Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A rare Parliamentary Bill to provide real help for small businesses

Despite nearly a decade in Parliament under my belt, I cannot deny that my primary instincts remain that of a small businessman. I am the proud founder of two small businesses which have grown to employ several hundred people, and the contribution of entrepreneurs is fundamental to the prosperity of all of our communities.

It’s not difficult to find people speaking up for small businesses in the House of Commons; but it is rare to find an answer dreamt up by politicians that truly will resonate positively with those closing commercial deals in every part of the country. Too often, the answer to solve a problem results in more work more regulation and proves less effective than intended. Yet, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill is one which I believe will confound that all-too-common criticism.

The Bill, due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday, promises to deliver real action in a number of priority areas for small businesses. From access to finance, through regulatory reform to public procurement, the Bill promises sensible measures to make business easier. Deregulation will be written into law as a target, and a healthy approach to streamlining the regulatory quagmire which larger enterprises assign to a department assigned to securing compliance.

The Bill will also create a statutory adjudicator for pub tenants running tied pubs – something which I have championed as a senior member of the Business, Innovation & Skills Select Committee.  Many of these tenants have been ripped off for far too long, and my only disappointment is that the Government has not moved more quickly in introducing these measures.

Schools will be able to take two year olds easier, and education outcomes will be monitored with a clearer focus on employability. Small businesses need to have confidence in the education system, and I believe that it is good that schools will have half-an-eye on the sustainable employability of their pupils – particularly those aged over fourteen or sixteen.

The Bill will also deliver some changes to the cumbersome employment regulatory baggage which any small employer has to wrestle. I welcome measures to reduce the opportunities to prolong the already slow-moving employment tribunals’ process, the simplification of filing company reports and accounts, as well as efforts to modernise the insolvency process.

All-in-all, this seems to be a very good Bill, and one which should command much confidence with the small business community in this country. I suppose that, had I to find a reservation with what is being proposed, it is that it does not yet go far enough on exemptions for micro-businesses. These enterprises, consisting of just a few employees (if that), have been most vulnerable to the inevitable consequences of the good ideas of policy-makers. They are the constituency who most need this Bill – but it remains to be seen whether or not the measures which I support will go quite far enough to give them the break that they need to deliver that prosperity that local economies so desperately need. 


9 comments:

  1. Oh dear, yet more regulatory changes for small companies; when will government get out of the way and allow them to just get on with business. Simplification and improvements are always promised by State intervention and invariably it always results in the opposite.

    And what on earth is this all about,............ 'Schools will be able to take two year olds easier, and education outcomes will be monitored with a clearer focus on employability.'?

    What a sad state of affairs that mothers have to go to work and 2 year olds have to go to school...............the education system has them for decades and yet too many of them leave with insufficient educational skills and no hope of fulfilling employment, some even with University degrees & massive student debts!

    Michael Gove was trying to do something about the dreadfully failing standards of education in this country but obviously 'Dave' didn't think it was worth keeping him in position so the teaching unions get to put the flags out yet again.

    One man's loss is another man's gain, so the old saying goes. Perhaps it should be amended to one man's loss is another woman's gain!

    Next up Cabinet reshuffle opinion.............




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  2. AMANDA HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WITH THIS ARTICLE – DO YOU HAVE ANY MIDDLE CLASS FEMALE BLOG READERS BRIAN? (APART FROM ME) – IF SO IT IS WELL WORTH THEIR READING – PERHAPS THAT’S WHY IT QUICKLY GOT PULLED?


    Tokenism won't fool women voters: Cynically calculated attempt at female appeal is a case of too much too late

    By Amanda Platell Daily Mail Published 14 July 2014

    David Cameron’s ill-fated attempts to connect with ordinary voters have included hugging a huskie, then a hoodie. In his latest stunt, he’s decided to target the opposite sex – from housewives to high-flyers.

    This week, we’ll discover just how many women he has promoted to the Cabinet and other frontline jobs in what looks like a cynically calculated attempt to make him more appealing to female voters.

    No doubt we’ll be treated to pictures of Dave with his new babes in the next few days. But will it seem like a serious attempt to strengthen his government and the future of this country, or simply the equivalent of a glossy magazine makeover – glamorous yet cosmetic?

    On paper he’s perfect: a devoted father, as he demonstrated during the illness and tragic death of his handicapped son Ivan. A modern dad, he’s hands-on, does the school run and even cooks for his kids. He has a strong marriage and is clearly devoted to the clever and elegant Samantha, regularly making time for ‘date nights’. And there’s never been a whiff of scandal about his personal life, unlike his predecessors Tony Blair and John Major.

    Yet still many women don’t warm to him. It was perhaps expressed best by one of my friends recently, a young working married mother of two.

