Government challenges businesses to cut red tape

A different business market will be addressed every two weeks throughout the campaign. After you've had your say, ministers will have three months to explain why a regulation is required, or it will be scrapped.

Business secretary Vince Cable launched the campaign with the aim of reducing, sector by sector, the 21,000 regulations that affect businesses in the UK.

The challenge has kicked off with retail. So if your business has a problem with one of the 13 regulations governing premises and trading requirements - you can tell the government why it should be scrapped.

The sectors on the website (each for a two week period) will be:

  • Hospitality, food and drink (beginning May 5)
  • Road transportation (beginning May 19)
  • Fisheries, marine enterprises and inland waterways (beginning June 2)
  • Manufacturing (beginning June 16)

Some regulations, relevant to all aspects of business, will run across the whole campaign including:

  • Employment law
  • Pensions
  • Company law
  • Equalities
  • Health and safety
  • Environment legislation

Cable said: "Some of these regulations are there for good reasons, protecting employees, businesses or the public. But some serve no purpose at all. This is your chance to remove the unnecessary bureaucracy that stops your business from growing."

Visit the Red Tape Challenge website and have your say on the regulations hampering your business.

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