What makes The 125 different?

The 125 aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the biggest financial, business, economic and political issues of the day and to help prepare the next generation of business leaders for positions of responsibility.

This exclusive forum, open to members by invitation only, holds a series of top quality events each year. Drawing on the expertise and contacts of the FT’s leading columnists and specialists, our aim is to provide a stimulating professional learning environment, which promotes knowledge-sharing.

The Concept

Business leaders tell us that running a large organisation is harder today than it has ever been. Tomorrow will be trickier still. The speed of globalisation, combined with upheavals in areas such as information technology, education and energy, has created new managerial challenges. We help aspiring business leaders better understand these issues and prepare for the future.

Every day FT journalists use their expertise and unparalleled access to the world’s decision-makers to analyse and explain the most significant global developments. The 125 enables live and interactive discussion on these pressing issues.

Chairmen's Briefing

The chairmen of our member companies benefit from the twice yearly Chairmen’s Briefing. Led by senior FT journalists, it invites the most influential business leaders to discuss the challenges that companies face.


Our ongoing dialogue with top business leaders and policy-makers puts the FT at a distinct advantage when it comes to understanding the key issues that businesses face.


Events last two hours. This includes the discussion, questions, and time with other members.


Held in central London as breakfasts (07:30-09:30) or evening events (18:30-20:30), to enable executives to fit them around a busy working day.


FT journalists ensure the audience has plenty of opportunity to directly question our guest speakers and experts.


Members sit ‘cabaret style’, enabling them to meet peers from other companies and sectors, as well as the speakers and FT journalists before and after the discussion.


Our leading journalists can cut to the key elements of a problem, challenge expert thinking, encourage debate and engage with our well-informed audience.