    She doesn’t want to work full time, but has had to since the recession hit their family budget. She has seen her child benefits slashed, her and her husband’s salaries frozen, had difficulty in getting her son into the local school because their area is a magnet for immigrants, and was told recently she would have to wait a month for a non-urgent appointment with her NHS doctor.

    Now, her view of Mr Cameron, shared by millions of middle-class women, is that he takes her for granted.

    He assumes her tolerance and support, however much he neglects her. Where else does she have to go? The frightening answer is UKIP, or more likely to not vote at all. I CHOOSE UKIP!!!

    Many women who are conservative to their core feel he is insincere when he says ‘we’re all in this together’. They think he is more passionate about foreign aid and the working poor than middle-class mothers.

    Sadly there is a ‘sincerity gap’ between David Cameron and too many women. They feel no real understanding from him towards them and their concerns.

    And there’s the nub of it. He could sack his entire Cabinet and replace them ALL with women, and it wouldn’t win him one extra vote HOW TRUE! Women hate tokenism, they detect insincerity and they instinctively know a man who will work hard to protect them and their families & CAMERON IS NOT THAT PERSON.

    Cameron’s dilemma is that the women he is trying to woo do not see those qualities in him.


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  3. HOORAY KEN CLARKE HAS AT LONG LAST EVENTUALLY GONE – BUT HE HAS DESTROYED THE TORY PARTY FROM WITHIN

    NOTHING IS LEFT OF THE OLD TORY PARTY APART FROM A THIN SKIN WITH A ROTTEN CORE & THE NAME


    A shabby day's work which Cameron will live to regret

    By Max Hastings Daily Mail Published 16 July 2014


    Top Comments:

    Malcolm, Nottingham
    Max Hastings states that Cameron should be ashamed at what he has done. Sorry Max but you should know that Cameron would do anything at all possible if he thought that it would give him another 5 years as our PM. He would sell Britain down the river to achieve this if he felt it would help his cause. He is fast becoming a mini Tony Blair.

    Peter4577, London
    I for one think Gove was doing a fantastic job.... Teachers are the guardians of our future as a nation and they need to raise their game for all our sakes..... For too long teachers have blackmailed the country and ransomed their place in society.... Teachers need ll the support we can give - they need to be fully empowered - but then they need to be accountable.

    hoochie, london
    Changing their sex of the cabinet does not change the fact that it is intellectually and morally bankrupt. It simply adds inexperience to the mix.

    Fiona, Northampton
    Completely agree; tokenism is morally bankrupt & by the way Max, Ken was NEVER great or exercised common sense, he has been a canker at the heart of the Tory party for decades and only the Tory name lives on the rest has been eaten away.

    Fred Bloggs, Middle England
    As a former Tory voter in the Thatcher years, I have increasingly taken the view that the modern Conservative party has moved so far away from my own views, that I haven't bothered to vote in a general election for the best part of twenty years. Not because I have no interest in politics (I have plenty), but because there is no party available to me which comes even close to representing my interests on a broad range of matters, and even fewer senior politicians who impress me with their commitment, integrity and vision. Gove was someone who did impress, and my disenchantment with Cameron and his agenda is almost complete.

    Fiona, Northampton
    Cameron is a gigawatt short of Conservative policies & values!

    Dave, Douglas
    The best reshuffle would have been if Cameron had been moved to the back benches.


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  4. Ken Clarke the canker within the Tory party:

    1. Clarke originally had Labour sympathies, his grandfather having been a Communist. While at Cambridge, he joined the Conservative Party.

    2. Clarke ensured Ted Heath’s government won key votes on entry to the EEC, now the EU, with the assistance of Labour rebels. THE BIG LIE!!!

    3. Clarke opposed the election of Margaret Thatcher as party leader in 1975 & led the Cabinet’s Thatcher rout. Clarke, as a ‘candid friend’ was the first Cabinet Minister to advise Thatcher to resign following the first-round of voting in the November 1990 leadership contest. WITH ‘FRIENDS’ LIKE THIS WHO NEEDS ENEMIES.

    4. Clarke the lazy, over-weight, spirit drinking, ardent pro-tobacco advocate was a joke Health Secretary, did a 2 year spell at Education, became a lucky inheritor of a drastically devalued pound through Norman Lamont’s (CON) Black Wednesday fiasco which helped Great Britain’s export markets and Clarke’s reputation as a successful Chancellor.

    5. Clarke contested and failed to win Tory leadership position in 1997, 2001 and 2005 – thank goodness!

    6. Clarke, the man with blood on his hands as the 2010-12 Secretary of State for Justice; he drastically cut sentences for dangerous criminals such as murderers and rapists some of whom went on to commit more horrendous crimes whilst on bail and awaiting trial. ECHR’s ruling of this period - prisoners have a right to vote. Clarke responsible for setting up ‘secret courts’ putting government above the rule of law.

