28th February 2013
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Self-employed facing 'inevitable' hike in National
Insurance contributions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285690/Self-employed-face-having-pay-tax-rise-National-Insurance-inevitable-MPs-warned.html
release: No more 'gold-plating' of EU laws.
This week's official propaganda on the red
tape 'shaggy dog' story - ground-breaking though
it is in the sense that for the first time,
it's tantamount to an admission that Britain's
red tape problems are down to - Britain. Or,
what we've been saying for years.
you, the timing suggests it's probably a psychological
prelude to fighting the following announcement
by the EU . . .
cap on bankers' bonuses. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21608938#
The British Government hasn't been sponsored
by the Satanic banking industry only for it
to see bankers' bonuses suffering! Heavens above!!
credit downgrade will hurt SMEs. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/uk-credit-downgrade-will-hurt-smes-20139568
shopping trends point to more growth. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/10681
from home: 5 golden rules. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/shortcuts/2013/feb/26/working-from-home-five-golden-rules
workers: stand up for your health. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/desk-workers--stand-up-for-your-health-millions-may-be-making-themselves-ill-by-spending-their-working-lives-sitting-down-8513806.html
say sell more British products. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21602650#
borrowers have up to 80 payday loans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/loans/9896930/Payday-loan-call-says-charity.html
to the eurozone, the UK economy is not that
bad. (Propaganda.) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/jeremy-warner/9898535/Compared-with-the-eurozone-the-UK-economy-is-not-that-bad.html
For a more realistic take on what's happening,
just one non-propaganda version here: http://www.snouts-in-the-trough.com/archives/4071
How to set up your own market stall. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/26/how-to-set-up-your-own-market-stall/
to host 2014 International Festival for Business.
men working beyond pension age - especially
the self-employed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21589610#
Well, here's one explanation at least of
why the country's employment/self-employment
statistics are looking so good.
the homeworking revolution over? http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/when-even-yahoos-marissa-mayer-wants-workers-in-the-office-is-the-homeworking-revolution-over-8511728.html
What homeworking revolution? It was never anything
more than a piece of media-backed marketing
rubbish. Still. It'll do for the plebs.
and the law - what you need to know. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/9895768/Twitter-and-the-law-what-you-need-to-know.html
to be forgotten' case before European Court
of Justice. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/9895279/EU-judges-to-hear-Google-right-to-be-forgotten-case.html
in 'right to buy' house sales. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/26/surge-in-right-to-buy-house-sales/
Investigations increase into IR35 avoidance.
The number of investigations into freelance
contractors avoiding IR35 rules is set to increase,
according to HMRC. The three IR35 investigation
teams, based in Edinburgh, Croydon and Manchester,
were described by HMRC as having made "good
progress" since their formation in May
2012. HMRC has also revealed all IR35 guidance
is currently under review, following criticism
from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation
(REC), which believes the IR35 rules lack clarity
and guidance is currently difficult to access
office scheme for small firms sees low uptake.
Plans to let vacant and under-used Government
offices to small firms have not been successful,
according to Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent
Secretary to the Treasury. Sir Macpherson said
the scheme was not used by a single firm, and
just four of the 300 properties initially made
available were usable. The buildings were deemed
unsuitable for several reasons including being
very small, in poor condition, unsecure, having
restrictive leases preventing their use outside
Government, and not being available for long
excellent concept but for only 4 out of 300
offices to be usable, just about sums up this
Government. Same sort of usefullness ratio as
for its retired bank-manager mentoring scheme.
disguised as a job offer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/26/beware-the-scam-disguised-as-a-job-offer/
Nothing to do with the Government's criteria
for Jobseeker's Allowance, then?
British High Street will regenerate. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/9893611/Primark-owner-confident-British-high-street-will-regenerate-as-it-sees-23pc-sales-growth.html
I'm inclined to agree but much needs to be done
with local councils which, contrary to all the
blame being laid at the feet of the internet,
are the primary cause for the decline of the
High Street. No such problems with building
extortionately-priced battery housing on flood
plains, on the other hand.
of money has plumetted 67% in 30 years.
financial planning tips for the self-employed.
being approached to become money mules.
£13 mobile. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2284123/Nokia-105--13-mobile-need-charge-MONTH.html
Best Desk Lamps. http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/the-10-best-desk-lamps-8510589.html
Relocating to Wales may get you a tax break.
more open for business than the USA or Germany,
claims Industry Minister. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/9891377/France-more-open-for-business-than-US-and-Germany-claims-Arnaud-Montebourg.html
I think the Minister may be confusing a juvenile
exchange of rhetoric and an absence of facts
with a world outside French socialist values
of drinking champagne, chauffer-driven black
limousines and whoring. A typical French debating
stance nonetheless, in which he who babbles
loudest and longest, is deemed to have won the
intellectual argument. On the other hand, anyone
wishing to invest in or run a business from
France need do no more than ask any existing
business in the country what they think of the
present government and current trading conditions.
French opinion unfortunately, always seems to
rest with those like the Minister, the trade
unions and idle pseudo-economists, who are full
of ideas on taking the wealth of others but
totally incapable of producing any themselves.
this end, the latest twist in the Beckham story
is much more representative of the country's
official take on, 'What's
yours is mine to piss up the wall'.
Although of course, the doping, cheating culture
of professional football deserves all it gets.
visa restrictions impacting on the sale of British-made
I couldn't have dreamed up this story! But as
our Home Office Minister, Ms May would say,
'there is a strong risk of Chinese multi-millionaires
overstaying their welcome, moving onto Britain's
benefits system, opening online mahjong gaming
sites without paying a licensing fee to the
UK government and not offering a sizeable bung
to the Conservative Party to evade the payment
of UK taxes.'
descent into farce of the Mary Portas High Street
rejuvenation scheme. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2283669/Mary-Portas-Government-backed-scheme-save-British-High-Street-descends-farce-thousands-left-unspent.html
No surprises here other than for anyone who
believed the original Government propaganda
and media bullshit about this scheme. It'll
be the self-employed/employed/unemployed statistics,
Britain's most-loved brand - even more so than
So the Brits do still have good taste.
Although Rolexes are the last thing you want
to be seen with on your wrist in certain parts
of the world. No more so than a British passport.
Deal warning on buy-to-let. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/9888335/Green-Deal-warning-for-buy-to-let-landlords.html
Space', Robin Wood, woodworker. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/9877384/My-space-Robin-Wood-woodworker.html
printer ink scandal. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/feb/23/printer-ink-cartridges-paying-more-getting-less
Budget tax cuts to follow loss of AAA rating.
Nothing to get excited about; any proposals
won't even keep up with rising costs.
to keep falling, tourists warned. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/9888407/Pound-to-keep-falling-holidaymakers-warned.html
harsh lives of the rural poor. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/24/rural-poverty-invisible
A warning to those who think that living
and working from home in the countryside is
about rose-covered cottages.
German president urges English be made the language
of the EU. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/22/german-president-pleads-britain-stay-eu
I bet this will provoke some comment!!
free ways to learn a foreign language. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/9880843/Learn-a-foreign-language-for-free-top-five-resources.html
million in lost bank accounts recovered.
gathering more personal data. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21533587#
community: How can I be sure software updates
are legit? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=02/22/2013
loses AAA rating. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21554311#
The only surprise is that it's taken so long.
With the £ sterling also at an 18-month
low against the euro, perhaps the EU can now
be spared British political and media drivel
about how to run an economy? Certainly the British
media will be trying as hard to suppress or
'contain' this latest news as it did the doping
and cheating confession of an ex-England professional
footballer a couple of weeks ago - the country's
national sport which goes such a long way towards
maintaining the UK's #1 position in at least
a couple of financial spheres - money-laundering
and large-scale tax evasion; in addition to
keeping hordes of clueless and discredited hacks
in receipt of thoroughly undeserved 6-figure
salaries, of course.
tells home-working staff to report to the office.
rolls out Feed Homepage Personalisation.
low-cost train service launched in France.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/22/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
PayPal device eases payments for small traders.
takes Britain to court for 'illegal' tax breaks
to green home owners. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/02/21/european-union-takes-uk-t_n_2735639.html
tax to be re-examined. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21541400#
Or, 'home business tax' for many people.
in new house construction sparks warnings.
'Affordable' new homes are in short supply apparently.
As per the past thirty years?
nightmare for 19 million families in sight.
Larf: HMRC names tax dodgers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21536171#
A list which is ignominously conspicuous
by the names of companies which do NOT appear;
especially from the ranks of the media and political
sponsors who have been allowed to dodge their
taxes with the HMRC's and the Government's blessing.
in the spirit of naming and shaming, the Treasury
Minister for continuing to support, aid and
abet Big Corp tax avoidance is David Gauke.
His tax-dodging partners in crime and moral
reprehensibility are the Chancellor of the Exchequer,
George Osborne, the Prime Minister, David Cameron,
the Government and the Conservative Party. Should
the WC (War Criminal) Party, Bent Labour, ever
be returned to office they too, will be relied
upon to continue in exactly the same vein.
Chinese visa rules would put Britain back on
the road to growth. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/9881328/Relaxing-Chinese-visa-rules-would-put-UK-on-path-to-growth.html
Yes, we all know that; other than anonymous
commentators on tabloid message boards, obviously.
