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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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New law clarifies insurance cover

Changes to insurance laws which came into effect this month are likely to benefit consumers and the way they make claims.

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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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Business red tape cuts come into force

Businesses will benefit from dozens of cuts to regulations which came into force this week, including a simplification of the ways firms can use assets to raise finance, the Government has said.

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Large rise in number of zero-hour contracts

The number of workers on contracts with no guarantee of regular hours or pay doubled to 200,000 during the last six months of 2012, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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FSA replaced by new financial regulators

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has been replaced by two new regulatory bodies, which will aim to monitor financial institutions and better protect consumers.

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Half of business red-tape to be cut

Half of the 115 regulations affecting the day-to-day running of UK businesses are to be removed, according to initial findings from the Government's Company and Commercial Law Red Tape Challenge.

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