Speaking at the annual Confederation of Industry (CBI) conference on 25 October, David Cameron stated that the Government is listening carefully to the concerns of business leaders regarding the immigration cap. His speech gave the biggest hint yet that the Government is prepared to adopt a flexible approach to the cap in order to 'not impede firms from attracting the best talent from around the world'.

The CBI had previously criticised the introduction of the cap, arguing that it is already having a detrimental effect on businesses and making it considerably harder for skilled science researchers to enter the UK. Richard Lambert, the Director of the CBI, welcomed the Prime Minister's words, saying that he had demonstrated a passion for business and made it clear that access to immigration would not restrict economic growth.