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Enterprise Champion

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the responsibilities are of the Enterprise Champion in his Department; what the relationship between the Enterprise Champion and (a) Ministers and (b) civil servants is; what resources his Department will make available to the Enterprise Champion in his official capacity; and if he will make a statement. (278968)

[holding answer 11 June 2009]: The Enterprise Champion will offer independent advice to Government from a business perspective drawing on his own experience and on consultations around the country. He will raise awareness among entrepreneurs and businesses about the practical help that is available from Government and other sources. He will also champion the cause of viable small companies with banks, encouraging lending to continue during the recession.

The Enterprise Champion will have the use of a physical office for meetings if required but will not have a dedicated staff. Support for his work will be provided by civil servants responsible for enterprise who will provide him with briefing and arrange visits relevant to their areas as part of their normal responsibilities.