31st January 2014
down to see full list; previous
month's (December 2013) Viewpoint; latest
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st January 2014
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,
For a current, multi-part
starting and running a
business from home,
go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/31/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
living standards squeeze continues. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25966075#
and No sign of living standard recovery.
That be an English 'economic recovery', that
in five prefers to go cashless. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549115/One-five-prefers-cashless-Study-finds-interested-using-mobile-phones-make-payments.html
So despite all the marketing bull about mobile
payments, 80% of the population still prefers
cash. Whereas the real reason why the remaining
20% of the population doesn't prefer cash, is
because they haven't got any.
most bankrupt town. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/11/25/the-uks-worst-bankruptcy-hotspots-revealed/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D240210
the laziest place in Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/where-is-britains-reallife-lazytown-manchester-is-most-inactive-place-in-the-country-study-finds-9097705.html
investment in France plunges by 77%. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549140/Foreign-investment-France-plunges-77-cent-Hollandes-socialist-policies-drive-businesses-away.html
As we suggested when the present clutch of
'cons' took over office.
Mr Big behind copycat websites. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jan/30/tax-return-passport-health-copycat-websites
confusing airports for British travellers.
As British travellers are universally considered
to be the thickest in the world, it comes as
little surprise that one of the suggestions
contained in this article is a pre-programmed
satnav (the beep-beep kind) and a book of local
rules. Which really pre-empts the question:
how many British travellers these days can actually
Larf #1: Official release: Understanding
start-up loans in England's South-West.
Quote. ". . . the programme has
indeed supported the creation of businesses
that would not otherwise have been progressed."
Who would have believed that a 'start-up
loan' could have achieved that? But sarcasm
apart, the report, which is written in pure
bollock-speak, sums up what has become more
and more apparent with the present Government's
delivery of business support. A Heath Robinson
infrastructure where worthwhile and cost-effective
delivery is of secondary importance to policy
dogma, cronyism and a waste of taxpayers' money.
Larf #2: Official release: The Fiver Challenge.
This is a model for a potentially successful
business start-up, is it? Borrow a mere £5
from a bankrupt government? That's some template
for success, that is. I'd have thought that
even today's yoof would have enough nouse to
actually go out into the Big World and earn
a fiver. Just to put them in the frame of mind
that running a business is about earning money
and not going on the dole.
Tax return deadline looms for 1.6 million. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/30/tax-return-deadline-looms-for-1-6m/
Wow. Pretty impressive reduction in numbers
from 2.5 million just the day before yesterday.
(Scroll down to 28th.)
I get an IVA? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/29/the-fixer-should-i-get-an-iva/
to find a free overdraft. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/30/where-to-find-a-free-overdraft/
report reveals true extent of mobile Britain.
probe into 'misleading' free apps. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/video-game-news/9987568/OFT-launches-probe-into-misleading-free-apps.html
has secret plans for police to 'remote stop'
you build a £6500 flatpack house?
Or, a very expensive garden shed, if you
French comic has over £500,000 in cash
(allegedly) removed under money-laundering
A dangerous escalation in minority persecution
by the present socio-fascist French government,
whose close relationship with Israeli extremists
is a far more worrying sign of the country's
lack of moral direction than the President's
recently, much-reported emotional instability.
Watch this space for another Coluche or Lady
Di 'development' - and high time to reflect
on more than just the government's rapacious,
anti-small business philosophy.
do make allowances for the tone of this tabloid
article which falls into pretty much the same
category as the rest of the puppet media.)
Seven Deadly Sins of pitching. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/23219/7-deadly-sins-pitching/
hidden dangers of apps. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/23211/hidden-dangers-apps/
180,000 building jobs in the pipeline. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/29/180-000-building-jobs-in-pipeline/
release: Small business, big support confirms
Prime Minister. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-business-big-support-confirmed-by-prime-minister
Adding up the multiple business support
'apps' which this Government has dreamt up so
far, isn't it all costing significantly more
than the country's ex-one-stop business support
shop, Business Links, which was closed down
not so long ago to save the taxpayer money?
'A load of apps' which are providing fewer and
fewer solutions because fewer and fewer businesses
can keep up with what's 'trending'? Or who is
delivering what? Other than loadsa money for
the latest, rapidly expanding, business support
public votes online shopping and internet banking
biggest technological developments of 21st century.
firms betrayed as Lloyds culls advisers.
in packaged account complaints. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/29/hike-in-packaged-account-complaints/
regional entrepreneurial hotspots. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/23321/new-figures-reveal-uks-regional-entrepreneurial-hotspots/
heated to 4 degrees warmer than in 1970. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10603400/Homes-heated-at-least-4C-warmer-than-in-1970-study-finds.html
insurance scheme 'must include more properties'.
Millions of private rental properties will be
excluded from the Government's 'Flood Re' plans
unless 'urgent amendments' are made to the Water
Bill, the British Property Federation (BPF)
and Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have warned.
The scheme, which will provide owners of properties
in high-risk flood areas with affordable insurance,
is not available to non-domestic properties.
It has been estimated that nine million properties
are classed as non-domestic, including the majority
of leasehold properties, as well as small and
medium-sized business premises. Ian Fletcher,
Director of Policy at the BPF, said "at
a time when Government is taking so many positive
steps to encourage investment in the private
rented sector and promote responsibility in
the sector, it seems extremely contradictory
to exclude these properties from possible essential
flood cover." (EnterpriseQuest)
are 'burnt out' study finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/life-easy-in-land-of-the-35hour-week-generous-holidays-and-long-lunches-non-say-burntout-french-9091678.html
Or, you could substitute 'English' for 'French'
and the study would be equally true. Or rubbish.
for selling over the phone. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/23254/tips-selling-phone/
the power of customer feedback. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23295/harnessing-power-customer-feedback/
reasons you are not making money on your property
'Real' economic recovery under way. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10600424/Economy-growing-at-fastest-pace-since-
awaits further 2.5 million self-assessment returns.
All awaiting the country's 'real economic
recovery' to be able to pay their taxes, no
asset seizures hit record levels.
