31st March 2013
down to see full list; previous
month's (February 2013) Viewpoint);
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st March 2012
way of explanation. The
term 'home business' consists of two words.
'Business' is the second one; it's there to
qualify and support the word 'home' and all
that goes with it - and not vice versa. Consequently,
we also list below, items which are of interest
and value to the home. Whether in its context
as an office or as a part of your family and
lifestyle but always
directed at the improved prospects and enjoyment
that running a business from home, in its entirety,
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Trending: 'petworking'. The UK's booming pet
Top 20 Foodie Hotspots. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/9959167/Britains-top-20-foodie-hotspots.html
As the preamble points out, a foodie hotspot
can add value to your home; or to your home
business. Take them very seriously.
to pay for DIY home improvements. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/30/how-to-pay-for-diy-home-improvements/
supports first iPhone mobile payment provider.
Why government 'mentoring' and the Department
for Business are failing. http://www.cobwebinfo.com/why-mentoring-and-the-department-for-business-are-failing/
up market stall competition for young traders
A competition to help young traders set up a
market stall has been launched by the National
Market Traders' Federation (NMTF). The First
Pitch scheme is open to young people aged 16
and over who are new to market trading. Applicants
will be able to trade from their local market
rent free for five days during May 2013, and
from these, a shortlist of 100 young people
will continue to trade for 12 months at a discounted
rent, receiving business support and mentoring
during this time. At the end of the year a winner
will be chosen and will be awarded £2,000
to help kick start their business. (EnterpriseQuest)
Community: growing numbers of emails being sent
but not received. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=03/29/2013
Although the comments suggest the obvious
- that overly aggressive spam filters are the
main culprit - the problem remains that 99%
of messages are spam 'n scam. And recipients
know it. Add to that the huge volumes of spam
'n scam which even individuals have to deal
with - let alone businesses - and the bottom
line is, who cares about your messages? Who
actually reads the vast bulk of the emails which
arrive in their inboxes? Assuming there hasn't
been a cyber attack along the way; or Microshite
isn't suffering another software or security
glitch; or a crap internet connection isn't
flatlining again and your messages have simply
got lost in space.
to that the idle and ignorant habit of modern
plebs sending out messages identifying themselves
by just a christian name and nothing else whatsoever;
the high risk attached to clicking on blind
links only - so no-one does it; plus recipients/businesses
who are too illiterate, stupid, lazy and unprofessional
to reply to their emails anyway; and all of
a sudden one is inclined to ask, why is anyone
bothering with emails? Scratching a message
on a piece of tree bark and sending it down
the road attached to the hind leg of a donkey
going walkabouts would be faster and more reliable.
Or, as Churchill put it,
'Never have so many dummies been fooled by so
few conmen over such a long period of time'.
moaning, Amazon traders, you can always find
another marketplace'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/jim-armitage-stop-moaning-amazon-traders-you-can-always-find-another-marketplace-8554670.html
comments on business matters are now up to several
laughs a day. One could say one should find
another 'read'. Trouble is, finding one in the
UK with a columnist (as opposed to a self-publicising
'celebrity entrepreneur') who knows anything
about running a business is nigh-on impossible
and pages are filled instead with the latest
lifts from Twitter and Facebook, football reports
and which social non-entity went shopping today.
Leading by example on how to spiv money-for-nothing.
do I contact Amazon? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/9952943/How-do-I-contact-Amazon.html
don't like it up 'em', don't these big companies
online. Despite what the law says about addresses
and contact details.
increase in the seizure of counterfeit electrical
Babener's MLM Start-Up Conference, May
16-17, 2013, Las Vegas. http://www.mlmlegal.com/
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/29/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
a business idea? Then do it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/small-business-network/2013/mar/29/idea-for-business
More media bullshit about starting and running
a business. On the other hand, some of the posts
following this article are as enlightening as
they are amusing.
fee hike facing revolt from small traders.
worst for broadband customer service in Britain.
'Ze French touch'. Orange join EDF as the
country's worst providers for customer satisfaction.
Now Brits will start to understand what the
French have had to put up with for decades and
why they are so glum all the time: trying to
cope with the world's worst management.
internet users face postcode lottery over connection
release: English business statistical survey
January 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-business-survey-statistical-release-january-2013
could save £195 million a year by buying
annual travel insurance. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11358
services sector grew in January. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21964070#
popularity in 'glamping' in the UK over travelling
So there's a bit of good 'home business'
news for you which hasn't been ruined by Theresa
May and the Home Office. Yet.
Larf #1: The UK has already returned to growth,
claims forecaster OECD. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9959264/UK-has-already-returned-to-growth-says-OECD.html
'Not like that. Just like that.'
Larf #2: 'I did it to save the High Street',
claims Dragon's Den panellist. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300404/Dragons-Den-star-Peter-Jones-takes-5m-High-Street-gamble-relaunching-collapsed-camera-chain-Jessops.html
So that's the new template for any contestants'
future Dragon's Den success, is it? 'I want
to be a philanthropist and save the High Street.'
I thought we were talking 'business', not charity.
And even then, I would be very worried indeed
by the bona fides of any 'entrepreneur'
pretending they were 'saving' the British High
Street by re-opening just a couple of stores
over the weekend and up to thirty or so in the
future. At some stage. Other than as a profitable
PR exercise, of course which hopefully, will
go some way to salvaging the man's car crash
of a reputation after his recommended closure
of Britain's Business Links network and for
it to be replaced by a piss-poor website because
he had persuaded our dumb government that the
future was the internet and nothing but the
internet. So let's hope that our Dragons' Den
'star' has better luck with his officially commissioned
report into the country's apprenticeship structure
- destroyed over 30 years ago by Margaret Thatcher
and her mediatised visionary 'stars' of the
and EU immigrant 'welfare magnet' challenged
by latest research. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/28/immigrants-eu-benefits-welfare-magnet
These findings don't prove anything new.
Agencies, researchers, even government departments
have known 'the truth' for a long time. Trouble
is, that doesn't make for convenient political
capital nor the stuff of daily lies sold by
hate-preaching tabloid propaganda.
according to the latest news, it's now the police
who were responsible for the 'black propaganda'
which broke wind as a result of the Hillsborough
tragedy. So. It was the police, was it, who
wrote the newspaper stories after interviewing
everyone involved; verified them; edited them;
proofed them; distributed them; sold them; and
continued to do so for the next twenty years
despite an official report which challenged
the initial stories within twelve months of
the event taking place? I see. 'Investigative
reporting' is that called? In the name of 'freedom
of the press'?)
on a budget. 9 things to do for £9.
Why does Chancellor George Osborne hate self-employed
The Chancellor, as do most 'modern' politicians,
hate ALL self-employed people and not just women.
The self-employed are the very antithesis of
the sheep which politicians want for gullible
voting fodder: awkward to manage; independent;
sceptical; self-starters; grafters; self-made.
Can't be having it. Which is why the HMRC for
example, is on a permanent war footing against
all self-employed, whereas 'George's or Dave's
Mates' evade their taxes and their social and
moral responsibilities with total impunity.
could be worse, though. You could try being
self-employed in France if you like your kick
in the teeth on a daily basis.
Richard Branson looking for Britain's best start-up.
risking livelihoods with fraudulent insurance
suppliers to benefit from simpler tender process.
A new, simplified, supplier registration system
will make it cheaper and easier for smaller
firms to compete for Government contracts. The
Single Supplier Registration platform launched
by Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude
only requires suppliers to register once, and
complete a single Pre-Qualification Questionnaire
on a centralised system, in order to view, access
and tender for a range of Government contracts.
Currently, suppliers have to register separately
on several systems. The new platform will be
available for the health sector from April 2013
and for other sectors later this year. (EnterpriseQuest)
banks take your savings? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/27/can-banks-take-your-savings/
What's in a definition? Whether UK savers
think their money is safe or not, when it comes
to bailing out the banks everyone has to and
will pay. All taxpayers. And the cost per household
is infinitely greater than the recent Cypriot
bank grab. As UK pensioners with UK savings
already know to their cost.
release: Allocation of EU structural funding
across the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/allocation-of-eu-structural-funding-across-the-uk
do farmers and executives have in common? Crippling
traders click on the High Street. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/387191/Online-traders-click-on-the-high-street
This should be a natural progression; from
trading online to trading in town although both
are mutually compatible. Unfortunately, there
are two, major obstacles. Governments and local
postboxes saved from threat of the axe.
Cash & Carry Romania, wins award for its
sustainable business franchise models and support
of self-employed, local producers. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11338
Our own supermarkets will not be taking
note, I'm sure.
speeds slowed down worldwide by cyber-attacks.
Silly me. There I was thinking it was just the
normal state of affairs.
port strike threatening Easter getaway.
