The head of the British Chambers of Commerce is to stand down in 2011 after eight years in the post.
Director general David Frost said he had achieved his aim of building the group’s profile and increasing the influence of the chambers’ network.
Mr Frost, who is former chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “I have developed relationships with the new Government and the long-awaited spending review has now been delivered - a long-term road map for rebalancing the UK economy.
“With these measures in place, I have agreed with the Board that I shall be leaving the BCC in the second half of 2011, giving them time to plan and manage the transition
“What continues to impress me is the entrepreneurial spirit of businesses in this country. They do not seek handouts but just want the freedom to create wealth and jobs.
"It has been a pleasure representing the best of British business.”