New measures to help home-based business start-ups

Mark WilliamsBusiness Minister Matthew Hancock has announced measures to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow a home-based business.

The measures include revised planning guidance which will clarify that planning permission is not normally needed to run a home-based business, and improved business rates guidance that will make clear that most home-based businesses are exempt. In addition, new legislation will be introduced to reassure landlords that allowing a business in their rented property will not undermine their residential tenancy agreement, and a new model tenancy agreement will be made available.

Speaking at the inaugural Home Business Summit in London recently, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Our economy is one of the fastest-growing in the western world and it needs new businesses to sustain that. Of course we want our big established businesses to grow but the real jobs growth I think will come from start-ups.

“Sometimes when people think of home business they think of some cottage industry on the edge of the economy. 70% of new businesses are home businesses – the scale is immense.”  

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Posted: 01 September 2014

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