Top UK business leaders and politicians gathered at the IoD’s 116 Pall Mall headquarters last night for an election event that saw more than 400 people watching the action unfold
IoD director general Simon Walker, who hosted the event, welcomed the guests with amusing reflections on his own time in Downing Street and offered a rallying call for business to keep an incoming government’s focus on enterprise.
“There were people attending the event who had never set foot in the IoD before and they liked what they saw,” says Christian May, the IoD’s head of communications and campaigns.
“It was a party that was dynamic, diverse and absolutely buzzing. We had a constant stream of guests from 8pm to 4am, including journalists from Sky News, Bloomberg and CNN.
“The IoD’s restaurant was stripped of all its furniture and the Morning Room was packed to the rafters – and every twist of the night was broadcast across eight giant screens for everyone to watch.
“We were joined by some of the most high profile and exciting figures from British business, along with some incredibly impressive young entrepreneurs. There were people from all political persuasions and backgrounds – it was a night to remember,” adds May.
The evening, which began with drinks and canapés, also saw comedian Rory Bremner entertaining guests with acerbic observations of Britain’s political leaders.
Members of the IoD’s policy team, including James Sproule, chief economist and director of policy, and Stephen Herring, head of taxation, also attended.