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CAGE/WMG Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: Fuel for the Midlands Engine?

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CAGE/WMG Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy: Fuel for the Midlands Engine?

24th May 2017

IDL Auditorium, WMG
The University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7SH

Arrival from 4:15pm presentations from 4:30pm

Networking event and refreshments from 6:15pm to 7:00pm

With Brexit likely to become a reality, domestic economic policy becomes more crucial than ever before. The government's green paper is one building block of the approach to support business. Within this strategy, regional policy will become increasingly important - the UK has the largest regional imbalances of any European country and needs to address those. The "Midlands Engine" is supposed to follow the "Northern Powerhouse" as a flagship region.

This event addressed both of these important issues asking:
"Industrial Strategy: Fuel for the Midlands Engine?"

Organised by the Centre for Competitive Advantage in Global Economy, in conjunction with Warwick Manufacturing Group, this event will bring together academic researchers, industrial and city government experts from across Midlands and beyond, to encourage discussion on future industrial strategy for the Midlands and foster opportunities for further collaboration. The event featured 4 interventions from distinguished speakers and was followed by an evening reception.


Nigel Driffield Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement, University of Warwick


Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London

Topic: Innovation Policy

Matthew Rhodes, Managing Director of Encraft, Director of the Greater Birmingham and
Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, and Chair of WM Energy Capital Initiative

Topic: Opportunities and Challenges for the West Midlands Energy Sector
in the Post-Brexit Industrial Strategy

Gunwant Dhadyalla, Principal Engineer at the Energy and
Electrical Systems Group, WMG, University of Warwick

Topic: Towards Driverless Cars: The Midlands Opportunity

Ganna Pogrebna, Associate Professor of Decision Science and Service Systems and
Fellow at the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities, WMG, University of Warwick

Topic: Post-Brexit Cities and Smart City Strategy: The Midlands Perspective

Organised by Sascha O. Becker, Professor of Economics and CAGE Research Director, and Ganna Pogrebna, Associate Professor, WMG