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A partnership with the UK’s most influential business organisation gives direct access to senior decision makers.

Benefits to partnering with the CBI include:

  • We will work with you to understand your key business objectives and messages and will tailor the partnership to meet your goals.
  • Unrivalled access to key business decision makers and added credibility, influence and intelligence to your own brand communications.
  • Your company, brand and message will be aligned with the CBI - the most influential business organisation in the UK.
  • We will work with you to maximise coverage, looking at campaign opportunities and ways to reinforce your company's position as a thought-leader.

For further information on any of the below partnership opportunities please contact us on or 0800 983 0093.

National events


CBI Annual Conference – 19 November 2018, London

Speakers – Carolyn Fairbairn, Senior Government, high-profile business leaders.

A highlight of the UK business calendar attracting a senior level audience of over 1,500 including chairman, chief executives and board level directors from across the business landscape. With c. 300 journalists and broadcasters the event receives significant media coverage across all major channels, including BBC, Sky News and Channel 4. Depending on partner’s marketing and strategic objectives we can create bespoke packages to ensure a campaign including branding, marketing and networking opportunities with senior business leaders, media and other key stakeholders.


President’s Dinners – 12 March, 2 July, 15 October 2018, London

Speakers –Paul Drechsler, Senior Cabinet Minister. Opportunity for sponsor to provide welcome address

The most exclusive events series in the CBI calendar, President’s Dinners offer unrivalled networking at the most senior level with a high-profile audience of Chairmen and CEOs including FTSE 350 organisations. We have an opportunity to partner with a firm across our 2018 series.  This exclusive partnership opportunity is based around maximising networking and includes a seat at each table and the opportunity to host your own clients.


CBI Annual Dinner – 22 May 2018, London

Speakers – Senior Cabinet Minister. No speaking opportunity for the sponsor

This is the CBI’s flagship Dinner, and one of the most prestigious business events of the year, bringing together 800 business leaders. We will be refreshing the event in 2018 with a new venue, additional networking opportunities, and the chance to hear from a Senior Cabinet Minister and a high-profile political commentator on the current economic and political landscape. We are looking for two headline partners, who will enjoy a campaign of profile opportunities including branding and corporate hospitality.


Diversity & inclusion Conference – 1 May 2018, London

Speakers – Carolyn Fairbairn, alongside business and government. Options for sponsors to speak and facilitate breakout sessions

This event will provide a forum for businesses to share ideas and experience while understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all plan for becoming more inclusive. Our event will enable employers to take the lead in building inclusive workplaces by identifying strengths and weaknesses, and generating coherent strategies that address the challenges facing their organisation. We will be looking for a headline and supporting partners, with opportunities to speak, high-profile branding and marketing.


SME Summit 2018, London

Speakers to include CBI, and representatives from business, and government. Options for sponsors to speak and facilitate breakout sessions

The premier networking event for medium-sized businesses, with over 300 business leaders joining us in 2017 to hear from Margot James MP, Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership plc, and

Charles Rolls, Co-founder and Managing Director, Fever-tree. In 2018 we will continue to explore the challenges SMEs face in raising productivity across their business and highlight steps they can take to increase output and aid growth, at home and abroad. Partners can demonstrate their expertise through active content development, including speaking opportunities and the facilitation of breakout sessions, as well as branding and marketing opportunities.


Energy & climate change network, London

Speakers – Neil Carberry, CBI, alongside business and government. Options for sponsors to speak

The network provides a forum for business and key stakeholders to receive the very latest intelligence from CBI, Government, and industry experts, whilst networking with other business leaders. The CBI will run 3 events in 2018, each will focus on a different topic relevant to the energy sector. We are keen to work with partners across the series or on specific topics, as mutually agreed. The last event in October saw Claire Perry MP, Minister of State at the Department for BEIS address 100 delegates on ‘the role of innovation in meeting our climate change objectives’.


