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 and the Conservative Party.

We provide a two-way channel of communication, an independent middle ground where business can meet, debate policy and build relationships with key policy makers in the Conservative Party, and provide a 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.

1922 Committee Business Reception
Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP
Since 1997 the Enterprise Forum has played a crucial role in bringing the Conservative Party and the business community together in a truly independent setting. The Forum has been a vital link for the Party to address the concerns of business people and receive feedback on areas of policy. Happy 20th anniversary to the Enterprise Forum - I wish you another 20 successful years.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Leader of the Conservative Party

President’s Message

Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth DL

It has always been important for the business community to communicate effectively and regularly with those in politics who help create the economic environment in which commerce exists. In a world where communications technology shrinks distance and time, that need is ever more important.

The Enterprise Forum plays a valuable part in ensuring that the business community can get its message to the heart of policy making in the Conservative Party. I am pleased so many companies and trade associations have joined us in what has been a year of steady growth and achievement with the role of the Forum becoming ever more important. Active involvement in the excellent programme of meetings and events as highlighted in this website will ensure you and your organisation can get your message across at all levels in the policy making process.

Chairman's View

Andrew Cumpsty

Whilst the Conservative Party were in Opposition and the Coalition Government, the Enterprise Forum built a strong dialogue between the Conservative Party and business leaders. Now they are in a majority Government, this dialogue is all the more important, as new joint policy and ideas are being implemented.

The Enterprise Forum has pioneered the process of bringing business and party politics together. In creating a structured environment where the free flow of ideas can be heard 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 Party decision makers. Under the leadership of David Cameron, we continue to strengthen those links, building on the success of the last 13 years.

Our focus is to continue being a membership driven organisation and build upon the accomplishments of past years, ensuring that the voice of business is effectively heard, right at the heart of the Conservative Party.

Executive Director's Introduction

Mark Beckett

May 2015 saw the return of Conservative Majority Government for the first time since 1997.

The Conservative Party’s platform to the UK at the 2015 General was to reduce the deficit as well as encouraging growth in the UK's economy. The private sector's role in creating new jobs and other opportunities is an important part of the Conservative Government's vision to deal with both. There has never been a more important time for business leaders to engage with Conservative politicians on policy.

The Enterprise Forum’s role is to bring business closer to the Conservative Party through its programme of events and other activities in an independent setting. If you are not currently a member, I encourage you to get in touch and come along to a meeting, meet the Forum’s Directors and learn more about how our work can be beneficial to your organisation’s public affairs agenda.

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