Small Businesses

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 23rd October 2006.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department provides for small business start-ups.

Photo of Margaret Hodge Margaret Hodge Minister of State (Industry and the Regions)

Services for small business start-ups are provided primarily via Business Link. If people are thinking of starting a business, or have recently started one, they can call 0845 600 9 006 for information, advice and support. Business Link can:

help people plan their business; explain what they need to do and give them advice on raising the money they need; provide useful "No Nonsense" guides to help develop their business and follow regulations; tell them what other help is available, from training and developing skills to advice about which regulations apply to them; and give simple and effective introductions to experts and advice from across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Through Business Link, start-up businesses can receive a copy of the new No-Nonsense Guide to Starting Up in Business, packed with useful advice, information and suggested actions.

In addition, the website,, is full of useful information, links to other helpful websites, and practical advice to help in planning and succeeding in business, and can help customers to assess whether they are ready to go into business.

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