30th April 2013
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Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st April 2012
way of explanation. The
term 'home business' consists of two words.
'Business' is the second one; it's there to
qualify and support the word 'home' and all
that goes with it - and not vice versa. Consequently,
we also list below, items which are of interest
and value to the home. Whether in its context
as an office or as a part of your family and
lifestyle but always
directed at the improved prospects and enjoyment
that running a business from home, in its entirety,
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Non-bank business lending increases. http://www.cdfa.org.uk/2013/04/19/demand-for-non-bank-business-loans-increases/
The number of business loans provided by
non-bank community lenders increased by 33%
in Q1 of 2013 compared with the previous quarter,
according to a survey by the Community Development
Finance Association (CDFA). The CDFA said awareness
of non-bank lending among firms was increasing,
particularly as recent figures from the Bank
of England showed falling demand for traditional
bank loans. (EnterpriseQuest)
taxman's £4.5 billions'-worth of tax deals
for just four corporations. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/29/sweetheart-tax-deals
Nothing new here despite the story being
labelled as an 'exclusive'. Nor is the
situation going to change, no matter how much
posturing Messrs Cameron and Osborne do at EU
meetings or for publication in the UK's tabloid
propaganda - which of course, tacitly promotes
and helps the country's 'official' tax-evading
culture for Big Corps. Being tax evaders themselves.
Portas accuses ex-Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy
of 'talking crap' over disappearance of butchers
from British high streets. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mary-portas-accuses-extesco-boss-sir-terry-leahy-of-talking-crap-over-disappearance-of-butchers-from-british-high-streets-8595620.html
Unfortunately, the country is run by a ruling
class with piss-poor special needs schooling
who believe in crap.
is not regarded as an effective training method.
Only 15% of organisations that currently use
e-learning believe it is the most effective
training option available, according to a survey
by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development (CIPD) and Cornerstone OnDemand.
Many of the survey respondents felt face-to-face
training, such as coaching by line managers
and in-house training, was more effective than
e-learning. As a result, two fifths of respondents
reported that e-learning accounted for less
than 10% of total training time, while the majority
believed it was more effective when combined
with other types of learning. (EnterpriseQuest)
E-learning or online support, never has been
viewed by the professionals as 'effective'.
Its only supporters and proponents are those
people, businesses or organisations who stand
to make a lot of money from pretending it is
so. And sheep.
keyboard gets the thumbs-down. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/29/qwerty-tablet-keyboard-touch-type
overtakes US to become world's biggest PC market.
upgrade airline tickets to business class gain
in popularity. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/the-end-of-the-free-upgrade-the-great-airline-business-upgrade-auction-is-ready-for-takeoff-8595560.html
& Pack Show, Harrogate, 14th - 16th May
Home Association 'Back To The Garden' Project
concludes memorandum of understanding with Polish
Tourist Organisation. http://www.poland-convention.pl/en/service/news/%E2%80%9Cback-to-the-garden%E2%80%9D-with-the-our-home-association/
processing provider PaymentSense - free processing
rate review. http://links.paymentsense.mkt5663.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDEzOTYxNzES1&r=NDY4NDI1NjQzNjkS1&j=MTg2MTk0Mjg4S0&mt=1&rt=0
Top Twenty Restaurants 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkpicturegalleries/10025815/Worlds-Best-Restaurants-2013-top-20-in-pictures.html
Lending to UK businesses will rise in 2013.
to get a cheap flight. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/29/how-to-get-a-cheap-flight/
messaging overtakes SMS texting for first time.
being deserted by millions of users. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/28/facebook-loses-users-biggest-markets
demand for rock samphire is a precarious business.
the nation'. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/travel/395467/Taste-the-nation
A tiny selection of foodie breaks.
waste your money on expensive supermarket steak.
once have I eaten a good-ish steak bought from
a supermarket. Many, many years ago. That's
why I use my local butcher who can tell me where
his meat comes from, will hang it for me for
as long as I want and lets me have bagfuls of
bones for the dogs, too. Most of which get used
to make stock or broth before I pass them on.
law allows homeowners to defend their property
against intruders. With exceptions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316353/Now-CAN-bash-burglar--gardens-Law-allow-homeowners-defend-property-comes-force.html
Official release: Regional Growth Guide for
local SMEs. https://www.gov.uk/regional-growth-fund-a-guide-for-small-and-medium-enterprises-smes
tax pays for internet shopping loafers.
Most of the 'loafing' being due to slow,
crap internet connections and internet pages
overflowing with jumping advertising and dummyphone-compatible
formatting, especially on tabloid websites.
It could all be solved of course, by paying
public servants in shopping vouchers alone which
could only be redeemed at local, 'High Street'
shops. Unfortunately, that would stop the lucrative
flow of advertising to the media and put them
out of business. Oh, dear. What a shame.
fightback against poor customer service.
out-of-office email replies. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315661/Im-leaving-Holiday-boasts-list-annoying-office-email-replies.html
UK's boom in volunteering. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/special-report-britains-real-big-society-8591235.html
For many years we have been urging home businesses
to get involved in local volunteering and help
sponsor a sports club or community group and
I'm glad to see it's all becoming increasingly
popular - despite all the emphasis on internet
social media. It's good for the soul; I've never
seen a politician or a hack getting involved,
for example. And it's good for business.
new technology to take control of home appliances
when power production falls. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315863/Big-brother-switch-fridge-Power-giants-make-millions--pay-sinister-technology.html
That'll teach people to buy a fridge. When
I was a lad . . . we had larders, pantries and
cellars. Unfortunately, these are being sold
nowadays as 'new homes'.
the terror warnings, urges Richard Branson.
As 'terror' is big business, especially for
the USA, 'warnings' are extremely selective
anyway. The biggest loss of thousands of innocent
lives to terror bombings in recent years has
been the result of American drones and on this
issue, official, even media warnings are non-existent.
drone strikes countries'
or similar, will yield the necessary information
about which parts of the world are currently
being targetted and thus to avoid.
bike goes for sale on eBay. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/395265/Plebgate-bike-goes-on-eBay
To raise money for charity apparently, although
the most popular story doing the rounds is the
bike's owner felt it had become too recognisable,
and as one would expect of a leading politician,
didn't know how to simply change the front basket
to make it look different. On the other hand,
a good shopfront item like this, with all its
history, in anticipation of the summer all-things-cycling
boom seems worth a punt?
to great American investigative journalism and
the Watergate scandal - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal
- which prompts English tabloids to invent terms
like 'Plebgate' to impress their 'pleb' readerships
that they are more than just a bunch of criminal,
hate-preaching propaganda hacks.)
Refund problems with debit cards. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22315496#
Community: ready to donate my old cellphone
but not my personal data. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/26/2013
ghost spending in your home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/26/the-ghosts-in-your-home-spending-6p-an-hour/
best Windows PC is a Mac. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10018698/Apples-MacBook-is-best-performing-Windows-laptop.html
to Wikidata. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2013/apr/26/wikidata-launch
memes and spam; a guide to web words. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/10021175/Trolls-memes-and-spam-author-offers-guide-to-web-words.html
march on Parliament. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/10020968/Beekeepers-Parliament-protest-calls-for-pesticides-ban.html
. . . there to try and influence a government
with its head up Big Corp's arse.
gives 'Hoody Hugger' Dave the bum's rush; greets
Francois Hollande with open arms. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/26/blow-for-cameron-china-hollande
bit of good news for the French President for
a change, who has had the hump ever since a
starving African farmer ate the camel he was
given as an official present by the French government
after it had just finished bombing his country.
totally predictable reaction to Cameron's proposed
visit, on the other hand: Chief Fag and Accomplice
to the US of A which has bombed, terrorised,
starved, mutilated, ruined and robbed 33 countries
since World War 2 alone (http://www.globalresearch.ca/list-of-countries-the-usa-has-bombed-since-the-end-of-world-war-ii/24626)
- AND counting - AND including China itself
a couple of times - destroying as many trade
prospects as lives just so 'Butcher' Bush's
'haves' can 'have' still more. (With a few left-over
scraps for Engerlandt's expired ruling classes
who originally acquired their wealth and 'status'
exactly the same way.)
a total waste of taxpayer's money sending England
County's Prime Ministerial monkey to anywhere
in the world to conduct business, although the
purpose of the exercise is of course, to impress
the 'carrot-IQ', 'fuckin' plebs' back home and
give the country's propaganda hacks something
to write about.
one of the Government's biggest contractors
only pay peanuts in tax. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315583/Tiny-tax-bills-IT-firms-paid-millions-state-Microsoft-Governments-biggest-contractors-make-1-8bn-paid-19million-tax.html
No surprises here, then.
best cafes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/10020732/Londons-best-cafes.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/26/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
getting nowhere. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/22/young-appmakers-cant-job-life
hardest hit by the financial crisis. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/26/women-hardest-hit-by-the-financial-crisis/
too cosy with accounting's 'Big Four'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tax-avoidance-hmrc-too-cosy-with-accountancy-giants-8588945.html
This has been common knowledge for oinks.
Just as much as successive governments' deliberate
failure to do anything about the situation.
It's much, much easier to pick on small traders.
government IT balls-up. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/after-two-years-and-millions-of-pounds-police-computer-plan-is-still-in-limbo-8588845.html
Theresa May and her inner scrotum of civil
servants and advisers impeding the country's
best economic interests YET again. Clearly on
course for acquiring all the credentials and
experience for continuing as a (criminal) media
darling and becoming a future Prime Minister.
Perhaps less time spent on poncing about with
a solitary, supposed 'hate preacher' who hasn't
broken the law and getting on with some efficient
business instead, might be a better idea?
struggling with high living costs are throwing
away £50 of food every month. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10019602/Families-wasting-50-a-month-throwing-away-food-says-minister.html
I can well believe it. All those cooking programmes,
a dozen years wasted at school, a government
of bum politicians and economists and endless
advertising; little wonder plebs can't do money
sums. Or cook. Still, people running a business
from home should be able to find a bit of extra
time to economise although for all the 'home
business' websites out there these days, almost
without exception, the emphasis is always on
making money. By hook, or by crook or by scam
(95%). Yet, that's only half the equation. Learning
how to hang on to your hard-earned, especially
when times are hard, is even more important.
home budget tips. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/394588/Live-life-for-half-the-price-Top-tips-for-cutting-costs
Here we go; no sooner said than done. If you
can wait long enough for all the advertising
and cookies to download before the text appears.
of Britons have deliberately skipped a loan
Yet another startling revelation.
most hated man in France? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/edwy-plenel-is-the-journalist-detested-by-politicians-and-colleagues-alike-the-most-hated-man-in-france-8588747.html
Most hated man in France because he is an investigative
journalist, according to this English hack.
a country in which good investigative journalism
is as rare as good English wine,'
he continues, sniffily.
