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Greater freedom to start a business from home

Posted at August 15, 2014 | Categories : News

Entrepreneurs are to be given greater freedom to start and grow a business from home under new measures announced by the Government.

Official figures show that around 70% of new businesses start off in the home and ministers want to make it much easier for people thinking of starting a home business to do so with the law on their side.

The measures include:

New legislation to make it easier for people to run a business from a rented home. The law will be changed so that landlords can be assured that agreeing to this will not undermine their residential tenancy agreement.

Updated planning guidance that will make it clear that planning permission should not normally be needed to run a business from your home.

Revised business rates guidance that will mean in the majority of circumstances home-based businesses will not attract business rates.

Business Minister, Matthew Hancock, comments: “It’s this spirit of personal endeavour and self-determination that is driving our economic recovery. But home businesses don’t just fire up the economic engines and create jobs, they turn dormitory towns into living communities, they keep our streets safer, and by driving down car emissions, cleaner too.”