Red tape the target as Govt encourage SMB submissions

“New Zealand is a country of small businesses. Reducing red tape will make it easier to do business and help the New Zealand economy grow."

Small Business Minister Craig Foss is encouraging small business owners to make submissions to the Rules Reduction Taskforce, in a bid to reduce red tape across the country.

“Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) interact with government agencies about nine million times every year, giving them valuable insight into the efficacy of many of our rules and regulations,” Foss says.

While the Taskforce is primarily focused on property regulations administered by local authorities, Foss accepts that “unnecessary or pedantic rules” administered by central government will also be considered.

“These silly and sometimes contradictory rules, even within the same region, stymie business development,” he says.

“New Zealand is a country of small businesses. Reducing red tape will make it easier to do business and help the New Zealand economy grow.

“I encourage small businesses to submit their suggestions online at www.govt.nz/rulesreduction, by 1 June 2015.”

A series of public meetings will also take place across New Zealand between March and May.

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