Councils have promised to take a series of measures aimed at supporting local businesses through the economic downturn.

The government needs to review the burden imposed on employers by employment rules and regulations in order to tackle unemployment and to make sure the jobs market grows once the downturn is over.

Employers are being warned not to reduce levels of workplace safety training as a way of saving costs.

Companies that are late in submitting their annual accounts to Companies House will have to pay more in penalties.

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