17 August 2017


Westminster Update

Regional directors meet with MPs and the CBI prepares for a busy September with the first meeting of the Government’s new EU Exit Business Advisory Group and party conferences. 

Westminster Update

With many MPs back in their constituencies, the CBI regional directors have been taking the opportunity to engage with MPs in their regions. The influence of backbenchers has never been stronger due to the minority government and with an influx of new MPs, recess has been the perfect time to meet with them. For example, last week CBI’s North West director Damian Waters met with Damien Moore MP. They discussed Brexit and how to make it work for North West businesses along with local issues, including the importance of improving rail links to Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool and local skills shortages. To help members get to know their new MPs across the regions the CBI’s campaigns team is setting up an interactive map profiling the new intake from the 2017 election. Each profile will include the MP’s background and views on areas covered by the CBI’s prosperity agenda, including Brexit. This will be available in the coming weeks, if you have any questions please contact tom.southern@cbi.org.uk

Director of trade Ben Digby and head of EU negotiations Nicole Sykes met with Jessica Glover, who is leading a new trade secretariat in the Cabinet Office, to discuss trade strategy across government and how the CBI can be supportive. On industrial strategy, CBI deputy director-general Josh Hardie met with Tim Pitt, special adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer at HM Treasury. Josh updated Tim on the CBI’s industrial strategy thinking, and will meet again before the budget to assess business priorities.

Looking ahead, the CBI will be attending the first meeting of the Government’s new EU Exit Business Advisory Group (EEBAG) in September. The group will be co-chaired by Business Secretary Greg Clark, EU Exit Secretary David Davis, and Chancellor Philip Hammond. The meeting will be attended by the CBI along with the other major cross-sectoral business organisations. The CBI will be putting across members’ views on topics including regulation, immigration, transition, customs, data and services, as well as recommending opportunities for direct CBI member engagement. CBI members can feed into the messages by either filling in this online form, or by contacting your CBI account manager before 7 September.

Finally, the CBI has been busy with party conference plans. Now just over a month away the CBI will be attending the Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences and holding fringe events entitled ‘A new era: The role of business in delivering growth and prosperity’. The fringe events will aim to cover key issues from Brexit to industrial strategy and the value of business. To find out more information on the CBI’s activity at conference please visit the website.

For more information please contact hannah.collins@cbi.org.uk