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Government initiative to put regulatory reform ‘in the hands of business’

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Business Focus on Enforcement will allow industry groups such as trade associations to challenge problems including unhelpful guidance, inconsistent advice or duplicated paperwork and present the case for change directly to ministers and regulators. 

To ensure any business group has the resources to apply, a government grant of up to 4,000 per project will be available for groups to claim, covering up to half of the cost to a business group of running the six-week reviews. 

Business minister Michael Fallon said: “We want regulators to become part of our push for growth by helping law-abiding firms meet their obligations quickly and efficiently. Putting reputable private sector experts in the driving seat to identify where reform is needed will help us achieve improvements for business without compromising standards.

Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers organisation, said: All good businesses understand the added value of well-thought out regulation, and experience the frustrations of badly implemented regulation and poor guidance.

“Giving businesses a greater role in reviewing the impact on them of the way regulation is enforced is a significant change for the better. Ill be encouraging business groups from all sectors to seize this opportunity to eliminate the bureaucracy, duplication and lack of clarity that still impedes growth.

The bidding process is open from March 10 and all bid applications must be received by 17:00pm on April 7.

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