Federation of British Industries 1916 - 1965

The Federation of British Industries (FBI) was founded in 1916 on the initiative of the Midlands industrialist Dudley Docker as a new representative organisation for industry. FBI included initially 124 firms and continued to absorbed other smaller regional organisations, being finally incorporated by Royal Charter in 1923. By 1964 it had a membership of over 9,000 individual firms and 272 trade associations.

FBI merged with the British Employers' Confederation and the National Association of British Manufacturers to form the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in 1965.