HUNDREDS of Huddersfield firms are being urged to go online for advice about complying with business regulations.
A campaign has been launched by the Government’s Department for Business after research showed that companies were wasting time and money using expensive outside consultants for advice they could be getting for free.
More than 45,000 businesses across Yorkshire are being encouraged to use Business Link’s online tools, calculators and interactive guides to help them understand their legal obligations and reduce unnecessary duplication of materials and wasted effort.
Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said: “Now more than ever, during tough economic times, every penny counts for businesses.
“Instead of spending money on buying in professional advice on employment law people can get access to a range of quick and easy online documents.
“Complying with legislation can be complex at times, but employment law is often easier than business owners think.
“For example, producing written statements of employment is a significant burden for employers in both time and money. Many businesses are paying external advisers to draw these up for them.
“In the last year, however, more than 40,000 firms have benefited from switching to the written statement tool we have provided, each of them saving about £120 every time that they do so.”
The Government is committed to reducing employment law administration burdens on businesses by £365m a year by May, 2010.
Its new campaign follows talks with groups including the Confederation of British Industry, the British Retail Consortium and the British Chambers of Commerce.
The campaign aims to provide businesses of all sizes with simple, practical advice on the full range of employment issues, from drafting documents to simplifying record-keeping.