It was with not a great deal of surprise but a sense of dismay that the news of the axing of Business Links floated across the desk.
This network of support centres not only helped establish businesses by advising on grants and how to handle the red tape but it also aimed to provide advice for entrepreneurs who were looking to become the next Bill Gates.
A lot of things are being shut down at the moment as the coalition government looks to cut left, right and centre but you do have to wonder about the wisdom of some of the cuts. On paper yes it looks like its easy money being clawed back but the long term ramifications of the measures are yet to be seen.
In reports the government minister responsible for shutting down the regional business links said that they spent too much time sign posting and not enough time advising.
Real people in real buildings are to be replaced by an online platform that will provide all the information the entrepreneurs of the future need.
This was first published in July 2010