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.’
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