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Intellect: Business Advisory Council needs technology representation

Karl Flinders

Although welcoming Gordon Brown’s appointment of a Business Advisory Council, technology trade association Intellect said there should more technology and SME representation.

Prime minister Gordon Brown has created the Business Advisory Council, with senior executive-level representation from different sectors named to sit on the council.

Brown named Arun Sarin, head of Vodafone, and Amstrad boss Alan Sugar in the council, but Intellect CEO, John Higgins, has called for more technology voices to be included in the group.

“Any extra voice representing the wealth-generating sections of the economy to the prime minister cannot be a bad thing,” he said. But he said that industries that are likely to provide the future wealth of the economy, such as technology, are under-represented.

“It is important that it has individuals that work in the industries that will be at the heart of the UK knowledge economy of the future rather than the economy of the past,” added Higgins.

He said to this end there should be more technology companies represented.

Higgins also said SME’s should be better represented, particularly those in the technology sector. “The most important thing that businesses can contribute to this debate is what it really feels like. Businesses should not try and be better economist than the treasury but they can say what [policies] feel like to them,” added Higgins.

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