02 December 2015
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a range of simple materials to help small businesses understand the law when it comes to competing fairly. Recent research with UK businesses has revealed that many don't know that certain activities can be illegal. This means that businesses could unknowingly be the victims of others who are breaking the law, or could be at risk of breaking it themselves.
The materials aim to explain in straightforward, plain language why competition matters for businesses and what they can look out for to avoid falling foul of others who act anti-competitively. They also include tips for businesses and their staff as well as information on what to do if they need to report activity they think is illegal.
The materials consist of a number of short films that explain different anti-competitive activities, as well as an at-a-glance guide to competition law, a checklist on what to avoid, short case studies about others who have broken the law and a quick online quiz for users to test how much they know about the law.
The full suite of materials can be found at www.gov.uk/cma/competing-fairly-in-business.