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LATEST! 31st May 2013
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Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st May 2013

By 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, can bring.

For a current, multi-part overview of starting and running a business from home, go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm

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31.05.2013: 12 signs you're being scammed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/31/12-signs-youre-being-scammed/ Careful here because a couple of these 'signs' are also characteristics of perfectly genuine companies; scam-avoiding tips can be just as misleading sometimes as scams themselves; and of course, were scam-detection always such a simple affair, we wouldn't have heard of Bernie Made-Off, sub-primes, PPI; tax-avoidance by Big Corps and hundreds of other 'legitimate' and 'official' frauds which are still lurking in the woodwork.

The one and only thing that has ever consistently struck me about the most successful cons and conmen, is just how plausible they always seem.

Start button returns to Windows 8. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22714048# How about a return to Windows 98 and a refund for all the crap which has come along since?

Afghan invasion has cost every UK household £2000. So far. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/30/afghan-war-has-cost-households-2-000/ Multiply that by all the other so-called 'wars' since WWII (37 'victim' nations; 30 - 40 million dead); then again by the number of other countries wasting their taxpayers' money in similar fashion (well, the US actually but with a few Corporal Countries like Engerlandt County for gofers); and as we have been saying, T.W.A.T (The War Against Terror) is very, very big business. Question is, who's trousering all that money? (OK, rhetorical question - although it's not the EU.) Now imagine all that finance having been invested in non-murderous business activity, instead. And bish, bash, bosh. No more global crisis. Thriving national economies and small business communities; and a jolly good time to be had by all.

(Although I agree that terrorism should be dealt with definitively and urgently. None of this liberal, pinko poncing about we've had so far. We can start with the succession of 'New Labour' governments, 'Baby Butcher' Blair and his Brownshirts; Labour Party (W.C. - War Criminal) activists; Conservative Party members who voted for terrorism; turncoat Liberals; the media (pro-terrorist propaganda); and investors in terrorism such as the banks.

As Churchill once said, the country must bear 'a collective responsibility'. So there's a lot to do.)

Trending: Midlle Eastern food. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12492

China buying up the world? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22717939 Sssshhh. They've been doing that on the quiet for years. They've got money to spare because they work and don't do 'wars'. But don't tell the English tabloids.

The great airport currency rip-off. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/30/the-great-airport-currency-rip-off/ I usually wait until I get to my country of destination and generally, change my money at a local Post Office. IF, that is, it offers a money exchange service although in bigger towns, there shouldn't be a problem. Best rates, usually. Avoid at all costs, exchanging money in the street.

Airport wi-fi charges revealed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10088591/Airport-Wi-Fi-charges-revealed.html Sounds important but not a major issue. I travel almost on a weekly basis and the vast majority of travellers I see may well have their laptops and notebooks open but when you watch them closely over a longer period of time, they are just pretending to work. Nothing is actually happening. (The French are the worst if not downright comical, in a country where pretending to work is a national sport - and the only one which they don't dope for. Unless it's the fonctionnaires of course, in which case they don't even bother pretending.)

Broadband price wars, starting with an offer of £1.95 a month. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10088541/Broadband-price-war-breaks-out-with-1.95-a-month-offer.html

Converted barns for sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10087224/Charming-converted-barns-for-sale.html What is it with Brits and barn conversions? Biggest money pits in the world. Barns were built for housing ambinules and farm stuff. (And our two, abandoned cats left behind by holidaymakers.) Not modern people. For the same money as a conversion you can usually buy two properties, ready-to-go. One to live in. One to rent.

30.05.2013: Today is Tax Freedom Day. (The rest of the year, we have been working for the taxman; or, Big Corp/banks; or, bent politicians and government.) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10087413/Today-is-tax-freedom-day.html

Homebuilders using Help To Buy scheme to mislead buyers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/30/homebuilders-using-help-to-buy-scheme-to-mislead-buyers/

New Bank of England chief to devalue sterling by as much as 15%. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10086652/New-BoE-chief-Carney-will-devalue-sterling-Pimco-warns.html If (IF) that does actually happen will investors and businesses who have shunned the euro be receiving compensation for following the advice of bent politicians and UK tabloids? (Not that I would advocate in investing in the euro, either. But after that, the options become increasingly limited; a list of the world's most competitive countries just below, six entries down, might help.)

Government's new finance watchdog gave £400,000 to Conservative Party. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2333068/Goldman-Sachs-banker-hand-picked-Osborne-job-new-finance-watchdog-gave-400-000-Tory-party.html Just another day at the Government's offices, then? Perhaps that's why the new Bank of England chief is considering a devaluation of sterling? Because the Government is already as bent as nine-bob notes.

UK consumers prepared to pay for good online content. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/uk-consumers-prepared-pay-good-online-content-20139844

Small firms opting not to use lawyers. https://research.legalservicesboard.org.uk/wp-content/media/In-Need-of-Advice-report.pdf More than half of small firms are handling their own legal matters because they are concerned about the cost of seeking external help from law firms, according to research by the Legal Services Board (LSB). The research, which surveyed over 9,700 small and medium-sized firms in England and Wales, revealed only 13% of respondents stated that lawyers were a cost-effective way to resolve legal problems, despite 38% having faced a significant legal problem in the past year.

How to avoid paying bedroom tax: get it re-classified as a study. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/how-to-avoid-paying-your-bedroom-tax--get-it-reclassified-as-a-study-8636700.html Or a home office even.

UK house prices seeing modest rise. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22713290#

Cash remains king in UK shops. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22703189# And it's because people don't have as much cash as they once did, that UK shops are suffering. Well. It's one of the reasons, anyway.

Mary Portas plan could drain High Street. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/mary-portas-plan-could-drain-high-street-8636735.html Interesting if not surprising to note just how anti-Portas the media has become, almost overnight, as they finally realise that the whole thing was just a stunt in the first place. It's a pity that after all these years the media doesn't have any staffers who know a thing about business and could make the right noises when these official ideas, like turds, are first floated. A year ago. Any time. Instead of just writing column-miles of shite about football and unknown wannabes' and has-beens' bum-cracks.

More and more people reliant on food banks. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/30/many-people-reliant-on-food-banks/

The Ten Most Competitive Countries in the world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10085707/Ten-most-competitive-countries-in-the-world-in-pictures.html (The UK comes in at 18th; just behind Ireland. No sign whatsoever of the tabloids' Engerlandt County, though.)

Lack of EU knowledge costs British travellers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10084951/Mobile-roaming-cost-shock-for-travellers.html Something else we can blame the media for. Still. Plenty of places left in the Sarah Palin Geographical Society & Snuff Club.

What have immigrants ever done for Britain? http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/29/immigration-uk-cultural-icons_n_3352601.html Apart from 'immigrants' helping win the Battle of Britain, I'm always amused by the 'Thatcherites' who offer this redoubtable lady as a prime example of Britishness while forgetting - or not realising - that her governments comprised a significant number of highly capable, Jewish, East Europeans. Unfortunately, in my view, they got a lot of things wrong especially for the small business community; but that doesn't mean they were any less anxious to do their best for the country. Unlike the rag-bag of fags for America which one finds in a pretence of 'power' today.

29.05.2013: Europe still the largest market for exporters. http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/policy-maker/policy-reports
-and-publications/2013-international-trade-survey.html
Almost 40% of members of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) are actively exporting their goods and services in 2013, compared with 32% in 2012, according to a BCC survey. The survey also revealed the EU remains the largest market, with 87% of respondents who export trading in the region. Potential future growth markets favoured by current exporters include Brazil, Russia and Qatar, and the majority of respondents stated that ease of finding overseas customers and distributors were the factors most likely to encourage them to export.
(EnterpriseQuest)

Another irrevocable truth which won't be getting a mention in Engerlandt County's 'patriotic', fascist tabloids, then.

Official release: small construction firms get cash boost. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-construction-firms-get-cash-boost

Royal Mail to launch new 'click 'n collect' service for online retailers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/29/royal-mail-in-click-and-collect-bid/

UK trailing on vocational training. http://money-news.money.aol.co.uk/article/2013/05/28/uk_trailing_on_vocational_training Yet another Thatcher-era 'legacy' when in 1981, the Industry Training Boards were closed down. However, Britain has since become a world-leader at clickin' and fummin' - which suits the country's hate-preaching tabloids down to the ground. It's much easier selling copy to carrot-IQ plebs by blaming millions of back-door Moldavian grannies instead.

EU initiative to tackle youth unemployment. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/28/european-youth-unemployment-francois-hollande With French president Francois Hollande making most of the noise, isn't it time for European youth to consider doing what 'illegal immigrants' do? Go and get jobs where there are some to be had even if it means going abroad for a few years? Which after all, is what generations of Europeans have been doing since they first started empire-building; and what I and my mates and peer-group did fourty years ago even though employment prospects were much better then.

Unfortunately, one other problem faced by today's youth is that they don't know anything useful. A fact which has been recognised for a long time, too. Once parents and schools get that into their heads and do something about it, we've got somewhere to start. Even one's own business which governments today regard as a quick fix for minimising the embarassment of unemployment; in reality however, it's an option which needs a plethora of skills. In fact, forcing people and youngsters especially, into self-employment, the hardest 'job' of all, because there's nothing else going will only cause further difficulties. Starting with the word 'FAILURE' in big capitals across their CVs when after a few months, like 90% of all start-ups, they find themselves in terminal difficulty.