England DOES actually produce world-class and
championship-winning wine and has done now for
a number of years; (also World's Best Vodka
in 2010; as well as various best beers, cheeses,
meats, etc, etc.) All modest, home-based family
businesses rather than the media's usual sources
of corporate crooks, usurers and terrorists
and their endless streams of press releases
and advertorials. So WHEN was the last time
a British rag produced a good, 'investigative'
story? (Apart from Private Eye, of course.)
Hillsborough? Iraq? Afghanistan? Libya? The
banks? Still, as the whole world knows, musn't
let facts get in the way of propaganda, hate-preaching,
Big Corp profits and fairy tales. Or lickspittle
hacks' six-figure salaries.
there is a 'most hated man' in France it is
probably still Sarkozy although Francois Hollande,
with just a very short term in office, is likely
to be pressing hard for that accolade. However,
these are very much media-created (mis)perceptions
just as those which are peddled in the UK. Good,
individual, investigative journalists in France
on the other hand, are still very much in evidence
and very much appreciated, even if they don't
receive the same fanfare every day as unknown,
inconsequential, English micro-shite 'celebrities'
or doped-up, cheating footballers.
update from the Society of Event Organisers:
ORGANISER'S COMPANY BLOCKED FROM WINDING UP.
The compulsory winding up of exhibition organising
company Business Exhibitions UK Ltd (No. 07429159),
whose director David Woods tried to organise
business to business exhibitions in Sheffield
and Bournemouth, has been blocked after objections
from creditors.The firm was incorporated 4/11/2010.
company is the forth one run by Norwich-based
exhibition organiser Woods to fail. Business
Events UK Ltd (No.06849634) was incorporated
17/3/2009 and dissolved, having never filed
accounts, on 5/7/2011. Bizotunity Ltd (No. 07834347)
was incorporated 3/11/2011 and dissolved, having
never filed accounts, on 26th February this
year And the very similar sounding Bizotunity
UK Ltd (No.07832347) was incorporated 2/11/2011
and is currently, having never filed accounts,
the subject of a proposal to strike off.
or both of Wood's Bizotunity companies organised
and then postponed the Bizotunity B2B North
East exhibition due to take place at the Newcastle
United Football Club (NUFC) grounds in March
last year, with some of the exhibitors left
to find out about the postponement, to a new
date in May, when they turned up to exhibit
in March. One of them, business networking association
Network North, stepped in and paid the remainder
of the deposit due to the venue, around £1,000,
took over the event for the May date and gave
all the other exhibitors who had paid Woods
any money a free stand at the show, the first
of a number of events now run by Network North.
one exhibitor who had paid Woods money for a
stand at his aborted Sheffield event, printing.com,
and only found out about the cancellation when
their director, Sarah Simpkins phoned the venue,
had a full refund after they posted adverse
comments about Woods and his events on a business
forum, 4Networking. (See Exhibition News March
and April 2012 for useful editorial covering
some of the above)
Update recommends that exhibitors wanting information
about organisers get to know their way around
the information held by Companies House, and
be aware that some directors listed there have
multiple entries, which could be accidental
or deliberate, that can obscure their prevoius
company failures from those making a cursory
search. In the case of Woods his date of birth
is given as 6/10/1960 for his first to fail
Business Events UK and Business Exhibitions
UK companies and as 1/10/1960 for his Bizotunity
companies, making it look, to the inexperienced
carrying out the checks, as though there are
two different directors and therefore no connection
between the companies. Accordingly Newcastle
United Football Club told Exhibition News "
The apprpriate checks were carried out, which
gave us no cause for concern that the company
we were dealing with was anything other than
legitimate" Apparently Woods used Bizotunity
references to make the booking and the link
with his previous company failures was missed
by the NUFC "appropriate checks".
is also a good idea to check at Companies House
what other companies are run by the same individual,
and that could be used in the future. In the
case of Woods he formed another firm. West Connects
East Ltd (No.08067248), giving his date of birth
as 6/10/1960, on 14th May last year, so it will
be interesting to see if this one organises
Exhibitor Update is happy to carry out Companies
House checks on organisers, free of charge,
for any exhibitor with reason to be concerned,
ideally before spending money. Just email us:
Crowdfunding site Seedrs passes £1m milestone.
youngsters gain financial skills. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/04/24/helping-youngsters-to-gain-financial-skills-will-help-us-all/
Which doesn't mean taking out a Government
business start-up loan.
to turn offices into homes will put Londons
economic growth at risk. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/plans-turn-offices-homes-%E2%80%9Cwill-put-london%E2%80%99s-economic-growth-risk%E2%80%9D-20139714
As the take-up for this scheme so far has
been zilch, there isn't too much threat to London's
economic growth just yet.
eBay with love. http://www.enforbusiness.com/feature/ebay-love.
Oak Furniture Land owner Jason Bannister tells
Kirsty Hewitt how he turned an eBay business
into a multi-million company.
Co-op launches 'Save Our Stilton' campaign.
It's the old, old story again of the Brits
ignoring (blame the younger generation) their
employment-creating, traditional produce, while
Johnny Furruner can't get enough of the stuff
and is even prepared to pay up to three times
UK shop prices.
when is the last time our patriotic British
media and its micro-celebrities (chefs, food
critics and cooking programmes especially) were
caught using and eating British cheese? Which
only happens to be the best in the world nowadays.
sign independent shops' petition to make Amazon
pay its UK taxes. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/bringing-amazon-to-book-160000-sign-independent-shops-petition-amid-tax-anger-8586674.html
As if that will make a gnat's-worth of a
difference. In the meantime, 'We know where
you all live', said Amazon's CEO.
ethical one'; 'giant parasites', Google.
Weekend Larf: EU court jester, 'Hoody-Hugger'
Cameron, calls for crackdown on tax evasion.
(Except by his Big Corp mates and political
party donors, especially those from the U.S.)
half of pensioners use Facebook. http://www.express.co.uk/news/retirement/394437/Almost-half-of-pensioners-use-Facebook
Well, 41% to be precise, but what's a few million
either way in an English tabloid? Nonetheless,
I'm surprised by this number. I do a lot of
work with pensioners and the majority I know
don't have the internet, don't understand the
internet and aren't interested in the internet;
and so, who would not even have been party to
this piece of research.
mine is a subjective point of view, I agree.
It's a bit like asking 'benefit-claiming' Labour
Party voters if 'Butcher' Blair, his M.P.s (Murdering
Pigs) and fascist goons should be arrested and
tried for crimes against humanity. In this country's
fined by Italian authorities for less-than-transparent
website and 'unclear' fares. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10014836/Ryanair-fined-over-unclear-fares.html
No priceless quote from Moikal O'Lary this
seeks views on a new 'superfast' patent service.
A consultation on plans for a new 'superfast'
patent processing service has been published
by the Government. This follows confirmation
by Lord Younger that plans for the new streamlined
service, which will be able to grant patents
in 90 days, is to go ahead this year. The consultation
will seek views on how the service should work.
Lord Younger said: "Government is committed
to making it easy for innovators to turn their
ideas into business growth. I am sure this will
help to create a streamlined and flexible patent
service and bring more choice for those who
use it." The consultation closes on 12th
any inventor knows, there will remain two, historical
problems. If the invention is worthwhile, a)
the French will claim it is they wot invented
it and b) the Americans and one of their kangaroo
courts, will steal it. Patent or no patent.
new service will merely speed up and facilitate
to pronounce foreign languages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/10012325/How-to-pronounce-foreign-languages.html
dear. More potted tips for dummyphone users.
popular myths (tabloid and fascist lies) debunked.
has seen a 'substantial and sustained fall in
violent crime' over the past decade. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/394363/Is-the-UK-more-peaceful-Substantial-fall-in-violent-crime
The week's news is getting even worse for
hate-preaching tabloids and politicians (see
below, 23.04.). So despite the massive influx
of 'illegal' and 'criminal' East European immigrants
(and Moldavian grandmothers arriving through
the back door), actual crime levels are in fact,
falling. Or is it because millions of British
criminal types have buggered off to somewhere
in the sun? Anyway, all clear now for '5 million'
home businesses to go off and do their post
every day. At their illegal-immigrant-owned,
local, sub-Post Offices/24-hour/7 day week 'home-run-
car insurance premiums falling; third party
premiums, rising. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/25/car-insurance-premiums-falling/
The worst car hire charges and catches. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/24/the-worst-car-hire-charges-and-catches/
increases for local content online. http://www.nesta.org.uk/news_and_features/news/assets/features/up_your_street_the_rise_of_hyperlocal_media
Rising demand for access to very local content
(termed 'hyperlocal content') has been driven
by the use of mobile devices such as smartphones
and tablets, according to a survey by Nesta.
The survey revealed close to a third of those
who accessed hyperlocal content via their smartphone
did so on a daily basis, while 56% accessed
it via search results, with local weather, timely
news and local entertainment the most popular
hyperlocal media searches. The survey also revealed
users would be put off if they had to pay to
access hyperlocal content. (EnterpriseQuest)
construction output falls, according to ONS
Construction output in the UK was 7% lower in
February 2013 than in February 2012, according
to the latest figures published by the Office
for National Statistics (ONS). Figures for the
period from December 2012 to February 2013 also
revealed the volume of construction output fell
by almost 9% when compared with the same period
a year earlier. New work, both private and public
sector (excluding housing and infrastructure,
but including factories, warehouses, schools
and offices) also fell by almost 11% between
December 2012 and February 2013. (EnterpriseQuest)
urges £1 billion a year investment to
boost levels of cycling. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/24/invest-cycling-tenfold-report
Lots of business opportunities here.
attacks companies which subvert children's educational
standards by using promotional mis-spelling.
