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Economy 2030 Inquiry

An investment nation

Torsten Bell (Resolution Foundation), Kate Barker (Universities Superannuation Scheme), Andrew Harrison (NatWest), Simon Nixon (Journalist), Krishan Shah (Resolution Foundation), Anna Valero (CEP)

Thursday 22 June 2023 09:30 - 10:45

This event is both online and in person

Off Campus

About this event

Can Britain shift from living off its past to investing in its future?

Britain is in relative decline, as productivity and wages stagnate. This reflects a decade of shocks but also a longer-lasting problem – Britain has spent recent decades living off its past rather than investing in its future. In both public and private investment, the UK consistently lags behind its international peers, leaving British workers with less kit to work with, and fewer British firms competing at the cutting edge. Ensuring firms want to invest, and making sure they are able to do so, is therefore fundamental to our hopes of an economic revival. Both main parties recognise this task, but their focus on changes to corporation tax or promises of a more stable period of government are unlikely to deliver the scale of change required.

Why are so many firms reluctant to invest in their, and Britain’s, future? Are firms held back because returns on investment are low, or because finance is unavailable? What reforms – from corporate governance to pensions, taxation and planning – might move the dial? And if investment does rise, should that be financed from lower consumption at home or borrowing from abroad?

Following a presentation of highlights from major new research assessing how to reform the UK’s investment ecosystem, we hear from leading experts on how to encourage British firms to invest more.

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Kate Barker, Economist and Chair of the Universities Superannuation Scheme
Andrew Harrison, Head of Business Banking at NatWest
Simon Nixon, Journalist
Krishan Shah, Economist at the Resolution Foundation
Anna Valero, LSE, CEP
Torsten Bell, (Chair) chief executive of the Resolution Foundation.

Economy 2030 Inquiry Resolution Foundation Nuffield Foundation

Participants are expected to adhere to the CEP Events Code of Conduct.


This event will take place Off Campus.