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CBI Recommendations In Line with RDA Plans For Development of Business Links

12 Oct 2005

England’s RDAs are determined to help make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business. Today’s report from the CBI is a valuable contribution to this challenge and chimes with work being done in the regions to help encourage start ups and to improve the support they receive.
Richard Ellis, the Chair of Chairs of Regional Development Agencies, said
“A dynamic start-up market is vital to the success of our regional economies. In the last three years RDA activities have added over 17,500 new businesses and we work with private and public sector partners to encourage entrepreneurs to make their business ideas a reality”.
“The support given to businesses at an early stage can make the difference between survival and expansion and we are using our new responsibilities over the Business Link network to ensure there is no wrong door on business support.
Business Link provides access to practical and impartial support, advice and information to help aspiring new businesses get started and deal with regulation as easily and quickly as possible. We are working with our partners in the Small Business Service to mould the Business Link network into exactly the sort of information, diagnostic and brokerage system that the CBI call for in their recommendations.”
Notes to editor

· Management responsibility for Business Link was transferred to England’s RDAs on 01 April 2005 in line with recommendations from the Spending Review.
· The CBI report ‘A more dynamic Start-up Market’ is available at

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