Cameron and Davis to open CBI’s annual conference

Tory leadership contenders David Cameron and David Davis will open the CBI’s annual conference in two week’s time, the employers’ organisation has revealed.

The event, which takes place at London’s Business Design Centre on November 28 and 29, will provide an opportunity for the Tory leadership hopefuls to address the country’s business leaders just one week before the ballot to decide the new Leader of the Opposition.

The Conference will also provide an opportunity for Chancellor Gordon Brown to discuss his keenly awaited pre-Budget Report.

In addition to national political leaders, the Conference will feature a clutch of European Prime Ministers, including Estonia, Hungary, and the Czech
Republic. The European leaders will take part in an animated roundtable on the future of Europe under the watchful eye of broadcaster Michael Portillo.

Other features of this year’s new look Annual Conference are, an address by
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair and a special CBI version of the BBC’s business programme, Dragons’ Den, chaired by Evan Davis.

International business will also be well represented on stage with keynote speeches from Jean-Pierre Garnier, CEO of GlaxoSmith Kline, Carlos Ghosn, Chief Executive of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Michael Jordan, Chairman and CEO of EDS.

The CBI Interactive Conference is supported by headline sponsors Deloitte and
Harvey Nash and event partners Alba, BA, BT, BMW, Cadburys, Diageo, Fairline, Procter & Gamble and Siemens.