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Detailed information

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In-Depth Guides

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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Recently published guidance

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Car traders and consumer law       Batteries
Care homes: complaints       E-scooters
Coronavirus (COVID-19)   Novel foods (including CBD and hemp)
PPE       Plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers
Practical holiday law   Refill shops
Working safely: a retail guide     Supplying surplus food and co-products as feed
    Units of measurement

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