DTI looks to agency to fill council seats

The Department of Trade and Industry said this week it had hired a recruitment agency to encourage selected candidates to apply for membership to the Small Business Council. The DTI advertised for applicants to be considered as part of the 20-strong council before Christmas, and revealed it had been flooded with applications. But it is understood the agency has also been briefed to approach a number of leading small-business figures in a bid to encourage them to apply. A spokesman for the DTI said there had been a lot of interest in the council and that the 20 successful candidates would be revealed altogether. Small Business Service chief executive David Irwin said: ‘We have appointed consultants to help us sift through and encourage certain applications. We hope to be making announcements soon.’ Meanwhile the DTI also said it may announce the SBC chairman as early as next week. The favourite for the part-time role remains Chambers of Commerce director-general Chris Humphries.

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