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Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors

Business Leaders Lecture Series - Is politics becoming more, or less, friendly to business?

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Nottingham Business School invites you to attend this Business Leaders Lecture by Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors.

  • From: Thursday 3 March 2016, 6.15 pm
  • To: Thursday 3 March 2016, 8 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Is politics becoming more, or less, friendly to business?

Politicians have always had a conflicted attitude towards business. On the one hand, they need a successful private sector to create jobs and tax receipts; on the other, the standing of banking – and business more generally – was severely damaged by the financial crash and the deep recession which followed. There are plenty of politicians prepared to use populist anti-business rhetoric to win support from angry voters.

Jeremy Corbyn recently suggested, for example, barring companies from paying dividends to shareholders unless they pay the 'living wage', an outlandish idea that has been already been dismissed by members of his Shadow Cabinet. The Conservative party may talk about the importance of business, but policies implemented since the election show they are not averse to creating extra costs and bureaucracy for British businesses. In this lecture, Simon Walker will discuss the political environment in the UK, and analyse the current government's business policies.

About Simon Walker

Simon Walker became Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in October 2011 as the public face of the IoD, and the most senior representative of the membership.

He previously served as Chief Executive of the BVCA, the organisation that represents British private equity and venture capital, from October 2007 to March 2011.

Between 2003 and 2007 Simon worked at Reuters as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing. He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2003 and earlier served as Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways. From 1996-1997 Simon worked as a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street.

Simon was born in South Africa, and has worked as a journalist and consultant in New Zealand, Belgium, and the UK.



  • 6 pm – Guest registration
  • 6.15 pm – Business Leaders Lecture: Is politics becoming more, or less, friendly to business?
  • 7 pm – Q and A followed by a drinks reception
  • 8 pm – Close

Booking information


Our Business Leaders Lectures are free to attend. However, places are limited, and we recommend booking your place(s) at this lecture as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively you may contact us by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8732.

Tickets are not issued for this event. A confirmation email will be sent approximately fours days prior to the lecture date.

Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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