Small Businesses: Finance — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:21 am on 26th January 2012.

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Photo of The Bishop of Exeter The Bishop of Exeter Bishop 11:21 am, 26th January 2012

Is the noble Baroness aware that in a county such as Devon, at the heart of the rural economy are a host of small and micro businesses? Is she further aware of the particular challenges facing small, rural businesses as they try to raise start-up capital and money for ongoing investment at this time? Will she gave an assurance that the various programmes that she mentioned, as well as local enterprise partnerships, are properly weighing the needs of rural businesses compared with those in more urban areas?