Abstract: The UK Coalition Government is currently making major changes to the business support system with the intention of making it easier for SMEs to access support and to facilitate much needed business growth. This marks a fundamental shift towards private sector based provision with public agencies no longer providing direct support to businesses themselves but setting the framework for accessing private sector support. Business Link, the main public provider of business support since 1994, is being remodelled as a web based support system whilst the Government is relying on recruiting a national network of up to 40,000 experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new businesses and provide coaching to high growth potential businesses.
It is against this policy context that CEEDR was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) earlier this year to undertake a comprehensive study of the use and non-use of business support, distinguishing between private and public sector support providers. A telephone survey of 1200 SMEs was undertaken in March 2011 and the report published by BIS in July. The seminar will focus on some of the key research questions including:
The speakers for this seminar are Professor David North and Dr Rob Baldock, of Middlesex University.
Location: Model Farmhouse, Barn 2, Hendon campus.
Further information: Postgraduate and PhD students are particularly welcome, but anyone is free to attend. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Pamela Macaulay: firstname.lastname@example.org
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