Business leaders to look at why UK productivity is 30 per cent lower than Germany

University of Bath

The University of Bath and four leading engineering organisations are joining forces to address the productivity problem that is hindering business growth in the South West.  

UK productivity is 30 per cent lower than in Germany and CBI research calculates that higher regional productivity could add £208bn to the UK economy over the next decade.

Research commissioned by a group of leading UK business people, led by Sir Charlie Mayfield, the Chair of John Lewis, showed that the inability of organisations to harness the full potential and capability of their workforce is a key contributor to the productivity problem.

Following the research, Productivity through People is a new leadership programme devised by an alliance of academic experts and industry.

The University of Bath’s School of Management and industry partners EDF Energy, Babcock International, Rolls-Royce plc and BAE Systems will run the programme in the South West to boost management skills and in turn productivity.

Small to medium sized businesses in the engineering sector can sign up to the 12-month programme, starting in May 2017. The aim is to create a network of like-minded and supportive peers – a proven element within many successful business support programmes.

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the University of Bath’s School of Management said: “Productivity is driven not just by upskilling one or two top individuals but by implementing progressive and efficient working practices across the whole workplace and supply chain. That is why parts of the engineering sector perform so competitively in the UK.

“The School of Management and University of Bath Innovation Centre are delighted to be working with four world class engineering partners to drive productivity in the South West and we look forward to working with the business leaders of the future.”