Seizures of assets by HMRC from self-assessed
taxpayers (including many self-employed individuals)
who could not pay the tax they owed reached
record levels during the last tax year, according
to research by IT finance provider Syscap. Researchers
found that in 2012/13, asset seizures under
HMRCs power of distraint rose by 8% to
1,488 compared with 2011/12, and were double
the number carried out in 2010/11. Under the
power of distraint, HMRC can make unannounced
visits to business premises to recover unpaid
taxes and can then remove and sell business
equipment such as computers without a court
order if tax bills are not paid within five
minister to blame for red tape, not EU.
for-red-tape-not-EU.html It makes a welcome
change for a politician to tell the truth; and
an even more welcome change for the media to
print the truth, as well. Or, you could just
watch this space on a regular basis.
many of the comments from anonymouse 'Ministers'
and 'senior EU officials' which follow this
article, would seem to suggest that someone
who knows what he's talking about, has got it
identity thief's ten most desirable items.
it time to cash in on booming house prices?
game enjoys a revival. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10598638/Game-enjoys-a-revival-in-British-kitchens.html
French-speaking plumbers for weathy French tax
Sure. The vast majority of wealthy French
folk have received a good education and will
be able to speak English. Not well, mind you.
But speak it they will. Just like any university-educated
Englishman, in other words.
of the world's best-known home businesses -
the Queen - down to her last million. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/
I know the feeling.
Cameron pledges action to cut red tape.
I'm amazed that this story continues to run.
Surely, even this Government's advisers have
realised the public and the business community
have heard this promise hundreds of times already.
Let alone the same promises made by previous
governments. It's as bad as turning on
the telly and being confronted by a choice of
repeats of repeats.
your pension by up to £25 a week.
claims card problems are now fixed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25907000#
best places to keep your tax bill money.
under homes without owners' permission could
be allowed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fracking/10598473/Fracking-could-be-
home business selling bits 'n bobs on eBay.
leavers don't know how to dress and lack literacy
and numeracy skills, say bosses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2545907/School-leavers-dont-know-dress-say-bosses.html
And that's just our yoof's parents and teachers.
launches fast track visa application for foreign
to the French, then. And instead of blaming
them, let this country get rid of it's Queen
of Incompetence, Theresa May and her band of
goons and do the same.
raises charges by up to 25% for existing customers.
Expensive business, sponsoring doped-up sports.
Someone's got to foot the bill.
the most of your marketing budget. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/marketing/23250/making-marketing-budget/
secrets to maximising ecommerce checkout success.
UK confirmed as Western Europe's fastest-growing
abused by IT suppliers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25884915#
Par for the course. It's why bent politicians,
ministers, even Prime Ministers regularly have
meetings with 'captains of industry'. While
to appear even-handed, Downing Street's propagandascheisewriters
regularly circulate the promise of improving
public procurement prospects for SMEs. And the
country's equally corrupt media goes, 'Coooo'.
all-round credit card. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/26/the-best-all-round-credit-card-just-got-better/
could destroy the euro. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10596755/France-could-destroy-the-euro-says-Christopher-Pissarides.html
Britons can't have 40 year fixed rate mortgages.
the Big Six energy companies and make your own
Sure. Another derisory gesture (£10
million) by government to address a multi-£
billion problem. Collectively switching providers
is the most realistic sugggestion in this article
but getting people to act together even in their
own common interest, is never straightforward.
Way before then, the easiest and most effective
way of 'beating the energy companies' is just
to switch off in the home - and designate talk
of wind turbines and photovoltaic panels to
the same promisory tub 'o crap as the internet.
wind turbines take £ thousands off the
value of your home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546042/Proof-wind-turbines-thousands-home-value-homes-1-2-miles-wind-farms-slashed-11-cent-study-finds.html
school leavers are putting country'es economic
recovery at risk, says FSB. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546053/Firms-slam-illiterate-school-leavers-putting-Britains-economic-recovery-risk.html
Good to see the media publishing an increasingly
rare comment from a real business organisation,
rather than a handful of its terminally moronic,
anonymous posts or Twitter comments. Still.
That's what publishing social media reaction
is all about. It can be moulded to suit. Unlike
representative observations from genuine people
who know what they are talking about. Inconveniently
release: English Business Survey cessation notice.
Ah. Here we go. What a surprise.
to ban e-cigarettes. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/26/electronic-cigarette-ban_n_4667962.html?1390722625&icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D239136
This will put a lot of internet businesses'
noses out of joint. But, the Minister for Public
Fatness claimed, "We
must do all we can to help children lead a healthy
be seeing a ban on 'real' cigarettes, alcohol,
cars, aeroplanes, junk food, sugary drinks,
plastics, dummyphones, the internet, the telly
and most currently in the news, drug-addict
teachers then? Oh - and not forgetting that
'special relationship' with the world's leading,
Official release: consumers and businesses 1
step closer to new Bill of Rights. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/consumers-and-businesses-1-step-closer-to-new-bill-of-rights
push up energy bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/25/websites-push-up-energy-bills/
If dumb politicians and an even dumber media
didn't spend all their time promoting the internet,
we wouldn't have these problems - and a much
jollier time could be had by all.
trust online reviews. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2545336/Dont-trust-online-reviews-A-fifth-left-people-NEVER-tried-product.html
Is there anybody who ever has? Well. Apart
from politicians and the media.
much storage space does your 16GB REALLY have?
Apart from politicians and the media, who
ever believed that dummyphones did have such
a capacity? (Index card rotundas are much more
powerful; and a lot cheaper.)
outage hits millions. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/25/gmail-outage-hits-millions-india-us-uk
drivers could get 5p duty cut. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/24/rural-drivers-could-get-5p-duty-cut/
imposes restrictions on large cash withdrawals.
police force wants to sell advertising on the
side of its squad cars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545696/Cash-strapped-police-force-wants-sell-advertisements-squad-cars.html
'Adult' party planners take note! Strap-on
advertising would be an organic fit.
'too late' to help businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10595626/Fracking-too-late-to-help-businesses-facing-rising-green-energy-costs-manufacturers-tell-Prime-Minister.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/24/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
Cameron's new business ambassadors. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/10593476/David-Camerons-new-business-ambassadors-in-pictures.html?frame=2800728
Or, all about politics and posing.
cleared of using excessive force in defending
his property against vicious thugs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544671/Cleared-20-minutes-Businessman-defended-property-fuel-burglars-fighting-against-fence-post.html
burglary hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/24/where-are-you-most-likely-to-be-a-victim-of-burglary/
Unsurprisingly, London, already officially
acknowledged as the country's #1 shithole, comes
in at #1 spot in these rankings as well.
best websites for flight deals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/8250012/Travel-advice-the-best-flight-comparison-websites.html
Ten worst jobs in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/22/the-ten-worst-jobs-in-the-uk/
. . . of which half are in the 'self-employed'
category. Or 'home businesses', if you like.
