Commenting on the announcement today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills around the Red Tape Challenge and the removal of some regulations for retailers, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Vince Cable is right that regulation is too often crippling small- and medium-sized businesses seeking to grow, and create jobs. There is no doubt that scrapping some of these specific regulations will have a positive effect on some firms in the retail sector.

“Through the Red Tape Challenge, Ministers have acknowledged that reducing the burden of regulation on business is essential to supporting economic growth. But we question how these incremental changes will deliver real change on the ground at a time when the government is introducing more big ticket regulation, for example around parental leave and flexible working. If we’re to see real economic growth in the UK, deregulation can’t be derailed by new and costly laws.”


Notes to editors:

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.

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