The factsheets on lap-dancing, escort work and stripping were produced by COBRA -The Complete Business Reference Adviser. The firm behind it, Cobweb Information, says it provides several thousand "practical, factual and digestible" reports, guides, factsheets and reference resources.
Its website says it covers hundreds of the most common -and many of the less common- small business trades, sectors and professions. The Welsh Government has now removed links to the factsheets from the Big Ideas Wales website, which aims to help young people start their own businesses.
The Welsh Government says an 'external third party' provided factsheets on lap-dancing, stripping and escort work that could be reached from its Big Ideas Wales website. An urgent investigation was ordered by the First Minister after he was told about the links during questions in the Senedd.
Immediate action was taken once we were made aware of the issue with access to the factsheets being blocked from the business.wales and Big Ideas Wales websites. The factsheets were among hundreds provided by an external third party provider COBRA, which also provides business start up information to other government organisations and bodies, including libraries, banks and universities, across the UK.