The Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (the “Regulations”) came into force on 28 December 2009. They implement the EU Services Directive and affect all businesses (including individuals) that offer or provide services in the United Kingdom. The bulk of the Regulations is aimed at making it easier for service providers to offer their services in other states of the EU as it is felt that the internal market in this area is not functioning as efficiently and effectively as hoped.