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News - 13 February 2009
Economic Partnership helps businesses feedback on red tape burden
At a dinner event held on 10th February 2009 by Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership(BHEP), on behalf of the Better Regulation Executive (BRE), businesses were invited to feedback their views on business regulation and suggest ways of streamlining the process.
The BRE works with all government departments to decrease unnecessary burdens on business from inspections and regulations; a role which is even more important in the current climate.
Businesses were given the unique opportunity to talk directly Duncan Budd, Team Director of Regulatory Reform at BRE, and his team about the government regulations that drive businesses mad and tell them what could be changed to save time and money.
Key themes which emerged from the discussion include:
- The burden of employment law
- The way new legislation is introduced and communicated could be improved to avoid breeding an atmosphere of fear in businesses
- Some legislative requirements appear to contradict each other and pull businesses in different directions
- The UK's interpretation of EU Directives is often more draconian than other EU countries thus increasing the burden on UK businesses
- Where legislation requires an element of self-regulation more training and support should be provided
- The advice lines and web based services currently available are not sensitive to business needs as they often close at 5pm and are not available on Sundays
The BRE team found the feedback useful and will update the BHEP on progress made in the near future.
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