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Deregistration from VAT is often a fairly straightforward process. However, there are some important aspects to bear in mind which, if misunderstood, could prove costly.

Firms have been reminded by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that the date for submitting their 2008-09 employer annual returns has passed but that they could still avoid late-filing penalties.

Businesses are being advised not to take refusals of help with funding from banks as the final word on the matter.

One in three of the businesses included in a recent survey froze their wages in April.

The announcement of two management buyout deals, both financed by Clydesdale Bank, shows there is still life in the sector.

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