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Productivity Puzzles podcast launches second season

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The Productivity Institute, the research organisation exploring what productivity means for business, has released the first episode of its Productivity Puzzles podcast’s second season with help from Cue Podcasts.

The show brings together academics, policymakers, and business leaders and is hosted by by Bart van Ark, professor of productivity studies at the University of Manchester, and MD of The Productivity Institute.

As an internationally acclaimed economist in the field of international comparative productivity measurement and analysis, van Ark’s work cuts across the areas of economic growth, development economics, economic history, and international economics.

The series shares insights from the latest research on UK productivity issues and solutions – looking at the most effective policy interventions and business strategies to improve productivity, evaluating new initiatives from government and business, and discussing how this will drive prosperity, well-being, and inclusive sustainable growth.

Episode One is available now on all major podcast listening platforms, and takes a forward-looking perspective on future productivity, and what needs to be done to realise the potential.

The first season of Productivity Puzzles enjoyed 27,500 downloads and reached #3 in the Apple Podcasts government category in July 2022, after an endorsement from The Observer stated: “To go deeper for all you ever wanted to know about productivity, try the Productivity Puzzles podcast.”

Productivity Puzzles is produced in partnership with Cue Podcasts, a Manchester-based, UK-wide production company specialising in branded podcasts. The team at Cue have previously produced shows for SailGP, Roc Nation, Samsung, VICE, Halifax, and more.

Nicola Pike, director of engagement and impact at The Productivity Institute said: “The Productivity Institute is delighted to have signed with Cue Podcasts for a second season of Productivity Puzzles. Their expertise in producing and promoting podcasts has not only allowed us to focus on the editorial side, but also work on creating a wide range of discussions on all aspects of productivity.”

Niall Killeney-Taylor, head of production at Cue Podcasts added: “We are so happy to continue our partnership with the fantastic team at The Productivity Institute, and we look forward to building upon the great work produced in season one. The Productivity Puzzles podcast is a true testament to how brands can engage with the podcast space. The community everyone worked hard to build around the show was (and is) a great source of its success.”

Productivity Puzzles is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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