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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Britain’s productivity crisis: what is the solution?

Britain’s productivity crisis: what is the solution?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

in partnership with Huawei

Britain has faced a crisis of low productivity growth ever since the financial crisis, long before the effects of the pandemic began to take hold. As we emerge from Covid-19, how can we best reboot the economy and boost productivity? The era of working from home has highlighted Britain’s dependence on secure, fast and reliable internet services. It also proved the UK lags well behind other countries in ensuring these services are available country-wide, uncovering the reality of Britain’s digital divide.

What can we learn from local responses to the infrastructure challenge? How can we encourage faster and more ambitious investment in our digital future to give the economy the kick-start it urgently needs? Where will that funding come from? Foreign investment coming into the UK is in steady decline. How do we balance the need for foreign investment in our economy, while protecting our national interests?



James Harding
Editor and Co-founder

Andrew Carter
Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Judith Blake
Baroness Blake of Leeds, Former Leader of Leeds City Council (2015-2021)

Victor Zhang
Huawei Vice President, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.