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New Businesses: Young People

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice and support his Department provides to young people who wish to set up in business.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

We are transforming the way people receive the information, advice and guidance they need to start and grow their business. Our new approach, which provides access to everyone regardless of age, is based on: digital services which provide high quality information and advice, accessible when businesses need them; and face to face advice provided by business people for business people, not by the public sector. We are:

Revamping the Business Link website


Introducing two new online services; a dedicated “My New Business” area developed by experts to provide training, tools and checklists for those looking to start a business; and the new Growth and Improvement Service which will provide new tools to help businesses understand the issues they face, plus a business support and an events finder tool so businesses can find out what is available to them locally. To ensure services are readily accessible and meet a variety of needs, our services include online tools, tutorials and case studies, and will be accessible using mobile technology.

Establishing a national helpline to help people find what they need on the web and for those who cannot access the web.

Encouraging businesses to seek a business mentor to help them develop their business and encouraging mentoring organisations to offer access to their mentors through a mentoring portal,


Setting up a new Business Coaching for Growth (BCG) Programme to enable small businesses with high growth potential to realise their potential.

There are no age specific elements/adaptations, and all new materials have been reviewed and tested by a wide range of subject experts and real businesses including people starting up to ensure that they are accessible to all.

In addition to providing advice and support it is also important to provide young people with hands-on enterprise experience. Therefore, the Government are:

providing teachers with support to grow school businesses through an enhanced web resource

www.enterprisevillage.org.uk providing schools with access to local enterprise champions to engage and inspire children

www.inspiringthefuture.org supporting the creation of student enterprise societies so that every student in further education (FE) and higher education (HE) can access enterprise support; improving access to information about what working for yourself entails, including through Global Entrepreneurship Week and My New Business.

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