Tories announce plans to scrap Business Link
Shadow Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk has prioritised the scrapping of Business Link if the Conservatives come into power.
In an interview with The Sunday Times newspaper, Mr Prisk said that Business Link “is failing in its task” and he would like to see the return of business support being delivered by local enterprise agencies and local councils. He went on to say that Business Link is little-used and unpopular in the small business community, and that the Tories will fund business support through local agencies and councils for the first three years following the axing of Business Link, which currently costs the taxpayer £190 million annually to run.
Prisk says that it is time for civil servants to “halt the meddling” in how small businesses are run and that Government should take a “more hands-off” approach to small business support.
This announcement clearly has major implications for how business support might be run in the future, not just for Business Link, but also for the many other local and national support agencies that currently operate in the support sector.
But more importantly it has major implications for the UK’s small and micro business owners and start ups of the future, the very people that business support services and agencies are meant to serve.
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