Another normal state of affairs. More overpaid
and idle French fonctionnaires get off the mark
with their annual, holiday extension programme,
pushing the country still further into bankruptcy
- and confirming to the whole world that investment
in the laziest country in the world is an absolute
no-brainer. Sadly for the few French folk who
are among the hardest-working people I have
met in my life.
allows users to create own magazines. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9956671/Flipboard-2.0-lets-users-create-their-own-magazines.html
Online dispute resolution system introduced
for traders. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/march/new-eu-online-and-alternative-dispute-resolution-rules-to-be-introduced-/
Online traders will find it easier to resolve
disputes with consumers based in other EU countries,
after a new Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)
Regulation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR) Directive were approved by the European
Parliament. The regulations will lead to the
creation of a new online platform that enables
traders to resolve contract disputes regarding
online transactions out of court. Consumers
will submit complaints on the platform, which
the trader is then notified about. The consumer
and trader will then agree on which ADR entity
- such as a mediator, ombudsman or complaints
board - to use to resolve their dispute.
release: Building trade given £30m boost
to get projects off the ground. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/building-trade-given-30m-boost-to-get-projects-off-the-ground
release: Information for businesses trading
with or in Cyprus. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/information-for-businesses-trading-with-or-in-cyprus
of entrepreneurial activity in UK and Ireland.
green tax on energy bills by 2020. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299652/286-green-tax-energy-bills-But-ministers-insist-efficient-appliances-SAVE-money.html
All designed to save us money.
cars could overload grid, warns French energy
Switching on your electric oven to cook Sunday
lunch will overload the French national grid.
A wind blowing at 30kph will bring down the
electricity supply to 30,000 homes. That's why
French energy (EDF) are so big in England County.
Milking Britplebs for the capital they need
to bring their own country's energy infrastructure
into the 21st century.
ordered to pull down eco home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299297/Inside-Hobbit-house-straw-wood-facing-demolition-built-planning-permission.html
by the pics, it looks as if these people didn't
have the wherewithal for a suitably placed cash
Internationalist ethical Spring garden sale.
'n clic online shopping, under the influence
Britain: a risk worth taking. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/9954379/Digital-Britain-a-risk-worth-taking.html
How about an 'educated' Britain, first?
money on your postage. http://www.savemoneyonpostage.co.uk/intdatf/index.php
gets green light to become 28th country in the
Another chunk of bullshit for the tabloids
and the politicians to get their teeth into:
'more waves of organised crime' to cope with.
Add another '20 million immigrants' to the roll-call.
Perfect timing for the UK Border Agency to be
broken up, years after it first started showing
signs of operational strain from being used
as a political football.
upon a time, the government minister responsible
for this debacle would have resigned. Today,
it's become fashionable for politicians to stick
like shit to a blanket and blame their civil
servants. Then, go into training for several
months for an appearance in 'I'm A Celebrity
Monkey'. Plus one other, increasingly commonplace
solution. Sell off the operation to an American
arms manufacturer. Splitting the UK Border Agency
in two will help that process. And make no difference
whatsoever to immigration problems. Because
the root cause of the problem is, always has
been and will always remain - the politicians.
although the minister responsible in this case
also has 'form' for incompetence in the issue
of tourist visas to cash-spending holidaymakers
as well as a courtroom translator/interpreter
debacle, the country's media seems to find her
eminently suitable for a future role as Prime
of Essex, Business and Management Training Centre,
April/May courses. http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/html_emails/html_e-mail_Spring.html
hits stay-at-home mothers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9956005/Taxman-hits-stay-at-home-mothers.html
Small firms say politicians do not understand
their needs. http://www.freelancingmatters.co.uk/topics/smes-not-impressed-politics
Over 40% of small business owners employing
fewer than five staff believe no UK political
party really understands their needs, according
to a survey by YouGov on behalf of accounting
provider FreeAgent. However, the poll revealed
25% of small business owners think the Conservative
party is most supportive of small firms. UKIP
and Labour were each rated as most supportive
by 9% of respondents, and just 3% saw Liberal
Democrats this way. Ed Molyneux, Chief Executive
Officer of FreeAgent, said the small business
sector is vital to the UK's overall economy
and all political parties should commit to nurturing
businesses and providing them with support to
help them grow. (EnterpriseQuest)
60% of businesses which did not correspond to
these findings consisted of bankers, property
developers and American arms manufacturers.
Such as the UK helicopter search-and-rescue
contract having just been awarded to a US company.
Or what's known as England County's 'special
relationship' with the US. It'll be the police
next. While the tabloids continue to lay down
plenty of smoke and blame the EU.
your home office into a coffee shop'. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/turn-your-home-office-into-a-coffee-shop-kind-of-with-website-that-produces-that-starbucks-ambience-8548952.html
wool spinning back into fashion. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/fashion-beauty/386791/Why-wool-is-spinning-back-into-fashion
tax will hit poorest hardest. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/housing-benefit-bill-mps-warn-that-bedroom-tax-will-hit-poorest-8549132.html
That's the general idea, isn't it? To take
any pressure off politicians' main sources of
bungs. And to bolster the argument that more
social housing is needed. At £150 k min.
per jerry-built rabbit hutch, going into negative
equity and generating crippling, lifelong debt
£200 shock rise in fuel bills. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gas-crisis-consumers-face-shock-200-rise-in-bills-as-cold-weather-and-snow-lead-to-low-fuel-reserves-8549048.html
bottled water contains pesticides or drugs.
No surprises again. I remember seeing a French
documentary a few years ago, claiming that over
90% of the country's tap water was contaminated,
usually with excessive quantities of nitrates.
Still, Britain is chasing hard to catch up and
even has a Big Corp Minister for the Pollution
and Destruction of Nature.
of wealthy French into London causing homes
You've got to smile; it's normally the French
who blame British buyers for causing housing
shortages in France. Well, apart from segregation
shitholes around the main cities.
has lost 1 million jobs because of oppressive
tax regime. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298936/France-lost-million-jobs-repressive-tax-regime-report-claims.html
As with any tabloid reporting, this story should
be taken with a big bag of salt. The primary
cause of job losses and small business failure
in France are the country's trade union barons,
their Brownshirt goons and their puppet ministers.
Simple as. The French tax regime has been 'oppressive'
for generations and I'm surprised to read there
were more than 6, let alone '60,000' wealthy
French businessmen who moved out of the country
just because of the latest government. However,
evil, nasty and divisive it might be.
users risking identity theft, says celebrity
I'm not sure why it needs the views of an American
conman to state the obvious. We've got plenty
of celebrity conmen ourselves. Perhaps they're
just a bit busy at the moment, though. Working
for the Government as advisers and gurus.
confirm public fears on 'dirty' money. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/26/tests-confirm-dirty-money-fears/
Yet another looming pretext to get rid of cash
Self-employed are facing disaster. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/25/self-employed-are-facing-disaster/
At long last. An article from the mainstream
media which tries to say it as it is.
urged to do more to save the High Street. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9951201/Government-urged-to-do-more-to-save-the-high-street.html
fraudster ordered to pay just £1.
spending will double. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9949610/Mobile-spending-to-double.html
guidance on protecting data on personal devices.
New guidance explaining how employers can ensure
staff protect business data and information
and comply with the Data Protection Act when
using their personal devices, has been published
by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
The guidance provides key recommendations, including
using encryption to store data securely and
installing a facility that remotely wipes the
device if it is lost. The guidance follows research
by YouGov, which revealed almost half of adults
use personal devices for work purposes, but
fewer than three in ten receive relevant guidance
from their employer. The most common work-related
activities carried out by staff on their personal
devices that were most likely to be covered
by the Data Protection Act included sending
e-mail, editing and storing documents. (EnterpriseQuest)
Ashley accused over squeezing suppliers.
ten most affordable cities. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/9949217/Britains-10-most-affordable-cities.html
Official release: Small Business Survey 2012:
Businesses With No Employees. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/small-business-survey-2012-businesses-with-no-employees
poker endangering families. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rise-of-44-per-cent-in-women-hooked-on-online-betting-8547070.html
Our own stats suggest that online gambling
is a far worse problem than payday loans. The
problem is that with the Government's snout
in the trough and the press and the tv awash
with ads, matters are only going to get worse.
urged to withdraw their cash from European banks.
Now there's a rarity. An expat Brit with spare
cash in a European bank account. For those who
do have some dosh to spare, it is hoped they
will now move their money back into Britain's
bankrupt, taxpayer-supported financial institutions
just ahead of another credit downgrade, falling
output and growth and a rise in political instability.
for new banks. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/386586/Boost-for-new-banks
tax chief facing sack for 'misleading MPs'.
Our hapless civil servant forgot that when
it comes to 'misleading', that's the job of
MPs and MPs only. As is craven 'passing of the
French are taught to be gloomy by their own
Firstly, invaded by the Romans, Vikings and
Arabs; then, by the English during the 100 Years
War; more recently by the Germans. Even more
recently, by idle 'guppy vin rouge' Brits
again, looking for cheap homes. It's enough
to give anyone 'the blues'.
