Launch of Small Business Council delayed

The council was due to launch in March but due to difficulties with its recruitment process, the date has been pushed back.

The independent body will report to the trade secretary Stephen Byers on the needs of small businesses.

A Department of Trade and Industry spokeswoman, denied scheduled meetings had been forced back due to delays. But she added: ‘The recruitment process has taken longer to get through than we expected but we are hoping to get the council up and running in May.’

It is understood a large percentage of the 20 voluntary members have been installed, but no announcement will be made until every member has officially come on board.

FrameStore joint chief executive William Sargent, well-known for his block-busting digital series Walking with Dinosaurs, was appointed as the first chair of the Small Business Council in March. David Irwin also took up his post in March.

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