Business councils to advise on post-Brexit opportunities

Prime Minister Theresa May has formed five new business councils to advise on how to create the best business conditions in the UK after Brexit.

Each council will provide high-level advice and policy recommendations on the critical issues affecting business, whilst also running as a forum for the government to share developing policy ideas and seek the views of members.

Co-chaired by two business leaders, each council will have around ten members representing core sectors of the UK economy, as well as a representative from the UK’s key business groups. They will aim to meet three times a year, twice with the Prime Minister and once with a senior cabinet minister.

Theresa May said: “The UK has always been one of the best places in the world to do business and is a leader in sectors from advanced manufacturing to the creative industries. Brexit presents a huge opportunity to build a better, stronger economy for people all over the country. So I’ve asked these new councils to advise us on the opportunities and challenges facing business as we shape the UK for the future.”

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, added: “The overwhelming majority of businesses in the UK are small and they are the heart of our economy – so I’m pleased that their voice is formally being recognised in these councils. I’m looking forward to representing these entrepreneurs and innovators and discussing their unique perspective with the Prime Minister.”

Among the business leaders involved in the councils are: Jan du Plessis, chairman of BT Group, Carolyn McCall, CEO of ITV, Ian Davis, chairman of Rolls Royce, Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Business and  Shriti Vadera, chairman of Santander UK.

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