Cameron: Businesses say red tape 'holding them back'

Cutting thousands of pages of bureaucratic guidance will mean the Government becoming the first administration in modern history to have reduced red tape for businesses over the course of a parliament, David Cameron has claimed.

Cameron dismisses 'poison licence to sell oven cleaner'

David Cameron has cited a rule that insists shopkeepers apply for a poison licence to sell oven cleaner as one of a list of "crazy examples dreamt up" by "Whitehall bureaucrats".

Let me just give you a few more crazy examples dreamt up in the past by Whitehall bureaucrats. Employees used to be able to sue their employer if they were insulted by a customer.

We’ve changed the Equality Act to stop that. Shopkeepers used to need a poison licence to sell oven cleaner – we’re scrapping that.

– David Cameron in a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses

Cameron: We should 'get out of the way' of businesses

In a speech to the Federation of Small Businesses, David Cameron has said that the Government needs to "get out of the way" of business.

Mr Cameron said: "There are areas where government needs to get out of the way of small business success."

He added that he doesn't want to see high streets being "hollowed out" and instead wants to see shops thrive.

"I really want to see our high Streets be a success, I don't want to see a hollowing out of our high streets," he said.

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Cameron: Businesses say red tape 'holding them back'

Cutting thousands of pages of bureaucratic guidance will mean the Government becoming the first administration in modern history to have reduced red tape for businesses over the course of a parliament, David Cameron has claimed.

We will be the first government in modern history to finish a parliament with less regulation in place than we started with.

Now I know that doesn't sound a huge amount but... small businesses, they have always been saying it's the red tape as much as the taxes and other things that are holding them back.

And if we want a recovery for all, and in every part of the country, small business is the lifeblood of our economy. Over 90% of firms are small firms, they account for 60% of private sector employment. They are the ones that are going to provide the jobs and the growth and I want to help them.

– David Cameron speaking on BBC Radio 4

FSB: 'Large companies need to pay small firms on time'

Large companies should help support smaller firms by paying them promptly, a business leader has urged.
Large companies should help support smaller firms by paying them promptly, a business leader has urged. Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

Large companies should help support smaller firms by paying them promptly, a business leader has urged.

The Government should also do more, by reforming business rates and improving access to finance, said the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).Policy chairman Mike Cherry said supporting small firms should not be a "nice to have" afterthought to policymaking.

Speaking ahead of the FSB's policy conference in London, he said:

"The Government must focus on how they can support these businesses in job creation and growth while the UK's large businesses need to play their part too in supporting ambitious small businesses, for example through paying their smaller suppliers promptly."

The FSB has described business support as "congested and confusing", saying the system in the United States should become a model for the UK.

Changes will support 'unsung heroes of our economy'

This is an historic moment for the FSB and the UK's millions of small businesses - the unsung heroes of our economy. We are delighted David Cameron will be joining us in celebrating the hardworking men and women whose businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and local communities.

As all recognise, small firms are central to the UK's economic recovery. Having support from the Prime Minister and policymakers from all parties is critical to ensuring small business issues are front and centre of the economic debate around rebuilding and rebalancing our economy.

– Mike Cherry, FSB national policy chairman

Red tape cuts should save £850 million a year

The coalition is planning to scrap or amend more than 3,000 regulations from the "serious to the ridiculous", including rules that impose bigger windows on new buildings to allow for a "dirt factor" instead of assuming people will clean them.

  • Among the 80,000 documents of environmental guidance to be significantly cut back are:
  • 286 pages of regulations on hedgerow maintenance and
  • 380 pages on waste management
  • Around 100 housebuilding standards will also be slimmed down to fewer than 10
  • The changes will lead to savings of more than £850 million a year

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Cameron to slash 'crazy' red tape

Cameron to slash 'crazy' red tape.
Cameron to slash 'crazy' red tape. Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA/Press Association Images

Thousands of pages of "crazy" guidance that tells businesses and builders how to do everything from dealing with the problem of dirty windows to cutting hedgerows will by slashed by up to 90%, David Cameron will pledge today.

The Prime Minister will tell business leaders that the coalition will be the first government in modern history to have reduced the overall burden of red tape business, saving more than £850 million a year.