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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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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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