Shakespeare's home town top at ecommerce.
And after all that trouble BT have gone to
to give London the fastest broadband connectivity
in the universe.
firms not optimising mobile websites. http://www.mobile-ent.biz/news/read/just-eight-per-cent-of-smes-have-a-mobile-website/020823
Just 8% of small firms have a website optimised
for access via mobile devices, despite almost
half encouraging customers to use their mobile
website, according to research by Pitney Bowes.
research revealed print as the preferred advertising
method for small firms, while top online methods
included e-mail and Facebook marketing. The
research also found just 10% of small enterprises
planned to invest in a mobile website in the
coming year, while 7% plan to offer mobile payments.
Ryan Higginson of Pitney Bowes said: "Mobile
can no longer be considered new and businesses,
regardless of size, cannot afford to ignore
rating agency poised to downgrade the UK.
this rate, even the 'millions of Moldavian
grannies' on their way to enter the UK by
the 'back door' will turn around and
go back home. So
you see . . . every cloud has a silver lining.
big companies will be exposed, claim Britain's
W.C. (War Criminal) Party, 'Bent' Labour.
A promise we've heard as often as the stories
about Iraq's, Iran's, Libya's and Syria's weapons
of mass destruction.
faces gas rationing for first time. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-faces-the-prospect-of-gas-rationing-for-the-first-time-8544975.html
in professional football: Real Madrid dragged
into the Fuentes mire. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/mar/22/blood-doping-trial-fuentes-real-madrid
Common knowledge for a long time; other than
for subscribers to the discredited, criminal
British media, naturally, desperate to keep
the lid on their own can of shit. To which end,
executive roles in the sport's governing bodies
filled by ex-propaganda ('news') chiefs, will
do very nicely.
to overtake the USA by 2016. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/9947825/China-to-overtake-America-by-2016.html
school and Oxbridge syllabubs are hastily being
re-written to groom Britain's inbred ruling
classes in Fagging For China (Hons).
more dangerous than beefburgers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9948987/Salad-is-more-dangerous-than-beefburgers-leading-food-expert-warns.html
power cuts on the way, best of luck with your
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/22/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
business lenders get £30 million boost.
press release. £9.5 million of new funding
for Citizens Advice Service to champion consumer
Office workers set to strike over Easter.
Much as I sympathise with the reasons for
this strike, is Easter really the best time
for it to take place? The people it will hurt
the most are those who put the most work their
way: small businesses and the self employed;
old folk; tourists and holidaymakers. There
are far more judicious ways of making a point
than this. Or are English trade unionists affiliated
to French social terrorist groups like the CGT
these days? Who use strikes during holiday periods
as a pretext for extra days paid leave.
sales bounce back in February. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21874337#
income continues to rise. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11178
Cable outlines plans for a Business Bank.
What, another 'plan'?!
boss warns of blackout risk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21878059#
Another reminder of why the planet - and
the UK especially - is fcuked. Importing millions
of tons of wood from other continents to fuel
(inefficiently) huge power stations while Britain's
coal mines are forced to close down. Although
it could be worse. Crops which could end world
starvation almost overnight, used to fuel cars
for unemployed plebs and their dummyphones to
drive around in mindless circles and for half-mile
shopping trips to their nearest supermarket.
It all makes traditional criminal activity look
quite acceptable by comparison.
to be hit with electricity 'stealth tax'.
re-sale scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/21/the-fixer-timeshare-resale-scams/
you get rich by inventing an app? http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/03/21/can-you-get-rich-by-inventing-a-smash-hit-shopping-app/
How about becoming a plumber, instead?
UK: large bonds to be required of immigrants
from 'high-risk' countries. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/paywall-uk-tough-new-regime-on-visas-8544873.html
Obviously, this won't apply to any continuing
influx from the EU which is behind the public's
main perception of current immigration problems;
whereas it will encourage on the other hand,
more and more dangerous, underground illegal
immigration and human trafficking. Nor will
it change one iota the Home Office's capacity
to deal with immigrants who overstay their welcome,
if staff numbers continue to be slashed in a
pretence to balance the Government's books.
In other words, just another impress-a-pleb
make lousy businessmen. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/frederick-forsyth/386073/Bureaucrats-make-lousy-businessmen
'Bureaucrats' isn't the term normally used
for local councils. One could start with 'wasters'
and just take it from there . . .
International & European Associations Congress
2013, 21-23 April, Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal.
Official release: Budget 2013 news stories.
assessment from our partners, business accountants
the day job and start your own business. http://www.guardian.co.uk/small-business-network/2013/mar/21/starting-a-new-business
Making sky pies, perhaps?
like this (well, not even that, actually) should
carry a Serious Financial Risk Warning. Since
the internet came along, every monkey hanging
off a Money Tree knows how to successfully start
a business. A pity there never seem to be any
sustained, measurable results, though.
spoon' outshines Michelin restaurants. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/no-reservations-no-celebrity-chefs-greasy-spoon-outshines-michelinstarred-restaurants-8543033.html
What do I keep saying?
PCs defrauding advertisers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/9942102/Hijacked-PCs-defrauding-advertisers.html
to make cheap mobile calls home from abroad.
tips everyone should know. http://www.express.co.uk/news/property/385746/DIY-tips-everyone-should-know
So where are all the 21st century's 'liberated'
women-with-balls when you need them? The 'lads'
obviously being too busy with their six-pack
development and supporting the country's national
sport of doped-up professional cheating.
used to be a time when such a list would have
been totally superfluous because everyone, even
school-winkles, knew basics like this. Then
again, that was before the Age of the Dummyphone
and Facebook's Fake Friends.
attitudes turning pupils off foreign languages.
Well, for the time being the UK's exporting
ambitions are being driven by a series of bombing,
murdering, thieving and fagging campaigns so
being able to speak 'furren' is not a government
nor hate-preaching media priority. Very limiting
admittedly, but we can't be having plebs from
the business community getting ideas above their
education and making money from peaceful trading,
can we now? No more so than pupils and students
being able to read stories from elsewhere around
the world which aren't criminal, Fascist tabloid
lies and propaganda being mis-sold as 'news'.
to this budget edition of BAD News (Business
Advisers' News), with a summary of the most
relevant and important measures announced by
the Chancellor in his 2013 Budget. Key
points affecting small and medium-sized businesses
main rate of corporation tax will be reduced
to 20% from April 2015.
VAT registration threshold will be increased
to £79,000 from April 2013 and the deregistration
threshold increased to £77,000.
income tax personal allowance will be increased
to £10,000 from April 2014.
Government is to consult on plans to simplify
and reduce administration for self-employed
people, by using Self Assessment to collect
Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs)
alongside income tax and Class 4 NICs.
April 2014, all businesses will be eligible
for an Employment Allowance of £2,000
to offset against their NICs.
Government will extend capital gains tax relief
to encourage investors to take up the Seed Enterprise
Investment Scheme (SEIS). Investors making capital
gains in tax year 2013-14 will receive 50% capital
gains tax relief when they reinvest those gains
into seed companies during tax year 2013-14
consultation will take place in Summer 2013
on plans to introduce tax relief to encourage
private investment in social enterprise.
billion of funding will be provided to support
the life sciences and aerospace sectors, and
will be allocated by the end of 2013.
strategies for supporting the creative industries
has been announced, including a competition
of £15 million launched by the Technology
Strategy Board for digital content production
by specialist small businesses, educational
research facilities and training providers;
increasing funding for the Skills Investment
Fund to £8 million each year for the next
two years; and launching a public consultation
on plans to provide support to the visual effects
Government will launch a £30 million Growth
Vouchers programme for small and medium-sized
enterprises in England, to help them overcome
barriers to growth, such as limited access to
Government has accepted the majority of the
recommendations made in the Heseltine Review
on economic growth, for example creating a Single
Local Growth Fund allocated to Local Enterprise
Partnerships (LEPs) to support local economic
growth. The Single Local Growth Fund will be
operational from April 2015.
new Business Bank will introduce a £300
million investment scheme to help diversify
sources of funding for small and medium-sized
businesses; provide £75 million of funding
for venture capital; and increase funding of
the Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme
to encourage lenders to provide finance to small
Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) will
increase the value of government contracts available
to smaller firms from £40 million to over
£100 million in 2013-14, and rising to
over £200 million in 2014-15.
you would like to comment on any of these or
other points in the Chancellor's Budget you
can have your say by clicking here: http://www.cobwebinfo.com/budget-special-2013/#comments
full Budget report and associated notices are
available from HM Treasury at: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget2013.htm
Budget for Business. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/20/budget-2013-did-george-osborne-deliver-for-business/
of starting a business are lower than ever.
mobile payment security is essential. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11134
are the most annoying hidden charges? http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/03/19/small-print-which-are-the-most-annoying-hidden-charges/
demands action on spam PPI texts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/9940627/Watchdog-demands-action-on-spam-PPI-texts.html
kitchen company fined £90,000 for cold-calling.
