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Expert-led AI event aims to boost business productivity

Business productivity charity, Be the Business, and The Productivity Institute have partnered to deliver an interactive AI event in Manchester as part of National Productivity Week on Tuesday 28 November 2023.

London, 21 November 2023: Business productivity charity, Be the Business, and The Productivity Institute have partnered to deliver an interactive artificial intelligence event in Manchester as part of National Productivity Week on Tuesday 28 November 2023.

Beyond the Hype: Making AI Work for Business Productivity is an exclusive, free event focusing on the opportunities and implications of artificial intelligence (AI) on business productivity, a topic that is under increasing scrutiny.

Featuring industry experts and business leaders who have successfully utilised AI within their business, the day will provide attendees with ideas, answers and next steps for deploying productivity-enhancing technologies at their own workspace.

Speakers confirmed for the event include: Nadia Papamichal, Professor of Information and Decision Sciences at Alliance Manchester Business School; Chander Velu, Professor of Innovation and Economics at University of Cambridge; Tera Allas CBE, Director of Research and Economics, McKinsey & Company; and Phil Smith, former Chief Executive of Cisco UK & Ireland. The day will be moderated by Megan Carnegie, a freelance journalist whose work on emerging technologies has featured in WIRED, Courier and the BBC.

The day will be divided into two interactive sessions. An opening panel with Q&A will focus on the current trends in AI and their business implications. The afternoon session will see attendees engage with industry experts and business leaders in a series of discussion-based breakout rooms, with the aim of helping guests use AI productively.

Anthony Impey, CEO of Be the Business, said: “AI has the potential to transform business productivity in the long term – so let’s talk about it. By combining expert voices from some of the UK’s top universities and most successful businesses with the real-life stories and experiences of business leaders who have successfully integrated AI into their enterprises, we hope that this event will inspire AI innovations that will lead to big productivity gains.”

Professor Bart Van Ark, managing director of The Productivity Institute, said: “As AI revolutionises industries and reshapes the business landscape, it holds the potential to unlock significant productivity gains, with studies indicating an annual boost of 1 to 2%. To empower business leaders in harnessing AI's transformative power, this event provides a unique platform to learn, engage, and strategize about AI's role in enhancing business productivity.”

Beyond the Hype: Making AI Work for Business Productivity will take place at Manchester Art Gallery on Tuesday 28 November 2023, between 11am and 3.30pm. View the full agenda and register for a free ticket here:


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About Be the Business

Be the Business is an independent charity that inspires great productivity, by connecting leadership teams to the curated expertise needed to answer today’s challenges. By combining peer-to-peer networks, the employee experience found within pioneering corporate partners, independent business experts and our research and insights, we inspire leadership teams to create and deliver sustainable business change. Collectively, we’re transforming the UK’s productivity, raising the value of businesses in our communities, safeguarding jobs and improving standards of living. You can find out more at

About The Productivity Institute

The Productivity Institute is a research organisation funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, partnered by 10 academic institutions across the UK including the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Glasgow, King’s College London, Manchester, Sheffield, Queen’s Belfast and Warwick plus the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence .The Productivity Institute has organised the UK’s first ever national productivity week from 27th November 2023 to help raise awareness of the importance of productivity and its impact on the economy, society and the environment. More can be found at


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