On the 5 January 2011 the Prime Minister announced changes to the way in which Government ensures that start ups and small and medium sized businesses can access the information and business advice that they need.
The Government has therefore announced that it will:
- Focus resources on improving small business performance and growth.
- Support start ups through a tailored package of measures, including the New Enterprise Allowance, to help the unemployed become self employed.
- Modernise the provision of online information so all businesses can access what they need, when they need it.
- Work with mentoring providers to understand and address the barriers to enterprise for all groups, including women, former service personnel and Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic communities.
Key features will include:
- Transforming the www.businesslink.gov.uk website to provide online business information and tools tailored to each business' needs. This will include a Business Startup Hub to simplify starting up a business, Contracts Finder to notify of public procurement opportunities (www.businesslink.gov.uk/contractsfinder), clearer information on government regulation, and new training services and online tools for businesses to use from their computer or handheld.
- A national telephone contact centre to help businesses who cannot find the information they need on the web or who are not connected to the internet.
- Help for start-ups, including the New Enterprise Allowance.
- A network of at least 40,000 experienced business mentors offering practical advice.
- Business Coaching for Growth, backing high growth SMEs to enable them to realise their potential.
- Tailored action to raise low entrepreneurial activity among key parts of our communities, including women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups and Service leavers.
The changes also include the announcement that the Business Link regional advisory service will close in November 2011.