To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether investigations have been carried out by officials in his Department into allegations that coaches working on the GrowthAccelerator programme are paying the fees of clients.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) takes any allegation of malpractice very seriously. When this allegation was raised in an article in The Sunday Times on
They assured officials that they had found no evidence to suggest that coaches were paying clients fees. There are a range of safeguards in place, including the fact that it is the client's choice, supported by their Growth Manager and an objective matching process, to decide which coach they want support from. To date, BIS has not received any evidence of malpractice. If evidence is brought forward then I will investigate further.