Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, is axing a star-studded committee of business leaders appointed to advise on the government’s progress in delivering its industrial strategy just two-and-a-half years ago. Sky News has learnt that Mr Kwarteng, who took over from Alok Sharma earlier this year, notified the 16 members of the Industrial Strategy Council on Wednesday that their services were no longer required. He said the government had “decided to mark a departure from the Industrial Strategy brand”, implying that the department he runs – Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – is likely to face yet another renaming in the coming months. The Industrial Strategy Council, which was launched in November 2018 by Greg Clark, the then business secretary, is chaired by Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist. Its members include Vivian Hunt, who runs McKinsey’s UK operations, Sir Charlie Mayfield, former chair of the John Lewis Partnership, and Lady Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Advertisement In a letter to the council’s members, seen by Sky News, Mr Kwarteng said this week’s publication of the government’s new “plan for growth” had prompted to disband the council from next month. “As I’m sure you… Read full this story
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