The puzzle is that apart from political immaturity,
why aren't the visa rules being relaxed?
We've heard a bit of scaremongering about
criminal immigration and Reds Under The Bed,
but no sound reasoning has been offered.
under fire for wi-fi charges. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9885609/Hotels-under-fire-over-wi-fi-charges.html
You can tether your computer to a mobile; or,
get a dongle! Which sounds simple but if you
try to buy one from abroad or don't have a UK-registered
credit card or address, then all of a sudden,
you will find yourself back in medieval times.
In fact, even topping up a mobile from abroad
can at times, seem impossible. All in all, a
typical GB scenario. Grasping Britain.
best English ciders. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-10-best-ciders-8505686.html
Now all that's needed is Eric Cantona to
do a spot of advertising assisted by knowledgeable
cooks and food critics who spend less time posing
for the cameras and more time supporting the
country's produce. There are very few dishes
which wouldn't benefit more from a good glass
of cider, than one of wine.
not easy, Buying British. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/379395/Quest-to-buy-British-food-is-not-as-easy-as-it-seems-say-couple
It's a lot easier if you stay away from supershitemarkets!
Tips for future car-booters dodging HMRC drones.
Great Home Firewood Stacking Debate. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2282337/Norway-split-middle-stack-firewood-following-programme-featuring-hour-live-shot-fireplace.html
Speaking for myself and most people around
here, we tend to de-bark our firewood completely
prior to stacking and mulch the bark for the
garden. If that's impractical, then you stack
bark side down. Norwegians. What do they know
about wood? They should stick to selling artificially
coloured, farmed salmon to the French while
eating Scottish salmon themselves.
Simpler tax system for small firms criticised.
Government proposals for a set of simpler tax
rules for the self-employed and sole traders
have been criticised by the Association of Taxation
Technicians (ATT). According to the ATT, the
simplified tax reporting requirements initially
established by the Office of Tax Simplification
were useful but, after they were redesigned
by HMRC, are now too complicated for the majority
of freelancers to use. The ATT also believes
the new system would deny small traders access
to valuable tax reliefs. Yvette Nunn of the
ATT said: "These proposals will need a
lot of work to salvage something useful and
workable from them." (EnterpriseQuest)
firms unable to make long-term plans. http://www.npowermediacentre.com/Press-Releases/Economic-uncertainty-means-SMEs-have-difficulty-planning-for-the-future-120e.aspx
Small and medium-sized firms are unable to make
long-term plans due to the uncertain economic
climate and unpredictable levels of income,
according to research by npower. The research
also found almost half of smaller enterprises
would like to plan further in advance but the
day-to-day running of their business demands
all their time and resources. Phil Scholes of
npower said: "Addressing energy costs by
switching suppliers, fixing price and embracing
energy efficiency, will improve the bottom line
and help small businesses plan confidently for
the future." (EnterpriseQuest)
release: consultation outcome on late payment.
a 3D pen? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/if-3d-printers-sound-too-expensive-try-a-3d-pen-8503847.html
from an SME perspective. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/02/20/bt-is-the-one-to-watch-post-4g/
Business rates the most despised of commercial
taxes, survey finds. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/business-rates-most-despised-commercial-tax-20139549
No surprises there - and I'm just waiting
for the announcement that all registered home
businesses will have to start paying business
rates, too. It's too tempting for both government
and local councils. Once upon
a time, a little business run discreetly from
home could have sneaked under the radar.
Not any more. From compulsory business start-up
registration, to mandatory online business support,
benefits, tax, tendering, procurement, etc,
and it's little wonder the government and its
Brownshirts are pushing even the most unlikely
'entrepreneurial' hopefuls off the dole and
onto the path of No Hope & Even Less Glory.
The next step will be along the lines of the
French taxation system. A bureaucrat who has
never worked in his life let alone run a business,
will assess what you should be earning
and tax you accordingly. In advance.
the time being and as this survey points out,
once you have been caught for business rates,
what do you get in exchange? Well? Go on. Tell
boost for seaside towns announced. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/job-boosting-fund-for-20-seaside-towns
The second round of the Coastal Communities
Fund has allocated grants totalling £16
million to 20 projects in seaside towns in England.
The Fund will support a variety of projects
including regenerating heritage and leisure
facilities, providing skills training and advice,
and support for businesses to invest in digital
technology. Projects in coastal communities
such as North Tyneside, Scarborough and Plymouth
have been awarded grants of up to £2.6
million each. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles
explained: "This money will help these
towns tap into new business opportunities that
will create jobs and boost skills that will
benefit the whole community." (EnterpriseQuest)
of empty shops have stabilised. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21503035#
Community: would you use a Google retail store
if one opened near you? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=02/19/2013
to vanish from High Streets. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/20/banks-to-vanish-from-high-streets/
warning of fake rebate emails. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/9880304/HMRC-warns-of-fake-rebate-emails.html
for cash' scams clampdown. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9880065/Crash-for-cash-scams-clampdown.html
to buy better meat. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/blog/2013/feb/19/how-buy-better-meat
fined £4.3 million for delaying PPI compensation
panel duty on Chinese imports, could cost UK
£ billions. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/19/solar-panel-duty-chinese-imports
are better than assault rifles for home defence,
says US Vice-President. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/20/joe-biden-buy-a-shotgun
Couldn't agree more. That's what everyone
around here owns, anyway. There's
usually a couple per household, in fact.
not a hoody in sight.
Britons with no time to clean their homes.
'Busy' doing what, exactly? Textin'? Watching
telly for the national average of five hours
a day? Surfin' for another couple of hours?
Driving to the supermarket for a packet of shiteburgers
and a tin of Heston Blumenthal baked beans?
There used to be a time when the British home
was so clean you could eat off the floor despite
housewives also going to work AND raising a
family of a dozen nippers or so. Now, despite
a houseful of electrical gadgets and a freezerful
of ready-made convenience foods, we are supposed
to believe that the average Brit just 'hasn't
got time'? Although this could explain why so
many people who want to run a business from
home don't make a go of it - they haven't got
time to do any sellin'!
boss berates the French for working only three
hours a day. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9882422/US-boss-berates-French-for-three-hour-working-day.html
Unfortunately, French small businesses then
have to work at least twelve hours a day to
make up the shortfall. In fact, our US boss
was only referring to salaried company employees
as working just three hours a day. There are
5 million French civil servants or fonctionnaires
on the other hand, who don't work at all! Still,
stereotyping like this is the last thing a totally
bankrupt country needs.
chips raises risk of cancer by a third.
Or, you could go into a British 'PFI'-run
hospital and double your chances of dying.
used to be a time when self-employed folk could
look forward to breaking a leg because it was
going to be the only holiday they were likely
to get at any time imaginable. Now, if it's
not Australian radio-station cowards driving
our nurses to hang themselves it's government
scams like PFI, run by bean-counters, which
will transform your life into a dice with death.
or even horseburgers, by comparison? No probs.
Mobile phones to replace debit and credit cards.
firms unconvinced by recent Government policies.
Almost 40% of small business owners believe
they will see no benefit as a result of recent
Government policies, according to research by
office supplies retailer Viking. The research
also found small firms believed there was little
benefit to them from other policies, such as
funding for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS),
with just 5% of firms saying LEP funding would
positively influence their business. However,
almost two fifths of small firms surveyed said
a cap on fuel duty would be of most benefit
to their business.
libraries to offer business support. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-support-for-local-libraries-and-businesses
Patent libraries in six major English cities
are to become 'innovation incubators' as part
of the new Enterprising Libraries Scheme. Funding
for the Scheme, which will provide £1.2
million of funding over two years, is provided
by the Department for Communities and Local
Government (DCLG) in partnership with Arts Council
England (ACE) and the British Library. The Scheme
builds on the British Library's successful Business
& Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC), and
will allow specialist libraries to assist local
community libraries to hold business support
seminars, one-to-one advice sessions and networking
out of 10 people would ditch the big banks.
ONLY 4 out of 10? If that
really is true then the public deserves everything
every £1 spent at the shops, 60p goes
to the supermarkets. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280820/For-1-spent-shops-60p-goes-supermarket.html
And most people will swear on a stack of
Bibles that they're not influenced by advertising.
release: Guidance on SME access to financial
watchdog warns of further bill rises. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21501878#
to light' threat posed by new planning proposals.
Just what the Government's sponsors ordered.
dwellers more focused than townies. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/378584/Country-people-more-focused-than-those-who-live-in-urban-areas
- the scam that will never die. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/18/phishing-the-simple-scam-that-will-never-die/
Britons deserting the High Street as cash squeeze
begins to tell. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/378319/Britons-desert-high-street-shops
Sadly, I think this is the recession really
starting to bite now and never mind what economists,
the Bank of England and politicians might suggest
to the contrary. The horse meat scandal will
have helped some small shops and butchers but
overall, it's looking grim.
sterling at 15-month low against the euro.
This is clearly what gave Da PM and his Treasury
team such a strong hand in recent negotiations
with their European counterparts; rumours that
Britain needed a rebate (or a 'sub' as we know
it) because the country would otherwise be completely
broke, are being put down to malicious tabloid
businesses losing £41 billion a year to
London spivs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/18/business-model-harms-cities-clegg/
I'd agree with this. And one only has to
look at the city's highly mediatised mayoral
Burke On A Wire, to be left in no doubt of that
of tv sets to be hit by roll-out of 4G.
periods of internet surfing cause withdrawal
The internet - today's opium for the plebs
and mega profits for Big Fat Controllers. That's
why the Government's business support sector
has been reduced to internet services only.
icon of the 90s is - broke. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9875026/Trevor-Baylis-Ive-wound-up-broke-despite-inventions.html
A sobering tale. During his heyday, Trevor
Baylis received even more media attention than
today's Dragons' Den or Apprentice micro-personalities
- and it's all been for nowt. Reminds me of
the story Fletch was telling on the 53rd repeat
of Porridge yesterday. Dynamic young bloke without
tuppence to his name begs borrows and steals
just enough towards a loan for a hand cart to
launch himself on the road to 'entrepreneurial'
success, collecting old newspapers house-to-house.
Twenty years later, what has become of him?
Nothing. He still hasn't got any money and he
hasn't even paid off the hand cart yet.
perfect desk for home office daydreamers - with
British internet connectivity, waiting for web
pages to load. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280043/Nick-DeMarco-The-perfect-desk-daydreamers-Office-table-fitted-soft-foam-surface-lets-staff-slump-forward-snooze-work.html
could be heading for plastic cash. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9876253/Carney-may-move-the-UK-to-plastic-cash.html
The dishwasher who made it to Tinseltown.
Nice motivational success story for wannabe
wannabe entrepreneurs looking for something
to do on a cold, slow Sunday morning.
4552 business ideas by industrial sector.
patent law will help British business. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/new-patent-law-will-help-uk-business-8498245.html
things your lender will keep secret from you.
Action For Charity. http://www.actionforcharity.co.uk/eventdetailsnew2.php/urlsearch/Trek50
CNET Community: is cloud storage and sharing
to knock £20 off bills of unhappy customers.
a home has become cheaper than renting, claims
Not a surprise, then?
costs insurers £1.19 billion. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/15/weather-costs-insurers-1-19bn/
foreign language learning the worst in Europe.
It's difficult to find Brits who can even
speak English these days, let alone any other
language. Just look at a programme like Eggheads
to hear supposedly educated people invariably
introduce themselves with a 'Hi' instead of
a 'Hello'; whereas a ubiquitous Parisian Metro
poster for an English language school sums it
all up for me. 'Learn to speak English.
Wall Street English.'
can lead Britain back to growth. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9874144/Exports-can-lead-UK-back-to-growth-says-BoEs-Martin-Weale.html
This is very true and that philosophy should
be predominant in the thoughts of even the most
humble home business or eBayer. Unfortunately,
apart from a few rare examples such as ourselves,
who out there, is practising what they preach?
Politicians? The education system? Fake government
advisers and gurus? The media and their assortment
of daily repeats and pseudo-reality rubbish,
Dragons' Den and The Apprentice included?
where do we start? With the false premise that
in the world of commerce or the internet, everyone
call for more migrants to help avert harvest
This call has sparked 'outrage'. apparently.
Amongst one journalistic scrote and his editor.
Of course, farmers who need more helping hands
could always turn to the Government's tabloid-backed,
official slave labour 'Poundland' scheme, instead.
It would save the farmers a lot of money having
to pay furreners at least something.
there used to be a time when farmers could rely
on large numbers of schoolchildren and students
for valuable seasonal labour. Before textin'
and Facebookin' came along.
waking up to growing threat of sporting drug
It's not 'the world' which is waking up.
It's the media - although it's more a case of
having to deal with the inevitable once the
Armstrong feeding frenzy opened up a far bigger
can of worms than they expected. The question
is, who will tackle the problems of drugs in
sport where they are at their worst? Professional
football and the Olympics. Because one thing
I know. The agencies responsible for these areas
have proven themselves to be totally unfit for
purpose, over and over and over again. And the
media has been their ally. As numerous articles
criticising official agencies in the food contamination
scandal have put it: 'If you don't look,
you don't find'. Or, in the case of professional
football especially, 'Let's not look.' Or,
Federer surprised he did not have a blood
test at Australian Open. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/feb/15/roger-federer-biological-passports-drugs?intcmp=122
Federer and the media might be pretending surprise.
Professional observers would say instead,
'crooked, doping, lying, cheating business as
it be that all the thousands of self-employed
minority sportspeople, women and disabled included,
might have a future outside today's controlling
mafia to look forward to after all?
seaside resort becomes a drone-testing zone.
A location for home businesses and any investments,
to avoid. 'Taliban-tackling', my arse.
Larf: Osborne pushes for crackdown on multinational
tax avoidance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/g20-summit/9874634/George-Osborne-pushes-for-crackdown-on-tax-avoidance-by-multinational-companies.html
I presume this is a Chancellor from the same
Britain which has obstructed EU proposals on
multinational tax avoidance for the past 12
years? Aided and abetted by the UK's highly
vocal, tax-evading tabloid propaganda.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/15/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
repossessions at lowest level since 2007.
to make large strides at Natural Food Show,
7th - 9th April. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/10311
rules Google must act on libellous postings.
Further detail on blogger.com libel here:
of ivy-covered home fined £1000. http://www.express.co.uk/news/property/377770/1-000-fine-for-owner-of-home-hidden-under-ivy
volunteer army to clear Britain's beaches and
A free and very good way for local businesses,
home businesses especially, to get themselves
better known and to bond with their customers,
both existing and potential from the local community.
Much cheaper than sponsorship, which achieves
the same results but obviously can cost a bit.
Or a lot, even!
Firms avoiding tax to be banned from government
We and other associations have been calling
for this for years together with major, serial
late-payers to be treated in the same manner.
Had this or earlier governments reacted to these
requests more quickly, the economy would have
been in a more robust state and thousands of
small businesses would still have been trading.
that remains to be seen is if these promises
convert to actions.
ignored construction blacklist warnings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21427333#
There have been worker blacklists for as
long as sports competitors have been doping.
And of course governments have ignored warnings.
They don't want to put themselves in the dock,
do they? So is this going to be the latest 20-year-old,
retrospective media scoop as per Hillsborough,
Savile, Armstrong and speeding politicians?
That's the problem with taking big tits
off page three. Our cutting-edge journalists
are left with nothing to do and feel obliged
to come up with yet another un-original poop-scoop.
yourself against online scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/13/protect-yourself-against-online-scams/
people given bad investment advice. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/14/one-in-four-gets-bad-cash-advice/
phone sales go into reverse. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21441953#
Perhaps the best indicator of recession yet?
approves crowd-funding website. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/04/uk-britain-crowdfunding-idUKBRE9130H720130204
Crowdcube has become the first 'direct investment'
crowd-funding website to be approved by the
Financial Services Authority (FSA). Crowd-funding
allows firms to raise finance from investors
who are able to select which projects they want
to support and how much they want to invest
via an online platform. Successful firms receive
the required investment if enough investors
commit to their project. The sector is currently
unregulated in the UK and Europe. Crowdcube
co-founder Luke Lang said FSA approval gave
the website credibility, as well as boosting
investors' confidence in its processes and resources.
Pilot Towns (for High Street rejuvenation)
wasted grants on £1600 Peppa Pig costumes.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm a big fan of
Peppa Pig. Or I'd be out on my neck with The
Grand-Daughter Crowd. But it does confirm again
that UK councils in general, who are primarily
responsible for the demise of High Streets,
simply aren't fit for purpose.
High Street will survive. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/mark-leftly-theres-no-need-to-read-last-rites-for-the-high-street--it-will-survive-8494168.html
Yes, it will finally. Nice to see the media
lending a hand to the good cause.
misses its tax fraud targets 'by a mile'.
Just what the government and its Big Corp mates
hunting thief who tricks businesses out of their
Henry vacuum cleaners. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278185/What-bunch-suckers-Police-hunting-thief-duped-16-businesses-Henry-vacuum-cleaners.html
Henry vacuum cleaners are and have been the
legendary #1 choice of businesses for thirty
years now. Simple enough for school-leavers.
Tough. Good value for money. Never mind foreign
muck like Dyson. Link here for a decent bit
of British kit: http://www.numatic.co.uk/products4.aspx
of 'home business'; businesses which may or
may not be operated from home. Chicago, USA-style.
spotted the City of Chicago taking an interest
in our website and thought their page on the
subject of 'home business' might be of interest
not only to our many visitors from the States
but generally, as well. I was particularly fascinated
by the exclusions.
this page dismisses once again, the bullshit
so favoured by dumb British politicians, its
fake gurus and their criminal media propaganda
that the US is a regulation-free paradise, it
does beat hands-down the UK's official take
on home business activity of a short and simplistic
.pdf with TWO listings on page one of Google
- one in lower case; the other in UPPER CASE.
energy: a village's fight for a hydropower scheme.
No surprises here. In its most simple terms,
even a basic water wheel or water turbine will
achieve an efficiency of 80% - 90%; the building
for the plant could also be used to house people;
and the entire project would provide local work
for at least the construction phase.
inland wind turbine on the other hand, will
operate at an efficiency level of 25% at best
and provide no housing at all, nor local jobs,
nor savings, as it requires massive subsidies
and is not otherwise sustainable.
the horizon is now littered with wind turbines
whereas the last remaining water mill sites
and weirs are being demolished.
Poll. Is this state of affairs due to - 1. Political
corruption? 2. Political stupidity? 3. Political
corruption and stupidity?
on a postcard, please, to our message board
which is currently down for legal reasons to
contain all the negative comments we have been
receiving about doping and cheating in English
HMRC self-assessment tax crackdown on southerners.
firms 'do not understand their finances'.
Around half of accountants believe small and
medium-sized firms are not in control of their
financial affairs, a survey by ABN AMRO Commercial
Finance has revealed. Over half of accountants
said their smaller business clients do not spend
enough time on financial management, often relying
on short-term planning rather than looking ahead.
Peter Ewen of ABN AMRO Commercial Finance said:
"In this difficult economic climate, many
small and medium-sized enterprises have replaced
financial management with a 'batten down the
hatches' mentality and are failing to focus
on finance just when it matters the most."
the only difference between small businesses
and the banks is that the former can't expect
to receive billions in taxpayer subs to get
them out of their mess.
to raise money for your business with no-strings-attached.
Flu Camp. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/12/flu-camp-make-3-750-by-getting-the-flu/
to axe inheritance tax because it inhibits entreprenurial
Now there's a thought. Which of course, is why
inheritance tax WON'T be axed - because it would
reduce the numbers of entrepreneurial hopefuls
forced to go to the Captains of Government,
the thieving banks, for financial support.
on British meat products. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ban-on-british-meat-product-ban-linked-to-horsemeat-scandal-8492194.html
Just as we warned a couple of days ago. While
the British authorities and the media blame
everyone under the sun, the reality of the situation
lies much closer to home. And once again, it's
the wider business community which has to suffer
just to allow politicians and their rags to
bask in cowardice, evasion, lies and self-glorification.
who is going to suffer the most? AGAIN. The
small, home-business-sized farmers who are already
so hard up, that many are having to turn to
food banks to feed their families. http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Hard-farmers-forced-turn-food-banks-help/story-18057916-detail/story.html#axzz2Kl9YKmUa
Yes, folks. This is The Banana Republic of Britain.
course, one could also spare a passing thought
for the farmers of Poland, Romania and even
France who once again, have had their reputations
soiled by British toilet-mouthed reporters and
politicians. If it's any consolation one sees
that at least another six members of Britain's
criminal media have been arrested today, all
staffers from the Government's favourite ex-Sunday
wank-rag, the appropriately named 'News Of The
Screws'. A tabloid which has been replaced by
another title from the Merdoch stable trying
to go upmarket by abandoning its weary, Australian-cloned
tradition of a daily pair of large tits on Page
Three. From now on, the rag will boast tits
on every page writing its daily columns, instead.
The British public is eagerly awaiting further
British ex-pats who have moved to - Romania.
I've been saying it for ten years or more. Move
east. It's where all the prospects are. It does
take though, a pioneering attitude; graft; and
more than carrot-IQ, dummyphone addiction.
accused of lagging behind in war on drugs.
As the world of sporting professionals has been
saying for decades - if football were to apply
the same doping controls as professional cycling,
there would be no game called professional
football. It's all about money. Unfortunately,
the inequalities enshrined by the world of football
then impact on other self-employed sports professionals
and give everyone else a bad name and a much
course , if we had anti-doping agencies which
spent more time on doing their jobs across the
entire sporting spectrum instead of just issuing
pompous sound bites and press releases, there
would be a lot of sporting disciplines altogether
which would grind to a halt. But that would
be 'job done' and put the doping agencies themselves
out of lucrative work.
Credit unions give best savings deals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/12/savers-get-better-returns-with-credit-unions/
release: Start-Up Loans launches 1000th young
The word 'entrepreneur' is a bit rich, even
by this government's propaganda standards. Let's
say 'unemployed folk', instead. Interesting
to see that 500 candidates have joined up in
the first five weeks of the new year alone.
One supposes that this is a novel way of dealing
with excessive credit card spending over the
business training scheme announced. http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2013/02/04/rural-business-training-for-90000-entrepreneurs-launched/
A £20 million fund for business training
to help around 90,000 people who are running
or working in rural firms has been announced
by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. A range
of training courses will be open to businesses
in the agriculture, horticulture, forestry,
tourism and traditional rural skills sectors,
and topics covered will include management,
market opportunities and IT. Defra's Rural Development
Programme for England (RDPE) will subsidise
70% of the cost of the courses, with individuals
and employers responsible for the remaining
of thousands of police officers will now have
to declare their second jobs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9863130/Tens-of-thousands-of-moonlighting-police-officers-to-declare-second-jobs.html
Buggrit. That's going to muck up the government's
employment statistics. Is the same going to
apply to prison officers, as well? And other
civil servants? I hope this isn't going
to have too dramatic an impact on my favourite
car boot site. Perhaps the government
will just call them all 'entrepreneurs', instead?
you be your own 'dragon' for just a tenner?
About crowdfunding, for the benefit of our
furren visitors. Nothing to do with the
Chinese new year.
to be your own boss. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9858734/Self-employment-How-to-be-your-own-boss.html
Another micro-article for dummyphone users
which is just about as much use as a pair of
tits on a goldfish. It does however, demonstrate
again why the country's small business community
is in such a parlous state with a media which
can't even come to grips with the basics. So
the politicians read what's in the media and
lo and behold, you have official policy. Or
training bulletin, School of Business, Essex
targetted by 120,000 cyber-attacks a day.
More expensive than letting in the entire
populations of Romania and Bulgaria, then? Or.
The millions of saddos desperate to grow their
artificial numbers of fake friends could try
to find something useful to do.
computer is watching you. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2277265/Your-watching-How-sinister-cookies-track-online.html#axzz2KZS6pPGg
companies receiving 15,000 complaints a day.
and pork to be tested next, says head of UK's
food watchdog. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2277380/Horsemeat-scandal-Chicken-pork-tested-says-head-FSA.html#axzz2KgPJK4vW
This being the watchdog who was asleep on
duty over the horsemeat scandal. It's a bit
like asking an American or British doping agency
to monitor those sports which are bringing in
the most money.
if pork and chicken are about to be examined
more closely then the British public had better
brace itself for some pretty disgusting details.
It'll make horse meat look like 3 star Michelin
dining. Which it sometimes is, of course. The
really surprising thing about this whole scandal
is why is horse meat being used as a beef filler
- when it usually costs more than the beef itself.
there are lots of people trying to make helpful
suggestions. 'Go vegetarian' is the most
common one. Which is just fine. If you can get
non-GM contaminated vegetables. And no, that
doesn't mean just buying 'Bio'-labelled veg
from some chav health food store. Buy halal
meat from a local Middle-Eastern or Asian
supplier. Fine if you live in bigger towns or
cities. No chance if you live elsewhere. Buy
a mincer and grind your own meat. Fine,
if somewhat messy and a bit of a hassle. Hand
mincers are cheap enough to buy but most homes
these days don't even have a table top solid
enough to fix the things to. Then the meat has
to be trimmed and chilled plus of course, home
hygiene standards are normally absolutely horrifying.
So wash your hands. Then wash them again. Even
then I'm not a fan of that practice often used
by celebrity cooks on telly where you plunge
your hands into food to squeeze and muck it
around to achieve a mix. It's not particularly
effective and even less hygienic. Industrial
practice uses machines and requires the use
of gloves at all times but in the kitchen, a
wide-tined, large barbecue fork or similar,
is a good tool to fold your food through to
achieve a clean and thorough mix.
I'd still go with a helpful, local butcher.
You're not going to buy Neddy from a local butcher
in Britain so select what you want from the
counter display in the form of chops, steaks
or joints which are easy to recognise for what
they are. Then, ask the butcher to put what
you've bought through his mincer to form the
basis of your home-prepared 'processed' meals.
He won't be able grind beef and pork at the
same time through the same machine but with
a bit of notice it can all be prepared for collection
later. You've got to exercise a little bit of
trust but if the butcher is a local member of
the community and you're one of his regulars,
it's not in his interests to sell you a bum
steer. So to speak.
you've got your meat home, use crumbed bread,
cooked rice or barley, onions, carrots, leeks,
eggs, milk, allsorts (almost) and any combination
thereof for filler and you'll end up with everything
from meatballs to meatloaf which is full of
goodness as well as surprising value for money.
As a rule, I mix my beef which is a meat without
much taste on its own, half-and-half with pork
to produce a more succulent, moist texture;
and also, because pork is cheaper. Then, batch
cook or fry a couple of kilos per session and
freeze either ready-made-up as a variety of
complete meals, or as large 'meatballs' which
can either be eaten later as they are, or crumbled
over pizzas, into toasties, into shepherd's
pies, any pies, in fact; there are loads of
variations. But at the end of the day you will
be producing healthy, 'uncontaminated' food
of your choice at well under the 12p per horseburger
which is roughly the supermarket costing per
unit of muck for plebs.
of burgers made from meat this way, the above
recipe/s would be anathema to burger afficionados
but I'm concerned here about overall cost. Certainly
if you can afford ground steak - from the butcher
and certainly NOT pre-packed from a supermarket
- then all you need to do is season, shape and
fry. But I've always been puzzled by why people
go to all the trouble of mincing the best beef
when you can slap it straight into a frying
pan as it comes without any additional work
and cleaning afterwards.
other thing. To put flavour into my meals I
add a combination of meat and/or vegetable stock
and milk. I make my own stock every couple of
months from bones from my butcher and/or my
own garden veg and then freeze it in small plastic
containers to use when and as. The liquid will
help bulk your food as well as add goodness,
especially if you're also filling with bread.
