Annual Report and Accounts 2016
In 2016 the CBI made good progress identifying new and improved ways to serve our membership. We have significantly increased the range of products we offer, such as producing more webinars and podcasts, to make sure that members have access to the latest intelligence and briefings on key issues in a flexible and inclusive way.
The CBI also had success launching a range of workshops for people within member companies who are faced with the challenge of implementing government policies. A particular highlight were the workshops we delivered across the country to explain the impact of the Apprenticeships Levy to member businesses.
With a diverse, vibrant membership and business leaders steering our agenda, the CBI is able to provide a wide range of opportunities for B2B engagement. We have continued to invest in the CBI Leadership Programme, which offers future business leaders the opportunity to develop the skills to understand and influence their external environment. Our recently launched 35 Under 35 programme also supports our members to develop emerging management talent.
In 2016 we have continued to develop the range of networks we run for member specialists in finance, human resources and public affairs. These groups bring together professionals from across our membership to discuss the latest issues in the political, business and economic landscape and exchange solutions and best practice.
Furthermore, we have also re-focused the CBI's internal resource to better service members in key sectors such as manufacturing, financial services and construction. A new Product, Services and Marketing team has also been created to work alongside the existing Commercial Development team who specialise in managing the CBI's corporate events and sponsorships. The aim of this new structure will be to continue to develop exciting new member products. This new approach, combined with a specific focus on our different audiences will open up more opportunities for valued member engagement over the coming year.
Our purpose is to help ambitious businesses of all sizes create a more prosperous society. We work hard to create a healthy, thriving business environment that provides the conditions for success for our members. By providing a voice at a regional, national and international level to policymakers, we speak on behalf of 190,000 businesses across the UK.
We help members influence the big topics beyond the control of any individual business, topics that shape the UK business and economic landscape. We have unique access to policy makers which allows us to provide the insight for business leaders to plan for success – and crucially, provide access to the networks that help you get there.
The CBI is the only membership organisation designed for all businesses. Regardless of the size, location or sector of your business, membership can help you succeed.
Our members have a powerful voice to government, receive invaluable information and access to a strong network of ambitious businesses ranging from start-ups, established local companies to prestigious multi-nationals.
Combined with policy expertise and regional, national and international reach, it's the seniority of our cross-sector network that makes us different, with senior policymakers and government ministers actively seeking our input when legislative or policy decisions are being made.
"We’ve had a number of face to face meetings with politicians and European prime ministers. Without CBI membership, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get our views across."
“Being a member of the CBI has given me the opportunity to represent my company and small businesses as a whole. I’ve sat in HMRC meetings, been to Number 10, met the Prime Minister and other Ministers, as well as worked with a number of CBI Director Generals.”
"Aside from the access to ministers and political insider information, another key benefit of CBI membership is the opportunity to network with other likeminded industrial contacts and hear different business opinions."
"We joined the CBI because of the work they are doing to champion small and medium sized enterprises on issues such as access to improved banking facilities for SMEs. We've also attended their M-Club events for medium-sized companies."
"Since joining the CBI I've been invited to sit on the CBI's Construction Council, which not only enables me to explain to decision makers the impact of prompt payment on my sector, but also puts me in a room with my customers' CEOs."
"The general network has been really important - it's been easier to open doors through contacts from the CBI than it otherwise would have been."
From start-ups to established multinational companies and medium-sized family run or privately owned firms – CBI represents businesses of all sizes across every sector and region within the UK. CBI members use their membership in different ways depending on what they are looking to achieve from the partnership.
Members have the flexibility to opt for a combination of: access to government, influence over policy, good practice sharing, and B2B networking opportunities to grow their business, and insight & intelligence to help their business planning.
“We have been members of the CBI for many years and see a number of benefits, including support and nurturing of our sector and region, the chance to be a part of a coordinated lobbying effort and the opportunity to build a network of influential business executives.”
“The CBI acts first and foremost as a crucial source of information, providing insight which we can then share with our members. CBI membership is a two-way process: through the Trade Association Council we can feed the views of our industry into any CBI campaign, enabling the CBI to influence areas that really matter to us and our members.”
“A significant driver for us in joining the CBI is the strength of its representation within SMEs as well the wider business community. Our objective is to bring the benefits of sustainability to all businesses and the CBI gives the chance to raise our profile in this community. The CBI has a great structure and is forward thinking in its lobbying; it has a high public profile and champions important issues, as well as recognising the different areas that impact businesses of all sizes. The strength of the CBI network means we’re able to link together with different sectors across all regions.”
“CBI policy teams have a great depth of knowledge and through their events we have the opportunity to debate the CBI take on the policy landscape. We also host events, increasing our profile around an issue and giving the chance to hear from external speakers. The CBI listens to its members, is aware of how it presents itself to the government and is insightful about issues affecting business.”