Significantly increased political engagement with the four main parties ahead of a likely general election in 2024 – convening key ministers, MPs, advisers and peers with members to discuss critical industry issues. Our ‘General Election’ series of events, in partnership with Aquis Exchange, have provided useful forums to discuss the parties’ economic priorities, with members so far meeting with Sarah Olney MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Treasury and Business and Industrial Strategy and Greg Hands MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Deepened engagement with ministers and officials across key departments, including convening members with the Chancellor for an Extraordinary Leadership Council and productive roundtable at 11 Downing Street. We regularly meet with the EST bilaterally and through our major events, meetings and conferences – he also has a standing invite to our Leadership Council meetings. We’ve been actively engaged with key ministers and officials across HM Treasury (HMT), the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and the Foreign,
Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to progress our programme of work, and continued to build relationships with prominent SNP politicians in Westminster and the First Minister, Humza Yousaf MSP.
Engaged with and fed into the Labour Party’s policy development, responding to policy reviews on the ‘everyday economy’, international trade and sustainability as well as their review of business taxation. We’ve held several roundtables with the opposition, including one with Shadow Chancellor, Rachel Reeves
MP, Shadow Business Secretary, Jonathan Reynolds MP, and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth MP to discuss unlocking investment to drive growth and pension savings. We have built strong relationships with key members of Labour’s shadow cabinet, the Shadow EST and their teams, offering briefings on key industry issues and priorities.
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