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Advisory board

Our advisory board, made up of leaders from across sectors including technology, manufacturing and advisory services, play a vital role in steering our strategic direction. They also provide a direct link to the SME community we’re engaging with through their customers, supply chain and wider network. They’ve each shared why they are so passionate about improving UK productivity.

Doug Gurr

Doug Gurr

UK country manager, Amazon

“At Amazon we’re fully committed to helping UK businesses grow their productivity – particularly through the adoption of digital technology, and we love the work Be the Businesses is doing to help make this a reality.”

Tera Allas CBE

Tera Allas CBE

Director of research and economics, McKinsey Center for Government

“Productivity is a win-win for businesses and the people who work there, and not just financially. Well-run firms also have happier and motivated employees. It is very exciting to support Be the Business in ensuring these benefits are shared widely across as many UK firms as possible.”

Nigel Whitehead

Nigel Whitehead

CTO, BAE Systems

“This is the decisive initiative for this generation of UK business leaders and we recognise that outstanding business performance across all sectors and regions is within our reach.”

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

Director general, CBI

“Improving the UK’s productivity performance is the most important domestic policy issue facing of our generation. It offers the best route to sustainable improvements in jobs, wages and public services. With a technological revolution on our doorstep, it is vital that all stakeholders work together.”

Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger Carr

Chairman, BAE Systems

“At BAE Systems, we have the benefit of scale, capital and the ability to attract and retain first class people. We want to share our knowledge and skills with other companies in our supply chain to help improve their productivity.”

Dame Fiona Kendrick

Dame Fiona Kendrick

Former chairman and CEO, Nestle

“Nestle is part of an overall food and drink industry value chain worth £112bn to the UK economy per year, employing four million people. We know if the productivity of our supply chain improves, the productivity and competitiveness of our own business improves too.”

Sir Ian Davis

Sir Ian Davis

Chairman, Rolls-Royce

“Improving productivity and competitiveness is one of the most important imperatives for the UK, if not the most important. This cannot and should not be viewed as solely the responsibility of government or economists. Business and organisational leaders have to take the lead.”

Sir Richard Lambert

Sir Richard Lambert

Chairman, British Museum

“Just about the only way to improve the UK’s standard of living and thereby create the kind of society to which we all aspire is by raising the level of output per worker. That’s why we must strain every sinew to increase British productivity.”

Paula Carter

Paula Carter

Former director, Channel 4

“I joined Be The Business to contribute to a critical issue for British business and British prosperity”

James Stewart

James Stewart

Vice chair, KPMG UK

“Productivity is the engine room of UK economic growth and improving it will play a vital part in regionalising the UK economy – something that I and KPMG are committed to helping achieve.”

Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny

Hosein Khajeh-Hosseiny

Chairman, Trinity Sky

“Working as one movement, in this new winner takes all digital age, we have the opportunity to cement our legacy of global best – being a beacon of prosperity, not only in moral leadership but also economic strength, for the next generations to live, build and celebrate upon.”

Debbie O’Hanlon

Debbie O’Hanlon

Private leader, EY UK&I

“Improving the UK’s productivity has never been more important. I am excited to join Be the Business at this critical time for the UK economy and to play a part in helping businesses across the whole of the UK benefit from the skills, tools and experiences they need to enhance their competitiveness.”

Sir Charlie Mayfield

Sir Charlie Mayfield

Former chairman and chairman, John Lewis Partnership and Be the Business

“If we are to learn from successes in other countries, the movement itself needs sustained business leadership. We have the advocacy of some of the UK’s most senior business leaders and we are confident we can make a difference.”

Phil Smith CBE

Phil Smith CBE

Former chairman, Cisco UK&I

“In a fiercely competitive and fast changing world, it is vital that the UK leads where it can. Our productivity is at the heart of that competitiveness and it is vital that we do everything we can to improve it.”

Olly Benzecry

Olly Benzecry

Chairman and CEO, Accenture UK&I

“Improving productivity is a huge part of our commitment to transforming the way the UK works and lives. The digital technologies we develop all have huge potential to bring about increased productivity, as well as economic growth and an expanding job market.”

António Horta-Osório

António Horta-Osório

Group CEO, Lloyds Banking Group

“Our purpose at Lloyds Banking Group is to help Britain prosper. Productivity is key to the prosperity of the UK and we are committed to providing support to British businesses, allowing them to access the management skills, tools and financial management practices to enhance productivity.”

Jeremy Anderson

Jeremy Anderson

Non-executive director, UBS AG

“Improving the productivity of UK businesses is critical if we are to compete and thrive in a rapidly transforming world. Cracking this is important, not just for each business, but also to create good jobs, a prosperous economy and a prosperous society as a whole. Helping organisations start this journey to better productivity is why I am passionate about the role of Be the Business.”

David Meads

David Meads

CEO, Cisco, UK&I

“The coronavirus pandemic has proven how critical technology has become as the foundation to power and accelerate productivity and provide economic and social benefits to the UK. Government, business and industry leaders must work together to ensure that everyone – regardless of their age, background or ethnicity – is given the opportunity to learn digital skills and build careers that help to boost productivity levels and drive a digital and inclusive future. ”

Steve Hatch

Steve Hatch

VP, Facebook, Northern Europe

“SMEs represent 99 per cent of UK industry and represent nearly 50 per cent of jobs and are critical to the economic recovery. Digitally-enabled businesses are resilient businesses and we are committed to providing the tools and resources to enable SMEs to drive economic growth, create jobs and strengthen communities across the UK.”

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