Many people feel that starting a business is not for them, either because they’re worried about finding funding and making money or because they don’t think they have the skills or experience needed.
Also, research shows that existing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can be put off growing their business because of:
- lack of access to finance
- not being able to recruit people and lacking the right skills in new and existing staff
- day-to-day cash flow
Making the UK an easier place to do business
- a scheme with the Bank of England to enable banks and building societies to borrow from them at cheaper rates so that they can then lend to small to medium businesses (SMEs) at lower interest rates
- a new business bank that will provide more funding to SMEs
- working with private sector investors to provide government and private sector money to invest in SMEs
- investing in SMEs with government and private sector money through the Start-Up Loan Scheme, the Business Finance Partnership and Business Angel Co-Investment Fund
- recruiting young business owners to volunteer as enterprise champions who will go into schools and talk to young people about running their own business
- working with schools and colleges to promote schemes such as ‘Tenner’ which gives £10 to each student to start a business and ‘Enterprise Village’ which helps schools to set up businesses
We’ve launched websites that provide information to SMEs on how to run and grow their business – Business in You, GrowthAccelerator, Mentorsme and Manufacturing Advisory Service.
The number of private sector businesses in the UK increased to 4.8 million at the start of 2012 – a record high. Barclays estimate there were just under 500,000 business start-ups in England and Wales in 2011; also a record number and 12,700 (2.6%) more than in 2010.
In the same period about 500,000 businesses closed. Businesses have told us that they need access to finance and less red tape in order to keep running.
We’ve developed our policies to support start-ups and SMEs so that they can continue to grow and make a contribution to the economy and so that they get access to finance and support that hasn’t been previously available.
We work closely with businesses, financial institutions and other government departments to help make sure the environment is right for UK businesses to start up, grow and succeed. Our work covers:
- better regulations to make doing business easier
- tax: working with HM Revenue & Customs who are introducing a range of measures to help start-ups and SMEs including a National Insurance holiday for the first year of employing people, reduced Corporation Tax and a Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)