CBI responds to UK Government’s Heat & Buildings Strategy

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said that Government must now support this valuable work with a clear delivery plan for consumers, businesses and local authorities.

“There’s no doubt that the scale of the challenge is considerable. These welcome measures – including the 2035 phase out of new gas boilers – will help consumers and business better prepare to change the way they heat their homes and buildings."

18 Oct 2021

Our response to Government's greening finance report

Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said that business looks forward to working with the Government to design this new framework.

“Expanded standards for environmental reporting are key for supporting the transition to a greener financial system. Greater clarity on environmental impacts will help investors channel finance into projects that are aligned with net zero targets and will reduce carbon emissions across our economy."

18 Oct 2021

CBI & 40 trade associations issue statement on business rates, saying action on investment needed at Budget

Rain Newton-Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said:

“With up to half of business investment potentially subject to business rates, it has literally become a tax on investment. Action to stimulate investment, starting with business rates reform, unites firms spanning the whole economy. If the government is serious about achieving its net zero ambitions, kicking reforms further into the long grass cannot be the answer.”

14 Oct 2021

Our response to UK & EU proposals on NI Protocol

Sean McGuire, CBI Europe Director, said:

“The UK and EU have listened to business on many of the technical solutions needed to protect GB-NI trade. Both sides must now grasp this opportunity to get back round the table – and agree sustainable long-term solutions that work for businesses and communities in Northern Ireland”.

13 Oct 2021

Our response to latest ONS Labour Market statistics

Matthew Percival, CBI Programme Director for Skills & Inclusion, highlighted that companies have found hiring difficult this autumn.

“It's welcome that Government has set up a new taskforce chaired by Sir David Lewis to advise on the impact of supply chain disruption and labour shortages on the recovery. Business and Government working together is the best way to create the high-wage, high-skill, high-investment, high-productivity economy we all want to see.”

12 Oct 2021

Government and industry must accelerate construction reforms for the sector to deliver on 'build back better' ambitions

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:

“A thriving construction industry will be essential to the success of the UK in the coming decades. But it is only through financial stability and a secure operating environment that business investment will create the technologies, innovations and skills to drive the transformation needed, at the pace needed."

12 Oct 2021

Over nine in ten firms hit by Covid maintained commitment to competitive staff pensions – CBI/Mercer Pensions Survey 2021

Matthew Percival, CBI Director of Skills and Inclusion, said:

“Employers are eager to build on the stand-out success of auto-enrolment and know that higher business contributions will be needed in future. But with firms only beginning to recover from the pandemic, and while they’re prioritising investing in more immediate pay and conditions to address labour shortages and rising living costs, any increase must take place over the next five years rather than in the short-term.”

11 Oct 2021

CBI responds to creation of new supply chain advisory group

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said that establishing a Taskforce to move quickly – with both business and government around the table – will ensure government is far better informed about the nature and scale of the challenges and can formulate responses at speed.

“The CBI looks forward to working closely with Sir David Lewis and his team at the Cabinet Office to find efficient solutions and deploy them quickly, enabling the UK to get ahead of future issues."

08 Oct 2021

CBI Wales responds to new Welsh Government covid strategy

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said:

“After eighteen torrid months of restrictions, the business community will welcome the Welsh Government’s commitment to keeping the economy open. The Covid pass system should help restore business and consumer confidence as we approach the all-important festive trading period."

08 Oct 2021

CBI responds to Prime Minister's speech - Conservative Party Conference

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said:

“The Prime Minister has set out a compelling vision for our economy. But ambition on wages without action on investment and productivity is ultimately just a pathway for higher prices. So, let’s work in partnership to overcome the short-term challenges and fulfil our long-term potential.”

06 Oct 2021

Our response to Chancellor's Plan for Jobs expansion - Conservative Party Conference

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said businesses would welcome the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs pivoting from furlough to economic recovery.

“Nearly all of us will need to gain new skills between now and 2030. An expanded role for Job Centre Plus should be a step towards them becoming genuine ‘jobs and skills hubs’, supporting all workers in their search for career progression and higher wages. Businesses are committed to playing their full part in training and re-skilling the workforce of tomorrow as we move towards a new economy.”

03 Oct 2021

CBI responds to Labour Leader Party Conference speech

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said that Labour's ambitions to decarbonise the economy and build a better future for everyone through improving education are shared by business. Lifelong learning is the bedrock of productivity, growth, and in turn, rising wages.

