Enterprise UK: Finance

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) total budget and (b) staffing cost was of each regional office of Enterprise UK in financial years (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09; what the equivalent figures are for each such office in financial year 2009-10 to date; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

holding answer 8 February 2010

Enterprise UK developed its network of regional hubs positioned in geographical areas with below average enterprise activity to provide additional support at a local and regional level. Enterprise UK has directed funding from its overall funding from BIS (outlined in PQ 2009/1257) as shown in the following tables:

Table 1: Cost of individual Enterprise UK regional hubs
£
Region/financial year Total budget Staff cost
East of England
2006-07 129,212 69,290
2007-08 191,744 94,204
2008-09 124,105 95,538
2009-10(1) 84,556 69,598
North East
2006-07 - -
2007-08 76,583 55,015
2008-09 89,683 61,473
2009-10(1) 48,654 39,968
North West
2006-07 144,449 100,075
2007-08 237,023 156,738
2008-09 158,625 113,637
2009-10(1) 105,343 84,117
West Midlands
2006-07 186,731 53,773
2007-08 234,988 84,289
2008-09 107,988 60,296
2009-10(1) 54,486 40,556
Yorkshire and Humber
2006-07 121,364 73,284
2007-08 203,207 139,079
2008-09 148,511 103,179
2009-10(1) 95,949 72,999
(1) Figures from April to December 2009.
Table 2: Cost of Enterprise UK regional hub network
£
Financial year Total budget Staff cost
2006-07 581,812 296,422
2007-08 943,545 529,325
2008-09 628,912 434,123
2009-10(1) 388,993 307,238
(1) Figures from April to December 2009.

Each hub works closely with other local organisations to avoid duplication and increase additionality. 2009/10 conservative estimates for in-kind support put the hub network's impact in financial terms at circa £218,000 with a further £337,500 awarded as direct cash contributions to further expand the work of the regional teams in particular areas. Independent evaluation from the university of Glasgow found that Enterprise UK hubs 'had a substantial impact' within their target areas, 'considerable local influence', and 'largely offset what would otherwise have been a declining local enterprise culture'.

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