Christmas Reception, December 2018

Opportunity for sponsor to provide a short welcome alongside CBI

An intimate networking event for business executives from FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and SME member organisations as well as invited senior civil servants. A unique opportunity to promote your organisation and gain prime networking time, our partner will enjoy brand profile and opportunity to address delegates and provide thoughts on the year ahead. 2017 saw 150 delegates from across business, and senior government including Greg Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


National FD Network

Senior CBI spokesperson. Opportunity for sponsor to provide a short welcome

2016 saw the introduction of our FD/CFO series. This series, specifically aimed at providing a forum for FDs and CFOs to network and discuss key issues that are impacting their business and to receive high-level insight from CBI and expert partners. Each event focuses on a specific business issue, suggested topics for 2018 include ‘Changes to payments and what this means for your business’, and ‘Pensions – from future of triple lock to dealing with defined benefits’. We are keen to work with new partners in 2018 who are looking to build relationships with this audience, whilst demonstrating expertise, brand value and thought-leadership. Our Partners will work alongside us to shape the agenda around a specific topic and deliver content for this audience of key decision-makers.


Political briefing events

Senior CBI spokesperson. Opportunity for sponsor to provide a short welcome

Throughout the year the CBI will hold a series of informal events for Heads of / Directors of Government Affairs professionals. The events provide an excellent forum for networking and insight for this specific audience. We are looking for a partner for the series, who is keen to build profile and networks amongst senior Government Affairs audience.



National/regional campaigns

Innovation Conferences (London and regional events)

Senior CBI speakers, alongside business and government. Options for sponsors to speak and facilitate breakout sessions

A series of conferences bringing together 50-150 business leaders as well as government representatives and senior civil servants in London and across the regions, the Innovation Conferences provide an excellent platform for businesses to network and discuss topics such as; how to drive a culture of innovation, how business can collaborate, case studies around adoption of technology and delivering ROI, raising business R&D spend. We will be looking for a headline and supporting partners, with opportunities to speak, high-profile branding and marketing, and promotion as a thought-leader on innovation.


Cyber Security Conferences (London and regional events)

Speakers to include CBI, and representatives from business, government, and GCHQ. Options for sponsors to speak and facilitate breakout sessions

A national conference in London on 12 September 2018 for 200+ delegates, and a series of regional events before and after (50-100 delegates), this campaign will build on our successful 2017 series of practical insight events, convening experts and UK business leaders to discuss the vital importance of an integrated cyber security strategy. Suggested topics will include; adopting new technologies in a cyber resilient manner, how should an enterprise prepare for a cyber-attack? practically preparing for GDPR, how to make your people and their behaviours your strongest defence, how hackers think, how to invest and manage cyber security on a budget. Partners can demonstrate their expertise in the field through active content development, including speaking opportunities and the facilitation of breakout sessions, as well as branding and marketing opportunities.


EU business insight campaign – various dates/events across 2018

Speakers to include CBI and relevant thought-leaders from business and government across the series of events. Opportunity for sponsor to speak

A platform to provide practical support to businesses in the form of insight events and briefings with the aim to share intelligence, facilitate dialogue and provide content and thought leadership throughout the negotiation process. It is with this practical, business insight-led agenda that we are looking for companies to work collaboratively with us to shape the campaign of events. Our partner will work with us to agree content and demonstrate expertise via speaking opportunities.


Regional events

Thames Valley Spring Lunch – 17th April 2018

Speakers – Paul Drechsler, local stakeholders and representatives from local businesses. Speaking opportunity available for sponsor

One of our flagship events in the Thames Valley, this lunch will provide attendees with the opportunity to network with senior business leaders from the local business community. We will also have a panel discussion with the CBI’s President, Paul Drechsler, and several local stakeholders and businesses. Event partners will benefit from profile raising opportunities, networking opportunities, and the opportunity to speak at the event.


