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This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on government support to business. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
02.11.2016Regional Growth Fund
This note examines the Regional Growth Fund, which is worth over 3.2 billion over the five years from 2011-12 to 2016-17. It is intended to promote the private sector in areas in England most at risk to public sector cuts.
06.09.2016Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
This standard note sets out the working of Business Improvements Districts in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It provides details on how BIDs may be constituted, with reference to key figures.
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
25.08.2016Support for Small Firms
This Paper is a guide to current government schemes designed to improve access to funding and other advice and support to the small firms sector.
14.06.2016Local Enterprise Partnerships
This note examines the history and current responsibilities of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
13.04.2016Green Investment Bank
The Green Investment Bank was set up by the Government to stimulate investment in green infrastructure in 2012. Privatisation was announced in 2015.
17.03.2016Enterprise Zones
The Government has announced the location of 44 Enterprise Zones in England, with plans for a further 4. Businesses in these small areas will benefit from tax and planning concessions and superfast broadband.
10.11.2015Policy on small firms 1997-2015
This Paper describes policy initiatives between 1997 and 2015 designed to meet the needs of small firms. It outlines their original purpose and what happened to them.
04.09.2014Business support schemes - statistics
Statistics on take up and cost of Government schemes that support businesses and SMEs
13.07.2012Support for Small Business
Government policy on support for small business has been evolving in the current economic downturn. This note covers existing arrangements and schemes introduced under the previous administration.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 1: Business, Culture, Education, Health and Welfare
The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.
07.10.2015Enterprise Bill (HL Bill 63 of 2015-16)
This Library Note has been prepared to provide briefing material ahead of the Enterprise Bill's second reading in the House of Lords on 12 October 2015.
21.08.2015Productivity in the United Kingdom and the British Economy Beyond Austerity
This Library Note provides background information on the approach set out in the Conservative Party manifesto to economic and fiscal policy and summarises recent forecasts for the economy. In addition, it provides background information on the UK's productivity performance and summarises the main elements of, and both political and other reaction to, the Government's productivity plan. It has been written to support the debates in the House of Lords on the subjects of the Government's productivity plan and the 'British economy beyond austerity' scheduled to take place on 8 and 10 September 2015, respectively.
30.04.2014Debate on 6 May: Actions Taken Following the Publication in 2013 of the Report of the Select Committee on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
This Library Note examines what developments have occurred since the Government's response to the report of the House of Lords Select Committee on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises was published in May 2013.
28.10.2011Debate on 3 November: The Creative Industries
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on the importance of the creative industries in the United Kingdom.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
15.07.2014Big Data and Business
POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
01.03.1991British Technology Group
This POSTnote reviews requirements for effective technology transfer and factors relevant to debate on British technology group's form after privatisation. POSTnote 22. POST. 1991.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
19.01.2010Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.
Government response. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
14.07.2009Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme.
Business and Enterprise Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
08.11.2011CHAMPIONING THE UK'S REAL-LIFE ENTREPRENEURS CAMPAIGN
That this House notes with concern the high number of people not in education, employment or training but with optimism the contribution that small businesses make to the economy and ...
02.11.2011REDUCTION IN FEED-IN TARIFFS
That this House regrets the Government's decision to reduce the feed-in tariff from 43.3p perkWh to 21p per kWh with effect from 12 December 2011; believes that this time frame is unfair ...
01.11.2011SIEMENS AND THE UK EXCELLENCE AWARD
That this House congratulates Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies in West Didsbury on being awarded the UK Excellence Award by the British Quality Foundation, voting ...
19.10.2011IMPLEMENTATION OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS COMMITTEE REPORT ON PUB COMPANIES
That this House welcomes the finalreport by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on Pub Companies (Tenth Report of Session 2010-12, HC 1369-I), which found that industry self-regulation ...
18.10.2011ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS STRUCTURES
That this House recognises the concerns of the Solicitor Sole Practitioners Group, which represents a third of the total number of law firms in England and Wales, regarding the introduction ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses