HC Deb 03 December 1985 vol 88 cc145-6
9. Mr. Conway

asked the Paymaster General what information he has as to the number of small business clubs which have been established.

Mr. Trippier

The latest directory of enterprise agencies produced by business in the community shows that at least 53 local enterprise agencies run business clubs.

Mr. Conway

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Does he accept that small business clubs are a good way of encouraging training and of helping to find some solutions to the problems of small firms? If so, will he encourage their formation and promotion?

Mr. Trippier

I shall encourage and try to promote them wherever I can. It is interesting to note that, during the past 12 months, there has been a 50 per cent. increase in the number of small business clubs. I agree with my hon. Friend that they provide a useful opportunity for people to get together to exchange ideas and to consider promotional activities, and they also provide an opportunity for local business men to be introduced to suppliers and buyers.