The government has launched a new website for all types of small to medium-sized businesses, which could also help intermediaries to cut the time spent on rules and regulations.
Businesslink.gov.uk has been created as an online service aimed at gathering all government information and services relevant to SMEs under one roof.
Its intended function is a "single point of access", making it easier for firms to find what they want from government without searching across several websites belonging to different departments, the Department of Trade and Industry - responsible for the measure - says.
Businesses should in particular gain from reduced time spent on rules and regulations, the DTI says.
The government intends to back up its new online service with events and seminars for firms that want to develop staff skills.
The site's launch comes in response to requests from industry, the DTI says.
Patricia Hewitt, secretary of state for trade and industry, is quoted as saying: "We've listened to business when they've told us what would make their dealings with government easier."
Clive Lewis, head of SME issues at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, believes the new site will "enhance the ability" of the institute's members "to access essential information on regulation, business support and government grants".IFAonline
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