It is also ironic that France should wish to be seen taking the lead on youth unemployment when it is arguably the worst offender of all, with an administrative, educational and social model stillborn in the Napoleonic era. The population and the country's political leaders like to think that babbling in Froglish, owning a smartphone and a new car makes them modern; the rest of the world however, which ultimately pays their bills, doesn't agree.

Portas High Street shops still struggling one year on. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22693403# Naturally. Government and media-backed so it was nothing more than a publicity stunt, a parody of business activity designed to impress and amuse carrot-IQ plebs. Just like The Apprentice, Dragons' Den, etc.

You can't just blame the internet for High Street shops closing down; the real reasons behind the collapse. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10084175/The-real-reason-our-shops-are-shutting-up.html Yes, as we and other professional and trade groups have been saying all along. Unfortunately, it would be a big job sacking entire local councils, councillors and politicians to achieve the necessary turnround. Still, if needs must . . .

US home improvement chain to open DIY outlets in Afghanistan. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/28/us-home-improvement-store-afghanistan Definitely a land of opportunity; plenty of construction jobs going in Afghanistan; and in Iraq; and in Libya; and in Syria; if anyone fancies their chances?

Trending: childrens' arts and crafts sales soar. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12399 Note: 'Childrens' as opposed to 'kids'. Baby goats don't have any spending power.

Trending: Ikea reveals Brits are embarrassed by their gardens. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12438 That's no excuse for the genocide of millions of garden gnomes, though. Totally tasteless advert; plenty of opportunities for get-up-and-goers to earn some money garden-tidying. (Sort of Bob-A-Job for adults.)

Trending: Breakfast sandwiches. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12428

School pupils create a sausage recipe for Waitrose. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12425 That's the way to do it! I'll be trying some, that's for sure.

Paid for current accounts could be next financial scandal, warns watchdog. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10085360/Paid-for-current-accounts-may-be-next-scandal-watchdog-warns.html

Financial gripes running at 7,000 a day, claims Ombudsman. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22689416#

Taxman tells cafe owner she owns £1 billion in tax. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332046/You-owe-1billion-bungling-taxman-tells-cafe-owner-letter-threatening-asset-seizures-VAT-bill.html It was later disclosed that the demand should have been sent to ex-HMRC boss, Mr Hairnet, who has cost this country many times that amount and who has just taken up a lucrative position as a retirement 'Thank You' with a firm of American tax-dodging accounting specialists.

RailEurope latest offers. http://newsletter.raileurope.co.uk/public/read_message.jsp;jsessionid=0;apw69?sigreq=944124078

28.05.2013: Post Office workers set to strike. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/28/post-office-workers-set-to-strike/

Marketing tips for micro-budgets. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/b/2013/05/23/marketing-tips-for-micro-budgets.htm?nl=1

More young jobless are setting up in business. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/more-young-jobless-are-setting-up-businesses-8633622.html Unfortunately, the rate of survival remains about the same if not worse. (The Government and the media don't do outcomes.)

Payday lenders 'out of control'. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/28/payday-lenders-out-of-con_n_3344361.html?1369719787&icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D182540 Can't be having that! It's what the banks are for.

New laws to protect park home owners. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22677508#

Australia ranked 'happiest' developed nation once again. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22685260# Back in the UK, a Government Minister believes that building battery housing on green fields is the formula for happiness. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331847/Houses-better-green-fields-Ministers-explosive-claim-unveils-new-plans-concrete-countryside.html Well, for bent politicians, councillors and property developers, yes, it certainly is.

Brand Maasai - about to trademark. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22617001 Maasai as in Africa-land south of Europeville. For the benefit of the Palin Fan Club. (I'm surprised US Big Corp haven't thieved the name already actually, although they'll probably do that after the next phase of bombing and terrorism in the region.)

American accountancy firm Deloitte give job to ex-HMRC boss. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/27/deloitte-appoints-dave-hartnett-tax Now there's a surprise!

Liberty Reserve forced offline. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22680297#

Trending: the growing business of online reputation management. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/24/search-me-online-reputation-management

Partners-in-crime-against-humanity Engerlandt and France obtain EU concession for increased arming of Syrian extremist insurgents. All profits to go to Eastern Europe and China. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2328537/Just-6-British-army-uniforms-UK-75million-manufacturing-outsourced-abroad.html The justification for terrorising and murdering defenceless civilian populations in far-off places has always been economic or strategic/economic. Ultimately, there is no other reason. Killing people on a systematic basis is big business. Except in the case of our Fagging Government, in which case it's big business for China; or Eastern Europe; or the U.S.A. In the meantime, British M.P.s (Murdering Pigs) get up on their soapboxes to support and defend 'jobs' in the country's bloated arms (sorry, 'defence') industry, conveniently forgetting that the era which put the 'Great' into Great Britain was called Pax Britannica. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_Britannica And thus we became a highly successful nation of 'shopkeepers' and entrepreneurs, long before a bunch of inbred, public school inadequates decided to fish out the term from their favourite, Sunday wank-rag tabloids. And decided to destroy instead, the country's overall economic prospects.

1-in-5 shops could close by 2018. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/28/1-in-5-shops-could-close-by-2018/ Now THAT'S what this Government is talking about!

Spy on your neighbours, urges ex-MI5 head. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/10083058/Spy-on-your-neighbours-says-former-MI5-head-Stella-Rimington.html Good news for home-businesses, having neighbours being encouraged to scrutinise and 'shop' their every move. Still, it lets the country's police and security forces off the hook to concentrate on compiling 'dodgy dossiers' (lies) to justify government war crimes, preaching hatred, allowing known nutters to run around freely to justify the Coalition of Evil's lucrative 'war on terror', and committing the 'suicide' of prominent British scientists with Gillette G5 razors plus half-a-kilo of sleeping tablets.

Tweet your way to profitable trading. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/10079374/Tweet-your-way-to-profitable-trading.html Really? The global economy bears witness to the actions of the biggest collective of tossers in the world yet the media still insists on printing rubbish like this. Just one saving grace is the concluding observation to this article which says, 'treat it as a hobby'. That's OK; although I do know of many hobbies which are a lot less mental than 'trading'.

'Being in debt' business success story. (Sort of.) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/fameandfortune/10079361/Tamara-Beckwith-Ive-often-been-in-debt.-My-bank-manager-should-get-a-medal.html

27.05.2013: Texting drivers face £90 fine. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/09/texting-drivers-will-face-90-fine/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl4%7Csec3_lnk1%26pLid%3D181321 For a trend which is widely considered to be more dangerous than drink-driving, this falls in the same category as judges who admire burglars and Prime Ministers who hug hoodies. In the meantime, anyone self-employed who makes a mistake in completing their self-assessment, faces a possible prison sentence.

The danger of 'buy now, pay later' shopping. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/27/the-danger-of-buy-now-pay-later-shopping/ The way governments run countries, in other words.

Landlord immigration check plans to be watered down. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10081678/Plans-to-force-millions-of-private-landlords-to-carry-out-immigration-checks-on-tenants-to-be-watered-down.html

Britain falls out of love with home improvements. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10081809/DIY-stores-in-a-fix-as-Britain-falls-out-of-love-with-home-improvement.html

Scams that cost us £3.5 billion a year. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/402825/Scams-that-cost-us-3-5-billion-a-year Quote from article: ' . . . scammers often prey on vulnerable people.' Who'd have thought it?

Online-only firms see a sales surge. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/402796/Online-only-firms-see-a-sales-surge

Fear of fraud stifling Nigerian dotcom growth. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/26/fraud-nigeria-dotcom-growth No worries. Plenty of jobs going for internet fraudsters as UK government gurus.

The most common small print catches - and how to avoid them. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/27/the-most-common-small-print-catches-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Conservative Business Minister to take two months parental leave. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331396/Im-taking-months-paternity-leave-boasts-Tory-business-minister.html Oh, I'm sure he could continue to run the country's business affairs from home. Like '5 million' other British home businesses. There's even a couple of official, Mickey Mouse Government guides that explain how to do it.

Comedians earning more than Premier League footballers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2331133/Laughing-way-bank-The-comics-earning-fortune-overtaking-Premier-League-footballers.html That's because they're obviously funnier than a diving footballer. (Question: Heard the one about the English footballer who scored a goal? Answer: No.)

26.05.2013: Fruit farmers fears for loss of East European seasonal migrant labour. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/25/migrant-jobs-fruit-farms-kent Another body blow to the country's home and small businesses from hate-preaching fascist politicians and tabloids. There never seems to be the same outcry though, when the country's national sport of doped-up cheating and money-laundering recruits its players from abroad. Pretending to support football (or a club), is very much part of the English propaganda scene.

Traditional B&Bs at risk from budget chains. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/402610/B-Bs-at-risk-from-budget-chains And yet another threat to British home businesses. Local councillors on the other hand, will be bending over in eager anticipation.

Payday lenders breaking pledges on reform. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/may/26/payday-lenders-break-reform-pledges

Twitter founder's vision for a cashless world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10079532/Square-is-the-shape-of-things-to-come-says-Twitter-founder-Jack-Dorsey.html I had plenty of daft ideas when I was younger, too. Then I grew up.

