The Prime Minister has convened a small group of business leaders from sectors of strategic importance to the UK to provide regular, high level advice on critical business and economic issues facing the country.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Chancellor and Business Secretary will also attend meetings of the group, which will function as a sounding board through which Ministers can listen to and debate the concerns and priorities facing industry and can discuss the Government’s economic and business policy. The group will meet quarterly.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The Deputy Prime Minister and I want to make sure the Government is getting really good high-level advice from some of Britain’s leading business men and women. Having an advisory group with a range of experience and expertise should ensure that there is real interaction and discussion.
“It is vital that we get these policies right as we take forward our plans to drive down the deficit and transform our economy. Our prize will be balanced growth, getting Britain working and ensuring our whole country shares in rising prosperity.”
The group includes Arup’s chairman Philip Dilley, as well business leaders from HSBC, WPP, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Google, Centrica, BAE Systems and EasyJet.
"I am honoured to be invited to participate in the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group and I hope that Arup's diversity in both market sector and geography will help me provide meaningful insights into the factors affecting our market.
" Through both contractors and consultants Britain remains a world leader in providing first class know-how to the built environment. I am very much looking forward to helping see that the priorities of our industry are recognised at the highest levels, and of course I welcome the Prime Minister’s personal interest and direct support."