Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

OFT: The Competition Commission (CC) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) have published guidance setting out good practice principles for the design & presentation of consumer survey research in merger inquiries.
 
The guidance is designed to assist companies and their advisors wishing to submit research evidence to the two authorities during merger inquiries, and is likely to be of particular interest to legal firms, management consultancies, economic consultancies and market research agencies. Merger survey evidence submitted as part of merger inquiries is often used to help the authorities define markets or assess the closeness of competition between firms.
Press release & related links
 
Defra: Climate change will bring opportunities for economic growth if British businesses think now about how climate change will affect them, Environment Minister Lord Henley said recently.  The message came at the launch of a new interactive online tool designed by Defra and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to prepare businesses for both climate risks & opportunities.
 
The Climate Resilience Toolkit is a quick & simple online tool available on the Business Link website for businesses wanting to increase their resilience to the changing climate, or explore possibilities for growth by taking advantage of the opportunities climate change will bring.
 
The toolkit provides a tailored report for each business to help it focus on what it should be doing to prepare, such as checking the robustness of its supply chain, the threat of flooding to premises and possible changes in customer demand for products.
Press release &related links ~ Climate Resilience Toolkit
 
QCDA: The 2011 maladministration guidance materials for schools & local authorities are now available.  
Press release
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