The MCA (Management Consultancies Association) has recently launched a new campaign to push for greater action to improve the UK’s record on productivity. The initiative comes as the government grapples with questions of how to raise Britain’s economic performance against that of international competitors, particularly against the backdrop of the challenges of Brexit.

In the first of a series of Productivity Papers (In the Age of Amazon, Does Productivity Matter?) the MCA argues that the current policy debate on productivity is old-fashioned and too narrow. The Association says that this leads to complacency and a debilitating lack of sophistication in policy responses.

The MCA paper suggests two significant areas of weakness in government thinking: