Business Advisory Group
The Business Advisory Group is a small group of business leaders convened by Prime Minister David Cameron 'from sectors of strategic importance to the UK to provide regular, high level advice on critical business and economic issues facing the country'. 
The group was set up in October 2010 because according to David Cameron:
- The Deputy Prime Minister and I want to make sure the Government is getting really good high level advice from some of Britain’s leading business men and women. Having an advisory group with a range of experience and expertise should ensure that there is real interaction and discussion.
- It is vital that we get these policies right as we take forward our plans to drive down the deficit and transform our economy. Our prize will be balanced growth, getting Britain working and ensuring our whole country shares in rising prosperity.
The group meets four times a year. Its meetings are also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Chancellor George Osborne and and the Business Secretary Vince Cable, plus can be used to advise other ministers.
The group includes:
Current membership of the group (as of November 2014) is:
- Angela Ahrendts, SVP, Apple
- Sir Roger Carr, chairman, BAE Systems
- Vittorio Colao, CEO, Vodafone
- Sir James Dyson, founder, Dyson
- Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus Group
- Katherine Garrett-Cox, CE, Alliance Trust
- Harriet Green, Thomas Cook
- Baroness Dido Harding, CEO, TalkTalk
- Dick Olver
- Farah Ramzan Golant, CEO All3Media
- Sir Michael Rake, president, CBI and deputy chairman, Barclays
- Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Google
- Andy Street, MD, John Lewis
- Ratan Tata, chair, Tata Group
- Tidjane Thiam group CEO, Prudential
- Andrew Witty, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
As at April 2012
- Angela Ahrendts, CEO, Burberry
- James Cameron, vice chair, Climate Change Capital
- Sir Roger Carr, chair, Centrica
- Philip Dilley, chair, Arup
- Sir James Dyson, founder, Dyson
- Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus
- Katherine Garrett-Cox, CEO, Alliance Trust
- Harriet Green, CEO, Premier Farnell
- Dido Harding*, CEO, TalkTalk
- Justin King, CEO, Sainsbury’s
- Sam Laidlaw, CEO, Centrica (left Centrica December 2014)
- Dick Olver, chair, BAE Systems
- Sir Michael Rake, chair, BT/ Easyjet
- Eric Schmidt, chair/ CEO, Google
- Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP
- Andy Street, managing director, John Lewis
- Sir Howard Stringer, former president/ chair/ CEO, Sony
- Ratan Tata, chair, Tata
- Tidjane Thiam, CEO, Prudential
- Paul Walsh, CEO, Diageo
- John Walker, national chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
- Andrew Witty, CEO, GlaxoSmithKline  Those marked with asterisk joined in January 2012.
- Michael Queen, CEO (until March 2012), former chief executive of 3i
- Philip Dilley, former chairman of Arup, now chair of the UK regulator Environment Agency
- Surinder Arora, owner and chairman of Arora International Hotels
- Alex Hawkes, One in four in David Cameron's Business Advisory Group avoids tax, This is Money website, 29 April 2012 09:58.
- Emma Rowley, Back us, don't bash us, business leaders warn David Cameron 13 May 2012.
- Gov.UK Business Advisory Group, 18 November 2014.
- Number 10 Downing St, Business Advisory Group, Press release dated 1 October 2010, accessed April 2012
- Number 10 Downing St, Business Advisory Group, Press release dated 1 October 2010, accessed 9 March 2015
- Christopher Hope and Robert Winnett, David Cameron strengthens his business advisory group with three women and first black FTSE 100 CEO, 13 January 2012