The Enterprise Forum

The Enterprise Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1997 to facilitate discussions on policy between the business community, the Government, politicians, and other stakeholders in the EU, National, Devolved and Local Government.

We provide a two-way channel of communication, an independent middle ground where business can meet and debate policy with key policy makers and provide an open forum for networking with other industry professionals.

Members include commercial organisations (including FTSE 100 companies and SMEs), trade associations and charities.

Our programme is determined by the policy interests of the member organisations. The majority of meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule.

The Enterprise Forum is managed by an unpaid board of senior directors drawn from business and industry. The organisation does not take a position on policy, and does not donate to or receive donations from any political party.

25th Anniversary

President’s Message

The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles

As President of the Forum I head an organisation that can boast a dynamic and experienced Management Board of recognised professionals within Public Affairs, reflecting experience and knowledge of all sectors of the business community.

Over the years The Enterprise Forum has hosted hundreds of events, in a range of formats in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Brussels and chaired meetings on topics as diverse as retail crime to pensions regulation and construction skills base to the knowledge economy. We are proud to have as part of our membership a broad spectrum of industries that range from FTSE 100 companies to SMEs, trade associations and charities across all business sectors: Aerospace, Agriculture and Food, Construction, Creative Industries, Defence, Energy, Financial Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, Law, Manufacturing, Retail, Tech, Telecommunications and the Utilities.

The Enterprise Forum is the only independent business organisation dedicated to providing open dialogue and communication with the Conservative Party and other Parliamentarians across the political spectrum in the UK and the EU on all aspects of policy creation and consultation. Due to the unique non-for-profit structure The Enterprise Forum has adopted since its foundation in 1997, it offers a transparent Forum to bring business closer to politics, to debate, inform and build relationships in all stages of the policy process.

Chairman's View

Andrew Cumpsty

The Enterprise Forum has been working for nearly a quarter of a century to create a strong dialogue between business and policy makers.

The Enterprise Forum has pioneered the process of bringing business and politicians together in a Forum format. In creating a structured independent environment where the free flow of ideas can be openly heard, and we have held hundreds of events where the ideas and wisdom of business have been listened to and acted upon.

The Enterprise Forum provides an independent middle ground where the views of business can meet with Conservative and other decision makers, working with decision makers across Westminster.

Our focus is to continue being a membership driven organisation and build upon the accomplishments of past 24 years, ensuring that the voice of business is effectively heard with all key people in the public policy arena.

Executive Director's Introduction

Mark Beckett

The Enterprise Forum’s role is to provide an independent middle ground where business can meet, debate policy and build relationships with key policy makers and provide an open forum for networking with other industry professionals. If you are not currently a member I encourage you to get in touch and come along to a meeting and meet the Forum’s Director’s and other members. The Forum does not take a position on policy and our programme is determined by the interests of our member organisations. Since 2020 we have begun holding our meetings online.

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President's Message
Chairman's View
Executive Director's Introduction
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