The Government has blamed the collapse of its Consultancy Brokerage Service on “hostile articles” in the consultancy trade press, including Design Week.
The CBS was planned as a national database from where Business Link advisers could source services such as design (DW 8 September).
In a letter to shadow small business minister Barbara Roche, Department of Trade and Industry minister Richard Page says of the CBS: “The scheme was launched against a background of a number of rather hostile articles on the service in the consultancy press. As a result many consultants held back from registration.”
Roche has described Page’s excuse for the 3m service’s failure as “a cop-out”.