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Enterprise UK: Finance

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) total budget and (b) staffing cost was of each regional office of Enterprise UK in financial years (i) 2006-07, (ii) 2007-08 and (iii) 2008-09; what the equivalent figures are for each such office in financial year 2009-10 to date; and if he will make a statement. (316338)

[holding answer 8 February 2010]: Enterprise UK developed its network of regional hubs positioned in geographical areas with below average enterprise activity to provide additional support at a local and regional level. Enterprise UK has directed funding from its overall funding from BIS (outlined in PQ 2009/1257) as shown in the following tables:

Table 1: Cost of individual Enterprise UK regional hubs

£

Region/financial year

Total budget

Staff cost

East of England

2006-07

129,212

69,290

2007-08

191,744

94,204

2008-09

124,105

95,538

2009-101

84,556

69,598

North East

2006-07

2007-08

76,583

55,015

2008-09

89,683

61,473

2009-101

48,654

39,968

North West

2006-07

144,449

100,075

2007-08

237,023

156,738

2008-09

158,625

113,637

2009-101

105,343

84,117

West Midlands

2006-07

186,731

53,773

2007-08

234,988

84,289

2008-09

107,988

60,296

2009-101

54,486

40,556

Yorkshire and Humber

2006-07

121,364

73,284

2007-08

203,207

139,079

2008-09

148,511

103,179

2009-101

95,949

72,999

1 Figures from April to December 2009.

Table 2: Cost of Enterprise UK regional hub network

£

Financial year

Total budget

Staff cost

2006-07

581,812

296,422

2007-08

943,545

529,325

2008-09

628,912

434,123

2009-101

388,993

307,238

1 Figures from April to December 2009.

Each hub works closely with other local organisations to avoid duplication and increase additionality. 2009/10 conservative estimates for in-kind support put the hub network's impact in financial terms at circa £218,000 with a further £337,500 awarded as direct cash contributions to further expand the work of the regional teams in particular areas. Independent evaluation from the university of Glasgow found that Enterprise UK hubs 'had a substantial impact' within their target areas, 'considerable local influence', and 'largely offset what would otherwise have been a declining local enterprise culture'.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what Enterprise UK’s (a) total budget and (b) staffing cost was in financial years (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06, (iii) 2006-07, (iv) 2007-08 and (v) 2008-09; what it has been in each such case in financial year 2009-10 to date; and if he will make a statement. (316339)

[holding answer 8 February 2010]: The information is as follows:

Financial year

Total budget (£)

Staff cost (£)

2004-05

763,000

586,261

2005-06

2,000,000

570,916

2006-07

5,000,000

1,741,552

2007-08

6,000,000

2,498,013

2008-09

5,000,000

2,459,037

2009-101

3,650,000

1,810,410

1 Figures from April to December 2009.

Enterprise UK was set up as a campaigning organisation in 2004 by the Confederation of British Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and the British Chambers of Commerce, and continues to be led by their Directors General. Enterprise UK is funded by BIS to promote entrepreneurship in the UK, particularly amongst audiences that have characteristically strong attitudes towards starting businesses but have a below average proportion who actually do, such as young people, women and particular black and minority ethnic groups.

Programmes funded by BIS and led by Enterprise UK include Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Make Your Mark campaign and the Enterprising Young Brits and Enterprising Britain competitions. The organisation is able to leverage substantial in kind support to supplement its funding; for example in 2008-09 this included £2.3 million worth of time spent by leading UK entrepreneurs who act as ambassadors and mentors and £7.25 million media coverage. Funding for Enterprise UK from BIS has been reduced over the past two years, as the organisation has sought other funding streams and increased private sector collaboration for delivery of its projects.