Tags: Red Tape

The 30 worst threats to small firms

Prime Minister David Cameron has today welcomed radical business-led proposals to cut back EU regulation and to unleash the potential of the EU single market, helping European businesses to thrive in the global race. Thirty recommendations, drawn up by a taskforce comprising 6 heavy-hitters from the UK business community appointed by the Prime Minister, were presented to Cabinet this…

Employee shareholder status will create more red tape for businesses, says Law Society

Proposals for new employee-shareholder contracts are flawed and will lead to more red tape, rather than less, the Law Society warned this week. The proposals to implement a new employee shareholder status are contained within Clause 27 of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which is currently before the House of Lords. The Government said the…

Businesses to get their say on efficacy of appeals process

Business Minister, Michael Fallon, has confirmed that a review of the way appeals are handled by regulators will form the first stage of ‘bureaucracy-busting measures’ designed to reduce red tape on business. The Focus on Enforcement Appeals Review will allow businesses and other interested parties to take part in a review of the effectiveness of…

‘One-in, Two-out’ rule introduced to help businesses

Earlier this week, Business Minister Michael Fallon announced the latest Government step in its bid to reduce the burden on business by cutting the costs of red tape on business at double the present rate. The new ‘One-in, Two-out’ rule will be imposed from January 2013, and it will mean that every new regulation that…

Red tape blitz to boost business growth

Shops, offices, pubs and clubs will no longer face burdensome health and safety inspections, and over 3,000 regulations will be scrapped or overhauled. From April 2013, the Government intends to introduce binding new rules on both the Health & Safety Executive and on local authorities, that will exempt hundreds of thousands of businesses from burdensome…

Government responses on the Equalities Red Tape Challenge and reform of the EHRC

On 15 May 2012, the Government published a statement on the Equalities Red Tape Challenge by the Home Secretary and its response to the consultation on reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), including ‘a strong package of legislative and non-legislative reforms to clarify the commission’s remit, focussing it on those areas where it…

Goverment’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ is an opportunity to revitalise workplace pensions

Pensions experts have identified a shopping list of key areas where the Government needs to focus its energies if it is to meet its Red Tape Challenge and reinvigorate workplace pensions. These include the overly prescriptive rules on the type of pensions employers need to offer, and how employers communicate with the members of their…

“Employer Inertia” driven by fear of red tape and administrative headaches

A new report from Intuit, the QuickBooks small business accounting and payroll firm, today exposes the barriers preventing Britain’s 3.8 million class zero businesses – those businesses without employees – from taking the leap to becoming an employer and the concerns small business have with taking on staff.   One Giant Leap: The Vital First…

FSB: Regulation watchdog needs sharp teeth

The independent body set up to scrutinise new Government regulations needs sharper teeth to defend small businesses against poorly framed regulations, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned. A micro-business moratorium from new regulation was launched at the FSB’s National Conference in Liverpool in March 2011 and to mark the anniversary the FSB has…