Protect Small Business from unfair practices by big business

Firstly i would like to say what a brilliant idea that people can easily put their ideas forward good or bad to the Govenment best thing that has happened in a long time,

I am not going to name any names but when a large international company opens near you they can and do sell items at a loss until you go out of business, just because they can afford to do it, the number of retail shops has been steadily declining because of the predatory way that some of these businesses operate, the small independents have no chance it does not matter how efficient they are. If things carry on the way they are at the moment i can see a time in the future when their will be very few High St shops left just as there are hardly any corner shops left today, just look at some towns in the USA that have become ghost because of the power of the same big stores.


I think that is a bank is too big to fail and government is willing to do something about it, then large companies with a predatory attitude and business practices that can put hundreds of other business out of business and just by coming to your area can reduce property prices and deter people from having a go, are equally if not more damaging to the economy, i think they are more damaging because it sneaks up on you then all of the sudden you realise half the shops have closed and by then it’s too late.

If were not careful we may all end up applying for jobs stacking shelves or telesales.
 

There should be some way of ensuring there is fair competition, with some kind of rules that protect small business
I have come across many examples but just to give you a few,
 

1: a big international company made a loss of £60000 by selling under cost on just one order, they made two other long established companies to go out of business, and then they started selling at the normal price again
 

2: the same big company buys a product for £8 by my calculations just because they are high volume retailer; we pay £70 for same product
 

3: a big online company openly sells OEM software to retail customers, without hardware which is against the licence agreement, as a small business if we were to do the same we would be breaking the licence agreement and would be open to prosecution and big fines, one rule for big business another rule for small business not fair.

Dont be sleeping on the job like the last lot was as manufacturing was leaving the country and they did nothing to find out why or do anything about it

Why is this idea important?

Firstly i would like to say what a brilliant idea that people can easily put their ideas forward good or bad to the Govenment best thing that has happened in a long time,

I am not going to name any names but when a large international company opens near you they can and do sell items at a loss until you go out of business, just because they can afford to do it, the number of retail shops has been steadily declining because of the predatory way that some of these businesses operate, the small independents have no chance it does not matter how efficient they are. If things carry on the way they are at the moment i can see a time in the future when their will be very few High St shops left just as there are hardly any corner shops left today, just look at some towns in the USA that have become ghost because of the power of the same big stores.


I think that is a bank is too big to fail and government is willing to do something about it, then large companies with a predatory attitude and business practices that can put hundreds of other business out of business and just by coming to your area can reduce property prices and deter people from having a go, are equally if not more damaging to the economy, i think they are more damaging because it sneaks up on you then all of the sudden you realise half the shops have closed and by then it’s too late.

If were not careful we may all end up applying for jobs stacking shelves or telesales.
 

There should be some way of ensuring there is fair competition, with some kind of rules that protect small business
I have come across many examples but just to give you a few,
 

1: a big international company made a loss of £60000 by selling under cost on just one order, they made two other long established companies to go out of business, and then they started selling at the normal price again
 

2: the same big company buys a product for £8 by my calculations just because they are high volume retailer; we pay £70 for same product
 

3: a big online company openly sells OEM software to retail customers, without hardware which is against the licence agreement, as a small business if we were to do the same we would be breaking the licence agreement and would be open to prosecution and big fines, one rule for big business another rule for small business not fair.

Dont be sleeping on the job like the last lot was as manufacturing was leaving the country and they did nothing to find out why or do anything about it

PLH and licencing conditions

Being a publican I am constantly infuriated with the condition that a PLH must be on the premises after 8 o'clock. With most small businesses I cannot afford to send all staff on this ridiculously overpriced course and therefore cannot have a day off. Relax the licencing conditions and eliminate this condition as if I am to leave my business in capable responsible hands what does it matter if they hold a PLH or not?

Why is this idea important?

Being a publican I am constantly infuriated with the condition that a PLH must be on the premises after 8 o'clock. With most small businesses I cannot afford to send all staff on this ridiculously overpriced course and therefore cannot have a day off. Relax the licencing conditions and eliminate this condition as if I am to leave my business in capable responsible hands what does it matter if they hold a PLH or not?

Regulate to encourage more than to discourage

By regulatio one intends the creation of disincentives to certain actions or outcomes. There is a plathorae of such regulations. However, what is lacking is a coherent set of regulations that encourage innovation and creativity. One can think of many options, such as the obligation to engage of SMEs in large government projects especially those that need a high level of development (IT, engineering etc), promoting the usage new services and products in universities and govenment departments.

Why is this idea important?

By regulatio one intends the creation of disincentives to certain actions or outcomes. There is a plathorae of such regulations. However, what is lacking is a coherent set of regulations that encourage innovation and creativity. One can think of many options, such as the obligation to engage of SMEs in large government projects especially those that need a high level of development (IT, engineering etc), promoting the usage new services and products in universities and govenment departments.

Scrap IR35/S660

Both taxation legislations are a significant blocker to SME growth in the UK. The complete uncertainly of the rules around these causes small business significant pain. Since their introduction the revenue generated has been significantly less than the cost to implement and manage.

A simpler system for small businesses would be welcome and would ensure growth for the UK. SME's are responsible to a large proportion of employment in the UK and in a time when jobs are going to potentially be lost in the public funding cuts private sector jobs are required.

I voted how i did because this was one of the key issues that was going to be addressed.

Why is this idea important?

Both taxation legislations are a significant blocker to SME growth in the UK. The complete uncertainly of the rules around these causes small business significant pain. Since their introduction the revenue generated has been significantly less than the cost to implement and manage.

A simpler system for small businesses would be welcome and would ensure growth for the UK. SME's are responsible to a large proportion of employment in the UK and in a time when jobs are going to potentially be lost in the public funding cuts private sector jobs are required.

I voted how i did because this was one of the key issues that was going to be addressed.

European Directives which impact on SMEs

 

To create a Small Business European Task Force to ensure legislation which could impact on SMEs is effectively monitored and engaged with from the outset.

Why is this idea important?

 

To create a Small Business European Task Force to ensure legislation which could impact on SMEs is effectively monitored and engaged with from the outset.