About Be The Business

Britain’s businesses aren’t as productive as other companies in Europe and around the world. For every hour spent at work, we make 20% less than a company in Germany.

To address this, leaders of some of Britain’s best known businesses have joined forces to make our businesses more effective & competitive.

Be The Business aims to inform, educate and collaborate with the businesses of Britain to restore us to the forefront of business performance worldwide.

“This is a moment we cannot miss. For every business to raise its game and in turn transform our competitiveness as a nation. The productivity movement we are building is real and it's a privilege to play my part in it”

Tony Danker, Chief Executive, Productivity Leadership Group

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11 July 2017

Top Business leaders call on the UK to tackle productivity gap at the launch of ‘Be the Business’.

A group of business leaders today issued a rallying call for British businesses to engage with solving the UK’s poor productivity at the launch of ‘Be the Business’, a movement which will inspire businesses to be the best they can be, providing practical tools to assist them and be a catalyst for change.

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28 June 2017

Newly-created Productivity Leadership Group announces the appointment of Tony Danker as Chief Executive.

Tony Danker has been appointed as the first Chief Executive of the Productivity Leadership Group, a new business-led organisation created to boost management skills and close the UK’s productivity gap.

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Membership of the Productivity Leadership Group

  • David Abraham

    Chief Executive, Channel 4

  • 
Tera Allas

    Senior Fellow, McKinsey Center for Government

  • Jeremy Anderson

    Chairman, KPMG Global Financial Services

  • Sir Roger Carr

    Chairman, BAE Systems

  • 
Roger Connor

    President, Global Manufacturing & Supply, GlaxoSmithKline 


  • Ian Davis

    Chairman, Rolls Royce

  • Doug Gurr

    UK Country Manager, Amazon


  • Carolyn Fairbairn

    Director General of the CBI

  • Christopher Handscomb

    Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • Lady Barbara Judge

    Chair of the IoD

  • Dame Fiona Kendrick

    Chairman and CEO, Nestlé UK and Ireland

  • Sir Charlie Mayfield

    Chairman, John Lewis Partnership

  • Sir Richard Lambert

    Chairman, British Museum

  • Prof Juergen Maier

    Chief Executive, Siemens UK

  • Sir Mike Rake

    Chairman, BT

  • Phil Smith

    Chairman, Cisco UK & Ireland

  • Nigel Whitehead

    Group Managing Director, Programmes & Support, BAE Systems

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