28 September 2018


Westminster roundup

With summer recess over, the CBI has had strong stakeholder engagement in recent weeks.

Westminster roundup

Last week, CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI President, John Allan, met Michel Barnier, European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union to discuss Brexit and land some key business messages, specifically around the risks of a potential no deal exit. During the meeting, Carolyn and John highlighted the need for progress in the negotiations to protect jobs and link skills on both sides of the Channel. 

Also last week, CBI’s President’s Committee welcomed the Prime Minister’s new Business Envoy, William Vereker, who was joined by the Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab. During the committee, Mr Vereker highlighted the importance of business and government engagement and Mr Raab focused on the upcoming October Council meeting. CBI President, John Allan, chaired the discussion and spoke about highlighted the need for responsible business and for such business issues as business rates and the Apprenticeship Levy to be addressed. 

Elsewhere, Carolyn attended the Productivity Leadership Group (PLG) hosted by the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. The meeting focused on the importance of bridging the gap between those on the forefront of technological adoption and the wider business community. During the meeting, Carolyn highlighted the CBI’s Be More Magpie report, which sets out five practical steps business can take to improve their adoption of technology. 

The CBI’s Chief Economist, Rain Newton-Smith met with Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, to discuss the CBI’s Budget submission around of the upcoming budget on 29th October. 

In Scotland last week, the CBI convened members for a roundtable discussion with Shadow Brexit Minister, Sir Keir Starmer. The conversation focused around Labour’s six tests and business spoke about the need for stability to avoid implementing contingency plans. 

For more information please contact hannah.collins@cbi.org.uk