Bureaucracy in Europe not helping UK tiny firms

Despite the UK’s moratorium on regulation MICRO firms will still not be able to escape the effects of bureaucracy in Europe. For the next three years the government has put a stop on new domestic regulations for small businesses as of April 6.

But red tape that is originating in Europe is a concern of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) who says that nearly three quarters of the total costs of UK regulations comes out of Brussels where there has been over 100,000 pages of regulations since 1997 and cost around £109bn each year to businesses around the EU.

Micro firms will continue to be affected by these European regulations; Agency Workers Directive, the Parental Leave Directive and the Pregnant Workers Directive and the Regulation of working time for self-employed lorry and coach drivers. The FSB is pushing the UK government to initiate more change at the European level to stop the flow of additional regulations.

The FSB’s national chairman, John Walker says the moratorium on new regulations in the UK is very important for micro firms. We have welcomed the Government’s commitment to eliminate the burden of regulation but continue to worry about all the regulation coming out of Europe and how it will hit the smaller firms hard and how it will affect their operations.

Without the worry of constant change to the law and more regulations the micro firms can be in a much better position to plan their future, grow, take on new staff, innovate yet is also burdensome knowing that not all of the important aspects of employment regulations do not fall under the moratorium.