“Commitments on R&D spending, investment and digital skills signal an understanding of core business priorities essential for delivering a dynamic and future-focussed economy. Business will now want to see more about their plans to unlock investment and innovation to achieve these goals.”

29 Sep 2021

Our reaction to Shadow Chancellor's speech - Labour Party Conference

Rain Newton Smith, CBI Chief Economist, said it's hugely welcome to hear Labour describe itself as pro-business.

“While the diagnosis is right, some of the prescription requires a second opinion. For example, acting in isolation on digital services tax could risk undermining hard won progress on an international agreement. And we need to recognise, not simply criticise, the important role played by public service providers across the UK."

27 Sep 2021

CBI responds to Labour Party business rates reform pledge

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said:

“With businesses just recently starting to recoup their losses a freeze in rates will provide much needed breathing room, as will the rise in rates relief for SMEs. But going it alone on digital services tax is high risk and could undermine the UK's competitiveness at a time when need to be prioritising going for growth."

26 Sep 2021

CBI responds to Government's temporary change to visa rules

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said that businesses are playing their part, with many planning pay rises, stepping up investment in training, widening talent pools and doubling down on investment in digital and automation.

“Yet the scale of the challenges facing businesses on multiple fronts underlines the need for a COBR-like Cabinet Committee for recovery, enabling much faster action to alleviate short-term pressures.”

26 Sep 2021

CBI chief calls for 'COBR for Recovery' amid growing shortages

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said that the right long-term answers to our current labour and skills shortages are investing in skills, automation, pay and conditions.

“Establishing a crisis management Taskforce to move quickly – with both business and government around the table – will ensure Government is far more informed about the nature and scale of the challenges; can formulate responses fast; and is able to get the support of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet to take action required. We stand ready to support the Government to do this.”

24 Sep 2021

Right to request flexible work as a day one request in Great Britain

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:

"Employers support giving employees the right to request flexible working from day one in the job. They want to work with the Government to ensure that they can say ‘no’ when they have properly considered requests but for good reason can’t accept them.”

22 Sep 2021

CBI responds to the UK Government's AI strategy

Susannah Odell, CBI Head of Digital Policy, said:

“With AI increasingly being incorporated into our workplaces and daily lives, it’s essential to build public trust in the technology. Proportionate and joined-up regulation will be a core element to this and firms look forward to engaging with the government’s continued work in this area. Businesses hope to see the AI strategy provide the long-term direction and fuel to reach the government’s AI ambitions.”

22 Sep 2021

CBI responds to announcement securing UK CO2 supplies

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said that the announcement should provide some short-run reassurance for the food sector and others heavily reliant on CO2.

“Yet retail energy suppliers are still urgently anticipating measures from the government – delivered alongside industry – to provide stability. Given significant price rises affecting both businesses and consumers, it’s essential vulnerable customers and key energy intensive companies, which underpin critical UK supply chains, are well supported throughout the winter."

22 Sep 2021

Three quarters of UK business concerned about impact of labour shortages on competitiveness - CBI / Pertemps Network Group

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said:

“Immediately reviewing and updating the Shortage Occupation List so that firms can temporarily fill the most significant vacancies would provide businesses with some breathing room. In the longer-term, skills policies should help workers gain the abilities needed to fill shortages.”

20 Sep 2021

'No time for a play-it-safe Budget' if we want to unlock 'wall of investment' says CBI

CBI Chief Economist Rain Newton-Smith said:

“Right now, there is a wall of invesment waiting to be invested, with corporate cash reserves now over £900bn. Yet we know from our members that we can’t simply expect it to be deployed in the UK. We’re in a global race for investment in green technologies, innovation, and skills. We must create the right environment to unleash it."

17 Sep 2021

CBI Wales responds to alert level and covid pass plans

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said that the prospect of introducing a new Covid pass system across Wales, although already in operation in some sectors, should help the economy to remain open.

“The decision to keep the country at alert level zero will be welcomed by businesses that are only now starting to recover from the damaging cycle of lockdown restrictions. However, with infection rates continuing to move in the wrong direction, we cannot take the platform that vaccines and testing have given us for granted. That’s why businesses will be doing everything they can to help promote adherence to baseline measures, like mask-wearing, among staff and customers."

