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Business in focus

Car traders and consumer law

Guidance for dealerships

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Care homes: complaints

Dealing with complaints in the care homes sector

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This bulletin is from Business Companion. Impartial, Government-backed information and guidance.

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Practical holiday law

A guide to practical holiday law

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UKCA / CE mark crossover period extended
The Government has today confirmed that businesses may continue to use the CE mark until 1 January 2023. More >

Changes to allergen labelling laws
Historically, foods that are 'prepacked for direct sale' (PPDS) - for example, sandwiches that are packaged in the shop from which they will be sold - have been subject to fewer requirements for allergen labelling than fully prepacked food. However, following the sad death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse in 2016, that is set to change. More >