it means to go bankrupt in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/23/life-after-bankruptcy-what-it-means-to-go-bankrupt-in-the-uk/
cannon to be deployed across Britain in face
of 'austerity' riots. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10590615/Water-cannon-set-to-be-deployed-across-Britain-amid-fears-of-more-riots.html
revival' they mean, surely? Or an Anglo-Saxon
Spring? Or tabloid-fanned Nazi 'rallies'? Whatever
the interpretation, more bad news for 'Bongo
Bongoland' Britain's shopfronts and businesses
generally . . . although it should be good for
another mutiple-repeat reality tv series.
on trial for assault after tackling two thieves
on his property. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544030/Businessman-attacks-two-burglars-catching-red-handed-arrested-defending-property.html
users can now switch without penalty. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25847014#
investors risk losing flood insurance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10589202/Buy-to-let-investors-and-flat-owners-abandoned-by-flood-insurance-plan.html
Now there's an interesting scenario.
could lose 80% of users by 2017. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10589169/Facebook-could-lose-80pc-of-users-by-2017.html
sets rules on bitcoin sales in UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10588955/eBay-sets-rules-on-bitcoin-sales-in-the-UK.html
and craft cafe staffed by grandmothers.
your fridge being hijacked by internet scammers?
boomerang generation forced to stay at home.
Yet another sign of the country's 'economic
Digital Awards; free entry now open. http://essexdigitalawards.co.uk/enter/?utm_source=Maxmail&utm_medium=Maxmail&utm_campaign=EDA2014%20Launch%20-%20Businesses#.UuDZf9FFBdg
UK bosses 'most confident in the world'.
tax system 'not fit for purpose'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10588384/Britains-tax-system-not-fit-for-purpose.html
contributions to become 'compulsory'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/22/call-to-make-pensions-compulsory/
However sensible this proposal might seem,
it is really preparing the ground for probably
the greatest official public theft in modern
history. With very little silver left in the
taxpayers' draw which successive governments
haven't sold off already, further raids on money
that isn't theirs is on the wish list of every
aspiring government of tomorrow - and pensions
savings are already a major target. Whether
that theft takes the form of increasing pensionable
age, or letting loose the financial sector's
muggers, the outcome will be the same. Already
today, the UK has Europe's second worst pension
regime, only just better than Portugal. Is there
anyone out there who really believes that in
thirty or fourty years time, matters will have
improved? No matter how many illegal British
immigrants and terrorists in the meantime, invade
and steal from countries which can't defend
best energy companies you've never heard of.
energy bills are the fault of houses and families
wasting energy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2543725/Npower-boss-tells-families-power-expensive-British-houses-waste-energy.html
to manage working from home. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23132/manage-working-home/
urges conversion of empty garages into start-up
charity appeals for business mentors. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/23205/homelessness-charity-appeals-business-mentors/
overspending can hurt your credit rating.
B&B voted world's best. http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/dorset-bb-is-voted-worlds-best--with-help-from-thomas-hardy-9075622.html
to eat well on the cheap. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/455088/Tips-for-healthy-eating-on-a-budget
Office Space. A free service that helps
companies find suitable business accommodation
in Exeter and surrounding areas when they grow
too big to be contained in a home office. http://www.primefind.net/exeter_rate.asc_1_10_0_10/
you spot the scammers in the street? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/22/could-you-spot-the-scammers-on-the-street/
mind out on the streets! It's the ones in offices
you really need to watch out for.
Self employed may lose out on state pension.
numbers of self-employed people in the UK may
not qualify for a full state pension when they
retire, the Association of Chartered Certified
Accountants (ACCA) has warned. ACCA has stated
that self-employed people who reached state
pension age on or after 6th April 2010 will
need to have 30 years of National Insurance
Contributions (NICs) to be eligible for the
full basic state pension. Proposed changes to
the state pension could increase this to 35
years for those reaching state pension age from
April 2016. Other groups that may not qualify
for the full state pension include self-employed
people who do not have to pay Class 2 NICs,
because they have been issued a CA6812 Small
Earnings Exception certificate or are living
abroad. Chas Roy-Chowdhury, ACCA Head of Taxation,
advised anyone falling into these categories
to contact HMRC to request a NICs statement.
'leading the way' in online trade. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/454897/Britain-is-leading-the-way-in-online-trade
Good news, eh? Let's hope it starts to make
an impact on the economy soon and that the UK's
GDP finally starts to move closer to the rest
of the EU. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)
scheme still available for childcare start ups.
Childcare start ups in England are being encouraged
to apply for grants of up to £500 to cover
the cost of training, equipment, insurance,
criminal record checks and adaptations to premises.
Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said
the £2 million grant scheme, which was
launched in April 2013, will support a total
of 6,000 childcare services to start up before
it closes in March 2014. The scheme also involves
a free mentoring service, which provides tailored
support and advice for firms in the childcare
Government schemes denying loans to small firms.
loans in 2013 'half' their 2007 peak. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25825165#
advice demand soars. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/21/debt-advice-demand-soars-over-cuts/
to quiz power bosses over Christmas power cuts.
What difference is that going to make? It
would be better to quiz the MPs who sold off
the country's taxpayer-owned utilities to corporate
cockroaches in the first place and then bang
them up for a very long time. Just to
make us'n plebs feel a little better. Followed
by a programme of re-nationalisation.
business structure is right for you? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23158/start-advice-business-structure/
worst scams on film. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/northamerica/usa/newyork/10583872/Scam-City-pickpockets-at-work-in-a-Brooklyn-bar.html
'World's worst scams'? I don't think so.
Mere fish 'n chippers compared to what passes
for official and legal wallet-lifting.
another Facebook scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/21/look-what-this-girl-is-wearing-at-the-beach-in-front-of-thousan/
v Paris: which is better? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10583840/London-vs-Paris-which-is-better.html
Hunker down for more cross-Channel crap.
AA admits manipulating favourite car survey.
Like any British media 'news' story, then? Or
official statistic. Or survey. Or opinion poll.
Or forum feedback.
We already know that second-hand, log book loan,
assembled by Turkish immigrants BMWs (British
Mon's Wheels) are Europe's favourite car.
to become a TV and film extra. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/21/how-to-become-a-tv-and-film-extra/
Jobs prospects fall in four UK regions. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25807428#
All businesses in those areas to take
to ship goods before they are ordered. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/20/amazon-preemptive-deliver_n_4630438.html
A stunning initiative to promote economic 'growth'.
Force consumers to pay for goods they haven't
ordered. And if they don't pay, armed delivery
drones will be used for debt collection instead.
Welcome to the Brave New World of Dummyphone
'hotwiring' power supplies to help cut bills.
