Read Business Voice

Current sponsors

We would like to thank the companies below for their ongoing sponsorship:

ArchOver is the only Crowdlending platform to offer highly competitive loans leveraged against the quality of a borrower's customers by facilitating fixed term borrowing against their Accounts Receivables with no requirement for personal guarantee. Loans are for any business purpose and for up to three years. Typically borrowers are raising working capital, replacing invoice discounting, factoring and bank overdrafts. The minimum borrowing level is set at £100,000 with no maximum.

BAE Systems serves the needs of its customers by delivering a wide range of advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions that provide a technological and performance edge. It works together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture, and support the innovations that sustain economies, increase defence sovereignty and safeguard commercial interests. With some 88,000 employees in six continents, its story is about talented people who are relentlessly committed to creating solutions that protect and strengthen nations. That’s work that inspires its team. That’s BAE Systems.

Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, they operate in over 50 countries. They support corporate clients to achieve growth and job creation, governments to deliver their stability and growth plans, and institutions to meet the long-term investment needs of their clients.

BDO is the leading adviser to mid-market businesses in the UK and is delighted to be working alongside the CBI on a programme which highlights the contribution of the mid-market to the UK economy. In the UK, BDO has 3500 partners and staff operating out of 23 offices who are all committed to offering exceptional client service. Internationally, BDO operates in over 138 countries andis the world’s 5th largest accountancy organisation.

Brunel University London is a world-class university based in Uxbridge, West London, and was established in 1966. Our mission has always been to combine academic rigour with the practical, entrepreneurial and imaginative appraoch pioneered by our namesake Isambard Kindom Brunel.

CBRE is the world's largest commercial real estate services and investment firm with a dedicated Central London team. The team comprises experts from specialised sector and servive groups who work collaboratively with clients to map property strategies across the Central London area.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

Grant Thornton is a leading financial and business adviser operating out of 28 offices. Led by 215 partners, it employs nearly 4,000 professionals providing personalised assurance, tax and specialist advisory services to more than 40,000 individuals, privately-held businesses and public interest entities. Within the UK and internationally, it has significant resource and expertise focused on 
serving mid-sized businesses and large corporate clients.

Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, sourcing qualified, professional and skilled people for thousands of clients worldwide. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.  With nearly 8,000 staff operating from 245 offices across 33 countries, Hays is the established market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific, and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. Hays is Strategic Partner for the 2015 CBI Annual Conference.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI) is a global investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, valuation, financial restructuring, and strategic consulting. The firm serves corporations, institutions, and governments woldwide with offices in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Independent advice and intellectual rigor are hallmarks of our commitment to client success across our advisory services. Houlihan Lokey is ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $5 billion, the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor for U.S. transactions over the past 10 years, and the No. 1 global restructuring advisor, according to Thomson Reuters. For more information, visit

IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. IBM UK has around 20,000 employees, bringing innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve their toughest business challenges. In addition to being the world's largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a global business and technology leader, innovating in research and 
development to shape the future of society at large.

Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services. We enable clients, in more than 50 countries, to stay a step ahead of emerging business trends and outperform the competition. We help them transform and thrive in a changing world by co-creating breakthrough that combine strategic insights and execution excellence. Visit to see how Infosys (NYSE: INFY), with US$8.25 billion in annual revenues and 165,000+ employees, is helping enterprises renew themselves while also creating new avenues to generate value.

JLL is a professional services and investment management firm specialising in commercial and residential property services and investment management services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in property. Our 58,000 people are based in 230 offices in 80 countries worldwide. In response to changing client expectations and market conditions we assemble teams of experts who deliver integrated services built on market insight and foresight, sound research and relevant market knowledge. The firm takes pride in its ability to attract, develop and reward the best and most diverse people in real estate, challenging them to develop enduring relationships built on quality service, collaboration and trust.

Manpower Group For 65 years ManpowerGroup has been dedicated to enriching people’s lives with quality employment and training opportunities. Together, our comprehensive family of brands offers the full spectrum of workforce solutions needed to address the complex challenges businesses face. ManpowerGroup’s suite of solutions is offered through ManpowerGroup™ Solutions, Manpower®, Experis™ and Right Management®. From contingent and permanent recruitment, workforce consulting, outsourcing and career management to assessment, training and development, ManpowerGroup delivers the talent to drive the innovation and productivity of organisations.

The Open University (OU) provides learning and development, research and consultancy solutions, to help organisations remain competitive in an increasingly complex global market. Through our pioneering learning experience and cutting-edge research, we are currently providing first-class higher skills education to over 200,000 people. Over 70% of OU students are in employment and the university’s experience of working with over 30,000 organisations has helped to ensure that OU study has an immediate impact on staff performance. The OU’s expertise in teaching and research spans across leadership and management, STEM subjects, IT, health, education and law. Through The Open University Business School’s MBA, the OU has taught nearly 24,000 of the world’s current and future business leaders.

At Pearson, learning is taken personally. It is the world’s leading learning company, providing education and assessment services in more than 60 countries. In the UK, names like Edexcel, Longman, Heinemann, and BTEC combine 150 years of experience with resources, technology and expertise that support every learner. We offer the largest selection of work-based learning related qualifications to employers and learning providers in the UK.

PwC UK is the proud sponsor of the CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey and has been since the survey's inception in 1989. PwC firms provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for their clients. More than 161,000 people in 154 countries in firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.

Ricoh is a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,231 billion yen (approx. 18.5 billion USD). The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialised industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives. Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.