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Business: Stroud

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance the South West Regional Development Agency has provided to businesses in Stroud constituency during the economic downturn. (315884)

Data are not broken down by parliamentary constituency, but is available at local authority level.

The SW Regional Development Agency (RDA) provides the core funding for the SW Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Business Link and leads the regional co-ordination of eight Area Action Forces in the South West providing co-ordinated public sector support to companies affected by the recession.

The Area Action Force for Gloucestershire helped 108 companies between December 2008 and 8 January 2010 including 14 based in the Stroud district. Support ranged from help accessing training provision, redundancy support for staff, Job Fairs for staff and referrals to Business Link, SW MAS and other organisations.

Business Link engaged with 2,147 businesses in the Stroud District (10,605 across Gloucestershire) in 2009 of which 197 received intensive assistance. In addition, 220 businesses from the Stroud district attended Business Link Events during that period. The South West MAS helped 99 companies in Gloucestershire between October 2008 and the end of 2009 of which 26 are located in the Stroud district. These companies all received ‘Level 2’ intervention, which consists of a face to face business review with a MAS specialist and additional in-depth support if required.