Peter Mandelson

Name the Business Secretary

Name the Business Secretary

Three-quarters of business owners are unable to name the Secretary of State for Business, Peter Mandelson, new research has revealed. The survey of 500 small firms by business price comparison firm Make it Cheaper also found that 89% of businesses were unable to name the Conservative shadow business secretary, Ken Clarke. “It’s clear there is a massive disconnect between the main political parties and people who work in local businesses, the people who are at the very heart of the economy,” said Make it Cheaper managing director, Jonathan Elliott. “The vast majority of those we asked were unable to name the Secretary of State for Business or his shadow colleague. “These guys should be out there talking to the people who are on the front line of the economy,&rd... »

Business Leaders Welcome the Return of Mandy

Business Leaders Welcome the Return of Mandy

Gordon Brown’s latest cabinet reshuffle sees Peter Mandelson return to government. The European Trade Commissioner has been recalled from his post in Brussels to take up the position of Business Secretary, a place vacated by John Hutton who becomes the new Defence Secretary. The CBI, Engineering Employers Federation and the Federation of Small Business have all voiced their backing of the new business secretary in a move seen not merely to be a simple cabinet reshuffle but an attempt to handle the economic issues that are affecting the global economy. Speaking with the BBC John Wright, chairman of the FSB, welcomed the appointment of Mr Mandelson, saying: "This shock return is no surprise to us given Mr Mandelson’s previous tenure at the DTI and his current position as Bri... »