Commenting on the Richard report into business support, released today, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "The current system of business support is beset by waste and duplication. This is a source of massive frustration for business and it is encouraging that the Richard report suggests proposals to tackle the issue."The Government's simplification programme aims to cut the number of support schemes from 3000 to 100 by 2010 and this will require a strong commitment at a central, regional and local level to achieve the step change in support that is required. "Today's report correctly identifies the importance of effective business representation; products that are based on business experiences and needs; and objective auditing processes. However, it is important that these changes do not disrupt the schemes businesses are currently accessing. The baby must not be thrown out with the bath water so that schemes that businesses do value, such as the Small Firms Loans Guarantee and the Manufacturing Advisory Service, are not lost."