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Grant Thornton

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on contracts with Grant Thornton in each year since 2008.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department has spent the following amounts on direct contracts for service with Grant Thornton:

  £
2008 20,268
2009 10,390
2010 2,885
2011 17,400
2012 (1)10,769
(1) See as follows.

Since 2012 onwards, Grant Thornton has been the lead contractor for two significant BIS programmes.

The first is the delivery of the Manufacturing Advisory Service which is funded by BIS to provide specialist manufacturing support for companies in England to help them improve and grow. The programme is delivered in England by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium but BIS funding for the programme is initially paid through Grant Thornton as the lead contractor.

The second is the delivery of the Growth Accelerator programme which is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises to deliver structured advice and support to break down barriers and provide opportunities for sustained business growth. This programme is delivered through a network of private sector business growth experts but BIS funding for the programme is initially paid through Grant Thornton.

In 2012 (January to December), BIS paid a total of £21,177,011 to the Manufacturing Advisory Service programme and a total of £35,069,821 to the Growth Accelerator programme.

In 2013 (January to end June), BIS paid a total of £15,558,672 to the Manufacturing Advisory Service programme and a total of £30,329,267 to the Growth Accelerator programme.

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