A diverse community of
leading experts, policymakers
and practitioners

The Institute’s key research themes
are led by ten academic partners
spread across the UK.

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

We’re a UK-wide research
organisation exploring what
productivity means for business

Businesses are crucial to solving
the UK’s productivity problems.

Businesses are crucial to
solving the UK’s productivity


Supported by University of Glasgow

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London and the South

Supported by King's College London

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Yorks, Humber & North East

Supported by University of Sheffield

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Supported by University of Warwick

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North West

Supported by University of Manchester

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Supported by Cardiff University

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Northern Ireland

Supported by Queen's University Belfast

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East Anglia

Supported by University of Cambridge

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Working with Business

We are going to work closely with business leaders to understand what the productivity issues are, where further research is needed and identify and test practical business interventions.

The gap in productivity across regions in the UK is much wider than among regions in other OECD countries, so we have a strong regional focus. Our eight Regional Productivity Forums provide a platform for academics to work with business leaders and policy makers on critical productivity issues in the regional context.

We also work with strategic business partners at a national level to identify sectoral and functional issues relating to the productivity puzzle.

Regional Forums

The forums are involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Members include stakeholders from policy, community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each Productivity Forum is chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Forum Lead from each of the partner universities.

The eight Forums are based in:

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Be The Business partnership

In March 2022, TPI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Be The Business, the not-for-profit focused on helping UK SMEs improve their productivity, reflecting their commitment to collaborate to better understand and improve the productivity of UK businesses. The MoU will provide a framework to enable the two organisations to build on their existing relationship and co-deliver a series of projects generating new research and insights into UK SME productivity.