(Bloomberg) -- In the heated final stretch of the U.K.’sEuropean Union referendum campaign, a growing number of companybosses are taking the unusual step of writing to employees with apitch for staying in the bloc.

Encouraged by U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne,who has called on pro-EU businesses to speak up, executives ofcompanies ranging from telecommunications provider BT Group Plc totextbook publisher Pearson Plc to weapons maker BAE Systems Plchave sent internal memos to make the case.

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