensuing general election, we were forced to cancel all our events in November and December.
As always, we endeavor to cover a wide range of the day’s most pressing policy topics. This month we have held discussions on mental health, ethical investment and productivity to name a few. All events have been well attended by representatives from both Parliament and UK industry.
Looking ahead to February, our events will continue to cover the breadth of ongoing policy debate. We’ll be covering, to a few, apprenticeships, carbon capture and storage and the UK financial services sector post-Brexit.
You can see, and register to, future events here.
Constructing a Healthy Working Environment
On Tuesday 14 January, we hosted a breakfast meeting between parliamentarians and industry representatives titled, ‘Constructing a Healthy Working Environment.’ The discussion was chaired by Liz Twist MP, Opposition Whip and welcomed guest speakers Gregor Craig, President and Chief Executive Officer at Skanska UK and James Rudoni, Managing Director of Mates in Mind. The discussion focused on exploring the main factors related to work-related mental illness within the construction industry.
Main points raised:
The Path Toward a Plastic Free Future
On Tuesday 14 January, the we hosted the dinner discussion ‘The Path Toward a Plastic Free Future’. The event was chaired by Vicky Ford MP, Vice-Chair, Plastic Waste APPG and the speakers were Sandrine Ricard, Head of Sustainability & Responsibility, Chivas Brothers, Pernod Ricard, and Professor Kerry Kirwan, Head of Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, WMG, Warwick University. The central theme discussed was how to develop a circular economy for plastics and the role of plastics in achieving a more sustainable and resource efficient future for all.
Delivering Social Value Through Business
On Monday 20 January 2020, the we hosted a dinner discussion titled ‘Delivering Social Value Through Business’ chaired by Mark Pawsey MP. The speakers were Sean Haley, Regional Chair UK & Ireland at Sodexo and Guy Battle, Chief Executive Officer at Social Value Portal. The central theme explored at the dinner was how businesses can provide value for money and wider benefits to society.
T-Levels and the Future of Vocational Training.
On Tuesday 21 January, we hosted a breakfast meeting between parliamentarians and industry representatives titled, ‘T-Levels and the Future of Vocational Training.’ The discussion was chaired by former Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP and welcomed guest speakers Patrick Craven, Director of Policy, Research & Compliance at City & Guilds and Professor Geoff Rodgers, Vice-Provost (Research) at Brunel University. The discussion focused on the role T-Levels can play in producing a highly skilled workforce to complement widespread and fast-moving innovation within industry.
Electric Vehicles: The Road to a Greener Future
On Wednesday 22 January 2020, we hosted a breakfast meeting titled ‘Electric Vehicles: The Road to a Greener Future’. The event was chaired by Matt Western MP, Chair of the Electric Vehicles All-Party Parliamentary Group. He was joined by Jo Coleman OBE, UK Energy Transition Manager at Shell, and Ian Howells, Senior Vice-President at Honda Motor Europe. The breakfast was attended by members of the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as representatives from industry.
Ethical Investment in the UK
On Monday 27 January, we hosted a dinner discussion between parliamentarians and industry representatives titled, ‘Ethical Investment in the UK’ The discussion was chaired by Kirsty Blackman MP, Deputy Leader, SNP Westminster Group and welcomed guest speakers Bill Hartnett, ESG Stewardship Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments and David Harris, Group Head of Sustainable Business at London Stock Exchange. The discussion focused on exploring the existing ethical investment funds and how these can be developed.
Productivity and Skills in a Modern Economy
On Wednesday 29 January 2020, we hosted a breakfast meeting titled ‘Productivity and Skills in a Modern Economy’ in the House of Commons.
It was chaired by Rt Hon Lord Whitty and the speakers were Professor Ben Clegg, Head of Operations and Information for the Management Department of Aston University Business School, and James Selka, Chief Executive Officer, The Manufacturing Technologies Association.
The discussion focused on how productivity can be improved and help unlock other potential economic gains.