As our members will know, our Ingenuity Network events always aim to provide fresh perspectives on pertinent business issues, and there are few issues more topical in the current economic landscape than Brexit. With uncertainty looming large, our latest breakfast event focused on the theme of ‘Prosperity in a Time of Economic Uncertainty‘.
We were delighted to welcome Richard Blackmore, Regional Director of the CBI for the East Midlands, to kick off the event with an overview of the current economic landscape. Richard provided a synopsis of the CBI’s prosperity agenda, including: people and skills; infrastructure; tax and regulation; innovation; and trade. He gave insights into how the current economic climate is affecting different sectors and their varying degrees of preparedness. He also touched on the UK Government’s sizeable Brexit ‘to-do’ list and provided perspectives from the EU itself. You can view Richard’s slides here.
Complementing Richard’s talk was a presentation by Paul Mizen, Professor of Monetary Economics at the University of Nottingham. Immediately after the Brexit vote, Professor Mizen and Professor Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University, set up a Decision Maker Panel survey of senior executives from across industries and from around the country to assess the impact of substantial UK and international economic uncertainty – the responses to which are now informing the Monetary Policy Committee, BEIS and HM Treasury. Paul’s presentation revealed just how massive the impact of Brexit has been on policy uncertainty and the extent to which this is impacting upon investment decisions and growth. You can view Paul’s slides here.
Delegates praised the session for its ‘relevance‘, ‘good economic insights‘ and ‘topical and informative‘ content. Don’t miss our next breakfast event which will take place on Tuesday 24th April, when we’ll be sharing more University of Nottingham research and insights to inform your business. Sign up here.