By Max Clarke

If the Red Tape Challenge isn’t enough, the Coalition Government has today unveiled a new challenge in their battle of rhetoric against burdensome regulation.

In a subtle divergence from the Red Tape Challenge, the new drive is aimed not at the rules themselves, but instead at the over zealous enforcers who ‘tick-box’ approach to regulation.

The new drive is a direct result of comments already made by the public as part of the Red Tape Challenge. The Government wants people to use their experience of different regulators and say where tick-box regulation, multiple inspections and conflicting advice is getting in the way, harming their business and preventing economic growth.

“Inspections and enforcement are the most noticeable way in which business experiences regulation. The Red Tape Challenge has already highlighted a number of ways in which compliance problems are getting in the way of businesses, but we weren’t getting enough information on the problems. That’s why we’ve made this natural extension to the Red Tape Challenge as a direct response to the public’s comments,” commented Business Minister Mark Prisk.

As part of the focus on enforcement, three powerful players in the business world have been appointed ‘sector champions’, encouraging businesses and regulators to get involved in the Red Tape Challenge. They are: Martin Traynor, Chief Executive of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, Simon Topman, Chief Executive of Acme Whistles and Sir William Sargent, former Chair of the Better Regulation Executive.

Martin Traynor commented: “If the UK is to emerge from this recession then we need to carefully examine the issues that prevent our businesses from prospering. All too often red tape and regulation, and its enforcement, are seen as the biggest issue that stands in the way of growth. If regulators are going to tackle the issues around enforcement then we all need to better understand the problems businesses face. By working in partnership I am confident that we can build a better enforcement regime that meets the needs of both business and the regulators.”

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