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Comment 24th July 2010 A)    Use a temp agency or B) Import the service or product C) Forget it or emigrate

We must be able to ask the question could Bill Gates start Microsoft here in the UK. The answer would most definitely be no, as by the time poor old Bill took on his tenth member of staff he would spend most of his time attempting to comply with the laughably named Employment Protection Act.

A small business person must know and follow the thousands of miniscule employment regulations to the letter or face possible bankruptcy for their lack of knowledge. 

A few years ago, here in Preston Mr. Patel had two part time ladies helping in his small shop, trade fell and he was faced with making one of them redundant. He liked them both so asked them to decide between them who should stay, they decided. However the leaver went to a tribunal and because Mr Patel did not follow the correct procedure, she was awarded sufficient to compensation to close down the store. Can this be just; can this good for the country? I think not.

Speaking as the ex MD of a US owned furniture manufacturer based in Lancashire, I can tell you that so much time was taken up with employment related issues that I was eventually re employed to expand factories and transfer UK production to Thailand and later China. The UK operation closed with the loss of 230 jobs and in effect my life’s work in establishing the thing in the first place has gone.

 

Tom Brown

 

 

 

 

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The single most difficult obstacle to growing a successful business in the UK is Employment Law designed for the likes of British Aerospace, being imposed on a one man band.




Unemployment could be drastically reduced if this was removed completely for small enterprises and introduced in sensible stages up to the large corporations it was designed for.

See reasons below-

Why does this matter?

A one man band plumber employing an assistant or apprentice is supposed to adhere to a set of rules so complicated that HR departments are now as large and costly as the accounts department in many companies. One slip up, say a few harsh words on an off day and the plumber could easily lose all he owns to satisfy a tribunal award.

Here in Lancashire a local Parish Council fired its inept Clerk and by not following the rules to the letter had to pay out half of the entire annual precept to the claimant. Thank you rate payers!

Any potential employer who fully understands the what he is up against would most certainly abandon the idea forthwith and either –

A)    Use a temp agency or B) Import the service or product C) Forget it or emigrate

We must be able to ask the question could Bill Gates start Microsoft here in the UK. The answer would most definitely be no, as by the time poor old Bill took on his tenth member of staff he would spend most of his time attempting to comply with the laughably named Employment Protection Act.

A small business person must know and follow the thousands of miniscule employment regulations to the letter or face possible bankruptcy for their lack of knowledge. 

A few years ago, here in Preston Mr. Patel had two part time ladies helping in his small shop, trade fell and he was faced with making one of them redundant. He liked them both so asked them to decide between them who should stay, they decided. However the leaver went to a tribunal and because Mr Patel did not follow the correct procedure, she was awarded sufficient to compensation to close down the store. Can this be just; can this good for the country? I think not.

Speaking as the ex MD of a US owned furniture manufacturer based in Lancashire, I can tell you that so much time was taken up with employment related issues that I was eventually re employed to expand factories and transfer UK production to Thailand and later China. The UK operation closed with the loss of 230 jobs and in effect my life’s work in establishing the thing in the first place has gone.

 

Tom Brown

 

 

 

 

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