Business Regulation

Forgotten invoices cost SMEs dear

UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) could be losing up to £3.7 billion as a result of poor internal systems and financial accounting, according to a survey by Exact.

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Scottish procurement reform to help small businesses

Changes to Scottish procurement rules will make it easier for small businesses to bid for public sector contracts, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Payday lenders face tougher rules

There will be 'tougher requirements' for payday lenders and 'stronger protection' for consumers when the Financial Conduct Authority takes over regulation of the consumer credit industry in April 2014.

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End of auto-rollover energy contracts for businesses

Small businesses will no longer be locked into 'automatic rollover' energy contracts after five of the UK's 'big six' energy companies agreed to end the practice.

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Employee 'shares for rights' scheme comes into force

A new employment status that allows workers to waive certain rights - such as the ability to claim for unfair dismissal - in exchange for shares has come into effect.

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Employers who underpay will be named and shamed, says Government

Employers who fail to pay their workers the national minimum wage (NMW) will be publicly named under new plans announced by Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson.

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New planning rules put town centres first

An extension of planning and development regulations to make better use of empty buildings will revitalise UK high streets and rural towns, the Department for Communities and Local Government has said.

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Plastic bag charge worth £90 million to Scottish economy

Charging shoppers for single-use bags in Scotland could generate £90 million for the economy, a report by the Scottish Government says.

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Northern Ireland SMEs need more employment support

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need more support and guidance about their employment rights and responsibilities, a report published by the Northern Ireland Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) has found.

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Employment tribunal fees now in force

Workers who take employment disputes to court will now have to pay fees under new legislation in place across the UK.

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