Local MP Michael Moore has been appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to be his Adviser on European Business.
The unpaid role will see Mr Moore working with businesses across the UK to understand the key trade, investment and regulatory issues affecting their dealings in the European Union.
He will carry out a review of the issues and report to Nick Clegg by the summer.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr Moore said: “Britain’s engagement with the rest of Europe is fundamental to our future economic well-being.
“At this crucial moment in the development of the UK’s relationship with the EU, I am delighted to take on this challenging role to engage with business.”
In a statement, Mr Clegg said Mr Moore’s experience made him the right MP for the job.
He said: “As someone with a background in European policy issues, a strong track record in engaging business when he served in the Cabinet and, importantly, a private sector career before entering politics,I have no doubt that Michael will be a valuable part of the Government’s efforts to create a stronger economy at the same time as we re-examine and underline the importance of the UK’s economic ties with the rest of Europe.”