The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 introduces a new licensing system.

The scrap metal recycling industry faces further legal changes from 1 October 2013.

Plans to simplify the way self-employed people pay National Insurance Contributions (NICs) have been published for consultation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

According to new research from Direct Line for Business (DL4B), one in five SMEs in the UK has been encouraged to expand following the Government’s decision to introduce an Employment Allowance of £2,000 a year towards employer National Insurance (NI) contributions.

APHC is encouraging all SMEs to consider applying to the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to help them invest and strengthen their businesses.

Business rates remain one of the greatest challenges to the revival of British retail, according to new data from the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) and Colliers International.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) has described changes agreed this week to workplace health as a landmark moment for SMEs and a long-awaited victory for common sense.

Small firms can now access new guidance launched recently by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

Google has been in the news over data protection issues but it serves as a timely reminder to all businesses – including small companies – to comply with the law, Lester Aldridge’s David Ashplant has said.

Accountants warn that many businesses are “completely unprepared” for a wave of bureaucracy coming into force with the new Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system.

New workplace signs must comply with proposed legislation that could see all workplace signage standardised throughout Europe.

Tomorrow (6 April), employers will be required to change the way they report payroll to the HMRC with the introduction of Real-Time PAYE. Intuit has worked closely with HMRC throughout the pilot phase.

The British Safety Council has a new set of e-learning courses for health and safety risk assessments.

Giles Margerison, director for TomTom Business Solutions UK and Ireland.

Nearly half of UK business drivers surveyed in a new study by TomTom Business Solutions admit to submitting false mileage claims.

A new e-learning course that helps company directors and senior managers to understand their duties under health and safety law, and identify ways of improving their organisation's health and safety performance, has been launched by the British Safety Council.

Acas has today launched a consultation on a draft Code of Practice on the extended right to request flexible working.

Under the Government’s proposals, announced in November last year, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more. Employers are obliged to consider all requests in a reasonable manner.

Small businesses have their heads in the sand when it comes to Real Time PAYE, according to new research from Intuit, the small business accounting, payroll and payments specialist.

HMRC has confirmed that it will go live with Real Time Information reporting for PAYE and National Insurance Contributions from April this year.

Trade Direct Insurance was recently appointed by Kingfisher Group UK & Ireland division as sole supplier and administrator of policies covering both tools insurance and the all important public liability insurance for customers of the Kingfisher Group’s UK trade brands, which include Screwfix, TradePoint and Trade UK.

Relief from business rates when property is empty applies only if the property is totally unoccupied says Katherine Pearson at law form Mills & Reeve LLP. A recent case concerned the storage of papers in a warehouse.

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