Red Tape

The Red Tape small business archive.


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.


Small business owners have ‘made their voices heard’ in election

SMEs are in favour of the Conservatives' overall majority, supporting the party's pledge to cut red tape and review business rates.  


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. 

Finding and selling to customers

How new EU distance selling regulations affect small businesses

Rik Hellewell discusses how changes to EU distance selling regulations could be problematic for small enterprises.


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.

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16 ways to improve your business cash flow

Read here for 16 tried and tested tips and tricks to improve potential cash flow problems

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Agility – the new rocket fuel for today’s SMBs

How Microsoft Teams is helping small businesses stay nimble

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Six ways to boost your small company’s culture with technology

Getting the most from Microsoft Teams to help build a common purpose and connection within your business

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Five ways to boost SMB cyber defence so you can focus on growth

Want to boost your cybersecurity? Check out these five ways to strengthen your defences against attacks