CMI press releases

 June 2017A Management Manifesto for the UK: Fixing the £84bn productivity gap worth more to national economy than EU trade

CMI’s Management Manifesto sets out ways for the UK to tackle the productivity gap through a collaboration between policy makers, employers, professional bodies like the CMI, and individual managers.

 May 2017
UK Managers Want EU Single Market Access and Freedom of Movement from New Government

With Brexit on the horizon, 43% of UK managers want the new government to prioritise retaining access to the single market and freedom of movement of people during the upcoming Brexit negotiations, according to new research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Sir Charlie Mayfield awarded prestigious honour at annual CMI Presidents Dinner

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, has received the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Gold Medal Award, one of the highest honours in the management profession.

April 2017CMI partners with Queen's University Belfast to develop future-ready postgraduates

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has announced its partnership with the Graduate School at Queen's University Belfast, which sees Russell Group University awarded accreditation as a CMI skills development provider.

Gender pay regulations: research reveals businesses need to tackle culture of ‘casual’ gender discrimination

New research – released on the day that the Gender Pay Gap Regulations are introduced – reveals challenges UK businesses face to bring about gender parity in the workplace.

CMI CEO wins Mark of Excellence Award

Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), has been awarded the Mark of Excellence award at the 2017 Association Excellence Awards.

March 2017
CMI wins Gold at App4England Awards

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has claimed Gold at the App4England Awards, its first award for its work in the apprenticeship sector.

Women leading the charge on apprenticeships

Employers encouraged to start degree-level apprenticeships to improve gender diversity.

February 2017
CMI named 68th in Sunday Times top 100 NFPs to work for

The Chartered Management Institute has been named among the top 100 UK not-for-profit organisations to work for, claiming the 68th spot and a one-star rating in its first year of applying. 

Originals Wins CMI Management Book of The Year 2017

Originals by Adam Grant and published by Ebury (WH Allen) beat off the competition at the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Management Book of the Year Awards 2017 last night [6 February 2016].

January 2017UCB’s Business School Dean to head CMI’s West Midlands Regional Board

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has named the Dean of the Business School at University College Birmingham (UCB), Dilshad Sheikh, as the new Chair of its West Midlands Board.

Research reveals four in five managers have witnessed some form of gender discrimination or bias in past year

New research reveals that four in five managers (81%) have witnessed some form of gender discrimination or bias at work in the past 12 months.

December 2016 
UK Managers Pessimistic About UK Economic Outlook – But Remain Positive About Own Business

The majority of UK managers are pessimistic about the UK’s economic prospects for 2017, yet remain resolutely positive about their own business, according to the annual Future Forecast from the Chartered Management Institute.

CMI welcomes gender gap reporting regulations as “boost for UK productivity”

New regulations will require companies with 250+ employees to report how many men and women they employ and how much they pay them.

CMI and CII call for ethical focus in management decision making

A new report launched today by CMI and the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Good Leadership, investigates the ethical culture of management within the financial services industry.

 November 2016 

CMI Women campaign calls for 'Missing Middle' of 1.5 million women to fill new management roles by 2024

The UK economy needs two million new management roles for it to achieve predicted growth. The launch of CMI Women aims to address this by helping employers identify the measures they can take to achieve gender balance, such as flexible working policies, line manager skills development, mentoring and balanced recruitment.

CMI signs Armed Forces Covenant and supports families’ skills development 

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, committing to uphold the principles of the Covenant and giving family members of Service personnel who are CMI members greater access to civilian skills and career development.

UNIRAZAK MBAs first in Malaysia to earn UK’s top management accreditation 

UNIRAZAK MBA students will become the first at a Malaysian university to earn the UK’s highest professional management accreditation, Chartered Manager, following a new partnership with the UK’s Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

  October 2016

CMI recognised as UK's top awarding body

Federation of Awarding Bodies names CMI as Awarding Organisation of the Year.

CMI backs Apprenticeship Levy reforms as UK managers support need to invest in skills

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has welcomed the Government’s latest update today (25 October) on its plans for the Apprenticeship Levy, representing widespread support of the UK’s managers.

CMI Management Book of the Year 2017 shortlist

 This year's best management books explore the importance of management trust and ethics through the lens of leadership, technology and change.

 September 2016

UK growth held back as bosses lose trust of middle management

[22 September] - British business growth is being undermined from within by widespread mistrust of senior managers, according to a new report published today [22 September] by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and leadership events specialist Top Banana.

