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Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

11. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what recent assessment he has made of the conditions under which small and medium-sized enterprises are conducting business. (254318)

BERR makes regular assessments of the conditions under which small and medium-sized enterprises are conducting business.

12. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what funding his Department is providing for small and medium-sized enterprises in 2008-09. (254319)

The regional development agencies are offering SMEs real help through the Business Link network, including access to the “Solutions for Business” portfolio of business support. In addition, outside London, RDAs are providing transition loan funds for viable small and medium-sized businesses facing finance difficulties. More information on Government support is available at

www.businesslink.gov.uk/realhelp