SMALL businesses are paying millions of pounds on employment advice which they could be getting for free, according to new government research.
Four in ten small businesses said they turned to external advisers for advice on training, recruitment, retention and legislation according to the study from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
Staff training was the biggest concern to small business owners, followed swiftly by keeping up to date with employee legislation.
Instead of paying for advice, simple guidelines are available from www.businesslink.gov.uk/employingpeople The site includes a redundancy tool and an employing people checklist.
Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said, "For small businesses in particular, every penny counts and they shouldn’t have to put their hands in their pockets unnecessarily.
"By using Business Link as their first port of call, businesses could save on the costs of advice."