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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The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has been replaced by two new regulatory bodies, which will aim to monitor financial institutions and better protect consumers.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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Scottish business groups comment on rates relief scheme

Business groups have been responding to the Scottish Government's announcement to introduce a business rates relief of up to 100 per cent on empty properties from April this year.

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New measures proposed to tackle anti-competitive behaviour

Small businesses and consumers could benefit from a fast-track process when taking legal action against businesses that compete unfairly, under new measures proposed by competition minister Jo Swinson.

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Business groups respond to EU referendum proposals

Business groups have been responding to Prime Minister David Cameron's proposals for a referendum on the UK's relationship with the European Union.

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Rush hour flexible working idea dismissed by business group

The suggestion that all workers should be given the right to flexible working to avoid rush hour traffic has been dismissed as 'nonsensical' by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

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Ofcom proposes price protection for broadband and phone users

Broadband, landline and mobile consumers could soon be protected from mid-contract price hikes as an independent consultation into how to better protect customers is launched.

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Ban on commission-based selling for financial advisers

Financial advisers are no longer allowed to receive commission on the sales of financial products under new rules in force today.

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New 'gender neutral' insurance rules now in force

Insurers are no longer able to take gender into account when calculating insurance premiums, after new European rules came into force today.

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