Editor's Note

Tuesday 2 August

Oliver Milman /

Oliver MilmanToday on StartupSmart, we help you tackle a persistent source of small business anguish – red tape.

Both major political parties have recently pledged to tear strips of red tape away from time-poor start-ups, but the reality is that the regulatory burden still weighs heavily upon entrepreneurs.

We take a look at whether the situation has gotten worse in recent years and what you can do if you feel you are spending more time filling in forms than running your business.

Elsewhere, StartupSmart Awards winner Jo Burston explains how top entrepreneurs set themselves high expectations and mentor Brad Callaughan has some tips on how to hire a decent bookkeeper.

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