9 November 2018


Westminster update

Ahead of the CBI’s Annual Conference, engagement with the government continues to increase

Westminster update

This week, following CBI calls for the government to improve its engagement with business, Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, attended the first Business Sector Council with other business leaders and the Prime Minister, Theresa May and the Prime Minister’s Business Envoy, William Vereker. During the meeting of the Chairs of the Sector Councils, attendees discussed key cross-cutting business issues including skills and productivity, immigration and access to talent, as well as inward investment and competitiveness.

Read the government’s full press release

Elsewhere and following the Budget, Carolyn Fairbairn spoke with Charles Roxburgh, Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury. During their conversation, Carolyn highlighted the CBI’s response which praised the Chancellor for delivering a pro-enterprise budget. However, Carolyn went onto speak about how the picture on the digital service tax and business rates was more mixed and urged the government to continue to with business in the development of policy responses to address these challenges.

Finally, CBI’s Director of Infrastructure, Tom Thackray and Carolyn met Mark Sweeney, Director-General, Justice Policy, Strategy and Communications Group, Ministry of Justice. During the meeting the role of the Ministry of Justice was discussed and how the department can have more of a focus on the economic contribution of the legal services sector. Further to this, civil judicial cooperation as part of Brexit was talked about as well as how more businesses may play a role in offering employment opportunities to ex-offenders.

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