Business: Government Assistance

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses with (a) up to four employees, (b) five to 49 employees and (c) between 50 and 249 employees (i) were found not to be suitable for the GrowthAccelerator programme and (ii) are currently being assessed (A) nationally and (B) in each region.

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 total number of businesses found not suitable for GrowthAccelerator is currently 1,158. The split by region is as follows:

  Number of full time equivalent staff (FTE)  
  0-4 5-49 50-249 FTEs not recorded Total
East 44 19 4 43 110
East Midlands 43 10 3 26 82
London 112 30 4 210 356
North East 15 5 1 23 44
North West 24 22 2 59 107
South East 37 15 1 37 90
South West 29 16 7 10 62
West Midlands 48 21 3 79 151
Yorkshire and Humber 23 20 3 35 81
Not set(1) 27 11 1 36 75
Total 402 169 29 558 1,158

The total number of businesses being assessed (defined as eligible and in the process) for GrowthAccelerator at 5 September 2013 was 3,888. This figure does not take account of leads awaiting an eligibility check. GrowthAccelerator is constantly refreshing the pipeline of clients. The split by region is as follows:

  Number of full time equivalent staff (FTE)  
  0-4 5-49 50-249 FTEs not recorded Total
East 27 46 13 142 228
East 3 1 1 7 12
East Midlands 36 40 9 143 228
London 96 82 17 532 727
North East 17 10 3 104 134
North West 40 50 4 424 518
South East 67 81 16 575 739
South West 30 27 9 407 473
West Midlands 39 37 5 183 264
Yorkshire and Humber 33 39 8 309 389
Not set(1) 20 21 8 127 176
Total 408 434 93 2,953 3,888
(1 )The row that shows businesses where their region is “not set” is a consequence of the time lag between the company signing onto the programme and the system that holds their details being updated.

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