Measures to support small businesses contained in the Enterprise Act 2016

Implementation date: 4 May 2016

The Enterprise Act 2016 introduces legislation to further reduce regulation on small businesses.

The main elements of the Act are:

  • establishing a small business commissioner to help resolve disputes between businesses, such as late payments;
  • improving the business rates appeals system;
  • preventing misuse of the term "apprenticeship" and setting an apprenticeship target for the public sector;
  • enhancing shop workers' rights to opt out of Sunday working;
  • introducing a requirement on statutory regulators to measure the economic impact of new legislation on businesses; and
  • introducing a legal obligation on insurers to pay insurance claims within a reasonable period of time.

The Act received Royal Assent on 4 May 2016 and the provisions are being commenced by various regulations.