Village Shop In Britain' winner: a 'home from
to make sure your small business is using the
right technology. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/pc-world-business/9899727/pc-world-business-partnerships.html?WT.mc_id=605554&source=TrafficDriver
turning to more and more discount vouchers in
hunt for bargains. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/385448/Shoppers-turning-more-to-discount-vouchers-as-they-hunt-for-bargains
trust in politicians and establishments at an
all-time low. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2296085/Britain-suffering-huge-loss-faith-institutions-Trust-politicians-slumped-time-low-say-researchers.html
So you can imagine in just how low an esteem
the rest of the world holds the UK. A world
which we need to do business with every day
if there is to be any future for our children.
Yet STILL the media - which is every bit as
rotten as the country's political system - continues
to sanitise the murdering track record of Butcher
Blair and his Brownshirts with apologist articles
and TV appearances from members even of the
present government. A government whose own killer
credentials now include Afghanistan, Libya and
Syria. Little wonder that every wannabe world
ruler from Boris Johnson to bent local councillors
trot around in a parody of democracy, supporting
everything that is rotten because that is the
midden they come from.
in the shit-shovellers, load up this human excrement
and ship it out to Iraq. At the very least that
will save taxpayers the astronomical cost of
multiple trials while sending out a message
to the world that Britain Means Business. Leaving
'justice' to be written by the families of the
5 million Iraquis sacrificed as 'collateral
damage' since the First Gulf War - rather than
anything written by Murderoch International
Small firms unaware of available export support.
and medium-sized firms lack awareness of available
export support from organisations such as UK
Trade and Investment (UKTI) and UK Export Finance
(UKEF), according to a report published by the
House of Lords Select Committee on Small and
Medium-Sized Enterprises. The report revealed
only 21 firms received help from UKEF between
March 2011 and August 2012, and stated that
more needed to be done to promote export support
through business support organisations, banks,
accountants and Local Enterprise Partnerships
(LEPs). Chairman of the Committee Lord Cope
said "help is there but not enough small
and medium-sized enterprises know where to find
can have all the 'official' export support you
like but when the overseas markets' perception
of an exporting country is that it's foreign
policy is inextricably linked to perpetual crimes
against humanity endorsed by a Fascist hate-preaching
media, then there are a huge number of pre-conceived
hurdles to overcome first. As the best salesman
I ever met always used to say: 'Successful exporting
is about successfully making friends.' Which
doesn't just mean knob-polishing for the US
arms industry. Even if our Foreign Minister
is called 'Willy'.
Commission urges tougher action on hidden charges.
and Hidden Charges Firms Facing Court.
I wonder if Dragons' Den applicants are assessed
by the panel on the transparency and legality
of their trading terms? Still, as any super-successful
celebrity entrepreneur will confirm: you don't
make it to the top of the British business pile
by being honest.
calls for clampdown on nuisance calls and text.
best money saving websites. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-10-best-moneysaving-websites-8539725.html?action=gallery
parking tickets for motorists 'just popping
into shops'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/9936080/Eric-Pickles-Wardens-should-stop-giving-motorists-popping-into-shops-parking-tickets.html
you have a £1000 of clutter in your home?
A much better source of cash for a home business
start-up than a government loan.
Of The Century. 'UK savers are well protected.'
A very 'British' comment prompted by the totally
moronic decision by the Cyprus government and
the EU to overtly thieve peoples' savings. Quite
a normal state of affairs, admittedly, but these
practices are traditionally much more discreet.
the UK on the other hand, EVERYONE (except tax-evading
'Dave's Mates') contributes to the thieving,
incompetent government-backed Satanic criminal
banking culture. To the tune of at least and
so far - £1.62 TRILLION pounds. Total
EU bailout for Cyprus on the other hand - £10
billion. For the time being. Give or take. But
any which way, a drop in the ocean by comparison
to the UK.
politicians, economists and dummyphone-gazing
plebs without a GCSE in Summs, a definition
of 'trillion' can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillion
Lots of noughts, though; although plumbers and
plasterers will have no problems with such stratospheric
HMRC call-handling 'woefully inadequate' claim
Nothing like as woefully inadequate as the
continuing absence of new laws to enable HMRC
to bring in more tax revenue from Big Corp,
though. Which 'woefully inadequate' MPs and
governments have been talking about for decades.
Mail's lost post compensation payments to be
slashed by half. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/384833/Royal-Mail-s-lost-post-payouts-to-be-halved
Finance Index shows some improvement. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11100
50 Foodie Guide. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/interactive/2013/mar/17/ofm-50-insiders-guide-to-food-interactive
don't succeed in business because they put family
first, says Dragons' Den panellist. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295036/Women-dont-succeed-business-family-says-Dragons-Den-star-Hilary-Devey.html
And good for them. Business success can come
and go and even in the hands of the most skillful
businessfolk, fail for reasons outside their
control. A family on the other hand, is not
just for life but for generations and will always
be there for you even when your business has
gone down the tubes. We say it over and over
again. Your business is there to serve you,
your home, your family. Not vice versa.
shouldn't forget either, that previous polls
have shown that the business community-at-large
takes no notice of media-elected business 'gurus'
(no more so than media-nominated 'micro-celebrities')
who may have a worth of tens of £ millions.
These are the 'freaks' or the 'Elephant Men'
of the business world, looking to profit further
from punters who need a bit of cash. The ones-in-a-million
who have made it to the very top - where space
is infinitesimally limited - but where personal
fulfillment, health or happiness are certainly
if you are fortunate enough to have a good family
around you, they will help find your capital
for you and to arrive at your first annual turnover
of £50k will already be a major life-changer;
and it is much more likely to stay that way
- because you won't have some grubbing leech
to pay back out of your profits.
on the menu: explosion in food banks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/austerity-on-the-menu-food-bank-needs-1m-to-meet-increased-demand-caused-by-iain-duncansmiths-welfare-reforms-8538113.html
Call me old-fashioned but when I see people
turning up at food banks in cars, sometimes
very nice cars indeed, and then walking around
filling their baskets with a new smartphone
in their hand and I do wonder . . .
also wonder just how many food bank visitors
have tried - and failed - to run a business
or just an 'earner' from home.
2013: what the UK economy needs . . . http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21770752
groups call for increased spending on infrastructure.
20,000 Romanians want to work in the UK, claims
independent report. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9928263/Only-20000-Romanians-want-to-work-in-Britain-says-study-by-Romania.html
Ah, well. Yet another damp fart for the UK's
fascist, hate-preaching tabloid propaganda.
Unsurprising, though. It does confirm what everyone
has known for some time and various reports
and studies have repeatedly confirmed. There
ain't enough work to be had.
I have seen a report today that over '300,000
Romanian grannies are marching towards the UK
to enter the country by the back door.')
UK farmers facing a 'perfect storm'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/16/uk-farmers-face-disaster
stop spending. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/384890/136billion-hole-in-economy-as-Britons-stop-spending
Then, as long as you don't put your savings
into a thieving bank account, the future seems
to be looking up.
are home-owners selling up to rent? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/rentingproperty/9924490/Why-are-home-owners-selling-up-to-rent.html
need tax breaks,' say stay-at-home mums.
It would seem the 'home business revolution'
isn't bringing in much money, then.
business event: technology in the workplace.
Guide to Scanning and Open Day Demonstration
reservation form. http://www.merlindoc.co.uk/ContactBGS+Demo.html
business success story. Helena Rubinstein, from
penniless Polish refugee to cosmetics empress.
And amazingly, all done without a dummyphone
or the internet, nor Twatter, nor Arsebook nor
an official Instant Mentor or a start-up loan.
Start up market stall competition for young
traders launched. http://www.nmtf.co.uk/index.php?id_cpg=151
A competition to help young traders set up a
market stall has been launched by the National
Market Traders' Federation (NMTF). The First
Pitch scheme is open to young people aged 16
and over who are new to market trading. Applicants
will be able to trade from their local market
rent free for five days during May 2013, and
from these, a shortlist of 100 young people
will continue to trade for 12 months at a discounted
rent, receiving business support and mentoring
during this time. At the end of the year a winner
will be chosen and will be awarded £2,000
to help kick start their business. (EnterpriseQuest)
Late Payments Directive comes into force.
The revised EU Late Payments Directive, comes
into force on the 16 March, and has been introduced
to increase prompt payments to smaller firms.
Public sector organisations must pay for goods
and services within 30 calendar days of receipt
of invoice, and private sector firms must pay
within 60 calendar days. It is also a requirement
for debtors to pay interest and a fixed penalty
for recovery costs on late payments. The European
Commission (EC) has claimed that the new rules
will encourage a culture of prompt payments
by larger firms and the public sector, and could
release an additional £150 billion to
businesses throughout Europe. (EnterpriseQuest)
financial products named. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21760855#
places to live in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/15/where-is-the-best-place-to-live-in-the-uk-and-why/
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/15/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
business owners fail to claim back expenses.