17 Sep 2021

Our response to changes on international travel

Matthew Fell, CBI People and Skills Director, said that given the successful roll out of the vaccine programme, it’s only right that international travel rules now reflect that with a new two-tier system.

“ The Government’s decision should make it easier and more cost effective for people who are double-jabbed to travel overseas. But for the industry to trade its way back to recovery, more will still need to be done to address the cost and complexity of remaining testing requirements and to open up more countries still-closed to UK travellers."

17 Sep 2021

Our response to new border control delays

Sean McGuire, CBI Europe Director, said that additional time could help to relieve pressure on supply chains ahead of the traditionally busy Christmas period for retailers. But the impact will be fleeting unless that extra time delivers progress on the challenges firms are facing.

"That includes both sides giving fresh consideration to business’ suggestion for a bespoke veterinary agreement, which could avoid the majority of checks and reflect the unique nature of trade between the UK and the EU. And where supply bottlenecks are caused by labour shortages, the UK should use the immigration levers within its gift to alleviate short-term pressures.”

14 Sep 2021

CBI response to Winter Covid Plan

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said government can support responsible businesses by utilising all the available covid secure tools at our disposal, from good hygiene and ventilation processes to the use of face coverings.

“The UK’s world leading vaccine programme should underpin efforts to build confidence in the reopening, but just as important will be maximising the role that monitoring, therapeutics and free, mass testing can play in driving confidence."

14 Sep 2021

Our response to latest labour market statistics

Matthew Percival, CBI Director of People & Skills, said as businesses recouped months of lost trade over the summer, the labour market showed positive signs of recovery too as employment and vacancy figures rose. However, ongoing supply and labour shortages are impeding further growth.

“In the longer-term, this means increasing investment in reskilling, automation and improved pay and conditions. But these steps take time to have impact, so we need a functional Shortage Occupation List too so that firms can temporarily fill the most significant vacancies. Government needs to immediately begin a review of shortages and accept the Migration Advisory Committee’s recommendations from last year to add extra jobs to the list."

14 Sep 2021

Our response to new border control delays

Sean McGuire, CBI Europe Director, said that additional time could help to relieve pressure on supply chains ahead of the traditionally busy Christmas period for retailers, especially given current headwinds. But the impact will be fleeting unless that extra time delivers progress on the challenges firms are facing.

"That includes both sides giving fresh consideration to business’ suggestion for a bespoke veterinary agreement, which could avoid the majority of checks and reflect the unique nature of trade between the UK and the EU. And where supply bottlenecks are caused by labour shortages, the UK should use the immigration levers within its gift to alleviate short-term pressures.”

14 Sep 2021

CBI response to Winter Covid Plan

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said the UK’s world leading vaccine programme should underpin efforts to keep the economy open, but just as important will be maximising the role that monitoring, therapeutics and free, mass testing can play in driving confidence.

"Clear forward guidance for firms about what measures will be introduced under Plan B should infection rates rise will maximise their ability to plan with certainty. Transparency about how and when those decisions will be made is essential.”

14 Sep 2021

Higher business taxes & lower business investment are not a plan for growth - CBI Chief

On the important economic choices, we face as a country this autumn, Tony said:

“This autumn requires big choices. Choices that will define a decade. We’re at an inflexion point. Brexit, Covid, Climate Change – all demand that the UK forges a new growth story to compete in the world. And believe me this will be a competition – for new markets, new skills, and technological advantage."

13 Sep 2021

CBI responds to the UK Government's new data protection regime

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said

“Firms will support the government aim to bust barriers to allow data to move securely, but more flexibly across borders. We hope to see the UK maintain its high level of data protections and remain in line with international standards to safeguard our thriving digital economy."

10 Sep 2021

Our reaction to Government plans for social care reform and funding

Lord Bilimoria, CBI President, said that after all that business has gone through during the pandemic and the fantastic Government support that followed, now is not the time for tax increases.

“It’s time to stimulate investment and growth in the economy. National Insurance increase will directly hurt a business's ability to hire staff, at a time when businesses have faced a torrid 18 months and are now fighting crippling labour shortages."

07 Sep 2021

CBI Scotland initial reaction to programme for Government

Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:

“Business investment is absolutely vital to Scotland’s economic recovery, and the government should do everything in its power to attract – not repel - investment and the very best talent. Ultimately, by working more closely with business to create sustainable economic growth, ministers will be able to achieve their goals of improving people's living standards and public services."

