Solutions for business: cross-product monitoring survey

Solutions for business: cross-product monitoring survey
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Braidford, Paul; Stone, Ian
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1 June 2010
Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship, Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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This report analyses the impact to date of six Solutions for Business (SfB) products: 

  1. Starting a Business (SaB).
  2. Intensive Start-up Support (ISUS).
  3. Starting a High-Growth Business (SaHGB).
  4. Innovation Advice and Guidance (IAG).
  5. Understanding Finance for Business (UFB).
  6. Coaching for High Growth (CfHG)

The Solutions for Business (SfB) portfolio of business support products was introduced in November 2008, as part of the Business Support Simplification Programme (BSSP), originally announced in Budget 2006. This reduced the thousands of publicly-funded support schemes, many of which delivered very similar support, to thirty SfB products, reducing confusion among applicants and resulting in efficiency savings by removing duplication and complexity from the system. From March 2010, Solutions for Business is the only banner under which government-funded business support products will be marketed, with Business Link as the main gateway for clients. Regional Development Agencies and local authorities are partners in the delivery of SfB and can decide whether all products should be offered in their region and the budget to be allocated to each.

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