How do we Solve the Productivity Problem? – 25th September 2018

Ingenuity Breakfast Event


According to Office for National Statistics data, productivity in the D2N2 region (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) is about 88% of the rest of the UK. In 2015 this meant that an average worker in D2N2 produced around £10,700 less in gross value added (GVA) than an average worker in England. Aggregating across all employees in D2N2, this amounts to a productivity gap of more than £8.2 billion! In light of these stark figures, it’s easy to see how increasing productivity could benefit a business’s bottom line, but addressing how to tackle this is often much harder – and is something that’s being discussed in earnest across the region.

Join us at this Ingenuity breakfast event as Professor Richard Kneller from the University of Nottingham and Matthew Wheatley, Growth Plan Manager from D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, will be exploring the region’s productivity problem and what we can do about it.

Our speakers

Professor Richard Kneller
Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Richard joined the School of Economics as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Globalisation and Economic Policy and was promoted to a chair in Economics in 2011. Before coming to Nottingham, Richard worked at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.



Matthew Wheatley
Growth Plan Manager, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership


The programme

07:45 – 08:10       Registration, breakfast and networking
08:10 – 08:15       Welcome and introductions
08:15 – 09:00       Keynote
09:00 – 09:10       Q&A
09:10 – 09:30       The Shop Window
09:30…                  Networking – for those that want to stay on

State Aid

This event is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is part of the Enabling Innovation Programme. This event is classed as State Aid to participating businesses, the value of which is £100, but is delivered completely free of charge to participants.

The ‘Shop Window’

The Shop Window is your chance to take the floor to make a brief presentation to the room about something you are looking for help with.

From the University? If you have a business-facing project or want to work with local small and medium-sized businesses as part of your research, this is your opportunity to make contact with business owners. Our network members are already interested in what happens at the University and may be interested in participating with your initiative.

From a business? Sorry, but the Shop Window isn’t the time for a “60 second pitch”. Feedback from our network members tells us that our businesses want something different from Ingenuity. But it is your opportunity to do some research of your own: request volunteers for new product or service trials, ask if anyone has any recommendations for difficult-to-find suppliers, or simply share some news that the audience might not find out about otherwise.

If you would like to participate in the Shop Window just drop us a line.

The venue

Sir Colin Campbell Building, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU

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