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EU Policy – UK Business May 18, 2009

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eu-flagWith the European elections less than three weeks away Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is urging business leaders to consider the implications of EU legislation on UK business and the UK economy.

Liverpool Chamber’s Head of Policy, Maresa Molloy stated: “Business leaders need to be aware of the following key changes to UK legislation implemented by the European Parliament.”

  1. Agency Workers and the Working Time Directive
  2. Pregnant Workers
  3. Small Business Act. & 3a. European Company Statute
  4. Regulatory Reform
  5. Late Payment Directive
  6. Services Directive.
  7. EU Recovery Plan.


Cost Of Regulation On British Business Rises To £77 Billion March 31, 2009

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BCC crop The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today released its 2009 Burdens Barometer – the first time it has been published during a recession.

The Barometer shows that the cumulative cost to business of new regulation since 1998 has risen to £76.81 billion. This is a jump of over £10 billion from last year.

There is a positive note to this year’s Barometer with 18 regulations since 1998 now producing a total saving for business worth £1.4 billion. This is evidence that the government’s better regulation agenda is beginning to do its job. However, considering the current financial pressures on many firms, much more needs to be done to immediately reduce the overall burden.

With business cash-flow being severely squeezed and many good firms going bust, the uncomfortable truth is that despite three Acts of Parliament designed to reduce the regulatory impact, the steady increase continues.

In 2007/08, companies were hit with 19 new regulations costing them £1.75 billion.

The two most burdensome regulations in the Barometer are:

  • Working Time Regulations 1999. To date this has cost business £17.8 billion with a recurring annual cost of £1.8 billion.
  • Vehicle Excise Duty (Reduced Pollution) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 (EU Pollution Directive 98/69/EC). To date this has cost business £10.4 billion with a recurring cost of £1.2 billion.

Commenting David Frost, Director General of the BCC, said:

“Businesses are facing the toughest economic environment for a generation. Company cash-flow is being squeezed and unemployment is growing as a result.

“The government needs to get serious about reducing the massive burden of regulation on business. Cutting unnecessary burdens and announcing a moratorium on new regulations set to come in this year, is one way of providing instant and inexpensive help to British firms.”

Professor Francis Chittenden of Manchester Business School, said:

“After more than a decade of uncontrolled and often ineffective regulation, government must build on these welcome early signs of improvement by introducing regulatory budgets to contain the flow of new burdens on business.”

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Changes To Gas Safety Registration March 27, 2009

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NewLogo Gas Safe Register™

Gas safety in Great Britain is changing. CORGI gas registration ends in Great Britain on 31 March and will no longer apply to gas safety law.

From 1 April, all gas engineers must be on the new Gas Safe Register™ to do gas work lawfully.  So from April, always ask for a Gas Safe registered engineer.  And always ask to see their ID card. Be gas safe.

For more information go to www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500.

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Are You Ready For REACH? September 22, 2008

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Get Registered for REACH

What is REACH?

REACH is a new EU law on chemicals.  It deals with Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals.

Under the new legislation, all chemicals manufactured, sold, used or distributed within the EU must be registered and approved by the European Chemicals Agency.

The new regulations will be phased in over 11 years. However, to benefit from the phase in period, you must pre-register your chemicals by 30 November 2008. If you do not pre-register, you will have to register your substance immediately from 1 December 2008 to continue to market and use them legally.

How could it affect your business?

If you are a manufacturer or importer of chemicals, you must register your chemicals. If you do not pre-register the chemicals you manufacturer or import before 30 November, or register them from 1 December, you will not be able to legally manufacturer or import them.

If you are a user of chemicals, you should talk to your suppliers to ensure that the chemicals you use will still be available. If you use chemicals or preparations containing chemicals in an unusual way, you may need to register this.

What action do you need to take?

Can Liverpool Do Better Than The UK Economy? August 19, 2008

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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is hopeful that Merseyside may be less affected by the threat of recession than the country as a whole. The quarterly UK economic forecast released by British Chambers highlights a significant worsening in UK economic prospects and predicts an increase in unemployment across the country of 250,000 to 300,000 people although the organisation remains hopeful that a major recession can be avoided.

Jack Stopforth, Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce says: “While these latest figures are worrying they do not confirm a trend. All businesses will feel some impact from the worsening position in the wider economy, we remain cautiously optimistic that Merseyside businesses are doing better than most.

“In our survey of members for the second quarter of this year there was clear evidence that the trading environment was very tough with half of the companies who responded having to face rising raw material and overhead costs and a general slowdown in new orders and sales. Despite this, 33% of companies reported growing employment compared to only 13% reducing jobs with the majority of new posts being full time.”

