Iceland MD Richard Walker joins governments business council


Iceland’s managing director, Richard Walker, has joined the governments rebooted business council.

Walker joins industry leaders to help drive a high productivity, high growth economy over the next year and “level up local economies around the country”.

The new council will support the UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and prioritise delivering the green industrial revolution, creating new jobs and developing a skilled workforce, and unlocking global investment.

“Honoured to be selected – having a seat at the table will enable business leaders to support government in its ambitions to bolster our economy while levelling up, confront issues facing our sector, make sustainable choices and future-proof our business landscape,” Walker said.

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Walker joins Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK, Rolls Royce chair Anita Frew, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, Shai Waeiss and Alison Brittain CBE, CEO of Whitbread, alongside others.

“We’ve got one of Europe’s most open economies thanks to our vaccine rollout programme, and with Plan B restrictions firmly behind us we can now go further to turbocharge the economy and unleash the benefits of Brexit,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said,

“Harnessing the extraordinary powers of our new business council, together we will knuckle down on creating new high skilled, high wage jobs, driving innovation in science and tech, and mobilising investment to deliver the green industrial revolution – all while levelling up and securing the UK as the best place to do business.”

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