British Chambers of Commerce director-general Chris Humphries is expected to be named as the first chief executive of the government's Small Business Service as early as next week, Accountancy Age has learned. In what has been dubbed a 'dream team' pairing, the UK's youngest self-made millionaire, Reuben Singh, is expected to become chairman of the small business council. The council will act as a buffer between the full-time officials and businesses. The Federation of Small Business, said the two appointees-in-waiting would complement each other. 'One is young, successful, Asian and has a high profile in the small business sector while the other has a multitude of business experience and is workmanlike,' said an insider. Singh, 22, made headlines and an entry into the Guinness Book of Records after becoming the youngest self-made millionaire when he sold his Miss Attitude clothing chain to Klesch Capital for a reported £45m. Humphries declined to comment on his position but said: 'It would be desirable to have a contrast between the two appointments but also produce a balancing act. They would both need to be well-rounded champions with experience and a successful record on small business issues.' He added: 'This is the last-chance saloon for the government - they need to get it right or people are going to get fed up with government initiatives.' Cabinet office minister Mo Mowlam said this week she would chair a government panel to look at limiting government regulation.
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