Government yet to
deliver on business regulation
BUSINESSES are still waiting to see the Government's
Regulation' initiatives deliver practical results, according to
a new dossier of case studies from IoD members. Members from all
over the North West contributed including Cheshire Racing Leisure
Ltd in Liverpool, New Cheshire Salt Works Ltd. at Northwich and
Premium Appliance Brands and Texconi Ltd. in Warrington.
Complex employment law, the administrative burdens associated with
environmental rules and the anti-money laundering regime feature
strongly among the regulation headaches highlighted by IoD members.
IoD Director General Miles Templeman said:- "These first-hand
accounts show that the Government still has a long way to go on
tackling regulatory burdens. Although we support many of the current
"Better Regulation" initiatives, too many of them remain exactly
that - initiatives. The Government needs to deliver - quickly.
Our members will only believe it when they see a noticeable
reduction in the amount of time they have to spend on filling in
forms, dealing with inspectors and keeping up to date with the
latest changes in the law. Less time spent on these activities will
mean more time spent on developing their businesses, and that means
more jobs and greater prosperity in our economy. Most of the
case studies in this dossier have been submitted to the Cabinet
Office's 'simplification portal'. The Government now has 90 days to
respond with an indication of what action it plans to take on each
point - or an explanation of why nothing can be done.
We will be working with Government
officials to tackle as many of these problems as possible. In many
cases there is no need to change the law; it is a case of
simplifying a form or taking a more risk-based approach. We just
need to see the right degree of political will."
Go for Gold
LIVERPOOL pupils where limbering
up for the Olympics with experts predicting a golden future for many
of them. However it was not on the running track or swimming pool
that they are
excelling, but in the world of business! The city's top young
entrepreneurs who where competing in a special Enterprise Olympics.
At the event, that took place in the University of Liverpool's Carnatic
Hall on 6 July and 7 July 2006, teams from schools across the city where set
a challenge to develop a business proposal.
The winning team will received a cheque for £1,000, presented by
Mike Taylor, Chief Executive of Business Liverpool,
The Enterprise Olympics was developed in 2004/5 by New Heys
Community School and Broadgreen High School who received Enterprise
Pathfinder funding from the DfES to work with secondary schools in
the south of the city.
This year's Enterprise Olympics has been extended to all secondary
schools in Liverpool. The programme has enabled pupils in Years 9
and 10 to participate in enterprise activities which have enabled
staff to identify their most promising entrepreneurs. The teams have
taken part in an intensive training programme leading to Enterprise
Business Liverpool is the gateway for free business support and
investment in Liverpool and is a key partner in the Enterprise Olympics
which is also supported by Liverpool LEA, Enterprise Adviser Service
and Young Enterprise.
Mike Taylor said:- "The success of programmes such as The
Apprentice and The Dragon's Den shows how much interest there is in
entrepreneurship and I am sure Liverpool youngsters will show they
have embraced that sprit. Previous Enterprise Olympics have
shown that we have a great depth of business potential in the city
and I am sure this year's event - which encompasses the whole city
-will show just how many budding entrepreneurs with real potential