Red Tape

My 6-Step Red Tape Survival Plan

Mac Attram | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Mac Attram

Both the UK Government and the EU have recently declared that they intend to cut red tape. Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said that he said that he wants to get heavy handed regulators off the backs of small businesses. The UK Government believes that cutting over £10bn of red tape will boost British business's ability to grow.

Will the Conservatives Deliver Continued Economic Growth?

John Coldicutt | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Coldicutt

There is only so much we can draw from the Queen's Speech - as with any government, it will be judged on results rather than promises. Clearly, for the economy to really thrive, it's vital the Conservatives foster an environment which allows businesses across the UK to flourish. Only time will tell if David Cameron's Tories will succeed.

The EU Debate: What's Best for Business In Britain?

Charlie Mullins | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

It's always a controversial topic, but last night Lord Digby Jones, the former head of the CBI and former trade minister, navigated the tricky stretch of water between the UK and Europe in a speech under the scrutiny of an audience whose views of Europe most likely ranged from 'sceptic' to 'phile'...

Red Tape Continues Strangling the Economy

John Coldicutt | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
John Coldicutt

The £10 billion government has saved businesses over the past four years is a great start but if it doesn't do more to cut red tape for British SMEs, it's only a matter of time before we dip straight back into recession.

No Vote Creates Greater Uncertainty for British Business

Charlie Mullins | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

The dust has seemingly started to settle after the Scottish people decided that we are, indeed, better together, but it has led to a period of uncertainty that has the danger to damage both countries, the Union and our economy if it's not resolved.

Governments Must Do More to Help Charities Earn Public Trust

John Low | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
John Low

Unfortunately in too many countries charities face a climate of suspicion and repression. Heavy handed government policy and the politicisation of charity regulation is undermining the trust of the public which is vital in the development of a thriving charity sector and civil society more broadly.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Balls Vs Big Business

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 27 January 2014... 1) BALLS VS BIG BUSINESS If you want to know how upset big business and i...

Theresa May Told Off For Not Cutting Fast Enough

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been accused of jeopardising the government's "pro-business" agenda because of the slow pace of slashing red tape at the Home Office. ...

Curvy Cucumbers and High-Heeled Hairdressers Welcome in Brussels

Giles Goodall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

The EU gets a lot of bad press in Britain for its perceived addiction to pointless and occasionally bizarre regulations. Who could forget the reports about straight bananas, fishermen's hairnets and a ban on topless builders?

Million Youngsters' Job Hopes Blighted By Red Tape

Posted 02.02.2013 | UK

Attempts to get more than a million young people into work are being hampered by excessive bureaucracy and central government control, council leaders...

'Stop Civil Servants Wrangling Over Red Tape Cuts'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK

The trade body for British industries has urged the government to get a grip on business red tape, which threatens to strangle the UK's economic growt...

Dear Mr Osborne...A Pre Autumn Statement Wish List From Business

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK

On 5 December, Chancellor George Osborne will take to the dispatch box and announce the details of his Autumn Statement, which will outline his plans ...

Cameron Under Fire From Environmentalists And Unions

PA | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK

The prime minister came under attack from environmental groups and trade unions after pledging to make government work faster by streamlining equality...

Bring on the Bonfire of the Red Tape - Don't Stop at Health & Safety Vince!

Charlie Mowat | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK
Charlie Mowat

If the government really wants to stimulate growth and give entrepreneurs the opportunities they need to bolster the economy, regulation needs to be relaxed right across the board. Reducing health and safety red tape for SMEs is a good start - let's hope TUPE is next on the list.

Students Banned From Pushing Classmate In Wheelchair..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students have been banned from pushing their classmate in his wheelchair as they have not been trained to do so. The secondary school, which will r...

Running, Shoes And Boys: The 'Health And Safety' Bans At School

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Health and safety are the three words guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of pupils across the UK. The triumvirate is used willy nilly by teac...

Demythologizing the Pregnant Worker

Rosalind Bragg | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK
Rosalind Bragg

It found that half of all pregnant women in the workplace experience pregnancy discrimination in some form. Of these, 30 000 each year lost their jobs as a result. That's just under 8% of all pregnant women at work who were sacked or harassed out of their employment.

School Bans Blu-Tack From Classroom As It 'Might Explode'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers at a Scottish primary school have been barred from using blu-tack after being told it "might explode" if it comes into contact with glass. ...

Lords Reform Bill Confirmed In Queen's Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 09.05.2012 | UK Politics

The Queen has formally opened the new session of Parliament and - as expected - has outlined plans to reform the House of Lords and replace the appoin...

In Support of the Start-up

James Dyson | Posted 25.05.2012 | UK
James Dyson

In the UK, I've advocated for R&D tax credits to help ease the financial burden felt by many startups. And it's working. Small businesses often operate at a loss for the first few years. Tax credits allow these small businesses to make investments in workers, infrastructure or equipment - the freedom to build new ideas along with bottom line.

Ban On Teachers Giving Pupils Paracetamol Needs Slashing, Says MP

PA | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers are "perplexed" at rules preventing them giving painkillers to pupils suffering headaches, MPs were told on Monday. Education Secretary Mi...

Insurance Bosses Back Cameron, Promising To Pass On Savings To Drivers

PA | Posted 14.02.2012 | UK

The insurance industry has promised to pass on savings to customers after a cut in personal injury legal fees, Downing Street has said. At a summit...

Government Must Encourage Businesses to Plan for Long Term Growth in Order to Ensure Stability

Richard Close | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Close

The prime minister's recent pledge to tackle the bonus culture for executives is well-intentioned, but can only prove effective if companies are encouraged to put long term growth before short term profits.

Elf And Safety: Red Tape Cut For A Merry Christmas

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK Politics

Elf and Safety gone mad? The government has launched a fresh crackdown on health and safety bans with ministers saying they want to tackle Christmas "...

'Compensation Culture' Under Fire

PA | Posted 27.11.2011 | UK Politics

Britain's so-called "compensation culture" is expected to come under fire as plans to strip back health and safety rules are due to be published. A...