Red tape-busting site welcomed by FSB

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Red tape-busting site welcomed by FSB

Bruce Ackland
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed a new government Web site that helps local councils and businesses combat red tape together.

The site showcases five pioneering councils, Devon, Barnsley, Kirklees, Sutton and Oxfordshire, that have been granted Beacon status for their work in building successful partnerships with businesses in their area.

The new site will present the Beacon councils as Best Practice models to be followed.

Peter Scargill, FSB national IT chairman, said: "A survey we recently carried out showed that SMEs view red tape as the greatest barrier to growth and survival. The Web site is a step in the right direction and anything that helps businesses deal with the increasing amount of red tape is a very good thing."

The minister for small business, Nigel Griffiths, said: "Small businesses are the life blood of the economy. We need to encourage a light-touch approach to the enforcement of regulation, ensuring businesses are helped and coached into complying.

"A unified and simple approach to this is essential and I point to the work of these five councils and urge other councils across the country to follow suit."

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Local partners: www.localpartners.org.uk

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