Federation of British Industries

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The Federation of British Industries (FBI) was founded by the Midlands industrialist Dudley Docker in 1916. It was composed of 124 firms which all gave £1,000 for its foundation. The FBI never took part in labour relations but progressively involved in tariff reform. It slowly gathered other regional and overseas organisations and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1923.

In 1965, it merged with the British Employers' Confederation and the National Association of British Manufacturers to become the Confederation of British Industry. It was by far the biggest organisation of the three for it was composed of no less than 9,000 individual firms and 272 trade associations by 1964. One of its former presidents was Sir Harry Pilkington.


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