Key Cities, a collaboration of 20 mid-sized cities across the UK, has agreed a partnership with the Business Services Association (BSA) to deliver a range of initiatives to promote current and future skills development – a key driver of the UK’s economic growth.
The BSA has published a new briefing paper looking at the opportunities and challenges arising from the use of AI within public services. Digital public services is a key theme for the BSA this year, with a series of events looking at the application of new technologies to service delivery across different sectors.
The BSA has written to David Lidington M.P., Minster for the Cabinet Office, making a number of recommendations regarding the delivery of central government services and projects by the private and voluntary sectors.
The BSA has published its 2017 Annual Review: Connecting People and Places. This year’s Annual Review reflects on the dynamic and varied contribution of the business services sector across the UK. It features a series of case studies from BSA members highlighting their work across the country.
On 15th May 2017, Professor Gary Sturgess delivered the BSA Annual Lecture 2017, entitled ‘Just another paperclip?’.
Professor Gary Sturgess, New South Wales Premier’s ANZSOG Chair of Public Service Delivery, gave the BSA Annual Lecture on 7th June 2016.
On 27 October, 2016, the Secretary of State chaired a meeting alongside ministers Robin Walker and Lord Bridges, engaging with business and industry stakeholders to ensure their views and experience help to inform the UK’s negotiation strategy.
A British success story, the professional and business services sector includes the legal, advertising and accountancy industries. The sector is worth £177 billion and grew by 5% between 2014 and 2015. It is the single largest exporter in Britain and accounts for 13% of all jobs in the UK.
Among the topics of discussion were the terms of trade for services once the UK has left the EU, the movement of skilled workers and opportunities to increase the sector’s global competitiveness in future.
The Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis said:
“The government is committed to making sure that the UK remains the best place in Europe to run and grow a business, and having a strong professional services sector is key to doing that.
As well as challenges to overcome there will be numerous opportunities to seize as we leave the European Union. Capitalising on the expertise of industries that service British businesses is crucial as we approach our negotiations and by working together I am confident we will get a deal that protects and promotes enterprise in the UK.”
Chief Executive, Business Services Association, Mark Fox said:
“Our industry is one of the most productive in the UK and we will continue to support businesses and encourage investment in Britain throughout the Brexit process.
Today’s discussions were a productive step in our continued positive engagement with government. We will continue to work with DExEU to ensure that businesses who have come to rely on the UK for important services continue to do so going forward.
By engaging with business leaders and key stakeholders both through roundtables and regional visits, the government is building a national consensus on the approach to the negotiations and and the UK’s future relationship with the EU.”
To read the Department for Exiting the European Union Press Release, please click here.