Unfortunately, the bureaucrats, the aparatchiks and the fonctionnaires will love the idea. It means they will be able to monitor every penny in circulation before putting it into their black market economy of inflated salaries for no work, jobs without a purpose, strikes on full pay and generally impeding the wellbeing of national and global economies.

How to dispute your credit record. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/26/how-to-dispute-your-credit-record/

Google boss says UK should fix its tax policies if it wants more cash. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/10080894/Google-boss-UK-must-fix-tax-policies-if-it-wants-more-cash.html Too true. But as we keep saying, it ain't gonna happen. It would radically change the face of politics and government and our ruling classes just can't be doing without their bungs.

Swap mi-selling compensation broke the rules. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/rate-swap-scandal/10080877/Swap-mis-selling-compensation-broke-rules.html As we were saying.

Stop air-fare rip-off says Which? http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/402634/Stop-air-fare-rip-off-says-Which

It's cheaper to holiday abroad than staycation. Say Thomas Cook. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/25/staycations-and-holidays-abroad-whats-the-real-cost/ Now there's a surprise! Like so many things, it can be true. It depends on what you're looking to get from a holiday; and whether you care or not about supporting your own country.

Yurt wars in central France as good life turns sour for Brits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10080341/Yurt-war-in-rural-France-as-British-families-find-the-good-life-turned-sour.html I am frequently amused by 'modern man' expressing a desire to get closer to nature and then setting up 'yurts' and cabins (complete with internet connectivity and dummyphones) in western Europe. Why not Mongolia? Or Serbia? Do it properly.

25.05.2013: 'The rot has set in if we opt for Tesco over our local grocers'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/24/high-street-tesco-grocer My dear. Plebs have been opting for Tesco in preference to local grocers for almost an entire generation. Where have you been? In fact, where have the media been? Helping the process along, as it happens. Sucking up to the responsibilities which come with all that advertising revenue. Killing Jobs. Killing Businesses.

Ikea charges its UK customers more than it does the rest of Europe. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330639/Ikeas-70-UK-surcharge-Flatpack-giant-makes-pay-Europe.html Now there's a novelty. Like the rest of UK prices, then? From petrol and diesel, through to energy, rail fares, cars, food, you-name-it.

10 of Britain's self-made millionaires. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/24/10-of-britains-self-made-millionaires/ I've waited almost a day for the content on this page to appear but so far, I'm seeing nothing. You? A cryptic message from the Gods, perhaps?

CNET Community: Help! USB Flash suddenly became write-protected. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=05/24/2013

Trending: Thanks to Dave, it's no longer cool to be 'posh'. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/100218747/thanks-to-dave-its-no-longer-cool-to-be-posh/ Or a public school fag, as the plebs would say. It's even less cool to talk - and behave - like a British TV presenter laying on a regional dialect with a trowel and trying to be kindergarden funny at the same time. Could be one of the reasons why British businesses, suffering as much from an identity as a morality crisis, are having so much trouble getting signatures onto contracts.

Holidays abroad will cost more as value of sterling plummets. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/402206/Holidays-will-cost-more-after-sterling-plummets The value of the pound sterling has been plummeting for some years now but it's good to know the tabloids have got the message eventually. Every cloud has a silver lining though, and as one of the stories on 21.05 (just below) pointed out, staycationing is back in 'vogue' bringing with it a lot more work and money for local businesses.

In fact, if it wasn't for 'posh' plebs jetting off to spew up their money abroad all the time, the UK's economy would be in a far better state altogether. Nothing like a bit of national, patriotic solidarity, eh? And blaming Big Corp for keeping their money out of the country, instead.

Sex workers going out of business as a result of rising rent and energy costs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330280/Maybe-sex-doesnt-sell-Prostitutes-going-business-struggle-rising-rent-costs-energy-bills.html Thus bringing a totally new meaning to the expression 'hard up'.

The pensioner who lost thousands to cold-calling scammers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/24/the-pensioner-who-lost-thousands-to-cold-calling-scammers/ I have been investigating scams like these for twenty years and if there's one common denominator among the vast majority of bogus business or financial opportunities, it's that they all advertise or are, or have been featured in the media. From the old homeworking favourite of envelope-stuffing to sophisticated stock market trading, it's always the same. Solution? Shut down the media; who in the long run, have made more money out of scams than any individual - even Bernie Made-Off (with the money).

Of which there is as much likelihood of course, as expecting the media to report the truth generally.

Totalcaresupport restarted direct debits under investigation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22659352#

24.05.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/24/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Cheapest and most expensive places to buy petrol. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/23/cheapest-and-most-expensive-places-to-buy-petrol-revealed/

Top 5 Tips for boosting your credit rating. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10073919/How-to-boost-your-credit-rating.html

Charity warns of 'bailiff boom'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/24/charity-warns-of-bailiff-boom/

Co-operative Bank halts new business lending. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22651713#

Co-op Bank rolls out talking cashpoints. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22636794#

Mondays are the day of the week when muggers steal the most phones. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/unhappy-mondays-its-the-day-of-the-week-when-muggers-steal-the-most-phones-8630047.html I don't think they'll be stealing mine. I ain't got one. Well, I borrow one when travelling. But it's a 10-year-old Nokia. It's still fit for purpose, though.

Net migration to the UK has fallen by a third. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10076305/Net-migration-down-by-a-third-in-just-a-year-putting-Tories-in-course-to-hit-election-pledge.html So - it's not Engerlandt's hate-preaching tabloids and the National Fascist Party 'wot done it', then? Nor has it anything to do with the present Government, either. It's as simple as a decline in the volume of work available. Even Aussie illegal immigrants, working for cloned Aussie tabloids and tending bars, are buggering off back home, as recent stories have pointed out. Not that that will mean any more work for us. Nor any improvement in the country's economic conditions. So who can tabloids and politicians blame next?

The retail revolution is customer-led and no-one knows where it is heading? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10077210/The-retail-revolution-is-customer-led-and-no-one-knows-where-it-is-heading.html Customer led? Or customer directed? Plebs buy what they are shown to buy. Simple as.

'Smart shoppers' reducing food bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/24/smart-shoppers-cutting-food-bills/

Crash course in car boot sales. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/402069/Crash-course-in-car-boot-sales

23.05.2013: Energy bills could overtake mortgage repayments by 2025. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/23/energy-bills-could-overtake-mortgage-repayments-by-2025/ Anyone surprised?

How to tell if a £1 coin is fake. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/22/how-to-tell-if-a-1-coin-is-fake/ Apparently, fake £1 'are not entirely worthless'. In other words, they are worth more than £1 coins in legitimate circulation left to the devices of the Bank of England and successive governments for a couple of decades.

Nationwide winning current account war. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/23/nationwide-winning-the-current-account-war/

Twitter tightens security after spate of hacking. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22634176#

A bad day for EU tax cheats. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/a-bad-day-for-tax-cheats-eu-to-crack-down-on-those-seeking-to-escape-heavy-bills-8627960.html £1 trillion of extra revenue is being bandied about, which will go a long way towards the supply of grants, subsidies, tax breaks and political suppositories for the next wave of corporate tax cheats. All to be tacitly condoned by bent governments from around the world on the basis that the alternative would be Big Corp sodding off elsewhere with the accompanying loss of thousands of jobs. With unemployment figures rising nonetheless, we can all see that that is clearly true!

In the meantime, 'carrot-IQ' 'fuckin' plebs' will continue to use the products of services of tax-cheating Big Corp, regardless. Because they've seen it on telly; or some glossy magazine for artificially-created non-entities; to be like their 'mates' - inevitably unemployed or bankrupt or both. It's just a matter of time and the equation will always remain the same; Big Corp gets richer; plebs get poorer.

The Retail Ready People Project. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/05/22/the-retail-ready-people-project-means-the-future-of-the-high-street-is-in-your-hands/

Just how good is 4G mobile? Early (advertorial) reactions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/technology/4g-mobile/10002014/superfast-services-reviewed.html?WT.mc_id=605585&source=TrafficDriver

PoundCafe draws in cash-strapped punters. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/22/poundcafe-draws-in-cash-strapped-punters/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D181319 Could be an interesting development for supper clubs, pop-up restaurants or dining rooms to take up. A bit of an insight here for you: http://www.theukcuriosityblog.com/catalogue/events/five-of-the-best-underground-restaurants-and-pop-up-dining-rooms The best dining experience currently doing the rounds, in my view. Beats Michelin-starred eating out any time, with interesting, non-ponce fellow diners to rub shoulders with in addition to some impressively high standards of cuisine.

Special Offer: RAC Breakdown Cover just £29.99 a year. http://www.rac.co.uk/breakdown-cover/uk-breakdown/?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=content

22.05.2013: Independent shops gaining appeal. http://www.talkingretail.com/news/industry-news/one-in-three-call-for-more-independent-stores-on-uk-high-streets A third of consumers would welcome more boutiques and independent shops on their local high street, while only one in five would like to see a greater number of pop-up stores, according to research by Udozi. The research also found that shoppers buy from independent stores to support local traders, to widen their choice of products and to avoid buying mass-produced items. However, 60% of respondents said independent shops were too expensive, while 10% were put off by their lack of mobile and online presence. (EnterpriseQuest)

Ofcom calls for more consistent broadband provision. http://www.microscope.co.uk/news/2240184328/Ofcom-stresses-importance-of-decent-broadband More consistent broadband provision is needed in the UK to help business increase efficiency, develop new services and reach new markets, according to a new Ofcom report. The report found there is considerable regional variation in the provision of fixed and mobile broadband services, and many rural areas have limited or no Internet access. Ofcom has also pledged to support the introduction of mobile broadband coverage and 4G services, as well as helping the Government roll out superfast broadband services throughout the UK.

