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Enterprise Ealing

Volume 178: debated on Wednesday 24 October 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many jobs are estimated to have resulted from the efforts of Enterprise Ealing; at what cost to public funds; and if he will make a statement.

Enterprise Ealing estimates that it has created approximately 1,200 new jobs since commencing operation in September 1986. Since that date Enterprise Ealing has received a total of £54,000 from my Department under the local enterprise agency grant scheme which has levered a larger amount of private sector sponsorship. I understand that Home Office funds have recently been secured to support the post of an ethnic minority business counsellor to work in Southall and Acton.Enterprise agencies like Enterprise Ealing can provide a valuable local resource in the changing enterprise support world, especially in co-operation with the training and enterprise councils.