11 September 2014
The electronics sector is next to undergo a regulations enforcement review as part of the government’s Business Focus on Enforcement programme.
Electronics firm techUK has been tasked with reviewing the sector as part of the initiative, which aims to enable business groups to collect and present evidence directly to ministers and regulators.
Trade association techUK’s review will include examining business perceptions held within the electronics sector, such as that other countries apply less demanding export controls to electronic products and that common standards would help create a level playing field for UK firms; and that comparatively lengthy UK timeframes for obtaining export licences could be leading to the unnecessary loss of valuable contracts and the cancellation of orders for UK firms.
Through the series of reviews, the aim is to create a more robust system that upholds standards without hindering growth. According to a Department of Business, Innovation and Skills statement, techUK will help shape the regulatory enforcement framework to help firms thrive.
Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: ‘By putting employers in the driving seat they can create the regulatory and enforcement landscape that works for them, fostering growth and aiding record job creation since 2010.
‘This is all part of our long term economic plan to build a prosperous Britain, bolster our record jobs recovery and make sure households across the UK are better off.’
Hancock announced the programme in August, which saw two trade bodies – the Fresh Produce Consortium and the National Farmer’s Union – selected to conduct reviews for their respective sectors.The Business Focus on enforcement programme comes under the government’s efforts to reduce red tape and unnecessary bureaucracy as part of the Red Tape Challenge, which it states has to date saved UK businesses some £1.5 billion per annum.