First Minister of Wales Steps Down

Press Releases 13 Dec 2023

Wales' largest business representative body responds to the news of Wales' First Minister stepping down

Responding to the news that Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales is stepping down, Ben Francis, Wales Policy Chair for the Federation of Small Businesses said, “On behalf of FSB and the members we represent across the country, I would like to thank the First Minister for his service to the people of Wales during his time in office.  

Overseeing the administration and steering Wales throughout the pandemic, and beyond, has undoubtedly been a challenging feat and as he addressed in his statement, Wales continues to face very challenging times and decisions. However, we welcome that the First Minister has, over the years, sought an active relationship with FSB and other partners and we look forward to engaging with him until the end of his tenure.  

While undoubtedly there will be speculation about who will take over as Wales’ new First Minister, given an uncertain economic horizon, it is crucial that whoever seeks to lead the next administration in Wales focuses on using devolved levers to help stabilise our economy and recognises that recovery will be driven by the talent, determination and ambition of our smaller businesses.”  

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