The UK government is seeking to foster a homegrown software industry that can compete on the global stage. Yesterday, minister for small business Barbara Roche announced the setting up of the Software Business Network, which will provide young software houses with advice, training and discussion groups.
The funding for the initiative will come from a mixture of public and private funds, with Microsoft? s Bill Gates and BT lending their support.
?Entrepreneurs and small start-up businesses with creative ideas and innovative products often find it hard to grow because they need to gain management skills, experience and access to finance before they can hope to realise their true potential,? commented Roche.
The Network will have local and regional forums with managers coordinating events and services. These will include training needs analysis, business mentoring, discussion groups and online information services. There will also be experts offering introductions and matching with potential investors.
But some analysts criticise the concept of the ?self help collaborative network?, as Roche calls it, for being ?good window dressing for the government without any real substance that will help UK companies compete on a level playing field with the US?.
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