Business management

EU business regulations need greater 'scrutiny'

The UK government does not interrogate legislation coming from EU as closely as it should and too often adopts a tick-box approach instead of applying a rigorous analysis of the likely effects of the regulations.

Regulation system needs 'wholesale review'

A business group has renewed its call for the next government to tackle the burden that over-regulation imposes on businesses.

Sickness presence may cost firms more than absenteeism

Businesses could be hit harder by employees coming to work when they are ill than by sickness absence, a new report has claimed.

New workers' pension scheme could 'deter' savers

The government’s new workplace pension scheme may be rejected by many of the employees it is deigned to help, the CBI has claimed.

Guidance on equality regulations too 'complex' for smaller firms

A document drawn up to help small firms comply with regulations that will be introduced under the new Equality Act could end up defeating its own objectives.

Late payments total billions for SMEs

Almost three-quarters of small firms have been hit by the late payment of bills during the past year, new figures suggest.

Recession takes its toll of training budgets

The economic downturn has had a significant impact on the funds invested by businesses in training.

Urgent action needed to improve management standards

Raising the standards of British business management needs to be much higher on the political agenda, it has been claimed.

Regulation burden is 'hampering' enterprise

The cost to business of complying with government regulation is running at £80 billion a year, a report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) has claimed.

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