Why does productivity matter?
Productive companies get more out of what they’ve got, enabling them to increase their profits, pay higher wages and invest in their future. More productive businesses mean a more prosperous country. Find out more about why productivity matters here.Find out more
What business practices work?
A quick way to improve your business is to adopt what has been proven to work well for others. Find out about leading business practices and discover how large and small changes can unlock big gains for businesses.
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About Be the Business
Be the Business was established in 2017 to address the underperformance of UK productivity. Chaired by Sir Charlie Mayfield, Be the Business is spearheading a business-led drive to help companies across the UK improve their performance.
We provide the inspiration, tools and resources for businesses to get started on improving their own performance. We enable business leaders to identify where the opportunities are for their businesses to improve, and we extract the best advice from other businesses on the approaches that are proven to work.
In addition to providing benchmarking tools and advice we are also working with businesses across the country to understand what works on the ground, constantly learning, evolving and sharing that with businesses in all four corners of the UK.
The latest on business practices
How Adnams is shaking off its 19th century tendencies
British beer brand Adnams is blending in some innovative management strategies to support future growth.
Management / Culture / Performance
A management structure that provides autonomy
Launching a brave, new product meant taking a long hard look at Decoded’s management structure and practices
Creativity / Autonomy / Ambition
Ethical values providing a financial fillip for surf brand
While not something traditionally used to boost the bottom line, ethical values have helped Finisterre stand apart.
USP / Business plan / Sustainability
The three Ps of successful delivery
John Lucas told us about the three Ps of successul delivery: plans, processes and people.
Plans / Processes / People
Marrying structure and creativity to unlock innovation
Plumen has had to think strategically about the way in which future business innovation would be cultivated.
Innovation / R&D / Strategy
Digitally simulating your firm can transform productivity
Andrew Peters explains why digitalisation tools can simulate step changes in productivity.
Digitisation / Productivity / Values
Groups & events
Reviving productivity growth is critical for the UK’s long-term economic prosperity, and part of the answer lies in spreading best practice across a much wider range of firms.
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England
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