Guest blog: Alex Turner wonders who Labour will choose as their business representative
Now that Liverpool council's new leader Joe Anderson has announced his new cabinet attention will turn to who he will chose as his business representative.
The move very much reflects the new political arrangements in vogue now in both national and local government - and is a marker that his business-friendly words are to be matched by action.
The objective is to have someone at the heart of city government who can speak up for the needs of Liverpool business and help to forge a more effective partnership between the private and public sectors at a local level.
If this partnership is successful it would be to the great advantage of everyone in this city - and to a large extent the success of the role will be determined within the coming days when the person is chosen.
For the appointment to have any validity, it must go to someone who has a track record of success in business in the city.
The city isn't short of people who represent - or claim to represent - the interests of part or all of the business community.
But it is more important that the right person can represent the needs of business even if they aren't representative of the community itself.
The right candidate needs to be an entrepreneur who has built a business in Liverpool and who is committed to the future prosperity of the city.
They must be active, successful and in touch with the day-to-day realities, obstacles and frustrations of running a successful business in Liverpool.
But who is the right person? Answers on a postcard to Joe Anderson, Town Hall, Liverpool.
Alex Turner is a business reporter for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.