CBI and Microsoft call for digital skills boost to help UK

The UK must seize the opportunity to become a leader in the use of technology to drive better business outcomes and create inclusive workplaces that support employees’ mental wellbeing, by accelerating investments in digital skills. That’s according to the CBI/Microsoft Tech Tracker 2020. Amid the ongoing uncertainty around Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, the report celebrates companies’ efforts to rapidly accelerate technology adoption. Addressing digital skills gaps is key to building on this momentum and enhancing competitiveness, enabling organisations to harness the value of their data. Firms innovated at pace…

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Covid-hit businesses call for pragmatic approach to secure historic UK-EU agreement – CBI, DMA & trade associations

The CBI, DMA and 70 other trade associations and professional bodies representing 190,000 businesses and 7 million employees are calling for politicians on both sides to carve a path towards a deal. Sectors from automotive to aviation, chemicals to creative industries, and farming and food to pharmaceuticals – are united: securing a quick agreement matters greatly for jobs and livelihoods. Clarity on an ambitious deal will turbo charge business preparations and increase confidence in the U.K. as a place to invest. Crucially, it will also help ease the sustainable implementation of…

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CIPR partners with CBI Government Affairs Network

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced a partnership with the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) Government Affairs Network (GAN) for 2018/19.  The Network addresses political issues in frequent, high level meetings of senior public affairs professionals drawn from across British industry.  The deal provides CIPR members and members of the CIPR Public Affairs group with exclusive access to discussions and debates relating to the CBI’s policy work and engagement with the government. The CIPR’s Public Affairs Group – which comprises more than 1,200 public affairs professionals – hosts regular…

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‘Businesses expected to speak up on societal issues’ – CIPR welcomes CBI report

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has welcomed new research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) tracking public attitudes towards business.  Everyone’s business tracker: Public attitudes report  (PDF) reveals 92% of the public want businesses to speak out on key issues impacting society. The report argues an increased focus on gender pay reporting, GDPR and Brexit has encouraged businesses to speak more openly about the challenges they face.  However the research warns the impact of high profile failures has tarnished the broader reputation of business, with 56% of the public believing the…

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