And: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/markets-infrastructure/economic-geography.pdf
(EnterpriseQuest)

Yet just a few weeks ago Ofcom were saying that the UK had the best broadband in Europe.

MPs issue damning verdict on HMRC aiding and abetting tax fraud and evasion. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/may/22/mps-report-hmrc-fraud-error Really. So what are our MPs and governments going to do about it? After all these years.

20 Ways Of Staying Poor. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/21/do-these-20-things-and-youll-always-be-poor/

Quality of UK beaches deteriorates. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/21/quality-uk-beaches-wet-weather We really shouldn't expect our utilities to do what they are being paid for, should we now? Another Thatcher-era maul-up of snout-in-trough corporate feeding at the expense of the public and small businesses.

Guidelines for NOT choosing a particular accountant. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/i-have-right-of-way-he-doesnt-even-pay-road-tax--driver-in-bloodycylists-storm-puts-her-job-at-risk-8625947.html

1. Doesn't know which taxes pay for what.
2. Can't drive safely or responsibly; tendency to inflict GBH on potential clients.
3. Has Twatter account.
4. Has propensity for twattering indiscreetly and thus can't be trusted in matters of client confidentiality.
5. Socially challenged; carrot-level IQ.

21.05.2013: Businesses 'do not understand EU data protection reforms'. http://www.ico.org.uk/news/latest_news/2013/report-highlights-uncertainty-on-cost-of-eu-data-protection-reform-14052013 Four in ten business owners do not fully understand the proposed reforms to EU data protection rules, a survey by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed. The majority of firms were also unable to estimate the likely cost to their business of the draft proposals. Certain sectors, such as health and social services, in particular, lacked awareness about the plans. Information Commissioner Christopher Graham urged the European Commission to improve communication with firms about the reforms, but added "businesses and other stakeholders need to constructively engage with the debate about burdens and the importance of privacy rights, while the process can still be influenced." (EnterpriseQuest)

Construction industry suffering from skills shortages. http://www.ciob.org.uk/news/skills-shortages-still-concern-faltering-construction-industry The construction industry is suffering from skills shortages, according to 82% of respondents who took part in the 2013 Skills Audit from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The scarcity of quality training and insufficient investment from Government and industry were cited as the causes for the shortage. The report suggests that the industry is not equipped with the skills needed to carry out initiatives such as the Green Deal, with 66% of respondents expressing a need for green-focused training. (EnterpriseQuest)

Staycationing back in vogue? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10069060/Staycation-back-in-vogue-claims-hotel-chain.html Vogue? Or necessity? Good news for home businesses, though.

Foreign comedians stand up for the UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22462171. Responding to the talent shortage created by UK politicians permanently standing up for the US. Which now looks as if it might even be buying our Queen's and the public's Royal Mail. Now there's a surprise. I wonder if it will be to a manufacturer of weapons of mass destruction again?

20.05.2013: British business to The Independent: Why we need to stay in the EU. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/british-business-we-need-to-stay-in-the-eu--or-risk-losing-up-to-92bn-a-year-8622925.html

Yes, but is this on the agenda for the country's 'swivel-eyed loons', public-school fags, 'carrot-IQ' tabloid aficionados and hoodies?

Tax credit scam email warning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22594283#

Empty shops hitting record high. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/20/record-number-of-empty-shops

How do I stop Gmail from updating? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10064872/How-do-I-stop-Gmail-from-updating.html

Britain on a budget: fifty things to do for free (or on the cheap.) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/familyholidays/10065710/Britain-on-a-budget-50-cheap-thrills.html

Writing a 10 Step Small Business Marketing Plan (article): http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketplansample/ss/small-business-marketing-plan.htm

19.05.2013: Broadband contracts must be clearer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/10065011/Analysis-Broadband-contracts-must-be-clearer.html

M & S customer fears over contactless payments. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10066187/Marks-and-Spencer-customer-fears-over-contactless-payments.html

Mary Portas accused of 'fabricating scenes' in seaside showdown. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/400695/Mary-Portas-accused-of-staging-scenes-in-seaside-showdown Never! I don't believe it. (Who's Mary Portas?)

Chinese tourists must be more polite abroad, says Government official. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2326539/Chinese-tourists-told-polite-Communist-Party-official-says-harming-countrys-image-abroad.html Spitting and talking loudly are a problem apparently and harming the country's image.

He's obviously not seen the English abroad, then. And that's just our public school-educated politicians.

Social marketing cheat sheets. (Downloads) http://pages2.marketo.com/social-marketing-cheat-sheet-series-about-online-may-2013.html?source=Email%20Sponsored&comment=about-online-business-emailsponsored-may2013&_kk=&offer=Social%20Marketing%20Cheat%20Sheet%20Series

18.05.2013: Ofcom clampdown on nuisance calls. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/17/ofcom-clampdown-on-nuisance-calls/

Ofcom planning simpler phone numbers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22540999#

The best and worst shops on the High Street. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/17/the-best-and-worst-shops-on-the-high-street/

Shoppers will spend £11 billion a year more in local, convenience stores by 2018. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12220 Does that mean we didn't need the Mary Portas (who she?) roadshow after all? Or Peter Jones (who he?) 'saving the High Street' with the administrative re-opening of 3 existing Jessops stores?

Government official, premium rate phone line scam. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2326208/Telephone-tax-governments-premium-rate-phone-lines-ripping-millions.html Nothing really new. The banks need every penny donation they can get their hands on.

NatWest and RBS most expensive for foreign cash withdrawals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/17/natwest-and-rbs-most-expensive-for-foreign-cash-withdrawals/

Online, second-hand book business success story. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/bookbarn-international-how-a-barn-full-of-old-books-became-a-web-wonder-8621915.html

Email marketing 101 (articles). http://sbinformation.about.com/b/2013/04/25/email-marketing-101.htm?nl=1

Is French elitism holding the country back? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/liberte-inegalite-fraternite-is-french-elitism-holding-the-country-back-8621650.html Talk about stating the obvious. The UK is worse still.

Unfortunately, it is a particularly French problem that despite having murdered all its nobility and replaced it with selective republicanism, as individuals, the majority of the French are the biggest class snobs in the world and even greater fans of our Queen than the Brits themselves. Unfortunately, the constitution won't allow them to have an admirable national figurehead and consequently, they have to settle for 'swivel-eyed loons' singing (well, trying to sing; like 'work', singing is something else the French don't know how to do) the worst-sounding national anthem in the world and blaming the Germans for not having given them another sub for continuing to live as total wasters.

Unfortunately, just as with the UK, expecting a sea-change would be like expecting the farm's fattest pigs to vote for The Populist Sausages and Bacon Party. So as always, it's the workers, the small, local businesses which have to continue to struggle.

One-in-three lack financial plans. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/18/one-in-three-lack-future-financial-plans/ Now there's a coincidence. Just as we were saying. (Apart from 'swivel-eyed loons', of course. They've always got plenty of plans. For our money.)

'Scottish nationalists are fascist scum', rants English Fascist leader. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2326042/Nigel-Farage-ends-BBC-interview-calling-Scottish-nationalists-fascist-scum.html Can't say I've noticed but then again, I don't believe what I read in English fascist tabloids, either. On the other hand, this 'swivel-eyed, loony' outburst will be a real boost for Scottish tourism. Beautiful country. Great people. Official site here: http://www.visitscotland.com/

17.05.2013: EN Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2013 - nominations now open. http://awards.enforbusiness.com/nominations

Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/17/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

The end of free bank accounts? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/17/is-this-the-end-of-free-bank-accounts/ There's nothing like an EU consumer benefit proposal to provoke British criminal usurers into throwing their toys out of the pram. Perhaps another word in Dave Gofer's ear for some more political spoiling tactics?

Flood insurance arrangements to last longer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/16/flood-insurance-deal-to-last-longer/

Leaving Europe would be bad for British business. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/17/business-better-off-staying-in-europe And Business warning over EU exit. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/may/17/cbi-john-cridland-european-union-exit Unfortunately, the mindsets of public school-educated political fags don't do 'British' business. Only American.

'Point finger at Government also on tax avoidance', says panellist. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/400198/Question-Time-Point-finger-at-Government-also-for-tax-avoidance-says-panelist The casual buyer of an English tabloid might be forgiven for thinking that this remark is offered as something of a revelation. In fact, far from it. It's just that common knowledge isn't really a saleable commodity for propaganda and porn peddlers. And so, back to tax evasion by the UK's media moguls . .

France threatening to take Euro crisis to a higher plane. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10061805/Car-burnings-rise-as-France-threatens-to-take-euro-crisis-to-higher-plane-says-hedge-fund-boss-Michael-Hintze.html As we warned last year. Not that the country's socialists are bothered. They're on holiday at the moment. For the next ten weeks.

