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Understanding developments in both the domestic and global economies is crucial for helping businesses plan for the future and influencing policymakers. The CBI's economic intelligence team offers unrivalled expertise, based on solid evidence and well-considered analysis. We are able to give an authoritative evaluation of global developments and an approach to policymaking based on the experiences of businesses on the ground.

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Top priorities

  • Business surveys – The CBI’s long-running surveys play a vital role in monitoring the private sector economy. The surveys cover all major sectors, capturing variables such as business sentiment and trends in output, orders, employment, investment and export competitiveness. They are closely followed by national and international policymakers and experts. Find out more about our surveys.
  • Economic forecast and outlook – The CBI’s economics analysis team draws on both our surveys and intelligence from members (operating in the UK and abroad) to produce regular assessments of economic conditions. Our forecasts for UK and global macroeconomic activity, which are generated by an Oxford Economics model, are covered extensively in the media, and are actively followed by policymakers and stakeholders. Read our latest economic forecast.
  • Updating members with economic intelligence – The team offers a range of services to ensure members have access to the very latest economic intelligence. We present our analysis via a number of different methods such as webinars, blogs and podcasts, as well as tailoring services to members' individual needs.

Economic issues affecting the industry

The UK's decision to leave the EU will have implications for the UK economy in both the short term and the long term.

  • Short-term economic challenges – The UK’s short-term economic outlook has become more uncertain in the aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union. As the focus shifts from market movements to the impact on growth, the CBI’s business surveys will provide valuable insights into how sentiment and conditions are evolving.
  • Medium to long-term economic challenges – Businesses must deal with uncertainties over their future access to the EU single market, the status of non-EU trade agreements, the supply of skills and changes to regulation. To quantify the possible impact on the economy, earlier this year the CBI commissioned professional services firm, PwC, to examine two different exit scenarios. Download the report.

How to get involved

  • Take part in our surveys – Our business surveys are open to both CBI members and non-member businesses. Your input makes an invaluable contribution to the CBI’s work in monitoring the private sector economy. Responses are kept anonymous and confidential, with survey participants receiving exclusive free economic commentary and a summary of the survey results in return. Learn more about joining our panel of survey respondents.
  • Presentations and meetings – The CBI economics team welcomes all opportunities to speak directly with CBI members, which helps provide the information we need to influence policymakers around your views and concerns. If you’d like to arrange a one-to-one briefing or a presentation to a group, please get in touch.
  • Sign up to our publications or webinars – CBI members have full access to our publications and analysis. If you would like to be added to our distribution list, please get in touch using the form below and look out for details of upcoming webinars in our regular member communications.

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