Regulators warn of ‘race to the bottom’ in rush to axe Brexit red tape ~ Financial News, UK 21 Feb 2022

Climate proposals throw shadow over goal to reduce red tape ~ NY Press News, USA 19 Aug 2021

Red tape ensnares Afghans desperate to escape Taliban ~ Triangle News Hub, USA 16 Aug 2021

Red tape ensnares Afghans desperate to escape Taliban

Unburdened by red tape, Manc-hattan tower blocks reach for the sky ~ The Times, UK 11 Jul 2021
Manchester’s city centre population has grown from 400 in the late 1980s to over 60,000

Brexit to increase anti-money laundering red tape, agents expect ~ Estate Agent Today, UK 7 Jul 2021
Brexit to increase anti-money laundering red tape, agents expect

Post-Brexit Britain should light a bonfire of EU red tape to fuel economic growth, say MPs ~ The Telegraph, UK 15 Jun 2021
Skyscrapers housing the offices of global financial institutions in London 

Go boldly to cut red tape after Brexit, UK lawmakers’ report urges ~ Reuters, USA 15 Jun 2021
Buildings are seen in the Canary Wharf business district, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Brits face high grocery bills as EU red tape threatens to increase costs ~ Retail Gazette, UK 2 Jun 2021

Brexit red tape

Demand growing for trade experts to counter Brexit red tape ~ Personnel Today, UK   24 May 2021

Brexit boost: Boris prepares to scrap EU red tape on finance rules to enhance global trade Express, UK   18 May 2021

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak during a visit to the Marine Holiday Park in Rhyl, Denbighshire, as part of the Welsh Conservative Party's Sen


No escape from  red tape The Standard, Hong Kong   14 May 2021

UK’s medical cannabis market could be worth £2bn if government red tape reduced Proactive Investors, UK   14 May 2021

UK medicinal cannabis market could be worth £2bn if government red tape reduced

Bureaucratic red tape kept man virtually imprisoned on lonely ship for years; escape attempts ended with police putting him back on boat ~ The Western Journal, USA   8 May 2021

In this stock photo, a cargo ship sits in the Port of Thailand. In April 2021, a Syrian sailor who had spent four years on a ship off the Egyptian coast finally was freed.


Warning Brexit red tape could lead to vital drugs for epilepsy & cancer being withdrawn in N Ireland ~ The Irish News, Ireland   20 Apr 2021

Chilled Food Association and vets battle Brexit red tape ~ Food Manufacture, UK   15 Apr 2021

Leaving the EU has had a profound effect on the exportation of 'just-in-time' short shelf-life food, says CFA director Karin Goodburn


Pfizer says Brussels red tape is a ‘significant burden’ on the vaccine supply chain and they would rather ‘focus on making and distributing’ their jabs than form filling Daily Mail, UK   1 Apr 2021

The US company must now seek approval from the European Commission before exporting its jabs and must notify the Belgian government in advance

Treasury set to tighten holiday let rates rules and cut inheritance tax red tape  ~ Guernsey Press, Guernsey   23 Mar 2021

Treasury set to tighten holiday let rates rules and cut inheritance tax red tape

Independent checker for traffic impact assessment is more red tape, says Penang group  ~ Malay Mail, Malaysia   18 Mar 2021

SPEAD are objecting to the Penang Island City Council’s (MBPP) appointment of an independent checker to assess Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) reports submitted by developers.  — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

The secret to cutting corporate red tape:  get rid of pointless rules & regulations~ The Economist, UK   13 Mar 2021


Brexit red tape on British sausage imports to NI ramped up ~ The Irish News, Northern Ireland   12 Mar 2021

German docs claim hospital ‘given just 3 jabs & medical staff blocked from vaccinating by red tape’ in rollout shambles ~The Sun, UK   5 Mar 2021

Cologne-based consultant Daniela Stock told The Sun her hospital only received 15 vaccines for 550 staff


Post-Brexit red tape hitting exports to EU The Guardian, UK   11 Feb 2021

Lorry heading on to a ferry at Dover

‘F****** Brexit’ EU firms losing out to UK rivals due to red tape – Man Utd WAG caught up ~ Express, UK   24 Jan 2021

Brexit news EU UK Maja Nilsson Lindelof

Brexit red tape FURY as UK retailers could be forced to ‘BURN’ goods stuck in EU ~ Express, UK   22 Jan 2021

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UK seafood trucks protest at Parliament over Brexit red tape  ~ MarketBeat, USA   18 Jan 2021

The harbor in Hull, England, a few miles from Teal & Mackrill, which uses chemicals to make marine paint and other special paint products. Brexit is causing many chemical companies to reconsider their operations in Britain. 

