Business Regulation

Scotland: Firms need clarity on referendum

Scottish businesses need more clarity on how the referendum will affect them before voting on whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become independent, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said.

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Customers increasingly aware of data rights

Businesses will need to realise the commercial importance of handling customer data correctly in order to succeed in 2013, the head of the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said.

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Relaxed RTI rules extended to April 2014

The temporary relaxation of real-time information (RTI) reporting rules for small businesses will be extended until April 2014, HMRC has announced.

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Red tape freeze extended

From 2014, businesses with fewer than 50 employees are to benefit from the same regulatory exemptions that currently apply to smaller businesses, as the government continues its drive to reduce red tape.

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New MOT testing could hit small businesses

EU plans to introduce additional MOT testing on light trailers and tractors have been opposed by MEPs in Brussels.

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Business groups respond to legislative agenda

The Government's plans for the new parliamentary session have been outlined in the Queen's Speech. Proposals of interest to businesses include those around national insurance contributions, consumer rights and deregulation.

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Employee share buy-back rules relaxed

Simplified rules for businesses to buy back employee-owned shares in the company have come into force. The changes are aimed at encouraging greater take-up of direct employee ownership and reducing the regulatory burden on businesses.

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National Minimum Wage to increase

The UK adult National Minimum Wage is to increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour with effect from 1 October 2013.

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Businesses welcome EU-UK relationship change

Businesses broadly support the idea of a 're-negotiation' of the UK's relationship with the European Union, a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has revealed.

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Empty properties charged £1.1 billion in business rates

Up to £1.1 billion in business rates were paid on empty properties last year - a 19 per cent increase since 2009 - the Tax Payers' Alliance has revealed.

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