Retail, Food and Hospitality Regulatory Update 1 June 2015

Enterprise Bill in Queens Speech: As anticipated, the Queens Speech contains a bill to pave the way for £10Bn red tape savings; a ‘small business conciliation service’ to deal with late payment issues, greater accountability of national regulators to business and strengthening of the Primary Authority scheme to streamline local enforcement - but detail remains lacking.

Recommended Retail Price comparison complaint upheld: The ASA has upheld a complaint regarding a bathroom supplier claiming reductions from RRP for its own brand exclusive supply lines.

Scottish Business Pledge: Scottish Government is actively encouraging businesses to sign a pledge including commitments on the living wage, avoidance of zero hours contracts, prompt payment and employee representation.

Illegal ingredient in food colouring pens: Food Standards Scotland has highlighted the presence of an unapproved additive ‘Isopropyl Alcohol’ as a carrier in some brands of food colouring pens.

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Hilary Ross

Executive Partner (London) - Head of Retail, Food & Hospitality

Recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s Top 100 lawyers, I advise clients on compliance and challenges across the EU in relation to products, systems and safety.