07 Sep 2021

CBI outlines labour market insights alongside urgent recommendations

Tony Danker, the CBI’s Director-General, has warned that labour supply problems could last for up to two years and will not be solved by the end of the Job Retention Scheme.

“Labour shortages are biting right across the economy. While the CBI still predicts growth returning to pre-pandemic levels later this year, furlough ending is not the panacea some people think will magically fill labour supply gaps. These shortages... will have a negative impact on the UK’s economic recovery."

06 Sep 2021

Damaging HS2 speculation must end, says CBI

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said HS2 is a project that levels up – a cornerstone of government and business ambitions. It’s too important a project to downgrade to HS1.5.

“Government should put an end to any lingering uncertainty by reaffirming its commitment to delivering HS2, on time and in full, as a foundation stone for an equitable and sustainable future UK economy.”

27 Aug 2021

CBI responds to the latest change in international travel rules

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said the Government must turn its attention to establishing a longer-term system for safe travel which is truly risk-based.

“This means focusing on individual vaccination status rather than country status, simplifying any lingering restrictions and ending PCR test requirements for double-jabbed travelers and journeys to green list countries.”

26 Aug 2021

CBI Scotland responds to agreement between the SNP and Scottish Greens

Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:

“Any proposed agreement between the SNP and Scottish Greens should recognise the immense contribution that enterprise makes to social and economic life in Scotland, not seek to shut business out of the discussion on economic recovery. Without a thriving and competitive business sector delivering investment, jobs and growth, any plans for ambitious future spending are destined to fall short.”

20 Aug 2021

CBI Scotland responds to latest GERS figures

Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:

“If the Scottish Government plans to launch a series of ambitious spending plans, this must be backed-up by consistent revenue generation. That means supporting enterprise to deliver the jobs and growth we need by taking steps to build public and business confidence in the recovery."

18 Aug 2021

CBI responds to latest labour market statistics

Jennifer Beckwith, CBI Head of Employment, said that with staff shortage concerns a wider test and release scheme must be implemented so that self-isolation remains properly targeted at those who risk spreading the virus.

“Longer-term, business must continue to invest in the skills and automation that will underpin future growth. The government can also help by ensuring that the qualifications it funds include those in short supply and removing barriers hampering firms’ ability to recruit overseas workers.”

17 Aug 2021

CBI responds to publication of UK Government's hydrogen strategy

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said with hydrogen key to unlocking decarbonisation across carbon-intensive sectors, as well as stimulating high levels of skilled green jobs, the Government’s Hydrogen Strategy is a key milestone in the delivery of the UK’s 10 Point Plan.

“With its cross-economy applications in the transition to net-zero, firms will be looking to the Government to make ambitious commitments on hydrogen testing and demonstration projects in the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review – as well as clearly identifying its role in decarbonising the UK’s heat system through the Heat and Buildings Strategy."

17 Aug 2021

CBI responds to Acas report on business support for vaccine uptake

John Foster, CBI Director of Policy, said:

“The vast majority of businesses are continuing their commitment to protecting staff and customers during the pandemic. This includes showing flexibility when the time comes for their staff to get the jab. We’d encourage all companies to demonstrate this same level of consideration towards their employees.”

12 Aug 2021

CBI NI responds to latest relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions

Angela McGowan, CBI NI Director, said confirmation that double-vaccinated staff will no longer have to self-isolate if they test negative will undoubtedly come as a huge relief.

“However, it’s not clear why the Executive has not agreed to end social distancing or why it continues to advise the workforce to work from home. This feels like a missed opportunity to support struggling retailers that were hopeful of getting more customers through the door and making the most of the final weeks of summer. Many firms are also already proceeding with hybrid working models, with well advanced plans to get them off the ground."

12 Aug 2021

CBI responds to Acas report on business support for vaccine uptake

John Foster, CBI Director of Policy, said delivering on the vaccine roll-out is crucial to boosting confidence in the reopening and helping the economy adjust to the next phase of learning to live with the virus.

“The vast majority of businesses are continuing their commitment to protecting staff and customers during the pandemic. This includes showing flexibility when the time comes for their staff to get the jab. We’d encourage all companies to demonstrate this same level of consideration towards their employees.”

