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In 2018, the UK woke up to the news that it was one of the lowest performers of any Western country, according to new figures on productivity from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The average worker in the UK produced 16% less on average than any other G7 country. The decline in productivity began in the 1960s and suffered a severe slump after the 2008 financial crisis.

Despite having a small number of highly productive and innovative companies, comparative to other G7 nations, the UK suffers a ‘long-tail’ of unproductive businesses, particularly those located outside of the South-East.

Why is this happening? (Read more at UnderPinned).