Under Sector Challenge, an initiative introduced by the previous
government, organisations were invited to submit bids for government
money to fund projects to significantly improve the competitiveness
The consultation document 'The challenge approach to sectoral support
for business' has been sent out today to over 500 business
organisations, inviting comments on the challenge approach, whether
it should continue and if so how it might be developed to make it
more effective for business.
Companies and organisations should respond to the consultation
through their relevant sponsor departments. The deadline for replies
is 30 September.
Notes to Editors
1. President of the Board of Trade Margaret Beckett announced the
winners of the Sector Challenge initiative on 29 May (DTI press
notice P/97/352). 186 projects worth over£100m and covering a wide range of business sectors received support.
2. The initiative was aimed at bringing forward projects designed by
business to significantly improve competitiveness in individual
sectors of industry. The Sector Challenge covered all sectors of
industry and sponsor departments - DTI, Department of the Environment
Transport and the Regions, Department for Education and Employment,
Department of Health, Department of Culture Media and Sport, Ministry
of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Northern Ireland Office, Scottish
Office, and Welsh Office. The competition was led on behalf of all
Departments by the DTI's Sector Challenge Unit. However, there were
a number of reservations over the scheme, such the need for considerable preparatory with little or no return if unsuccessful and the danger that less well established sectors could be neglected.
4. Copies of the consultation are available from: DTI Publications,
Admail 528, London SW1W 8YT.
Tel: 0171 510 0142 quoting reference URN 97/800
Enquiries should be made to the Sector Challenge Unit, DTI:telephone