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star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Third Sector more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she has taken to promote (a) social enterprise and (b) other alternative forms of business. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 5003 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The Government welcomes the contribution which social enterprises make to local growth and prosperity in our communities up and down the country. The UK’s company law framework allows for a variety of business forms, in part to suit those adopting social or environmental purposes.</p><p> </p><p>We welcome the growth of purposeful businesses and have taken steps to encourage and enable this trend. The Government encouraged the business-led development of ‘Purposely’, a tool to help social entrepreneurs embed purpose into their businesses using the flexibility provided in the Companies Act; it also established the Inclusive Economy Partnership to harness the power of business as a force for good in our society; and it has supported the new Impact Investing Institute to grow social investment.</p><p> </p><p>Community Interest Companies (CICs) are a huge success story. They are delivering benefits to more and more of our communities right across the UK. CICs have grown exponentially since 2005. There are now over 17,000 now on the public register. They are promoted by the Regulator of Community Interest Companies, which is an independent statutory office holder appointed by my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State.</p><p> </p><p>The UK’s corporate governance framework has been updated to promote purpose in businesses. The UK’s Corporate Governance Code was revised, with effect from 1 January 2019, to promote the importance of having a clear corporate purpose. The Governance Principles for Large Private Companies developed last year by Sir James Wates do the same. Company reporting requirements, also introduced this year, now require companies to report how they have regard to wider societal interests within the meaning of Section 172 of the Companies Act.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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5004 more like this
5005 more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T16:53:08.67Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T16:53:08.67Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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1156204
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading New Businesses more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she has taken to encourage people setting up businesses to embed (a) social and (b) environmental purpose into their business structures. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 5005 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The Government welcomes the contribution which social enterprises make to local growth and prosperity in our communities up and down the country. The UK’s company law framework allows for a variety of business forms, in part to suit those adopting social or environmental purposes.</p><p> </p><p>We welcome the growth of purposeful businesses and have taken steps to encourage and enable this trend. The Government encouraged the business-led development of ‘Purposely’, a tool to help social entrepreneurs embed purpose into their businesses using the flexibility provided in the Companies Act; it also established the Inclusive Economy Partnership to harness the power of business as a force for good in our society; and it has supported the new Impact Investing Institute to grow social investment.</p><p> </p><p>Community Interest Companies (CICs) are a huge success story. They are delivering benefits to more and more of our communities right across the UK. CICs have grown exponentially since 2005. There are now over 17,000 now on the public register. They are promoted by the Regulator of Community Interest Companies, which is an independent statutory office holder appointed by my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State.</p><p> </p><p>The UK’s corporate governance framework has been updated to promote purpose in businesses. The UK’s Corporate Governance Code was revised, with effect from 1 January 2019, to promote the importance of having a clear corporate purpose. The Governance Principles for Large Private Companies developed last year by Sir James Wates do the same. Company reporting requirements, also introduced this year, now require companies to report how they have regard to wider societal interests within the meaning of Section 172 of the Companies Act.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
5003 more like this
5004 more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T16:53:08.797Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T16:53:08.797Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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2603
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4061
unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson remove filter
1156201
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Interest Companies more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she has taken to promote community interest companies as a form of business. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 5004 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The Government welcomes the contribution which social enterprises make to local growth and prosperity in our communities up and down the country. The UK’s company law framework allows for a variety of business forms, in part to suit those adopting social or environmental purposes.</p><p> </p><p>We welcome the growth of purposeful businesses and have taken steps to encourage and enable this trend. The Government encouraged the business-led development of ‘Purposely’, a tool to help social entrepreneurs embed purpose into their businesses using the flexibility provided in the Companies Act; it also established the Inclusive Economy Partnership to harness the power of business as a force for good in our society; and it has supported the new Impact Investing Institute to grow social investment.</p><p> </p><p>Community Interest Companies (CICs) are a huge success story. They are delivering benefits to more and more of our communities right across the UK. CICs have grown exponentially since 2005. There are now over 17,000 now on the public register. They are promoted by the Regulator of Community Interest Companies, which is an independent statutory office holder appointed by my rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State.</p><p> </p><p>The UK’s corporate governance framework has been updated to promote purpose in businesses. The UK’s Corporate Governance Code was revised, with effect from 1 January 2019, to promote the importance of having a clear corporate purpose. The Governance Principles for Large Private Companies developed last year by Sir James Wates do the same. Company reporting requirements, also introduced this year, now require companies to report how they have regard to wider societal interests within the meaning of Section 172 of the Companies Act.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
