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News and analysis on excesses in bureaucracy that are hindering UK SMEs.The Red Tape small business archive.


Government slashes red tape for thousands of businesses

Business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg simplifies regulations for thousands of businesses, raises threshold for employee numbers from 250 to 500


Small businesses tied up with red tape: A myth or reality?

AXA's survey of small businesses finds few consider regulation and red tape is stifling their growth, but concerns emerge.


Cost and red tape are the biggest struggles for new SMEs

The biggest struggles for new SMEs in the UK are cost, red tape and understanding the legislation around how to set up a business.


Red tape seen as top barrier to entrepreneurship, says new report

Nearly half of small business owners say that too much red tape is the biggest barrier to entrepreneurship.


SMEs too busy battling red tape to focus on business growth

Hurdles like HR compliance, health and safety demands and pension admin are stopping owners from growing their enterprise.


Why red tape is not as bad as it sometimes seems

Here, we look at why regulation can actually be a booster for business.


FPB sets out its own manifesto for small businesses

A business lobbying group is calling on a future government to protect the interests of small businesses regardless of the result of next month’s election.


Concern over red tape and skills shortages for small businesses 

Half of small and medium-sized businesses are worried that tough legislation will hamper their ability to grow in the next 12 months.


Small businesses benefit from modernised street trading rules

Reforms to street trading rules will make them both stronger and fairer, a government minister has said.


David Cameron rails on ‘crazy’ business regulations as he announces 3,000 cuts

The prime minister has pledged to remove 3,000 business regulations which are holding back small business growth.


Small businesses to be greeted by cuts in red tape

Dozens of cuts to red tape are set to come into force in response to issues raised by businesses.


Budget 2013: the reaction

Experts respond to the 2013 Budget and explain what it means for small businesses.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

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