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:
- 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.
“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