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Business: Merseyside

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department has provided to (a) small and (b) medium-sized businesses in (i) Merseyside and (ii) Crosby constituency during the economic downturn. (283185)

SMEs in Merseyside and Crosby are supported by the Northwest's Framework for Action which was launched in February 2009. The framework sets out a parallel process to stabilise a business in difficulties and to engage JobCentre Plus and LSC to support those made redundant or at risk. Businesses can access the full package of support by contacting Business Link Northwest. Business support includes Business Finance, Skills and Development and Innovation and Efficiency.

A copy of the Northwest's Framework for Action has been placed in the House of Commons Library.