What should the new government do for business?


We asked May’s contributors to Director magazine what the new government should do for business. Here’s what they said…

News_May2015_Contribs-Naked-Wines-rowan-gormleyRowan Gormley
Founder, Naked Wines and CEO, Majestic Wine

The biggest obstacle to entrepreneurialism in Britain is red tape. Governments, especially new ones, have a love of rushing out laws because it’s a great opportunity to pass laws and have a presence. I think Britain could do with less clutter and less bureaucracy.


To read our interview with Gormley, click here



News_May2015_Contribs-simon-osborne-ICSASimon Osborne
Chief executive, ICSA

Focus more on the costs and benefits to British business of legislative change. There is a perception that new legislation has been more prescriptive and detailed than that being replaced, and also that some, particularly around corporate reporting, reflects the wishes of noisy pressure groups rather than the needs of companies or investors.


To learn more about the role of the company secretary, click here



News_May2015_Contribs_alisonhowell2Alison Howell
Founder and managing director, Foot Trails

Recognise small, micro and rural businesses need a different policy approach. Help ambitious British businesses think globally and more creatively. Help make flexible working the norm, freeing up talent and making it easier for small businesses to grow. Make it cheaper and easier to take those first steps into employment.


Howell took part in our roundtable on fast tracking growth. To read more, click here



News_May2015_Contribs-Ian-DormerIan Dormer
Managing director, Rosh Engineering

Britain needs roads, railways and airports to get our goods, services and people around the world. Less regulation, simpler taxes and a cull of counterproductive government schemes would also be welcome. Complex grants, programmes, reliefs and initiatives are often too difficult for SMEs to understand, let alone access.





News_May2015_Contribs-John-BycroftJohn Bycroft
Sales and marketing director, Insider Technologies

There is still an issue with businesses being allowed to fold, and then setting up immediately afterwards, using it as a vehicle to not pay their debts. That’s happened with someone who owed me money. I do not understand why the government doesn’t stop this – it can really impact upon businesses, especially small firms.


Bycroft tested out a fitness band in the May issue. To read the review, click here



News_May2015_Contribs-Lara-MorganLara Morgan
Founder, Company Shortcuts

Spend more wisely on the established, founder, stable companies which have proven their competency and need investment in leadership, skills development, exporting and accelerated growth training. Also, change wholesale the education system to gain greater connectivity to business and future employers. Then get out the way.


To find out Morgan’s secrets to stress-busting and successful leadership, click here

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Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker is deputy editor at Think Publishing. Previously she worked as a features writer and sub-editor for Director magazine

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