Business for New Europe

Business for New Europe (BNE) is a pressure group that advocates a positive case for the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union. It has offices in London and Brussels.[1]

Business for New Europe
TypePressure group
FieldsEuropean Union, EU-UK relations
Key people
Lucy Thomas
(Campaign Director)
Roland Rudd

Business for New Europe was set up in 2006 by Roland Rudd, a former journalist on the Financial Times and the founder and chairman of the financial public relations firm Finsbury, to promote the benefits of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.[2] BNE provides a platform for debate on European issues to business leaders and policy makers, seeking to ensure that a reasoned, pro-European voice is heard in the UK.[3]

BNE's Advisory Council consists of Chairmen and CEOs of FTSE 100 companies and its Executive consists of experts in foreign and economic policy, including former heads of the UK diplomatic service and senior journalists.[4]

The organisation is not-for-profit and is funded by donations from the private sector.


  1. "Business for New Europe". Archived from the original on 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  2. "[ARCHIVED CONTENT] Business for New Europe Event - BIS". 2014-05-13. Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  3. "European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Michel Barnier Member of the European Commission responsible for Internal Market and Services Making Europe an attractive place to do business Lunch hosted by Business for New Europe London, 2 March 2010". 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  4. "Business for New Europe". Archived from the original on 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-05-20.