Regulations

Firms urged to update business records or risk penalties

Business owners are being reminded to keep their business records up to date, following a report that HMRC issued large fines to a company who failed to notify the authority of a change of name.

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Rogue money firms could face immediate closure from OFT

Businesses and individuals are to benefit from a Government clamp down on rogue companies that miss-sell consumer credit products or services.

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Small businesses want looser ties to EU

Eight out of ten small businesses in the UK do not want further integration with the European Union (EU), a poll by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has found.

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Number of employment tribunal claims down, but backlog continues to grow

The number of employment tribunal claims fell to 186,300 during 2011-12, figures from the Ministry of Justice show.

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Planning delays stunt business growth, says business group

Small businesses in the UK are being held back from potential growth because of failures in the country's 'costly' and 'complex' planning system, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Employers to be given greater powers to remove staff

The Government has announced plans to introduce new legislation making it easier for firms to dismiss under-performing workers.

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International patent system to be simplified

Businesses are to benefit from a faster and more efficient system when applying for international patents due to a relaxation of rules, says the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO).

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Small businesses struggling with ineffective infrastructure

Rising energy costs and access to effective telecommunications, including broadband and mobile phone reception, have topped the polls as some of the most important infrastructure issues for small businesses, new research from the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has found.

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Landmark Supreme Court ruling on forced retirement

The UK Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal from an older worker who was forced to retire, in a landmark ruling that may establish new ground rules for employer powers regarding the treatment of older employees.

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Will writing and estate administration should be regulated, says advisory group

Providers of Will-writing and estate administration services should be regulated, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said, after research found an inadequate standard of Will administration and safekeeping of consumer's money.

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