Red Tape Brewery will personalize your beer Now Toronto, Canada   16 Jan 2021

A photo of Red Tape Brewery owners

Post-Brexit red tape hits Scottish seafood exports, NI trade  ~ Food Manufacture, UK   11 Jan 2021

Disruptions to the supply chain risk pricing Scottish seafood producers out of the market

Red tape and fear threaten the Covid vaccination effort  ~ Financial Times, UK   8 Jan 2021

Jonathan McHugh  illustration of Camilla Cavendish column ‘Red tape and fear threaten the Covid vaccination effort’

Medics fume over the red tape strangling UK’s vaccine rollout (including 21 forms to become a volunteer) – even as Matt Hancock hails milestone ONE MILLION jabs done ~ Daily Mail, UK   31 Dec 2020

China cuts red tape to spur growth in market-making for interbank bonds  ~ Caixin, China   30 Dec 2020
China’s central bank has waived permits for financial institutions applying to become market-makers as part of its effort to reform the country’s interbank bond market.
Israeli couples marry in Utah with no religious red tape & without leaving home ~ Jewish Press, Israel   30 Dec 2020

London Sphere Project, mired in red tape, might get post-pandemic push ~ The Wall Street Journal, USA   29 Dec 2020

Businesses face more red tape despite EU trade deal  ~ Packaging News, UK    18 Dec 2020

Let’s buy British! Brexiteer hits out as UK forced to import EU food – ‘Red tape to blame’ ~ Express, UK   4 Dec 2020

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Regulator cuts red tape for Class 3 livestock vehicle permits  ~ Beef Central, Australia   24 Nov 2020

Harmonisation – the key to fundraising red tape regulation ~ Probono Australia, Australia   9 Nov 2020

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Export red tape fears ~ Fishing News, UK   23 Nov 2020

Export red tape fears

President Donald Trump cuts a red tape at the White House on Dec. 14, 2017. Photo credit: Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS/Newscom


Pompeo praises Indonesia’s reform effort to cut red tape ~ The Jakarta Post, Indonesia   29 Oct 2020

Pompeo praises Indonesia’s reform effort to cut red tape

Red tape swamps causeway project ~ Daily Herald Tribune, Canada   21 Oct 2020


Ministers take knife to EU’s red tape with new plan to keep cash in society ~ Express, UK   15 Oct 2020

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Over 20 lakh street vendors line up for PM loan scheme – despite red tape ~ Indian Express, India   12 Oct 2020

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Discussions continue into cutting red tape for large investments ~ Cyprus Mail, Cyprus   5 Oct 2020

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Brexit red tape set to create weeks of delay for patients awaiting drugs Financial Times, UK   28 Sep 2020

Brexit: firms face a new year wrapped in red tape ~ The Times, UK   27 Sep 2020

Michael Gove told MPs there could be long queues at Dover if lorry drivers lacked proper paperwork


3,000 emails within hours: complaints overwhelm Japan red-tape hotline hours after launch News18, India   18 Sep 2020

Japan's digital complaints box received more than 3,000 emails in just hours. (Representative image/Reuters)


US companies seeking tariff relief faced red tape, delays ~, USA   16 Sep 2020

FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo, rolls of finished steel are seen at the U.S. Steel Granite City Works facility in Granite City, Ill.  Companies seeking relief from President Donald Trumps taxes on imported steel and aluminum ran into long delays and cumbersome paperwork, a federal watchdog found, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that the Commerce Department, overwhelmed by companies lobbying to avoid the tariffs, could not meet its own deadline for processing around three-fourths of the requests. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)


Brexit: customs staff, exports and red tape fears ~ Food Manufacture, UK   11 Sep 2020

The end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December is likely to disrupt trade, experts claim


Natural resources? Cut the red tape ~ Energy Now, USA   11 Sep 2020



Modi govt cut red tape to hire 7 firms for Covid ‘war room’, but data-sharing questions remain The Print, India   4 Sep 2020

A Group of Ministers meeting at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in March (for representation) | Photo: ANI


Global red tape: The World Bank’s business-rankings mess ~  The Economist, UK   3 Sep 2020

President Trump looking to get rid of bureaucratic red tape when authorizing vaccines, therapeutics~ One America News, USA  26 Aug 2020

‘Border in Kent’ will create ‘more red tape’ for hauliers ~ Shropshire Star, UK   3 Aug 2020


How red tape and black market weed are buzzkills for California’s legal marijana industry ~ CBSnews, USA   2 Aug 2020



Govt may disband more agencies to slash red tape The Jakarta Post, Indonesia   22 Jul 2020

Govt may disband more agencies to slash red tape

Government hopes cut in red tape will triple UK’s battery capacity ~ The Guardian, UK   14 Jul 2020

Kwasi Kwarteng, the minister for energy and clean growth

Alberta’s Bill 32 cuts through labour law red tape: stakeholders ~ Journal of Commerce, Canada   13 Jul 2020

