Posts Tagged ‘Government funding’

On-line service to replace Business Link

Friday, July 2, 2010 11:44 8 Comments

So it is coming to pass. As I speculated back in March, the new government is to close Business Link. Mark Prisk, the business and enterprise minister, has now said: “The regional Business Links have spent too much time signposting and not enough time actually advising,” “We’re going to wind down the Regional Development Agencies, [...]

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Should government have a focus on growing new businesses?

Monday, May 24, 2010 11:52 6 Comments

During the latest recession as skilled or senior professional people suffered redundancy, many decided to start their own businesses. Some escapees from the crash of the City actually became Investors into young businesses. With the huge cuts to public spending now being implemented there will undoubtedly not only be direct job losses, but with contracts [...]

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Why must a hung parliament mean doom for business?

Sunday, May 9, 2010 9:40 1 Comment

Well let’s first look at the terminology “hung parliament”. It is a term that is designed to send shivers down your spine. Hung, drawn and quartered, a hung jury, hung from the highest tree. It provokes the public into a sense of unease, if not outright terror. The danger is that this sense of doom [...]

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Can EIS make your business more attractive to Investors?

Friday, April 23, 2010 12:06 3 Comments

The EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) was set up to encourage Investors, by giving them various tax breaks if they help to fund growing businesses. The business must be set up as a limited company and the shares not listed on the stock market, which means a lot of small companies could use this to attract [...]

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What should replace Business Link?

Friday, March 12, 2010 11:42 24 Comments

The Tories have vowed to get rid of Business Link, the government-funded business advice service in England, but what if anything will replace it? Business Link has had over the years a mixed reputation. Your view of the whole organisation usually depended on which adviser you were allocated. I certainly remember my original encounter with [...]

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