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Balfour Beatty and Laing O’Rourke chiefs among new UK business ambassadors

Balfour Beatty and Laing O’Rourke’s chief executives are among four new British business ambassadors appointed by UK Trade & Investment in the construction, infrastructure and transport sectors.

The ambassadors are part of the prime minister’s Trade Envoy programme, which was launched in November 2012 to encourage trade and to help SMEs expand into foreign markets.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton, Laing O’Rourke chief executive Anna Stewart, Tim Wates, Wates Group family director Tim Wates and Amec chief executive Samir Brikho have all been appointed to the roles.

Mr Brikho has been the chief executive of British engineering giant Amec since 2006.

Mitie chief executive Ruby McGregor Smith has also been appointed from the professional and business services sector.

Mr McNaughton said: “I am delighted to be asked to assist the government in promoting Britain as a great place to do business and to promote British skills into international markets.

“Balfour Beatty has a strong track record in this area. The group undertook its first international work in 1924, some 90 years ago. 

“Today we have operations in more than 80 countries where we provide the infrastructure communities need to function, develop and thrive.”

British business ambassadors are appointed to promote the UK economy overseas and help to encourage international expansion.

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