Business group launches EU debate series with Bristol date set
The IoD has launched a series of EU referendum debates across the UK.
The first one will be in Birmingham, before coming to Bristol on May 4.
Whatever their views on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Institute of Directors urges all businesses to consider the implications of the upcoming referendum.
With only around 6 in 10 IoD members having even discussed the issue at board or senior management level, the IoD says business leaders need more of an opportunity to listen to the case from both sides.
Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade policy at the IoD, comments: “Business leaders will have heard plenty of claims from both campaigns on what is at stake in this referendum, but trying to work out what really matters may at times feel like wading through treacle.
“We want to make sure our members get to hear the substance of the issue, rather than just the sentiment, so they can be confident they understand the arguments before they vote.
“Even if a firm doesn’t directly trade with the European Union, it might employ EU citizens, or be part of supply chain that could be affected by the outcome of the referendum.
“Business leaders up and down the country are telling us that they need to hear more practical arguments about whether, and how, Brexit would really affect their company’s future.”
The event will be held at UWE Bristol.
For more information go here: http://www.iod.com/connecting/events/2016/may/iod-south-west-eu-referendum-t06051