12 Aug 2021

CBI responds to Q2 GDP

Alpesh Paleja, CBI Lead Economist, noted that growth bounced back over the second quarter as restrictions on activity were gradually lifted. He said this underscores that tackling the pandemic goes hand-in-hand with supporting economic growth and added:

“Yet challenges to the recovery are emerging. Several supply bottlenecks have likely taken the edge off growth over the summer: a shortage of raw materials and semiconductors, continuing global supply chain disruption and staffing shortages. In the near-term, every effort must be made to safeguard the UK recovery."

12 Aug 2021

CBI responds to GCSE results day

Alissa Dhaliwal, CBI Head of Skills, said ensuring young people from all backgrounds can fulfil their potential in education is crucial to securing a more inclusive economy.

“Regardless of their results, there are great options for students to pursue in education, vocational training and employment. Whatever route they choose, developing skills like communication, creativity and teamwork will help them to thrive. Employers stand ready to offer support through Kickstart placements, apprenticeships and T Levels.”

12 Aug 2021

CBI responds to Btec results day

Alissa Dhaliwal, CBI Head of Skills, said:

“As school leavers start the next chapter of their lives, firms will provide support through jobs and training. Meanwhile, universities will do whatever they can to help students progressing onto higher education by showing as much flexibility as possible on admissions decisions."

10 Aug 2021

CBI responds to A-Level results day

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said:

“Regardless of the outcome, young people should remember that qualifications are just one of the factors employers look at when recruiting. Businesses value the resilience students have demonstrated throughout the pandemic enormously, alongside skills like creativity and teamwork."

10 Aug 2021

CBI Wales responds to A and AS level results day

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said:

“Congratulations to those receiving their exam results today, after years of hard work and determination. Students have shown incredible resilience to overcome the challenges of learning during the pandemic and that’s something that all businesses both value and admire."

10 Aug 2021

CBI Scotland responds to SQA results day

Tracy Black, CBI Scotland Director, said:

“Regardless of today’s outcome, young people should remember that qualifications are just one of the factors employers look for when recruiting. Alongside key skills like creativity and teamwork, attitude and aptitude remain the most important strengths employers are looking when it comes to hiring school leavers.”

10 Aug 2021

CBI responds to UN climate report

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief Policy Director, said COP26 must be the trigger for more, urgent action from countries around the world.

“Committing to and achieving net zero is paramount and the UK must look to lead by example, establishing the policy and tax frameworks to make it possible. Businesses understand the vital role they must play and many are putting net zero plans in place. We need to see more of those commitments and acting on the pledges made, as soon as possible.”

09 Aug 2021

CBI Wales responds to First Minister's latest statement on Covid restrictions

Ian Price, CBI Wales Director, said it’s clear that Wales is entering a new phase of the pandemic: ‘living with the virus.’ Instilling a sense of confidence in the reopening process – both for businesses and the public – is now crucial.

“Whether through the use of measures like face masks and risk assessments or the many processes businesses have implemented themselves to become more COVID-secure, ensuring staff and customers feel comfortable entering businesses premises is crucial to getting the Welsh economy firing again.”

06 Aug 2021

CBI responds to latest pingdemic figures

Lord Bilimoria, CBI President, said with immediate effect the government should bring forward a test and release scheme – for people double-jabbed and for those who have not been. He added:

“Next, maintain COVID-secure workplace restrictions and safety measures, including hygiene and ventilation, to keep employees and customers safe. This means mandatory guidance for face coverings in certain close contact settings."

05 Aug 2021

CBI responds to latest changes to travel restrictions

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said today’s green list extension will offer some relief to the international travel sector, which has suffered more than most during the pandemic and still faces a long road to full recovery.

"Restoring freedom of travel to these countries will enable firms to salvage a limited summer season. However, defining a strategy for a more comprehensive resumption of travel that is safe, simple and certain remains an urgent priority."

05 Aug 2021

CBI urges relaxation of international travel restrictions

John Foster, CBI Policy Director, said:

“The UK’s successful vaccine rollout, coupled with lessons learned throughout the pandemic, offer genuine opportunity for more travel to resume safely. The UK urgently needs to widen the list of those able to avoid self-isolation on their return, to include individuals who have received UK approved vaccines, rather than just those who received NHS vaccines."

