Regulations

Government plans unveiled in Queen's Speech

The government has revealed its legislative goals for the next Parliament in the Queen's Speech. Here's a summary of the key bills affecting businesses.

Business secretary announces Enterprise Bill

A new Enterprise Bill designed to reduce regulation on businesses by at least £10 billion over the next 5 years has been announced by Business Secretary Sajid Javid.

Small firms voice hopes for new government

More than half of small business owners want the new Conservative government to prioritise reducing regulation, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Late payment tops SME election agenda

Tackling late and unfair payment practices has been at the top of the small business agenda throughout the 2015 election campaign.

SMEs risk breaking insurance law

Many SMEs misunderstand their legal insurance obligations and risk breaking the law, a survey by Aviva has found.

HMRC underestimates EU VAT impact

HMRC miscalculated the number of small firms affected by the new EU VAT rules by more than 10,000%, according to a report by Enterprise Nation.

Auto-enrolment exemptions introduced

Employers will not have to auto-enrol employees in certain circumstances because of changes to government legislation.

Auto-enrolment could slow business growth

Auto-enrolment costs could stall the growth of small and micro businesses, according to a survey commissioned by Enrolsme.

Shared parental leave changes give more flexibility

New rules regarding shared parental leave have come into effect, allowing parents and adopters more flexibility in how they care for their child during its first year of life.

Small firms lack confidence in late payment rules

Small businesses do not trust the Prompt Payment Code to effectively tackle the UK's poor payment culture, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses.

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