**Monday 20th March
ANNUAL ACI AIRPORT ECONOMICS AND FINANCE CONFERENCE – LONDON
The Airport Council International (ACI) is to hold its ninth annual ACI Airport Economics and Finance (AE&F) Conference at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel. AE&F is a comprehensive event exploring best practice in airport investment, financial management and economic sustainability.
BANK OF ENGLAND RELEASES CAPITAL ISSUANCE STATISTICS
BRC PUBLISHES BRC/SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL AND VACANCIES MONITOR
EUROGROUP OF EU FINANCE MINISTERS MEET IN BRUSSELS
FINANCE BILL PUBLISHED
The Finance Bill will be published. This will follow the Spring 2017 Budget on 8 March.
POLICY EXCHANGE DEBATES 'DEVELOPING A MODERN INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY'
This major conference will gather together leaders from the fields of politics, academia and business to debate the shape of the emerging Industrial Strategy. The conference will address a number of questions, including: What are the UK’s most important economic challenges and opportunities? How can we ensure a new Industrial Strategy doesn’t hurt competition? How can we catalyse growth at city and regional level? How could we turn Britain into the most innovative economy in the world? Is there a skills gap? Which skills matter and why? How can we ensure that the industrial strategy is ‘green’?
RIGHTMOVE RELEASES MONTHLY HOUSE PRICE FIGURES
**Tuesday 21st March
CBI PUBLISHES MONTHLY INDUSTRIAL TRENDS SURVEY
EU ECOFIN COUNCIL MEETS IN BRUSSELS
HMRC PUBLISHES FIGURES FOR MONTHLY UK PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
NATCEN DEBATES BRITAIN AFTER BREXIT
The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) is organising a seminar to discuss the findings of a survey on what the British public wants and expects from Brexit. Speakers include: Professor John Curtice, NatCen Social Research and UK in a Changing Europe and the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Committee on Exiting the European Union.
ONS PUBLISHES INDEX OF PRIVATE HOUSING RENTAL PRICES
ONS PUBLISHES MONTHLY HOUSE PRICE INDEX
ONS PUBLISHES MONTHLY PRODUCER PRICE INFLATION
ONS RELEASES CONSUMER PRICE INDEX
ONS RELEASES PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCE STATISTICS
**Wednesday 22nd March
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETS IN FRANKFURT
FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE MEETS
The Bank of England Financial Policy Committee (FPC) is due to meet. A statement will be issued on 27 March.
FUTURE HIGH STREET SUMMIT – NOTTINGHAM
The summit will provide a platform for retailers, councils, town-teams, business improvement districts (BIDs) and solution providers to share their experiences of projects and activities which have had a positive impact on their local area. It will focus on 'Placemaking Strategy' and is timed to allow speakers and attendees to discuss the impact of the March budget.
HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATES CABINET AND PM'S QUESTIONS
OXFAM TO RELEASE RESEARCH INTO TAX PRACTICES OF BANKS
**Thursday 23rd March
CBI PUBLISHES MONTHLY DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES SURVEY
COUNCIL OF MORTGAGE LENDERS RELEASES MARKET COMMENTARY REPORT
COUNCIL OR MORTGAGE LENDERS RELEASES MONTHLY GROSS MORTGAGE LENDING REPORT
EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK GENERAL COUNCIL MEETS IN FRANKFURT
FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES ANNUAL CONFERENCE - TORQUAY, 23RD-25TH
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is to hold its annual conference and Small Business Expo 2017 at The Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rt Hon Greg Clark MP and Leader of the Opposition Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP will be the headline speakers at the event. They are expected to set out their rival visions on the importance of small businesses to the economy, as the UK prepares to leave the EU. There will also be a keynote speech to members of the UK’s biggest business organisation from the leader of the biggest workers’ organisation, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
IPPR EVENT 'THE POWER OF MONEY: ANN PETTIFOR IN CONVERSATION WITH WILL DAVIES'
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) will debate 'The Power of Money: Ann Pettifor in conversation with Will Davies' at 18:00 at IPPR, 14 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF. Money makes the world go around: but what is it really? And how is it produced? Above all, who controls its production, and in whose interests? Ann Pettifor and Will Davies, co-director of PERC (the Political Economy Research Centre at Goldsmiths) will discuss history’s most misunderstood invention, the money system, and will ask how democracies can reclaim control over money production.
ONS RELEASES MONTHLY RETAIL SALES FIGURES
SMMT RELEASES UK VEHICLE AND ENGINE MANUFACTURING STATISTICS
**Friday 24th March
BRITISH BANKERS' ASSOCIATION RELEASES MONTHLY HIGH STREET BANKING FIGURES
POLICY NETWORK EVENT 'AFTER BREXIT: BRITISH AND EU CAPITALISMS AT THE CROSSROADS?'
Think tank Policy Network will hold a debate, 'After Brexit: British and EU capitalisms at the crossroads?' at 11:00. This workshop is the third in a series of four events organised as part of the project ‘Diverging Capitalisms? Britain, the City of London and Europe’. The aim of the project is to consider the changing nature of the British economy, its place within the European economic space and the consequences of Brexit.
RED NOSE DAY
**Saturday 25th March
ENGLISH TOURISM WEEK
EU HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT MEET IN ROME TO MARK 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF TREATY OF ROME
**Sunday 26th March
**Monday 27th March
BUILDING INTERNET OF THINGS CONFERENCE - LONDON, 27TH-29TH
The three-day conference will bring leading industry figures together with senior developers, architects, managers and executives to discuss internet of things, from sensors, hardware architectures and user interfaces through to transport and communications, security and big data.
