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The conference is the premier business event in the UK, attracting a large audience of senior executives and speakers of the highest calibre. The accompanying exhibition showcases products and services from organisations spanning FTSE 100 companies, growing businesses and the public sector.


The CBI Interactive Conference is always one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year. It offers senior executives like you the chance to hear from a diverse assortment of leading Chairmen, CEOs, cabinet ministers and notable public figures.

The mix of keynotes, panel sessions and exhibition creates an exciting environment for knowledge sharing, outstanding opportunities for networking and lively discussion.

Ask the questions you need answered from those people in Government who directly affect the environment in which you run your business.

Benefits of Attending

  • Hear from the leaders of the world's finest companies as to what’s behind their success.
  • Learn from speakers and take away practical advice to apply to your own business.
  • Add your voice to debates about the issues that affect the future of your business
  • Network with your peers and make valuable new business contacts.
  • Host clients and potential customers at the fabulous Conference Gala Dinner.
  • See the latest innovations in products and services right in the heart of the event.

The audience will be comprised of:
60% Chairman, CEO, President, Director-General, Partner
11% Managing Director, Other Director, Head of Department
20%& Senior Manage
4% Other


Following the success of the new layout at last year’s event, we will again be integrating our conference stage into the exhibition area, creating a focal point for delegates and the press. This will allow delegates to circulate around the exhibition stands while never being far from the conference sessions. Can you afford to miss the opportunity to network with some of the UK's leading business people?

Registration opening times (provisional)
Monday 26 November - 08.00am - 16.00pm
Tuesday 27 November - 08.00am - 12.30pm

The BDC has worked closely with disabled action groups and the local authority to ensure that this listed building is as user-friendly as it can possibly be for disabled people. The approach to the building is ramped for wheelchair use. Adjacent to the building is an underground car park with ample reserved spaces for drivers with disabled passes. There is a lift from the car park to ground floor level.

The BDC has an on-site car park open from 0800 until 2000hrs with 100 spaces, charged at £2.40 per hour. There are also spaces to leave bicycles within the facility. Additional car parking can be found in the nearby shopping centre's multi-storey car park.

There are wheelchair accessible toilets on each level, which can be reached by the lift at the front of the building.

Wheelchair hire
The Business Design Centre has a limited amount of manual wheelchairs. Please call 020 7288 6475 in advance to book.

Hearing impairments
An induction loop system is operational in the BDC. Visitors requiring this service should report to the BDC reception desk, opposite the registration area in the main foyer.

Medical facilities
The first aid room is located on the gallery level - stairwell 'E' and will be manned with fully qualified staff during opening times.

Medical emergencies
In the event of a medical emergency please notify a member of security or any member of staff who will be pleased to help you.


The CBI Conference delivers Britain’s highest concentration of influential business leaders and will once again be united in a single, dramatic event. Every exhibitor will benefit from direct contact with every delegate.

If you want to make an impact on British business, the CBI Conference is the place to do it.

The CBI Conference always presents the highest concentration of influential business leaders in Britain. There’s no better place to get your company’s message on the national agenda.

2007 Programme

A fascinating programme, featuring top business leaders and senior government ministers. The CBI Interactive Conference is the most influential business event of the year. This year's programme will focus on:

  • Private equity
  • The reputation of business
  • Climate change: business solutions
  • Sponsorship

Position your brand alongside the most influential business organisation in the UK. View last years event and hear from 2006 sponsors here.

Day One - Monday 26 November, 2007

08.15 Conference venue opens

09.25 Welcome
Martin Broughton, President, CBI and Chairman, British Airways

09.30 Keynote session: Europe
A session of major importance to discuss what the next ten years hold for Europe in business, economic and political terms. This will be a high-level platform for European political leaders.

Martin Broughton

Senior UK Cabinet Minister

11.00 Coffee

11.30 Keynote address: Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Blackstone

11.45 Panel session one - Private equity: the model, the management, the money
Private Equity is now a major force in business. One fifth of the private sector workforce is employed by companies that are private equity backed. What impact does this surge in PE have on the broader economy? 

Jeff Randall, Writer and Broadcaster

John Connolly, Chief Executive and Senior Partner, Deloitte
Will Hutton, Chief Executive, The Work Foundation
Tim Parker, former Chief Executive, The AA
Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Blackstone
Kitty Ussher MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury
Philip Yea, Chief Executive, 3i Group

13.00 Lunch

14.30 Keynote address

14.45 Panel session two - The reputation of business
With trust in business leaders at an all time low and consumers becoming increasingly ethically aware, how can business enhance the image of corporate Britain?

