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Increases in business and personal tax pose a risk to the health of the UK economy, a survey has suggested.

A consultation has been launched on a £2 billion relief scheme aimed at helping businesses cope with rises in their rates bills.

A better and more informed use of design could be vital in helping UK firms both to come through the recession and to thrive when the economy picks up.

A leading employers’ group has expressed worries over plans to give the Information Commissioner more powers to make sure firms are complying with the Data Protection Act.

The economy may be emerging from the depths of the recession but firms will still encounter difficulties on the road to recovery, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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