5003 more like this
5005 more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T16:53:08.747Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T16:53:08.747Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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1129047
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading 5G: Health Hazards more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if the Government will fund a study on the biological impact of 5G radiation after the UK leaves the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 259201 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
star this property answer text <p>Ministers have regular meetings with other ministers on a range of subjects. The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (their Executive Agency, who offer independent scientific advice) lead on health issues for Government.</p><p> </p><p>Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for advising Government on the public health aspects of exposure to radio waves, including those from mobile phone base stations and other radio transmitters in the environment. Central to this advice is that exposure to radio waves should comply with the guidelines published by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP); who are formally recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stourbridge more like this
star this property answering member printed Margot James more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
259199 more like this
259200 more like this
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less than 2019-06-06T15:10:35.647Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-06T15:10:35.647Z
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star this property label Biography information for Margot James more like this
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1129046
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading 5G: Health Hazards more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the effect of 5G on human health. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 259200 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
star this property answer text <p>Ministers have regular meetings with other ministers on a range of subjects. The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England (their Executive Agency, who offer independent scientific advice) lead on health issues for Government.</p><p> </p><p>Public Health England (PHE) is responsible for advising Government on the public health aspects of exposure to radio waves, including those from mobile phone base stations and other radio transmitters in the environment. Central to this advice is that exposure to radio waves should comply with the guidelines published by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP); who are formally recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stourbridge more like this
star this property answering member printed Margot James more like this
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259199 more like this
259201 more like this
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less than 2019-06-06T15:10:35.6Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Margot James more like this
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1156420
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star this property date less than 2019-10-25more like thismore than 2019-10-25
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Enterprises more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the global perception poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the UK has fallen from third to 13th place since 2016 in the list of the best places to be a social entrepreneur. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 5433 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-31more like thismore than 2019-10-31
star this property answer text <p>The Government welcomes the contribution which social enterprises make to local growth and prosperity in our communities up and down the country. The UK’s company law framework allows for a variety of business forms, in part to suit those adopting social or environmental purposes, and we will continue to look at what more can be done to support social entrepreneurship in the UK.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-10-31T08:22:03.173Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-31T08:22:03.173Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4061
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1156419
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star this property date less than 2019-10-25more like thismore than 2019-10-25
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Disadvantaged more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps she has taken to support the development of businesses in deprived communities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 5432 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>Across the UK, the Government-backed British Business Bank (the Bank) seeks to increase the supply of finance for smaller businesses and to reduce regional disparities in access to finance. The Bank’s programmes are currently supporting over £6.6 billion of finance to over 89,000 SMEs (as at June 2019). And through the Bank's Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) there is currently approximately £300mn of headroom available to lenders this financial year. There is also approximately £1bn of guarantee headroom currently available to lenders under the Bank's ENABLE Guarantee programme.</p><p>Government has also supported and invested in the creation of a network of 38 Growth Hubs in England – one in each Local Enterprise Partnership area) – to provide a free, impartial, single point of local contact to all businesses, no matter their size or sector, to access advice and support across the public and private sector: in 2018-2019 Growth Hubs in England supported over 121,500 businesses. At the end of FY18/19, Government had invested £56.4 million in Growth Hubs that helped over 9,500 individuals start a business achieving an average customer satisfaction rate of 81.45%.