They're quick off the mark! They'll be noting
next that children accessing online porn is
a problem, too. Or the near-total illiteracy,
even lack of social standards of the internet
in general. Which is why Microsoft are advising
the Government on school curriculum content.
To guarantee a large pool of dumb, future voters
people a year now rely on food banks. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/350000-people-now-rely-on-food-banks-8585266.html
As we have been suggesting for a couple of years
now AND it's a trend which is going to grow
and grow. Local home businesses should be in
there lending a helping hand.
unions plannning largest protests for six years.
life is so boring there is little to do but
watch television'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/10013208/Sir-Ian-McKellen-is-wrong-by-a-country-mile.html
So says a British micro-'celebrity'. You carry
on believing it, mate. One of the main benefits
of the countryside being that it attracts a
less superficial, more hard-working class of
person. Even if the suggestion that watching
endless repeats, advertising, propaganda, American
pulp and £0.00 budget 'reality' shite
on television sums up just how desperate city
folk must be themselves to identify something
which isn't 'boring'. (Or is this another advertorial
English places to stay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10012045/Very-English-places-to-stay.html
wine snobbery causing decanter boom. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/394225/Wine-snobs-cause-decanter-boom
Get in there, eBayers! Although for all my travels
through all the main wine-producing countries
of Europe, NEVER have I seen a wine decanter
on a table other than in a couple of hotels.
Still. It might impress dumb city dwellers.
I see that the tabloids have finally started
using some of our terminology as British homes
are identified as the most cramped in Europe.
That's not to say they will stop helping to
promote the battery-housing scam justified by
a 'desperate need for housing', 'boosting the
economy', helping youngsters get their 'foot
on the housing ladder' and other assorted bullshit
excuses for corruption, greed and rank profiteering.
next thing the country will be forced to admit
to, are the cramped and unsafe travelling conditions
on British trains. Illegal for cattle. OK for
the British public. There used to be a time
when 'the train would take the strain', especially
for businessfolk who wanted to work while they
travelled. Now, the train IS the strain. Still.
Just another component of the Thatcher/Butcher
Blair vision of the future.
businessman sells fake bomb detectors to Iraq.
Someone who clearly took Butcher Blair's recommendations
to heart. Although he looks a bit like that
chap who also sold Iraq its 'weapons of mass
destruction'. And 'communications equipment'
to Tunisian, Egyptian, Syrian and Libyan insurgents.
Intercontinental bollistick missiles to Iran
and North Korea. And even a Nobel Peace Prize
submission for Condo Ricin.
As British businesses knows all too well; get
the Government on your side and you can get
away with murder. While the rest of the world
shuns anything British which has been granted
an official export licence.
Hundreds interested in £1 homes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/23/hundreds-apply-for-1-houses/
plan to increase marketing spend. http://www.ipa.co.uk/news/q1-2013-bellwether-report-reveals-marginal-rise-in-spend
a third of businesses plan to increase their
spend on marketing activities in 2013, compared
with 23% that plan to spend less, according
to the latest IPA Bellwether report. The report
also revealed that, despite a slight increase
in marketing budgets in Q1 of 2013, they were
yet to return to pre-recession levels and, in
2012, spending fell for the fifth successive
year. Spending on Internet advertising saw the
fastest rate of growth, while budgets for direct
marketing fell sharply. (EnterpriseQuest)
firms in Scotland awarded more public contracts.
The Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) portal,
set up in 2008, helped small firms across all
industries in Scotland secure 68% of public
sector contracts in 2012, a 12% increase since
2010, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
has confirmed. Nicola Sturgeon said: "Last
year saw substantial changes to Public Contracts
Scotland that will further improve and simplify
the ways businesses deal with the public sector.
It is testament to the improvements made that
we are now in a position where more small companies
in Scotland than ever before are winning business
with the Scottish public sector."
pays almost no taxes because its ads empower
'literally billions of pounds of start-ups'.
The average consumer empowers 'literally
billions of pounds of start-ups', too. On
that basis, they shouldn't pay any taxes, either.
wins Froggy Business Woman of the Year Award.
Not a good week for British Big Corp Fascism
and their tabloid Brownshirts at all, at all.
European immigrant tops British Rich List; Froggy
grub chain creates hundreds of jobs specifically
for dumbed-down British yoofs - while Big Fave
US-owned company admits to employing mainly
immigrants; invasion of North Korea put on back-burner
because they haven't got anything worth thieving
and they (and the Chinese) can defend themselves;
plus the Chinese have seen through it all and
told the US to piss off. Now this.
she's a woman.)
The world's full of pinko, long-haired ragheads.
cream vans could be wiped out after council
tells vendors to get a new van every five years'.
destruction of small and home businesses by
the country's local councils, continues.
on black market fat-burning drug. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wada-issues-warning-on-black-market-fat-burning-drug
I've already heard of 'independent distributors'
and athletes selling and using these drugs,
all of which will inevitably be ignored of course,
as long as the abuse is by media and doping
agencies' favourite, mafia-controlled, major
revenue-generating sports. Notably: rounders,
netball, rugby-with-body-armour, athletics,
swimming, soccer (football) and tennis. Minority
sports however, should beware. (Even after twenty
years' time when you've put your feet up and
started drawing a pension.)
Business lobby group backs government on new
EU deal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22242968#
in business knows that it is almost always possible
to get a better deal'. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/393718/Anyone-in-business-knows-that-it-is-almost-always-possible-to-get-a-better-deal
polls suggest no huge influx of immigration.
Bad news for Fascist tabloid and political
are overworked and underpaid. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/393728/Britons-are-over-worked-and-under-paid
How's that possible? What are all those 'illegal'
over changes to energy bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/22/warning-over-energy-bill-changes/
comes home to la France profonde.
I'm afraid la France profonde had
already been 'disillusioned' for a very long
time indeed and is only on the British media
radar because so many Brits 'disillusioned'
with their own country and duped by media fairy
tales of lo-cost properties, now live there.
For the average Parisite however, the region,
which equates roughly to the centre of France,
simply doesn't exist.
Contrary to the populist French view that Brits
only settle in their country for cheap property
and healthcare, the following recent article
confirms there are other, even more important
reasons for expats to make a move. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/04/16/more-wealthy-britons-set-to-flee/
Hoody-huggin' Dave and Baby Butcher Blair's
goons and apologists to take note.
man and 33 jobs in 33 different countries.
It's ironic that for someone from France where
the C19th view that one man, one job, for life,
still prevails, this gentleman is also an engineer.
And he gets off his arse to find and go to work
rather than wallowing in self-pity and the declaration,
I've got a degree'. The French could do with
this guy as their President or Prime Minister.
Mind you, so could Britain.
Court victory against internet troll businessman.
It looks like the Government might have found
itself another internet 'guru' and small business
to avoid being conned when recycling old mobile
Don't buy a mobile phone in the first place?
Official release: Best of British business Queen's
Enterprise Award winners. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/best-of-british-business-receive-queens-awards-for-enterprise--2
may compensate 30,000 former Abbey mortgage
new(est) bid (pretence)
to help SMEs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10008093/Osbornes-new-bid-to-help-SMEs.html
However, for the avoidance of any confusion,
the Government's reaction to Europe's financial
transaction tax has been as immediate as it
is unilateral. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22227019#
poster puts it: 'Peoples distaste for our
financial sector is unfounded. It constitutes
12% of our tax revenue, employs over 2 million
people and leads internationally. (Is
that all? This is just one official paper
which shows that SMEs dwarf the banking sector.
Ed.) The blame for the financial
crisis should be put on the politicians for
not implementing proper regulation, but of course
they would much rather you believe greedy bankers
are responsible.' Posted by Lloyd 'Le
other words - and by comparison with the much
greater economic and social value of the country's
SMEs - the Government continues to fag flat
out for criminal, incestuous, minority interests
first. When as it's not too busy with fagging
duties for the Pentagon's terrorist activities.
sector can help small firms play a bigger role.
Yes, of course they can. Like paying their
invoices on time. Or allowing the small business
sector effective representation in policy-making.
Even giving them space in the media to make
themselves heard would be a good start. Instead
of just using an occasional article from the
voices of Big Corp and appointing one or two
minor celebrity monkeys as 'ambassadors' for
a bit of cheap propaganda.
Online brain training becomes big business.
There's certainly no shortage of potential
customers on Facebook, Twitter and media forums.
will be able to veto unsightly home extensions
after all. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10006946/Neighbours-CAN-veto-unsightly-extensions-and-conservatories-after-all-Eric-Pickles-says.html
Blanc 'I was a gardener long before I was
a chef' launches garden design competition.
I've got a lot of time for Raymond Blanc,
who, unlike many of his peers (and when he isn't
'massaging his pork'), is an outspoken supporter
of good, traditional British produce and thus
the country's small home businesses. Historically,
all the best, most famous French chefs were.
A great shame the British media and politicians
don't seem able to follow suit.
using dial-up American translation company.
Of course; why not? Let's remain in thrall to
taxpayer-funded American wasters despite a long
history of US-originated contractual mega-cock-ups
while fewer and fewer jobs become available
to highly qualified, professional Brits, the
vast majority of whom are self-employed freelancers
or home businesses and the very 'small
businesses which the private sector should be
(Above.) But that's NOT part of the Thatcher/'Butcher'
Blair or even the present Government's vision.
Of course, was this a European translation company,
questions would be asked in the House of Many
Windows. As it isn't, continue to work to plan
by 'default' to Brown-Nose Britain or, the 'special
the latest Conservative Party propaganda broadcasts
point out, 'We're bringing down the country's
deficit'. America's deficit.
Express £500 Ticketmaster competition.
European 'illegal' immigrant on 'benefits' and
'stealing British jobs', tops Rich List. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/apr/21/alisher-usmanov-britain-wealthiest-person
what would the UKIP Daily and other British
hate-preaching forums suggest? Send him back?
