Training and enterprise councils are required to include at least one executive on their board who has first-hand experience of running a small business.
§ Mr. Forth
Last year my Department's small firms service provided 50,000 counselling sessions for small firms and answered over 300,000 inquiries. Responsibility for small firms advice is, of course, being transferred to the emerging network of training and enterprise councils. In the training and enterprise council area that encompasses Southport the corporate and business plans are still under development. It is recognised locally that a full and comprehensive service to the small business sector will be necessary.