Thames Valley Annual Dinner – 18th October 2018

Speakers – Carolyn Fairbairn and political speakers. There may be an opportunity for the headline sponsor to speak (TBC)

The CBI’s flagship event in the Thames Valley region, this dinner will once again bring together 200 senior business leaders for an evening of networking and corporate entertaining. We will be joined by the CBI’s

Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, who will provide an update on the CBI’s latest activities and interactions with Government. We will also have a keynote from a high profile political speaker. Sponsor benefits include branding opportunities, spaces at the dinner and networking opportunities.


London Summer Lunch – 27th June 2018

Speakers – Carolyn Fairbairn and political speakers. There may be an opportunity for the headline sponsor to give a welcome at the event (TBC)

One of the CBI’s flagship events in London, this annual lunch provides attendees with the opportunity to network with senior business leaders from across London. Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI’s Director-General, will provide an update on the CBI’s latest priorities and interactions with the Mayor of London’s office and national Government. We will also be joined by a high profile political speaker to hear their views on the current political and economic climate; our 2017 speaker was Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. Sponsor benefits include branding opportunities, press coverage, spaces at the lunch and high-profile networking opportunities.


Data Licensing

The CBI's authoritative business surveys are an excellent tool for keeping up to date on a wide range of economic issues. They are an invaluable resource for business.

Data is available for a range of key CBI surveys, covering results from survey inception to present day. The data provides a significant insight into the UK macro-economy, reflecting the captured sentiment of senior business people on a regular basis; this of course, allows for insight and analysis of the cyclical trends that develop over time from the business survey methodology. The detailed analyses of indicators assist in the understanding of the macro-economy and major sector trends.

Data from the following surveys are available:

  • Industrial Trends Survey
  • Distributive Trades Survey including Internet Sales Data
  • Service Sector Survey
  • Financial Services Survey
  • Monthly Growth Indicator

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the commercial team at 0800 983 0093


Current sponsors

We would like to thank the companies below for their ongoing sponsorship:


ArchOver is the only Crowdlending platform to offer highly competitive loans leveraged against the quality of a borrower's customers by facilitating fixed term borrowing against their Accounts Receivables with no requirement for personal guarantee. Loans are for any business purpose and for up to three years. Typically borrowers are raising working capital, replacing invoice discounting, factoring and bank overdrafts. The minimum borrowing level is set at £100,000 with no maximum.


BAE Systems serves the needs of its customers by delivering a wide range of advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions that provide a technological and performance edge. It works together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture, and support the innovations that sustain economies, increase defence sovereignty and safeguard commercial interests. With some 88,000 employees in six continents, its story is about talented people who are relentlessly committed to creating solutions that protect and strengthen nations. That’s work that inspires its team. That’s BAE Systems.


Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, they operate in over 50 countries. They support corporate clients to achieve growth and job creation, governments to deliver their stability and growth plans, and institutions to meet the long-term investment needs of their clients.


BDO is the leading adviser to mid-market businesses in the UK and is delighted to be working alongside the CBI on a programme which highlights the contribution of the mid-market to the UK economy. In the UK, BDO has 3500 partners and staff operating out of 23 offices who are all committed to offering exceptional client service. Internationally, BDO operates in over 138 countries andis the world’s 5th largest accountancy organisation.


Brunel University London is a world-class university based in Uxbridge, West London, and was established in 1966. Our mission has always been to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative appraoch pioneered by our namesake Isambard Kindom Brunel.


CBRE is the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm with a dedicated Central London team. The team comprises experts from specialised sector and servive groups who work collaboratively with clients to map property strategies across the Central London area.


Grant Thornton is a leading financial and business adviser operating out of 28 offices. Led by 215 partners, it employs nearly 4,000 professionals providing personalised assurance, tax and specialist advisory services to more than 40,000 individuals, privately-held businesses and public interest entities. Within the UK and internationally, it has significant resource and expertise focused on serving mid-sized businesses and large corporate clients.


Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, sourcing qualified, professional and skilled people for thousands of clients worldwide. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.  With nearly 8,000 staff operating from 245 offices across 33 countries, Hays is the established market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific, and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. Hays is Strategic Partner for the 2015 CBI Annual Conference.


Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, valuation, financial restructuring, and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments woldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of our commitment to client success across our advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $5 billion, the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor for U.S. transactions over the past 10 years, and the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, according to Thomson Reuters. For more information, visit


IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and 
development to shape the future of society at large.


Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services. We enable clients, in more than 50 countries, to stay a step ahead of emerging business trends and outperform the competition. We help them transform and thrive in a changing world by co-creating breakthrough that combine strategic insights and execution excellence. Visit to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY), with US$8.25 billion in annual revenues and 165,000+ employees, is helping enterprises renew themselves while also creating new avenues to generate value.


JLL is a professional services and investment management firm specialising in commercial and residential property services and investment management services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in property. Our 58,000 people are based in 230 offices in 80 countries worldwide. In response to changing client expectations and market conditions we assemble teams of experts who deliver integrated services built on market insight and foresight, sound research and relevant market knowledge. The firm takes pride in its ability to attract, develop and reward the best and most diverse people in real estate, challenging them to develop enduring relationships built on quality service, collaboration and trust.


Mabey is a leading bridge and engineering services specialist that combines engineering excellence with expert design and manufacturing skills. We help deliver projects more safely, quickly and efficiently in the road, rail, utilities and construction sectors from 38 locations worldwide. Capabilities include designing and manufacturing bridges, temporary works; structural and environmental monitoring services; digital engineering and non-mechanical groundworks equipment.



Manpower Group For 65 years ManpowerGroup has been dedicated to enriching people’s lives with quality employment and training opportunities. Together, our comprehensive family of brands offers the full spectrum of workforce solutions needed to address the complex challenges businesses face. ManpowerGroup’s suite of solutions is offered through ManpowerGroup™ Solutions, Manpower®, Experis™ and Right Management®. From contingent and permanent recruitment, workforce consulting, outsourcing and career management to assessment, training and development, ManpowerGroup delivers the talent to drive the innovation and productivity of organisations.


Middlesex University teaches 37,000 students, has campuses in London, Dubai, Mauritius and Malta, and a worldwide network. The university has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, the latest for Enterprise. As home to innovators, change-makers, expert teachers and inspiring research programmes, Middlesex is a progressive and diverse university, and works with companies around the globe to make sure that their staff are developed to the best of their potential.


The Open University (OU) provides learning and development, research and consultancy solutions, to help organisations remain competitive in an increasingly complex global market. Through our pioneering learning experience and cutting-edge research, we are currently providing first-class higher skills education to over 200,000 people. Over 70% of OU students are in employment and the university’s experience of working with over 30,000 organisations has helped to ensure that OU study has an immediate impact on staff performance. The OU’s expertise in teaching and research spans across leadership and management, STEM subjects, IT, health, education and law. Through The Open University Business School’s MBA, the OU has taught nearly 24,000 of the world’s current and future business leaders.


At Pearson, learning is taken personally. It is the world’s leading learning company, providing education and assessment services in more than 60 countries. In the UK, names like Edexcel, Longman, Heinemann, and BTEC combine 150 years of experience with resources, technology and expertise that support every learner. We offer the largest selection of work-based learning related qualifications to employers and learning providers in the UK.


PwC UK is the proud sponsor of the CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey and has been since the survey's inception in 1989. PwC firms provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for their clients. More than 161,000 people in 154 countries in firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.


Ricoh is a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD). The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialised industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives. Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.


The Senator Group, founded in 1976 and headquartered in Lancashire, is the UK’s largest manufacturer of office furniture and workplace solutions, and the leading investor in Research, Development and Design.

Encompassing the three brands, Senator, Allermuir and Torasen, the organisation epitomises forward thinking. As a global business with a global reputation, The Senator Group builds upon its core values of people, investment, service and the environment. The business is passionate about providing innovative workplace solutions whilst working in close partnership with clients.


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