DTI streamlines support schemes

PUBLISHED: 13:21 03 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 06 May 2010

THE DTI is spearheading a government-wide initiative to reduce the number of business support schemes from more than 3,000 to just 100 by 2010, in a bid to offer a more tailor-made service. Work will be carried out at a local, regional and national level

THE DTI is spearheading a government-wide initiative to reduce the number of business support schemes from more than 3,000 to just 100 by 2010, in a bid to offer a more tailor-made service.

Work will be carried out at a local, regional and national level, and will be done in partnership with regional development agencies (RDAs), other government departments and local bodies.

Chancellor Gordon Brown announced the move in his recent budget report.

It follows on from the success of the DTI's own business support simplification, which streamlined its own business support products from 150 to eight, each specifically tailored to meet customers needs.

Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson said: "The DTI's own streamlining has shown that with fewer, more sharply focused products, businesses find them easier to use and more investment reaches those who need it.

"We will continue to work closely with business and liaise with other government departments, RDAs and local bodies to roll out business support simplification at all levels of government.


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