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LATEST! 31.05.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (April 2014) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st May 2014

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

31.05.2014: HMRC letters of interrogation to grill self-assessment taxpayers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10863069/HMRC-bullying-letters-ask-why-self-assessment-taxpayers-pay-less-than-average.html Well they certainly wouldn't be asking these questions of tax-dodging US Big Corp, would they now?

Google offers 'right to forget' form after EU ruling. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27631001#

Is the EU demanding an extra £500 million from the UK? (Not the UK's serial-lying, criminal media version). http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

Meaning of 'consent' clarified in new guide to marketing law. http://www.dma.org.uk/news/brands-told-what-counts-consent-dma-clarifies-icos-confusing-guidance-marketing-rules The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has published new guidelines to help businesses understand and comply with the rules for obtaining consumer consent for marketing purposes. The DMA produced the guidelines after raising concerns that separate advice issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in 2013 was unclear and confusing, particularly around the issue of consent. The new DMA guidelines, produced in consultation with the ICO, address the ten issues identified as causing the most concern, such as if pre-ticked opt-in boxes can be used to obtain consent, and clarifying time limits on how long consent applies.

Enterprise education: a debate worth having. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10862703/Enterprise-education-a-debate-worth-having.html This is the debate they've been 'having' for fifty years now, is it?

CNET Community: how do you safely clean inside your desktop computer? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=05/30/2014

30.05.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/30/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Business groups hail brighter UK economy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27624429#

Bank lending to small businesses falls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27620732#

Surge in 'overcrowded' homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10863346/Figures-show-surge-in-overcrowded-homes.html

Fake car crashes behind record levels of insurance fraud - and rise in insurance premiums. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27608316#

UK's richest can save £18,680 a year. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/29/richest-uk-save-poorest-spend-crisis-post-office-data And that defines the UK's rich, does it? There used to be a time when a good tradesman could trouser that in a month.

Debt collectors hound the poorest. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pursuit-of-tax-credit-overpayments-turns-nasty-as-debt-collectors-hound-the-poorest-9456875.html

HMRC debt collection attacked. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/30/hmrc-using-a-dozen-tax-collectors-to-reclaim-overpaid-tax-credits

Drugs and prostitution to be included in UK GDP. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/29/drugs-prostitution-uk-national-accounts The first time that 'Wankminster' is to be seen as making a 'positive' contribution to the national economy, then? And the fourfold increase in Afghanistan's poppy production under Coalition of Evil guardianship won't be kept under the counter any longer.

AND . . . Drugs and vice are worth more than construction to the UK economy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/drugs-and-prostitution-worth-10bn-to-uk-economy-9454250.html No surprises then, and little wonder there is (supposedly) a housing supply crisis. The Government is simply prioritising.

UK growth fastest since 2003. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/30/uk-growth-fastest-since-2003/ Yup. All that Afghan heroine and whoring politicians are certainly starting to make their contributions felt.

She sells seaweed . . . http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10859920/Atlantic-Kitchen-selling-seaweed-from-the-seashore.html

Willy Wonka world enterprise boot camp for dumb, idle graduates. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25265/willy-wonka-world-enterprise-bootcamp/

29.05.2014: Customers continue to abandon banks for building societies. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2642226/430-000-quit-banks-building-society-More-1-000-people-day-reject-scandal-hit-firms-open-current-accounts-Nationwide.html

British drivers choosing German-made cars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2641966/British-drivers-choose-German-cars-favourites-theyre-best-drive-comfortable-cheapest.html Well, who would have noticed? (Cars made by immigrants, incidentally.)

Roofer fined for climbing ladder on top of van. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2641726/Wheres-health-safety-need-Roofer-balances-20-foot-ladder-ON-TOP-van-paint-guttering.html Another story of a passing dummyphone user photographing and reporting a worker for fairly normal practice. Beats wacking off at a computer terminal, I guess; and allows media scrotes to pass comment on yet another activity they know nothing about.

Segregation is also identified as an issue. As a dummyphone zombie shown in the pic, walks by underneath peering at his plastic without paying attention to his surroundings, yet who wasn't reported or fined.

How customer focused is your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/19281/how-customer-focused-is-your-business/

Skype will soon translate foreign languages in real time. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2641653/Dont-bother-learning-foreign-language-Skype-soon-let-translate-spoken-foreign-words-real-time.html Does this mean that the media will soon be able to communicate in English and not mid-Atlantic slapper-language such as 'Hi', 'kids', 'Oh, my God' and 'guys'? Still, I'm sure it will quickly become the latest accessory for our stereotype, spiky-haired international business travellers, tripping everyone up with their 1lb wheelycases on the end of 6 foot handles, dummyphones in hand.

