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Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to Great Grimsby constituency, the effects of his Department's policies on that constituency since 1997. (320182)

The policies and actions of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and its predecessors, have focused on building a competitive economy and on delivering prosperity and sustainable economic growth. The implementation of BIS policy in the Yorkshire and the Humber region has been taken forward primarily by the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward and the Government office for Yorkshire and the Humber, working in partnership with the local authority and other relevant bodies. The Government and their regional and local partners have responded vigorously to the global recession, providing assistance to businesses and individuals. Statistical information at constituency level is limited. Information has therefore been provided for north-east Lincolnshire local authority area, which includes the Great Grimsby constituency. Examples of how BIS policies and actions have impacted on north-east Lincolnshire include:

Levels of skills in the working age population have increased in north-east Lincolnshire since 1999 although they remain below the regional and national averages:

Performance at NVQ Level 1 and above has increased from 67.8 per cent. to 77.9 per cent.

Performance at NVQ Level 2 and above has increased from 46.5 per cent. to 59.2 per cent.

Performance at NVQ Level 3 and above has increased from 29.0 per cent. to 31.6 per cent.

Performance at NVQ Level 4 and above has increased from 14.8 per cent. to 16.8 per cent.

The proportion of the working age population with no qualifications has decreased from 23.2 per cent. to 10.3 per cent.


Local Area Labour Force Survey (LALFS)/Annual Population Survey(APS)

The stock of VAT registered businesses in north-east Lincolnshire has increased from 3,735 businesses in 1997 to 3,820 in 2007.


BIS VAT registrations/deregistrations by industry

The proportion of business registrations (including VAT and PAYE) per 10,000 resident population aged 16 and above in north-east Lincolnshire has increased from 41.5 in 2002 to 42.5 in 2008.


BIS Enterprise Directorate Data

The percentage of small businesses showing growth in number of employees in north-east Lincolnshire has increased from 12.3 per cent. in 2003 to 14.7 per cent. in 2008.


BIS National Indicator Data

The average gross full-time weekly earnings in north-east Lincolnshire have risen from £342.30 in 2002 to £451.60 in 2009, an increase of 32 per cent.


Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)

In support of its objective of promoting business efficiency, investment and competitiveness Yorkshire Forward has provided grants for businesses through the Selective Finance for Investment (SFI) scheme, which started in April 2004, and its successor the Grants for Business Investment (GBI) scheme, which started in October 2008. Yorkshire Forward has made 24 SFI and GBI grant offers to businesses in north-east Lincolnshire totalling £7.7 million, creating or safeguarding 1,663 jobs. Yorkshire Forward has also provided grants to support research and development by small and medium-sized businesses, through the SMART scheme and its successor, the Grants for Research and Development scheme. Since 2000, Yorkshire Forward has offered five research and development grants totalling £164,852 million to small and medium-sized businesses in north-east Lincolnshire.

Since 2008, Business Link Yorkshire has been the single contact point for all publicly funded support available to businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber. This has made it easier for businesses to access information, advice and support on issues including business regulation, best practice, marketing, innovation, financial support and help with exporting. For example in 2009/10 to date, Business Link Yorkshire has helped 1,260 businesses in the north-east Lincolnshire area and 256 individuals thinking of starting a business. As part of the Government's Real Help Now package we are providing more help for businesses to survive during the current economic conditions. Since October 2008 this has included a free Business Link health check which can be a useful starting point for identifying further business support tailored to the needs of individual companies. To date Business Link Yorkshire has arranged 373 health checks for small and medium-sized businesses in north-east Lincolnshire. In addition, the Yorkshire Forward funded Financial Health Check, which offers a grant of £2,000 for accountants to carry out a full review, has benefited 35 businesses in north-east Lincolnshire.

BIS also supports the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI) programme, which was announced by the Chancellor in 2005 to promote enterprise in the country's more deprived areas boosting local incomes and employment opportunities, and building sustainable communities. North-east Lincolnshire was awarded £18.7 million for its LEGI programme (“e-factor”) in December 2006. Since the programme began, e-factor has, with LEGI funding:

helped over 450 business start-ups

given assistance to over 400 businesses

created over 450 new jobs

helped over 250 people off benefits

had 30 businesses register for VAT.

For further information on Great Grimsby, the Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at