Small businesses ‘risk drowning in red tape’

Britain’s small businesses risk being submerged under mounting government bureaucracy, industrialists were warned this week. John Entwistle, president of the British Chambers of Commerce, told delegates at its national conference in Birmingham on Tuesday that employment laws, trades union recognition, the minimum wage and the 48-hour working week would impose heavy additional burdens on the […]

Britain’s small businesses risk being submerged under mounting government bureaucracy, industrialists were warned this week.

John Entwistle, president of the British Chambers of Commerce, told delegates at its national conference in Birmingham on Tuesday that employment laws, trades union recognition, the minimum wage and the 48-hour working week would impose heavy additional burdens on the business community.

‘We are in great danger of crippling small businesses under the weight of reporting and record-keeping requirements that will go with these measures,’ he said.

Entwistle urged the Government to promote conditions to boost enterprise.