The Forum of Private Business welcomes today's announcement by the Government of the merging of the Better Regulation Delivery Office and the National Measurement and Regulation Office with the intention of reducing the burden of regulation on small businesses.

Ian Cass, Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business said, 'Working with the Government on behalf of Forum members to reduce and simplify red tape is one of our key objectives. The merging of these two departments, and placing the reduction of the regulatory burden on businesses directly under the control of the Business Minister has to be good news for business, and should mean more time for growing business and less time filling forms in.'

The Forum’s survey in June 2015 indicated that the lost value to the UK’s economy as a result of red tape adherence as £41billion, with the relative costs growing at 8.5% per annum.

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The full Forum Survey is available on request

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it.

We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK.

Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.