PracticeConsultingLondon set to get one-stop advice shop for small business

London set to get one-stop advice shop for small business

London is close to getting its first online small business one-stop advice shop which could dramatically increase the take-up of help by a sector employing nine in 10 of the capital's 3.3 million workers.

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.

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