Going for Growth Conference

11/09/2020 - 11/09/2020


What is the role of business in the recovery? How has the pandemic affected the housing sector, and how can we use housing to drive growth? How important is regulation reform to boosting economic growth rates? What impact does this all have on the Government’s levelling up agenda? How can we recover from the economic shock of the pandemic, and boost economic growth rates in the long term?
All of these questions and more will be explored at The Centre for Policy Studies’ virtual Going for Growth Conference, on Friday 11 September 2020. The conference will bring together a host of expert speakers from the worlds of politics, businesses, economics, and the media, to discuss and debate key questions around the post-pandemic economic recovery, and what can be done to boost our economic growth rates. The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown have had an unprecedented effect on the economy. As the pandemic slows and the lockdown eases, minds are turning to what needs to be done to bounce back from the plummet in GDP and slow in growth rates, and how we might use this opportunity to go further than before. The Centre for Policy Studies is running its new Going for Growth programme to examine how we can ensure a business-led recovery from the pandemic, and the reforms we can make across industries and policy areas to boost economic growth in the long term, an agenda that has needed attention since before the lockdown. The first report in this programme, ‘After the Virus’, was written by former Chancellor the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP and proposed a host of policy recommendations for getting the economy moving again. It is the greatest economic question we face: how do we turn today’s stagnant growth rates into a solid and sustained economic expansion?
The Going for Growth Conference will bring this work together to contribute to the thinking around the economic recovery and driving growth. Register below to hear from a range of leading politicians, business leaders, and experts from across policy areas and industries discuss these key questions and more. Please find the full agenda below:

09:00 Introduction

  • CPS Chairman Michael Spencer
  • CPS Director Robert Colvile

09:15 Panel discussion – Back to business: what role does business have in getting the country back on track? [Sponsored by City of London]

  • Minister for Small Business Paul Scully MP
  • Entrepreneur and CPS Chairman Michael Spencer
  • Chair of the Policy & Resources Committee at the City of London Corporation Catherine McGuinness
  • MP for Arundel and South Downs & former Prime Minister’s Chief Business Adviser Andrew Griffith MP 
  • CPS Head of Business Nick King

10:25 Fraser Nelson in conversation with the Rt Hon George Osborne

  • Former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Editor-in-Chief of the Evening Standard The Rt Hon George Osborne
  • Editor of the Spectator Fraser Nelson

11:35 Panel discussion – Getting the keys for growth: what is the role of housing in the recovery? [Sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group]

  • Managing Director, Intermediaries and Specialist Brands, Retail Banking at
    Lloyds Mike Jones
  • MP for the Isle of Wight Bob Seely MP
  • Deputy Property Editor at the Times Carol Lewis
  • Telegraph Columnist and Author of Home Truths Liam Halligan
  • Founding Director of Create Streets Nicholas Boys Smith
  • CPS Director Robert Colvile

12:45 Robert Colvile in conversation with the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP

  • Former Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP  
  • CPS Director Robert Colvile

13:55 Panel discussion – Regulating the peace: how regulation reform can boost our growth and recovery

  • Economics Editor at Financial Times Chris Giles
  • CEO of Man Group Luke Ellis
  • Economic Correspondent at The Spectator Kate Andrews
  • Economist Professor Philip Booth  
  • CPS Head of Tax Tom Clougherty

15:05 Panel discussion – Visions of Growth

16:15 Panel discussion – Securing an economic recovery for all: What lessons from the past can help inform a just response today? [Sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation]

  • Acting Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Helen Barnard
  • MP for North West Durham Richard Holden MP
  • Economist Dr Gerard Lyons
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions and MP for Hexham Guy Opperman MP  
  • CPS Head of Business Nick King

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