Consequently, if you don't make your own stocks
and feel tempted to use shop-bought stock cubes
or bouillon, you don't want to know what's inside
them, do you?
unless you have got a lot of money to buy chicken,
beef, pork and lamb (yes, even lamb is increasingly
produced indoors these days) which has been
humanely raised, they are considered industrial
products which many people avoid out of preference.
There are however, alternatives like rabbit,
venison and guinea fowl which the Brits simply
don't eat enough of and which for the time being,
will have enjoyed a half-decent life before
meeting their makers. Do avoid however, 'supermarket'
rabbit which comes from the EU where it is battery-farmed
just like chicken, turkey or duck; in the UK
on the other hand, rabbit will almost certainly
have come from land or farm stewardship. Look
for a traditional 'game' butcher; if your town
doesn't have one, they can often be found with
a stall at a local market. I would also expect
to find free-range pork, duck, turkey and goose
from a game butcher.
Business orders on the increase. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/11/business-orders-on-the-increase/
confidence hits new low. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21387493#
output revised up. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21383545#
eclipses the USA as world's top trading nation.
Not taken too long after all. Our stats have
shown Chinese visitor numbers overtaking those
of the UK since the past twelve months or so.
now is, we have an entire political class with
its noses up World #2 American arses and not
a single one of them can even speak Mandarin
to start jumping the sinking ship. Perhaps another
Armstrong snow-job might help?
economy gaining momentum. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-21381090#
I do keep saying that once Scotland has gained
its independence, it will be a great place to
move your home and business to. I can see a
lot of money moving there from all over the
world once it's 'job done'. And England County's
political fags to the USA know it. Watch this
4 million Brits have never had a job. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/376916/Four-million-adults-have-never-had-job
So if we add to this figure the couple of
million 'dirty, idle East Europeans' who come
over to Britain just to live off the benefits
system, the UK's jobless totals are at least
double the official figures. According to the
tabloids. That's right, isn't it?
smallest house - converted from a garage.
This brings back so many not-too-fond memories
of running a number of 'home businesses' from
a garage in the past. Trying to keep warm during
the winter months behind a large, up-and-over
garage door; no ceiling or roof insulation;
no double glazing; no radiator; no floor just
a concrete slab. A single socket to power all
the kit plus an electric fire. Then, in the
summer months it's the total opposite and you're
sweating cobs. Wonderful. Naturally, you can
always adapt a garage or garden shed - but unless
you can do a lot, if not all, the work yourself,
the resulting cost can often exceed any advantages.
It's often better to start looking for another,
more suitable property instead, with a few extra
'nice-to-haves' thrown in.
the joys of running a business from home. That's
why I keep saying that if you can get your 'home
business' start-up to operate out of bespoke
business premises, it can very often save you
a lot of hassle and money. First port of call
- ask your local council.
of the 'grey lodger'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/11/rise-of-the-grey-lodger-would-you-do-it/
As we suggest in our guidelines to running
a business from home - http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
- taking on a lodger is often a far better
financial bet than starting a home business.
British' to avoid horsemeat, urges Conservative
Unfortunately, another British politician who
gets his facts from tabloid propaganda and who
is therefore, not terribly well connected to
reality. As yesterday's headlines in The
- and The
only - pointed out, it's now BRITISH meat products
which are at the centre of the worst scare -
meat contaminated with bute.
also more than a shame that it takes a highly
mediatised scare to prompt politicians to recommend
their dumb voters to 'Buy British'. That should
be happening by default, encouraged by the politicians
on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there's not
a lot of bungs in doing that. It's much more
lucrative for contemporary British governments
to look after American commercial interests,
as this tabloid article fails to do so, here
is just one link to a good starting point for
buying 'safe' food - which isn't down to country
of origin bullshit but the producers themselves.
As most of the world knows - and above all,
East Europeans - if you want good, honest food,
you don't buy it from a supermarket. That's
why they quickly set up their own home-run shops.
The only problem then is that you have to know
how to cook. And unfortunately, domestic science
isn't even on the education horizon in the UK
any more. It's been replaced by textin; gobbin;
'Oh, my Goddin'; and Facebookin'.
supermarkets strike back. Advertorial: '. .
. why buying local is the answer in an ideal
world only.' http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/findus-horsemeat-and-why-buying-local-is-the-answer-in-an-ideal-world-only-8489416.html
A to-be-expected article which suggests that
people buy their shite from supermarkets on
price. This is one of the biggest myths in retailing
and has been disproved countless times. Learn
how to cook, is the answer. Ask your grandparents
or your Polish neighbours. They'll know.
you sue supermarkets for selling you horsemeat?
The answer, is 'yes' apparently. So it's looking
good if anyone wants to pursue the media for
selling lies posing as 'news'. Which is what
we were suggesting yesterday.
end of the email password? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276657/Google-plans-eliminate-email-password-new-USB-device-phones-jewellery.html
virus scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/11/this-computer-virus-scam-will-cost-you-big/
maker creates social media spyware. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/10/software-tracks-social-media-defence
So what were we saying on on 07/02? (below)
As our members have frequently remarked, if
you want to know what's going to be in the news
in a few days' time, watch this space!
profiting from the vulnerable. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/feb/11/betting-terminals-huge-profits
Not unlike payday loans, then? Which have
been getting far more negative publicity by
comparison. Nothing to do with the banks, that,
phone users checking their dummies up to 150
times a day. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276752/Mobile-users-leave-phone-minutes-check-150-times-day.html
A clear sign of social and personal inadequacy
stemming from the fashion of oversized codpieces
which were so popular hundreds of years ago.
When you've got no business to be getting on
with and/or no-one who loves you, checking a
dummyphone hundreds of times a day in full public
view at least gives everyone the impression
you have some value.
Musn't begrudge the telecomms companies their
multi-billion tax evading profits. At least
they put back some of the money in the form
of sponsoring the nation's leading sporting
culture of lying, doping, cheating, gambling
addiction, corruption and bribery plus associated
crimes and misdemeanours. In what's known in
the sponsorship world as a 'marriage of ideologies'.
Insurance launches smartphone app to rate safety
of younger drivers. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/10225
Valentine's Day savers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/best-online-deals/9858864/Valentines-Day-on-a-budget-10-discount-offers.html
Now, it's BRITISH horsemeat being sent to EU
for consumption which IS contaminated. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/exclusive-fsa-accused-over-tainted-horsemeat-sent-to-europe-8488550.html
That's always the problem with crisis management
by cowardice, lies and deception. Having blamed
the Poles, the French, the Romanians, the mafia
and even E.T. the story comes full circle, back
home to roost.
Will this be the start of another ten-year world-wide
ban on British meat products thanks to the country's
commercial greed and stupidity, tabloid wank-rags,
a fagging, political readership and their international,
errr, 'appreciation society'?
the meantime, following the same criteria, the
mega-scam of professional cheating known as
football has died an overnight death by media
suppression after yesterday's doping confession
by an English footballer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/9858898/Former-Leeds-and-England-defender-Danny-Mills-says-players-would-do-almost-anything-to-get-an-edge.html
No further coverage, no multiple national
tv headlines, no editorial comment, no hate-filled
message boards, no forums filled with thousands
of anonymous insults, and no double Oprah Winfrey
Show - although internationally, these stories
and their cover-ups don't escape anyone's attention.
using a recently issued Royal Mail football
commemorative stamp - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/9855062/Royal-Mail-issue-stamps-of-team-of-British-football-greats-to-mark-the-Football-Associations-150th-anniversary.html
- or, English football's best-known dopers -
on a quotation to a foreign client may not achieve
the hoped-for results.
the other hand, there's FAR too much money involved
with the world's #1 sport of cheating and its
future is looking rosy -
betting industry keeping MPs onside. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revealed-how-the-betting-industry-keeps-mps-onside-8488393.html
mafia rigging top matches. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/375189/Mafia-rigging-top-matches
Is this the world-wide mafia referred to
amazes me that despite all the negative publicity
which gambling and betting has been receiving,
our visitor statistics are still showing a huge
amount of interest, especially in online gaming.
From no-hopers and Bob-Hopers.
million credit card fraud gang charged.
Queen of Shops failed to save our stalls'.
