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Prosperity

The UK has some of the highest levels of wealth concentration in the developed world. However, high barriers to entry mean most of our mature economic markets are dominated by a few big players gaining excessive returns through anti-competitive practices.

Prosperity

Prosperity (Cont.)

This conspires against the small and emerging businesses we need to generate growth and spread prosperity. We believe that the future lies in the shaping of a genuinely social, free and open market. This means that on the one hand, financial transactions are linked to a wider social purpose. On the other, we need an entrepreneurial state to drive innovation forward.

Prosperity is damaged by the disparity between the asset rich and the asset poor. This is to the detriment of society, fostering political and civic disengagement and imbalances of power. Assets must be secured for all through an ownership-based economy, in which everyone’s space is economically underwritten. To help people build their lives on a firm foundation, we must ensure all have free and equal access to public services at the point of need.

Finally, practical and adaptable education is key to personal development. The skills gap is a major barrier to prosperity, which precludes many from entering the workforce. Early specialization in schools fails to produce the well-rounded skill sets necessary in a fast-changing economy. Employment and education should be tied firmly together to focus on the creation of soft skills, character and resilience. This will better enable individuals to pursue their personal goals and ensure British business is well supplied with a broad spectrum of skilled labour.

Prosperity Workstreams

Projects
All politics is local

Underlying the recent rejection of past decades’ political certainties is the belief among many communities that they have been cut off from the wider country....

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Recognising and revitalising cultural identity

Culture, the arts and creative industries are vital to economic prosperity and social reform. Too often, culture is overlooked by policy-makers as they seek, wrongly,...

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Towards a new housing settlement

An affordable, secure, and comfortable home is a foundational block of any good life. But we have an increasing deficit in housing supply, caused by...

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Regional manufacturing and the Industrial Strategy

ResPublica is developing a vision for a place-based industrial strategy that addresses the UK’s regional productivity problem, and responds to competitiveness challenges post-Brexit. Working in...

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Unlocking Industrial Strategy

ResPublica welcomes the government’s Industrial Strategy, particularly the emphasis on working across departments, importance of place and support for sectors, while seeking to reach parts...

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Corporate Governance for Long-Term Prosperity

ResPublica is examining whether Britain’s models of corporate governance are delivering for the country and for business. There is growing concern that short-term decision-making is...

Coming Home to Roost: The British Poultry Meat Industry After Brexit – Report Launch
6th September 2018

Join us at the launch of our new report on the British Poultry Sector post-Brexit. In this report we outline how the future of the...

Appetite for Global Success: How food and drink manufacturing through the industrial strategy can feed UK prosperity and serve global needs
2nd November 2017

ResPublica is launching its latest report on the importance and strength of the Food and Drink manufacturing sector and its role in the entire food...

Defending Religious Liberty: Placing society at the heart of the new British Bill of Rights
30th November 2016

Fiona Bruce MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education, is joined by academics and other experts, in a discussion of the value...

Going to Scale: Building the homes we need
17th November 2016

Clive Betts MP, CLG Select Committee Chair, joins Stephen Hammond MP, Treasury Select Committee member, to discuss our new approach to scale up and accelerate...

True North 2016: Realising the Northern Powerhouse
8th July 2016

On Friday 8th July, ResPublica’s inaugural North conference Finding True North hosted over 250 leaders from across the North at the beautiful Lowry Theatre, Salford....

Skills for Infrastructure: How can future demand be met to fuel prosperity?
8th March 2016

Skills Minister Nick Boles joined Sir Terry Morgan, Chairman of Crossrail, and Andy Mitchell, Chief Executive of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, to debate how our...

Make or Break: Why Britain needs a manufacturing resurgence and how we can help it to take place
1st December 2015

Speakers  Caroline Flint MP Anna Turley MP Seema Malhotra MP Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea Chaired by: Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica The recent collapse of the...

Building for the Future: What now for housing?
16th June 2015

Keynotes – Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Housing Minister Clive Betts MP Speakers –  Sara Bailey, Head of Residential Real Estate, Trowers & Hamlins David Cowans,...

Vocational Banking: Restoring trust and confidence in financial services
28th May 2015

On the 28th May 2015, ResPublica hosted a breakfast panel session entitled Vocational Banking: Restoring trust and confidence in financial services. Featuring a keynote speech...

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