Alberta’s Bill 32 cuts through labour law red tape: stakeholders

Humanoid clerk helps to cut red tape in Russia One America News Network, USA   9 Jul 2020

A female human-like robot assists a visitor at a document processing centre in Perm


Companies still see red on  red  tape  Live Mint, India   8 Jul 2020

To take business reforms to states, the industry department has been ranking states starting 2016 on the basis of regulatory compliance requirements. (Bloomberg)


Italian cabinet approves ‘mother of all reforms’ to slash red tape Reuters   7 Jul 2020

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addresses the Senate, the upper house of parliament, in Rome, Italy March 26, 2020. — Reuters pic

‘Meant to cut red-tape, not scientific rigour’ — ICMR defends bid to fast-track Covid vaccine ~ The Print, India   4 Jul 2020

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Coronavirus: Government to tear up red tape to allow more outdoor drinking and dining ~ Sky News, UK   25 Jun 2020

Redesigned dining rooms, kitchens and beer gardens may be the way out of the lockdown for the hospitality trade


Trump signs broad order to speed deregulation and relax red tape  for economic recovery ~ WashingtonTimes, USA   19 May 2020

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on the food supply chain during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Brexit is about to add a tonne of new red tape and the irony is mind-boggling ~ ScramNews, UK   4 May 2020

How red tape keeps nurse practitioners from working ~ Forbes, USA   29 Apr 2020

NEW YORK TESTING covid-19 coronavirus nurse practitioner np pandemic license

‘No time for red tape Kelly announces new executive order to help unemployed as Kansas COVID-19 cases jump 16% ~ LJWorld, USA   14 Apr 2020


Alabama cuts medical ‘red tape’ to speed COVID-19 response ~ WSFA12 News, USA   2 Apr 2020

Alabama cuts medical ‘red tape’ to speed COVID-19 response

Government cuts business red tape to help firms deal with coronavirus Dept of Biz, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK   29 Mar 2020

Alok Sharma


The red tape pandemic ~ Townhall, USA   25 Mar 2020

The Red Tape Pandemic


Covid-19 crisis an opportunity to cut red tape – Cape Chamber PoliticsWeb, South Africa   22 Mar 2020–geo


How Government red tape stymied testing and made the Coronavirus epidemic worse ~, USA   11 Mar 2020



Let’s seize the day by chucking these 15 bits of EU red tape on our Brexit bonfire Telegraph, UK   10 Mar 2020

Boris Johnson and his Chancellor Rishi Sunak


Brexit bonanza: quitting EU will save £200bn in red tape – Boris vows to cut Brussels law ~ Express, UK   9 Mar 2020

Union flag and EU flag superposed

Red tape may be a burden but it can be all that separates life from death Press & Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland   2 Mar 2020

Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/Shutterstock (10490686b)
Grenfell Tower which was destroyed by fire in June 2017, stands shrouded in sheeting in North Kensington, London.
Seventy-two people died in the blaze, the severity of which many local residents blamed afterwards on the impact of years of Conservative government neglect of the area and its social housing. For decades represented by Conservative Party MPs, North Kensington falls within the parliamentary constituency of Kensington, currently the most marginal in the whole of England, won off the Tories by the Labour Party and its candidate, Emma Dent Coad, by just 20 votes in the 2017 general election held just a week before the tragedy. In the upcoming December 12 election the constituency is again a key battleground, this time with the Liberal Democrats and their ex-Tory candidate Sam Gyimah also strongly in contention.
Grenfell Tower, London, UK - 02 Dec 2019

Toxic sofas are a secret scandal – and an ‘EU red tape’ bonfire will make it worseThe Guardian, USA   26 Feb 2020

A woman lying on a sofa.


China finally conducts first autopsies on coronavirus victims after ‘government red tape caused delays’ ~ Daily Mail, UK   17 Feb 2020

Medical workers check on the conditions of patients in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on February 13


Is red tape preventing tradespeople hiring apprentices?  Electrical Contracting News, UK   14 Feb 2020

Is Red Tape Preventing Tradespeople Hiring Apprentices?


Why Brexit will lead to more red tape, not less ~ The Guardian, UK   7 Feb 2020

Sajid Javid at a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels.


Government promises to cut red tape for investors ~ Mining Weekly, South Africa   4 Feb 2020

Meg Young, who lives in Des Moines and has multiple sclerosis, says she is still waiting to hear if she can receive accommodations on caucus night, despite reaching out in September. 


