June & July Events Blog | IPT

On Tuesday 05 June 2018, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a Dinner Discussion between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled, ‘Regional Development: Supporting Economic Growth Across the UK’. The discussion was chaired by Anna Turley MP, Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and welcomed guest speakers Jamie Reed, Head of Development and Community Relations at Sellafield and Graeme Elliott, Director of Public Affairs at Manchester Airports Group. The discussion focussed on what more can be done to sustain local economic growth and solve regional inequalities.

During the event attendees:

  • Explored the importance of improving the education of local populations for increasing employment and investment in regional economies
  • Highlighted the value of infrastructure development in enhancing regional connectivity and boosting productivity
  • Considered the impact of de-population and a ‘brain-drain’ of skilled workers on regional economies.

 

On Wednesday 06 June 2018, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a Dinner Discussion between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled, ‘Legal Certainty Post-Brexit: Engaging Stakeholders to Strengthen the Rule of Law’. The discussion was chaired by John Howell OBE MP, Select Committee on Justice and welcomed guest speakers Richard Godden, a Partner and the Rule of Law Lead at Linklaters LLP and Ben Patterson, the Head of Legal at the Linde Group for the UK, Ireland and Africa. The discussion focussed on the challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit in ensuring legal certainty for business and the links between the rule of law, business confidence and national economic competitiveness.

During the event attendees:

  • Considered the challenge of maintaining the use and authority of English law in commercial dealings due to legal uncertainty
  • Explored the difficulties of time constraints and constituency pressures on parliamentarians for scrutinising secondary legislation
  • Highlighted the potential for legal uncertainty post-Brexit to trigger new thinking on enhancing the rule of law.

 

On Monday 11 June the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted a Dinner Discussion entitled Britain’s Low Carbon Future. The event was chaired by Peter Aldous MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Intelligent Energy and welcomed speakers Jo Coleman OBE, UK Energy Transition Manager, Shell and Professor Michael Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, University of Warwick. Throughout the dinner attendees discussed how we the UK can reach the pace of decarbonisation needed to meet its domestic and international obligations to reduce carbon emissions.

During the event:

  • Attendees discussed how public perceptions are increasingly more positive about developments in low carbon technology
  • Attendees explored how the UK can be a global leader in decarbonisation and the value of international cooperation in developing low carbon technology
  • Attendees highlighted the importance in recognising that all governmental departments need to play a role in decarbonisation

 

On Tuesday 12 June 2018, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a Breakfast Meeting between parliamentarians and industry representatives entitled, ‘Preparing for Digital Growth: Advancing the UK Economy’. The discussion was chaired by The Baroness Neville Rolfe DBE CMG, a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the European Union and welcomed guest speaker Richard Wainer, the Head of Public Affairs at EE. The discussion focussed on how the appropriate infrastructure and investment can be created in the UK to encourage further expansion of both the digital sector and the wider economy.

During the event attendees:

  • Highlighted the impact of digital investment on enhancing efficiency and productivity across a variety of sectors such as energy, transport, and the creative industries
  • Considered the challenge of obtaining planning permission and access to land to enable the growth of digital infrastructure
  • Expressed the need to increase consumer demand for the latest digital developments, such as smart meters and high-speed broadband, to facilitate investment

 

On Wednesday 13 June the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted a Breakfast Meeting entitled, Future Proofing UK Supply Chains. We welcomed speaker Jeegar Kakkad, Chief Economist & Director of Policy, ADS Group who addressed the table about the current challenges and opportunity that UK supply chains face.

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On Wednesday 27 June the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted a Dinner Discussion entitled Global Britain: The Future UK-US Trade Relationship. The dinner was chaired by the Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Select Committee on Defence. We also welcomed speakers Nathan Stower, Director of External Affairs, Virgin Atlantic; Emanuel Adam, Director of Trade and Policy, British American Business Group and Joe Brusuelas, Chief Economist, RSM US LLP. Throughout the dinner attendees explored what UK-US trade would look like in a future ‘Global Britain’.

 During the event:

  • Attendees discussed the positives and negatives of the UK pursing a future free trade agreement with US
  • Attendees expressed concern about how the current uncertainties surrounding the future direction of US foreign trade policy could affect the UK
  • Attendees highlighted how the digital economy could offer potential benefit to UK business in future UK-US trade relations

 

On Tuesday 03 July the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted a Breakfast Meeting entitled, Employment in the 21st Century: The Future of Work in a Digital Age. The breakfast was chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP, Select Committee on Transport and welcomed speakers Andrew Murphy, Chief Information Officer, John Lewis Partnership and Kate Brightwell, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Adobe. Throughout the discussion attendees explored how can we ensure current and future workforces are upskilled and supported to be ready for upcoming relevant positions.

During the event:

  • Attendees highlighted that the Digital Age is progressing faster than our current workforce can keep up with, and what can be done to retrain our current workforce, so employees do not suffer transitionally
  • Attendees considered the need to address the inequality gap and pose solutions for how the future of employment in a digital age will not worsen this gap
  • Attendees explored what retraining the current workforce and what educating the future workforce will look like

 

On Monday 09 July the Industry and Parliament Trust hosted a Dinner Discussion entitled Financial Planning: The Future of Long-term Savings. The evening was chaired by Jeremy Quin MP, PPS to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and welcomed speakers Jamie Jenkins, Head of Pension Strategy, Standard Life and Stephen Lowe, Group Communications Director, Just Group. Throughout the evening attendees discussed how individuals can feel adequately educated and confident in choosing their path to financially plan for the future.

During the event:

  • Attendees considered if the state pension system could be simplified and when people should be able to access appropriate funds
  • Attendees discussed how a good pension system could work for women, who could not open their own financial retirement plans 30 years ago, cohabitants who are not married, the LGBT+ community, or recently divorced couples
  • Attendees explored ways to help people understand their finances that makes pension plans accessible to everyone