Just one in four business owners claim back
all of their personal business expenses, according
to a survey by YouGov on behalf of accounting
software firm FreeAgent.
top reasons business owners gave for not claiming
back expenses included fears about being challenged
by HMRC, forgetting or losing receipts and the
amount of admin required. The research also
found that three quarters of small business
owners and freelancers were concerned about
their taxes, with some saying they felt anxious
about the current tax system. Ed Molyneux of
FreeAgent said: "It's clear that expenses
and tax are big issues for people who run small
release: Start-Up Loans exceed expectations
as 2,000 young entrepreneurs get their business
dreams backed. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/start-up-loans-exceed-expectations-as-2-000-young-entrepreneurs-get-their-business-dreams-backed
Every which way one turns there are salutory
and warning stories about small business borrowing;
even yesterday (just below) we read that micro-businesses
are turning to payday loans just to keep afloat.
And that, frequently, is experienced and established
small business owners. So what chance do our
naive '2,000 young entrepreneurs' have?
(Good profit fodder for Dave's Mates, though.)
numbers of Wonga-related fraud victims.
Still a long way to go to catch up with the
to close all its 281 Enquiry Centres. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21789759#
Plus, an HMRC explanation for the closures and
alternative proposed service, here: http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/15/trial-leads-to-tax-office-closures/
move is designed to save a mere £13 million
a year. Savings which could be massively exceeded
if the HMRC's senior management was replaced
by civil servants who worked in the public interest
and not purely for the interests of Big Corp
latest Big Brother development, as well. Business
Links shut down and replaced by a piss-poor
website; more and more Post Offices closed down;
benefits to be claimed online only; spare bedrooms
under economic threat; now this. A constant,
sustained attack on the very fabric of British
society where despite all the propaganda claiming
that savings are the motive, the reality is
much more sinister. No wonder the Government
has scuppered proposals for the regulation of
the criminal British media. It's lying services
are much needed at the moment.
war on 'red tape'. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/384380/PM-s-war-on-red-tape-that-ties-British-firms-in-knots
Still more propaganda from one of the Government's
to Wikipedia, the term 'red tape' was first
noted way back in the 16th century; one would
have thought that even by the sub-standards
of successive British governments, at least
some movement on the problem would have been
made by now.
effect, the only 'wars' the British are fighting
these days is in a Coalition of Evil murdering
defenceless civilians and plundering their pockets,
arming insurgents and terrorist groups. Very
profitable for Dave's Mates, though - even if
it has a 'surprisingly' adverse effect on other
British manufacturing and exports in general;
despite the diving value of the £.
Best British Cheeses. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-10-best-british-cheeses-8535279.html
Now all we need is for TV's armies of pretentious
'celebrity' chefs and food critics to fly the
of Directors (IoD) tells it as it is. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/ben-chu-the-institute-of-directors-turns-antibusiness-8535537.html
Well late, though.
growing army of working over-65s keeps the economy
courts rule against Spanish eviction laws.
This has been far too long a-coming for a
country where corruption and the housing market
are synonymous. Too late for a lot of ex-pat
Brits especially, who having barely recovered
from the time-share stings of twenty and thirty
years ago only went on to find themselves screwed
by regional governments as well.
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
and understand. (EnterpriseQuest)
resorting to payday loans. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/micro-businesses-%E2%80%9Cresorting-payday-loans%E2%80%9D-20139613
stifling next generation of business owners.
tradesmen are downing tools. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/384043/Why-our-tradesmen-are-downing-tools
There's plenty of work abroad and once upon
a time, a construction worker would have gone
where the work was. That was once upon a time.
Nowadays, it's easier to run the cars, big telly,
dummyphone and nights out with the lads off
benefits than going to work. Which is why the
East Europeans are in such high demand. From
all around the world; by British bosses included.
following article from the same tabloid, sums
it up in one word. Work.
I turn my boy into a businessman? http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/384070/Can-I-turn-my-boy-into-a-budding-businessman
to design apprenticeships. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/14/employers-to-design-apprenticeships/
To meet skills shortages, would you believe.
Other than those already addressed by Britain's
Got Talent. If the country keeps going at
this rate we'll be returning to the good 'ole
fashioned apprenticeships of the pre-Thatcherite
years; and our tradesmen will be able to compete
with the East Europeans again - IF schools can
get around to teaching a few other basic skills,
as well. Might finally get some decent
business start-up fodder, too.
Street Innovation Fund barely touched. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21775773#
Mind you, if it had been a fund for junketing
with property developers, the councils would
have got through it in less than a week.
to produce traditional English foodstuffs and
The media has a much more significant
role to play here than it currently occupies.
A few lessons taken from the French on how to
support local, artisan produce and skills wouldn't
goods costing the public £1 billion a
threaten to boycott all items handled by third
party firms. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293010/Posties-vote-boycott-half-letters-Items-handled-party-firms-delivered.html
Brilliant logic. Put out of business those
who could possibly provide jobs in the future.
French trade unionism (social terrorism)
at work in the UK, perhaps?
keyword advertising is a waste of money, claim
employee Guide To Living and Working in Cambridge.
(That's Cambridge, England County in Europshire,
RBS and NatWest launch mobile Visa transfers.
card scams increasing again. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/13/crude-card-scams-increasing-again/
frills savings and insurance products are ready.
money from lost and stolen property auctions.
deceived on Big Corp tax avoidance. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/13/public-deceived-on-tax-avoidance/
Well, there isn't a lot which the public
isn't deceived about by the media; especially
on matters concerning their own tax evasion,
massively lucrative government propaganda requirements
and covering up for cheating, money-laundering
operations like professional football. Then,
just as with any banana republic, it's the small
business community and the plebs who have to
make up the shortfall.
to scupper plans to ban bee-killer pesticides.
Thousands of home business honey producers have
been ruined by agro corp and it's pursuit of
profits at the expense of public health and
concern issues. Consequently, despite three
quarters of the British public supporting this
ban, our politicians show once again that when
it comes to sticking their heads up Big Corp's
arses they are without equal, EU membership
ten most burdensome laws for small firms revealed.
EU legislation surrounding VAT, product safety,
waste disposal and data protection are among
the most burdensome for small and medium-sized
enterprises, a consultation by the European
Commission (EC) has revealed. The purpose of
the consultation was to identify where EU regulation
is restricting jobs and growth and reduce unnecessary
red tape for small firms. The EC said it would
introduce a range of measures to reduce the
burden on smaller firms, such as conducting
impact assessments of new laws affecting small
firms, simplifying and updating legislation
and making it simpler and more efficient to
comply with. (EnterpriseQuest)
tells councils to stop wasting millions on translations.
Amazing, isn't it? Just as we were saying
way back on 31.01.2013. A pity though,
because it does mean significant business for
home-based translators; even though we also
mentioned at the time that we weren't actually
seeing much evidence of this kind of work. Perhaps
the councils are following in the footsteps
of Theresa May's inner scrotum of clueless civil
servants and farming the work out to a single,
who offered help to developers 'may have broken
the law'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9925903/Planning-investigation-you-may-have-broken-law-councillors-told.html
Yes, we know that. So what's new?
scandal has changed shoppers' habits. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21765737#
It's been good news for small local producers
and suppliers but for how long? If the will
were there, local authorities would be sitting
down now and coming up with long-term plans
for promoting family and High Street businesses
on their patch. But I've not heard of a solitary
initiative so far. There's no bungs involved.
for Lending scheme for self-employed and small
businesses, to receive boost from Government.
Six Myths that stop people changing their banks.
hiring at four times the rate of retail as online
sales boom. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/10983
food and drink businesses finacing themselves
through crowdfunding. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/10963
few favourite places to eat in France. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/mar/11/readers-tips-eating-france
Eating out in France can be as disappointing
these days as eating out was in the UK thirty
years ago. The problem is, the French don't
seem to know it. I haven't personally eaten
at any of these recommendations so - best of
Masterchef winners: what are they doing now?
Insolvency rate hits lowest level for five years.
The number of business insolvencies fell to
its lowest rate since 2007 in January 2013,
according to research by Experian. The research
found the greatest fall in insolvencies was
among medium-sized firms. The smallest enterprises,
with between one and two employees, also saw
a slight fall in insolvency rates. Max Firth,
Managing Director of Experian, said: "High
profile insolvencies so far this year show that
it is still a challenging climate and businesses
across all sectors and sizes need to adapt to
changes in their trading environment."
outnumber chain store openings. http://www.talkingretail.com/news/industry-news/independents-
Independent retailers opened three times more
shops than chain stores in the year to January
2013, according to research by the Local Data
Company (LDC). The research revealed more than
15,900 independent stores were opened in 2012,
compared to just 5,600 chain store outlets,
and that independents now account for 69% of
all retail and leisure units throughout the
UK. However, although the total number of independent
stores grew by 852 stores in the first half
of 2012 (taking into account the number of closures),
the number fell by 39 in the second half of
the year. Matthew Hopkinson of the LDC said
this was a major concern as it was the first
fall in independent store numbers since 2010.
an amazing result given all the bent and supine
councillors at the trough, as the news items
immediately below and the day before, reveal.
