A pilot initiative to cut regulation for retailers has been launched by the Consumer Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe.
The Retail Enforcement Pilot tests a range of measures aimed at slashing red tape.
Running initially in Bexley and Warwickshire, the scheme is a partnership with businesses and local and national enforcement agencies.
It aims to ensure multiple visits to retailers are avoided, agree a common standard across enforcement agencies and promote best practice, investigate how to improve the way business receives information and advice on regulatory requirements, and establish mechanisms to resolve the conflicting requirements of different enforcement agencies.
A new CD Rom has been produced, acting as a "one stop shop" for regulatory information.
The scheme runs until next year, with plans to launch a second phase in other local authority areas. Improved regulation of the retail sector is a key step in the Department of Trade and Industry's aim of reducing the regulatory cost to business by £1 billion over the next five years.