The Industrial Strategy Commission

Developing a new industrial strategy for the UK

The Industrial Strategy Commission was an independent, authoritative inquiry into the development of a new, long-term industrial strategy for the UK.

The Final Report of the Industrial Strategy Commission was published in November 2017.


Nearly a decade after the global financial crisis, and in the wake of the Brexit vote, it was increasingly recognised by businesses and policymakers that the UK needed new economic thinking and practices to overcome stagnant productivity and regional economic disparities.

A consensus emerged for the first time in decades that industrial strategy has a central role to play in the UK economy. The Commission’s recommendations set out how that could be achieved.

Commission timeline and objectives


Chaired by Dame Kate Barker, one of Britain’s foremost economists, the Commission’s other members were leading academics from the University of Sheffield and The University of Manchester.

Who was involved


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