The only reason this particular micro-personality
ever became a 'Queen of Shops' is because the
media chose to call her that. Like their glorification
of cheating, doped-up football players. Or war
criminals. Its own crooked hacks. Or Jimmy Savile
- once upon a time.
would have thought it's about time a well-heeled
group of stakeholders came together for a class
action against the media for commercial damages
resulting from its daily misrepresentation of
the truth. Unfortunately, stallholders won't
have the wherewithal. They're mere home businesses.
that would save the EU the millions of euros
it has to find each year correcting UK press
misinformation (lies) (http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm
- for example) and the economic and social fall-out
which results from public ignorance. Money which
could be used instead, on helping grow small
businesses. Creating jobs. Then again, I stopped
believing in Father Christmas after I discovered
he smelt of the same pipe tobacco my father
will kill off websites. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/feb/10/stream-consciousness-computer-desktop
'Let's all live at the office'. http://www.express.co.uk/news/property/374859/Let-s-all-live-at-the-office
release: Information Economy Strategy; call
for views and evidence. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/information-economy-strategy-call-for-views-and-evidence
on rogue PPI claim firms. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/09/crackdown-on-rogue-ppi-claim-firms/
Instigated by the Orwellian-sounding 'Ministry
of Justice' which our members will recognise
better for its courtroom translator and interpreter
fiasco. Or 'scam', as some would say. So when
is our beloved 'Ministry of Justice' going to
'crack down' on the root cause of the PPI scam?
Community: why do all Windows systems slow down
with time? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=02/08/2013
So you have to keep buying newer ones?
'liberation' scam tops £400 million.
to pay 2011 energy prices. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/08/how-to-pay-2011-energy-prices/
calls for blood tests for footballers. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/feb/08/arsenal-arsene-wenger-corruption
Sporting professionals (and I don't mean
specious 'anti-doping' agencies) have been calling
for blood tests and biological passports for
ALL sports - and not just professional cycling
which is the only sport currently using all
the latest testing procedures - for many years
now. Consequently, it's hardly surprising it
takes the threat of an imminent scandal before
the UK's #1 mafia-controlled sport of professional
cheating, lying and money laundering, offers
comments like these. And of course, being French,
Mr Wenger would know all too well just how many
of his own country's sporting disciplines have
attracted a very fleeting 'doping' mention the
past couple of years. Apart from cycling of
course, there is rugby; swimming; tennis; athletics
and even petanque! Plus of course, the established
French track record for match fixing.
England player admites to pill-taking and injections.
That's it; out it all starts to come as the
first England footballer with a pair of his
own balls, steps forward. Time now to smell
the stench as all the hypocrites, accomplices,
governing bodies and the media, start to shit
the biggest, organised game of cheating in the
history of sport begins to open up.)
now that Britain's tabloid propaganda is hailing
David Cameron as the new architect of the EU
for having negotiated a relatively modest reduction
in its overall budget, (which of course, had
nothing to do with Germany wanting the same
thing), the Government will now have the funding
to continue compensating the UK's Top Three
Scams for their continued failure to contribute
to the country's economy. Notably: 1. The Banks
plus assorted spin-off scams ranging from insurance
and pensions to PFI. 2. The Media. 3. Professional
this bunch of crooks to pay their way and the
economy would benefit monthly from an
amount not too far removed from the overall,
total results of the PM's negotiations yesterday.
There could then hopefully, be less HMRC persecution
of the self-employed, family and home businesses
who could be getting on with some productive
work instead of worrying and dealing with the
ongoing threat of prosecution all the time.
Larf: horsemeat scandal summit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21391891
Those present. Everyone who knew or should
have known what was happening but either turned
a blind eye (for profit) or was too incompetent
to be doing their job in the first place. Under
these circumstances, sacking every official
in sight should save the country a lot of money
in superfluous salaries and reduced red tape
without otherwise changing the food sold in
supermarkets one little bit. Although for the
avoidance of any doubt - large customers of
any food processing plant know precisely
what they are getting, irrespective of the country
we have pointed out on numerous occasions, 'doped'
or 'contaminated' food products have been on
sale for donkey's years. Or, for at least as
long as major retailers have been making fat
contributions to all political parties, receiving
knighthoods and dictating government policies.
Which is why the much more worrying trend of
GM in the food chain - known to produce human
deformities - is receiving no attention whatsoever
at the moment. And with the help of the press
and the government, long will it remain so.
the meantime and as we keep saying: support
your local producers, farm shops and butchers.
You get more bang(ers) for your bucks.
dwellers spend more on drink at home than city
That'll be down to all the extra time on their
hands with '3G', 118K actual, 'broadband' connections.
Enuff to drive anyone to drink.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/08/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
large Post Offices to be closed down. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9855633/One-in-five-major-Post-Offices-to-be-run-from-counters-in-high-street-shops.html
Or, Post Office counter services to go from
bad to worse - which means even more
productive business-time spent waiting to be
things you can't live without when working freelance.
Is that all? Dream on. (Mind you,
it does appear to have been written for dummyphone
users.) A more realistic list can be found here:
UK bank to offer Chinese renminbi service.
firms mis-sold rate swaps. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/08/100-000-firms-mis-sold-rate-swaps/
And STILL the lying, cheating, thieving banks
are walking around scot-free without so much
as a single crook before a court yet, let alone
banged up in jail. Of course, our beloved leader
keeps talking about it just as he keeps talking
about tax-evading big corporates paying their
way. But when it comes to actually DOING something
- not a peep. Gay marriage is much more
important. If not a convenient diversion,
than half UK firms have downloaded illegal software.
London events, February 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9854200/London-February-2013-Events-festivals-and-best-things-to-do.html
Take your own pack-up to keep down London
expenditure and to avoid eating 'contaminated',
commercially prepared meals. Normally, I'd suggest
a good chippie or transport cafe but there aren't
any of those in London, so best of luck.
home ownership at lowest level since 1987.
Well, we all know it's much more important
to own a dummyphone, instead. Or, still
more 'home businesses' and self-employed without
their own homes to operate from. Or, yet another
Margaret Thatcher ideal turns to dust. No wonder
her home town of Grantham doesn't want to see
a statue erected to the woman.
Fake job conmen banned from running an employment
agency for seven years. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/time-called-on-fraudsters-who-masterminded-fake-job-con
I presume the Government's own 'con'
of 'There's A Business In Everyone' is still
Street must adapt to prosper' claims 'growth'
This latest initiative for 'growth' marks
the launch of - wait for it - a forum. Now
there's one hell of an 'adaptation'.
Launches phone to block nuisance calls.
meals removed from supermarket shelves over
horsemeat contamination fears. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9853590/Ready-meals-removed-from-supermarket-shelves-over-horse-meat-contamination-fears.html
France has been identified as the supplying
country this time, not Poland. Which sounds
much more logical than it coming all the way
from a far-off East European country which doesn't
eat horse meat and would have to import it in
order to process and export it again when both
the French - and the Irish - raise horses for
meat on their very own doorsteps. (Although
I would readily admit that consumption and production
are not the same thing.)
'contamination' is far too strong a word - IF
the meat has originated from horses which have
been raised for slaughter. There's far more
risk of 'contamination' from a modern-day chav
mum textin' crap while heating crap for a crap
meal, glancing down at some tabloid crap and
watching crap on the telly, all at the same
look on the bright side and hope this all brings
some extra business into local producers and
suppliers of good quality produce helping jobs
at the same time, rather than lining the pockets
of bloated, 'screw-the-pleb' supermarket chains.
shuts down its social network for the 'over-50s'.
Too many racist comments, apparently. Nobody
ever worked on a building site, then? Still.
So much for a future dominated by 'silver surfers'.
Or 'home businesses'.
investigation reveals drug abuse in all sports.
Good for the Aussies, as well as Interpol, in
finally and COMPREHENSIVELY taking on mafia-controlled
corruption and cheating in sport. Until this
whole festering issue gets sorted, professional,
self-employed athletes will all continue to
be adversely affected by the cover-ups of various
governing associations, official doping agencies,
all the way through to the IOC itself. Even
the most casual glance at American and England
County media will confirm the increasingly desperate
struggle to keep a lid on their self-generated
can of worms with barely a whisper of a problem,
especially at the BBC. (British Bropaganda Corporation.)
Despite two superfit youngsters, a swimmer and
a footballer, dying of 'cardiac arrests' in
the past two days alone.
the meantime, sponsors seeking to put their
money behind social and performance values are
leaving in droves. So the sooner independent
and professional investigations start to bear
fruit - instead of the very occasional, orchestrated,
Armstrong-style witch-hunts and PR soundbites
of snake-oil merchants and bean counters - the
sooner we can get the honest elements of the
sporting economy rolling again. Not so much
money for the mafia and the media, admittedly,
but why not try to get it go around a little
more fairly for a change? (In fact, the timing
of the Armstrong 'revelations' which were over
ten years a-coming yet common knowledge for
a hundred years, are suddenly looking less and
less of a coincidence as the results of other,
impartial doping investigations now start to
become public. Doncha think? Investigations
which the doping agencies would have suddenly
become aware of in the past few months.)
to the Aussies again and all they have to do
now is bang up the radio station producer who
authorised the transmission of the 'killer prank'
which put away a priceless British nurse - and
all will be forgiven.
vulnerability for non-internet users. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/07/benefits-fears-for-non-net-users/
You can add to this the increasing vulnerability
of the self-employed and small businesses if
they're non-net users. From tendering for local
authority to government contracts, to dealing
with tax affairs.
no conspiracist but it's all part of the overall
attack on middle-class family values and independently-minded
individuals. From the States to France with
England County in between. We will all be required
to marry partners of the same sex to help contain
population growth; owning a gun will attract
the death penalty and our money must be spent
on human-burgers and Frankenveg which we must
eat while watching endless repeats of flims
about the Second World War. 5G dummyphone technology
will ensure compliance. Merdoch International,
the Twatterati, Arsebookers and Blackwater will
be awarded the first Thought Police contracts.