Low cost British bubbly beats expensive champagne to win international competition. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325392/Champagne-costing-135-beaten-international-award-BRITISH-bubbly-priced-20.html This is not news any longer; the reputation of English sparkling wines has become well established over the past few years. A fact which does seem lost though, on the media's foodie experts, celebrity chefs and columnists. Not that that's going to change the buying habits of the Brits, either. Buy Foreign. Hang Up a St George's Cross flag. Equals English patriotism.

London Weekend, May 17th - 19th. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/05/17/something-for-the-weekend-in-london-may-17-19/

16.05.2013: Official release: Winners of 'Best Councils To Do Business With' Awards. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/best-councils-to-do-business-with-awards

1 million British families struggling with home costs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/16/1m-families-struggle-with-home-cost/ This will be based on 'The Apprentice, Business Failure Model' no doubt. Spend first. Babble, blame and analyse afterwards. Then, sack the poor buggers who were told to spend instead of the dickhead who ordered them to do it.

Fuel poverty gap widens. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22552112# Anyone out there started a home business after having been reassured by the media's home business 'experts' that it's 'cheaper' to run a business from home? Without taking rising and additional energy costs into account? (Let alone a few dozen other factors.)

CNET Community: Can you imagine the world without a cellphone? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=05/14/2013 I certainly can. And without the internet. And without a telly. As is the case with a goodly majority of the world's population. In fact, I seem to remember that running a business and a home was generally a much more rewarding experience until these gadgets came along.

Bitcoin basics. Getting started. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/a/Bitcoin-Basics-Getting-Started.htm?nl=1

Amazon facing further tax questions. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/may/15/amazon-tax-bill-new-questions This is just the latest installment in the shaggy dog story of corporate tax evaders being brought to book. It ain't gonna happen. End of.

MPs to challenge Google tax reporting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22551401# Good to see our lickspittle MPs are as responsive to media reporting as always; corporate tax evasion having been aided and abetted by them - our duly elected lawmakers - for the past few decades.

'Austerity kills'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/15/recessions-hurt-but-austerity-kills Just over 60 years ago, post-war 'austerity' was considered to be forming nations with backbones although the objective was to restore national economies and not to continue to milk billions of dumb plebs for corporate profit.

I find the reference to difficulties in the US particularly poignant after recent comments by Lord Young, the Government's 'enterprise czar', who suggested that if the UK managed its entrepreneurs in the same way as the States, there would be another 1 million businesses in existence in the UK. He forgot to add the word 'bankrupt'. Still. Lord Young's future appearance in The Apprentice (sort of a Scrapheap Challenge for babblers wearing suits) seems assured.

Trending: hand-drawn maps. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/may/15/hand-drawn-map-cartography-new-york

Inventor/entrepreneur invents flat-pack truck for developing world. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/features/sir-torquil-norman-has-designed-a-flatpack-ox-truck-for-the-developing-world-8617814.html This looks as if David Cameron might be able to enjoy a little one-upmanship over Francois Hollande by presenting some mechanical kit to a starving, bombed-out African farmer rather than a mere camel. In addition, starving Africans can't eat mechanical beasts to give themselves the energy for the long trek to the UK as illegal immigrants. However, a special dispensation will be granted to Lord Young's mates (aka members of the CBI) to continue to recruit from a cheap labour pool. Consequently, another million to choose from who have learnt to drive a single flat-pack offroad vehicle will clearly provide this country with the specialised skills it needs for the wellbeing of its corporate, economic future.

Buycott app giving consumers an ethical choice. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-app-reviews/10059173/Ethical-app-gives-users-the-choice-to-Buycott.html Well. All those consumers who can afford a dummyphone, that is; made with exploited labour and precious earth resources. Or Conservative-voting hoody granny-killers, who have simply mugged someone for theirs.

'The scammer who promised I could make money from dog poo'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/16/the-scammer-who-promised-i-could-make-money-from-dog-poo/ Forrest Gump, was he called?

15.05.2013: Phone scam targetting the unemployed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22529382#

Health and safety exemptions for the self employed condemned. http://www.workplacelaw.net/health-and-safety/news/47301/iosh-voices-concern-over-deregulation-bill The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has expressed concern following proposals to exempt self-employed people in low-risk sectors who do not employ anyone from health and safety rules. Richard Jones of the IOSH said the move, which was announced in the Queen’s speech last week, was "short sighted and misleading" and implied that health and safety requirements are unnecessary or dispensable for certain groups. "There is also a case to suggest that exemption will discourage self-employed businesses from expanding and taking on staff," he added. (EnterpriseQuest)

Three ways to get an interest-free loan. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/14/three-ways-to-get-an-interest-free-loan/

Get paid £100 to switch banks. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/14/get-paid-100-to-switch-banks/

Catering sector growth hindered by bureaucracy. http://www.foodbev.com/news/red-tape-is-bigger-risk-than-cash-flow-f A reduction in bureaucracy, regulations and the introduction of simpler tax systems were identified as key changes that would boost the growth prospects of smaller businesses in the catering sector, according to a survey by E.ON UK. Smaller catering firms said overregulation and excessive bureaucracy were greater issues for their business than access to finance, and were urging the Government to address these issues.

The Government's blitz on 'red tape' would this be?

Recession the best time to start a business. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/399348/Recession-is-the-best-time-to-start-a-new-business More bullshit per square inch than I've seen for many a year.

UK plunges down well-being league. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/14/uk-drops-down-economic-wellbeing-league That's one way of slowing down immigration.

Britain urged to allow more non-EU foreign fruit pickers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/britain-urged-to-allow-more-noneu-foreign-fruit-pickers-8616324.html Unemployed or not; skint or not, the sight of Brits or some local youngsters fruit-picking are long gone. Textin', watching telly and playing video games seem to be more important.

14.05.2013: New report makes recommendations for micro-business growth. http://www.cobwebinfo.com/new-report-makes-recommendations-for-micro-business-growth/ In a new report "Growing your Business: A report on Growing Micro Businesses" Lord Young, special adviser on small business and enterprise, has made a number of recommendations for the Government to encourage micro-business growth. The recommendations that have been accepted by the Government include removing the age limit for the Start-up Loans scheme from Summer 2013 and introducing a new ‘Supporting Small Business Charter’ to encourage business schools to play a greater role in growing the local economy and supporting local business.

To comment on the article go to: http://www.cobwebinfo.com/new-report-makes-recommendations-for-micro-business-growth/#comments
(EnterpriseQuest)

Start-Up Loans criticised for over-aggressive pitching to students. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10051739/Start-up-loans-rapped-for-pitches-to-students.html Start-Up Loan delivery partners and student ambassadors have been criticised by Enterprise Educators UK for over-aggressively promoting loan finance to students. Enterprise Educators, the organisation representing 98 universities that teach and promote entrepreneurship, has complained to the Start-Up Loans Company that some of the delivery partners have promoted and agreed loans with some students that they would not have endorsed. They have also complained that existing support schemes for students have been "circumnavigated and disregarded" by certain delivery partners. (EnterpriseQuest)

Are Government start-up loans the new PPI, we ask?

Banks should 'revert to tradition'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/14/banks-should-revert-to-tradition/ What's that, then? Traditional thieving and usury? And 'Call to rebuild reputation of banks'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/14/call-to-rebuild-reputation-of-banks/ It seems our banker luvvies aren't happy with all the banker-bashing that's been going on. It's stopping bright young things from choosing banking as a job. Pushing drugs is a more socially acceptable career path, thus leaving just public school fags to recruit from. Them - with ideas above their station in life - what's got the world into its mess in the first place.

Dragons' Den Bannatyne is £122 million in debt. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2324102/RICHARD-KAY-Dragons-Den-Bannatyne-122million-debt.html Perfect. The Government will be making him the new frontman for their business start-up loan scheme without further delay.

'We're on the road to recovery at last', say UK's bosses. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/399204/We-re-on-road-to-recovery-at-last-say-UK-s-bosses Well, the CBI, actually. Or around 5% of the UK's bosses. You don't hear what the rest might be thinking because the UK's media can't be arsed to find out. Easier to copy and paste a press release and post links to bogus forums, Facebook and Twatter.

France set to introduce 1% internet tax. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323894/France-set-introduce-1-internet-tax-smartphones-tablets-raise-millions-digital-development.html Another predictable move and a tax that's on its way worldwide now that dummies everywhere have become addicted to their bits of plastic. It'll be a race next to see which government can stick on the most tax. Based on its fuel taxes record, Britain's favourite for gold.

Where are the UK's richest small towns? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/14/where-are-the-uk-s-richest-small-towns/ And the worst payers, probably.

13.05.2013: Boost for inbound tourism announced. http://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Business/Culture-Secretary-outlines-strategy-to-grow-UK-tourism-by-29 A new strategy to increase tourism to the UK has been outlined by Culture Secretary Maria Miller. The strategy, which would be partly delivered via a partnership between the Government and VisitBritain's GREAT marketing campaign, is aimed at attracting 40 million overseas visitors, creating an additional 200,000 jobs and generating income of over £31 billion by 2020. Ms Miller said the strategy would increase Government engagement with the travel sector, build on an already-improved international image and identify ways to make it easier to travel to the UK. (EnterpriseQuest)

There are plenty of 'overnight' ways of making it easier for bona fide visitors to travel to and spend their money the UK. Just as there are plenty of ways for illegal immigration to be controlled rapidly and efficiently. Unfortunately, there is one, major impediment to all of this: it's called Theresa May and her band of advisers. Then again, impeding the economic performance of this country is a political mainstay of the present Government.

