Government Office for London director Eugenie Turton has asked for a proposal for a one-stop shop for the capital to be on her desk by 14 February. If acceptable, it will go for approval to small firms minister Patricia Hewitt.
The plan is being worked on by a development group, Small Business 200, whose members include the Confederation of British Industry, Business Links and all London’s chambers of commerce and enterprise agencies.
If the proposal is not successful, Hewitt could put the contract out to tender. In that case, the contract to disburse Government funds and other help through the new body, tentatively named Small Business Service for London, will go to a private-sector dedicated e-business group.