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Changes to the Consumer Rights Act (CRA). What do you need to know?

October 2015 heralds a wholesale overhaul of the UK’s consumer rights regime.

Designed to clarify and consolidate existing consumer law – which currently spans ten different acts – the new CRA also introduces some significant changes.

Intended to make the law clearer and easier to understand, the Act does present a number of challenges for businesses. It is expected that most companies will need to make at least some changes to their terms and conditions before it comes into force on 1 October.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act. What do you need to do now?

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEE) received Royal Assent last month and is set to herald significant changes to UK company law.

Scheduled to be implemented by October 2016, proponents hope the legislation will considerably improve the position of SMEs by reducing red tape and ensuring fair competition.

Ultimately, the Act could play a crucial role in influencing investors considering doing business in the UK.

Central to the legislation, there are a number of changes relating to what companies file with Companies House. It is expected that all companies will be affected by at least some of the changes.

Diversification – what you need to know

Against a tough economic backdrop many farmers and other landowners have chosen diversification as a way of keeping their farm financially viable and protected for the next generation. With approximately half of all UK farms using some form of diversified activity in their farming business it can provide a welcome and crucial income stream.

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Advice for franchisees when buying a franchise start up

1. Get sufficient information (including accounts) before purchasing a franchise. What is the franchisor providing? Is the franchisor providing equipment, stock and stationery? Will the franchisor provide advice and assistance in locating and securing business premises? What initial training and assistance in launching the business is being provided. Is there an operations manual in existence…

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