Environmental regulations in the UK: How user-friendly are they for business?
Ann Hansford1, Thérèse Woodward2 and John Hasseldine3, (1)Bristol Business School, United Kingdom; (2)Kingston University, United Kingdom; (3)Nottingham University Business School, United Kingdom
The effectiveness of any government’s policies on the environment will depend upon a range of factors including the appropriateness of the regulations, the simplicity of implementation and the monitoring regime.

This paper considers the effectiveness of such policies, drawing upon the findings from an extensive survey of SMEs supported by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The study considered a range of issues including the quality, administration and compliance costs of environmental regulations, with data being collected through an on-line questionnaire survey that was complemented by in-depth interviews. This paper highlights areas that require urgent attention in order to achieve environmental objectives without causing an undue burden to be imposed upon business.

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