Mr Stephens (UDM) asked if the the Department was financing research on behalf of small businesses. Many times, small businesses had to do research to see whether their business ventures were feasible. This kind of research normally cost and also has a risk attached to them.
Mr Stephens (UDM) said that co-operatives have a special place. He referred to business trusts and suggested that this be looked at as it was a simple structure. He felt something like this could be incorporated in the co-operatives legislation.