Interpreter's low fees halt a murder trial. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/399024/Interpreter-s-low-pay-halts-a-trial Now this is what Ms May and her scrotes are good at. Incompetence. Plus, providing hate-preaching tabloids with five-year-old copy.

Start-up loans scheme age cap should go, says Government. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22499910# A totally predictable development. As people generally have started to become more financially aware, more independent and loan-free, a government adviser who is also a big fan of illegal immigration to keep down wages for uncompetitive British businesses, has suggested boosting the flop which was an official, taxpayer-funded loan scheme for youngsters to start a business, by removing the original age cap.

This will be good news for taxpayer-funded banks who haven't been lending to businesses as they should; and who have also been taking a hammering from payday loan companies in recent years. It will keep Britain's 'fuckin' plebs' accustomed to modern political and economic values of debt-for-life. AND there might be enough take-up from a few thousand no-hopers and Bob Hopers who haven't got the nouse to raise a couple of grand of working capital yet can be taken off the dole statistics AND be sold through the country's tabloid propaganda as the Dragons of tomorrow.

Quadruple whammy. Gongs all round, chaps. Arf, arf.

New Post Office current account for low-income customers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/13/current-account-targets-low-earners/ Like home-business start-ups relying on a Government start-up loan, support and advice.

Energy mis-selling, 'not as bad as the banks', claims chief executive. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10052564/SSE-mis-selling-not-as-bad-as-banks-chief-executive-Ian-Marchant-claims.html And another gong for this man. He clearly has a modern, well-orientated moral compass.

Quitting the EU won't solve Britain's economic problems, says Boris Johnson. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10052646/Quitting-the-EU-wont-solve-our-problems-says-Boris-Johnson.html All too true. The other big problem is that although straw polls in the media suggest the public want to get out, 95% of the country doesn't even know what getting out would entail. The only information they have at their disposal has come from Peppa Pig - and the media. Not noted for its honesty, courage, accuracy or motives. (And I don't mean Peppa Pig.)

Services driving UK growth. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/399135/Services-driving-UK-growth We're just about to emerge from the global crisis smelling of shit 'n roses, then?

12.05.2013: Post Offices facing mass closures due to falling income. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22494919# On that basis, will we be seeing the closure of Parliament and the mass sackings of MPs? Also, Royal Mail could be sold to a foreign buyer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/11/royal-mail-sold-foreign-buyer

Buying a euro property bargain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10047369/Time-to-buy-a-euro-property-bargain.html A little more expansive and thorough than most articles in the press on the subject but the bottom line is clear. Tread very carefully. A lot of the problems associated with the fall-out from booming European housing markets of ten years ago was dumb Brits moving in like flocks of sheep, then having to abandon their properties as the value of sterling continued to slide against the euro and they found themselves without work or sufficient income.

Trending: sales of D.I.Y. dental kits. http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/399032/Sales-of-DIY-dental-kits-soar-as-patients-cannot-afford-fees Ah, yes, I remember those days of my youth well. When my father insisted I pulled one of his teeth because he didn't like the dentist. Something about having just escaped the gas chambers of the Second World War he wasn't about to go off now to get gassed voluntarily. Anyway. Barely had the rusty albeit well-oiled pliers touched the tooth enamel, he was screaming blue murder and I had to literally run for my life. Even after he had calmed down he was complaining for days afterwards about the taste of SAE 40 in his mouth.

Back to today and I would imagine demonstrating a D.I.Y. dental kit on your market stall to passers-by would cause a lot of interest. (He said. Tongue-in-cheek.)

11.05.2013: Official release: How to grow your business: live webchat with Lord Young. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/how-to-grow-your-business-live-webchat-with-lord-young Monday, 13th May.

Rising European petrol cost alert. http://money-news.money.aol.co.uk/article/2013/05/10/rising_european_petrol_cost_alert

New grant scheme to boost childcare sector. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2-million-grant-scheme-to-boost-childcare-opens-its-doors A £2 million grant scheme has been launched by the Government to help launch up to 6,000 new childcare businesses. From 1st May 2013, people aiming to set up a childcare business can apply for a grant to help cover the costs of training, liability insurance, mandatory safety checks, equipment and premises. Grants of £250 are available for individual childminders and £500 for larger childcare providers such as nurseries. (EnterpriseQuest)

Latest construction sector data suggests UK avoided double-dip recession last year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22484394# Yet just last week, there was talk of avoiding - or maybe not - a triple dip recession. Just goes to show. You can't believe anything you read in 'the papers' these days. As for the construction sector, all the news we have seen the past few months is that it continues to slump . . .

Economy 'debate' counter-productive claims ONS Chief Economist. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22491610# As we were saying . . . Although our ONS friends really shouldn't confuse a 'public debate' with a few column-inches by eight tabloid scrotes and some Magic Roundabout discussions by four telly 'experts' all without proper jobs. Who between them wouldn't be able to predict a 'bump' even if a pallet of bricks fell on their heads.

Employer opinions sought to improve apprenticeships. http://www.talkingretail.com/news/industry-news/skillsmart-retail-uk-and-the-national-skills-academy-for-retail-request-employer-feedback-on-apprenticeship-content-and-delivery Skillsmart Retail UK and the National Skills Academy for Retail (NSAR) are encouraging employers to provide their views in a consultation on current apprenticeship content and delivery. The consultation event, which takes place in London on 17th May, will seek employer feedback to gain insight into how apprenticeships can be better developed to meet employer needs. Cara Taylor of Skillsmart Retail UK said: "The proposed changes are likely to have a significant impact on retail apprenticeships". (EnterpriseQuest) Does this mean that Messrs Jones and Portas are no longer 'advisory' flavour of the day?

How to boost your chances of a shop refund. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/jessicainvestigates/10048490/How-to-boost-your-chances-of-a-shop-refund.html

Mother turns 9p meals into a publishing success story. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-single-mother-who-turned-9p-meals-into-a-publishing-deal-with-a-girl-called-jack-blog-8611806.html Good for her! A proper home business success story for a change.

Europe-wide investigation into so-called horsemeat scandal, stalls. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/10/horsemeat-scandal-fear-culprits-justice Anyone surprised? OK, let's move on then. Got all that life-deforming GM food to be eating, instead.

Sports doping guru threatens to spill beans to the media. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/may/10/spanish-doping-doctor-reveal-sports Interesting scenario; offering to disclose all in the very medium which has been equally responsible for all the cover-ups in the first place. A lot of sportspeople claiming to be 'clean' have been keeping their fingers crossed that these dealings will come to a head and precipitate a Grand Opening Of The Can Of Worms From Around The World. But Fuentes is a marked man at the moment; as are another half-dozen or so doping specialists. Will we see a result? Or will a consortium of bent sporting interests come up with a more 'interesting' proposition than a single newspaper offering to buy this story?

Spain is officially insolvent; get your money out while you can. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jeremywarner/100024476/spain-is-officially-insolvent-get-your-money-out-while-you-still-can/ And stash it all in an offshore tax haven like this newspaper's owners? Or any other serious suggestions for millions of plebs and expat types who moved to Spain?

Foreign buyers easing UK's housing crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/constructionandproperty/10050205/Foreign-home-buyers-easing-housing-crisis.html Over half of London's house sales are now to 'furreners', apparently. So send 'em all back. Millions of illegal immigrants arriving by the back door, sponging off the country's benefits system and stealing our jobs. Or will we see our Government and UK Fascist parties telling home owners not to sell their properties to furreners? Just as landlords have now become responsible for doing the jobs of Government Ministers, policy advisers, immigration and border controls and the police?

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10.05.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/10/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

5 places where you can get an overdraft for free. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/10/five-places-where-you-can-get-an-overdraft-for-free/

Informed Executive magazine: Is Your Home Or Business At Risk Of Flooding? http://iexdistribution.com/ex/display.php?M=3208432&C=fcbaa9634e276b0ff0eb7ba3f543f825&S=38&L=31&N=12

Deadline looms for £1 home sales. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/10/deadline-nears-for-1-home-sales/

Government policies driving workers abroad. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/10/policies-driving-workers-abroad/ We've been saying this for the past couple of years. However, it is much more profitable for politicians and the media to blame immigration rather than emigration for the country's woes thus avoiding the effort it takes to reach and maintain a realistic balance: let alone a significant reduction in the highly lucrative bombing and exploitation of defenceless countries which leads to today's massive economic migration issues. On the other hand, once the country's native grafters, businesses, brains and money have buggered off, unlike the quick deportation of an illegal immigrant, it takes years maybe even generations to get them back.

Pay monthly e-commerce websites from £29.95 + VAT. http://www.shopwired.co.uk/

Stop The Sales Pitch survey. http://sg7.biz/mailer/surveys.php?id=4 For those of you who attended a supposedly educational 'seminar'.

