Research & Innovation Services

University attends CBI 50th Dinner

The University was invited to attend a dinner with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UK’s premier business lobbying organisation.

Dr Jon Hunt, Director, Research and Innovation Services (RIS), with guest Tora Young, Producer from the Imaginarium Studios; Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey, Dean and the Head of the School of Management; Stephen Rangecroft, Director of External Relations and Marketing, also from the School of Management, attended the dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to mark the 50th year of business innovation for the CBI, who wanted to celebrate with their members and those who have made the organisation what it is today.

Guests of the School of Management, included senior directors John Wheland, BAE Systems; Ken Owen, EDF Energy; Chris Lindsay, AS Watson; Sue Fraser, JP Morgan; and Kirit Patel, CEO and Founder of Day Lewis Pharmacy group, who now employ 3000 people, and is soon to be an honorary graduate of the University.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, was a keynote speaker who was joined by Sir Mike Rake, a businessman who is Chairman of BT and deputy chairman of Barclays plc.

They addressed the audience of over 1000 business leaders, politicians and journalists, stressing opportunities for economic growth and encouraging signs of progress.

Dr Jon Hunt, who attended the dinner, says: “The event was excellent and provided the opportunity to develop new professional relationships”.

Professor Hope-Hailey, also in attendance at the dinner, says: “It was a very good evening with potential for collaborative research projects emerging from the table conversations. It was also heartening to hear the CBI declare their wholehearted support of the UK's continuing and full membership of the EU”.

The event was sponsored by IBM and Manpower Group.

Further information on the CBI.