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Small Businesses

Volume 205: debated on Monday 16 March 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what help is available to help small businesses start up in Basildon.

The Essex training and enterprise council provides a wide range of help and advice to small business. This includes a business start-up programme which in 1991–92 will assist some 800 people throughout the county. In addition, my Department operates a loan guarantee scheme to help viable small businesses obtain loans where conventional funding would not otherwise be available.