09.05.2013: Slight rise in home repossessions by lenders. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22463600#

Rising fuel costs identified as main obstacle to growth by 32% of small businesses. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/rising-fuel-costs-%E2%80%9Cbarrier-growth%E2%80%9D-many-businesses-20139755

£40 million loan fund launched for London SMEs. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/%C2%A340m-fund-launched-smes-london-20139761

Bank accounts will be open to all in EU. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22436311#

Offshore gambling sites targetted to provide greater consumer protection. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/08/offshore-gambling-sites-targeted/

10 best PC monitors. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/the-10-best-pc-monitors-8608351.html

Italy's ten biggest holiday rip-offs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10043205/Italys-10-biggest-holiday-rip-offs.html All brought about by the highly-publicised £54 some Brits were charged for four ice creams in Rome. As usual though, it's the following posts which are much more informative than the list itself. I've never found Italy taking particular advantage of tourists; London is much worse, in my view. But the bottom line is, tourist traps can be found everywhere there are tourists. Common sense alone should tell you that; and to keep your cash in your pocket. Although for modern plebs, I guess there should be a dummyphone app for that, instead.

British dummyphone users paying for just one out of ten apps. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/10044079/British-smartphone-users-paying-for-just-one-in-10-apps.html Ah. Perhaps that's the problem. Another old-fashioned concept like 'common sense'. 'You get what you pay for'.

EC grants Stornoway black pudding protected status. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/08/black-pudding-given-protected-status/ Out-Frenching the French, eh? Way to go.

'Getting Appointments Over The Phone' courses. http://www.mlptraining.co.uk/course/6/Getting_Appointments_Over_The_Phone?utm_source=Merrehill&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8123gettapp

08.05.2013: Views sought on new Growth Voucher programme. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/businesses-urged-to-submit-
outline-proposals-to-deliver-the-growth-vouchers-programme
Potential suppliers of the new £30 million Growth Voucher programme announced in the 2013 Budget have been asked to submit ideas on how the scheme should be delivered. The programme will provide vouchers to small and micro-businesses to help them access external advice to help them grow. The Department for Business (BIS) and the Cabinet Office have requested that individual businesses, consortia and partnerships of two or more organisations interested in delivering the programme, submit outline proposals before 29th May.

Britain falling behind in global, economic race. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/08/uk-falling-behind-economic-rivals/ There must be a lesson here for other countries which are also tempted to encourage illegal immigration, terrorism, murder, slavery, theft, fraud, extortion, protectionism, racketeering all for a couple of hundred years then, instead of putting away their ill-gotten gains wisely, piss it all up the wall on whisky, heroin and gambling. Exactly the same could be said of France and Spain; and the US of A is hellbent on following suit. But what goes around, comes around. (Econ., LSD)

Santander voted worst bank in Britain. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/08/which-bank-was-voted-the-worst-in-britain/

Complaints soar about 'new timeshares'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10042371/Complaints-soar-about-new-timeshares.html

£18.95 'lordship titles' ad banned. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/08/18-95-lordship-title-ads-banned/ Spoilsports. They'll be banning ex-public school fags from calling themselves 'Ministers', next.

Young adults failing to cut ties with home, says new Co-operative report. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/12088

Promote Poland infographic. http://world-or-poland.com/

Latest events diary from HBA Life Member, Martin Gover and Craig Y Nos Castle. https://twitter.com/craigynoscastle

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07.05.2013: Online sales tax proposal approved by US Senate. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22426764# This will obviously make a major impact on Britain's High Street too, as well as the future prospects of online businesses in general and I am - yet not - surprised to see that these proposals have taken so long to get to this stage. Clearly, American bricks 'n mortar businesses haven't heard of Mary Portas and British micro-celebrity TV series. Our politicians, their fake gurus and advisers on the other hand, will be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of apeing the Yanks again, seeing new potential for milking the common taxpayer still further. (Although British tax laws will ensure that internet's Big Corps will continue to pay little or no tax as usual.)

Millions using loans and savings to pay for groceries. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/07/millions-use-savings-for-groceries/ Perfect. Just what the bankers' political fags in government ordered. The Fat Few have made a killing from stuffing millions of plebs into battery housing without gardens or allotments; or garages; or sheds. Lent them £ billions and £ trillions to do it. They don't even own their own dummyphone, the big telly, three second-hand cars; just a lifetime of debt. No income nor any modest 'homely' means of generating any money, though; nor of saving some money. It's all been sold as 'progress'. Of being modern. And the plebs are loving it. They'll all be voting for the Party With Another Colour Tie soon, to serve up even more of the same.

Of course, you could always try breaking free and start your own business; become self-employed. And this Government has even got a loan to help you do that too!

Credit unions plan for more members. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22432888#

Crown Post Office staff go on strike today. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22429907#

The true cost of help at home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10036481/The-true-cost-of-help-at-home.html

Banks are 'financially raping' small businesses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320513/Banks-financially-raping-small-firms-failure-lend-says-Cables-business-adviser.html 'Screwing' is the word which is normally used. Or status quo. Although to qualify as a government adviser these days, it suffices to state the obvious with just one or two slight metaphorical adjustments.

06.05.2013: UK business confidence is improving. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22423167#

Lending to small firms has started to pick up. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/397336/Loans-at-last-to-small-firms Now, just a five-year log jam to clear.

New protection laws for online shoppers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320038/Online-shoppers-protection-faulty-goods-services-laws-finally-catch-following-advances-technology.html

Comparison websites merely directing consumers to suppliers which pay a fee. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319828/Comparison-websites-accused-letting-families-direct-users-firms-pay-fee.html Never!!!

Rise of buy-to-let 'grandlords'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10036709/Rise-of-buy-to-let-grandlords-as-pensioners-seek-extra-cash.html

DIY spending falls for fifth year in a row. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320046/Home-DIY-spending-takes-hammering-Spending-improvements-falls-fifth-year-row.html

Britain's rural post boxes to be given protected from next month. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/397363/A-red-letter-day-for-our-rural-post-boxes On the other hand, there won't be any postmen left to undertake collections and delivery.

France's First Lady costing just one third of her predecessor. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320043/First-lady-cost-Carla-Hollandes-girlfriend-costs-French-taxpayers-36-000-month-Sarkozys-wife.html That will make a big difference to a country which is bankrupt yet has just started its annual, three month summer holiday nonetheless. Plus, these figures do come from a government which has major problems with its sums but a very long record of blaming everyone else for its own incompetence.

Or, one could take the view that this is just the latest PR exercise designed to impress 5 million socialist intellectuals who, after 20 years of superior education, don't even know how to use a telephone or understand the word 'work'. The latest addition to previous propaganda 'triumphs' such as elitist politicians being filmed mixing with peasants on trains; and offering a camel to a starving African farmer. (Instead of the more customary Socialist gift of a Renault Fellatio complete with a full Executive Paranoia and Conspiracy Pack.)

What puzzles me though, is why should a First Lady who is also an ardent, committed, socialist media type on an astronomical salary, needs to cost the French taxpayer anything at all?

05.05.2013: Shops must change to beat the internet, claims Minister. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/04/shops-must-change-to-beat-internet/ But first, so must central and local government's attitude to shops. It's going to take more than a new TV series featuring some unknown micro-personality to change the spending behaviour of the country's 'pleb' shoppers.

10 favourite antiques fairs and vintage markets. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/may/03/england-vintage-markets-antiques-fairs

Peer-to-peer lending company passes milestone. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/397194/Peer-to-peer-lending-firm-passes-key-milestone

UK's internet success contradicts general economic gloom. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/jeremy-warner/10036847/The-UK-internet-boom-that-blows-apart-economic-gloom.html Still waiting to realise all those expert predictions of twenty years ago that the internet would be the future mainstay of the country's economy. As it is, all we've got so far is a snapped balsa-wood strut.

All telephone calls are recorded and accessible to US government. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston Not news. Just surprising the subject is getting a public airing.

04.05.2013: Official release: Making It Easier To Set Up And Grow A Business. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/making-it-easier-to-set-up-and-grow-a-business--6 The same cocktail of Impress-A-Tabloid-Hack, Mickey Mouse solutions, despite the blurb in this release which suggests that business start-ups are failing faster than they are being set up. It's always been a difficult juggling act but by now, any government with the country's MAJORITY business interests at heart would have started looking for some working ideas. Not this time, though.

17 Great Business Ideas For 2013. http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/1646-great-business-ideas-2012.html

Scams Awareness Month: 27 common scams to avoid. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/may/02/27-common-scams-to-avoid

UK passengers pay more on Ryanair. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319142/Why-UK-passengers-pay-Ryanair-And-mans-victory-open-floodgates.html

Up to half of trains running late. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2319065/Up-HALF-trains-running-late-failing-meet-tough-Government-targets.html Yet another Thatcher vision of Snout In Trough Britain realising its objectives. Millions of ruined business meetings and working hours lost each year to keep The Fat Few Fatter. Mind you. There is one other country where the rail services are even worse. Book a train in France and take your chances on whether it arrives at all.

France to enter recession. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22395899# You wouldn't believe it though, looking at the waste and incompetence of the country's politicians and fonctionnaires. Still. Yet another of our predictions come home to roost.

Being negative and pessimistic helps get replies to emails. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2318887/Want-guarantee-reply-email-Make-sure-negative.html

Facebook could make you mentally ill. http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/396961/Social-networking-site-Facebook-can-make-you-mentally-ill-warns-study A fact which has long been evident; or is it a pre-requisite of joining Facebook?

03.05.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/03/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Cheap and free things to do this May Bank Holiday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/03/cheap-and-free-things-to-do-this-may-bank-holiday/

Insolvencies at new five-year low. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22397601#

Experts predict continued insolvency fall. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/03/experts-predict-insolvency-fall/ I supppose this is because economic conditions are so tough that no-one can afford to declare themselves insolvent any longer.

