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Government scheme to prevent late payment to small businesses not working

Government scheme to prevent late payment to small businesses not working

A BBC investigation has confirmed what many UK small business owners have been saying for a long time now – the measures to prevent late payment are simply not working. In 2008 the government established the Prompt Payment Code in order to ensure that small businesses get the money they are entitled to, often owed…

How knowing basic employment law can help in the workplace

How knowing basic employment law can help in the workplace

Knowing your rights at work is of great importance; it ensures that both parties, employers and employees, are adhering to current government laws. However, it can sometimes be tricky knowing how many hours (by law) you can work in a week? Or how many days holiday your employees are actually entitled to? Within each company…

New Zealand leads the way in patent reform

New Zealand leads the way in patent reform

No-one can argue that the patent system in the US is out of control. What started as a brilliant way of protecting intellectual property has now become a way of stifling innovation and a way for big businesses with very deep pockets to put an end to new competition by involving them in expensive and…

UK: Support your local pub

UK: Support your local pub

The Forum of Private Business announced this week that they would be supporting a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of pubs in the UK and to get as many people as possible involved in a potential government consultation. The consultation will hopefully stop the big pub companies abusing their landlords by making them…

eBay Seller Suing Over Negative Feedback

eBay Seller Suing Over Negative Feedback

You’ve probably used eBay a few times, whether it was as a buyer or seller. Even for good sellers, it’s not uncommon to receive negative feedback through circumstances out of your control – perhaps the item was lost in the post or the customer bought something they didn’t really want. One seller in Ohio was…

End of ARC’s or Automatically Renewable Contracts

Ofcom’s ban on automatically renewable contracts (ARCs) or ‘rolling’ contracts came into effect on 31st December 2011. This means it is now unlawful for telecom providers to roll customers over onto a new contract without their permission. But what does this mean for small businesses? Simply, if you are a consumer or a business with…

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