Government to cut Business Growth Service programme

The government is set to axe its Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) and Growth Accelerator programmes as part of spending cuts, after leaked documents were sent to third party contractors that deliver the services regionally on behalf of the Department for Business.

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The initiatives are part of the national Business Growth Service programme that offers support to businesses who have the right level of ambition, capability and capacity to improve and grow.

An official statement on both the MAS and Growth Accelerator websites reads: "As part of the Spending Review settlement the government has decided to wind down the national delivery of the Business Growth Service. "On 26th November 2015 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) issued a formal instruction to providers of the Business Growth Service; not to enter into any further contractual commitments with customers after 23:59 Monday 30 November and that all contractual commitments should be honoured, as long as all support and related activity is completed by 31 March 2016."