At the CBI's one day annual business conference in London today, heavyweight keynote speakers from the political, monetary and business arenas will address the conference.
Gordon Brown spoke at last year's conference and is likely to speak again this year, as is David Cameron. With one of the most influential and important business audiences in the UK at the CBI conference, it is an opportunity for political leaders to set out their store and seize the business vote in the forthcoming election.
Other keynote speakers include Ken Clarke, BBC TV economics editor Stephanie Flanders, Nick Clegg, MD of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Group Chief Executive of RBS Stephen Hester, CEO of Serco Group Christopher Rajendran, CEO of Pfizer Jeffrey B Kindler, the CBI's Director-General Richard Lambert, M&S's current Chairman Sir Stuart Rose and the Chairman of the FSA Lord Adair Turner.
The conference chair will be the recently appointed CBI President, Helen Alexander, the first woman to head the organisation. She took over from Martin Broughton, Chairman of British Airways. Helen Alexander was previously chief executive of The Economist, she is a non execuitve on the board at Rolls-Royce and Centrica and is a senior adviser to Bain Capital.
The theme of the conference is Routes to Recovery - “Anyone can say they are going to tackle the deficit" says Helen Alexander "but what we want to hear is robust and credible plans that will lead to a return of confidence. That applies to whichever party is in power,”
As a business trade association, the CBI has strong support from UK businesses. Last year it took £19m in subscriptions from members and it claims to speak for 240,000 groups.
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