UK managers predict economic slowdown ahead of Brexit

[19 September] - British managers expect that Brexit will have a negative impact on economic growth, lead to a shortage of talent and threaten their own job security, according to a survey conducted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Bruce Carnegie-Brown named CMI president elect

[19 September] - The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has named the senior financial services leader Bruce Carnegie-Brown as its new president elect.


Government gives greenlight to employers to develop a Masters apprenticeship for senior leaders

[16 September 2016] Government approval to develop a new Master’s-level degree apprenticeship in leadership and management means organisations will be able to use Apprenticeship Levy funds to invest in the skills of their most senior leaders.

CMI: Report urges employers and schools to back school-to-work agenda as 1 in 3 young people struggle to find jobs

A third of young people (32%) aged 16 to 21 in the UK aren’t confident about finding a job in the next few years and lack information about local job opportunities (35%), according to a new report published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation - Age of Uncertainty: Young people’s views on the challenges of getting into work in 21st century Britain.

August 2016 

CMI: apprenticeships a ‘huge opportunity’ for education providers

Growing employer demand for apprenticeships is creating a “huge opportunity” for education and training providers, according to a new further education white paper published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


Men forty percent more likely than women to be promoted in management roles

Research released today by the Chartered Management Institute and XpertHR reveals that men are more likely than women to have been promoted into senior and higher paying management roles in the past year, with no progress made on reducing the 23% gender pay gap.


A Level students given false choice between university and apprenticeships

A-Level students considering their next steps are being given a “false choice” between going on to university or an apprenticeship, new research reveals.

CMI welcomes new funding plans for apprenticeships

CMI has welcomed additional guidance published today [12 August] by the Department for Education on the funding of apprenticeships after the introduction of next April’s Apprenticeship Levy.

July 2016 

CMI’s Ann Francke awarded two Honorary Doctorates

The CMI chief executive shared her five rules for creating a great work experience when picking up the degrees.


Fashion management student wins top prize for vision of shop of the future

One London College of Fashion MSc student’s vision of the shop of the future has landed him a top prize from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).


Chartered Management Institute welcomes government post-16 skills plan

The Chartered Management Institute today [8 July 2016] commented on the Department for Education’s new plans for transforming post-16 technical education.


CMI launches new government backed management and leadership apprenticeships

The Chartered Management Institute today [5 July 2016] launched two new management and leadership trailblazer apprenticeships giving employers a greater range of options for productivity boosting investment in the next generation of managers.


More Brexit woes: only half of leaders and managers equipped to handle crises at work

With political leadership in disarray, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has published a timely report on how we can better equip the nation with the leadership skills needed to manage in times of uncertainty.

June 2016

CMI and OU partner to launch first MOOC to offer management qualification

A new programme of leadership and management MOOCs created by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in partnership with The Open University Business School (OUBS) will be the first to offer learners a professional CMI management qualification


Government apprenticeship greenlight gives “employers more options to invest in management development”

Apprenticeships expected to create 30,000 new professional managers in first year

 May 2016

CMI CEO wins industry award for ‘outstanding leadership’

Ann Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), has been named most ‘outstanding leader’ at the 2016 membership body industry awards.

HE White Paper Will Drive Value for Money

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has welcomed the Higher Education and Research white paper’s identification of the need to raise teaching standards and the employability of students.

Employers still rewarding poorly-performing bosses with bonuses

More than one in five managers who fell short of performance expectations in the last year still received bonus pay-outs, according to new data published today [10 May] by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR.

  April 2016

CMI welcomes employer guidance on apprenticeship levy

 The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has welcomed the latest employer guidance on the Apprenticeship Levy published by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, which sets out a clear timeframe for the implementation of the Levy.

March 2016

CMI: Many measures needed to close gender pay gap

CMI comments on GPG Selcom Mar 2016

Apprenticeship Levy welcomed by parents

Report released alongside Budget urges employers to invest. Just 16% of parents believe employers doing enough to provide apprenticeships

Parents favour Degree Apprenticeships ahead of Oxbridge education

Parental pride in child achieving professional Chartered status helps build status of new Degree Apprenticeships

Jimmy Wales and Sir Ronald Cohen awarded CMI's management accolades

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and business pioneer Sir Ronald Cohen last night received two of the highest accolades in the management profession.

  February 2016

  CMI: Gender pay transparency will boost productivity and financial results

 The Chartered Management Institute has welcomed new measures to tackle the gender pay gap announced today (12th February) by Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan.