    7. Clarke the Minister without portfolio in a ‘roving trade envoy’ capacity 2012-14 WHAT A COSY LARK!

    8. Clarke, who was involved in the expenses scandal, fell asleep during Osborne’s Budget speech and wears Hush Puppies (not even British, let alone Northamptonian).

    9. Clarke, over a period of decades and with the Tory Reform Group has moved the Tory party from its traditional right of centre over to the left, closely huddled with the Lib-Dems and not far from Blair’s New Labour; all pro Europe!

    10. Clarke the persistently pro-European who denied Bilderberg is plotting to form a world government. Who said only ‘frenzied eurosceptics’ wanted a referendum. Increasingly out of step with majority views regarding our EU membership. Clarke who denied Theresa May’s claim that someone was granted asylum because they had a pet cat and who backed Junker for EU president despite Cameron’s opposition.

    11. Clarke who said ‘Immigration has made Britain far more exciting and healthier’ and 'the EU has NOT led to unacceptable waves of immigration’.

    12. Clarke who called UKIP ‘clowns’!

    • THE TORIES NEED TO MOVE ON; one of the very few things Clarke has been right on!

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  5. KEN GOES ROGUE

    Kenneth Clarke: 'I had a lot of views, but they didn't coincide with No 10's'

    Last week, Ken Clarke left the cabinet. Here, in a candid and revealing interview, he recalls the rows with Thatcher and Cameron, his fears for the party – and his rule for staying calm

    Andrew Rawnsley The Observer Saturday 19 July 2014


    An interesting read.......it would seem that hardly anyone’s views coincide with Ken’s!!!

    ARROGANT & BLINKERED AS ALWAYS: KEN IS STILL JUST AS KEEN TO STICK THE KNIFE IN AS HE EVER WAS, THE NEXT 10 MONTHS SHOULD BE VERY ENTERTAINING.

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    ‘I belong to a Conservative party that used to be able to win elections’ so says Ken Clarke.

    Ken joined the Westminster club in 1970, opposed Margaret Thatcher and all she stood for (who just happened to be the last Conservative PM to win a majority, a huge one at that), and wonders why they haven’t won since –

    PERHAPS KEN CLARKE WAS THE REASON WHY THEY DIDN’T WIN AN ELECTION – I DON’T SUPPOSE THE THOUGHT HAS CROSSED HIS MIND!

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    Comment from Happy Valley on the Observer article:

    The joke around Whitehall in the Thatcher/Major era was: What is the worst department in the government? Answer: The one that Ken has just had!

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  6. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/19/kenneth-clarke-views-no-10

    Nick Clegg joked that he counted Clarke as the sixth Liberal Democrat member of the cabinet – and it collided with a Cameron regime at Downing Street that was "blisteringly right-wing on law and order".

    TELL THAT JOKE TO ALL THE RING-WING SUPPORTERS THAT HAVE LEFT THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN RECENT TIMES, I'M SURE THEY WILL ALL HAVE A GREAT LAUGH AT IT!


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  7. LATEST NEWS...............

    FOLLOWING MORE OF KEN’S MESS & SYSTEMATIC TORY PARTY DESTRUCTION AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

    CHRIS GRAYLING STRUGGLES TO CONTAIN THE CRISIS…………….


    More than 1,000 criminals walking free who should be behind bars including 21 killers and 15 rapists

    -1,000 people considered a risk to the public 'unlawfully walking the streets'
    -Government failing in promise to kick out foreign prisoners, data shows
    -There has been a sharp rise in the number of prisoners absconding from jail
    -Justice Secretary Chris Grayling insists escapes are 'still incredibly rare'

    By James Slack Daily Mail Published 1 August 2014

    More than 1,000 convicts who are considered a risk to the public and should be behind bars are unlawfully walking Britain’s streets – including 21 killers and 15 rapists.

    The shocking figure emerged in a blizzard of reports from the Ministry of Justice which critics said showed a justice system in ‘crisis’.

    Other revelations included the Government failing in its promise to boot out foreign prisoners, a doubling in the number of Muslim inmates over the past decade and sharp rise in the number of criminals absconding from jail.


    TOP COMMENTS:

    Richard Westwell, Hua Hin, Thailand
    Soft on crime, soft on the perpetrators of crime.

    Doomed, Dorset
    Can this government possibly get any worse at trying to run this country !!!

    Smujsmith, Pig-atop-the-hill, United Kingdom
    Well, yet more stories of government failure! And they want us to re elect them? I think not. UKIP are looking damned good to me.

    Mo Levsky, london, United Kingdom
    A microcosm of our society - just a matter of time before it all goes off.

    No-one, somewhere, know where, United Kingdom
    I have been saying for years that the criminal justice system is not fit for purpose and this article confirms it.