Makes an interesting change from energy companies
'hotwiring' customers' bank accounts, especially
those paying by regular standing order.
at £511 million high. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/454886/Shoplifting-at-511m-high-as-90-of-thefts-are-never-reported
'worst' password 2013. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/20/the-worst-passwords-of-2013-new-number-one/
posing as lenders. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25783605#
I see the British financial sector continues
to do as it pleases, while the Government benignly
third of British adults have 'no-one to turn
Wot, despite social media? The self-employed,
home businesses and small businesses generally,
have more contact with the average man in the
street than any social worker, church volunteer
and especially these days, the police. Consequently,
that assumes a level of social responsibility
which should not be avoided and like sponsorship
or charitable work, is actually good news. It
does mean regularly getting away from 'screens'
and wandering zombie-like along the street,
peering at a dummyphone, though.
'The Dad' Cameron bans mobiles and tv. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/454868/Strict-dad-David-Cameron-bans-TV-and-mobiles
The man clearly doesn't want his children to
turn into 'fuc**n' plebs'. They might even end
up with enough about them to be come successful
members of the business community eventually.
hard, live longer and prosper - it's the Asian
Well, it's also the Jewish (old school) way;
the East European way; the American way. In
fact any way, but modern British, it seems.
Ten Tips for Exporters. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23013/top-10-tips-exporters/
43 areas in England and Wales where average
home costs £1 million. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertynews/10581814/The-43-areas-where-homes-cost-1-million.html
than half of actors under the poverty line.
That could be said of the self-employed generally.
to blame for floods. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2541773/Drowned-EU-millions-Thought-extreme-weather-blame-floods-Wrong-The-real-culprit-European-subsidies-pay-UK-farmers-destroy-trees-soak-storm.html
Even by UK tabloid sub-standards, this is a
is it the fault of gay marriage? http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/454646/Gay-marriage-is-the-reason-why-UK-was-hit-by-floods-says-Ukip-councillor
goes bust and how to claim compensation.
breaks for SMEs in 2014. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/23045/tax-breaks-smes-2014/
Official release: Guidance. Cyber Streetwise.
Open for business. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-streetwise-open-for-business
to compare accounts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/17/impossible-to-compare-accounts/
worst for late tax returns. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/17/london-worst-for-late-tax-returns/
This article also touches usefully on which
groups of people should be sending in self-assessment
knicker company goes down. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/18/portas-knickers-company-goes-under/
Almost as ironic as using retired bankers
for business mentoring. Still. Should be worth
a few cheap jokes.
you want to get marketing fit, do NOT make it
your New Year's resolution. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/23119/want-get-marketing-fit-make-new-years-resolution/
Brown MBE freebies: 7 Deadly Mistakes
to Avoid in Business and sign up for great
tips, insights and some really good information
that generate their own energy for sale.
tips for using a wood burning stove. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10574430/Top-tips-for-using-a-wood-burning-stove-this-winter.html
tax loophole which could help 40,000 benefit
dinner voted Britain's favourite comfort food.
Good to see the British public hasn't entirely
sold out to the French, the Germans, the Americans,
the Chinese, etc, etc. Supper clubs especially,
to take note.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/17/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
retail sales see strong growth in December.
Anything but in keeping with the media's
post-Christmas reportage, then? On the other
hand, that's something you have get to used
to in England and accord the same relevance
as graffiti on a public bog wall.
costs fell by 1% in December. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25759847#
to get out of debt this year. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/17/how-to-get-out-of-debt-this-year/
to swap old £50 banknote. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25758063#
fund to help Welsh construction firms grow.
A new £250,000 fund to support small and
medium-sized construction firms in Wales has
been launched by the Welsh Government. The Construction
Sector Development Fund will finance a wide
range of projects to help smaller firms win
new business and grow, for example, by increasing
capacity, gaining specialist accreditation,
or purchasing equipment. Grants of up to £50,000
or 50% of the eligible costs of the project
will be available, and applicants must be able
to demonstrate that projects can be completed
by 31st March 2014. Businesses are being asked
to submit an expression of interest, which will
be used to assess their eligibility, before
a full application is completed.
of SMEs are shunning banks as 'alternative funding'
goes mainstream. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/23073/60-smes-shunning-banks-alternative-funding-goes-mainstream/
Any news of when this Government is going
to become as vocal in their support of alternative
funding as they are of the internet which only
accounts for less than 10% of the country's
business? We all know that High Street banks
'own' our politicians but even so, you'd think
that Downing Street's propagandascheisewriters
could have made at least a token effort by now.
criticise Government over help for exporters.
dancing class hit with £50,000 tax bill
after being ruled as non-educational. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/17/belly-dancer-tax-hit-after-cases-ruled-not-educational/
O, deer! Duz this spel Daynjer four Brittun's
working hard to resolve intermittent outages.
Apple users can sue Google over 'secret' tracking.
Since when has Google 'tracking' ever been
a secret? Other than amongst politicians and
the British media supposedly, who both make
a lot of money from Google.
scams to watch out for in 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10575850/10-scams-to-watch-out-for-in-2014.html
tipped as Europe's #1 top investment property
millionaire still works as a street sweeper.
An exercise in humility which wouldn't go
amiss for Little Engerlandt's business micro-celebrities.
the French really think of the Brits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/10576536/What-do-the-French-really-think-of-us.html
I have lived and travelled all over Europe
for many, many years and if there is one thing
that strikes me about the French, it's that
they almost never express their views or prejudices
about the English. Socially, they are too polite,
too refined. Unlike the English, who moan incessantly
about everyone except themselves. And worse
still, they take their own views (or misinformed
reminded of an old Cold War saying. A Russian
will pick up a newspaper and know he will be
looking at a good dose of propaganda. An Englishman
will believe he is about to read the news. And
that was before fifty years of dumbing down,
the tabloids, the internet and the social media
'thought police' came along.
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fears as landowners lay claim to historical
land rights. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/10575318/Land-Registry-receives-73000-land-rights-claims-minister-reveals.html
Probably the same landowners who object so
violently (and understandably so) to ramblers
and offroaders claiming historical rights of
way to exercise their leanings to being pig-ignorant
nuisances. Potentially serious news for affected
homeowners and home businesses, though.
make current account switch. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/16/300-000-make-current-account-switch/
to buy bitcoins in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10559175/How-to-get-your-virtual-hands-on-some-bitcoins.html
complained-about energy firm. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/16/most-complained-about-energy-firm-revealed/
most common (and some of the strangest) legal
problems for small businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/legal/22971/common-strangest-legal-problems-small-businesses/
More UK foods secure protected status. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/15/uk-foods-secure-protected-status/
Now all we need is for our 'patriotic' politicians,
media and celebrity chefs to take note.
to claim compensation for Christmas power cuts.
loans funding rent and mortgages. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25733830#
actually damages your credit rating. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/15/credit-myths-what-actually-damages-your-credit-rating/
tips from UK's oldest family firms. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25711108
becomes Britain's youngest pub landlord.
can I insulate my house if I don't have cavity
best credit cards to use on your travels.
officers rewarded with shopping vouchers for
winning asylum appeals. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/shopping-vouchers-cash-incentives-and-extra-holidays-immigration-officers-reportedly-rewarded-for-winning-tribual-cases-against-asylum-seekers-9060070.html
Added to their filming roles, it is little
wonder today's unprofessional goons have any
time left for controlling the country's borders.
Still. Entirely in keeping with the present
cafe the taxman said owed £500,000.
Another gormless performance from another department
of government goons. I'm surprised they didn't
send in a drone.
workers 'avoiding tax'? http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm
Input from the UK's offshore-registered, tax-dodging
media which qualifies them to write crap.
with business opportunities. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/internationalproperty/10409270/Were-looking-for...-homes-that-offer-winter-warmth.html
To be taken with a large pinch of incredulity.
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Government urges people to be more cyber 'streetwise'.
. . . and particular attention should be
paid to online scammers (politicians) posing
as 'gurus'. The Government didn't add.
red tape for companies which don't trade with
the EU, say business chiefs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538955/Slash-red-tape-firms-dont-trade-EU-say-business-chiefs.html
. . . and there's no reason why the Government
- any British government - couldn't do that
immediately it so chooses. But therein lies
the truth of the matter. British governments
do not choose to do so. We are talking 'regulation'
here. Not law. Next.
to repair your broken goods. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2014/jan/09/how-to-repair-your-broken-goods-from-an-iphone-to-a-washing-machine
admits to 56-year scam mail addiction. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/13/pensioner-admits-to-56-year-scam-mail-addiction-costing-200-000/
visa scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/13/dont-fall-for-the-visa-scam/
voted UK's worst delivery operator. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/13/yodel-voted-uks-worst-delivery-operator/
'catch' which prevents customers from receiving
their bank account perks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/
Is this so-called 'catch' terribly surprising?
It's like accusing a train operator of abandoning
customers on the platform - who have turned
up late and their train has just left the station.
UK diners' demand for snails. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/snails-farmers-just-cant-keep-up-with-demand-from-british-diners-9057148.html
A nice little 'home' business even though
it's a disgusting habit.
'blossoming' business. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2538916/Its-jewelry-green-thumbs-Designers-business-blossoms-thanks-rings-necklaces-contain-living-plants.html
a book. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/14/self-publishing-a-book-could-you-be-the-next-el-james/
British meat tastes have changed since the 'Neddy'
of text messages being sent falls for the first
ways to kick-start your marketing for 2014.
of the Century. Brothers print fake banknotes.
"Production of counterfeit notes undermines
the whole economy of the country... essentially
it undermines the whole integrity of the currency
system;" said the judge, "and
that is the job of The Bank of England."
Beware fake or copycat HMRC websites. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/13/beware-fake-hmrc-websites-taxpayers-warned/
more optimistic on economy, survey suggests.
cast doubt on growth rate. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/453289/Figures-cast-doubts-over-growth-rate
No surprises, in other words. Well. For anyone
who doesn't believe what they read or hear in
North sees fastest growth in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10567152/The-North-sees-fastest-growth-in-any-region.html
business group urge EU re-think. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/10567190/Eurosceptic-business-group-to-lobby-Government-for-EU-rethink.html
This group is hardly representative of wider
British business interests but will undoubtedly
be heard because it is such a typical reflection
of the present Government's self-interests.
banks and join credit unions, 'unfit for purpose'
Minister urges. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/savings/10564255/Forget-banks-and-join-credit-unions-middle-classes-urged.html
We couldn't agree more. A pity politicians
actively impeded the development of credit unions
in this country until after the banking catastrophe
which they helped create. On the other hand,
turning to credit unions for better interest
rates on savings, isn't what they're about.
Unlike snout-in-trough politicians.
no credit union is likely to pay interest rates
which equal those of certain current accounts;
Santander for example; Nationwide; Lloyds and
TSB; Yorkshire Bank; Etc. http://www.money.co.uk/current-accounts/high-interest-current-accounts.htm)
Support your local credit union as well.
facing £34 million penalty. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25711053#
aged seven and four become Britain's youngest
Dragons' Den 'reject' success stories. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/12/20/is-this-the-most-successful-dragons-den-reject-ever/?ncid=webmail9
Supermarket spies on the trail of bogus British
Does that mean we can't trust labelling any
best and worst retailers, Christmas 2013 index.
businesses with a stake in Transylvania.
The Central and Eastern European property
market is almost totally overlooked by the British
media yet a significant number of Brits have
already bought into these regions. Well worth
taking a closer look.
Butcher' Blair's mass-murdering fags finally
face war crimes charges. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-devastating-dossier-on-abuse-by-uk-forces-in-iraq-goes-to-international-criminal-court-9053735.html
A story which isn't exactly doing the rounds
of the country's Nazi, hate-preaching tabloids
yet (or allowing comment) and is long overdue.
Until this filth in its entirety, is locked
up, tried and preferably, executed, then Britain
has no convincing future as an international
trading partner in any new economic or commercial
order - and no number of repeats of Second World
War films or historical propaganda by the country's
criminal media accomplices, is going to change
that one little bit. It's time for the UK to
face up to and deal with its past in order to
have any chance at all of starting a new future.
Which also means persuading the International
Criminal Court, more accustomed to mounting
trials to serve Atlantacist interests, will
need to change direction, too. Or be replaced
with a more convincing court altogether.
sales tips for 2014. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/22909/5-sales-tips-2014/
Update: MORE ON WORKING FROM HOME. Another
three responses to our working from home survey
were as follows.
Commutes by train at annual cost of £3,000,
says employer needs to be city or town based,
that 50% of work could be done from home but
unsure if they would do it if offered.
o Commutes by bus at annual cost of £816,
says employer doesnt need to be city or
town based, that 90% of work could be done from
home but unsure if they would do it if offered.