</p><p>Businesses in England can also access business support through GOV.UK, and the National Business Support Helpline.</p><p>Since Budget 2016, the Government has announced reductions to business rates worth more than £13 billion until 2021.</p><p>My rt. hon. Friend the Prime Minister has announced a £3.6 billion Towns Fund, including £1 billion for an accelerated Future High Streets Fund. Last year the Government also made a number of announcements to support High Street businesses:</p><ul><li>cutting the business rates bills of retailers by one third until April 2021 for properties with a rateable value below £51,000;</li><li>potential for up to 90% of retail properties in England to be eligible for the retail discount, worth almost £900m to businesses over two years; and</li><li>potential for retail discount to help a retailer save up to £8,000 off their 2019-20 bill.</li></ul><p> </p><p>At Autumn Budget 2018, HM Treasury announced that the VAT threshold will be maintained at the current level of £85,000 until April 2022. The VAT threshold is the highest in the EU and the OECD. It keeps an estimated over 3.55 million small businesses out of VAT.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-11-05T14:19:47.187Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:19:47.187Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4061
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1156197
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star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Enterprises more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she has taken to integrate social enterprise into the Government’s Industrial Strategy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>Social enterprise is very much part of the government’s vision for a stronger, greener future for the UK, where we lead the world in tackling climate change and improve lives by taking on the grand challenges facing our society. The Industrial Strategy provides a framework to take action against those goals by boosting productivity and earning power across the UK, and to make the UK the best place to work and grow a business. All enterprises are part of that vision, whether they retain or distribute profits, or re-invest for social or community purposes. Furthermore, the government welcomes the contribution social enterprise makes to local growth and prosperity in communities up and down the country.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-10-29T17:51:14.813Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T17:51:14.813Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4061
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1156198
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star this property date less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading New Businesses: Government Assistance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps she has taken to support (a) women and (b) people from ethnic minorities that want to set up businesses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 5002 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>The UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. Government is committed to supporting all entrepreneurs, whatever their background, to have the opportunity to make their business ideas a reality.</p><p>We provide support to all entrepreneurs to set up businesses through our online services on GOV.UK, the Business Support Helpline, and the network of 38 local Growth Hubs across England. In 2018, 47% of the Business Support Helpline’s callers were women.</p><p>We have been working closely with HM Treasury and industry to implement the eight initiatives from the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, to tackle the barriers faced by women when starting and scaling a business. We have set an ambition to increase the number of female entrepreneurs by half by 2030 – equivalent to an additional 600,000 female entrepreneurs.</p><p>The British Business Bank’s Start-Up Loans Programme provides funding and intensive support to new entrepreneurs, and has delivered over 67,000 loans, worth over £534m since it began in 2012 (as at end-September 2019). 40% of Start Up Loans have gone to women – worth over £198m. 20% of Start Up Loans have gone to BAME entrepreneurs – worth over £100m.</p><p>BEIS has also launched an independent review into Young Entrepreneurship, led by the Prince’s Trust, that seeks to better understand young entrepreneurs, including young female and ethnic minority entrepreneurs, the specific barriers and opportunities they face – such as access to finance, and networks - and what more can be done to support them to start and grow a business.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T16:32:03.23Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T16:32:03.23Z
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4487
star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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4061
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1133882
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star this property date less than 2019-06-21more like thismore than 2019-06-21
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Ministry of Defence: Procurement more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps she is taking increase the proportion of her Department's procurement with SMEs. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sefton Central more like this
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Bill Esterson more like this
star this property uin 267740 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is taking a number of positive actions to make it easier for smaller companies to do business with defence, for example launching sub-contract advertising on our online portal and engaging more regularly with smaller businesses to help understand the challenges they face. We are also introducing new measures to ensure prime contractors' pay promptly and working to improve the pipeline information that we publish.</p><p>The MOD Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Action Plan 2019-2022 was published in March 2019 and this sets out the actions we are taking in more detail. It is available at:</p><p>https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-small-and-medium-sized-enterprise-action-plan-2019-2022</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
star this property answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
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less than 2019-06-27T13:28:48.27Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T13:28:48.27Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Bill Esterson remove filter