Business Regulation

Scottish government urged to support business

The Scottish government should do more to keep the cost of doing business down, the Scottish Retail Consortium has said.

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SMEs uncertain about flexible working

Nearly half (45%) of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are unaware of the upcoming changes to the law on flexible working, according to a study by Citrix/YouGov.

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Gender pay gap reduction call

The next government should set a national target for reducing the gender pay gap, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

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Underpaid workers get £4.6 million in wage arrears

Underpaid workers received more than £4.6 million in minimum wage arrears during 2013/14, HM Revenue & Customs has said.

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New mortgage rules take effect

People applying for a mortgage are to face tougher financial checks, as the Financial Conduct Authority’s new market regulations take effect tomorrow (26 April 2014).

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Business lending continues to fall

The annual rate of growth in lending to UK businesses decreased by £0.5 billion in the 3 months to February 2014, according to the Bank of England.

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Overdrafts poor value, says FCA

Overdraft terms set by lenders are "complex and opaque", the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said.

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Employment law changes coming into effect

The start of the new tax year on 6 April 2014 will see a number of changes to employment law.

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SMEs need consumer-level protection

Small and micro businesses need the same level of protection as consumers when buying utilities, according to a report by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Retirement options advice reforms

Pension providers will have to do more to help retirees turn their pension savings into a retirement income, under reforms announced by the Association of British Insurers.

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