Frugal Innovation clinches CMI Management Book of the Year title, demonstrating how to do more with less

Business writers Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu scoop top award at annual CMI Management Book of the Year Awards


January 2016

CMI responds to UKCES employer skills survey

British firms must invest to tackle ‘talent poverty’

Excess hours worked cancel out holiday entitlement

‘Always on’ managers now work 29 extra days a year

December 2015

Business managers pessimistic on prospects for year ahead

Annual survey of managerial resolutions reveals first drop in optimism since 2010 Improving productivity a top-three priority, second only to cost control

CMI warns Women and Equalities Select Committee on the 'glass pyramid'

Female managers over 40 suffer a 35% pay gap according to CMI

CMI report urges employers to rethink digital learning

Employers are at risk of making tech-savvy managers ‘switch off’ from learning new skills with dated digital technologies, a new report published today [8 December] reveals.

November 2015

CMI comments on Apprenticeships Levy: "High quality professional managers don’t come for free"

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has supported Chancellor George Osbourne’s plans for an Apprenticeship Levy, as set out in his Autumn Statement.

Jimmy Wales and Sir Ronald Cohen awarded top management accolades

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and business pioneer Sir Ronald Cohen have been named as this year’s winners of two of the highest accolades in the management profession.

Nestle and Serco first employers to train professional managers through new Degree Apprenticeship

Launch of new Government-backed Degree Apprenticeship will tackle the “ineffective managers draining British productivity”

BIS’s HE proposals “great news for employers and students”, says CMI

Chartered Management Institute comments in response to BIS’s Teaching Excellence Framework green paper.

October 2015

More women sitting on British boards is better for business says CMI

Chartered Management Institute comments in response to Lord Davies review recommendations.

CMI Management Book of the Year shortlist announced

2015’s best management books bring neuroscience to the challenge of managing multi-generational workforces increasingly shaped by technology and engaged through ethics.

CMI President announces management education partnership with UWE Bristol

MBA and undergraduate business students studying at UWE Bristol are set to bolster their qualifications with professional accreditations, thanks to a new partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

September 2015

CMI’s Insights newsletter wins top industry award

CMI’s ‘Insights’ clinched first prize in the Best digital for membership category in the Institute of Internal Communication’s IoIC 2015 Awards.

Ethics matters more to managers in employee owned companies

Managers in employee-owned companies are more likely to apply personal ethics to their professional lives than their counterparts working for companies with other forms of ownership new research published today [25 September] reveals.


Report urges start-ups to tackle poor management skills to survive past year three

Nationwide campaign launched to curb 44% failure rate of UK start-ups and boost growth of SMEs

August 2015

Latest pay gap data reveals women work for free 1h 40m a day

Women managers are effectively working for free nearly two hours every day, new gender pay gap data reveals.

  July 2015


Brits find it easier to dump a partner than ask for a pay rise

Research released today (21 July 2015) reveals that the nation finds having difficult conversations tougher at work than at home. The research conducted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) shows the British public’s top three tricky conversation topics are all work-related.

New Degree Apprenticeship in Professional Management Given Green Light by the UK Government

A new degree-level apprenticeship in management developed by a group of 40 employers and universities, headed by Serco, has been given the green light today by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

CMI chief executive awarded honorary business doctorate

Ann Francke, the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) chief executive, has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by UWE Bristol. The university awarded Francke in recognition of her outstanding achievement in business management and leadership. 

Chartered and Incorporated Engineers offered dedicated pathway to becoming Chartered Managers

Chartered and Incorporated Engineers looking to advance their managerial careers are being offered a streamlined route to achieving professional management accreditation. CEngs and IEngs with five years’ managerial experience can now gain Chartered Manager accreditation in four to six weeks.

CMI chief executive welcomes gender pay consultation

Ann Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a consultation on designing new gender pay gap regulations

Business need new high-level apprenticeships, says CMI

CMI has welcomed George Osborne’s Budget commitment to fund three million new Apprenticeships and his emphasis on higher level, high quality programmes.

Democratic management driving ethics and engagement in employee owned companies

Employee-owned firms are leading the way when it comes to ethics and management culture, with more democratic management cultures, high levels of employee motivation and a longer-term approach to business decisions.

June 2015

Poor performers still reaping rich rewards at the top

Too many managers are flouting the principles of good performance management, as despite being rated as poor performers, they are still being rewarded by their employers according to new research published today (3 June 2015) by the Chartered Management Institute and XpertHR.


