The CEO of North West business giant Timpson has been selected to head up join one of five new Business Councils formed by the Prime Minister, to advise on how to create the best conditions for UK businesses to thrive after Brexit.

Founded in Manchester in 1865 and with its headquarters in Wythenshawe, Timpson is one of the UK’s most recognisable high street companies, and its CEO James Timpson will co-chair the Small business, Scale ups and Entrepreneurs Council to help champion the interests of small businesses across the UK at the most senior level.

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.

Each Council will aim to meet three times a year, twice with the Prime Minister and once with a senior Cabinet Minister, to provide high-level advice and policy recommendations on the critical issues affecting business. The Councils will also be a forum for government to share developing policy ideas and seek the views of members.

The Prime 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.”

James Timpson, CEO, Timpson, said:

“The UK is home to incredible innovation and industry, and its entrepreneurial spirit is rightly renowned worldwide. Working alongside the Prime Minister, the Small Business, Scale ups and Entrepreneurs Council will help make sure that the interests of entrepreneurs are at the heart of the UK’s business agenda, no matter what size or where they’re based across the country.”

The Prime Minister will welcome the co-chairs at Downing Street for the first time on Wednesday 7 November, where she will set out their objectives and they will discuss cross-cutting issues such as productivity and international investment. Going forward the co-chairs will be responsible for preparing agendas, ensuring all members are briefed and driving outcomes and progress on the key enabling opportunities for the businesses represented by their council:


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