22 March 2019


Westminster update

CBI enjoys busy week of engagement across Westminster and Whitehall

Westminster update

In a busy week of innovation engagement, the CBI welcomed Culture Secretary, Jeremy Wright, to Tech Group where he spoke about competitiveness against a challenging backdrop ranging from security concerns through to internet regulation. Further to this, the CBI’s Innovation Council hosted Graham Stuart, Minister for Investment at the Department for International Trade, to discuss what tangible action government can take to grow international R&D investment in the UK.  Insights from the meeting will inform ongoing work with departmental permanent secretaries around raising international R&D investment in the UK.

This week, CBI’s senior team met with Permanent Secretaries from across Whitehall. Attendees included Alex Chisholm from the Department for Business, Melanie Dawes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Charles Roxburgh from HM Treasury, who discussed innovation, skills and devolution policy.

Elsewhere this week, CBI Chief Policy Director, Matthew Fell, attended a Department for Education roundtable on apprenticeship funding with Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton MP. The discussion focused on further reforms of the levy, including greater flexibility, the approval of standards with the Institute for Apprentices and ensuring good geographical coverage of training provision.

Finally, CBI Deputy Director General, Josh Hardie, met Anna Soubry MP, the newly formed Independent Group’s spokesperson for Brexit and Justice. During the meeting, discussion focused on the state-of-play in the Brexit negotiations, with Josh highlighting the CBI’s calls to politicians on all sides of the House to compromise. Further to this Josh called for a radically new approach to be taken to take uncertainty off the table for businesses.

For more information please contact Hannah.collins@cbi.og.uk