May 2015

UK-wide management campaign launched to curb small business failure

A national campaign to help small businesses access management and leadership support has been launched in a bid to curb the high failure rate of UK businesses and boost productivity.

CMI's Professional Manager Magazine Clinches Top Award

The Chartered Management Institute’s Professional Manager magazine has claimed a top industry award. 

Professional managers add £391K of value, research says

Findings of CMI’s Mapping Management Excellence 2015 report, which surveyed 535 professional managers who have attained Chartered Manager status, reveal that one in six (17%) estimate they add £250-500K in value and one in eight (12%) estimate they add more than £500K of value to their organisations every year.

CMI comments on national rail strike on 25 May

The CMI has commented on the potential impact to businesses of the RMT’s 24-hour strike starting on bank holiday Monday, 25 May.

CMI link-up gives business students a boost

Anglia Ruskin courses now jointly accredited by Chartered Management Institute

  April 2015

UK CEOs rate tech risks as top business concerns of 2015

Social media management and cybersecurity key challenges to strategic aim of improving customer engagement

Political focus on volunteering ‘will benefit employers and employees’

Conservatives’ election pledge would support volunteering to teach people new management and people skills

Today (10 April), David Cameron announced that he will grant 15 million people the chance to spend three days doing paid volunteering work under a Conservative government.

March 2015  

New degree-level apprenticeship scheme for professional managers

Proposals to develop a new degree-level apprenticeship in Chartered Management, which will boost the number of professional managers and drive up business performance across the UK, have been approved. 

CMI's CEO Ann Francke named in Female FTSE Board Report's 100 Women to Watch  

Report supports CMI’s campaign for more inclusive leadership - The Chartered Management Institute’s chief executive officer Ann Francke has been named one of the 100 Women to Watch in Cranfield University’s Female FTSE Board Report 2015.

Top international business school partners with CMI to offer management execs Chartered status

Management executives studying at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business will soon be able to bolster their advanced management training with Chartered accreditation, thanks to a new partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

CMI says Government Bill to close gender pay gap “good for women and business alike”

With Parliament set to debate today [11 March] new rules requiring large businesses to report on how much they pay men and women, CMI has spelled out the changes they need to close the pay gap.

February 2015 

Morale matters for UK managers

Business article scoops award for insights on improving staff morale and performance

Not Knowing scoops national management book award as it demonstrates how to turn uncertainty into opportunity

Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner scoop top award at CMI Management Book of the Year

Australian Institute of Management offer CMI’s premier Chartered Manager status

Agreement will provide managers access to top professional accolade

January 2015 

  Unilever boss to receive CMI’s prestigious Gold Medal accolade

The Chartered Management Institute is delighted to announce that Unilever boss, Paul Polman, is to be awarded with this year’s CMI Gold Medal Award for leadership.

The prestigious annual title is presented to celebrate the achievements of a leader with a proven track record, excelling in the world of management.

 " Culture Club" needed for people metrics, says CMI

The Chartered Management Institute has welcomed a new report from the Valuing your Talent initiative – which is comprised of the CIPD, CIMA, UKCES and IIP with CMI – on the need for greater transparency when it comes to how businesses report on the value of their people. 

December 2014  

Westminster missing the mark with managers

Political promises don’t match bosses business priorities, suggests research.
Managers looking ahead to 2015’s election will be left disappointed that proposed policies do not match their own business priorities.

Are managers more Scrooge or Santa this festive season?

A new poll of over 1,200 UK managers published by the Chartered Management Institute shows that most bosses clearly recognise the role of the Christmas bash in rewarding staff and celebrating success at the end of a hard year – but some remain more Scrooge than Santa when it comes to seasonal festivities.


November  2014 

"Business isn’t just about business": managers looking to reinvent business with a new sense of social purpose

2014’s best management books show business can be a force for good, succeed globally and promote diversity

Less than half of 14-24 year olds receive useful careers advice

CMI-backed Professions Week research reveals that parents also need more help with careers guidance for their children. New research released today to mark the start of Professions Week shows that parents and young people do not feel that they have access to useful careers advice and more needs to be done to help young people make informed choices into careers as a professional.

October 2014  

"Who cares, wins" - Managers’ ethics linked to better performance, shows research  

Winning hearts and minds is not just an empty strap line: who cares, wins, according to a new research report published today by CMI and MoralDNA™.

