When Labour came into office, they sought to portray themselves as replacing the Conservatives as the natural party of business. Indeed we witnessed sections of the business and financial community transfer their support to the Labour Party. In the past, business contact with the Conservative Party had been seen by some to be too diffuse.
To remedy this, a major listening exercise, Conservative Business Relations, was initiated by David Cameron and constructed to dissect the actual nature and extent of the problem and its implications for our economy, productivity and job creation.
More than a year ago a comprehensive and focussed programme was started to engage with business, actively chaired by Alan Lewis, a successful businessman.
During this time, 20 seminars have been held in key sector areas with 150 Chief Executives and separately 150 trade association representatives, covering a range of areas from technology, media and telecommunications to consumer goods and retail.