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19May94 UK: SMALL FIRMS MISSING OUT ON GRANTS.

Small contractors are missing out on grants of up to £2,500 intended to subsidise the cost of consultancy fees for BS5750 certification.The Department of Industry's Enterprise Initiative Consultancy Scheme allows small-and medium-sized contractors to apply for the grants.But the DTI has received just 4,000 applications and Board of Trade president Michael Heseltine has extended the cut-off date, originally set for the end of March, so that 10,000 small businesses can benefit.Bernie McQue, director of the construction personnel department at quality assurance consultancy Malcolm Hughes Group, said: 'Not enough is being done to inform small contractors and subcontractors that time is fast running out if they want to take advantage of the grants available.'Under the existing scheme, grants could cover up to 50 per cent of the costs of employing an external consultant. CONSTRUCTION NEWS