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Date:-   10 July 2006

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Government yet to deliver on business regulation

BUSINESSES are still waiting to see the Government's 'Better 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."

Young Entrepreneurs 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 Olympics

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 we have."

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