£35m a year for the Business Link website? Really??
Even if the Business Link website was any good, how is it possible to spend that much on it?
Opinion seems to have been split when new business minister Mark Prisk announced the Government was pulling the plug on Business Link: although many business owners have long considered it a total waste of taxpayers’ money, others sing its praises. But we suspect that whatever camp you’re in, you’ll be as horrified as us to learn that its (fairly unimpressive) website has apparently cost the taxpayer an extraordinary £105m over the last three years – despite getting just 1m visitors a year. As they say online: OMG.
It’s a huge sum, for what isn’t even a very good site. According to the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, the costs break down like this: £6.2m on strategy and planning (meetings, essentially; they must be racing through those chocolate Hobnobs), £4.4m on design and build (is the company concerned using gold Macs or something?), £4.7m on hosting and infrastructure, £15.3m on content provision (now there’s a good freelance gig) and £4.5m on testing and evaluation. As one flabbergasted developer told Cellan-Jones: ‘It’s a completely unfathomable number, I can’t imagine how that could be spent’. Join the club.
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