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Business: Young People

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to young people to obtain support from small business start-up schemes in Stroud constituency. (312756)

Young people in Stroud are able to benefit from a range of core services (see following list) provided by Business Link in the south-west. Support provided will depend on the needs of the individual and will follow the core Business Link IDB (Information, Diagnosis and Brokerage) Model.

Examples of the type of support available are:

The “gateway”—a helpline staffed by trained and accredited staff is the first point of contact for all business support inquiries.

Regional website—providing a wide range of support on all business topics.

E-alerts and E-newsletters—the monthly “Business-I” provides subscribers with information on relevant issues and updates, e.g. changes to legislation.

One to one advice—provided by a trained and accredited expert adviser who will review the a range of business topics resulting in an agreed business action plan.

Events—in addition to one to one advice, Business Links run advice workshops and seminars on specific or common areas of support, for example Start up Awareness courses or Business Finance and Financial awareness courses.