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  • Economic update

    Our regular roundup of the key economic indicators. 

  • CBI Northern Ireland Festive Networking Party 2015

    The big finale to this years 50th anniversary celebrations in Northern Ireland...

  • Scaling up Britain's MSBs

    The CBI’s 2015 MSB summit hears keynote speeches from Carolyn Fairbairn and Angela Eagle, as a new report reveals medium sized businesses made the difference between recovery and recession.

  • Effective Policy, Efficient Homes

    In a context of rising energy prices and static wage growth, energy efficiency presents a sustainable path to managing household bills, both now and over the longer-term, as well as
    supporsupporting ting the UK’s broader energy and climate change objectives.

  • CBI Millward Brown Mid-Markets Survey Dec 2014

    1. Mid market companies have a strategic focus on growth. Less than 2% of all companies contribute almost a quarter of sales and a fifth of all jobs.
    2. The outlook for the future looks bright for mid market companies. With growth opportunities both in the UK and internationally, 82% are confident about growth in their company in the next 5 years.
    3. In terms of external finance, long-term secured bank loan and leasing are the most popular sources of external finances and will remain so in the next 5 years. But lack of supply and economic uncertainty tend to be the biggest barriers to accessing external finance.
    4. In terms of resourcing, technical skills and middle management are the top skill challenges faced both within and outside the company in the wider workforce.
    5. With advancements in the digital space, the majority of companies recognise its importance and contribution to growth. However the cost and lack of skills in the digital space appear as barriers to utilise these solutions to a better extent.
  • CBI Growth Indicator November 2014

    The CBI’s growth indicator showed that private-sector growth remained broadly stable in the three months to November, with a balance of +20%, compared with +19% in October. The latest reading reflected slightly stronger growth in the manufacturing, consumer and business & professional services sectors, which was partly offset by slower growth in the distribution sector. Despite remaining close to the seven-month low recorded in October, the growth indicator remained well above its long-run average. It is expected to pick up slightly in the coming three months (+26%), but expectations have moderated on the generally stronger predictions seen earlier this year.

  • Boost productivity by pulling the right levers for energy policy at Budget

    As we approach the Autumn Budget, the CBI is calling on the government to focus on the drivers of productivity and business confidence to achieve prosperity and growth. With secure, clean and affordable energy a key thread running through a modern Industrial Strategy, it’s important that the government provides further clarity on the long-term policy framework. 

  • Energy price caps – a recap, and what to expect from the draft bill

    Following the announcement by Theresa May that she would introduce an energy price cap, there have been several developments, including the launch of the draft price cap bill, and the first stages of pre-legislative scrutiny. 

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