Another Weekend Larf: 'We must put the heart
back into our High Streets', says former
Tesco Chief Executive. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/reinvent-the-high-street/10003792/Sir-Terry-Leahy-we-must-put-the-heart-back-into-our-high-streets.html
Looks like the cause celebre of the
month with a lot of jumping on the High Street
bandwagon going on at the moment. I wonder how
long this noble cause will last for? The demise
of the High Street having started thirty years
ago when politicians, local councils, national
supermarket chains and the media began conspiring
to promote the rot.
to businesses falls by £4.8 billion.
ownership falls for first time in a century.
There's obviously more to being a Thatcherite
than appearing in the national propaganda shedding
a few crocodile tears and uttering a couple
of platitudes. The only problem is, there's
very little of the taxpayers' silver left to
sell to support the same economic lies.
guidelines for Irish homeowners filing for bankruptcy.
The future of all Britain, I suspect.
national price caps on petrol and diesel.
Although this obviously doesn't include any
price caps on government taxes on fuel which
are a huge source of official revenue. Which
of course, is why the 'average' car of today
still has around the same fuel consumption as
cars of fifty years ago; why alternative fuel
technologies and transport infrastructures are
repeatedly strangled at birth; and 'petrol-head'
media coverage and entertainment persuading
dumb plebs to drive around in circles or just
around the corner to the supermarket, are grist
to the daily mill.
Mail's stealth tax on small parcels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311908/Royal-Mails-stealth-tax-posting-parcels-Small-businesses-despair-packaging-bills-double.html
holidays losing appeal for Britons. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/apr/19/french-holidays-britons
bloggers exempt from 'exemplary' charges.
('Trolls' Charter'): http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/apr/19/press-regulation-bloggers-exempt
Apparently, a 'micro-business' is one with
a turnover of less than £2 million. A
definition which may have escaped 99.999% of
the world's real micro-businesses which have
to get by on well under 50k. If they're lucky.
Then again, since when has a political joint-party
ever had a grip on reality? Whether deliberate
release: The Queen's Awards for Enterprise Promotion
- guidance notes for nominations. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-queens-awards-for-enterprise-promotion-guidance-notes
Community: What is Java? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/19/2013
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/19/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
fined for silent calls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22199699#
holiday scams leaving British travellers £1.5
million out of pocket. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/holiday-scams-leave-british-travellers-15m-out-of-pocket-8579177.html
summer booking offer window now open. http://newsletter.raileurope.co.uk/public/read_message.jsp;jsessionid=0;apw72?sigreq=832549951
accused of making bogus savings claims of up
to 300%. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311082/Amazon-accused-misleading-shoppers-bogus-savings-claims-exaggerated-300.html
Livewire 'what makes a successful entrepreneur?'
I downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7?
Larf: UK 'basket case' economy as bad as the
worst in the Eurozone, says bank chief.
Echoing the sentiments of the IMF, it seems
the UK's American bosses, official thieves,
parasites and criminals are still feeling the
pinch then? Mind you - squealing by the usual
pigs with their snouts always in the trough
is potentially good news for the rest of the
'buy-to-let' hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/19/cities-named-buy-to-let-hotspots/
The used car scam and how to beat it. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/the-used-car-scam-and-how-to-beat-it/
places to get an overdraft for free. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/five-places-where-you-can-get-an-overdraft-for-free/
overdraft fees set to soar. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/banks-overdraft-fees-set-to-soar/
being misled over quick house sales, warns OFT.
failure to lend to SMEs 'holding back economy'.
Lewis to offer broadband. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10001983/John-Lewis-to-offer-broadband-to-customers.html
banker turn master baker. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/former-banker-turns-master-baker-20139695
bogus Boston Marathon charity websites.
users in loss of access to emails and storage.
targetting Facebook double in a year. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/scams-targeting-facebook-double-in-a-year/
Homes to be used as security against tax bills.
No surprises here. Dave and George working
to order. You can add official business start-up
loans to this in due course. And
why not unemployment benefit, as well?
unions could save consumers (and businesses.
Ed.) £1 billion. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/17/credit-unions-could-save-1bn/
And more. Which is why the banks, aided
and abetted by successive governments of all
political shades, have done everything possible
to impede any significant growth by credit unions
in the UK. Time to kick Dave's kennel again
and remind him who he's fagging for.
tightens up bank lending rules. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22164384#
much does a phone call cost? http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/04/16/how-much-does-a-phone-call-cost-heres-how-we-could-know-when-dialling/
happens in an internet hour? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309884/What-happens-internet-minute-New-researcher-reveals-REALLY-spend-online-time.html
named world's best website design. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2310191/And-award-goes-boring-com-Government-website-beats-100-named-worlds-best-design.html
Community: Which is to blame for declining PC
sales? Hardware or software? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/16/2013
companies not paying taxes despite huge profits.
Startup Conference, May 16-17, 2013, Las
are still some spaces left on next weeks
Energy Efficiency in Buildings course, Friday
26 and Saturday 27 April. This course is held
at a leading UK University and is open to all.
course is also part of the Energy Efficiency
Consultancy Expert Pathway, with an exam to
gain the internationally recognised Galileo
Efficiency in Buildings course, main topics
· Assessing Efficiency
· Energy Reduction and Improvement Plan
· The latest legislation
· Innovation and solutions
follow this link to view the full programme,
or register, at http://www.euenergycentre.org/training/144-energy-auditing
Funding opportunities and more renewable energy
courses coming up at Winchester University,
Coventry and Edinburgh Napier University can
be found at http://www.euenergycentre.org/training
European Energy Centre works with the United
Nations on a series of events: for a map and
information about the Global Round Tables organised
by the United Nations UNEP with the European
Energy Centre EEC visit http://www.euenergycentre.org/conferences/unep-global-round-tables
let me know if I can be of assistance.
regards, Deborah, Course
Energy Centre (EEC)
Congress on Technologies. 3rd - 4th July 2013,
Builder 'blacklist' indefensible. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/16/builder-blacklist-indefensible/
It might be 'indefensible' but it's been
going on since man started living in caves.
What's even worse are tendering, contracts and
sites controlled by construction industry 'mafia'.
in 'shoebox' homes warning. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/16/experts-in-shoebox-homes-warning/
These would be the same 'experts' who
designed 'shoebox' homes in the first place,
wouldn't it? (Or what we've been calling 'battery'
housing.) Or, the same 'experts' who designed
all those blocks of flats which are being torn
down everywhere. In fact, if it wasn't for these
'experts' there wouldn't be a shortage of homes
at all. Anywhere. Let alone homes posing as
'home-business-friendly', boasting just a socket
screwed to the wall for a fictitious high speed
broadband connection; and not even a mini-garden
for a bit of grow-your-own.
partners to pay National Insurance. http://www.ion.icaew.com/TaxFaculty/26608
National Insurance Contributions (NICs) must
be paid by all inactive or 'sleeping' business
partners, following a change in the view of
the law by HMRC. From 6th April 2013, HMRC will
treat sleeping partners as self-employed earners
and will require them to arrange to pay NICs
or, if appropriate, apply for exception or deferment
of payments, even if they are not actively involved
in running the business. (EnterpriseQuest)
of HMRC VAT investigations rises. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/april/more-vat-
VAT refund investigations by HMRC have increased
by 44% during the past year as part of an extended
verification process (EVP), according to research
by Pinsent Masons. EVP is used by HMRC to investigate
if a VAT refund claim is fraudulent. The rise
in VAT to 20% has led to some firms finding
ways to exploit European VAT loopholes in the
UK and not paying the correct amount of VAT.
Jason Collins of Pinsent Masons said: "VAT
refunds can be quite sizeable, so delays in
receiving them can hit a business' bottom line.
In the case of genuine businesses that aren't
committing fraud, these VAT refunds belong with
them, not HMRC." (EnterpriseQuest)
tax advice available in new HMRC webinars.
A new set of free tax advice webinars have been
launched by HMRC. The live webinars are led
by HMRC staff and include time for participants
to ask questions online. Some webinars are also
pre-recorded and can be watched at any time.
The webinars cover subjects including employer
annual returns, record keeping and tax advice
for childminders. To participate, interested
parties must register for their chosen webinar
on the HMRC website. (EnterpriseQuest)
phone charges on the way. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22154487#
numbers must be free from all phones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9994915/Freephone-numbers-to-be-free-from-all-phones.html
complaints start to decline. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22152331#
most complained about financial firms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/9995030/Britains-most-complained-about-financial-firms.html
accused of serial-doping. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9993266/Financial-crisis-caused-by-too-many-bankers-taking-cocaine-says-former-drugs-tsar.html
Another story of systematic lying, cheating
and bullying which has slipped through the US
doping agency net, then? So. No lifelong ban.
No double Oprah Winfrey show. No millions of
hate posts, artificial or otherwise, flooding
the forums. Let alone any convictions: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9995972/Andrew-Bailey-its-odd-UK-bank-bosses-have-avoided-formal-charges.html
That's what a public school education can
do for you; when your old school chums, too
stupid to get proper jobs, drift into politics
and government instead. To be aided and abetted
by the public school 'waster run' which overflows
these days, into the mainstream media.
EU tax threats to expats. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/392030/New-EU-tax-threat-to-expats
As we've been saying for at least a couple
of years. Will that modify UK TV programmes
and media articles about buying properties abroad?
Oh, no. Of course not. Keep the advertising
revenue. Blame the EU. Default to caveat
emptor (look the other way and let the buyer
assume all consequences) instead.
forbidden foods. From other countries.
Free trade. US-style. Now that's what
I'm talking about.
translation joke from GoogleTranslate. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309630/Cuddle-Rape-IKEA-left-red-faced-online-translator-gives-pillow-unfortunate-name.html
Unfortunately, the average pleb who can't
even speak their own language these days, wouldn't
normally be any the wiser.
wage to increase to £6.31. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22153007#
An increase of a mere 12p and hour for adults
and a ludicrous 5p an hour for yoofs. Barely
worth noting. About 40% less than just across
the Channel in France so it certainly won't
be a main draw for illegal East Europeans looking
for work AND benefits. Still. It all helps to
keep doped-up, lying, cheating, thieving, cowardly,
criminal, Satanic bankers in multi-million pound
bonus rewards for abject failure.
Royal Mail increase business postal rates.
