I love the idea that it's been *easy* up to now, red-tape-wise. Dealing with things like tax law, waste management directives, employment law, charity law, licensing, EU safety regs etc etc (I could go on for several paragraphs) has been a big part of our daily lives for months now. A lot of these things are really expensive. CE ratings are just another set of hoops we have to jump through, but I can assure you it's not one we plan to stumble at.
It's hard to estimate from outside just how many moving parts there are in a business like this. And I agree that governments could do a lot more to help manufacturers like us: did you know, for example, that if we build in the UK we have to pay import duty on parts; but if we build abroad, we don't have to pay duty because a finished device is exempt? This is beyond bizarre, and it's directly damaging to UK businesses.
Director of Communications, Raspberry Pi