6,000 Firms Call for Red Tape Cuts

More than 6,000 firms call for red tape cuts in first week of review

More than 6,000 small firms have responded to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge since it launched at the beginning of April and proposed specific cuts to business regulations.

Businesses of all sizes have been called on to vote online for which regulations should be scrapped, simplified or retained, following the Government’s pledge to review 21,000 statutory instruments.

The initiative will see regulations for different sectors being debated every few weeks. To date, individuals have only been able to propose reforms in the retail sector (for which the consultation runs until 4 May). Regulations in the hospitality industry, transportation and manufacturing sectors are next on the agenda.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said that the proposed reforms it had received so far for the retail sector included simplifying the age restrictions on buying products, and the use of metric and imperial measures.

“For the first time the Government wants to hear from those at the sharp end of the complex, sometimes overwhelming, amount of regulation.”

said retail sector champion, Dr Kevin Hawkins, adding:

“With the burden of responsibility on ministers to make a case to keep regulations, it’s your voice that will shape the decisions on the way we do business in the UK.”

British Retail Consortium director of business, Tom Ironside, said that after all the government promises to reduce red tape this was a good start.

“Red tape isn’t just an inconvenience. It ties up time and money that retailers would rather spend growing their businesses and expanding their workforces. It’s in everyone’s interests to make sure the regulations we do have are proportionate and genuinely needed.”

The review is due to be completed in April 2013.

To give feedback on the regulations under review, visit the Red Tape Challenge website.

More than 6,000 small firms call for red tape cuts in first week of review

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