More than 60% of small firms do not understand
the changes to Royal Mail postal rates that
came into effect on 2 April, according to research
by Pitney Bowes. Despite retail stamp prices
remaining the same, metered mail rates have
risen for both First and Second Class letters.
In addition, prices charged for medium and small
parcels will now be based on volume rather than
weight. The research revealed some 42% of small
firms would be changing the format of their
mail in light of the changes. (EnterpriseQuest)
businesses want to stay in Europe but with a
different relationship. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309159/Firms-tell-PM-curb-Brussels-red-tape-Business-bosses-say-EU-beast-gone-completely-control.html
This would be the view of the 90% of the
UK's firms which have nothing whatsoever to
do with business with the EU (or anywhere else,
for that matter) and so have plenty of time
to waste formulating opinions based on what
they've seen and heard in the UK's lying, criminal
media. I suppose.
of UK bank customers experience problems.
in shopping from desks. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/391913/Shopping-from-our-desks-booms
re-brand Calais as 'Britain's New Gateway'.
l'administration, religion, the colour
of your skin and the clothes you wear, state
visits by terrorists and war criminals and propaganda
day trips on the train by 'Mr Normal' politicians
Smalls firms under attack from malicious malware.
Advanced cyber attacks bypass the security defences
of businesses 20 times an hour, on average,
according to research by security firm Firefly.
research also found that malicious malware is
delivered in ZIP format in 92% of cases, while
Spear Phishing emails - a tactic used to acquire
sensitive information, including passwords and
credit card details - remained the most common
means of infiltration. It was also revealed
that traditional defences such as fire walls,
anti-virus and security gateways and intrusion
prevention systems provide little protection
against advanced malware.
criticises bank complaint handling. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22140404#
SCAMMING. Currently targeting organisations
in the events sector with very expensive and
arguably useless entries in a very general internet
business directory is the Hamburg-based publisher
stands for Tele Verzeichnis Verlag GmbH, a scam
operation that makes its money from gullible
business types who dont read small print
carefully enough. The firm are currently supported
by our own Royal Mail, which makes money from
the mailings TVV send out, mailings worded to
trap the unwary into thinking they are helping
to update TVV's database "The UK Corporate
Portal" to comply with European VAT legislation.
Those daft enough to sign the form and fax it
back (or send it post-paid and give our helpful
Royal Mail another little earner) find out,
when the invoices arrive by Royal Mail, and
threatening letters if they dont cough
up, that they have committed their organisation
to pay £797 every year for three years,
or a total of £2,391. If they forget to
cancel the order three months from the end of
the three year term the nice people at TVV will
bill them for another year at £797, or
£3,188 in total, and TVV reserve the right
to design the entry, charge for this not stated.
is truly surprising that organisations still
fall for this one but they obviously still do,
and keep TVV, Royal Mail, and TVV's caring UK
solicitors in funds, the last by chasing up
those who dont pay and all of them living
off people's mistakes.
let them live off yours. (Society
of Event Organisers, http://www.eou.org.uk)
considered gardening as a job? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/9987297/Why-dont-young-people-consider-a-gardening-job.html
Although this article suggests gardening
as an employment option for youngsters, the
majority of gardeners I know are actually running
their own businesses. You can find a
market synopsis at this link: http://www.scavenger.net/gardening-garden-services
future of High Street fashion stores lies with
And let's not be forgetting local councils.
much texting can make you shallow, obsessed
with bling and have low self-esteem. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308423/Texting-make-shallow-low-self-esteem-issues-according-university-study.html
Card charges complaints continue. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22128692#
for clampdown on letting agents. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22095712#
games get Office of Fair Trading scrutiny.
Halls join rush to use snoopers' charter.
Community: Google Chromebook vs. traditional
laptops? What's the difference?
Communities Fund now open for applicants.
Seaside towns in England can now apply for the
second round of the Coastal Communities Fund,
with a total funding pot of over £27 million,
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced.
The Fund will support a variety of economic
development projects including regenerating
heritage and leisure facilities, providing skills
training and advice, and support for businesses
to invest in digital technology. The closing
date for applications for the fund is 13 May.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/12/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
mind the official propaganda. 'Payment
terms ignored as suppliers to the retail and
distribution sector wait eight weeks for money.'
Or. Business as usual for major political
party donors. Almost certain to be a few knighthoods
in it, too.
Larf: Students told to start a business with
a tenner. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9988196/Students-told-to-start-a-business-with-a-tenner.html
You can see now why British employers
don't want to employ British students! In fact,
why nobody wants to employ British students.
shock statistics on personal debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/12/debt-by-numbers-the-shocking-statistics-of-personal-debt/
release: £300 million boost for SME lending.
changes could impact on access to finance.
Proposed Government changes to accounting requirements
for small firms could impact their ability to
access finance, according to the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
The changes, aimed at reducing costs and regulatory
burdens, follow an EU decision to allow Member
States flexibility on imposing reporting requirements
for small firms. Dr Nigel Sleigh-Johnson of
the ICAEW said: "We have a number of concerns
about the suggested changes, as they may result
in less transparency and less useful financial
information. This, in turn, can over time have
a negative impact on market confidence and on
micro businesses' ability to access finance."
selling forces Bitcoin crash. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22105322#
gets serious over tax-dodging. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/europe-gets-serious-over-tax-dodging-8569534.html
spend 62 million hours a day on Facebook and
In other words, 'Britain isn't working'.
to avoid being conned when recycling old mobile
The Rise of The Oldpreneur http://edition.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/world/2013/04/08/soares-uk-olderpreneurs.cnn
Since the start of the Global Financial Crisis
in 2008, there's been an 84% jump in the number
of businesses started up by the over-50. According
to the Daily Express, 70% of employees in the
UK will have to work well into their 70s, but
still face a retirement of poverty, surviving
on the paltry £102.50 a week state pension.
a new global study by HSBC shows that the global
retirement savings shortfall is estimated at
44%, with the British the worst off. This means
that, on average, people across the world expect
their savings to run out just 10 years into
their 18-year retirement. (http://www.laptopmillionaire.tv)
Office to offer current accounts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22094308#
to earn most interest on your cash. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/10/where-to-earn-most-interest-on-your-cash/
City'; new TV series on how to deal with scammers.
Sure. Speaking of scammers . . .
million UK homes in debt to energy firms.
the death of foreign language learning.
Less and less work for home-based translators
and interpreters, then; the favourite 'home
business' occupation of 'proof-reading' having
already died a death with the arrival of the
internet. Cue: another 100-word article
in a dummyphone-friendly, hate-preaching tabloid
on exporting as the life-blood of Britain's
economic recovery. To countries which only speak,
'Oh. My. God.' and 'Click on pop-up'.
children's prospects are the worst in Europe,
warn UNICEF. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9982175/British-children-facing-bleaker-future-than-rest-of-Europe-warns-Unicef.html
Looks like the trend of illegal British economic
emigration in search of free Sky TV and benefits
is going to increase by 'millions' a day. Unfortunately,
with the death of foreign language learning,
will they even be able to fill out their claims
world's friendliest countries. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2306868/Worlds-friendliest-country-Head-Iceland-avoid-Bolivia-costs.html
With the UK and the USA well down in the
charts, it seems as if 'the death of foreign
language learning' might become problematic.
None of the Top Ten countries speak 'Oh. My.
sales worldwide have tumbled. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22103079#
Official release: The search is on for the UKs
most enterprising places: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-search-is-on-for-the-uk-s-most-enterprising-places--2
SMEs owed twice as much in late payments as
their southern counterparts. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/nw-smes-owed-twice-much-late-payments-their-southern-counterparts-20139665
debt rules threaten thousands of homes.
firms under attack from malicious malware.
Advanced cyber attacks bypass the security
defences of businesses 20 times an hour, on
average, according to research by security firm
Firefly. The research also found that malicious
malware is delivered in ZIP format in 92% of
cases, while Spear Phishing emails - a tactic
used to acquire sensitive information, including
passwords and credit card details - remained
the most common means of infiltration. It was
also revealed that traditional defences such
as fire walls, anti-virus and security gateways
and intrusion prevention systems provide little
protection against advanced malware. (EnterpriseQuest)
Englishman's home is his chateau. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/an-englishmans-home-is-his-chateau-potential-bargains-for-brits-as-bottom-falls-out-of-french-second-home-market-8566497.html
Given that the author of this article (advertorial)
doesn't even know his basic French geography,
I would urge caution to anyone with 'dreamy'
aspirations of buying historical French properties
which beautiful though they may be, were built
by the rich, for the rich, to be lived in and
maintained by the rich and to this day, none
of that has changed. If the French can no longer
afford to own imposing, even second homes at
all, it's unlikely that the vast majority of
clueless Brits flashing a couple of wads of
a down-valued currency are going to manage any
better. Even supposing that the present French
government doesn't place a hefty tax on secondary
properties, whether they are owned by Brits
or anyone else for that matter. Then, once you
are judged to be residential for tax purposes
don't forget that the government also has designs
on 75% of your hard-earned - assuming you fall
into the potential chateau-buyer category.
a home abroad - and especially in France - is
like starting a business. Take the capital you
think you will need. Then double it. After that,
make sure you have a sustainable source of revenue
to keep you going. DON'T rely on being able
to find work (or benefits) abroad even if you
are language fluent. (And THAT would be a super-rarity.)
Jobs do exist although very rarely indeed in
the picturesque, rural destinations favoured
by naive Brits; and other countries usually
hire their own nationals wherever work is available.
Plus Brits abroad have a crap reputation for
the standards of their work as much as their
reliability and affordability, so it's a climb
up a greasy monkey tree from the very start.
(Although don't expect the majority of French
tradesmen who collectively refer to themselves
as 'artisans' to be any better. It's not so
much a term which denotes professional competence
- but rather someone who is a target for excessive
demands from the taxman.)
with the un-retired that will usually mean relying
on clients 'back home'. Which sooner or later,
means good transport links - however much your
business or employment might be 'internet-based'.
In this day-and-age that tends to be synonymous
with living close to an airport as French rail
travel is blighted with too many strikes to
be viewed as reliable or time-and-cost-effective.
Car drivers can also be adversely affected by
strikes and this is generally the most expensive,
long-winded and tiring form of travel, anyway.
Long-haul, national coach services are non-existent.
However, lo-cost carriers or not, the expenses
of international travel add up. So whatever
you are earning, don't expect it to necessarily
of which, is just for starters.
condom slingshot. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2306218/Terrifying-condom-slingshot-hoping-win-100-000-Bill-Gates-YOU-try-it.html
I can just see millions of these being sold.
in business event, 24th April. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/pc-world-business/9912680/small-business-event.html?WT.mc_id=605554&source=TrafficDriver
debt? Know your rights. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/02/13/in-debt-know-your-rights/
Six dangerous ways to borrow. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/09/six-dangerous-ways-to-borrow/
reject small business funding applications.
Over 50% of small firms applied for a bank loan
or overdraft in the past six months and were
refused any lending, with a third being given
no reason for the decision, according to a survey
by commercial finance broker Touch Financial.
The research also revealed 80% of businesses
whose finance applications were rejected by
banks said they were not given any information
about alternative funding sources, and over
40% had never heard of any Government or bank-led
funding initiatives. Simon Carter of Touch Financial
said small businesses simply aren't getting
the information and support they need to be
the primary engine for growth. (EnterpriseQuest)
claims management firms face stricter rules.
to upgrade from Windows XP is putting businesses
at risk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/9975224/Windows-XP-putting-businesses-at-risk.html
stores SPAR now offering online ordering.
haberdashery sales at John Lewis buzzing following
new TV series. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11609
Nice little number for someone with an online
shop, I'd have thought?
are leading the nation's recovery. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/390088/Shoppers-are-leading-the-nation-s-recovery
That will be all those illegal immigrants
spending their benefits, then. Or if you prefer,
'March a mixed bag for retailers'.
application fraud up 9%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/09/mortgage-application-fraud-up-9/
Would that explain the recent housing market
material and salvage auctions. http://www.proauction.ltd.uk/
lose' holiday property development scam.
modern life making us lonely? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22012957
Not just 'homeworking' or running a business
from home, then? Both of which are classic subject
fodder for idle hacks. However, keeping people
'lonely' and glued to their telly, computer
and smartphone screens is much more than a consequence
of 'modern life'. It's a deliberate corporate
and political strategy. How much of a personal
and business success you want to be will depend
upon how well you can break the mould.
Twatter gatecrashers trash home - again; some
key lessons. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/08/twitter-gatecrashers-destroy-home-key-lessons/
staff to strike over job cuts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22057721#
'more employable'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22058648#
'Than graduates', the findings go on to say.
Hardly surprising. Apprentices are also much
better business start-up material.
get jobs because they work harder than us, says
True, but unfortunately the country's (and
Boris's) role models remain idle, lying, thieving,
criminal Satanic bankers and potty-mouthed,
talentless, micro-celebrity media creations.
With a few doped-up professional divers thrown
in at the weekends. Not the best social templates
for our younger generation on whose shoulders
it will fall to turn the country around. If
it's not already too late.
pledges to help councils change the present
face of the High Street. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/payday-lenders-targetedin-labour-offensive-8563670.html
This would be the High Street of 'payday
lenders, pawnbrokers, bookmakers and fast-food
outlets' which the Labour (W.C.) Party created,
is it? Still. It's a step in the right direction.
They might even begin to arrest, try and execute
their own Fascist war criminals, next.
keener on saving in jam jars than in banks.
of sending letter to reach £1 within a
few years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-mail/9977658/Cost-of-sending-a-first-class-letter-to-hit-1-within-a-few-years.html
Or, unless it's a letter from a bank, in which
case it will cost £50.
farming's frontline: tales of disaster.
A very nice home business, indeed. Thatchers
are as rare as gold dust although it's hard
is losing patience with its 'Mr Normal' president.
That should really read that less-than-half
of the French electorate has ceased to believe
the lie they were sold by the media, depicting
the President as 'Mr Normal' because for the
purposes of winning the election, the man and
his entourage were broadcast travelling around
for a couple of days in a railway carriage instead
of a chauffeur-driven car. This ridiculously
childish propaganda even impressed the British
tabloids - who like to imagine themselves as
'kingmakers' every bit as much as their French
counterparts. Unfortunately, persuading the
media to change its 'normal' ways is even more
difficult than getting a hobo to change his
underwear while the 'other half' of the electorate
- and the small business community above all
- which never believes what it reads anyway,
still has to foot the bill.
Chef Raymond Blanc says, 'Grow your own!'
I'm sure a lot of people would if they could.
Unfortunately, there are millions of homeowners
who have been conned into buying properties
without even enough space for a window box,
let alone a small garden. Which would leave
allotments. Most of which scratting councils
have now sold for battery housing and those
which are left have five light-year waiting
lists. Which is essentially, all part of being
'connected with the land' anyway. It's called
apart, I've seen some wonderful community growing
schemes all around the world and if you're a
local home business, you should be right in
there lending a helping hand, networking and
establishing yourself, even if you already grow
your own. Never mind wasting time with fake
friends on Facebook.
tenants could get a £20,000 handout to
move abroad under plans to make more homes available.
Just as millions of British ex-pats are heading
back to the UK because the value of sterling
has nose-dived so much in recent years they
can't afford to live abroad any more. Still,
we can't expect British councillors to be in
touch with reality any more than the rest of
our present generation of inbred politicians.
James Caan backs young entrpreneur in music
workshop scheme. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/389941/James-Caan-backs-young-entrpreneur-in-music-workshop-scheme
I hope Britain's tabloid propaganda is keeping
tabs on all our young, hopeful entrepreneurs
to give us progress reports in one, two and
three years' time. Because if they're still
around and doing really well, THAT would be
New insurance law to help protect claimants
against payout refusals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/06/new-insurance-law-protects-claimants/
'home' app could destroy privacy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025729#
This has been predicted for years and is
precisely what 'Big Brother' governments have
trader's tale of his battle against Amazon.
more excessive credit card surcharges. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22042309#
release: Red tape 'freedom day'. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/freedom-day-for-business-as-cuts-to-red-tape-come-into-force
Yawnnnn. A leftover strapline from
North Korea's Department Of Propaganda, perhaps?
release: Royal Mail: Myth-Busters. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/royal-mail-myth-busters
thatched cottages for sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buyingsellingandmoving/9969621/Fairytale-thatched-cottages-for-sale.html
release: Business Secretary launches new Anglia
£3 million growing business fund.
Uganda Challenge. 13 - 23rd October 2014.
Larf (almost): Expat Brits' pensions
hammered in recent years. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/05/expat-pensioners-income-decimated/
Clearly, despite the visionary economic predictions
of tabloid economists and my Tesco checkout
lady, bogroll sterling continues to freefall,
signalling the return of 5 million British ex-pats
to Ole Blighty to live off benefits or, worse
still, pick up their old tools again to pose
a threat to the millions of illegal immigrants
from Eastern Europe, also coming over to live
off benefits while stealing our work at the
same time. Either which way, the future looks
increasingly bleak. Perhaps send them
all to look for jobs or start businesses in
Yugoslavia? Or Iraq? Or Afghanistan? Libya,
maybe? Or even Syria? I hear that Iran has a
lot of possibilities. Even Palestine. Then of
course, there's always Argentina.
Little Englandt. Land-a-plenty for war criminals
and homosexual bankers, though.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/05/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
currency Bitcoin hit by hack attack. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22026961#
to delete your digital life. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/04/delete-your-digital-life-advice
resisting 'right to be forgotten' social media
privacy laws. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/04/britain-opt-out-right-to-be-forgotten-law
That'll be Englandt County's fagging classes'
nose-jerk reaction of keeping in with America's
the cost of counterfeit goods. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11509
machine skimming threat. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/04/ticket-machine-skimming-fraud-threat/
summer promotions. http://newsletter.raileurope.co.uk/public/read_message.jsp;jsessionid=0;apw69?sigreq=-1426588768
Seven Most Intelligent Cities named - and #1
is Tallinn, Estonia. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303962/Most-intelligent-cities-Worlds-seven-smartest-cities-named-vie-title-Intelligent-Community-Year.html
That would be Estonia in Eastern Europe,
would it? I thought the country's entire population
was in Englandt, claiming benefits? And unsurprisingly,
not a single British town or city on the list,
The number of IR35 investigations triples. http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4272.shtml
The number of IR35 investigations carried
out by HMRC tripled in the seven months to April
2012, according to research by legal publisher
Bloomsbury Professional. The research revealed
that enquiries into contractors suspected of
disguised employment activity increased from
59 in the previous tax year to 193 in the first
half of the current tax year. However, the research
also found HMRC has been unable to find any
compliance failures. Martin Casimir, Managing
Director of Bloomsbury Professional, said IR35
was an example of an out-of-date tax system
that assumes all taxpayers work in the same
job for a long period of time. (EnterpriseQuest)
and support available for high-street retailers.
The Association of Town & City Management
(ATCM) will be responsible for providing advice
and training to help regenerate high streets,
as well as guiding Portas Pilot projects for
the next two years, it has been announced by
local growth minister Mark Prisk. The ATCM will
also lead a £1 million package of mentoring
and support for retailers, which will include
regionally-based workshops, webinar training
and one-to-one guidance. To date, 27 Portas
Pilots and 330 Town Centre Partners have been
created across the UK. Mr Prisk said the Government
had worked hard to boost the high street by
simplifying planning, reducing business rates
and reviving local markets. (EnterpriseQuest)
mis-selling fine imposed on electricity company;
consumers urged to seek compensation. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/apr/03/sse-customers-compensation-ofgem-fine
launch £4 billion compensation claim against
is virtual currency set to become the new gold
I can't see my plumber accepting 'virtual'
money; he's only taking gold bars at the moment.
to cut the cost of your rail fares video.
can't Britain have roads like France? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/9959524/Germaine-Greer-Why-cant-Britain-have-roads-like-the-French.html
Depends where in France; the peripherique
around Paris isn't anything to crow about. Nor
are holiday periods when Parisian lemmings migrate
collectively to the mountains or the coast and
back all at the same time. Then again, the French
also try to provide a decent rail network, so
trains do take a lot of the strain which in
turn, results in far less traffic on the roads.
When they're not on strike.
40 years of VAT and £1639 billion raised.
cost of owning and running a home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/03/cost-of-owning-and-running-home-up/
And the same goes for running a business
helps small construction firms secure credit.
A £30 million Government scheme to enable
small building firms to secure credit from B&Q
and ScrewFix stores has been announced by business
minister Michael Fallon. Under the scheme, small
construction firms can apply for a credit account
of up to £25,000 from these stores via
the TradeUK credit scheme, while existing B&Q
and ScrewFix trade customers can extend their
credit accounts up to £50,000. The initiative
provides an alternative to bank lending and
makes it easier for firms to take on work without
worrying about the upfront costs of materials.
The scheme will run for nine months. (EnterpriseQuest)
callers are UK's #1 complaint. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/campaigners-are-calling-for-action-against-rogue-operators-8557383.html
Cable hires 'two resident entrepreneurs'.
Another piece of ImpressAPleb propaganda
for the media; there are dozens of business
organisations across the country which reflect
very accurately indeed, what the business community
and the small business community above all,
needs. Unfortunately, that means politicians
and bureaucrats having to deal with the real
world. And that is too much of a pain in the
manufacturing shrinks again in March. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/9966029/UK-manufacturing-shrinks-again-in-March.html
Force staff to stage walk-out on Monday.
expats in France caught up in drive to boost
country's tax revenue. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/9948899/British-expats-caught-in-drive-to-boost-French-taxes.html
That will be good news for all the French
artisans, boulangeries, tabacs and epiceries
in struggling rural France, then? As the
Brits stay away to look for less traditional
countries to retire to and Eastern Europe, as
we keep saying, becomes the 'new' France. Still.
That is just a minor consequence of the present
government's policy - and sole policy - of 'envy
75% tax will apply to footballers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9966692/France-says-75-per-cent-tax-will-apply-to-footballers.html
deserving a target for the taxman as the country's
black market economy of 5 million fonctionnaires
who are also paid to do no more than put in
an appearance. Unfortunately, as it's the vote
of the fonctionnaires which returned
the present government to power, there are no
tax proposals for them to shoulder their fair
share of the country's economic burden.
nation of DIY thickos. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/388879/DIY-dunces-who-can-t-wire-a-plug
Pretty much what we were saying when a similar
article appeared in another tabloid a couple
of weeks ago. The question one has to ask is
- yet again - just what are the country's parents
and education system doing? I suppose one could
always find a couple of hours on the telly amongst
endless repeats and advertising to offer something
suitable - but that would be contrary to the
spirit of continuing to dumb down the public.
home businesses, especially those just setting
up or expanding, DIY can become a major issue
and significant savings are to be had for businesses
which can turn their hands to more than just
fummin' and social media. If not, I'm sure that
out of thousands of fake friends and followers,
there will be someone who can lend a free hand.
you're a fan of Dragons' Den, a regular, anonymous
contributor to all the business forums, you've
read all the free official guides and you're
making so much money you can afford to employ
a highly-qualified East European tradesman (illegal
immigrant on benefits) who charges half as much
as a self-employed Brit. Yeah. Right.
Chambers of Commerce warn Chancellor that growth
policies are 'not good enough'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9964151/George-Osbornes-growth-policies-not-good-enough.html
tourists helping fuel Easter sales figures.
Upper end sales especially, it seems. Mainly
of French-produced goods if these figures are
taken from London shops.
Post Office strikes planned over branch closures.
1786 shop saved for the village. http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/388575/Family-s-1786-shop-saved-for-village
tired of fake 'cold caller' chumminess.
What we've been suggesting for years
in other words, especially when holding a business
conversation. The only downside is that once
people all start talking 'proper' English again,
it will mean the loss of an easy-to-use dipstick
for immediately recognising society's 'Oh. My.
God.' carrot-IQ plebs and religious blasphemers.
payment system means the end of train tickets.
New rules for banks' packaged accounts.
sales 'expected to pick up' in April. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/retail-sales-expected-pick-april-20139648
children have to share a bedroom' claims Conservative
Party Chairman in defence of 'bedroom tax'.
Not much money in being a bogus internet
families shunning full house surveys. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21965535#
calls for regulator to take action on broadband.
Shakespeare was a tax-dodger. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/william-shakespeare/9963602/Shakespeare-was-a-tax-evading-food-hoarder-study-claims.html
Or, if you prefer, 'Shakespeare was a hard-headed
has Facebook Translate stopped working?
Trending: 'petworking'. The UK's booming pet
Top 20 Foodie Hotspots. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/9959167/Britains-top-20-foodie-hotspots.html
As the preamble points out, a foodie hotspot
can add value to your home; or to your home
business. Take them very seriously.
to pay for DIY home improvements. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/30/how-to-pay-for-diy-home-improvements/
supports first iPhone mobile payment provider.
Why government 'mentoring' and the Department
for Business are failing. http://www.cobwebinfo.com/why-mentoring-and-the-department-for-business-are-failing/
up market stall competition for young traders
A competition to help young traders set up a
market stall has been launched by the National
Market Traders' Federation (NMTF). The First
Pitch scheme is open to young people aged 16
and over who are new to market trading. Applicants
will be able to trade from their local market
rent free for five days during May 2013, and
from these, a shortlist of 100 young people
will continue to trade for 12 months at a discounted
rent, receiving business support and mentoring
during this time. At the end of the year a winner
will be chosen and will be awarded £2,000
to help kick start their business. (EnterpriseQuest)
Community: growing numbers of emails being sent
but not received. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=03/29/2013
Although the comments suggest the obvious
- that overly aggressive spam filters are the
main culprit - the problem remains that 99%
of messages are spam 'n scam. And recipients
know it. Add to that the huge volumes of spam
'n scam which even individuals have to deal
with - let alone businesses - and the bottom
line is, who cares about your messages? Who
actually reads the vast bulk of the emails which
arrive in their inboxes? Assuming there hasn't
been a cyber attack along the way; or Microshite
isn't suffering another software or security
glitch; or a crap internet connection isn't
flatlining again and your messages have simply
got lost in space.
to that the idle and ignorant habit of modern
plebs sending out messages identifying themselves
by just a christian name and nothing else whatsoever;
the high risk attached to clicking on blind
links only - so no-one does it; plus recipients/businesses
who are too illiterate, stupid, lazy and unprofessional
to reply to their emails anyway; and all of
a sudden one is inclined to ask, why is anyone
bothering with emails? Scratching a message
on a piece of tree bark and sending it down
the road attached to the hind leg of a donkey
going walkabouts would be faster and more reliable.
Or, as Churchill put it,
'Never have so many dummies been fooled by so
few conmen over such a long period of time'.
moaning, Amazon traders, you can always find
another marketplace'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/jim-armitage-stop-moaning-amazon-traders-you-can-always-find-another-marketplace-8554670.html
comments on business matters are now up to several
laughs a day. One could say one should find
another 'read'. Trouble is, finding one in the
UK with a columnist (as opposed to a self-publicising
'celebrity entrepreneur') who knows anything
about running a business is nigh-on impossible
and pages are filled instead with the latest
lifts from Twitter and Facebook, football reports
and which social non-entity went shopping today.
Leading by example on how to spiv money-for-nothing.
do I contact Amazon? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/9952943/How-do-I-contact-Amazon.html
don't like it up 'em', don't these big companies
online. Despite what the law says about addresses
and contact details.
increase in the seizure of counterfeit electrical
Babener's MLM Start-Up Conference, May
16-17, 2013, Las Vegas. http://www.mlmlegal.com/
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/29/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
a business idea? Then do it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/small-business-network/2013/mar/29/idea-for-business
More media bullshit about starting and running
a business. On the other hand, some of the posts
following this article are as enlightening as
they are amusing.
fee hike facing revolt from small traders.
worst for broadband customer service in Britain.
'Ze French touch'. Orange join EDF as the
country's worst providers for customer satisfaction.
Now Brits will start to understand what the
French have had to put up with for decades and
why they are so glum all the time: trying to
cope with the world's worst management.
internet users face postcode lottery over connection
release: English business statistical survey
January 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-business-survey-statistical-release-january-2013
could save £195 million a year by buying
annual travel insurance. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11358
services sector grew in January. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21964070#
popularity in 'glamping' in the UK over travelling
So there's a bit of good 'home business'
news for you which hasn't been ruined by Theresa
May and the Home Office. Yet.
Larf #1: The UK has already returned to growth,
claims forecaster OECD. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9959264/UK-has-already-returned-to-growth-says-OECD.html
'Not like that. Just like that.'
Larf #2: 'I did it to save the High Street',
claims Dragon's Den panellist. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300404/Dragons-Den-star-Peter-Jones-takes-5m-High-Street-gamble-relaunching-collapsed-camera-chain-Jessops.html
So that's the new template for any contestants'
future Dragon's Den success, is it? 'I want
to be a philanthropist and save the High Street.'
I thought we were talking 'business', not charity.
And even then, I would be very worried indeed
by the bona fides of any 'entrepreneur'
pretending they were 'saving' the British High
Street by re-opening just a couple of stores
over the weekend and up to thirty or so in the
future. At some stage. Other than as a profitable
PR exercise, of course which hopefully, will
go some way to salvaging the man's car crash
of a reputation after his recommended closure
of Britain's Business Links network and for
it to be replaced by a piss-poor website because
he had persuaded our dumb government that the
future was the internet and nothing but the
internet. So let's hope that our Dragons' Den
'star' has better luck with his officially commissioned
report into the country's apprenticeship structure
- destroyed over 30 years ago by Margaret Thatcher
and her mediatised visionary 'stars' of the
and EU immigrant 'welfare magnet' challenged
by latest research. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/28/immigrants-eu-benefits-welfare-magnet
These findings don't prove anything new.
Agencies, researchers, even government departments
have known 'the truth' for a long time. Trouble
is, that doesn't make for convenient political
capital nor the stuff of daily lies sold by
hate-preaching tabloid propaganda.
according to the latest news, it's now the police
who were responsible for the 'black propaganda'
which broke wind as a result of the Hillsborough
tragedy. So. It was the police, was it, who
wrote the newspaper stories after interviewing
everyone involved; verified them; edited them;
proofed them; distributed them; sold them; and
continued to do so for the next twenty years
despite an official report which challenged
the initial stories within twelve months of
the event taking place? I see. 'Investigative
reporting' is that called? In the name of 'freedom
of the press'?)
on a budget. 9 things to do for £9.
