With the UK unofficially, but certainly in recession, the emergence of a new business trade body seemed an inevitable procession. The Business Action Council has been formed through the alliance of some powerful industrial voices, and it’s got the backing of key gaming and gambling figures.
Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the cross sector strategic body, the Gambling Business Group, has welcomed the initiative which has seen more than 20 leading employer organisations join forces to create the Business Action Council (BAC), a united voice for business in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
With founding members including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the BAC represents more than half a million businesses across the UK all coming together with a shared objective to “act as an instrument that provides government with a more coherent perspective from business.”
Lord Bilimoria, vice president of the CBI said: “It is a historic moment to see organisations that sometimes see each other as competitors put aside differences and unite in the national interest. There are no simple answers to the myriad problems that the pandemic has created: entrepreneurship organisations will need to work together over the coming months to develop the bold and imaginative solutions necessary to help us recover as quickly as possible.”
Peter Hannibal told Coinslot: “Businesses and their support organisations need to adapt and change to circumstances, in order to secure the best possible outcomes. Championing a cause or campaign as a stand alone sector (or sub-sector) is very difficult and unlikely to command the necessary gravitas to be heard loudly enough, so it is totally expected that larger collaborative organisations such as the Business Action Council are being created in this difficult and challenging time.”
He cautioned: “However, we need to be aware that these new alliances are formed out of necessity in order to get businesses back up and running. Time will tell whether they simply disband after their purpose is served or move on to become one of those permanent changes that Covid-19 leaves in its wake.”
(image: Maurice Ostro OBE, chair of the newly formed Business Action Council)