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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's communications with small businesses; what discussions he has had with small businesses and small businesses' organisations on the effectiveness of his Department's communications with small businesses; and what steps he plans to take to improve the effectiveness of his Department's communications with small businesses.

Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department and its Ministers have regular discussions with small businesses and their representative bodies and listens to their feedback on the support Government offers to small businesses. I also chair quarterly meetings of the small business forum.

In June this year, the Government pledged further backing to small firms. At an event at 10 Downing street to celebrate the contribution small businesses make to the economy, the Prime Minister announced that all the recommendations made in a recent report by his Enterprise Advisor, my noble Friend Lord Young of Graffham, had been accepted. Lord Young's report focused on the barriers small businesses face when they want to grow and how Government can help businesses overcome these barriers.

The event at Downing Street also marked the launch of:

Government recognises that more needs to be done to make it easier for small businesses to find out about relevant and useful support to help them start up and grow, and this new website brings together the schemes that will help them access the right kind of support. BIS will publish a strategy in the autumn that will make it easier to access the right support, and to improve the way the Government communicates with firms.

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