Tweet the government about Red Tape holding your business back

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It sounds like a plot from the Thick of It, but the new business minister with responsibility for SMEs, Anna Soubry, has announced that she wants SMEs to report the unnecessary Red Tape they encounter by using a dedicated Twitter #hashtag.

Her announcement in the House of Commons was met with derision from the opposition benches but Soubry assured the House she was not joking and said: “I am trying to make the very serious point, which may be lost on opposition members, that we want to hear from businesses, and indeed from anybody, about the red tape, regulation and the burden it imposes, notably on small businesses, so that we can cut it.”

So. Where’s the twitter handle and what’s the hashtag? I’m glad you asked.

The Twitter account in question belongs to the Better Regulation Executive and to get their attention use the hashtag #cutredtape

Will you be giving them any suggestions?

3 Responses

  1. is there much/any red tape?

    excepting HMRC there is very little business need for any contact with government and very little intrusive/obstructive activity on the part of government

    ‘red tape’ is an emotive and pejorative term – government efforts to ensure prompt payment by recalcitrant debtors continue – we hardly resent those do we?

  2. great we will now have a whole dept reading emails and tweets with a couple of dozen committees to evaluate them,

  3. “The Target: Reduce the cost of regulation to business by £10 billion”

    Cost of conducting this red tape review including various reports concluding what the average business owner already knows from common sense = £10 million?

    Can MPs not use common sense rather than wasting millions on reports and reviews? Or do they have no common sense?

    Most excess red tape should be obvious when we have gotten to the point of having to do a risk evaluation form to change a light bulb at work.

    It seems that we all need to be correctly trained on how to use a pencil nowadays as their is a risk that someone might poke their eye out without instructions on how to use it.



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