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What's new?

What's new: just published resources

A summary of the content in the new transport and logistics section

Get your transport business moving

New online services and guides to help you operate safely and within the law

Watch new video case studies where business owners and managers share real-life experiences

Video case studies

Watch new video case studies where business owners and managers share real-life experiences

What's new: recession-busters

New government initiative - trade credit insurance top-up scheme

Trade credit insurance top-up

Find out how you can benefit from the new government-backed scheme

The government announced on 1 April 2009 that businesses would be able to Spread their business-rates payments

More time to pay business rates

You can now spread your business rate payments

What's new: regulations and your business

Regulations that came into force in April 2009

April 2009 regulation changes

Find out how the 6 April regulation changes affect your business

At-a-glance guidance about new and changing regulations that affect small and medium-sized businesses

Regulation updates

Keep track of regulation changes affecting small business with our at-a-glance guidance


What's new: in the workplace

Are you ready for 6 April?

Resolving workplace disputes: an easier way

Find out how the rules on resolving disputes at work have been simplified.

Pay and work rights helpline

Pay and work rights helpline

Call a new helpline for advice on the minimum wage, working time and agency worker rights

What's new: developing your business

Use our interactive tool to search for an available company name and trade mark

Company name and trade mark checker

Use our tool to search for available names and trade marks for your business

Identify new online marketing opportunities for your business

Online marketing - a cost-effective approach

Find out how online marketing can help you reach customers in a cost-effective way

What's new: Budget and Pre-Budget Report (PBR)

Details of the 2009 Budget

Budget 2009

Find out how the Chancellor's statement affects your business


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Find out how free or low-cost software can benefit your business