    Steve, London
    This and previous governments, genuinely don't care. The welfare of ordinary citizens has not been on the agenda for many years now.

    Thommo, Solihull, 17 hours ago
    The Tories U-turning, failing on their promises and totally ignoring their election pledges just isn`t news, it`s what is expected of them. They are too busy auctioning days out with Russian dignitaries to fill their coffers to concentrate on what they are paid, and promised, to do.

    BrokenBritain, Leeds
    Thanks Lib/Lab/Con, you've really served this country well.


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    R.I.P. TORY PARTY............

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  8. The consequences of large-scale immigration ‘ARE MOSTLY NEGATIVE FOR THE EXISTING POPULATION OF THE UK AND THEIR DESCENDANTS’.


    How mass migration hurts us all: No, it's not the Mail saying this, but the verdict of a top Left-wing economist from Cambridge

    By Steve Doughty Daily Mail Published 1 August 2014

    Mass immigration will damage the living standards of everyone in the country as minor economic benefits are outweighed by the social pressures of a relentlessly rising population, one of Britain’s most eminent Left-wing economists declared yesterday.

    Professor Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University and a longstanding adviser to Whitehall departments, said the economic advantages of immigration are ‘unlikely to be very large’.

    But the downside – from building on the green belt to the overcrowding of cities – means that the consequences of large-scale immigration ‘are mostly negative for the existing population of the UK and their descendants’.

    TOP COMMENTS:

    Chip Butty Time, Just around the corner, United Kingdom
    And this is exactly what the majority of the British public have been saying for many years, but have been shouted down by the political elite and accused of being small minded, racist, xenophobic etc?

    lulu335, london, United Kingdom
    Talk about stating the flipping obvious !! Anybody with any sense knew this would be the outcome before they opened the floodgates but were branded racists ......

    James Greene, London, United Kingdom
    Why are Daily Mail acting like this is new, unless you vote UKIP your country is doomed. If you hate feeling like a minority in your own country THEN VOTE UKIP, IT'S OUR LAST HOPE

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2712677/How-mass-migration-hurts-No-s-not-Mail-saying-verdict-Left-wing-economist-Cambridge.html#ixzz398c927ln
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    THE EU LOVES MASS MIGRATION BECAUSE IT DESTROYS NATIONALITIES WHICH IS THEIR AIM

    LABLIBCON LOVE MASS MIGRATION BECAUSE IT ASSISTS THE EU WITH THEIR AIMS

    LABLIBCON ALSO LOVED THE IDEA OF MASS MIGRATION BECAUSE IT BOOSTED THE UK GOVERNMENT PYRAMID SCHEME - FOR A UK GOVERNMENT DEEP IN DEBT, CONTINOUSLY OVER-SPENDING ITS BUDGETS, THE IDEA OF HAVING MILLIONS MORE EXTRA WORKERS PAYING TAXES TO PAY THE COSTS FOR TODAY’S NEEDS APPEALED - THE PROBLEM OF FINDING TAXES TO PAY FOR THE EXTRA WORKERS FUTURE NEEDS WAS NEVER A CONCERN OF LABLIBCON

    LABOUR OPENED THE FLOODGATES TO MASSES OF POOR EASTERN EUROPEAN IMMIGRANTS, SCREWING THE UK’S WORKING & LOWER MIDDLE CLASSES

    THE CONSERVATIVES & THE LIB-DEMS HAVE FIRMLY WEDGED THE FLOODGATES WIDE OPEN & HAVE SCREWED THE MIDDLE & UPPER MIDDLE CLASSES

    NOW THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE – GUESS WHAT – PERHAPS IT WASN’T SUCH A GOOD IDEA AFTER ALL

    MOST OF THE UK VOTING PUBLIC HAS BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS!

    BUT LABLIBCON KNEW IT ALL ALONG

    LABLIBCON REALLY ARE TRAITORS

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  9. ALL MANNER OF SCUM IS WELCOMED INTO BRITAIN

    However if the immigrant happens to come from a Commonwealth country, that is a totally different kettle of fish, they are clearly not welcome at all by UK authorities. VERY WRONG INDEED!!!


    Pregnant mother could be deported to Australia despite having a British husband and two British children

    By Darren Boyle Daily Mail Published 1 August 2014


    A pregnant Australian mother-of-two is facing deportation from Yorkshire despite having married a British citizen.

    Katherine Tate, 26, has been told that she must return to Australia by immigration authorities, even though her husband Dale, and children Oliver and Harrison are British citizens.

    The family from Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire face being separated even though an Immigration Tribunal ruled in their favour, claiming Mrs Tate can remain in the UK.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2712993/Pregnant-mother-deported-Australia-despite-having-British-husband-two-British-children.html#ixzz398qH2WrT
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    CONLIBLAB - HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME!!!

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