Ever-Changing Climate of Environmental Rules and Regulations

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Byline: Matt Johnson

BEFORE last Thursday's shocking events in London, world attention remained focused on Gleneagles where climate change and poverty topped the working agenda at G8.

Agreements reached there, and the progress they may allow, have been overshadowed by what happened south of the border.

A lot of attention - quite rightly - was paid to climate change issues and the way in which they are altering the environments in which we all live.

It's a fact that at events such as the G8 summit everything weighs in on a very big scale - from Presidential security arrangements to catering for members of this most exclusive of world clubs.

But drill down through the posturing and the politics and a clearer picture of how these big decisions affect smaller concerns emerges.

I think there are parallels with the EU. Legislators there leave themselves open to ridicule when they spend time considering such matters as the curve of our imported bananas. But they also make many more important decisions which have a far more important bearing on our businesses.

And, according to a new report from the UK's Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) they are not alone in their efforts to control the way we go about our work.

According to the FSB research, (www.fsb.org.uk) firms fear yet another red tape overload flowing from a total of nine environmental regulations and regulatory amendments being introduced over the next year. …