Just imagine how much could be done for the
'High Street' if it enjoyed the same degree
of influential enthusiasm as property and supermarket
developers take for granted.
officers helping to exploit councils. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9923680/Moonlighting-planning-officers-help-builders-exploit-vulnerable-councils.html
This is as about as old hat as doping in
sport - especially the country's national game
of professional cheating. Still. We must pretend
to be shocked. Arrange a few anonymous posts
from morons on the tabloid forums.
over cash machines access. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21746561#
Apprenticeship Week. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/03/11/national-apprenticeship-week-theres-no-better-way-to-work-than-earning-while-you-are-learning/
The stuff of the country's future workforce
both waged and self-employed. And not a nation
of illiterate wannabe website designers who
can't even write code, sitting in a 'home office'
with an expensive, crap internet connection
and multi-tasking between a computer screen
and a dummyphone screen.
of jobs created to deal with PPI mis-selling.
we work better in cold offices? http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/shortcuts/2013/mar/11/facebook-staff-chill-cold-offices
For people working in 'home' offices, I don't
think they will have much choice soon, if not
already, as energy bills continue to rise.
Yet the search engines are still loaded with
bunkum articles describing running a business
from home as a 'cheap' way to start and run
a business. On yer bike! (That'll keep you warm.
Set up a turbo trainer in your home office.)
Lewis abusing its supply chain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/9923395/John-Lewis-abusing-supply-chain-with-rebate-demand.html
Government has put John Lewis on a pedestal
and praised it as a 'model British business'.
Putting other small businesses out of work.
To be expected of this Government and its constant
search for flash-mob approval ratings.
visitors being sidelined for Indian visas.
Tut, tut. That's the problem when you have a
Government which conducts itself as a diplomatic
retard and does the same unto others. First.
So much for the benefits 'accrued' by Da PM's
recent trip to India.
to cash in on your hobby. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/12/how-to-cash-in-on-your-hobby/
It sounds so easy that one is left wondering
why all the hacks aren't doing it? Of which
there is about as much chance as a French socialist
setting up a business and handing over 75% of
HIS (or her) hard-earned!!!
search for a smartphone that isn't soaked in
Yes, I can see that is an argument which will
make a really big impact on today's dumb yoof
and their even dumber parents. What next? Western
consciences pricked by filling up with petrol
laced with 5% kiddy's blood? Not to worry. Big
Brother's on tonight. Then, let's vote UKIP
to make new furren friends, bring in loadsa
new furren contracts and profitable business
Small manufacturers expect increased sales in
Almost two thirds of manufacturing firms expect
their sales to grow by June 2013, according
to a survey by the Manufacturing Advisory Service
(MAS). The survey also found one in four firms
were planning to employ more staff, up by 7%
on the previous six months, and 44% were planning
to invest in new premises and machinery, up
by 3%. However, manufacturing firms also identified
skills shortages and limited capacity as barriers
to their growth. Business Secretary Vince Cable
said the Government and manufacturing industry
needed to work together to address growth priority
issues and attract young people into manufacturing.
councillors for hire. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9921344/Councillors-for-hire-who-give-firms-planning-advice.html
authors hit by Amazon royalties cut. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/9920920/Self-published-authors-hit-by-Amazon-online-royalties-cut.html
pension firms poised to cash in. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/383320/Rip-off-pension-firms-cash-in
The banks, is it? Or even, the Government?
'French connection' which is costing a fortune
in phone bills.
It could be worse. Advance booking a train in
France these days is like a blind man playing
poker as the country's leading terrorist group,
the CGT, embarks on its annual, holiday extension
programme laughingly described as a 'social
movement'. Your best bet is to throw away your
rail tickets and hire a bike.
government interpreter/translator incompetence.
One would have thought that our future PM, Ms
May, would have stepped in to resolve this farce
long before now. I wonder why not?
Saga home insurance premiums row. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21717085#
2013 to focus on house-building. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/9920026/Budget-2013-Osborne-urged-to-focus-on-house-building.html
Or, a favourite short-term economic solution
to gain a maximum pleb-approval rating. In the
meantime, three quarters of a million houses
in the UK remain empty.
Country B&Bs, pubs and hotels for sale.
Facebook could get you arrested. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/mar/09/facebook-arrested-evgeny-morozov-extract
Common knowledge. It's why 'smart' people
don't do Facebook or any social media.
When I first began lobbying on home business
issues around 15 years ago, the lobbying group
which agreed to represent us advised me to temper
my language and criticism of government and
politicians if I wanted to make any progress.
I am not surprised that today, according to
the following snippet, nothing has changed.
still languish at the bottom of the table of
trustworthiness, with only 18% of us trusting
our elected representatives not to tell porkies.
(The same 18% who also believe what they
read in the tabloids. Ed.)
is the result of the latest Ipsos MORI poll
which also reveals low scores for bankers, journalists
and estate agents. Doctors, teachers, scientists
and judges continue to score highest with very
average scores being recorded for trade union
officials, business leaders and the police.
the poll also scores the "Ordinary person
in the street" whom 64% trust to tell the
truth, and Pollsters, who only 50% trust. What
might be additionally revealing would be the
inclusion of spin doctors, lords, lobbyists
and lawyers. http://www.ezinematters.com
Nationwide launches charges current
and data breaches becoming increasingly sophisticated.
hit out at 'political football' being played
over tourist visas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/9919166/Harrods-boss-Stop-the-political-football-over-visa-issues.html
Yes, we've commented numerous times on the
Government's 'political immaturity' for their
- or the Minister in question, Theresa May's
- refusal to grant tourist visas to emerging
countries, as no valid reason has ever been
But we certainly have a reason now. It seems
Ms May is being groomed for future party leadership.
A 'PM', even. And a bit of plastic sabre-rattling
against a solitary judge, visitors canned up
in a tour bus and other assorted, high media
profile bullshit will do very nicely indeed
for impressing the 'fuckin' plebs'. At the same
time, swathing cuts of several thousand jobs
at a time in immigration services is further
icing on the cake for dummies. Or, a typical
News of the Screws, pro-Tory readership.
Mothers' Day - a list of Michelin 3 star restaurants
from around the world. http://www.3starrestaurants.com/michelin-restaurants-star-guide.asp
Unsurprisingly top-heavy for French and Japanese
entries. France one understands; Japan apparently,
for the promotion of Michelin trye company business
interests in the country.
afford a 3-star restaurant? (They are grotesquely
expensive and rarely justify the cost, I must
admit.) Then cook a meal for Mum yusselves.
It will mean even more to her if you do.
also be able to avoid the trots from eating
the sort of contaminated food one often finds
at Michelin-starred, world's-best restaurants.
the UK has changed from 1971 - 2011. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/population/9915457/Graphic-how-the-United-Kingdom-has-changed-1971-2011.html
Very good source of 'retro' business ideas,
this. For example, I only have to look at how
people dress nowadays and I'm reminded of my
yoof as a refugee. No furren cars. No dummyphones
at all. A telly was for life. No big supermarkets.
And a pocketful o' cash.
BBC (Bent British Coppers) scam.
forces have been caught selling confidential
details of road accident victims to insurance
companies, claims management companies and ambulance-
reports the latest issue of Marketing Matters
referral fees earned by one force, the Met,
amounted to more than £5 million since
2009 and represented more than 10,000 people
subsequently pestered to make a personal injury
claim, one saying that he had been contacted
fees, which have greatly increased the cost
of motor insurance, and the income of Police
forces, will become illegal in April.'
bunch, our police. Helping the criminal media
eavesdrop on honest citizens; flogging confidential
case details to the criminal media; creative
report-writing; assorted moonlighting capers
from car-booting to security services. The list
seems endless. Has the Government considered
recruiting police officers as mentors for their
SME mentoring scheme? Unlike retired bank managers,
they seem to be up to speed and don't have that
much of a bad reputation.
Consumer magazine has published ratings for
ethical behaviour for seven supermarkets, based
on the firm's impact on the environment, its
treatment of animals and people and its stance
on such things as genetic engineering and anti-social
Co-operative 6.5 (Most ethical)
Marks & Spencer 6.3
Why hasn't this list appeared in my International
Supermarket News bulletins, I wonder?
Where to get insurance for high risk flood homes.
phone security threat. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/07/new-phone-security-threat-unveiled/
paying £70 too much on broadband.
You'd think people would be using one of
the legion broadband comparison sites to get
the best deals. Trouble is, they can't get a
connection that's fast enough to do any browsing.
Still, Ofcon reckon we've got the best broadband
in Europe. So that's all right, then.
scams on the rise in 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9913773/Ten-scams-on-the-rise-in-2013.html
WEEK? The Confex exhibition at ExCel in faraway
Docklands. March 19 - 21st has a couple
of co-located events at the venue that organisers
might want to know about, perhaps to make it
worth the trek.
On the same dates is the Live Experience
Expo featuring event production, technology
and innovations and run by the Confex organisers.
On March 20th is The Unusual Made Easy Showcase
for the Lime Venue Portfolio of venues - see
This takes place in South Galleries 23 - 26,
3.30 - 7.00pm
becoming a lonelier place to live. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9915495/Britain-becoming-lonelier-place-to-live.html
Nor has it anything to do with that old chestnut
of 'working from home', either. Perfect for
Big Corp and the Thought Police, though. Keeps
everyone glued to their plastic screens for
amusement, dumbing down, indoctrination and
for the contents of 'fuckin' plebs' wallets
to be lifted.
ten best smartphones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/9912237/Best-smartphones-the-ten-best-mobiles.html?utm_source=tmg&utm_medium=td_9912237&utm_campaign=tenBestMobiles0803
mobile phone goes on sale for just £1.
to get help with paying your energy bills.
Larf: UK at risk of a sterling crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9916575/Euro-Group-head-says-UK-at-risk-of-sterling-crisis.html
Now there's perception for you.
Larf Part II. How homes have been transformed
by technology over the past 40 years. http://www.express.co.uk/news/property/382701/Homes-transformed-by-technology
Unfortunately, most people now have a lot less
money in their pockets than 40 years ago; they're
not so fit or happy or well-educated. There
are far fewer jobs or jobs of quality. Business
is perpetually bad. Crime and personal security
are absolute headaches. Major economies are
in turmoil. Nobody loves anyone any more. And
there's nothing but non-celebrity crap and repeats
on telly. Now that's 'technological' progress
Larf Part III. Now it's workers as well as businesses
which back continued membership of the EU.
Yes, but since when has the tabloid media and
politicians ever taken any notice of what the
public opinion classic at the moment surrounds
'Baby Butcher' Blair who more than two thirds
of the UK population want to see stand trial,
imprisoned and preferably, executed for crimes
against humanity. Together with his government,
apologists and helper-Brownshirts. Yet despite
universal revulsion with one of the UK's most
sordid periods in history - and there have been
many - the media is currently working on a public
rehabilition exercise for this filth and his
assorted goons. Repaying debts, naturally; war
is a very lucrative business for society's psycopaths.
But it's all about balance; or in this case,
no balance at all.
Search on for start-up stars of 2013. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/search-launched-start-stars-2013-20139578
Chambers of Commerce cut their growth forecast.
I hope it's not something we said!
urged to open up shops to local entrepreneurs.
lenders told to improve. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21683739#
celebrity entrepreneurs failing to inspire the
next generation. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/celebrity-entrepreneurs-%E2%80%9Cfailing-inspire%E2%80%9D-next-generation-20139576
Never heard of most of them; and they don't
even inspire their own generation, much less
fined by EU over web browser. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21684329#
crash affects millions. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/mar/07/natwest-bank-system-failure-outage
What amazes me is that there are millions of
businesses and members of the public that still
- and will continue - to use these institutional
disasters. At the second time around for exactly
the same problem as last year.
UK's most popular second home spots. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/03/06/the-most-popular-second-home-locations/
'Short-termism' damaging future of British business.
consultancy procurement framework launched.
A new way of sourcing consultancy services could
help more small and medium-sized firms secure
Government contracts, according to Cabinet Office
minister Francis Maude. Under the new ConsultancyONE
framework consultancy contracts worth between
£100,000 and £2 million will now
be managed by a single buying team through the
Government Procurement Service (GPS). Mr Maude
said the framework would help the Government
save up to 20% on consultancy day rates and
reduce the Government's reliance on larger suppliers.
launches 'buy-to-let' academy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/9909871/Ex-footballer-Robbie-Fowler-sets-up-buy-to-let-school.html
targets second home sales and buy-to-let landlords.
holiday homes scammer jailed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288418/Florida-property-developer-cheated-hundreds-British-families-16MILLION-holiday-homes-scam-jailed.html
broadband services are among the best in Europe,
claim Ofcom. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/moaning-about-your-broadband-it-could-be-worse--you-could-be-in-france-or-italy-8520946.html
Whereabouts in Britain do Ofcom live, then?
50 money saving measures. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/03/05/the-top-50-money-saving-measures/
Worth a chuckle, if nothing else.
poverty hits 800,000 claims RAC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21675153#
drivers could save 20% on insurance premiums.
Ten Best Farmers' Markets. http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/the-10-best-farmers-markets-8521126.html
of vegetarian foods on the rise. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/05/horsemeat-scandal-sales-vegetarian-alternatives
Official release: Big companies promise to pay
promptly following Government drive. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/big-companies-pledge-to-pay-promptly-following-government-drive
'The number of FTSE 350 companies pledging to
pay small firms promptly has tripled,' claims
the release. From 1 to 3, no doubt.
firms 'secure more Government contracts'.
The value of Government contracts secured by
small and medium-sized firms increased from
£3.2 billion in 2010/11 to £4.4
billion in 2011/12, according to figures published
by the Cabinet Office. In addition, the Government's
major suppliers increased spending with smaller
firms in their supply chain by 6%. Cabinet Office
minister Chloe Smith said the Government had
improved procurement procedures and reduced
bureaucracy to make it easier for smaller suppliers
to win contracts. (EnterpriseQuest)
Street sales figures best for three years.
street closures increased in 2012. http://www.ukmediacentre.pwc.com/News-Releases/PwC-and-the-Local-Data-Company-s-
Closures of multiple retailers on the high street
increased from 174 in 2011 to 1,779 in 2012,
according to research published by PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PwC). The research revealed the highest levels
of closures were among shops selling cards,
computer games, clothes and health foods, as
well as travel agents. Despite this, certain
sectors saw growth over this period, with increasing
numbers of discount stores, pawnbrokers, charity
shops and coffee shops opening on the high street.
Mike Jervis of PwC commented: "The failed
chains generally shared two problems - too many
stores and too little multi-channel activity."
online shops to save our High Streets. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/381643/Tax-online-shops-to-save-our-high-streets
Or the supermarket chains. The idea isn't
new but hasn't met with any political support
so far because of fierce lobbying by those concerned.
The normal, corrupt state of affairs, in other
words. The major problem though, remains
local authorities. There's little use in relieving
the pressure at one point for it to be doubly
rise in PPI complaints to Ombudsman. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21654732#
who rely on the good name of others. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/04/the-fraudsters-who-rely-on-the-good-name-of-others/
out of 5 football players declare bankruptcy
after taking retirement. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/a-reason-to-feel-sorry-for-premier-league-players-three-of-five-players-declare-bankruptcy-after-retirement-8519908.html
a million people in Britain do not speak English
Like . . . Oh, my God!!! Seriously, though,
this figure is substantially less than tabloids
have suggested in the past. They've obviously
stopped counting school-leavers with a GCSE
authorities tracking down tax-dodging expat
Banks reducing lending still further. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21653603#
calling for credit crackdown. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/04/which-calling-for-credit-crackdown/
output falls further still. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21655750#
LiveWire entrepreneur challenge survey; 3 x
£100 Amazon vouchers to be won. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M93VRR8
tax' to hurt single parents and disabled the
So much for grafters trying to break out
of the poverty trap by setting up a home office
from a spare bedroom. All gone the same way
as the fake 'homeworking revolution'.
from home is 'inadequate'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/mar/02/alexandra-shulman-working-from-home
Looks like the media is starting to
back off the latest 'revolution' that never
was. Other than in its own minds.
more media backtracking. 'Mary, Queen of
Shops' becomes 'Mary, Queen of Flops'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2287322/Mary-Queen-Flops-Retail-gurus-flagship-regeneration-scheme-Margate-branded-hopeless-gimmick-seaside-traders.html
Google won't be around for ever, let alone Facebook.'
And yet another turnaround prediction.
biggest nuisance call firms revealed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/9904639/Named-British-Gas-and-other-major-firms-making-billions-of-unwanted-calls-every-year.html
facing fraud and ID theft through mobile phones.
You'd have thought they would have brought
out an app for it by now.
