Richard Pymm attends CBI conference
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is an annual conference that was founded over 50 years ago in 1965. The CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses who together employ almost 7 million people across the UK.
Several business leaders have warned they feel “disenfranchised” in the election because of their fears about the UK’s future under either of the two main party leaders.
Many delegates appeared to be in a downbeat mood at the annual conference in London on Monday, which was first time it has ever taken place in the middle of an election campaign.
Conservative prime minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson all made speeches to more than 1,000 representatives of UK firms.
Business chiefs spoken to by Yahoo Finance UK were unimpressed by both Johnson and Corbyn, echoing a warning by CBI direct general Carolyn Fairbairn against extreme ideologies on left and right.
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