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Small firms have seen a rise of 40 per cent in late payments, adding to the woes of the economic downturn.

The new Business Rates Supplement Bill must be amended if local economies are not to be hit by the burden of unwanted extra taxes, the CBI has warned.

A leading business group has petitioned the government to scrap legislation which allows local authorities to charge a tax on business car parking spaces.

The government has announced that it is to set up a pilot scheme aimed at helping smaller businesses comply with health and safety and employment rules.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has said that the planned date for the restoration of the old rate of VAT will come at the worst possible time for businesses.

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