Patience Wheatcroft, former Editor, Sunday Telegraph

Martin Broughton, Chairman, British Airways
Iain Coucher, Chief Executive, Network Rail 
Steve Easterbrook, Chief Executive, McDonald's
Albert Ellis, Chief Executive, Harvey Nash 
Gary Hoffman, Group Vice-Chairman, Barclays
16.00 Close

19.00 Conference Gala Dinner
The Brewery, London EC1

After Dinner speaker:
Andrew Marr, Broadcaster and Writer

Day Two - Tuesday 27 November, 2007

08.45 Conference venue opens

09.55 Keynote address: Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Leader of the Conservative Party

10.30 Coffee

11.15 Keynote address: Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive, BT

11.30 Panel session three - Climate Change: business solutions
What concrete and measurable actions can be taken by business to combat the risks presented by climate change?

To be confirmed

Sir Terry Leahy, Chief Executive, Tesco
Robert Napier, Chairman, The Met Office 
Philippe Varin, Chief Executive, Corus
Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive, BT and Chairman, CBI Climate Change Task Force

12.30 Keynote address: Speaker to be confirmed

13.00 Closing address: Richard Lambert, Director-General, CBI

13.15 Close

*Subject to change.




Monday 26 November 2007
The Brewery, Chiswell Street, EC1

The highlight of the CBI annual conference programme, this superb event allows you to network with fellow delegates and to entertain your most important clients in lavish black tie style.

Speaker: Andrew Marr
Our after dinner speaker this year is Andrew Marr, former BBC political editor and presenter of the BBC's Sunday morning flagship news programme Sunday AM

Join us on Monday 26 November for an entertaining evening and enjoy quality cuisine and fine wines at The Brewery, a stunning venue in the of heart of the City.

Booking and Advice

Priority will be given to Conference delegates. For further information, contact Gemma Fisher on 020 7395 8012 or gemma.fisher@cbi.org.uk.


The Conference Gala Dinner is sponsored by BIE Executive Management. The drinks reception is sponsored by the Greater London Authority, incorporating the London Development Agency, Transport for London and the Mayor of London.

For information about sponsorship opportunities contact Frances Hughes on 0207 395 8220 or frances.hughes@cbi.org.uk​


Where is the event being held?

The CBI Conference is taking place at:
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street, Islington
London N1 0QH.

The Conference Gala Dinner is being held at:

The Brewery
Chiswell Street,
London EC1Y 4SD.

Can I visit the event for free?

No. However, fees start from only £625 per place excluding VAT.

How do I book?

Use the online booking system to book places at the Conference. Gala Dinner places can be booked by downloading a booking form (PDF 216kb) and faxing it to 'CBI Events' on 020 7497 3646. The CBI Events team does not take telephone or provisional bookings.

Can I register on the day?

No. All delegates must pre-register by 10.00am, Thursday 22 November.

What is included in the delegate package?

The delegate package includes attendance at all the relevant sessions booked (either Monday or Tuesday or the entire event); lunch on Monday 26 November (if relevant); tea and coffee throughout; a complimentary delegate bag with souvenir event brochure and the opportunity to visit the Interactive Conference Exhibition. The Conference Gala Dinner is an optional extra for all attendees which must be booked in advance.

Can I get a list of delegate names for 2006?

No. However a breakdown of the range of delegates who typically attend is available on the why attend page and if you attend the event, you will have access to a full delegate and guest list in the Conference Guide, which you will receive in your complimentary delegate bag.

What are the cancellation terms?

If you have booked places at the Conference and/or Conference Dinner and subsequently have to cancel, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations received in writing by the CBI events team by 5pm on Friday 26 October 2007 will incur a cancellation fee of 40% of the total invoiced. We regret that we cannot give refunds for cancellations received after this date, although substitute delegates or dinner guests are very welcome.

What is the Code of Conduct for this event?

The CBI Interactive Conference is a high-level platform for discussion and debate. We request your co-operation in supporting the conference organisers, officials and other delegates in obtaining the best out of the conference. Intimidating and disruptive actions or antisocial behaviour directed at speakers, panellists, officials or delegates are grounds for removal from the site and may lead to disciplinary action.

Why do I need to submit a photograph?

To enhance security, delegates will be issued with photo badges at this event. Delegates must supply a recent passport-style photograph. Email a digital photograph (jpeg) to: conference.photos@cbi.org.uk or post a hard copy to: CBI Events, CBI, Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DU. Failure to supply a photograph will delay registration and may result in you being refused entry to the event.

What if I have accessibility or additional requirements?

Please notify the CBI at least one month before the conference date if you have any additional requirements eg wheelchair access, large print etc.

How can I contact the event organisers?

The contact us link on the left contains all key conference contacts.