Consultation Papers

Below is a full list of recent consultations that the RMI have submitted responses to. Alternatively, you can click on the links below to search for consultation responses relevant to a specific policy area, or search by date using the navigation to the right of the screen.


This consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to meet the UK’s obligation to put in place an adequate and efficient regulatory regime to supervise compliance with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR). It also seeks views on exercising the national discretions the IFR affords to member states; namely the way in which member states apply and set caps to interchange fee rates, and, based on an assessment of market shares, the application of a time-limited exemption period of up to 3 years to three-party card systems that use issuers or acquirers.


This discussion paper sets out the government's current understanding of the problems that face small businesses and details a possible solution. The aim of the consultation document is to provide details and receive feedback in regards to establishing a Small Business Commissioner that would be able to aid small businesses in their relationship with larger firms. 

The main functions of the Small Business Commissioner will be:

  • providing information, general advice and signposting
  • offering mediation to resolve disputes
  • dealing with complaints

The RMI surveyed a number of its members across each association, receiving 115 responses. These responses and the anecdotal evidence provided have been anonymised and then used and reflected in the RMI's consultation response.

Overall, the RMI is in support of the Small Business Commissioner, however, a number of points of caution have been listed within the response.


The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published the Protecting the term apprenticeship: Preventing misuse of the term 'apprenticeship' and 'apprentice' in relation to unauthorised training - consultation document. 

The consultation looks at legally protecting the terms 'apprentice' and 'apprenticeship'. The Government proposes that an offence is created that will prohibit a person using either term in relation to any course or training in England unless it is in relation to a Government funded apprenticeship. Breach of this measure would result in a penalty and prosecution in the Magistrates' Court. 

The RMI is in support of the proposal but has warned that Government funded apprenticeships must be open to expansion, to cover those apperenticeships currently offered by private training providers. 


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