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New legislation, giving employees the right to request time off for training, will not be extended to include agency staff.

Companies House has stepped up its efforts to warn firms that they face more punitive penalties for the late filing of annual accounts.

Businesses are being reminded that the date by which they can claim a refund on past VAT payments is 31 March 2009.

The government’s Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill has been published, representing the first complete overhaul of apprenticeship legislation for nearly 200 years.

Conditions will worsen for UK businesses over the next three months as a result of the squeeze on credit unless the government takes further action, the CBI has warned.

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