Number of people setting up own business jumps
by 367,000 since start of recession. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/number-of-people-setting-up-own-businesses-jumps-by-367000-since-start-of-recession-8483554.html
Desperation, perhaps? Although we shouldn't
be too cruel. It could just be these figures
are wrong. Again. Because
if one considers, 'The
most popular occupations for self-employed workers
were . . . construction worker, carpenters,
joiners and farmers',
these are precisely the sectors which have suffered
most during the recession and are currently
in full-blown decline. Whereas what work is
left in the construction sector is usually cornered
by East Europeans who, according to the tabloids,
are all on benefits. Odd. Or maybe not. Given
the Government's track record for statistics.
And media reporting.
could be forced to name and shame branches which
fail to lend to small businesses. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/banks-could-be-forced-to-name-and-shame-branch-managers-who-refuse-to-lend-to-small-businesses-8482501.html
PPI cash will run out by December, warns Which?
No probs. Do what the banks would do. Send
in the bailiffs. Sell the rooves over their
heads. Give them cardboard boxes and begging
mentoring supply to be increased, despite negligible
The Department for Business (BIS) has announced
it intends to continue its policy of supplying
and encouraging use of mentors as a key component
of its business support strategy, despite evidence
showing a lack of demand. The latest announcement
from BIS includes the launch of a new series
of 'Meet a Mentor' events, the first of which
is to be held, rather surprisingly, at BIS headquarters
Government has already spent £1.9 million
on the Get Mentoring initiative, which has provided
a half day of training for 15,000 volunteer
mentors who are 'accessible' via the Mentorsme
website, to add to a further 12,000 mentors
available via banks and over 100 other mentoring
BIS admits that, to date, demand for mentoring
lags a long way behind supply and the department's
own research indicates that awareness of Mentorsme
among businesses is extremely low. The research
also found that only 17% of visitors to the
website did so in order to find a mentor, while
67% visited to find out about becoming a mentor.
a typical Big Lie scenario; you start with a
little porkie - which, to be sustained, needs
more and more porkies. But to avoid embarrassment
and increasingly serious financial repercussions,
no-one wants to come clean. Eventually, any
truth of the matter becomes one big lie and
nothing but a lie. Like professional football.
of Justice evades explanation and resolution
of its courtroom interpreter shambles. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/moj-defies-mps-on-interpreters-8482397.html
Yes, this looks as if those responsible belong
to the same Inner Scrotum of incompetent civil
servants as Theresa May's Home Office team -
which is also responsible for impeding commonsense
and efficient business principles. And as above,
yet another Big Lie scenario - although the
Justice department's admiration for burglars
has also been noted.
the BIS should commission another 'home business'
.pdf guide which lists all the official exclusions
to traditional home business activity? Save
people a lot of valuable time with yet another
official bum steer.
online shopping website offering discount alerts.
good economic news is bad for Britain. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/economics-blog/2013/feb/05/good-economics-news-bad-uk-services
'sorry' is the hardest word to say. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2273989/Why-sorry-hardest-word-Refusing-apologise-boosts-self-esteem-study-claims.html
Convenient explanation for the internet culture
of cowardice which now pervades western society.
Whereas apologising may be seen as a weakness
in those countries educated in social immaturity
- France, for example - it doesn't fool anyone
in the business world and the ability to say
'sorry' promptly is at the very least, the sign
of a professional. Obviously, this excludes
the media, politicians, the Twatterati and assorted
bogus internet experts and gurus.
Rebecca Adlington: too old to compete at 23.
It appears we have another nationality problem.
Had Rebecca been a Yank, the US doping agencies
would have ensured she could have gone on to
win multiple gold medals and break world records,
well into the next Olympics. Just like Armstrong's
real problem, which was not being French. Otherwise,
he would still be a national super-hero, his
Tour de France victories would have stood for
ever and he would have been commentating on
French tv for as long as he wished.
other problem is that she's a woman and swimming
is a minority sport. Just like the Paralympians,
these are not subjects within the media's financial,
comfort or knowledge zones. You've done your
bit, love, for a few column inches by crooked
media scrotes. Now, they have got the country's
discredited national sport to cover up for,
Direct sellers owing tax urged to come forward.
Direct sellers who have not paid all the tax
they owe have one month to come forward, under
a new HMRC awareness campaign. Direct sellers
- also known as agents, representatives, distributors
and consultants - are typically self employed
and sell directly to customers in their home,
door to door and at parties, and take commission
on sales. Direct sellers have until 28 February
to declare their full income to HMRC, along
with any tax owed, and make arrangements to
pay. Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC Campaigns,
said: "Anyone involved in direct selling
who has not told HMRC about all of their income
might not be paying the right amount of tax.
The Direct Selling Campaign is a chance to bring
their tax affairs up to date, on the best terms."
and IT firms at particular risk of failure.
Small and medium-sized firms in the IT and construction
sectors considered themselves to be 'particularly
vulnerable' to the risk of insolvency in the
fourth quarter of 2012, according to research
by Zurich. Around a quarter of businesses in
the IT and telecoms sector believed they were
at risk of going out of business in the next
year, up from 11% in Q3, while 37% of construction
firms said they were at risk, compared with
a third in Q3. Richard Coleman of Zurich said:
"There's no doubt that it's still tough
out there for UK SMEs [small and medium-sized
enterprises] and these figures seem to indicate
rising levels of concern." (EnterpriseQuest)
retail sales rise in January. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21331933#
British business flickers back to life.
Already? Overnight recovery, is it?
& PissPoors to be sued by US government
for its ratings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/21331018#
I would have sworn it was going to be the French
who took action first but if the US government
is going to take the lead, that'll save other
countries a few bob in these hard-pressed times.
After that, perhaps we'll see governments going
after all the media's economic 'experts' as
we can go after some really serious money by
tackling the totally discredited world of professional
football; arrange 'impartial' and 'independent'
witch hunts galore; obtain thousands of statements
and confessions by coercion; get a few thousand
hypocrites to make expert pronouncements; strip
clubs of their titles; arrange thousands of
anonymous comments on message hate boards and
forums defining 'cheat' and 'liar'; annul billions
of betting slips and match tickets; provide
reimbursement for same; demand billions and
billions in refunds for commercial damages and
sponsorship deals obtained by deception; do
TWO spots on the Oprah Winfrey show.
fact, with the current Puerto trial in Spain
revealing the name of the first football club
- Real Socieded - to be implicated in wholesale
doping as well; tax evasion in general by British
football clubs; and the UK media's bullshit
about Beckham's salary going to charity now
being reported for what it is - yet another
tax evasion ploy - as we said 3 days ago - http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/beckham-charitable-gesture-blasted-tax-avoidance-scheme-110925633.html;
and, it looks as if a jolly good time is about
to be had by all. Now that's
what I'm talking about.
my media sources tell me they've got to concentrate
on a couple of national priorities, first. Retired
micro-celebrity jumps into a swimming pool.
Gay marriage. And the story of that very rare
human phenomenon, a politician who lied. About
a bit of speeding. Ten years ago. Still. That
should be enough to distract and continue milking
the plebs at the same time as the subject is
closed to comment. 'Legal reasons', apparently.
Aiding and abetting.)
refuse to use a mobile phone and I'm all the
happier for it.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2273526/I-refuse-use-mobile-phone-Im-happier-it.html
Good grief! Even I have got a mobile
phone, even if I can't use it where I live because
there's no signal. Give this person a knighthood!
energy bills twice the national average.
Of course, we could just 'switch off', instead.
Although there's no money in it. For the spivs
and the media.
to claim compensation for delayed and cancelled
New energy switching website launched. http://money-news.money.aol.co.uk/article/2013/02/04/energy_switching_website_launched
reasons to leave Britain. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/03/great-reasons-to-leave-britain
Just as long as you can afford to do so and
don't try what most Brits do. Cross their fingers
and hope for the best. But ultimately, the only
thing that's going to stop British talent leaving
its isles is if Scotland gains independence.
Then we can all move up there. And certainly
not France, which is in mourning after being
defeated at rugby by the Italians yesterday.
It just goes to show how badly even some of
the best players in the world can be affected
when they have to hand over 75% of their wages
towards the cost of bombing innocent and defenceless
civilians in some far-off, starving African
of the perfect home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272844/Home-sweet-home-The-perfect-property-miles-supermarket-miles-beach-walking-distance-pub.html
This discussion has come up many times in
the past for people looking for the perfect
home for a business. My own criteria can be
found here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
current considerations: Britain's 'wrong' kind
of rain http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272712/Britain-prepare-floods-caused-wrong-type-rain-says-Environment-Agency-chief.html;
and £2000 extra cost of British transport
and energy prices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2272747/The-2-000-cost-British-Families-face-huge-cost-living-premium-compared-countries-thanks-energy-transport-costs.html
to make money online. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/368646/How-to-make-money-online
From 'The Personal Finance Team Of The Year'
apparently. Looks very familiar, too. Absolute
380 fixed football matches identified. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/feb/04/europol-investigation-football-matchfixing
As we have been saying . . . But this is
only the teeny-weeny tip. Expect the lying,
cheating, bullying, criminal media to suppress
this story as quickly as possible. It's too
close for comfort to affecting their livelihoods.
day, Manchester 'training the trainer' courses.
Former Tesco boss describes small shop closures
as 'progress'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21310808#
Yup. So's unemployment; falling income levels;
rising debt; violence in the home and in the
streets; one could go on. But I've got to get
ready our Sunday Tesco horseburger lunch.
British franchise and business exhibitions.
magazine for 'entrepreneurs'. http://enforbusiness.com/
Looks a bit 'politically correct' to me. Lots
of content, though.
makes it easy to convert your catalogues, manuals
and brochures into interactive versions for
computers, iPad and Android devices.' http://www.pagetiger.com/
Personal insolvencies fall to four-year low.
Nothing to get excited about. Debt relief
orders were up to over 31,000. Whereas the experts
are saying that people can simply no longer
afford the £700 needed to file for bankruptcy.
Very French, that. You ain't got no money so
you've got to find a small pile to make it official.
Just another government scam, in other words.
Whereas on the business front of course, that
very modern phenomenon of 'zombie companies'
continues to grow in popularity.
sterling in big fall against the euro. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21302776#
Ooops. How did my Tesco checkout lady, who slums
by writing economics columns for the tabloids,
not see that coming? Again. And I suppose that
also means the euro won't be collapsing in the
next 24 hours, as predicted by all the experts
since a couple of years ago?
security breach; 250,000 accounts hacked.
home owners face inheritance tax. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9841483/Tax-blow-for-holiday-home-owners.html
That's in the UK, not France. The latter
being poised to enjoy a bit of a windfall now
that David Beckham has agreed to donate all
his earnings from a Paris football club to charity.
So that will be 75% to the French government;
the rest to charity. Or, how to use a has-been,
mediocre athlete from a game of professional
thuggery and cheating to finance a huge marketing
and publicity stunt. For peanuts. To sell 5
euro shirts to dumb Parisites for 100 euros.
All that then remains is for the French rumour-mill
to confirm that he has doped and he will be
assured of a job for life as a commentator for
the country's sporting media. AND. If he's VERY
lucky, an appearance on 'I'm A Monkey, Get
Me Out Of Here'.
to amateur athletes taking doping products.
It was back in 1995 when I took a closer look
at Herbalife as part of the very first issue
of The B.O.A.R.D (Business Opportunities Advertisers
Report & Directory) that I first became
aware of just how prolific health supplement
sales are in the world of home businesses and
in those days personal health or well-being,
and not physical or athletic performance were
the key selling points, there has been a worrying
additional facet in recent years. As media sporting
coverage has become increasingly pronounced,
so have the financial stakes. Professional footballers,
for example, have gone from 'for glory, for
country and a bit of pocket-money' to £
half a million a month for a bit of missing
the goal, diving and gobbing, together with
a fleet of tasteless cars, a lot of Twittering
and a bit of teenage rape at the weekends -
all in the space of the past twenty years or
as this article points out, the public is in
'monkey see, monkey do' mode. Fitness clubs
and gyms are full of performance products which
during my competition years, would have been
unthinkable - assuming one was lucky enough
to live anywhere near a gym. It was all down
to 50% tapwater, 50% apple juice, a pair of
plimsolls, ex-army, navy-blue no-form shorts
and a 10-mile run around town. Or. A day out
on an old clunker of a bike built out of parts
recovered from the local tip. And a jolly good
- and SAFE - and FREE - time was had by all.
salutory though the article already is, it still
understates the current problem, in my view.
The real doping issue today isn't about professional,
world-class athletes like Armstrong, American
Olympic track and field teams, tennis players
and footballers, who all enjoy the best possible
medical help to take performance and recovery
about young kids, in their thousands, who wannabe
just like their sporting heroes (or just to
escape a poverty trap) and who secretly but
easily and cheaply buy doping products over
the internet or from local spivs, to dangerously
self-administer in the hope of impressing some
passing coach or talent scout enough to be given
a trial. The practice is rife and even after
integration into a junior squad or team, there
is no significant monitoring. Often, it can
be quite the opposite! But that's OK. The media,
the doping agencies and the authorities won't
be talking about it until the shit unavoidably
hits the fan. A few more players keeling over
on football pitches might finally do it. But
until then, one musn't upset the apple-cart.
Too much money at stake. Gotta pay the mortgage.
Change the car next year.
for anyone who is puzzled by the extent to which
'home business' and sporting activity are interwoven
these days, try glancing at the following page
- just harking back to Herbalife alone: http://company.herbalife.com/sponsorships
tax break for married couples in 2013 Budget.
Larf: Britain a broadband 'leader', thanks to
This reminds me of Network Rail being asked
to give a talk at a railways conference in Switzerland
a few years ago - on efficiency and punctuality.
Community: Can I install Windows 7 over 8?
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/02/01/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
rush for tax deadline. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21273585#
to compensate small businesses for further insurance
avoiding £1 billion in tax. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/tax/jackpot-bookies-avoid-1bn-tax-8476143.html
You were telling the world, Mr Cameron .
. . ?
to 3 million pensioners could reclaim £1200
tax on savings. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/savings/9837905/3m-pensioners-could-reclaim-1200-in-tax-on-savings.html
places in Europe to make money from property.
International & European Associations Congress
2013, 21-23 April, Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal.
mobile phone is best for roaming? http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/askjack/2013/jan/31/mobile-phones-best-roaming
Ten money-saving apps. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/best-online-deals/9837315/10-best-money-saving-apps.html
Don't buy a smartphone . . .
for February: Defined 'small', stay small.
It was 17 years ago when I agreed to take
over the UK's first 'home business' organisation
from its founder Teresita Heavens, a member
of MENSA and a stay-at-home mum who wanted to
be able to share her experiences and develop
useful resources with other mums who found themselves
'tied' to their homes and families. The internet
was barely established in the UK at that time,
yet the marketing men were already starting
to conjure with terms like 'homeworking', 'teleworking'
and from the States especially, came the acronym
SoHo - Small Office, Home Office.
despite an increasing awareness of something
'new' by the media, plus our sponsorship by
US telecomms giant, Mercury (to become Cable
& Wireless) plus up to as many as 40 other
sponsoring, corporate household names at any
one time plus the rapid strides made by the
internet over the past ten years - nothing much
has changed, really.
you take a peek at Wikipedia, the definition
of a 'home business' remains a 'small' business
run from an 'office' based at 'home'. Then,
according to whose statistics you choose to
believe, we have around 3.5 - 4 million self-employed
at the moment, which is more or less the same
figure being offered by official sources twelve
years ago. (The term 'self-employed' being a
much more British definition of a 'home-based
business', yet quintessentially, it's all pretty
much the same thing.) But certainly, we're nowhere
near the figure of 5 million teleworkers alone
as suggested by BT back in 1999, I believe.
only thing that has changed is the amount of
activity one sees on the internet for 'home
business'. If you Google the phrase there are
Impressive, eh? Flick through the first few
pages and you will see that everyone has become
an expert on the subject and insurance and telecomms
products predominate. For a marketplace which
in my view, has barely grown, if at all. In
fact, in the absence of any meaningful and consistent
definition of a 'home business', it's just as
likely that numbers may even have shrunk.
why hasn't it grown? Well, in the early days
when we had our own definition of 'home business'
we didn't qualify the activity with the term
For example. A self-employed lorry driver with
a large yard next to his home buys and parks
a lorry there. Twenty years later there are
a 100 lorries providing employment for 120 people;
turnover is over £100 million a year;
the original property now boasts warehousing,
garages, a canteen and bespoke offices which
have overflowed into half the road and all adjacent
fields and spare land. It's still a home business,
though. Registered and trading from the original
have had numerous members with multi-million
pound turnovers who essentially continue to
be registered and trade from homes; or castles;
or chateaux. But they certainly don't fit into
the populist or media definition of 'home businesses'.
They don't have 'home business' insurance policies;
they don't have 'home business' broadband packages.
They don't send anonymous posts into 'home business'
forums or websites.
the moral of the story is, you may well be a
'home business'. But that doesn't mean you need
to conform to any official definitions of also
being 'small'. Because those who think small,
of course, you want to stay 'small'. Which is
not a problem. As long as YOU really know what
the score is and it's YOU who's the boss and
calling the shots. In other words, you're not
just another consumer patsy.
our usual gratitude and thanks to BAD News and
December 2011/January 2012
February 2012 contents:
25% HBA Member discount from Businesses For
for Home Business Alliance members:
of the News:
a concern for many small businesses; Digital
agencies demand more freelancers; Text message
payment service to launch in 2014; Firms spend
£800 million on Online Performance Marketing;
'Change of use' planning rules relaxed in England;
HMRC rejects VAT fraud increase claim; New online
payment system for farms in England; Eating
out sector expected to grow in 2013; Demand
for ethical goods continues to grow; Review
of small business finance in Wales; Government
launches free innovation workshops; Digital
entertainment sales hit record high; Consultation
opened on sound recording rights; The National
to India . . .' by
Rachael Ross and the 'How To Work Successfully
From Home Guide'. Rachael's February Guest Article:
What It Takes To Make A Successful Female
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