Seven local authorities are trialling the Government's new Business Support
Simplification Programme, ensuring it will be ready for implementation across
the UK by 2010.
The Government is streamlining over 3000 publicly-funded schemes - including
grants, subsidies and advice - into one national portfolio of up to 100 that
will support businesses with greater impact. This will reduce duplication while
making it easier for businesses to get the support they need.
The seven local authorities will trial different aspects of programme
delivery, some with their local Business Link.
Business Minister Shriti Vadera said:
"Businesses need grass-roots support that is easy to understand and easy to
access. This is what business tells us they want, and we will deliver it.
"We are working closely with local authorities, RDAs and Business Link
providers to ensure businesses experience a seamless transition."
Chair of the BSSP Transition Management Board Martin Temple said:
"Local authorities can have a real impact on communities through helping
businesses grow. Their assistance in making sure BSSP delivers for business, now
and it the future, is welcome."
1. The Business Support Simplification Programme (BSSP) was announced during
the Budget 2006 to reduce the number of publicly funded business support schemes
from over 3,000 to less than 100 by 2010. Businesses will be able to access a
new, streamlined, portfolio of products from October, with all products in place
by March 2009.
2. The Local Authorities participating in the trial are: Croydon Council,
Newham Council, Cornwall Country Council, Lincolnshire County Council,
Nottingham City Council, Tees Valley Group of Councils and the Thames Gateway
3. Topics to be trialled include, the fit with existing local authority
funding, how to reach disadvantaged communities and how best to meet the needs
of specific business groups such as creative, ethnic minority, women and young
4. Martin Temple is the Independent Chair of the Transition Management Board,
which has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the BSSP.
5. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK
business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business
growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and
champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of
Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-09-24 12:56:41 in Business Articles