PracticeConsultingGovernment launches search for council members to join ‘small business revolution’

Government launches search for council members to join 'small business revolution'

Small firms minister Patricia Hewitt today invited members of the business community to apply for membership of the government's new Small Business Council.

Newcastle-based director of development agency Project North East, David Irwin, was named as the new chief executive of the Small Business Service and will take up the £100,000 a year post in March.

The Small Business Council, which will comprise a chairperson and up to 20 voluntary members, will advise him.

Independent of the government, it will also report to the trade secretary on the needs of small businesses.

Hewitt commented: ‘The Small Business Council will play a vital role in supporting small firms. I want successful businessmen and women to join our small business revolution. This is a unique opportunity to get in on the ground and influence a new direction of government policy.’

The government aims to establish the council by March next year.SBS chief named in Tyne for Christmas

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