Business Committee to examine how government can help firms embrace new technology
The Government’s Help to Grow schemes will be examined by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee in a one-off session that will also look at the relationship between management skills and digital technologies with increased productivity.
The session, on Tuesday 17 May from 11.15am, will see MPs question experts from LSE, Tech UK, the Association of Accounting Technicians, and the Federation of Small Business on the setbacks and successes of the state-subsidised Help to Grow Digital and Management Schemes.
The Help to Grow: Management scheme offers small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) training, mentorship and networking opportunities. The Help to Grow: Digital scheme offers vouchers that could save SMEs up to £5,000 on buying new software to assist with bookkeeping and customer-relations management.
Likely areas of questioning
The cross-party Committee is likely to ask witnesses about the level of take-up of the scheme, why UK companies have been slower than others to adopt new technology, and how those new technologies can cut companies’ carbon emissions.