Nuisance neighbours biggest deterrent to home buyers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/03/nuisance-neighbours-deter-buyers/ So. Are you and your 'home business' a nuisance? It bears thinking about. A lot. The more successful you become the more likely you will be to upgrade and to move yourselves. At that point, shifting your own property for a decent price might become a problem.

Electricity bills may have to rise a further 25%. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10030923/Electricity-bills-may-have-to-rise-by-25pc-to-stop-the-lights-going-out.html

Councils spending £1.1 million a month on translators and interpreters. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/396700/Councils-spend-43m-on-translators-and-interpreteurs-for-non-English-speaking-residents I hope local councils are making every effort to ensure this work is going to local, home-based translators and interpreters and not to some large US company. Like central government. Looks as if this tabloid could do with a translator, too. Not spotting the difference between an 'interpreter' and an 'interpreteur'.

Operacion Puerto: biggest cover-up in sporting history? http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/others/andy-murray-takes-to-twitter-to-attack-cyclings-fuentes-doping-case-biggest-cover-up-in-sports-history-why-would-court-order-blood-bags-to-be-destroyed-8598243.html?origin=internalSearch Scarcely a surprising result, bearing in mind the implications and consequences of the supposed investigation; a result which was very much 'to order' despite the pretentious squawkings of doping agencies, governing bodies and athletes who came from the non-cycling sports embroiled in the affair; offenders whose identities are common knowledge within the professional sporting world - all bar the signed confession.

Just like Armstrong and his team's Tour de France victories, for example. Never actually caught doping but the practice was always common knowledge and so, convicted nonetheless. When the time was right. Consequently, media posturing about the Spanish judicial decision to destroy blood bags is quite academic. For organisers and doping agencies genuinely wishing to combat doping in their own disciplines, there is The Armstrong Precedent. A 'reasoned decision' will suffice. Accompanied by an orchestrated media assassination campaign. But we won't be seeing any more of that, will we? Too much money at stake. Too much hypocrisy to snow over. Too many grubby, bent little officials, promoters, sponsors, politicians and hacks to consider. Let alone the sporting world's mafia.

As for professional, self-employed sportsfolk who are genuinely worried about flying shite sticking to their reputations and perhaps devaluing their future sponsorship and contractual potential, they could always adopt the practice of posting their blood values online. For closer scrutiny by sports medicine professionals and fellow-competitors. Rather than appealing to anonymous morons on media forums, the Twatterati and the criminal media.

02.05.2013: Email Marketing 101. http://sbinformation.about.com/b/2013/04/25/email-marketing-101.htm?nl=1

Customer Relationship Management, ILEC, London, 3rd July 2013. http://www.associationcongress.com/technology/index.asp?page=act2013&section=programme&element=stream2&utm_source
=Association+Resource&utm_campaign=c4f86b2a2fACT_Hybrid_and_Virtual_Events_30_April4_30_2013&utm_medium=
email&utm_term=0_5a4a276aed-c4f86b2a2f-158890

Easy access accounts disappearing. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/02/easy-access-accounts-disappearing/

Air travel rises by 5.9% worldwide. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22369230#

Could policing be sponsored by big business? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317803/Could-policing-sponsored-business-Crime-commissioner-considering-private-funding-force-help-cope-reduced-budget.html Yes, of course, as we have been warning for years. To be sponsored (owned) by American big business, leaving local small business issues as nothing more than profit and loss factors. The next step after that will be policing by US drones. It's all part of the UK's 'special relationship' with 'em across The Pond.

01.05.2013: Late tax return penalty to rise by £10 a day as from today. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/01/late-tax-return-bill-will-rise-10-a-day-from-today/

Official release: English business survey statistics February 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-business-survey-statistical-release-february-2013

Farmers facing bankruptcy after 18 months of bad weather and rising costs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/10028845/Farmers-will-go-to-the-wall-without-donations-warns-Prince-of-Wales.html

More scammers taking advantage of misfortune. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/01/scammers-cashing-in-on-misfortune/ The worse an economy becomes, the more commonplace scamming activity becomes, too. Whether it's officially licensed gambling or betting, or fake gurus and mentors offering lucrative business models, the bottom line is always the same. The punter is there to make the scammer, the promoter, money. It's invariably the sale of 'the plan', the 'system', the model which is the success story and NOT what it pretends to do - which is virtually academic. Then - apart from all the traditional tell-tale signs of a scam (this link will help: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features2.htm#7) - beware these days of anything which claims to, or has been endorsed by a micro-celebrity or TV personality. Once again, these people are no more expert in evaluating a good business/opportunity or scam than appearing in an ad for a payday loan company makes them a Chancellor of the Exchequer. (And yes, you can leave the jokes to me as well.)

Phoney job scam warning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22356062#

Most complained about ads 2012. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/30/revealed-the-most-complained-about-ads-of-2012/

Online and mobile banking: your rights when something goes wrong. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/30/online-and-mobile-banking-your-rights-when-something-goes-wrong/

3 things to loathe about Barclays PLC. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/30/3-things-to-loathe-about-barclays-plc/

Thousands to complain about lifetime tracker payments. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22353135#

Will I pay tax on my credit card cashback? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/10027264/Will-I-have-to-pay-tax-on-credit-card-cashback.html

France is Europe's problem child, says Germany. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10028824/Germany-accuses-France-of-being-Europes-biggest-problem-child.html Just as we warned a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, with nothing but a crop of blamemongers and C19th ersatz ideologists to lead the country, it faces the same grim future as its much less consequential neighbours from across the Channel, where the economic solution remains instead, the knockdown sale of taxpayers' assets to the Americans.

Furniture, Lifestyle & Design Exhibition, Excel London, 19th - 21st May 2013. http://www.interiorsldn.com/

CNET Community: does it make sense to buy a PC with a touch screen? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/30/2013

 

 

Now, a bit of advertising for you for a change . . .

Hello; I work for BroadbandDeals.co.uk. BroadbandDeals.co.uk is a broadband comparison website that offers a postcode checker tool and an independent advice line to help users find the best broadband deals in their local area.

I would be happy to put together a small amount of content to go on this page, or alternatively just a link to our website would be wonderful.

If you need any more information about us then do not hesitate to contact me, or if you have any suggestions then I would love to hear your feedback.

Many thanks, Anthony Pearce, Content Manager, BroadbandDeals.co.uk
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T: 01708 530 800

MAKING THE VERY BEST OF YOUR EXHIBITIONS. A new one day seminar on exhibition strategy being staged by the Society of Event Organisers (SEO) for those who use exhibitions in their marketing.

The first 2013 event takes place on Thursday August 29th 2013 at a London venue (TBA) and covers the strategy of choosing the right exhibition. the strategy of choosing the right stand position, the strategy of effective stand design at the right price and the strategy of on-stand promotions, stand management and choosing the best staff for the stand.

The fee for MAKING THE VERY BEST OF YOUR EXHIBITIONS, which it is expected that delegates attending will recoup many times over, is £115 per delegate, or £95 if two or more delegates attend from the same organisation. SEO members can attend for £85 (free sign-up at http://www.seoevent.co.uk) and there is no VAT to pay as the society has de-registered. The fee includes teas and coffees and lunch, lots of useful networking and a guarantee of no powerpoint.

To receive advance details and a booking form please email your interest to mailto:peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk

Hi; We are offering a free test on our online flip page technology so that you can turn your PDF brochures and catalogues into great looking interactive pages for your website.

Our technology takes your existing brochure pages (PDF's) and turns them into a flip-page online version able to be hosted on your own website. You can save on print and post costs and at the same time deliver them by email to customers in seconds. Our technology is full of excellent features and is suitable for many applications. We can add links and design it to match your brand and we can have it ready for you to use within 24 hrs! If you would like to test it for free and try uploading your own brochure please click here: http://www.babel-offers.co.uk/ to visit our website

Alternatively please call me on 01684 575 595 and we will be able to set up a preview of your brochure and give you costs and technical information.

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Discount fuel card services - now accepted by Tesco. http://fuelcardservices-news.co.uk/1HUQ-12ROU-859CPPWWF2/cr.aspx

Latest geographic tracking - alarm - monitoring. http://www.alertex.org/


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eBOSS April 2013 contents:

Introduction: 25% HBA Member discount from Businesses For Sale.

AIMS for Home Business Alliance members:


Pick of the News:
Availability of trade credit for smaller firms is falling; Guidance issued on new payment surcharge regulations; EC investigates e-payment card charges; Support launched to protect small firms from cyber attack; Small online firms shy away from mobile technology; Small firms fail to ensure software licences are lawful; Small building firms see workloads tumble; Inbound tourist numbers and spending increase in Britain; HMRC publishes guidance on Scottish income tax

'Gone to India . . .' by Rachael Ross and the 'How To Work Successfully From Home Guide'.
Rachael's May Guest Article:
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Tax and VAT News
FREE! 101 Insider Business Tax Tips

Tax 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; HMRC help business cash flow; 'HMRC launch online tax help for small businesses'; Making money from a hobby; etc, etc
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Startup Stories: What I Wish I Knew.

From Affiliate Marketing To Franchises: Different Types Of Businesses.

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