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Tobacco firms refused plain packaging appeal permission

The UK Supreme Court has refused permission for tobacco firms to appeal against the plain packaging for cigarettes legislation that will come into force next month.

First apprentices join new Prinovis scheme

Prinovis UK has welcomed the first entrants to a new apprenticeship programme that provides structured training over four years.

Government targets late payments with Small Business Conciliation Service

The government will create a new body to help settle disputes between small and large businesses, especially over late payment, as part of a new Enterprise Bill that will also target a further £10bn reduction in red tape.

Conservatives promise 'significant' hike in Annual Investment Allowance

The Conservative Party has promised a new "significantly higher, permanent level for the Annual Investment Allowance" alongside a mix of new and existing policies in its pre-election manifesto.

Labour manifesto promises rates cut for small business

The Labour Party has promised to "cut and then freeze business rates for over 1.5m smaller business properties" in its manifesto, which was launched yesterday ahead of next month's general election.

New law to tackle illegal use of print machinery to come into force

New legislation for England and Wales aimed at tackling the illegal use of specialist printing equipment has come into force.

Small Business Act paves way for improved SME finance

Small businesses are expected to benefit from improved access to finance as a result of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act, which received Royal Assent last week.

BPIF welcomes SME support in pre-election Budget

The BPIF has welcomed a number of business-support measures announced in last week's pre-election Budget, including the launch of a consultation into the current system of business rates.

Government brings forward plain cigarette packaging vote

A parliamentary vote on the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products has been bumped up and will now take place before the general election.

Business minister claims deregulation drive has 'saved business £10bn'

The government's drive to cut business regulation via its 'One-in, Two-out' rule has saved companies £10bn over the past four years, according to business minister Matthew Hancock.

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