Member organisations outline business benefits of EU membership
With the official EU referendum campaigns now launched, the CBI is today (Wednesday) setting out the business case for why the majority of its member organisations want to remain in a reformed European Union (EU).

Alongside a range of its members from different sectors and of all sizes, the UK’s leading business group is publishing Choosing Our Future, which outlines the benefits of EU membership – including access to a market of 500 million consumers – but also how the EU must reform to work better for business.

Commenting on the benefits of membership of a reformed EU, CBI members said:

“With the simplicity of the EU single market, we have set up hubs for our distribution business in 12 countries and continue to expand. It is more difficult to do this in non-EU countries.”
James Wilson, Chief Executive, Palletways –mid-sized distribution business

“We export over 60% of the music made in the UK – our biggest markets are the European Union and America. Access to customers through the EU single market has undoubtedly helped the UK music industry become a world leader.”

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive, UK Music –industry trade body



“We are making British beer popular across Europe, selling easily through the EU single market to our largest export market, Sweden, meaning we can continue to grow our 420 strong workforce back home.”

Andy Wood, Chief Executive, Adnams –medium-sized brewery



“As one of the largest export markets for cars manufactured in the UK, the EU single market is vital to thousands of businesses in the automotive industry supply chain – regardless of whether or not we export directly. Links to the European automotive sector and a successful UK car industry means we have been able to attract global automotive organisations to locate their European R&D operations at MIRA Technology Park in the Midlands.”
Dr George Gillespie, Chief Executive, HORIBA MIRA –car industry supply chain business

“The EU has played an integral role in the development of the collective UK economy, and particularly within Northern Ireland. This EU relationship is pivotal to the continued competitiveness of our universities as we rely upon access to the best, most talented academics and researchers to produce industry ready graduates and world-leading research that can deliver positive impacts to local and global economies.”

Professor Paddy Nixon, Vice Chancellor, Ulster University –international UK University



“The European Union must ensure all regulation has a clear goal, is well-designed and enables businesses to grow and create jobs. For example, regulation around common environmental standards has helped to encourage investment in new infrastructure across the EU & UK.”

Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK –engineering business



“The European Union should only implement rules that create opportunities for smaller businesses and are not unnecessary burdens.”


Mike Kapur, Small business owner, Signum Corporate Communications and Chair, CBI Small Business Forum



29 CBI members feature in the new report.


The report highlights the benefits of being in the EU, which include: