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MPs call for Government to help SMEs in bank 'mis-selling scandal'

Toby Perkins, shadow small business minister, and Chris Leslie, shadow Treasury minister, have called for the Government to take urgent action against growing claims that mis-selling by banks has driven many driven small businesses to the point of bankruptcy.

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Four in five SMEs affected by postal price hike

Four in five small businesses in the UK believe the change in postal rates - which came into effect on 30 April 2012 - will affect their business and the ways in which they communicate with customers.

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New defined benefit pension rules offer breathing space for employers

The Pensions Regulator is to relax the rules regarding defined benefit pension schemes, after fears that businesses are putting themselves at risk struggling to maintain funding in the current economic climate.

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Businesses still struggling with late payment culture

Companies struggling with the effects of late payment are failing to take advantage formal procedures and are putting their business at risk, a new business report has warned.

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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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Four out of five companies offer flexi-working

Over 80 per cent of UK firms now offer employees flexible working options, a new study has found; although nearly 38 per cent of businesses only extend the privilege to senior members of staff.

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SMEs not celebrating lost Jubilee trade

Three quarters of small businesses admit they are unhappy about the number of additional bank holidays to celebrate national events such as this summer's Jubilee and last year's Royal Wedding, because they are concerned about lost trade, a business support group survey has found.

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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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Scottish SMEs cautious about zero waste plan

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland have welcomed the Scottish Government's zero waste strategy but remain concerned about potential compliance costs, according to a survey conducted by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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Early staging dates for pension auto enrolment now available

Businesses now have the option to bring forward the staging date in which they will automatically enrol employees into a work place pension scheme.

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