Firms warned to be switched on to TV license laws

One in five unaware of £1,000 fine and 'embarrassing' court trip

Small businesses have to warned that they are risking severe embarrassment, as well as financial hardship, if they don’t have a valid TV license.

The TV Licensing authority said that one in five UK firms either think they do not need a license or are unaware of the regulations.

Many firms are also unaware that the cost of a TV license will go up to £121 on 1 April.

The authority said that failure to have a valid license could lead to a £1,000 fine and an “embarrassing” trip to court – both potentially very damaging to the viability of a business.

According to TV Licensing, business sectors most likely to be without a license were:

  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Construction
  • Computing
  • Motor garages
  • Book and music publishers
  • Food and drink manufacturers
  • Real estate
  • Banking and finance

TV Licensing warned that it will be in towns across the UK checking that businesses have valid licenses in an attempt to cut the number of fee-dodgers.

Vanessa Wood, of TV Licensing said that small firms needed to check that their licenses were up-to-date.


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“Businesses, especially smaller businesses, can do without the embarrassment of a trip to court and a £1,000 fine.

“We would much rather that businesses were properly licensed in the first place but if they’re not, then they should know that they can expect a visit from our enquiry officers.

“Businesses should also be aware that the price of a colour TV license will increase on 1 April to £121, so it makes business sense for them to beat this increase by buying or renewing their TV license now,” she said.

For more information on TV licensing for small firms, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/business

 

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