Milburn report is “stark reminder” that managers must act to develop young people

Today’s report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission is a stark reminder to managers of the urgent need to develop the potential of the next generation, says the Chartered Management Institute. 

"On a mission for middle management": Mike Clasper becomes CMI President

The Chartered Management Institute is delighted to announce that Mike Clasper CBE has becomes its President. Appointed for a two-year term, he takes over from Peter Ayliffe, Chair of Monitise, who has been CMI’s President since 2012 and co-chaired the recent Commission on the Future of Management and Leadership.

September 2014  

Leadership Trust to offer access to CMIs premier Chartered Manager status

The Leadership Trust and CMI (the Chartered Management Institute) are pleased to announce a new partnership which will give The Leadership Trust’s delegates and alumni the opportunity to attain Chartered Manager status, the professional standard for managers and leaders.

August 2014  

Retirement age for women? 80, if they want to earn as much as men.

New salary figures show that a ‘mid-life pay crisis’ is hitting female managers, with women aged 40-plus earning 35% less than men. To earn the same as a male manager over a career, a woman would have to work the equivalent of over 14 years more – which, based on a pension age of 65, would mean working until nearly 80*.

July 2014  

Major report outlines plan to defuse 'ticking time bomb of myopic management'

Commission on Management and Leadership issues rallying call for a Better Managed Britain.

June 2014  

Employers urged to build bridges with business schools

Employers are seeking ‘business-ready’ graduates, but are not doing enough to offer extended, meaningful work experience, a new report from CMI, the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has discovered 


May 2014


End of the Bonus Bonanza?

Company Directors have seen their bonuses shrink by an average of 23% (from £64,594 to £49,767) over the last 12 months, according to new salary data published today by CMI and XpertHR.

Managers urged to “inspire the future”

Management role models need to inspire young people and promote gender equality, say leaders.

CMI backs scheme to recruit more managers as school governors 

CMI is backing the new Inspiring Governors Alliance, which aims to bring the working world and schools closer together by recruiting more professionals as school governors.

April 2014


CMI goes Gold with top marks from Investors in People

CMI has secured a top accolade for its people management practices by achieving Gold standard accreditation with Investors in People (IIP).

New learning opportunities for Operational Delivery Professionals put the spotlight on excellent customer service

A range of new professional qualifications for operational delivery staff will help develop a more skilled, unified Civil Service and meet growing public expectations for high-quality public services.

March 2014





Civil engineers to benefit from new route to build their management skills

CMI and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) are pleased to announce a new agreement which will open up Chartered Manager status to ICE members.

Businesses will be worse off while women remain rare in the talent pipeline, warns CMI

Changing business culture still a priority despite progress

Ethics crisis as “robotically compliant” managers stop caring at work

Reducing rules and regulations key to restoring trust, finds new research

How do you ‘Value your Talent’?

New project draws on wisdom of crowds to develop ways of measuring the contribution people make to business outcomes

Time to retire tired old role models?

Men twice as likely as women to hold board ambitions

February 2014


Favoured management strategy of UK businesses fatally flawed

Academic condemns cost cutting bias as he scoops management prize

If customer experience matters so much, why do so many managers neglect it?

Matt Watkinson’s The Ten Principles Behind Great Customer Experiences scoops top award at CMI Management Book of the Year

January 2014



Growth vouchers for management advice could be key to business success

The new Growth Vouchers scheme could help small businesses to avoid one of the most common causes of failure, according to CMI.

Changing world of work must drive management makeover

Building partnerships, creating agile teams and using new technology identified as rising priorities by new research.

Talent management and leaders’ integrity dominate thinking of CEOs worldwide in 2014

Global study finds bosses focused on their people as a key route to growth, with integrity highlighted as the top attribute for future leaders.

Sir Charlie Mayfield awarded prestigious honour at annual CMI Presidents Dinner

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, has received the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Gold Medal Award, one of the highest honours in the management profession.

Sir Charlie Mayfield awarded prestigious honour at annual CMI Presidents Dinner

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, has received the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Gold Medal Award, one of the highest honours in the management profession.

Sir Charlie Mayfield awarded prestigious honour at annual CMI Presidents Dinner

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, has received the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Gold Medal Award, one of the highest honours in the management profession.

Sir Charlie Mayfield awarded prestigious honour at annual CMI Presidents Dinner

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, has received the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Gold Medal Award, one of the highest honours in the management profession.