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Impact on business debated at EU referendum event

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EU panellists discuss the referendum

On 2 June, the School of Management and the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) hosted a debate on the EU referendum and its impact on business in the South West.

Dean Professor Veronica Hope Hailey chaired the discussion between six expert panellists:

The debate focused on six topics ranging from the current challenges facing businesses in the South West to the potential for EU reform. Each panellist had the opportunity to open discussion on a topic of particular interest to them. Audience members were also invited to put their questions to the panellists.

Helping unsure voters to make an informed decision

The audience voted electronically before and after the debate on the question ‘Is EU membership good for business in the South West?’

Initially, 53% of voters answered ‘yes’, 8% answered ‘no’ and a substantial 38% of voters were ‘unsure’.

Following the debate, the ‘yes’ vote increased to 74%, ‘no’ increased to 20% and ‘unsure’ dropped dramatically to just 7%*. 

At the close of the event Veronica thanked the panellists for 'an informed, sober debate.'

If you'd like to further inform your vote, the IPR's new referendum policy brief contains expert commentary from University of Bath academics.

Watch the debate in full

A video of the debate is now available to view online external website. You can also read a detailed write-up of the event on the IPR website.

* These figures represent data gathered using electronic voting, and so are subject to a margin of error.

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.