Commutes by car at annual cost of £3,000,
says employer does not need to be city or town
based, t hat 50% of work could be dome from
home but would not do it if offered.
to government figures 678,000 people worked
mainly from home in 2001, this figure rising
to more than 1,000,000 in 2012. (I see the
official view of the numbers of people working
from home doesn't quite concur with the 'millions'
bandied about in the UK's media and by telecoms
and home insurance companies. Wow. Another surprise.
confidential contributions from readers welcomed.
here to take our survey. http://sg7.biz/mailer/surveys.php?id=6
A one-day appointments-based destination workshop
for pre-registered organisers is being held
on Thursday January 30th at the Radisson Blu
Portman Hotel, London, located in Portman Square,
just off Oxford Street
manning tables there include a large contingent
of thirteen cities, hotels and destination management
companies from Germany as well as suppliers
from Australia, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal,
Korea, Switzerland, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, UAE,
Morocco, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Italy, Canary
Islands, Netherlands, Antarctica and UK, more
than forty in all.
day runs from 9.00am to 5.30pm, with organisers
given a choice of 24 appointment times, and
includes a one-hour networking lunch for all
information and registration at http://www.moulden-marketing.co.uk
Featuring more than 250 UK and European attractions
offering options to group travel and other organisers
this exhibition takes place on Saturday January
25th at Alexandra Palace, 10.30am to 4.00pm,
coach travel from 50 UK pick up points is also
offered to pre-registered visitors, subject
to availability, and there are a number of show-only
or tel. 023 8062 5516
Official release: £8 million technology
boost to help re-invigorate British High Streets.
Just £8 million? Not serious, then.
How about a simple business rates cut, instead?
office to offer current accounts in 110 branches.
places to spend Bitcoin in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10558191/Ten-places-where-you-can-spend-your-bitcoins-in-the-UK.html
find secret to writing a best-selling novel.
All they have to do now is find enough people
who can read.
America catches entrepreneurship fever.
only booming businesses are booze and payday
lenders . . . http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/tom-hodgkinson-the-only-booming-businesses-are-booze-and-payday-lenders-no-one-buys-books-the-high-streets-are-collapsing-9046979.html
landlords are shunning benefits tenants.
your money back. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/22891/getting-money-back/
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/10/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
loans offered for flooded businesses. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25667799#
package agreed for credit card insurance mis-selling.
online purchases over Christmas period.
trade deficit hampering 'economic recovery'.
The 'experts', the politicians and the tabloids
got it wrong again, have they?
Mail privatisation 'botched'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25671685#
Is there any privatisation by any British government
which hasn't been botched? If you take the somewhat
naive view that privatisation is anything more
than offloading a publicly owned and mismanaged
liability in exchange for an extra few bob in
the government's coffers and a future 'favour'
or two from Big Corp.
BRIC and CIVET. MINT is the economic powerhouse
Never fear. We got drones! AND we're best
mates with the fattest, ugliest, nastiest, thickest
bully in the playground.
de France organisers reward Yorkshire with 3
day stage race. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/jan/09/yorkshire-cycling-race-legacy-british-tour-de-france-success
So all that anti-professional cycling propaganda
by media ambassadors for doping and cheating
in the country's national sports has backfired,
has it? Very good news for Yorkshire businesses
on the other hand.
set to soar. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/09/self-publishing-expected-to-soar/
'Selfies' by dummyphone users who can do
ways to make technology pay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10559626/Martin-Lewis-15-ways-to-make-technology-pay.html
Online retailers planning to expand into physical
One in six small and medium-sized online
retailers plan to expand into physical stores
in 2014, according to a survey by Royal Mail.
Of the 400 online retailers surveyed, 15% also
said they planned to trade via online marketplaces
such as eBay and Amazon. Over half of respondents
said competition for online orders is more intense
than last year, with nearly 60% saying this
is due to increasing numbers of online retailers.
Nick Landon, Managing Director of Royal Mail
Parcels, said smaller firms are "concentrating
on exploiting as many channels to market as
possible, adding space in physical premises
and online marketplace listings to complement
their existing web channel." (EnterpriseQuest)
abuses government department's taxpayer-funded
Facebook page to plug wife's business. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/08/ministers-wifes-website-plugged-on-dwp-facebook-page/
village uses stream for energy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/greenproperty/10553304/Eco-living-Llangattock-the-village-using-a-stream-for-energy.html
aims to create a new generation of entrepreneurs.
Stop buying new and repair instead, says Government
Corrr. Just think. Millions of grandparents
and parents around the world who could have
been 'government advisers'. Bad news for 'growth',
prices fall at quickest pace for seven years.
Because everyone is repairing their old kit
don't YOU buy British, Minister? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2535563/Why-dont-YOU-buy-British-minister-Farmers-accuse-Government-hypocrisy-plea-shoppers-buy-foreign-food.html
the delights of seasonal British food. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2535554/Ditch-oh-bland-imports-rediscover-delight-seasonal-British-food.html
Vinyl sales at their highest for 15 years.
homeowners thieving wood to fuel log-burners.
Yet another opportunity for Conservative
hoodies. Might take the pressure off granny-mugging,
best low-energy lightbulbs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10553244/Jeff-Howell-what-are-the-best-low-energy-lightbulbs.html
funding research of web habits. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/07/ministry-defence-fund-research-online
porn trends. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/jan/07/pornhub-porn-trends-search-terms-time
Buy British fruit and veg to help economy,
says Minister. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25633611#
They're quick off the mark these politicians,
aren't they? And in the same breath he might
have added that it will help jobs for immigrants,
both legal and illegal because when it comes
to working the fields and the packhouses, there's
barely a working Brit to be seen. Still, it
all helps maintain the status quo, as
they say. It's been like that for generations.
of course, we'll be seeing our 'Buy British'
politicians and their media gobshites taking
the lead, won't we? On a DAILY, permanent basis.
car sales highest since 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25632668#
That will be all those millions of 'back-door'
Moldavian grannies buying British cars because
unlike the Brits themselves, they don't know
a good car like a BMW (British Mon's Wheels)
when they see one.
to pick up pace, say British Chambers of Commerce.
Let's hope they've got it right this time.
down by 11% in 2013. https://www.deloitte.com/view/en_GB/uk/news/a996605e2c743410VgnVCM2000003356f70aRCRD
The number of firms that went into administration
in 2013 fell by 11% to 1,629 compared with 1,833
in 2012, according to Deloitte. In the retail
sector, the number of firms going into administration
fell by 6% to 183 in 2013, compared with 194
in 2012. Other sectors that experienced fewer
administrations in 2013 included the hospitality
and leisure sector, which fell by 17.5% to 141,
and property and construction, which fell by
24% to 322. The healthcare and social services
sector was the only sector that experienced
an increase in company administrations in 2013,
with an increase of 7% to 45.
news like this is good news but it's individual
bankruptcies, insolvencies and voluntary arrangements
which are of more relevance to the small business
community than the picking list from an international
firm of accountants - as latest figures from
the accountancy sector itself, show that the
number of insolvencies has almost doubled. (Below)
suggests over-50s should take apprenticeships
to become lawyers, accountants and bankers.
More of the same cabal that's brought the
western world to its knees, in other words.
Or, about as realistic as the recently announced
'honesty' training courses for politicians.
in accountancy sector almost double.
The number of accountancy firms going out of
business increased by 41% in 2013 compared with
2012, according to research by Syscap. The research,
which analysed figures provided by Companies
House, revealed that 103 accountancy firms became
insolvent in 2013 compared with 73 in the previous
year. As well as firms being reluctant to propose
tax planning strategies to their clients, the
increase in insolvencies has also been attributed
to decreasing numbers of mergers and acquisitions,
and the relaxation of auditing requirements.
Commenting, Syscap Chief Executive Officer Philip
White said: "It's understandable that companies
and individuals want to find ways to cut costs
by skimping on professional fees, but in the
end it can be a false economy." (EnterpriseQuest)
were saying, Minister? (No cigar.) And yet another
sign of an English 'economic revival'.
officially world's most expensive city.
In addition to officially being the UK's #1
shithole. ( http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/08/the-ten-worst-places-to-live-in-the-uk/?ncid=webmail2
fares eat up the savings of moving out of London.
Yes, that's the plan. Well spotted, that hack.
president to make drastic U-turn on taxes and
public spending in bid to save presidency.
Ahh. So he's reacting to the voices of the working
people at last, is he? Unfortunately, it's a
major shift in thinking which the country needs
as well, as The 1789 Socialists' Bible enshrines
The First Commandment of 'Envy Thy Neighbours'
(and if they work harder and have got more talent
than you, denounce them and have them sent to
on for UK's next top supplier. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/07/hunt-on-for-uks-next-top-supplier/
at home is on the rise. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/01/06/dish-of-the-day-cooking-at-home-is-on-the-rise/
What else are '8 million' home businesses
going to do it they don't have any paying customers
I buy a weapon to defend my property? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10546717/Should-I-buy-a-weapon-to-defend-my-property.html
Only if you are going to use it.
Retail administrations down 6% last year. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/22782/retail-administrations-6-last-year/
That will be the High Street 'dying'
as a result of online shopping, then?
'immoral' new fee for 1571 service. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534380/BT-fire-new-free-1571-messages-Firm-accused-immoral-rises-customers-charged-service-time.html
hit by malware attack. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534153/Millions-visitors-Yahoo-com-hit-huge-malware-attack.html
vision of 2050: jetpacks, shorter working weeks
and smartphones for all. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2512019/Smartphones-life-commuter-jet-packs-shorter-working-weeks-Environmentalist-John-Porritts-vision-2050-Britain-sounds-GREAT.html
So who's going to pay the bills?
Travel insurer warns customers of IT hack.
startups stir into life. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10549484/Palestines-startup-ecosystem-stirs-into-life.html
Milliband to block cheap foreign labour loophole.
Where would this be, then? In Iraq? Afghanistan?
Libya? Syria? It's going to put an awful lot
of illegal British immigrants on the dole queue.
Then again, they're 'taxpayer-funded' already,
so I suppose that's all right.
the meantime and obviously contrary to the stories
put about by Britain's hate-preaching politicians
and media, a skilled operator costs the going
rate for the job, irrespective of colour, race,
religion or nationality. And it's been that
way for established and reputable agencies and
businesses for a long, long time.
the other hand, there are obviously bogus and
even fraudulent businesses around which will
do their utmost to fleece dumb punters and there,
certain politicians and generous political party
donors, do spring to mind.
million rented homes in 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain
are sub-standard. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/back-to-rising-damp-one-million-rented-homes-in-private-sector-are-substandard-9039201.html
The Government has promised to address the
issue by allowing further relaxation of Green
Belt and woodlands planning restrictions to
allow Conservative Party donors to build thousands
more sub-standard houses of the future.
Woman to be sentenced for iPad scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/03/woman-to-be-sentenced-for-ipad-scam/
together, go to bed early, give up tea and coffee
and play Monopoly, advises 'Bongo Bongoland'
Britain energy supplier. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/10549821/Shower-together-and-go-to-bed-early-to-cut-energy-bills-First-Utility-says.html
I'm all for it, myself. The natural extension
of this argument being that we could get rid
of the country's present energy suppliers altogether
and replace the present cockroach cartel with
proper businessmen. Although
with global warming accelerating faster than
originally thought - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/
- it looks as if nature might well provide us
all with an altogether free solution. Tabloid
and anonymous forum 'scientists' permitting.
lending slump continues. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/10548681/Business-lending-slump-deepens-as-mortgage-approvals-hit-fresh-high.html
property supremo shuts door on housing benefit
'We've found that Eastern Europeans are good
(working) tenants', said one of Britain's
biggest landlords. Too true.
to miss out on Britain's 'economic recovery'.
Well. 'Economic recovery' according to the Government
and its propagandascheisewriters, that is. In
the meantime, these people are our customers.
So there will be a knock-on effect.
'eco-tax' mobilises business 'red caps'.
to blitz 'beds in sheds' for illegal immigrants.
I thought they were part of the Government's
target of 100,000 battery homes a year for first-time
buyers and home business start-ups with official
business loans? However, good news for still
more 'red tape' and bureaucrat creation instead
of a mere question or two at the local pub,
the church or East European deli. On the other
hand, one does appreciate that our police and
immigration services are under a great deal
of pressure from modern work practices at the
moment, including snouting for the criminal
tabloids and preparing for their next TV series.
wheely tiny, mortgage-free house. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/greenproperty/10549002/A-wheely-small-house-Alek-Lisefskis-8x20-eco-friendly-home-on-wheels.html
charges cost British travellers £112 million.
ways to save money in 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10522665/50-ways-to-save-money-in-2014.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/03/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
Years' resolutions at risk of scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/02/new-year-s-resolutions-at-risk-of-scams/
prices rose by over 8% in 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25575964#
I then used the house price postcode calculator
at the end of this article to enter the postcode
for the region where we are - well-heeled, low
unemployment, etc - and found that house prices
have gone DOWN by, err, over 3%.
care with all the fanfare surrounding house
prices. I have seen far too many home businesses
using the supposedly increasing equity in their
homes to bankroll their businesses. Whereas
in fact, it should be the other way around.
construction sector growth remains strong.
Certainly strong enough for my builders to have
taken two weeks off for Christmas/The New Year.
I could have sacked them and brought in some
East European tradesmen - if I'd have been able
to find some. Unfortunately, there aren't enough
of them about to meet demand.
warns of 'savings tax'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10548104/IMF-paper-warns-of-savings-tax-and-mass-write-offs-as-Wests-debt-hits-200-year-high.html
sued over alleged private message scanning.
excuses for late tax returns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10547261/Worst-excuses-for-late-tax-returns-revealed-by-HMRC.html
most innovative ways to promote your business.
common meeting mistakes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/22330/five-common-meeting-mistakes/
copy that sells for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/22737/content-marketing-smes-p-1-write-copy-sells/
Rail fare rises of 2.8% come into effect.
commuters spending more on fares than European
Well, 'Bongo Bongoland' Brits can always
emigrate! It's certainly a better punt than
'homeworking' or setting up a 'home business'
to fall prey to some of Europe's highest energy
tariff reforms to simplify market. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25568823#
Anything like current comparative supplier
billing, where useful information is printed
in such a tiny font that householders are required
to invest in microscopes? This will be a good,
additional line for British 'telecommunications
equipment of mass destruction' suppliers to
Syria however, where the weather conditions
at the moment are impeding the usual exports.
people claim they have 'nothing to live for',
says Prince's Trust. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25559089
What an indictment of parents, politicians
and the media's clockwork gobshites! And this
criticism comes from an organisation which has
REALLY done so much for the country's youngsters,
including setting many of them up in successful
businesses. As opposed to the achievements of
smartphones, social media and tv 'personalities'.
EU work restrictions are lifted on Romania and
Bulgaria, the influx begins - of Brits heading
for Bucharest. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/
As our world GDP stats - http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG
- yesterday showed, the Romanian and Bulgarian
economies are healthier than those of Britain.
In fact, there isn't a single East European
economy which isn't and by quite some margin!
only trouble is, I was teaching commercial English
to Polish businesspeople twenty years ago; working
with the Chinese ten years before that. And
I was far from being alone. However, these genuine
business opportunities are off the media's and
politicians' radar. There's much more to be
earned from lying and preaching hatred. It's
how every extremist regime in the world supports
itself and allows the elite to continue making
its money from 'fuc**ng plebs'.
quiet at the coach station as East European
coach invasion comes to nothing. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/all-quiet-at-the-coach-station-as-fears-of-invasion-from-eastern-europe-come-to-nothing-9033123.html
machine deserts in poorer areas. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/01/poor-people-free-cash-machines
Best power tools. http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/house-garden/the-10-best-power-tools-9033181.html?action=gallery
I usually assess a professional by the quality
of his kit. Or not, as in this case.
SMEs relying on savings and handouts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/12/31/smes-rely-on-savings-and-handouts/
Wot, despite all that input from Dragons'
Den, The Apprentice, the Government, social
media and 30,000 retired bank managers posing
as business mentors?
wind farms knock a third off house prices?
If it's not wind farms, it's flood risk areas;
or fracking zones; or the high speed rail link;
or a predicted one million householders struggling
to pay their mortgages if interest rates rise.
Looks like 2014 is going to be a barrel of laughs.
ways to save £10,000 in 2014. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/01/12-ways-to-save-10-000-in-2014/
postmistress honoured. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/12/31/living-room-postmistress-honoured/
robbed with USB sticks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10543850/Hackers-target-cash-machines-with-USB-sticks.html
5% growth the envy of Europe. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/11/latvia-eurozone-membership-economic-growth
It's amazing how they've managed to do that
while the entire population is in the UK working
as illegal immygrunts, having free operations
and living off benefits, all at the same time.
fact, it's even more amazing how many 'Third
World' countries 'flooding' the UK with 'economic
migrants' have similarly healthy GDPs. Even
Iraq and Afghanistan. Plus the rest of the Baltic
states, including Poland, as well as Romania
and even Bulgaria. http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG
Perhaps they're all coming over to lend a hand
to 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain, which was only
able manage 0.1% for the same period? And even
worse for the three years before that.
joins the Eurozone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25567096#
Good to see a vibrant economy entering the EU;
it will help keep all the old, dead wood afloat.
Year Edito: In looking through all the
regular mailings which could prove useful to
home businesses we receive every month, anything
which comes from about.com
is always worth a read. Business ideas and online
business ideas especially, are always in great
demand and are among our sites' most popular
search terms. Consequently, from one of the
best-known and most respected online sources
of business information in the world, here is
a link to 21 Online Business Ideas. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/onlinebusiness101/tp/21-Online-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1
21 as in only 21. Of which our 'spam 'n scam'
email filters would knock out a further half
dozen, ranging from SEO to social media, from
gambling to trading, to anything from the USA.
So, not really a significant number of genuine,
viable online business opportunities
at the end of the day. Not this side of the
that, if you then go to the UK's most reputed
source of business information, EnterpriseQuest.com
then currently, they are offering over 500 quality
business information factsheets of which I would
imagine, half or more, are general business
ideas - although not restricted to the internet
by a long way. Nonetheless, the number of possibilities
are on the up.
a look at something which appears to have totally
escaped everyone's attention, the Standard Industrial
Classification (SIC) http://www.ons.gov.uk/
which is an official register or index of business
and employment activity and has been in existence
in the UK since 1948. It is regularly updated
and revised, the numerical index tops out at
over 9,000 and many activities of which are
'home businesses' - although these are just
'occupations' lists and not plans or templates.
(Just click on the .pdf indexes in the link.)
But as we find over and over again, all it takes
to get the grey matter turning are just one
or two words, to lead to well-directed and specific
reminds me of a prolonged study I sat down to
in the early 1980s with a household-name American
company which had been a leading trainer of
software engineers, analysts and computer programmers.
Seeing millions of these jobs around the world
doomed by the spread of the pc, the official
brief was to analyse and predict what the next
major, post-pc era could offer in terms of employment.
That criterion hasn't, nor ever will, change.
a 2014 resolution, it would improve any potential
business start-ups' prospects to find out what
really is going on, to get a feel first, for
what is actually out there; and for that, it's
essential to look much further than a smartphone
screen or a 100-word article in the media, with
some hack pitching their personal vision of
someone 'teleworking' behind a screen as being
representative of a home business. There's much
more to getting a life than that.
Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Year to you all.
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