I see the Forum of Private Business has estimated the financial impact of red tape on companies with fewer than 250 staff is more than £19 billion a year. The same report suggests that the compliance bill for firms with less than nine employees is more than £150 per employee. So despite the best attempts of DBIS to slash the red tape burden which I support completely , it still seems to be much too heavy. As the SME constituency is one which I often think doesn’t always get the support it needs , this blog will , in its own small way, attempt to draw attention to SME concerns ; of which I know there are many.

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