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On Friday 23 January 2009, the Office for National Statistics produced the figures confirming what everyone knew: that the UK economy was in technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.
New legislation, giving employees the right to request time off for training, will not be extended to include agency staff.
Companies House has stepped up its efforts to warn firms that they face more punitive penalties for the late filing of annual accounts.
Businesses are being reminded that the date by which they can claim a refund on past VAT payments is 31 March 2009.
The government’s Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill has been published, representing the first complete overhaul of apprenticeship legislation for nearly 200 years.

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