Cornish brothers win world Pasty Championships.
applies to enter eurozone. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21656254#
Latvia, with a population of just over 2
million, is reportedly bracing itself for a
wave of 40 million idle, benefit-claiming, British
immigrant-plumber-criminals after a recent tabloid
poll showed that two thirds of Brits wanted
to move to another country. (Statistical sample:
Drought and floods will become common events
in Britain. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/02/britain-faces-more-floods-and-droughts
Yes. We've known that for a long time. And
no government of any political shade, is going
to be able to do much about it. So head for
dem hills, as we keep saying.
to buy or sell a home online. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/02/how-to-buy-or-sell-a-home-online/
at odds over working from home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/women-at-odds-over-working-from-home-8518075.html
your own business with a Dragons' Den star.
Pure advertorial and probably the worst possible
endorsement for starting your own business.
bitter harvest and a cruel winter for farmers.
bad is Britain's debt problem? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/9902460/AAA-credit-rating-blow-How-bad-is-Britains-debt-problem.html
loophole in bedroom tax. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/381444/Huge-loophole-in-bedroom-tax
grow-your-own fruit and veg for 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/9781153/Toby-Bucklands-best-fruit-and-veg-for-2013.html?utm_source=tmg&utm_medium=td_gardenshop&utm_campaign=bestPlantsandVegetables
testing to be stepped up for cricketers.
Testing for recreational drugs only - not
performance boosters. Still. It looks good on
paper without unduly upsetting match-fixing
arrangements and the bookies by trying to become
a 'clean' sport.
Larf: Daily Mail Challenge to Big Corp to say
what they pay (in tax). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2287231/Our-challenge-secretive-big-business-Say-pay.html
As one poster puts it - Why doesn't The Daily
Mail go first?
Home ownership at 25-year low. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/home-ownership-sinks-to-25year-low-and-could-continue-shrinking-8517465.html
PPI, three more scams for you to try. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/9902348/Reclaimed-PPI-Here-are-three-more-you-can-try.html
to unmask athletes who doped in 2005 Helsinki
World Championships. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/athletics/9903233/IAAF-to-unmask-drugs-cheats-after-hundreds-of-samples-from-2005-World-Athletics-Championships-are-re-tested.html
As we said weeks ago, the Armstrong case
will open a can of worms across all the sporting
codes which together with the media, have been
keeping a lid on their hypocritical, dirty little
secrets for centuries. Tennis and athletics
so far; a bit of a doping confession stutter
from an ex-professional footballer; swimming
above all, to follow. Although there, I'm afraid,
the guardians of that particular sport's moral
virtues are currently basking in the stale publicity
surrounding their Armstrong, errr, 'revelations'.
The ball will finally start to roll when sponsors
make a global re-assessment of the situation.
appliance safety warning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21630150#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
mid-contract price hike for Orange and T-Mobile
Community: Please help me understand today's
tablet craze. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=03/01/2013
manufacturing suffers 'shock' contraction.
No shocks for us, I'm afraid. This has been
coming since the days of Thatcherism and if
you take the country's US-influenced arms manufacture
out of the equation, then GB is left with precisely
what this Government's and UKIP's heroine ordered
- no more output; no more public services; no
more taxpayers' silver to flog off for a quick,
economic high. The long lie is dead. Long live
the next lie. (Whether it be the EU; or immigration;
or terrorism; or civil servants; or the police;
or the BBC; or anyone or anything else. Conveniently
forgetting that it takes decades of bad government
to dismantle a country's economy.)
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/01/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
release: English business survey statistics
release: Open consultation. Simpler financial
reporting for micro-entities: the UK's proposal
to implement the 'Micros Directive'. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/simpler-financial-reporting-for-micro-entities-the-uks-proposal-to-implement-the-micros-directive
and Company and business names. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/company-and-business-names-red-tape-challenge
thirds of Brits are boycotting tax-dodging Big
Buggrit. First the EU clamps down on bankers'
bonuses. And now the public are boycotting the
other half of Dave's mates. It's a good job
The News Of The Screws is about to return
to the Sunday news-stands to help give the Government
Street bloodletting continues. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/10690
current account paying 5% interest. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/01/nationwide-current-account-pays-market-leading-5-interest/
dangers of joining a lottery syndicate.
are 'emasculating'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/feb/28/google-sergey-brin-smartphones-emasculating
migration to the UK falls by a third. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9899509/Net-migration-falls-by-a-third.html
Yet another massive blow to the already non-existent
credibility of the UK's tabloids but confirming
what we were suggesting a couple of years ago
- that once the Olympic construction phase was
over, a lot of skilled East Europeans would
be going back to their own countries or onto
destinations like Canada and Australia where
they were in great demand. The article suggests
that falling student numbers might be the explanation
but it's been a few years now since the UK has
been competitive on university fees and I'm
not so sure of this being a major contributory
cause. (Plus, an Oxbridge Double First in Economics
(Failed) and Crimes Against Humanity doesn't
have much international cachet these days, either.)
this mean more work for self-employed Brits,
especially in the construction sector? I don't
think so. One of the reasons these figures have
become so evident - and a drop of one third
is massive - is because there just isn't enough
work to go around any more. Period.
want to work from home', says Mila Kunis.
cheapest energy deal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/9899507/Households-urged-to-switch-to-Britains-cheapest-energy-deal.html
Tennis Federation becomes first sport outside
professional cycling to call for biological
Only five years later than professional
cycling of course, and spurred on purely by
the common knowledge of widescale doping in
tennis- despite it being kept as quiet as possible
by the media. Then again, tennis brings in a
lot of money. Unlike professional cycling which
until quite recently, has been very much a minority
as we suggested once the theatrical Armstrong
case first broke wind a few months ago, it's
the start of good news for all the small-fry,
self-employed sportsfolk who are just the footsoldiers
in a huge money-generating scam which has sucked
in everyone from politicians to the media, all
working off their collective socks for the sporting
world's mafia and their agents. Such as the
self-styled 'anti-doping' agencies who have
presided over an increasingly lucrative status
across all sporting domains; especially those
which bring in the most money.
Brits miss most when abroad is - a cuppa tea.
I'd certainly agree with this observation. I
take my own (Yorkshire) tea bags when I travel
but the other big problem for the taste of a
traditional English cuppa is homogenised supermarket
milk, which is often the default milk in Johnny
Furrener-land. It makes the tea taste disgusting.
So if you can, ask for some fresh or 'bio' milk.
If you run out of your own tea-bags then Lipton
tea can be found most places albeit, considerably
weakened to cater for being drunk without milk.
In which case, use 2 - 3 teabags - although
it's a poor substitute.
is so lethal it should be regulated like alcohol
and tobacco. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2285854/Caffeine-dangerous-regulated-like-alcohol-cigarettes-warns-leading-expert.html
It already is a prescribed substance in the
sporting world. Well, in those sporting disciplines
where there is regular testing, one might add.
Otherwise, we're left with an army of tabloid
hacks who by the time it's 2pm down at their
local watering holes, are more doped up than
Lance Armstrong ever was. Before they return
to their offices for the daily grind of lying,
bullying decent people and downloading kiddy
for March. Just about the only 'business'
programme I watch on TV is Alex Polizzi helping
out small family firms facing disaster. It's
the absolutely typical daily scenario of most
small businesses that know it all and leave
problem-solving to the last minute. (Plus, she's
a very handsome woman although that's irrelevant
and I don't know why I even mentioned it.) I
then put on my anorak and see if I can identify
the same problems and their solutions as Alex
and her teams of experts come up with.
can someone enlighten me? Why, over all the
programmes I have watched, hasn't she or any
of her experts ever suggested using social media?
Even websites have rarely received a mention.
a thought. (Perhaps the Government's platoons
of fake business gurus, nano-celebrities and
wizz-fart economists might know?)
our usual gratitude and thanks to BAD News and
December 2011/January 2012
March 2013 contents:
25% HBA Member discount from Businesses For
for Home Business Alliance members:
of the News:
is top small business problem; Consumers cut
spending on groceries and clothing; Small firms
believe tax system has become less fair; HMRC
launches more tax taskforces; EFG scheme has
funded over 10,000 firms; Cash boost for seaside
towns announced; New bank for farmers leasing
equipment; Phase two of Welsh business growth
fund launched; ASA to monitor online behavioural
advertising rules; New Northern Ireland loan
fund announced; New Northern Ireland loan fund
announced; New patent court to be based in London;
"Fairer" rent arrears collection process
announced; Proposed changes to childcare sector
announced; Proposed changes to childcare sector
announced'; Proposed changes to childcare sector
announced; Adjudicator 'should investigate supermarkets'
pricing pressure'; HSE announces construction
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
Entrepreneur, Part 2
Tax and VAT News
FREE! 101 Insider Business Tax Tips
cheats - where are we now?; HMRC
guidance - can it be relied on?
Tax Relief For Home To Work Travel - article
HMRC VAT car and van update;
business cash flow; 'HMRC launch online tax
help for small businesses'; Making
money from a hobby; etc, etc
For our rapidly-growing
numbers of Chinese followers we have this month
Dust? No! Ferry Magic by Colin Edwards
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UK business directory, MisterWhat.co.uk;
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