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30 October 2018 Business rates relief - less of a relief than we all hoped...

Well it’s been talked about over the last few weeks and today we’ve finally heard that the Chancellor promises to help small shops by cutting business rates by a third for all retailers in England with a rateable value of £51,000 or less.

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10 October 2018 Supreme Court rules no discrimination in 'gay cake' case

The Supreme Court in Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd was asked to consider whether a refusal to make a cake in support of gay marriage amounted to discrimination because of sexual orientation, religious belief or political opinion.

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20 June 2017 Sainsbury’s response to Amazon’s entry into the grocery business

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Food, Sainsbury’s look to expand with a proposed acquisition of Nisa.

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19 June 2017 Amazon sets the supermarkets in its sights!

Well, I think we all knew this was coming. It felt like only a matter of time before Amazon decided to focus its sights on the grocery business.

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23 November 2016 Autumn statement ends “middle-class perks”

Philip Hammond has today delivered the Autumn statement and, as usual, there are a number of changes which will impact on employers and employees.

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2 September 2016 Sale now on - UK registered designs

In March 2016 the Government announced its intention to reduce fees for the registration of UK Registered Designs, following their consultation in January. Unsurprisingly, the majority of responses favoured a reduction in registered design fees.

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1 September 2016 Biggest shipping company in South Korea, Hanjin Shipping, files for receivership

The world’s seventh largest container carrier, Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, filed for receivership yesterday as banks led by Korea Development Bank withdrew their backing from the company for failing to tackle its debt of approximately $5.5 billion.

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12 February 2016 “FAT bastard” wine put on ice by the ASA

In an ASA ruling released this week, Iceland Foods Limited 'Iceland' was found to have breached Rule 1.3 of the CAP Code by distributing a marketing circular to over 175,000 residential addresses (including, by mistake, to a primary school) which, on the external back page, advertised an introductory offer on the “FAT bastard” brand of wine.

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12 February 2016 Product recall: a new central register and a call for a change in the law

The Retail Ombudsman has today announced the launch of a new ‘central register’, due to go live next week, designed to hold contact details for consumers in order to facilitate automatic updates in the event of a product recall.

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19 November 2015 ASA finds that ‘#sp’ does not identify Instagram posts as adverts

Following a number of high profile ASA decisions regarding celebrity endorsement ads in the last few years, the latest ASA decision has limited the boundaries to which advertisers can push their celeb endorsement ads via social media.

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