04 Jan 2017Five of the most prominent business groups in the UK have jointly signed a letter outlining their priorities for British businesses across all sectors for 2017. The letter, which is signed by the leaders of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), amongst others, outlines the business groups’ intentions to make 2017 ‘a year of progress and success’. Additionally, it notes that the decisions that will be made during 2017 will affect prospects for individuals, businesses and communities across Britain ‘for generations to come’. The groups, which also include the Institute of Directors (IoD), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and manufacturers’ organisation EEF, have pledged to work in conjunction with businesses from ‘all corners of the UK’ in order to help them ‘seize opportunities and overcome the challenges that lie ahead’. The declaration comes as the Prime Minister prepares to trigger Article 50 – the legal process that will mark the beginning of two years of EU exit talks. The government plans to activate Article 50 by the end of March.