Carolyn Fairbairn - Confederation of British Industry

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That's why for things under the chancellor's control, we need to get on with them.feedback
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Oct 16 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Carolyn Fairbairn is associated, including UK and EU. Most recently, Carolyn Fairbairn has been quoted saying: “Ultimately, building a more prosperous and fairer society requires a relentless commitment to pursuing productivity improvements.” in the article Businesses’ plea to Hammond: cut rates, build infrastructure and train workers.
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Carolyn Fairbairn quotes

Jul 07 2017 - Single market

Instead of a cliff edge, the U.K. needs a bridge to the new EU deal. Our proposal is for the U.K. to seek to stay in the single market and a customs union until a final deal is in force.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Single market

Even with the greatest possible goodwill on both sides, it's impossible to imagine the detail will be clear by the end of March 2019. This is a time to be realistic. Our proposal is for the UK to seek to stay in the single market and a customs union until a final deal is in force.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Single market

Staying in the single market guarantees continuity for business operations. Staying in a customs union guarantees ease of trade, not just with the EU, but with the rest of the world as well.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Brexit

Our proposal is for the UK to seek to stay in the single market and a customs union until a final deal is in force. The prospect of multiple cliff edges – in tariffs, red tape and regulation - is already casting a long shadow over business decisions.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

The idea of the joint problem solving that a team of all talents could do has been proven around the world, so again it's another thing to just get on and do.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

They have confidential and formal structures and we have been calling for exactly that here. I think that we're seeing real signs of progress actually.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Facebook

We are seen as a magnet for global talent and one of the reasons that quite a lot of firms set up with their tech operations - we've seen the investment coming in from Google and Facebook - is that we are a magnet.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Immigration

An immigration cap we don't think is putting the economy centre stage - it isn't thinking about the needs of the economy in order to grow and to become more productive.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

The UK economy has proved hardy in recent times, with firms up and down the UK getting on with what they do best by investing and creating jobs. Growth should be steady, if restrained, over the next couple of years as the pace of the economy shifts down a gear.feedback

Jun 12 2017

But I do think there are opportunities in this, and it is an opportunity to refocus back on the economy to talk about jobs, growth, future prosperity.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Brexit

The to-do list is long and the clock is ticking. By pursuing some early wins we can create the momentum towards a good deal for businesses. Before there are new market interventions made, they [should be] given careful consideration, with evidence-based, thorough and full consultations before intervening. Because what you don't want is a chilling effect on investment at this very important time.feedback

Jun 09 2017

This is a serious moment for the U.K. economy. Politicians must act responsibly, putting the interests of the country first and showing the world that the U.K. remains a safe destination for business.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Brexit

This is a serious moment for the UK economy. The priority must be for politicians to get their house in order and form a functioning government, reassure the markets and protect our resilient economy.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Brexit

As a nation, we have the creativity, skills and global outlook to make the UK a true world leader in the industries of the future, bringing jobs and growth to all parts of the UK. As early priorities, business will want to see a commitment to tax and regulatory stability, fast progress on a modern industrial strategy to support skills, infrastructure and innovation, and a Brexit approach that puts people and trade ahead of politics.feedback

May 21 2017

Let's not demonise flexible and praise fixed. It's not about flexible versus fixed, it's about good work.feedback

May 18 2017

The next government's intentions on executive pay would be best served by developing the existing regime to focus stricter votes on those cases that warrant greater attention.feedback

May 07 2017

It is a recognition of the long-term industrial strategy, the combination of investment in our own people and the ability to be a magnet for talent around the world.feedback

May 07 2017

For example, we know that we want to invest in upgrading our infrastructure - HS2, Heathrow, a million houses - to do that we will need the construction workers to be able to build them. Employers completely understand that the system is going to change, that there won't be free movement and we need a new model. The principles though that should underpin that should be need-based, they should be about the skills and people that we need for our business, coupled with addressing public concern.feedback

May 07 2017

We have a much much higher degree of integration of our businesses within Europe than we do in any other part of the world, and [this is about] the ability to move people around quickly onto a construction project or to make a television programme or to work on a legal project. We are a services based-economy and people are our currency. It is about maintaining that ease and flexibility and agility which is so important in today's economy.feedback

May 07 2017

The ambition to bring the total down over time will require other things that businesses are entirely up for, which is the investment in skills for our young people and indeed older people, so that will take time.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

It is a time to have the brightest and best from government and business working together so that we get it right. The principle is that we're all on the same side here, businesses want nothing more than to make a success of Brexit, and they have a lot of experience and sharp end, on the ground knowledge that should be brought to the table.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

We're heading into a new phase in the Brexit negotiations where it is really about the heavy lifting of what a new deal might look like - there are a number of really complicated areas which we really mustn't underestimate, around customs, borders, tariffs, regulations, the 34 EU regulators that will no longer have jurisdiction.feedback

May 03 2017 - London

This is a message to all negotiators on this because it is as much a question for European economies as it is for ours. The negotiations will have all sorts of twists and turns, and the bill is an early issue. But we should [prioritise] the bigger prize which is the long-term comprehensive free trade opportunity and to keep on working towards this.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Brexit

Far from being about doing the UK a favour, it is based on solid economic reasoning for both sides.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Brexit

In today's inter-connected economy, which relies on supply chains crossing borders and nations, our fates are intertwined. Whether it's tariffs or regulation, a no-deal scenario would have chilling effects on both sides of the Channel. Across the Continent, businesses are the wealth creators. They're generating jobs, supporting families and changing lives. And many are now looking at how Brexit will affect the way they work. When European decision-makers have conversations with their firms, they'll find that many want to get on with discussing a new trading relationship.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Add all of those up and you can see why the no deal outcome, we think, shouldn't be a plan B but should be more like a plan Z in terms of the Government's pecking order.feedback

Mar 08 2017

Whatever happens with Brexit we know we have to get the economy into a strong competitive position.feedback

Mar 05 2017

There has never been a more important time to address the UK's skills shortages.feedback

Jan 25 2017 - World Trade Organization

Let's be under no illusion about what that would mean. We know from French firms based in the UK and British firms based in the UK how damaging that would be. Let's not take this opportunity for granted. Let's speak up as European businesses on both sides of the channel about why this access to people and to markets matters.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - World Trade Organization

It is very important now that we go into these negotiations aiming for an all encompassing free trade arrangement and do whatever can be done to head off the risk of falling back into WTO regulations.feedback

Jan 17 2017

If any sector is left behind the knock-on effect for other sectors of the economy is very serious, so we would favour a whole economy approach to the negotiations.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - World Economic Forum

I think (the idea of a transitional Brexit) is very welcome, it is something that the CBI and our members have been arguing for a while now... the danger of that sudden cliff-edge change is damaging for business so the commitment to an interim period (or) an adjustment period is extremely welcome.feedback

Jan 17 2017 - Single market

Today the prime minister changed the landscape .... Businesses will welcome the greater clarity and the ambition to create a more prosperous, open and global Britain, with the freest possible trade between the UK and the EU.feedback

Dec 21 2016

The Government will need to take a 'whole economy' approach to avoid leaving sectors behind.feedback

Oct 27 2016

There isn't a sector that isn't affected by the decision to leave the European Union and although there are some sectors that are at the sharp end – I think financial services because of the passport issues is at the sharp end of the implications of the vote, but we must take into account the needs of manufacturing, of other elements of services and the retail sector as well.feedback

Oct 27 2016

I think it's very important that we do take a whole-economy approach to the (Brexit) negotiations.feedback

Oct 27 2016

This is a really important Autumn Statement and we think what should really be prioritized is investment. We need a shot in the arm for investment in the U.K. economy.feedback

Oct 27 2016

There are two reasons for (this investment boost). The first is the uncertainty that's been created by the Brexit vote and that's particularly around investment decisions that companies are planning – so finding ways to bring those investments forward.feedback

Oct 07 2016

It is the investment decisions that are being taken now that make this urgent.feedback

Oct 07 2016

What we would like is a ruling out of the really worst options.feedback

Jun 28 2016

It's incredibly early days. I don't think anybody's coming out of these meetings feeling great, but they are coming out with a sense of resolve.feedback

Jun 28 2016

We're a long way off having a plan and leadership and that is still where we will be continuing to make (the point) that this is what businesses need.feedback

Feb 15 2016

In the context of a more fragile global economy … any more could tip investment decisions, could tip growth plans, could tip job creation.feedback

Dec 21 2015

The government must be careful not to sacrifice prosperity for political expediency by saddling businesses with costs that could harm investment, which is critical to increasing productivity.feedback

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