Aid for small business revamped or canceled?

Rachel Bridge in The Sunday Times interviewed Stephen Timms, the new minister for small business on his plans for the Small Business Service.

First off it will be called Enterprise Directorate, now that should give you a hint of where this is going and sure enough:

“…. He said the name Small Business Service was also no longer appropriate because the service element had all been outsourced to Business Link. ….”

I’m not even going to go there – my readers will know how I feel about Business Link. But it gets even more unsettling:

” … But I think it is time for a new focus on growing the size of these businesses. ….”

This after he himself admits that 75% of small business owners have no ambition to grow their business. He wants to do more to encourage people to be more ambitious. We all know what happens when you get too ambitious, don’t we? It feels like Arctic winter.

The insults to small business carry on and on in this piece and I am left with a few questions:

  1. What is wrong with wanting to stay a small business and have some life balance?
  2. Why don’t they do the things we all pay them for, to make our lives easier, for instance by reducing red tape?
  3. Why are politicians, who do not know the first thing about running a business, always try to tell us, the business community, what we should do?

But it is not all bad news he wants to hear from us, he asked us:

Write to him at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET or e-mail him direct at

Here is an idea, maybe one could stop changing names so often, it would save money i.e waste less of our tax-payers money, be good for the environment, get people less confused and could – although I’m not sure about this one – increase productivity in these departments, maybe?

Why not write to him, I will?

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