Why does Chancellor George Osborne hate self-employed
The Chancellor, as do most 'modern' politicians,
hate ALL self-employed people and not just women.
The self-employed are the very antithesis of
the sheep which politicians want for gullible
voting fodder: awkward to manage; independent;
sceptical; self-starters; grafters; self-made.
Can't be having it. Which is why the HMRC for
example, is on a permanent war footing against
all self-employed, whereas 'George's or Dave's
Mates' evade their taxes and their social and
moral responsibilities with total impunity.
could be worse, though. You could try being
self-employed in France if you like your kick
in the teeth on a daily basis.
Richard Branson looking for Britain's best start-up.
risking livelihoods with fraudulent insurance
suppliers to benefit from simpler tender process.
A new, simplified, supplier registration system
will make it cheaper and easier for smaller
firms to compete for Government contracts. The
Single Supplier Registration platform launched
by Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude
only requires suppliers to register once, and
complete a single Pre-Qualification Questionnaire
on a centralised system, in order to view, access
and tender for a range of Government contracts.
Currently, suppliers have to register separately
on several systems. The new platform will be
available for the health sector from April 2013
and for other sectors later this year. (EnterpriseQuest)
banks take your savings? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/27/can-banks-take-your-savings/
What's in a definition? Whether UK savers
think their money is safe or not, when it comes
to bailing out the banks everyone has to and
will pay. All taxpayers. And the cost per household
is infinitely greater than the recent Cypriot
bank grab. As UK pensioners with UK savings
already know to their cost.
release: Allocation of EU structural funding
across the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/allocation-of-eu-structural-funding-across-the-uk
do farmers and executives have in common? Crippling
traders click on the High Street. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/387191/Online-traders-click-on-the-high-street
This should be a natural progression; from
trading online to trading in town although both
are mutually compatible. Unfortunately, there
are two, major obstacles. Governments and local
postboxes saved from threat of the axe.
Cash & Carry Romania, wins award for its
sustainable business franchise models and support
of self-employed, local producers. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11338
Our own supermarkets will not be taking
note, I'm sure.
speeds slowed down worldwide by cyber-attacks.
Silly me. There I was thinking it was just the
normal state of affairs.
port strike threatening Easter getaway.
Another normal state of affairs. More overpaid
and idle French fonctionnaires get off the mark
with their annual, holiday extension programme,
pushing the country still further into bankruptcy
- and confirming to the whole world that investment
in the laziest country in the world is an absolute
no-brainer. Sadly for the few French folk who
are among the hardest-working people I have
met in my life.
allows users to create own magazines. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9956671/Flipboard-2.0-lets-users-create-their-own-magazines.html
Online dispute resolution system introduced
for traders. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/march/new-eu-online-and-alternative-dispute-resolution-rules-to-be-introduced-/
Online traders will find it easier to resolve
disputes with consumers based in other EU countries,
after a new Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)
Regulation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR) Directive were approved by the European
Parliament. The regulations will lead to the
creation of a new online platform that enables
traders to resolve contract disputes regarding
online transactions out of court. Consumers
will submit complaints on the platform, which
the trader is then notified about. The consumer
and trader will then agree on which ADR entity
- such as a mediator, ombudsman or complaints
board - to use to resolve their dispute.
release: Building trade given £30m boost
to get projects off the ground. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/building-trade-given-30m-boost-to-get-projects-off-the-ground
release: Information for businesses trading
with or in Cyprus. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/information-for-businesses-trading-with-or-in-cyprus
of entrepreneurial activity in UK and Ireland.
green tax on energy bills by 2020. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299652/286-green-tax-energy-bills-But-ministers-insist-efficient-appliances-SAVE-money.html
All designed to save us money.
cars could overload grid, warns French energy
Switching on your electric oven to cook Sunday
lunch will overload the French national grid.
A wind blowing at 30kph will bring down the
electricity supply to 30,000 homes. That's why
French energy (EDF) are so big in England County.
Milking Britplebs for the capital they need
to bring their own country's energy infrastructure
into the 21st century.
ordered to pull down eco home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299297/Inside-Hobbit-house-straw-wood-facing-demolition-built-planning-permission.html
by the pics, it looks as if these people didn't
have the wherewithal for a suitably placed cash
Internationalist ethical Spring garden sale.
'n clic online shopping, under the influence
Britain: a risk worth taking. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/9954379/Digital-Britain-a-risk-worth-taking.html
How about an 'educated' Britain, first?
money on your postage. http://www.savemoneyonpostage.co.uk/intdatf/index.php
gets green light to become 28th country in the
Another chunk of bullshit for the tabloids
and the politicians to get their teeth into:
'more waves of organised crime' to cope with.
Add another '20 million immigrants' to the roll-call.
Perfect timing for the UK Border Agency to be
broken up, years after it first started showing
signs of operational strain from being used
as a political football.
upon a time, the government minister responsible
for this debacle would have resigned. Today,
it's become fashionable for politicians to stick
like shit to a blanket and blame their civil
servants. Then, go into training for several
months for an appearance in 'I'm A Celebrity
Monkey'. Plus one other, increasingly commonplace
solution. Sell off the operation to an American
arms manufacturer. Splitting the UK Border Agency
in two will help that process. And make no difference
whatsoever to immigration problems. Because
the root cause of the problem is, always has
been and will always remain - the politicians.
although the minister responsible in this case
also has 'form' for incompetence in the issue
of tourist visas to cash-spending holidaymakers
as well as a courtroom translator/interpreter
debacle, the country's media seems to find her
eminently suitable for a future role as Prime
of Essex, Business and Management Training Centre,
April/May courses. http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/html_emails/html_e-mail_Spring.html
hits stay-at-home mothers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9956005/Taxman-hits-stay-at-home-mothers.html
Small firms say politicians do not understand
their needs. http://www.freelancingmatters.co.uk/topics/smes-not-impressed-politics
Over 40% of small business owners employing
fewer than five staff believe no UK political
party really understands their needs, according
to a survey by YouGov on behalf of accounting
provider FreeAgent. However, the poll revealed
25% of small business owners think the Conservative
party is most supportive of small firms. UKIP
and Labour were each rated as most supportive
by 9% of respondents, and just 3% saw Liberal
Democrats this way. Ed Molyneux, Chief Executive
Officer of FreeAgent, said the small business
sector is vital to the UK's overall economy
and all political parties should commit to nurturing
businesses and providing them with support to
help them grow. (EnterpriseQuest)
60% of businesses which did not correspond to
these findings consisted of bankers, property
developers and American arms manufacturers.
Such as the UK helicopter search-and-rescue
contract having just been awarded to a US company.
Or what's known as England County's 'special
relationship' with the US. It'll be the police
next. While the tabloids continue to lay down
plenty of smoke and blame the EU.
your home office into a coffee shop'. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/turn-your-home-office-into-a-coffee-shop-kind-of-with-website-that-produces-that-starbucks-ambience-8548952.html
wool spinning back into fashion. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/fashion-beauty/386791/Why-wool-is-spinning-back-into-fashion
tax will hit poorest hardest. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/housing-benefit-bill-mps-warn-that-bedroom-tax-will-hit-poorest-8549132.html
That's the general idea, isn't it? To take
any pressure off politicians' main sources of
bungs. And to bolster the argument that more
social housing is needed. At £150 k min.
per jerry-built rabbit hutch, going into negative
equity and generating crippling, lifelong debt
£200 shock rise in fuel bills. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gas-crisis-consumers-face-shock-200-rise-in-bills-as-cold-weather-and-snow-lead-to-low-fuel-reserves-8549048.html
bottled water contains pesticides or drugs.
No surprises again. I remember seeing a French
documentary a few years ago, claiming that over
90% of the country's tap water was contaminated,
usually with excessive quantities of nitrates.
Still, Britain is chasing hard to catch up and
even has a Big Corp Minister for the Pollution
and Destruction of Nature.
of wealthy French into London causing homes
You've got to smile; it's normally the French
who blame British buyers for causing housing
shortages in France. Well, apart from segregation
shitholes around the main cities.
has lost 1 million jobs because of oppressive
tax regime. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298936/France-lost-million-jobs-repressive-tax-regime-report-claims.html
As with any tabloid reporting, this story should
be taken with a big bag of salt. The primary
cause of job losses and small business failure
in France are the country's trade union barons,
their Brownshirt goons and their puppet ministers.
Simple as. The French tax regime has been 'oppressive'
for generations and I'm surprised to read there
were more than 6, let alone '60,000' wealthy
French businessmen who moved out of the country
just because of the latest government. However,
evil, nasty and divisive it might be.
users risking identity theft, says celebrity
I'm not sure why it needs the views of an American
conman to state the obvious. We've got plenty
of celebrity conmen ourselves. Perhaps they're
just a bit busy at the moment, though. Working
for the Government as advisers and gurus.
confirm public fears on 'dirty' money. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/26/tests-confirm-dirty-money-fears/
Yet another looming pretext to get rid of cash
Self-employed are facing disaster. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/25/self-employed-are-facing-disaster/
At long last. An article from the mainstream
media which tries to say it as it is.
urged to do more to save the High Street. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9951201/Government-urged-to-do-more-to-save-the-high-street.html
fraudster ordered to pay just £1.
spending will double. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9949610/Mobile-spending-to-double.html
guidance on protecting data on personal devices.
New guidance explaining how employers can ensure
staff protect business data and information
and comply with the Data Protection Act when
using their personal devices, has been published
by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
The guidance provides key recommendations, including
using encryption to store data securely and
installing a facility that remotely wipes the
device if it is lost. The guidance follows research
by YouGov, which revealed almost half of adults
use personal devices for work purposes, but
fewer than three in ten receive relevant guidance
from their employer. The most common work-related
activities carried out by staff on their personal
devices that were most likely to be covered
by the Data Protection Act included sending
e-mail, editing and storing documents. (EnterpriseQuest)
Ashley accused over squeezing suppliers.
ten most affordable cities. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/9949217/Britains-10-most-affordable-cities.html
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