The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has condemned the amount of red tape that is currently inflicted upon small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.
The group has demonstrated this point by highlighting the 73 recent new pieces of company legislation brought in by the government that will impact upon small companies.
Among the new regulations introduced recently are alterations to the Construction Industry Scheme, new measures regarding flexible working rights and anti-age discrimination laws.
David Frost, the director general of the BCC, commented: "Our biggest concern is that the checks are not in place to assess the impact of new regulation effectively.
"What is most worrying is that government is failing to think small first, when you consider that SMEs are the largest employers in the private sector and the drivers of growth across Europe this is a deeply concerning omission."
Many business start-ups are expecting to be inundated with requests from employees who look after friends or relatives for flexible working rights under the new regulations.
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