CBI/PWC RELEASES QUARTERLY FINANCIAL SERVICES SURVEY
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ECONOMIC AND MONETARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETS IN BRUSSELS
FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE ISSUES STATEMENT FROM IT'S 22ND MARCH MEETING
MARKETFORCE 'CYBER RISK AND SECURITY IN FINANCIAL SERVICES' CONFERENCE
MARKETFORCE HOLDS 'THE FUTURE OF FUND MANAGEMENT' CONFERENCE
PRICE OF STAMPS TO RISE FROM TODAY
**Tuesday 28th March
ADAM SMITH INSTITUTE LECTURE 'ROBUST POLITICAL ECONOMY'
The Adam Smith Institute (ASI) will hold a lecture on 'Robust Political Economy' with Prof. Mark Pennington at 18:00. He will be speaking about his book ‘Robust Political Economy’. In Robust Political Economy Mark discusses challenges to market liberal theory derived from neo-classical economics, communitarian political theory and egalitarian ethical theory, applying the lessons learned in policy debates on the welfare state, international development, and environmental protection.
ANNUAL CHINA BUSINESS CONFERENCE – LONDON
Hosted by the China-Britain Business Council, the conference will analyse the key business issues affecting UK companies in 2017.
BANK OF ENGLAND RELEASES BANKING SECTOR REGULATORY CAPTIAL FIGURES
MARKET FORCE HOLDS BLOCKCHAIN SUMMIT
NEW 12-SIDED ONE POUND COIN TO ENTER CIRCULATION
**Wednesday 29th March
THERESA MAY BEGINS BREXIT PROCESS BY TRIGGERING ARTICLE 50
The prime minister, Theresa May, is due to invoking Article 50 by notifying the European Council of Britain’s intention to leave the EU.
CENTRE FOR LONDON DEBATE 'ROLE OF MICRO-HOUSING IN TACKLING LONDON'S HOUSING CRISIS'
This event will explore the role that micro-housing could play in tackling London’s shortage of homes, and will explore the opportunities and challenges of building smaller homes at scale. Can efficient design really make up for limited space? Does the ‘micro’ lifestyle appeal beyond single young professionals? How would new micro-homes impact existing neighbourhoods? And how should local authorities respond to these new approaches to housing design and delivery?
**Thursday 30th March
CHATHAM HOUSE HOSTS DISCUSSION ON 'INFLUENCING BREXIT: HOW CAN LEAVERS ENSURE THEY ARE NOT LEFT BEHIND?'
The speakers include Conservative MP Theresa Villiers, Tim Martin, the chairman of JD Wetherspoons, Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins, and UKIP MEP Gerard Batten, the party's spokesperson on Brexit.
IPPR NORTH SUMMIT 'THIRD SECTOR SUMMIT: WHOSE POWERHOUSE IS IT ANYWAY?'
This is an all-day summit on civil society and the Northern Powerhouse. It will bring together a wide range of people from third sector and wider civil society in the North of England, in order to discuss what the Northern Powerhouse and the devolution agenda means for them, and how they can adapt to a changing landscape, in order to help build a more progressive and inclusive North. This event is particularly aimed at representatives from third sector organisations and wider civil society that operate in the North of England as well as those from the public and private sector with an interest in civil society.
**Friday 31st March
FCA TO APPLY CAP ON EARLY EXIT PENSION CHARGES FROM TODAY
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to apply its final rules on capping early exit charges for consumers eligible to access the Government’s pension reforms from age 55. From 31 March 2017, early exit charges will be capped at 1% of the value of existing contract-based personal pensions, including workplace personal pensions. Early exit charges that are currently set at less than 1% may not be increased. Firms will not be able to apply an early exit charge to personal pension contracts entered into after these rules take effect.
GFK RELEASES CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SURVEY
ONS PUBLISHES BALANCE OF PAYMENTS
ONS PUBLISHES QUARTERLY UK CONSUMER TRENDS REPORT
ONS RELEASES INDEX OF SERVICES
ONS RELEASES QUARTERLY NATIONAL ACCOUNTS (GDP)
**Saturday 1st April
APPRENTICESHIP LEVY COMES INTO FORCE IN APRIL
BENEFITS AWARENESS MONTH
Benefits Awareness Month begins, organised annually by Turn2us. Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations.
BUSINESS RATES CUT FOR ALL RATE PAYERS FROM THIS MONTH
CORPORATION TAX YEAR BEGINS
Today marks the start of the new corporation tax financial year. Corporation tax will be cut to 20 per cent. The move was announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, in his budget statement on 18 March, 2015. It means corporation tax will be considerably lower than in competitor countries. It will be cut again to 19 per cent in April 2017, followed by a cut to 18 per cent in 2020.
NATIONAL LIVING WAGE INCREASED TO £7.50 PER HOUR
NEW TAX ALLOWANCES FOR MONEY EARNED FROM THE SHARING ECONOMY INTRODUCED
NHS PRESCRIPTION CHARGES SET TO RISE FROM TODAY
PERSONAL ALLOWANCE TO RISE
From this month the Personal Allowance will increase to £11,500, and the higher rate threshold will rise to £45,000. The Personal Allowance is the amount of income people can earn before you start paying Income Tax.
SUPPORT THROUGH CHILD TAX CREDIT WILL BE LIMITED TO TWO CHILDREN FROM THIS MONTH