Virtually every government in recent times has professed a desire to reduce and streamline the regulatory burden on British business. However genuine the intentions, these initiatives have typically failed. The quantity of red tape – and its reach – just goes up and up. Those running and setting up businesses – or those merely contemplating pursuing an idea which might lead to starting up a company - therefore find themselves in an extraordinary position. There seems to be a general consensus that the hoops and hurdles which businesses face are simply too hard to navigate in a simple and straightforward fashion. Yet the number of these obstacles just continues to grow.