The Red Tape Challenge

Kathryn Gilbertson, Director and Head of Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s Business Defence team

The Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills has launched its red tape challenge for the food and hospitality industries.  Businesses and their managers have until the 19th May to send their feedback on the numerous rules that impact on their business.

For the hospitality sector, some of the statutory instruments up for comment and possible amendment or scrapping include:

Housing Act 2004 – are hotels really Houses in Multiple Occupation?

Hotel Proprietors Act 1956 – which specifies the extent of a hotel’s liability for damage to guest’s property

Smoke Free (Signs) Regulations 2007 – the requirement to display no smoking signs including their size and wording

Immigration (Hotel Records) Order 1972 – the requirement to take and keep guests information for 12 months or more

Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 – which specifies the basic food hygiene requirements for kitchens, store rooms and staff

General Food Regulations 2004 – the requirement to sell and supply food which is fit for human consumption.

The various Government Ministers will have 3 months in which to confirm whether these laws should remain.  Businesses are urged to take part and you can have your say at

For more information or advice call 01733 887700 and ask to speak to a member of Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s Business Defence team or email

The information contained in this article is intended to be a synopsis only. Before acting on it, you should take professional advice.

Written by Kathryn Gilbertson, Director and Head of Business Defence Business Defence

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP, Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough PE1 1JE.  

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May 2011