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.
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.
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.