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Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when tailored support for leadership and management development in small and medium enterprises will be available. [126784]

The success of small and medium enterprises depends on excellent leadership and management. The Business Improvement Tool for Entrepreneurs and Investors in People management and leadership model help these businesses identify development goals. Our pilot Small Firms Development Account will provide specific funding support up to £1,000 for owner-managers of enterprises employing five to 49 people to develop leadership and management skills within their company. We are also developing a new offer to Managing Directors of firms employing 50 to 200 people to provide them with tailored support. A range of support will be available including mentors and coaches. We will announce further details of this offer in the autumn.

Maintained schools15.4*16.1*16.4*16.7*16.917.117.4*
6th Form colleges14.8*15.3*16.0*16.4*16.917.017.9*
All schools16.917.617.918.118.218.418.9
All FE sector12.212.513.110.413.413.814.8
Maintained schools235.8*263.3
6th Form colleges242.0*263.1