Red Tape Awareness Week ~ Canadian Federation of Independent Business 

The 11th Red Tape Awareness Week is from 20 – 24 Jan 2020 

Paperweight Awards: Exposing Canada’s worst regulations

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Lawyers: Immigration court system is ‘red tape gone crazy’ ~ The Washington Times, USA   16 Jan 2020


On Miami’s menu for food trucks: red tapeMiami Today News, USA   7 Jan 2020

On Miami’s menu for food trucks: red tape

Staples, nutrition and bureaucratic red-tape The Daily Star, Bangladesh   8 Jan 2020


Jerusalem mayor cuts red tape in US Embassy construction ~ Jewish Press, USA   10 Dec 2019


Red tape, lack of experience slowing $60B warship project: Former DND official ~ North Shore News, Canada   15 Nov 2019



Ontario takes aim at cutting red tape in structural reform push ~ The Epoch Times, Canada   6 Nov 2019

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks in the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Oct. 28, 2019. His government proposed an act to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and consumers as the legislature opened after a long break. (The Canadian Press//Chris Young)

California’s war on weed continues thanks to a red tape-fueled black market ~, USA   5 Nov 2019


More red tape in building industry will make homes more unaffordable The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia   5 Nov 2019

More regulation will add to Sydney housing costs.


Tackling burdensome regulation –which countries have the least red tape?~ World Bank report   28 Oct 2019

Abaco district rep.: “Red tape is killing us” ~ Eye Witness News, The Bahamas   28 Oct 2019

Abaco district rep.: “Red tape is killing us”

Website launched to cut down provincial red tape Daily Commercial News, Toronto, Canada   28 Oct 2019

Website launched to cut down provincial red tape

Cut out the red tape ~ The Daily Star, Bangla Desh   20 Oct 2019


NMC cuts red tape for overseas applicants by moving system online ~ Nursing Times, UK   7 Oct 2019

online nursing degree


Chancellor announces ‘Brexit red tape challenge’ ~ FT Adviser, UK   30 Sep 2019

Chancellor announces 'Brexit red tape challenge'


Green developments ‘could avoid planning red tape’ ~ BBC Scotland, UK   30 Sep 2019

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Cut red tape for family physicians, AAFP tells Congress American Academy of Family Physicians, USA   23 Sep 2019


How red tape and high taxes have stunted home construction and sent prices soaring across the country Mail Online, Australia   17 Aug 2019

A report commissioned by the Housing Industry Association lists levies, stamp duty, GST, council rates and land tax as factors that drive up home prices (stock image)

Red tape is being weaponised in India to declare millions stateless ~ The Guardian, UK   15 Aug 2019

Men queuing to check if their names are included in the National Register of Citizens in 2018.

Government pushed to cut red tape ~ CathNews, Australia   14 Aug 2019


Red tape: Federal civil servants remain uninsured for second year ~ Vanguard, Nigeria   12 Aug 2019

civil servants, Federal civil servants

PM moves to cut NDIS red tape, waiting times with new review The Australian, New South Wales, Australia   12 Aug 2019

Scott Morrison has launched a new review of the NDIS. Picture: AAP.


Increase in financial red tape will leave small businesses struggling, top trader warnsIndependent, UK   10 Aug 2019

There were over 50,000 regulatory updates introduced in 2015 – double that of 2012


Chamber gives mixed review to Liberals on cutting  red tape  iPolitics, Ontario, Canada   8 Aug 2019


Red tape war: The West Australian, Community News launch campaign to end stifling rules & regs The West Australian, Australia   4 Aug 2019


Chinook caught in red tape ~ CKPGtoday, Canada   2 Aug 2019

Standardised finance system promises to cut charity red tape Australia News Today, Australia   23 Jul 2019

Bureaucracy and red tape to be reduced in Portugal ~ The Portugal News, Portugal   12 Jul 2019

Bureaucracy and red tape to be reduced in Portugal


Anti-red tape body claims high resolution rate despite lack of IRR, chief ~ Philstar Global, Philippines   26 Jun 2019


Piraeus-bound Metro line held up by red tape Greek Travel Pages, Greece   24 Jun 2019

Red tape will leave the vulnerable cold and gas engineers frustrated ~ Energy & Utilities Alliance, UK   19 Jun 2019

Review: At Red Tape Theatre, We Can All Be Pussy Riot–and If We’re Not, Why Aren’t We? Third Coast Review, Chicago, USA   12 Jun 2019


Red tape limiting opioid epidemic fight: US doctors’ group MedicalXpress, USA   30 May 2019


Vancouver City Council candidate: Cut red tape, boost economy ~ The Colombian, Vancouver, Canada   20 May 2019


Red tape stalls return of trash to Canada Phillipine Daily Inquirer, Phillipines   13 May 2019

Red tape stalls return of trash to Canada


Train firms’ red tape hampers compensation claims, says Which? ~ The Guardian, UK   9 May 2019

Commuters board a Greater Anglia train at Shenfield in Essex

Did red tape fatally delay the rescue on Annapurna? ~   30 Apr 2019

Red tape talks continue ~ Blackburn News, Canada   25 Apr 2019


More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents Letting Agent Today, UK   17 Apr 2019

