Business support

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

12.01.2016Enterprise Zones
The Government has announced the location of 44 Enterprise Zones in England. Businesses in these small areas will benefit from tax and planning concessions and superfast broadband.
30.12.2015Green Investment Bank
The Green Investment Bank was set up by the Government to stimulate investment in green technologie. This note includes details of its role and the Governments intention to privatise it.
23.12.2015Local Enterprise Partnerships
This note examines the history and current responsibilities of Local Enterprise Partnerships.
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.
09.06.2015EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas
If the UK left the EU, would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal. In some areas, the environment, for example, where the UK is bound by other international agreements, much of the content of EU law would probably remain. In others, the government might decide to retain the substance of EU law, or to remove EU obligations from UK statutes. Much would also depend on whether the UK sought to remain in the European Economic Area and therefore continue to have access to the single market, or preferred to go it alone and negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU. This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change be if the UK left the EU.
06.03.2015Regional 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.
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.
25.04.2012Lending to business
This note sets out statistics available on lending to business and discusses recent trends in the data.
03.06.2011The economic crisis: policy responses
This note brings together the various elements of Government action to deal with the current economic crisis

Lords Library Notes

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.


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

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

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


  • 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