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Business Opportunities

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the President of the Board of Trade what new steps the Government are taking to enhance opportunities for business start-ups and small businesses seeking to compete in established industry sectors. [16503]

The Government recognise the value of providing a climate within which those starting new enterprises and those running small businesses can compete and win. This is why I support the work of the Business Links, which provide access to high quality business services, and why I have taken steps to make them more effective. I launched the vision for enhancing Business Links on 7 October, and I am sure that the commitment to continuous improvement in service standards which is required will be of immense benefit to emerging businesses.