04 Aug 2021

CBI Scotland responds to First Minister's latest Covid announcement

Gregor Scotland, CBI Scotland Head of Policy, said ending social distancing requirements is a vital step that boosts business capacity just when firms need it most.

“However, with so many restrictions lifting, businesses will be confused why the Scottish Government is continuing to advise people to work from home. The reality is that many firms are well-advanced in their plans and are proceeding with hybrid working models, just as the government advises. It’s up to employers to engage positively with staff to shape new ways of working that work for them, while remaining as safe as possible."

03 Aug 2021

Our response to A303 High Court judgment

Ben Rhodes, CBI Acting South West Director, said:

“This legal decision does not lessen the need for a sustainable solution. Government must now gather the necessary evidence to ensure this much needed infrastructure upgrade can go ahead in a way which meets the UK’s net zero targets and maintains the heritage of the site."

30 Jul 2021

CBI responds to new rules for EU/US air arrivals

Tom Thackray, CBI Director of Infrastructure, said:

“The news will come as a significant boost to the beleaguered travel industry, while also restoring important business links with key trading partners. The task now is to implement these changes as rapidly and smoothly as possible, which should include an efficient pre-travel system of assessing passengers’ Covid-status to prevent congestion at airports.”

28 Jul 2021

Our response to the Government's Disability Strategy

Matthew Percival, CBI Director of People and Skills policy, said:

“Supporting disabled people to get in and get on at work benefits businesses as well as wider society. Employers expect there to be more opportunities for flexible working in the future and support the introduction of unpaid carers leave. The CBI will support the development of guidance on how businesses should collect, analyse and report data on disability in their workforce.”

28 Jul 2021

"This won't get us where we need to be" - CBI responds to the publication of exemption list

John Foster, CBI Director of Policy, said:

“If we want the economy to stay open, we need a confident but balanced plan. We should bring forward the date from 16 August when those who have been double-jabbed no longer need to self-isolate if they test negative once contacted. We also need a test & release scheme for those who have not been double jabbed. And we should use testing and Covid safety measures to promote a culture of safety and mutuality in workplaces, shops, hospitality and public transport."

25 Jul 2021

Our response to news of 600,000+ asked to self-isolate in one week

Tony Danker, CBI Director-General, said:

“We can end the pingdemic by bringing forward the date by which all those who have been double-jabbed no longer need to self-isolate if not infectious and introducing a test & release scheme. We must also ensure workplaces have access to an effective, accessible testing regime. With workplace testing due to end in a matter of days, firms need urgent clarity on how community testing will work in practice.”

22 Jul 2021

CBI responds to the UK Government Innovation Strategy

Felicity Burch, CBI Director of Innovation, said the commitment to increasing investment to £22bn for R&D provides an important signal to business ahead of the spending review.

“This strategy is an important step in ensuring innovation plays its full part in driving economic recovery and addressing the biggest challenges facing society such as decarbonisation, levelling up and health. We are pleased to see the scale of ambition and the focus on unleashing business innovation and investment."

22 Jul 2021

Our response to UK Government statement on Northern Ireland Protocol

Angela McGowan, CBI Northern Ireland Director, said months of deliberations, businesses are exasperated that the Protocol continues to dominate the headlines with no end in sight.

“Firms are determined to make it work, and to see it bring much needed prosperity to Northern Ireland. That starts by the Joint Committee delivering on the Business Consultative Working Group immediately. It’s time for the EU and the UK to bring business into the discussions to break the deadlock."

21 Jul 2021

Our response to Government's consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace

Matthew Percival, Director of People and Skills Policy, said:

“Companies agree that they should have policies, procedures and cultures that reduce the likelihood of sexual harassment at work as well as responding appropriately when incidents occur. The Government and EHRC should work with companies to ensure the new statutory code of practice explains what taking 'all reasonable steps' means and gives employers confidence that they are meeting their responsibilities.”

21 Jul 2021

'Speed is of the essence' - CBI outlines solution for self-isolation

CBI President, Lord Karan Bilimoria, said:

“With restrictions being lifted and cases rapidly increasing, we urgently need a surefooted approach from government, creating confidence to secure the recovery. This starts by immediately ending the self-isolation period of ten days for people who are double-jabbed and providing a route out of isolation for those not yet fully vaccinated through daily lateral flow tests (see notes to editors). Against the backdrop of crippling staff shortages, speed is of the essence."

18 Jul 2021


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