“We have seen some high profile failures in recent months, and there has been a predictable downturn in construction but most sectors have performed well, including local retail, which is bucking the national trend by exhibiting growth. There is also anecdotal evidence that the hospitality sector is doing well with record numbers of visitors coming to the city and our growing base of technology and innovation based businesses are expected to be less affected by the general trend.

“We believe that there are local factors that provide at least some short term insulation against the worst of the credit crunch. But our national body, British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has warned of a “serious risk” of recession, nationally, following its business confidence survey and so this is no time for complacency in any sector”.

Liverpool Chamber’s latest economic survey has just been circulated to members and the results will be released along with the results of the national survey in early October.

Get Ready For Display Energy Certification July 4, 2008

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  • Do you occupy a public building of more than 1000m2? and
  • Is your building occupied or part-occupied by a public authority or institution providing a public service? and
  • Is your building visited by large numbers of the general public?

If so, from October 1st 2008 the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive makes it compulsory for you to have a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). This rates the operational performance of your building in terms of CO2 emissions. You also need an advisory report, which highlights cost effective measures you can implement to improve energy performance.

Free Employment Law Breakfast Seminar June 2, 2008

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Randstad  Employment Bureau is organising a seminar entitled ‘Essential Employment Law update – who is liable?’ to be held at 1 Temple Square, 24 Dale Street, on Thursday 26 June between 8.45am – 11am

The seminar is being held in conjunction with Canter Levin & Berg solicitors and William Burrows, Head of Employment Law will be discussing actual case studies to bring the facts to life.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Sadie Besley, Branch Manager on 0151 242 6280 or by email at sadie.besley@uk.randstad.com

New Charges For REACH Regulations May 22, 2008

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The European Commission adopted the fees and charges that will be applicable under the new REACH regulation on 16 April. The charges will be for the registration, evaluation and authorisation of all chemicals manufactured or imported in the EU and will range from €1600 to €31000.

In order to keep the burden on SMEs to a minimum, the Commission has developed a policy of reduced registration fees for different groups of companies; 30% for medium companies, 60% for small companies and 90% for micro companies. There will also be a 25% reduction for firms that cooperate on registrations due to the reduced workload for the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

REACH requires that all substances manufactured or imported in the EU in quantities above 1 tonne per year be registered as from 1 June 2008. Extended registration deadlines apply if the substances have been pre-registered (all so called “phase-in substances” are eligible for pre-registration).

Companies that want to benefit from staggered registration deadlines – 2010, 2013, 2018 – must pre-register their chemical substances between 1 June and 1 December 2008.

If a manufacturer or importer of a chemical fails to pre-register by 1 December 2008 he cannot continue manufacturing or importing it until he has submitted a registration dossier. Users of chemicals cannot continue using substances which have not been pre-registered or registered by their supplier.

For more information see the European Commission’s press release.

Free Seminar For Transport Industry April 21, 2008

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Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

Wednesday 21 May 2008

Come along to a free seminar briefing on the implementation of the Driver CPC held by  RTITB and Voss.

Whether you operate one vehicle or 100 the CPC will affect your business. The Driver CPC will impact on almost 1,000,000 drivers; will require 3,000,000 training hours annually (freight only) and will require the training of more than 1,000 new instructors.

By any measure the CPC is a major challenge for the industry. We do hope you will be able to set aside time and attend this important FREE event.

Topics covered include:

  • EU DIRECTIVE 2003/59/EC – Driver Certificate of Professional Competence: Mandatory Driver Training
  • The Driver CPC in detail – who, what, when and where
  • The opportunities and challenges the Directive presents
  • The type of training options available
  • The type of training infrastructure that will be required
  • Options available for minimising cost and maximising benefits

There will also be the opportunity to see a demonstration of the RTITB’s new desktop, portable, in-house training system called Digit-ALL that can be used for training individuals or groups of drivers.

The free seminar takes place on Wednesday, 21 May between 10.30 – 12.30 followed by a buffet lunch at LACE Conference Centre, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AA.

To book your place please call Voss Training on 0151 650 6600.

Regulatory Changes For April 2008 March 31, 2008

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The government has recently introduced a common commencement date for new legislation.  Most legislation is now introduced twice yearly, in April and October.

Listed below are some of the new legislation updates coming into effect from April 6 2008. They include changes to Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and the Annual Investment Allowance.

Click ‘more’ for the full list.