International Wine Challenge, Great Value Awards 2014. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16152

'Wankminster' spends £1.4 million on alcohol. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/29/commons-spends-1-4m-on-alcohol/ Does this appear on HMRC's new, propaganda paperwork, our personal tax statements?

UK fruit and vegetable market facts. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16210

New TV show to offer SME advice as a publicity exercise to an unknown 'celebrity' entrepreneur. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/25218/sme-dilemma-new-tv-show-offering-advice-world-renowned-expert-help/ Let's hope the victims fare better than their predecessors who have received unknown 'celebrity' advice.

28.05.2014: Financial advice to be available in church. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27589517# This should fit in perfectly with Da P.M's visions of 'Hoody Nation' and 'Christian Britain' and government advisors are already drafting proposals for monks to be recruited as business mentors. Hands-free PR orgasms all round, chaps!

Buy-to-let hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/28/buy-to-let-hotspots-revealed/

Mortgage approvals fall for third month running. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27587181#

HMRC to provide online tax training for landlords. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landlords-get-online-tax-training Online tax training aimed at anyone who rents out residential property but has failed to register to pay tax, or has under-paid tax, is being provided by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), as part of its Let Property campaign. Bite-sized modules covering topics such as the different types of property income and how they are taxed, record-keeping, and the correct treatment of income and expenditure, should enable landlords to understand their tax obligations better. Various professional associations will also make the training available to their members, and landlords are being encouraged to contact HMRC on a voluntary basis so they can sort out any tax irregularities under the best terms. (EnterpriseQuest)

iPhones around the world frozen by hackers seeking ransom. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10857715/iPhones-frozen-by-hackers-demanding-ransom.html

Iraq and Afgan murder sprees by British illegal immigrants costs taxpayers £30 billion. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/costly-failures-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-cost-uk-taxpayers-30bn-9442640.html I presume this is the propaganda-shortened version of terrorist activity in those countries, excluding 13 years of crime against humanity sanctions against Iraq as well as the so-called Gulf War.

As for 'costly failures' then I don't think the Coalition of Evil's murder, petro-chemical, construction and banking industries would agree, however costly it has been in financial and business terms for the West's taxpaying plebs. Which is par for the course even as 'earnings opportunities' in Central and North Africa, the Middle East, and now, the Ukraine, continue to be explored. But as for 5 million Iraqi and Afghan (and Libyan) dead plus the injured, mutilated and stillborn, then let's not go there at all; let's discuss some crap posted by saddo sheep on Twatter, instead.

14-year-old American lass builds herself a £7,000 house. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2640847/Home-sweet-home-Girl-14-builds-tiny-10-000-house-tribute-late-father.html That would go for £750,000 in London. And it looks better-built.

Why daydreaming is an essential skill for business owners. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25244/day-dreaming-essential-skill-business-owners/

27.05.2014: HMRC crackdown yields record £23.9 billion in additional tax. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27576626# 'HMRC said of the total amount it had raised, more than £8bn came from large business, £1bn from criminals and £2.7bn from tackling avoidance schemes in courts.' So that explains half of previously un-recovered revenue; where did the other half come from? A revised 'sweetheart' deal with just one US corporation?

Business leaders say Government must re-negotiate EU membership to avoid further voter drift to the separatist Kipper Party. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10857292/Business-leaders-say-politicians-must-act-to-deliver-reform-of-EU.html 'After the Lib Dems, we can't afford still more cash suppositories to bring a fresh batch of politicians around to our way of thinking,' said a spokesman.

What would you be prepared to give up for a home? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/26/what-would-you-be-prepared-to-give-up-for-a-home/

Cookery courses in Italy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/10856235/Cookery-courses-in-Italy-booking-advice.html

Government should offer the elderly lessons in the internet to combat loneliness by making fake friends. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/government-should-offer-elderly-lessons-in-the-internet-to-encourage-them-to-discover-life-online-9436544.html Another nice little earner being dreamed up by our academic friends and to be paid for again, by real-life taxpayers. I would have thought the money could be better spent by topping up their pensions so that they can pay their heating bills, instead.

