Regulations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has been replaced by two new regulatory bodies, which will aim to monitor financial institutions and better protect consumers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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