Review of business red tape

The review of Northern Ireland business red tape is now complete. The review uses the experience and ideas of those who are impacted by regulation on a daily basis gathered by the review team to help us reform red tape.


The review was led by the former Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on behalf of the then Minister and the Executive.

The NI Executive was keen for the review to look to improve the regulatory landscape in Northern Ireland, and reduce unnecessary burden where it may exist for businesses. The team relied heavily on positive engagement with business representative bodies, businesses and NI departments and regulators.

Main recommendations

The six main recommendations within the report are:

  • appoint an independent Better Regulation Champion
  • adopt a regulatory budget scheme to manage the flow of regulations
  • progress sector specific reviews in a rolling programme
  • improvements to the regulatory impact assessment (RIA) process, including the appointment of an independent scrutiny committee to provide opinion on departmental RIAs
  • publish an annual statement on regulation
  • revitalise the regulators forum

Final report

For more information about the recommendations, read the final report, 'Making Life Simpler: Improving Business Regulation in NI'

Research reports


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