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  • 13 March 2015

    Open Letter from Business Community to OFMDFM (Northern Ireland)

    An open letter has been sent to the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland on 12 March 2015 from all the main business organisations in the Province.

  • 12 March 2015

    Economic Update 13 March 2015

    The CBI’s growth indicator, a composite of its manufacturing, distribution and services surveys, reported that UK private-sector growth over the three months to February remained relatively robust, although easing slightly. The mild slowdown was due mainly to the retail sector, while growth picked up a little in the manufacturing sector.

  • 12 March 2015

    Gender pay ruling

    This week the House of Lords voted in favour of a proposed amendment to section 78 of the Equality Act, 2010 that, if made into law, will require the publication of information on earnings by gender in firms with more than 249 staff.

  • 12 March 2015

    Providing MSBs with finance to grow

    To boost the availability of long-term growth capital, a new CBI report, Financing our Future Economy, calls on the next government to promote a market for privately placed debt, which the Breedon Review estimates could unlock up to £15 billion to fund medium sized business development.  

  • 12 March 2015

    50 years of business innovation

    Former deputy prime minister and trade secretary Lord Heseltine, and previous CBI director-generals Sir Richard Lambert and Lord Digby Jones were amongst the 250 high-profile guests who joined us for the first of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

  • 12 March 2015

    Budget should support UK Mittelstand

    Ahead of the final budget of this parliament on 18 March, John Cridland and Katja Hall met chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne MP to present the CBI’s submission of the policies business wants to see prioritised.

  • 12 March 2015

    Warning against 'sound bite solutions'

    Speaking at a trade and industry dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London last week, Sir Mike Rake urged politicians of all stripes to tackle the challenges facing the UK’s economy and stressed the importance of extending the recovery’s benefits to everyone. 

  • 11 March 2015

    Intellectual property vital for investment and innovation

    It's an acronym that might be thought to only excite lawyers, but the importance of IP (intellectual property) to the economy cannot be understated. If we want a business environment that promotes trade and investment, it’s crucial that we’re seen as a global leader in this area. 

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