More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents

Doug Ford slashes a bunch ofred tapein government’s first budget — as promised ~ National Observer, Ontario, Canada   11 Apr 2019


Is your business ready for Red Tape Day 2019? Business Up North, UK   2 Apr 2019


Redrow founder: ‘Cut red tape to combat housing crisis’ ~BBC Wales, UK   19 Mar 2019

Steve Morgan


Red tape blamed for delay in  release of $2.3bn by World BankDawn, Pakistan   11 Mar 2019

Government is relying on short-term loans from friendly countries to meet forex needs. — AFP/File

Call for less red tape in Horizon Europe rebutted by EU official Science Business, UK   28 Feb 2019


In Colombia, biodiversity researchers seek relief from regulatory red tape Science, USA   25 Feb 2019


New rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another EU stateThe Portugal News   21 Feb 2019

New rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another EU state


Duterte hits corruption, red tape in government ~The Philippine Star, Philippines   8 Feb 2019 

Agricultural ‘red tape‘ round table held in Blyth ~ CTV News, Ontario, Canada   1 Feb 2019

Agricultural red tape


Red Tape Awareness  Week™   

21 – 25 Jan 2019 Canadian Federation of Independent Business

New IPV Code removes red tape SuperYachtNews, London, UK   15 Jan 2019
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Red tape to be cut nationwide in 2019 Vietnam+, Vietnam   5 Jan 2019


Circumventing ‘red tape‘: Australia sets out action plan to tackle non-tariff barriers to global food export markets ~ Food Navigator-Asia, Singapore   4 Jan 2019

Australia has launched a new action plan that looks to undertake the challenge of addressing non-tariff barriers to its export markets worldwide. Its grapes have previously benefited from such actions. ©iStock


Ontario Tories’ bill to supposedly cut red tape will put lives at risk ~ The Hamilton Spectator, Canada   28 Dec 2018

Doug Ford


South Korea start-ups hobbled by red tape and risk aversion The Straits Times, Singapore   28 Dec 2018

A taxi driver in South Korea protesting in October against a carpool service application to be launched by Kakao Corp later in the year. The banners read: "Stop carpool service application, it is illegal business." Such protests have made it hard for


How China is finding new ways to use red tape to tie up US firms during the trade war ~ South China Morning Post   27 Dec 2018


Red tape fails to dull Christmas sparkle ~ Campbeltown Courier, Scotland    7 Dec 2018


UK aviation firms scramble to avoid red tape of ‘hard Brexit’ One America News Network, USA   5 Dec 2018

A passenger plane flies towards Heathrow airport at dawn in London, Britain


A post-Brexit bonfire of red tape will help reignite economic growth The Times/ Institute of Economic Affairs, UK   5 Nov 2018


Proposals unveiled to cut red tape for divers retrieving marine litter Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, UK   2 Nov 2018



Red tape getting in the way of foreign staff security: union  ~ The Canadian Press, Canada, 21 Nov 2018


Northern Australia white paper ambitions stifled by red tape and lacking infrastructureABC News, Australia   10 Nov 2018

 A tractor makes its way down a dirt road in northern Australia.


Can AI address health care’s red-tape problem? ~ American News Group, USA   6 Nov 2018


Red tape reduction, strong economy drive local benefits ~ FarmOnline, Australia   3 Nov 2018

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack.


World Bank: red tape choking local business ~ The Daily Star, Lebanon   1 Nov 2018

Trained to be a doctor, but held back by red tape Georgia Health News, USA   1 Nov 2018

Trained to be a doctor, but held back by red tape

India’s war on red tape is working, says World Bank Daily Democrat Press, USA   1 Nov 2018

India's war on red tape is working, says World Bank

Less red tape to propel Greek sea tourism, says KountouraGreek Travel Pages, Greece   26 Oct 2018

Photo © Maria Theofanopoulou

Reluctance and red tape mean Premier League clubs miss out on claiming the best South American talent at source The Telegraph, UK   25 Oct 2018

Rodrigo Bentancur Juventus vs Manchester United

Overcoming blockers: how to build your red tape toolkit – Whiteboard Friday ~, Seattle, USA   19 Oct 2018

Ministries exhorted to cut red tape faster ~ Viet Nam News, Vietnam   18 Oct 2018


Most Dutch firms fear rise in red tape and taxes after BrexitDutch News, The Netherlands   17 Oct 2018

Here’s how much red tape Trump has cut The Daily Signal, USA   17 Oct 2018


Customers dislike red tape involved in buying cars Motor Trader, UK   15 Oct 2018

Helping navigate the red tape, Deepak Anand is Canada’s top cannabis consultant The Province, Toronto, Canada   20 Sep 2018

Anand was recently appointed as VP of business development and government relations with Cannabis Compliance Inc., one of Canada’s full-service cannabis consulting firm.

Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains ~ The Register, UK   15 Sep 2018

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Business fears being swamped in red tape by ‘no deal’ Brexit Telegraph, UK   13 Sep 2018

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Businesses fear Scottish immigration system would increase red tape – CBI Jersey Evening Post, Channel Islands   6 Sep 2018–cbi/


Red tape for Red Bull: The ban-happy nanny state is coming for energy drinks Institute of Economic Affairs, UK   31 Aug 2018


Danish sperm, diseased lungs and red tape: Brexit nightmares revealed The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia   24 Aug 2018

British fertility clinics will have to apply for new licenses to import sperm from the EU.

UK paints grim picture of ‘no-deal’ Brexit: More red-tape at border, delays in medical treatment and spike in credit card fees top the listFirstPost, India   23 Aug 2018

Representative image. Reuters



Red tape kills off local slaughtermen The Times, UK   13 Aug 2018

John Coles with Wiltshire horn sheep brought in from a neighbouring farm


Increase in financial red tape will leave small businesses struggling, top trader warns Independent, UK   10 Aug 2018

There were over 50,000 regulatory updates introduced in 2015 – double that of 2012


Duterte: National ID to cut red tape, fight crime ~ The Philippine Star,  Philippines   8 Aug 2018


Charities urged to voice concerns about fundraising red   25 Jul 2018


Wading through red tape and cotton wool to enable nature-based kindergartens Stuff, New Zealand   22 Jul 2018

Hogan believes outdoor play is vital for children's development and confidence.


Engineering firms slam red tape ~ Viet Nam News   20 Jul 2018


Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations Letting Agent Today, UK   13 Jul 2018

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

Childcare subsidy changes add red tape for families and providers ~ ABC News, Australia   10 Jul 2018

A parent playing with a child and some colourful plastic blocks in a tower

Editors hit out at government ‘red tape’ over apprentice journalist funding ~ Hold The Front Page, UK    26 Jun 2018

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Theresa May demands NHS bosses slash red tape after getting £20billion bonanza ~ The Sun, UK   19 Jun 2018

NHS red tape 'takes money and people away from the front line', said the PM


Competition red tape may tie major carriers in too many knots for more M&A  ~ The Loadstar, UK   18 Jun 2018

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Blockchain experiment could cut customs red tapeFinancial Times, UK   13 Jun 2018


Egypt discovers if it cuts the red tape, investors will come ~ Bloomberg, USA   29 May 2018


Trump goes into space with order to cut red tape ~ Financial Times, UK   24 May 2018


Ski instructors fear avalanche of red tape after Brexit ~ The Telegraph, UK   2 May 2018

Free skier admiring the wintery mountain landscape at Argentera, Italy

Helping foreign artists cut through the red tape, pro bono ~ The NewYorker, USA   23 Apr 2018

Brexit to destroy EU red tape and bureaucracy: Liam Fox pledges Britain trade boostDaily Express, UK   23 Apr 2018

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Red capitalism v red tapeSome American startups are borrowing ideas from ChinaThe Economist, USA   19 Apr 2018

Pharma group blames lack of outcomes-based drug contracts on regulatory red tape Fierce Healthcare, USA   19 Apr 2018

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Trump cuts red tape in sales of armed drones United Press International, USA   19 Apr 2018

Why are people still living in fire-trap flats? Because we tore down thered tape’ The Guardian, UK   16 Apr 2018

Grenfell Tower a month after the fire in June 2017.


Francesca McDonagh tears off red tape in Bank of Ireland restructure The Sunday Times, UK   15 Apr 2018

Francesca McDonagh wants to cut the jobs of 250 middle managers across Ireland and the UK

Canadian medical student nearly loses residency over Health Canada red tape ~ CBC News, Canada   14 Apr 2018


Haulage hits red tape roadblock ~ Business News Western Australia   6 Apr 2018


Doug Ford says he will cut red tape to revive Ontario manufacturing jobs ~ The Star, Toronto, Canada   25 Mar 2018

Doug Ford spoke Saturday at a campaign office opening in Ajax and a rally in Oshawa.

Cutting company tax and red tape are key to jobs and wage growth ~ ABC News, Australia   24 Mar 2018

A hand holding a collection of Australian currency


Israeli red tape may hold up US embassy move to Jerusalem The Times of Israel,   20 Mar 2018

View of the US Consulate in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, February 24, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)


Rethink urged after Opua’s dog swimming races canned by red tape ~ NZ Herald, New Zealand   17 Mar 2018

Contestants hit the water in the dog-and-owner swimming race at last year's Opua Community Regatta. PHOTO / PETER DE GRAAF

New regulation to reduce red tape for tax incentives ~ The Jakarta News, Indonesia   9 Mar 2018

New regulation to reduce red tape for tax incentives


Longing for a thoughtful, not a theatric, red-tape repeal day ~ The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia   6 Mar 2018


