Confederation of British Industry

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Confederation of British Industry
Abbreviation CBI
Motto The Voice of Business
Formation 1965
Legal status Non-profit organization
Purpose/focus British industry
Location Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London, UK
Region served UK
President Michael Rake
Director-General John Cridland
Main organ CBI Council

The Confederation of British Industry is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for direct members and businesses through its trade association members, from the perspective of their leadership.[1] Together member organisations employ around a third of the private sector workforce in the UK. Incorporated by Royal Charter[2] its mission is to promote the conditions in which businesses of all sizes and sectors in the UK can compete and prosper for the benefit of all. Its membership includes the majority of the FTSE 100, mid-caps, SMEs, privately owned businesses and trade associations. The CBI speaks for all sectors: agriculture, automotive, aerospace, construction, creative, education, financial services, IT, manufacturing, professional services, retail, transport, tourism and utilities.[3]


The CBI works to promote business interests by lobbying and advising governments, networking with other businesses and creating intelligence through analysis of government policies and compilation of statistics, both in the United Kingdom and internationally through their offices in Beijing, Brussels, New Delhi and Washington DC.[4]

It is the foremost lobbying organisation for UK business on national and international issues. It works with the UK government, international legislators and policymakers to help UK businesses compete effectively.


The present Director-General is John Cridland, former Deputy Director General, who assumed the role in January 2011. He replaced Richard Lambert, who was formerly the editor of the Financial Times and member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee.

The CBI is governed under its charter by the CBI Council, which is able to delegate many of its roles to the Chairmen’s Committee and Board. The Chairmen’s Committee is responsible for setting the direction of CBI policy and proposing candidates for Chairman and Deputy Chairman. The CBI Board is responsible for operational and financial matters. The president chairs both the Chairmen's Committee and the CBI Board. A President's Committee, made up of members, advises the president. The president, with the approval of the Chairmen's Committee (under its delegated powers), appoints the director-general, who is responsible for the management of the CBI.[5]

It has offices based in every region of the UK, including teams in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Its headquarters are next to Tottenham Court Road tube station, not far from the headquarters of the TUC.[6] In late 2013 the CBI announced that in spring 2014 it would be moving its headquarters to new offices in Cannon Place, above Cannon Street station in the City of London.


The organisation was formed in 1965 out of a merger of the Federation of British Industries (known as FBI), the British Employers' Confederation and the National Association of British Manufacturers.

The CBI opened an office in Brussels in 1971, to open up opportunities in Europe. International Offices have opened in Washington (2002), Beijing (2005) and New Dehli (2011).


The CBI conducts numerous surveys that are of particular use to its members and stakeholders. Research is available to the relevant sections of its membership. The CBI’s surveys are currently:[7]

  • Industrial Trends
  • Distributive Trends
  • Service Sector
  • Financial Sector
  • SME trends
  • Investment Intentions

Occasional surveys include:

  • Procurement
  • London Business
  • Education and Skills
  • Absence

CBI policy is decided through consultation with its members – companies from all sectors and sizes of business across the UK are directly involved in the policy-making process. The CBI publishes numerous reports each year on a wide range of issues that of interest and relevance to its members. Recent campaigns include “Future Champions”,[8] promoting the contribution and role of mid-sized businesses and “Industrial Futures”,[9] looking at how government should intervene in the economy to promote growth. The CBI publishes ‘Business Voice’,[10] a monthly magazine for its membership and ‘Intelligence FIRST’,[11] an occasional publication providing strategic guidance for members on regulatory and economic change.


Senior personnel[edit]

  • Michael Rake, President
  • Position vacant, Deputy President
  • John Cridland, Director-General
  • Neil Bentley, Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer
  • Position vacant, Chief Economic Adviser
  • Katja Hall, Chief Policy Director
  • Andy Scott, Director, UK Operations
  • Sara Parker, Director, Member relations and London
  • Rhian Chilcott, Director, International
  • Matthew Fell, Director, Competitive Markets
  • Rhian Chilcott, Director, International
  • Neil Carberry, Director, Employment Affairs
  • Audrey Nelson, Director, Corporate Communications
  • Cedric Kennedy, Director, Resources

(Correct as at October 2012)[12]

Directors-general since 1965[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ PETER JENKINS, Industry chooses its leader: Shell executive head of CBI, The Guardian, 4 February 1965
  2. ^ "CBI - CBI governance". Retrieved 2012-12-15. 
  3. ^ "CBI - About the CBI". Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  4. ^ "CBI - CBI around the world". Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  5. ^ "CBI - CBI governance". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  6. ^ "CBI - CBI around the UK". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  7. ^ "CBI - Business surveys". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  8. ^ "CBI - Future Champions". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  9. ^ "CBI - Industrial Policy". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  10. ^ "CBI - Business Voice". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  11. ^ "CBI - Intelligence FIRST". Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  12. ^ "CBI - Meet the senior team". Retrieved 2012-10-15.