DTI simplifies business support services

New-look Business Link website to host support directory

The government has overhauled its £500 million a year business support services in a bid to make them easier to use and more accessible.

The previously complex array of support schemes have been replaced by a targeted package of 10 services all provided by the Business Link network.

All government services are now accessible from a new web-based Business Support Directory located on the revamped Business Link website, www.businesslink.gov.uk. The directory enables businesses to identify the type of support most appropriate to their needs.

The government believes that by placing support services alongside Business Link advice, businesses will have access to a ‘one-stop-shop’ where they can find information and get further help.

Patricia Hewitt, secretary of state for trade and industry, said: “We’ve listened to businesses when they’ve told us what would make their dealings with government easier. And we’ve been able to deliver a website that is relevant to these needs.

“Whether it’s help with starting up, improving your staff’s skills or working out which regulations apply to your firm, businesslink.gov.uk should be the first stop.

Accountants have welcomed the overhaul. Clive Wilson of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, said: “We believe the development of businesslink.gov.uk will significantly enhance the ability of our members, particularly those in SMEs, to access essential information on regulation, business support and government grants.”

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