Ant groups more efficient than Google at processing data. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ant-groups-more-efficient-than-google-in-processing-data-new-study-finds-9436322.html My grand-daughter's wardrobe village shop and Post Office are more efficient at processing data than Google! Still. It does help our politicians find their daily dose of porn.

Trending: rise of the retro-phone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2639542/Rise-retro-phone-Trend-app-free-bulky-mobiles-means-1990s-models-fetching-800.html Time to flash my 15-year-old app-free Nokia then! And my 50-year-old 'show us yer crack, mate!' builder's jeans won't feel so lonely any more. Still. If it wasn't for fashion sheep, a lot of people wouldn't be in business.

Entrepreneur invents holiday beach locker that screws into the sand. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2639541/Could-finally-end-hiding-valuables-towel-Entrepreneur-invents-ULTIMATE-beach-gadget.html Ah, yes. Screws in the sand . . .

26.05.2014: Council tax tops credit cards for pushing Brits into the red. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/council-tax-tops-credit-cards-for-pushing-britons-into-the-red-9434192.html

Record numbers of families remortgage homes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/record-number-of-families-remortgage-homes-9434201.html

SMEs claim that moving to online accounting sees them paid 23 days faster. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/running-your-business/25209/smes-say-moving-online-accounting-gets-paid-23-days-faster/ Well, according to an accounting software firm, that is.

Common data security flaws highlighted in new report. http://ico.org.uk/news/latest_news/2014/~/media/documents/library/Data_Protection/Research_
and_reports/protecting-personal-data-in-online-services-learning-from-the-mistakes-of-others.pdf
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a new report to help organisations meet their responsibilities to safeguard personal information under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The report outlines several common computer security issues, along with guidance on good practice to guard against them. The issues covered in the report include: software updates, unnecessary services, decommissioning of software or services, and password storage. The ICO claims that many data breaches could be prevented if simple measures were in place. (EnterpriseQuest)

Homeowners face expense if they cut down garden trees. http://www.express.co.uk/news/property/478171/Homeowners-face-costly-bill-if-they-cut-down-existing-trees

Retirees snap up cut-price Spanish property. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10851976/The-retirees-snapping-up-cut-price-Spanish-property.html

What's in a domain name? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/24489/whats-domain-name/

25.05.2014: Scotland needs 500,000 migrants, says Treasury. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/24/500-000-migrants-needed-treasury/ Is this the green light for another murdering, thieving, rapacious invasion by illegal Engerlish immigrants?

'Da PM', resplendent in his 'I'm Backing Co. Britain, Texas' Nike t-shirt and Beats headphones, draws up immigration laws to foil the separatist Kipper Party. (Link not working.)

Banks to be told to increase lending to small businesses; new comparison website. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10854724/Osborne-to-tell-banks-increase-SME-lending.html YAWNNNNN! As long-running (almost) as the red tape fairy tale.

Offshore fish farms may put Cornish trout on the menu. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/offshore-fish-farms-may-put-cornish-trout-on-the-menu-9432158.html Propaganda cue: 'Da PM' buys a Cornish trout at a railway station. 'Vote trout, not Kipper!', urges Mr Cameron.

Tebbit eats humble pie after visit to a food bank. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/norman-tebbit-eats-humble-pie-after-visit-to-food-bank-9432140.html As an ex-pilot, Tebbit always had his head in the clouds. Still. At least he helped launch the careers of some of the best bike-riders in the world.

More rubbish bins on the way in Brussels recycling drive. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637958/More-bins-way-recycling-drive-Every-home-country-forced-compulsory-rubbish-scheme-desperate-bid-meet-Brussels-targets.html Another tabloid fairy tale, perhaps? Travel all around Europe and the absence of more than just one, rubbish bin outside most peoples' homes, is quite noticeable. (That's all we and our neighbours have.) By comparison with the three wheelie bins outside most UK homes. Now why would that be? To provide more subject matter for the British media?

