New guide to aid start-ups

Information collected from 40 government departments

The government’s business support service has unveiled a new resource to help entrepreneurs comply with regulations.

Business Link, the small business support arm of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), has launched its ‘No-Nonsense Guide to Government rules and regulations for setting up your business’ to help entrepreneurs running a firm understand what rules they must work within.

The guide pools together essential information from over 40 government departments, with advice specifically about the legal and official aspects of starting up, such as dealing with tax, data protection, taking on staff, government financial help and finding premises

The 2005 edition incorporates changes from the 2005 Budget, the latest legislation affecting firms and updated contact information.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to start up and to be able to deal with regulations quickly and simply,” said Mark Turner, head of Business Link Services. “Regulations should not be a burden to business.

“If they know where to get the best help and advice they can then concentrate on running their business and making it a success. By presenting everything in one, simple, easy to read guide, we hope businesses will be able to save time and find all the answers they need in one place.”

Business Link issued over a quarter of a million copies of the 2004 version.

Entrepreneurs may order the 2005 guide by calling 0845 015 0010 or visiting www.dti.gov.uk/publications.

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