Support for small business
Standard Note: Last updated: Author: Section SN/BT/2992 13 July 2012 Marguerite Page Business & Transport Section

Government policy on support for small business has been evolving in the current economic downturn. This note covers existing arrangements and schemes introduced under the previous administration.

1  2  3  4  Business Link and other websites Current arrangements Current government policy on access to finance Schemes initiated by the previous government 4.1  Budget, March 2010 4.2  Pre-Budget Report 2009 4.3  Budget, April 2009 4.4  Announcements in January 2009 4.5  Pre Budget Report, November 2008 4.6  Announcements in October 2008 4.7  Budget, March 2008 5  6  7  Business Support Simplification Other developments Conservative policy prior to May 2010 2  2  3  5  5  7  8  8  9  10  10  10  12  12 

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Business Link and other websites

The most widely used source of advice for small businesses is the Business Link website. 1 The site includes listings of organisations providing advice to SMEs, and a search engine for businesses interested in attracting national or regional government assistance. 2 There is a search tool intended to help business ascertain...