It’s not all about Brexit
We have been through an incredibly important and vigorous period in British business. The referendum was literally one month before I became Chair, and that really set the frame for businesses headquartered in the UK. With many global companies anchored in London, our CBI community has a role as a national and international organisation. We needed to ensure that our membership was aligned, engaged, and focused on supporting the different issues affecting industries in in the mid- and long-term.
Our biggest issue was, and still is, the underlying performance of the UK economy, and how we can improve productivity and achieve high quality growth. Whilst we need to help businesses tailor their approach, depending on their customer base, value chain and global reach, to do this successfully, and at scale, our CBI members need to be able to speak with one powerful and effective voice.