||<p>As set out in my responses to PQ <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2017-06-21/411/"
target="_blank">411</a> and PQ <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2017-07-03/2586/"
target="_blank">2586</a> the UK and Scottish Governments have been in discussion at
both ministerial and official levels.</p><p> </p><p>Business support in Scotland is
largely devolved however, the department engages with all the devolved regions on
a number of initiatives aimed at supporting small businesses. Government programmes,
backed by the British Business Bank (BBB), the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme
(EFGS) and Innovate UK are investing over £700m to support around 4,500 Scottish companies
including: -</p><p> </p><ul><li>BBB programmes are currently facilitating approximately
£405m of finance in Scotland.</li><li>Over 2,600 loans totalling over £15m via the
Start-Up Loans programme. The Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme is currently facilitating
over £61m of finance to 700 businesses in Scotland.</li><li>The Investment Programme
is currently facilitating over £214m of finance to over 1,000 businesses.</li><li>Innovate
UK is committed to support some 206 innovation projects and to invest £28.8m.</li></ul>