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Diageo CEO Debra Crew joins UK Prime Ministers Business Council

Diageo CEO Debra Crew joins UK Prime Minister's Business Council

 July 19, 2023

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Diageo Chief Executive Officer, Debra Crew has joined the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's, new Business Council.

The new Business Council will report from business frontlines as the Government continues to boost stability and growth in the UK economy.

The Council has met in Downing Street in London, chaired by the Prime Minister.

Encouraging investment and international trade

"I welcome the opportunity to join the Prime Minister's new Business Council. British businesses and Government have a shared responsibility in delivering prosperity, creating the conditions to encourage investment and international trade and tackling the big issues the country faces, from the cost of living to climate change," says Debra. 

Trusted experts in their fields 

Chief Executives from AstraZeneca, NatWest Group and BAE Systems are among the fourteen business leaders joining the council, alongside SSE, Google Deepmind, Sainsbury’s and Vodafone. Other companies represented on the council include GSK, Aviva, Shell, Sage, Taylor Wimpey, Diageo and Barclays.

These leaders are recognised as trusted experts in their respective fields and are in charge of some of the country’s biggest employers in strategically important industries for UK growth – from construction, life-sciences and tech to financial services and energy.

Together, they employ around 330,000 people across the country, with an even greater reach throughout their supply chain and a presence globally too.

Progress on growing the economy

Thanks to the Government’s plans, the UK economy is set to grow instead of fall into a recession and inflation is expected to substantially reduce by the end of the year.

Ensuring the UK is the best place in the world to do business, now and in the future, will be crucial to making continued progress on growing the economy.

The newly appointed Business Council will be a forum to bring a real-world perspective on how the current economic climate is impacting business and how government and industry can work together to boost investment and innovation, drive productivity and create highly skilled jobs.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:

The more businesses innovate and invest, the more we grow and create good jobs right across the country.

I look forward to hearing first-hand from business leaders about how we can break down the barriers they face and unlock new opportunities for them to thrive.

My new Business Council is one of the many ways we are making the UK the best place to do business and invest, so we can future-proof and grow our economy.

Discussing the 14 member companies, the Government said they are: “strategically important industries for UK growth."

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