Business, enterprise and innovation are important to the economic success
of the English regions, creating wealth and opportunity on which the
country’s social, economic and environmental well-being depends.
Government Offices have a role in ensuring that regional barriers to growth
are understood. We identify current issues affecting business and provide
feedback to departments related to their policy responsibilities.
Businesses looking for help and guidance, or people looking for help on
setting up a new business, can be found from your local
Business Link. For assistance on international
trade, contact UK Trade and Investment.
A skilled and flexible workforce is vital to the success of businesses in a
region, and the economic prosperity of the region as a whole. The GOs role
is to support development of new regional skills strategies, including
ensuring integration with Regional Strategies and supporting transition to
new skills delivery structures.
Delivering for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Most GOs have an ongoing responsibility for closure of the 2000-2006 ERDF
Programme for the eligible areas within their region. These Programmes
included sustainable support measures which aligned with similar activities
supported through ‘Support for Business’ programmes, delivered
by Business Link and other public sector agencies.
Key objectives of GOs related to business are to:
- support business and people in building the recovery
- ensure development of Regional Strategies which support economic growth
- implement effective sub-regional and local mechanisms to support
- support a business friendly environment
- ensure the RDA supports economic growth effectively
- support the implementation and consolidation of Business Support
Service Programme (BSSP) – Solutions for Business – at
sub-national levels and work with partners to ensure Business Link is
positioned as the entry point for BSSP.