HC Deb 15 March 1995 vol 256 cc625-6W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many new businesses have been established and supported by training and enterprise councils in Northumberland, Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and Teesside since 1988; and what is the total number of jobs created.

Mr. Paice

The numbers of new businesses helped under the enterprise allowance scheme and business start-up scheme since the start of the 1990–91 financial year to the end of January 1995 are shown in the following table.

TEC Total number of starts
County Durham 2,801
Northumberland 1,207
Sunderland City 1,100
Teesside 2,886
Tyneside 3,017

The first training and enterprise councils were set up in April 1990 and so figures for earlier years are not available.

National participant survey exercises conducted in the TEC era, found that, on average, approximately 0.3 additional jobs were created per business start-up scheme entrant. Local figures arc not available.

Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the estimated value in turnover added to local economies in respect of new businesses and the impact on economic generation of new businesses established and supported by TECs in each year since 1989.

Mr. Paice

Start-ups in England under the enterprise allowance scheme—known as the business start-up scheme from 1991–92—since the introduction of training and enterprise councils are shown in the following table:

  • 1990–91:—59,300
  • 1991–92:—41,800
  • 1992–93:—33,600
  • 1993–94:—34,500

Business start-up scheme participant surveys provide some information on the average investment in. and income from, these businesses hut it is not possible to quantify the value in turnover added or the overall impact on the various local economies.

This scheme has been the main, but not the only, source of TEC support to new businesses. TECs also provide assistance under contract to the Department of Trade and Industry and from their own resources.

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