Commenting on John Denham’s announcement today that £350 million will be offered to small businesses to help boost staff skills, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost, said:

“The economic slowdown is emphasising the UK's current skills shortages, so making more funds available to improve staff skills will benefit small firms. Of course, the available short courses must be relevant to actual business needs and not just pay lip-service to them.

“We are pleased to hear that John Denham intends to reduce bureaucracy associated with training schemes. But, we’d like to know how and when this will happen, as the Government has promised to reduce bureaucracy on numerous occasions in the past with few discernable results.”