Food giants join covid recovery council

Unilever, Tesco and Prezzo are among the companies represented on a new government business council established to “build back better” after the coronavirus pandemic.

The prime minister chaired the first meeting of the new council this week which aims to fuel economic recovery from covid-19 and drive future growth plans including a “green industrial revolution”.

The build back better council is comprised of 30 members representing industries from retail and hospitality, to finance, science and technology. Prezzo executive chair Karen Jones joins Tesco CEO Ken Murphy and Unilever boss Alan Jope as members with a food industry presence.

The new council is due to meet quarterly, but with further meetings agreed with the prime minister and chancellor if required. Each member is appointed to the council for a term of 12 months.

John Lewis Partnership, British Airways, HSBC and Google are among the other businesses represented.

“This build back better council will ensure that government and businesses continue to work closely together,” said the prime minister, Boris Johnson. “It will provide an important forum for frank feedback on our recovery plans and will help ensure the steps we are taking are the right ones.”

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