Minding the Gap: Why Skills and Productivity Must Still Be a Priority

Alistair Cox | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alistair Cox

Addressing the skills shortages must be on the priority list if British businesses are to continue to play a pivotal role on the world's economic stage. Failing to do so will lead to potentially dangerous long term consequences for the UK's future recovery.

Why I Protested David Cameron's CBI Speech

Phil Sheppard | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Phil Sheppard

I am proud of what Peter and myself did yesterday. The referendum is the most important political decision of a generation. The debate shouldn't be dominated by what it means for big businesses. It should be about what it means for the people of the UK, and how we make this country better. I will keep on making my voice heard, and I would encourage you to do the same.

'Foolish' David Cameron Heckler Says: 'I'm Glad I Did It.'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been heckled by "foolish" anti-EU campaigners as he gave a keynote speech to business leaders on the crucial upcoming referendum. ...

Jobs and Productivity: Key to Higher Pay

John Cridland | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
John Cridland

"Improving the productivity of our country is the route to raising standards of living for everyone in this country... Our future prosperity depends on it." That was Chancellor George Osborne speaking just days after the election at the CBI's 50th Anniversary Annual Dinner. He's also promised his Budget next month will have "a laser-like focus" on living standards.

Mission Possible: Harnessing LGBT Inclusion in Business for Good

Neil Bentley | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Neil Bentley

We are on the cusp of major change. Strong leadership has the power to join up conversations around LGBT diversity and inclusion, talent management, marketing and brands as well as trust and reputation. And by integrating the diversity agenda into a business' core, it becomes a powerful force in business and society for good.

We're On The Verge Of Becoming A 'Permanently Divided' Nation

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Britain is on the verge of becoming a "permanently divided" nation with the poorest in society left behind, a major new report has warned. In a sta...

Boris Drops The Idea That Could Have Ruined His Return To Parliament

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has backed down over his proposal to close Heathrow Airport, suggesting that it could continue to exist as a secondary airport alongside...

Education System Must Better Prepare Young People for Life Outside School Gates

John Cridland | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John Cridland

Whether you have a son or daughter just finishing their summer exams or you're a high-tech manufacturer hoping to add to your pool of skilled technicians, we all want young people to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential - not just in work but in life. But the education system must do more to prepare them for life outside the school gates - or we risk wasting our greatest asset.

Is Business Responsible for Income Inequality?

Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Dr Joseph Zammit-Lucia

If the CBI and its member companies do indeed actively live up to that pledge without the need for government arm twisting, we can all hope for better times to come.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: David Cameron Vs Gary Barlow

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 12 May 2014... 1) DAVID CAMERON VS GARY BARLOW Politicians from across the political spectru...

Living in the Land of FEAR

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

I am all of a tremble, I am quivering in my boots, I am turning into a gibbering nervous wreck and overcome with FEAR!

RBS Cleared Of Defrauding Small Firms

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics

The Royal Bank of Scotland has been cleared of systematic fraud by a report it commissioned into the conduct of its business support division, after c...

Business Agrees With Nick on the EU: It's About Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Giles Goodall | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

As we draw closer to the European elections on 22 May, more and more business leaders are speaking out in favour of Britain's membership of the European Union. Not a day seems to go by without another major employer warning of the risks for Britain's jobs and economy of a potential EU exit.

The SNP's Economic Plan for Independence Just Doesn't Add Up

John Cridland | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
John Cridland

The fate of Scotland is rightly a decision for the Scottish people, but business is clear - the UK is so much more than the sum of our parts and we are stronger together. Scotland's success today is achieved because of, and not in spite of, the Union.

Salmond's Scottish Independence Plan 'Does Not Add Up'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Alex Salmond's blueprint for independence "does not add up", with Nationalists ignoring the need for deficit reduction while promising at least £670 ...

Can the CBI Ever Change its Public Services Agenda?

John Tizard | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
John Tizard

I really do take issue with the underlying assumption underpinning the report which seems to be that outsourcing to the business sector is the single most effective way of improving public services, securing savings and offering a better experience for the public especially service users.

Why's the Inspiration Switch Not Set 'On', Automatically?

Brendan Flattery | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

UK businesses have it in them to adapt and grow in the better economic climate that we're now in, and those leading firms that embed innovation deeply in their DNA will soon find themselves leading the pack.

Chuka Declares War On BLUE Tape

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Politics

Chuka Umunna has threatened to expose companies that are persistently late paying their suppliers under new Labour plans to crack down on so called bu...

Here's Why Your Wages Will Be Growing 'Painfully Slowly' In 2015 (GRAPH)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics

Household incomes will only start to rise next year, but only at a "painfully slow" rate, new research by the Resolution Foundation has found. ...

Investment Is Key to Unleashing the Power of Britain's Creative Industries

David Glick | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
David Glick

If ever there was a sign of the changing nature of British enterprise, it was the recent publication of the CBI's new 'Creative Nation' report. Here was the UK's premier business organisation, traditionally associated with manufacturing industry, throwing its considerable weight behind the far less tangible businesses of computer games, rock bands, books and movies.

The London Airport Nondecision Fiasco

Hugh Salmon | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

In business, it is essential to be fast on your feet, identifying new opportunities and reacting to threats as quickly as possible. In public life, decisions are taken far more slowly, if at all, and, often, for all the wrong reasons...

Firms Urged To Pay Staff More

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Businesses must improve their employees' pay next year after a "prolonged squeeze", Confederation of British Industry boss John Cridland has said. ...

Staying in Europe Is About Staying Prosperous - But It's Also About Who We Are as a Country

Mary Honeyball | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Mary Honeyball

I believe, like countless others, that staying in Europe is the only way of securing Britain's future prosperity. But for me these economic arguments run deeper, to the core question of what type of country we want to be.

'Insane' Cameron Under Fire For Promising To Stay In EU

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been branded "insane" for pledging to stay in the European Union regardless of how well his attempts to claw back powers from Brusse...

EU Membership 'Is Worth £3,000 To Each UK Household'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics

Staying in the European Union is "overwhelmingly" in Britain's interest, although reforms are urgently needed, business leaders have said. The Conf...