Medicinal cannabis red tape slashed to provide faster access to NSW patientsABC News, Australia   4 Mar 2018

Cannabis growing in a trial plot on the Sunshine Coast

Red tape in the meat industry? It’s the difference between life and death ~ The Guardian, UK   21 Feb 2018

Tourists in Amsterdam’s Red Light District will be ordered to turn their BACKS on sex workers in windows ~ Daily Mail, UK  20 Feb 2018

Tourists in Amsterdam are being told to stop ogling sex workers in the infamous Red Light District, pictured 

Gove announces farming red tape crackdown East Anglian Daily Times, UK   20 Feb 2018

Environment secretary Michael Gove speaking at the 2018 NFU Conference. Picture by Simon Hadley.

MP’s Airbnb Bill ‘creates red tape for homeowners’ Evening Standard, London, UK   19 Feb 2018

A new bill could mean people letting out their properties on sites like Airbnb would have to register with the local council first

Outcry over rare ponies put down in red tape fiasco  Express, UK   18 Feb 2018

Exmoor pony

Figure skating: German pair navigate red tape to land gold ~ SRN News, USA   15 Feb 2018



Medical cannabis red tape forces thousands to turn to black market for pain relief ABC News, Australia   9 Feb 2018

Man holds medication

82% of gov’t offices, GOCCs pass anti-red tape survey ~ Philstar, Philippines   5 Feb 2018


The hellish journey through Pentagon’s red tape to approve a Medal of Honor  ~ Marine Times, USA   6 Feb 2018

Less red tape, more red ale: Change could make it easier for microbreweries to sell wares downtown  ~ CBC News, Canada   2 Feb 2018

Microbreweries who wish to set up shop in downtown Winnipeg will soon be able to sell their own beer without operating a restaurant, such as this one at PEG Beer Co.

Cut red tape for land protection groups, says minister ~ CBC News, Prince Edward Island, Canada   29 Jan 2018

The Nature Conservancy of Canada owns and protects this land on Enmore RIver, P.E.I.


Brexit could be ‘opportunity’ for orchestras to escape EU red tape and re-engage with the world ~ The Telegraph, UK   28 Jan 2018

Vladimir Jurowski conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra


Harassment & inequality: should some of the red-tape “burdens” be reinstated? ~ Personnel Today, UK   26 Jan 2018

Red tape reduction in trucking industries ~ North Nova Press, Canada   26 Jan 2018


Canada banks on Trump’s hatred for red tape to revive stalled NAFTA talks, envoy says ~ The Washington Post, USA   24 Jan 2018

 The aim is to reduce required paperwork, making North American vehicle makers more competitive and indirectly addressing Trump’s demand to create more U.S. manufacturing jobs, David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, said.

Red carpet replacing red tape in India, PM tells CEOs in Davos  ~ The Times of India   23 Jan 2018

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum, and Swiss President Alain Berset as they arrive at the Opening Plenary during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.


Discount airlines fight red tape to get off the ground in Canada  ~ CBC News, Canada   23 Jan 2018

Jetlines hopes to start selling tickets this year, if it can secure the funding to get its carrier licence.


Headmistress scuppered by red tape as she tried to use mobile phone jamming technology to stop children using internet in class  The Telegraph, UK   19 Jan 2018

iPhone six in red case on Apple Macbook keyboard

NHS red tape and delays ‘compromising care for seriously ill and disabled patients’ ~ Independent, UK   17 Jan 2018


Trump looks to slash government red tape on overseas sale of US made weapons ~ The Washington Times   11 Jan 2018


In America, the worst red tape is what corporations tangle around their customers ~ The Telegraph, UK   3 Jan 2018

A New York City Department of Sanitation worker cleans the streets after the New Year celebrations in Times Square 


Red tape leaves France lagging as skiers turn elsewhere  The Telegraph, UK   27 Dec 2017

Blue passports mean red tape, say EU officials ~ The Guardian, UK   23 Dec 2017


Trump Administration Cuts Red Tape The Epoch Times, USA   15 Dec 2017

‘Canada-plus plus plus’ Brexit deal could mean mass of red tape  ~ The Times, UK   11 Dec 2017

David Davis, who appeared on The Andrew Marr Show, has outlined his vision for trade

Gujarat elections: Tribals say local red tape holding up government schemes ~ The Economic Times, India   5 Dec 2017

Most tribals in the area have to go to neighbouring Maharashtra or to Dharampur further up north in Gujarat in search of employment as labourers in fields.

