19/11/12

Commenting on the announcement by Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Enterprise, on the new ‘One-in, Two-out rule’ which will apply to regulations affecting businesses and voluntary organisations from January 2013, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“Business welcomes the government’s efforts to deregulate. Unnecessary red tape costs firms time and money and can act as a barrier to growth. The new regime of ‘One-in, Two-out’ should go some way to reducing needless bureaucracy faced by companies.

“However, this rule will only apply to the regulations that are currently deemed ‘in scope’ of the system. This means that a significant amount of regulations affecting firms, including EU regulations, are exempt from this process. The system should be reviewed to ensure that relevant regulations are in scope, as this will help to reduce burdensome red tape that prevents businesses from growing, innovating and creating employment. Businesses are doing everything they can to grow in an uncertain economic climate and bold action is needed to deliver growth - part of that must be reducing the regulatory burden on companies.

"Regulatory reduction isn't just about Whitehall processes. Businesses on the ground must feel the load is lightening substantially too."

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business.

The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people. For more information visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk

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