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Small businesses are being urged to be mindful of complying with the rules on health and safety ahead of the publication of a new official strategy.

Pension industry groups are warning that government plans to cut the tax relief available to higher earners on their pension contributions could have an adverse impact on the whole savings and retirement system.

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.

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