Red tape seen as top barrier to entrepreneurship, says new report ~, UK   13 Jul 2017

 Red tape seen as top barrier to entrepreneurship, says new report

Red Tape Challenge

The government has launched The Red Tape Challenge website, challenging the public to help cut unnecessary regulations ~ Cabinet Office   7 Apr 2011

HFMA Key Contributor Bronze Award  13 Jul 2017

HFMA Key Contributor Bronze Award  13 Jul 2017

Mark Knight, Chief Executive, HFMA

“Pat Shroff was nominated by the Audit & Governance Committee and the London Branch. This award winner is an extremely valuable member…….and comes up with new ideas to take the Branch, the Committee and the Association forward”.

[ photo: HFMA President Mark Orchard and Pat, Banking Hall, Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND ]

Westminster Business Council event, Thu 23 Mar 2017 

Bao Fa Garden, County Hall, London SE1 7PB

Excellent (and useful) event today – good networking, too!

I will be following up with at least 3 of the businesses I met today – putting them in touch with potential clients/ partners.

Pat Shroff, Red Tape Consulting

Ten inspiring tips for SMEs from the Telegraph Festival of Business

Allan Leighton, chairman Co-op Group, underlines the importance of customer and product   Credit: Joshua Tucker & Hajra Rahim    14 Nov 2016  

From Brexit to ‘braincount’, attendees share the lessons they took home from the Telegraph’s flagship business event.
More than 550 SME owners and business professionals descended on London for this year’s Telegraph Festival of Business, which hosted panel debates and keynote speeches on everything from marketing and technological innovation, to Brexit and exporting.

We spoke to those who attended to hear what inspiration and practical advice they took away from the event.

Smaller is better
“I learned that being small can be more advantageous than being large. The need to adapt fast was one of the the overarching messages of the day, which is reassuring to hear as a small business. In larger companies, there are fixed ways of doing things that are very difficult to change. In smaller, more agile companies, change can happen faster.”
Pat Shroff, director, Red Tape Consulting

Braincount’ not headcount

“I learned to focus less on headcount and more on ‘braincount’ – the idea that you should count capabilities, skills and intelligence, not just the number of people in a team. “It’s very easy to have a large workforce and think that bigger means better. But what that team is delivering in terms of value to the business is the important thing. It means that you have to hire and invest in the right people and offer them training to always improve.”

Simon Elliott, co-founder, Clifton Clothing
Let’s take the emotion out of Brexit
“Brexit was the subject of the day. The general mood seemed to be to grin and bear it. But for small businesses, it’s the uncertainty that affects us most. Nobody is willing to invest when there’s no clear vision of what’s ahead. That said, I agreed with the idea that the emotion needs to come out of the Brexit debate. Small businesses must look for the [practical] opportunities to come out of it.”

Mark McDermott, chief executive, ScreenCloud
The customer and the product are key
“Something that stuck in my mind was a comment from Co-op Group chairman, Allan Leighton, who said that the product and customer should be at the forefront of every business. Ideally, you want them in sync – always asking for customer feedback and keeping them in the loop on products that you continue to innovate. Get both right and you’re more likely to succeed.”

Ed Flood, founder, Evossi
… but invest in good PR
“One of the principles that speakers agreed on is that having a unique product or service isn’t enough. You also need to build a strong marketing and PR campaign around it, so that key targets in your market know why your offering is so compelling. Charlotte Semler, co-founder of Votary skincare, said that she gave samples to 100 key industry movers and shakers.”
Claire Cummings, partner, Cummings Law

Millennials think differently
“I took home a lesson about millennial employees. They want and expect access to anyone in a company, regardless of seniority. They also want a sense of purpose, individual treatment and a chance to shine. They want challenges and supportive, coaching bosses to enable those challenges.”
Eddie Maguire, transformation consultant and coach, ChangeWave

Exporting opportunities will arise post-Brexit
“Brexit will be painful for larger businesses that cannot change quickly, but there will be opportunities for many smaller companies, such as ours. More competitive exporting, for example. We’ve already trebled volumes into Europe.”

John Collings, managing director, Online Lubricants
Diversify your workforce
“What I took away was the need to move your business in the same direction as your market, both technologically and through more diverse talent. To cater for a dynamic and diverse society, you need to have a workforce that’s equally dynamic and diverse. It’s an interesting point in light of the apprenticeship levy, which is giving employers an opportunity to train people who might not have the option to go through the traditional routes of securing that first job.”

Tsige Berhanu, consultant solicitor, Keystone Law

Tighten up your language
“The big lesson I took home was ensuring that the language used on our website works for an audience beyond our industry and customer-base. You never know who might discover you. That means being clear and to the point, and avoiding industry jargon.”

Charanjit Randhawa, chief executive, Epcot Career Solutions
Take it one step at a time
“I went home with two tips. First, think about the types of questions we might encounter as we apply for finance, for example, questions around our business continuity plans and how our infrastructure will grow and remain robust as we develop. The second came from a cautionary tale about the dangers of taking on too many challenges at once. The message was: yes, be ambitious, but take it one step at a time.”

Alexandra Hughes, director, WooWoo Food