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Consultancy Grants Scheme

Volume 774: debated on Monday 25 November 1968

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asked the President of the Board of Trade how many firms are eligible in Bristol for the consultancy grants scheme for small firms; how many have applied for information and how many have received grants; what is the total cost of grants authorised to date; and what is the total value of the assignments in Bristol.

About 800 firms in the Bristol area are eligible under the scheme and over 400 have applied for details. Up to 22nd November applications from 55 firms involving 62 assignments worth £183,301 had been authorised. The total cost of grants authorised is £82,928. Grants are only paid after the consultancy has been completed; thus by 22nd November only one firm had received a grant.

asked the President of the Board of Trade what types of assignments have been made within the consultancy grants for small firms scheme; what sections of industry are involved; and what are the sizes of firms, in terms of manpower employed, who have applied to take part in the scheme.

The position in the Bristol and Glasgow areas up to 22nd November, was as follows:

Types of assignments
Finance and administration42
Company development and policy formation35
Computer feasibility studies and computer applications9
Sections of industry
Distributive and service trades40
Size of firms taking part in terms of manpower employed
25 or less employees8
26–50 employees41
51–100 employees54
101–200 employees33
201–500 employees41
Over 500 employees5