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New Business Link online tools ease the burden on busy SMEs

3 March 2005
CAB 013/05, the government website that provides practical advice for SMEs, has launched three new tools to make life easier for managers and small business owners.

All the tools are free of charge, easy to use and can be found at, the online channel of the Business Link network.

Welcoming the new Business Link tools, Minister for Small Business and Enterprise, Nigel Griffiths said:

‘Busy managers can struggle keeping up-to-date with the regulations and deadlines that affect their businesses,’

‘These easy-to-use tools make planning for the future much simpler and remove some of the headaches associated with routine business administration. Using the one-stop-shop of will help entrepreneurs save time and money and let them get on with what they do best, making money and growing their businesses.’

David Miliband, Minister for the Cabinet Office, welcomed the launch of ‘Regulation updates’ and said:

‘Businesses need clearer, earlier information about forthcoming regulatory changes, and how they might be affected by them. ‘Regulation updates’ provide that information in a simple one-page format, and should prove of particular use to SMEs. Business Link’s new online tool demonstrates the Government’s commitment both to improving information made available to business, and effective use of web services to support delivery.’

The introduction of the three new tools has been supported by leading business groups. Stephen Alambritis of the Federation of Small Business said:

‘Saving time and money are uppermost in the minds of small businesses. These new online tools are just what small businesses need to put their minds at ease.’

Testimonials from small businesses who’ve trialled the tools are in the Notes to the Editors.

Notes to Editors

  1. Business Link is a service, managed by the DTI, providing businesses with easy access to support, advice and information. We’re dedicated to helping new and existing businesses innovate, improve, grow and become more competitive by providing quick and easy links to a broad range of private, public and voluntary business support services.
  2. Business Link and the Cabinet Office Regulatory Impact Unit jointly developed the Regulation updates service.

Testimonials from Small Business Owners available to speak to the media


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