Two consultation documents aimed at improving the environment for smaller businesses were launched at the business support conference ‘FutureVision’ last week.
‘Think Small First’ is described by the SBS as the first national strategy for supporting smaller businesses in the UK, whilst ‘Integrating the business support infrastructure for SMEs’ sets out a national framework for business support.
Speaking at the conference, David Irwin, chief executive of the SBS, said: ‘We want the UK to be the best place in the world to start up and develop a business.
‘Our plans – which take into account government wide initiatives – seek to provide a framework that supports small businesses through access to funding, encouraging workforce developments and reducing the risks involved in setting up and running a business. We want to promote a more entrepreneurial culture.’
He added that the two documents would help ensure that all involved, in both government and SMEs, were fully aware of their responsibilities.
The SBS was launched in April 2000 to provide a single organisation in government dedicated to helping and representing small business.
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