24.05.2014: Cost of cyber security breaches almost doubles. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-security-breaches-survey-2014 and http://www.pwc.co.uk/audit-assurance/publications/2014-information-security-breaches-survey.jhtml The number of IT security breaches affecting both small and large UK firms has decreased, but the cost and impact of individual breaches has risen significantly, according to The Information Security Breaches Survey 2014. The survey, commissioned by the Department for Business (BIS) and carried out by PwC, revealed that 60% of small firms reported a breach in 2013, down from 64% in 2012. However, the average cost of the worst breach faced by small firms has almost doubled in the last year, costing an average of between £65,000 and £115,000 in 2013, up from between £35,000 and £65,000 in 2012. (EnterpriseQuest)

Half of Britons to shun eBay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10852541/Half-of-Britons-less-likely-to-use-eBay-after-cyber-attack.html

Hacked eBay can only be fined £500,000 for its data breach. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637259/Stolen-eBay-data-sale-warn-experts-compromised-site-struggles-cope-demand-change-passwords.html

RBS/Natwest mobile banking failure. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10851883/RBSNatwest-mobile-banking-failure.html

Top Ten nuisance call subjects named. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27540178#

Can you find freelance work online? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/23/can-you-find-freelance-work-online/

British online shopping breaks £100 billion mark. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/23/online-spending-breaks-100bn-mark/

Shoppers waste £100 on net goods. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/23/shoppers-waste-100-on-net-goods/

UK passport offices in chaos. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637819/Passport-chaos-threatens-ruin-half-term-getaway-overwhelmed-staff-struggle-issue-documents-time.html Still more national benchmarking by The Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May, and The Scrote Office.

Italy adds cocaine, prostitution and black market alcohol to GDP figures. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/italy-includes-cocaine-prostitution-and-black-market-alcohol-to-gdp-figures-9424457.html This could turn around the EU's finances altogether!

We're more stressed at home than we are at work. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2637548/Were-stressed-home-work-Juggling-household-chores-means-day-office-easier-comparison.html All the more reason to add a 'home business' to the mix. Well. According to 'weener' business websites, that is.

Engerlish bureaucrats force traditional English cheese-rolling event to use a Dutch Gouda. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637944/Dutch-cheese-keeps-English-tradition-rolling-Competitors-chase-Gouda-hill-historic-race-British-makers-threatened-health-safety-zealots.html

Holidaymakers being ripped off by resort shops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2637203/Holidaymakers-ripped-resort-shops-groceries-53-expensive-town-supermarkets.html Would you have guessed it?!

6 tips for expanding your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25194/6-tips-expanding-business-2/

Ten things the EU has done for the UK since the last European elections. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm The current government is expected to publish its own list but is stuck at Number 1 for the moment: 1a. Fagging for America. 1b. Fagging for the banks. 1c. Fagging for Big Corp. American Big Corp. 1d. Fagging for the Merdochs. 1e. Fagging in general.

'Da PM', 'Puppet Governor' Cameron sports another American brand. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/will-the-curse-of-cameron-strike-again-pm-is-a-fan-of-uber-cool-beats-headphones-9429092.html

23.05.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/22/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

More people to receive new, personal tax statements. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-tax-statements-extended-to-4-million-extra-people-from-october The Chancellor, George Osborne has announced that new personal tax statements due to be introduced from October 2014 will be received by a further 4 million people, bringing the total to 24 million. The tax statements will show individuals how much income tax and National Insurance they paid in the previous year, and how their tax has contributed to public spending. The additional recipients are individuals who have been recently contacted by HMRC to set out their tax calculation for a previous year. Any taxpayer who does not receive a statement will be able to use HMRC's tax calculator app to find out how much tax they have paid and how it has been spent. (EnterpriseQuest)

Pure political propaganda which will in no way benefit the taxpaying public nor enlighten it in the levels of government waste, incompetence and corruption. (Latest scam news: a £100 million of taxpayers' money spent on child-murdering American drones to protect Afghanistan's poppy fields - which aren't ready to fly even after four years. Get your noses up there, Ministry of Death (MOD)! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-100m-drones-may-not-fly-until-britain-has-left-afghanistan-9421136.html That be dole money and start-up loans for an awful lot of idle, uneducated, unskilled Brits, that be. Then multiply by 1000 all the contracts which successive British governments have awarded to the US - and a jolly good time could be had by us all!)

Official news story: 5 reasons the UK is good for growing businesses in Scotland. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/5-reasons-the-uk-is-good-for-growing-businesses-in-scotland Well, the most significant reason of course, is the recent announcement by the HMRC that they will be allowed to arbitrarily thieve money from businesses' bank accounts - so if the Scots decide to do their own thing, that's an awful lot of lost revenue to help sustain Engerlandt's tax-avoiding Big Corp mates. Worrying times for the Government, judging by the sheer volume of anti-independence propaganda doing the rounds. Just like all the anti-Kipper Separatist Party tales and anecdotes which are appearing in the media, as the country's real, 'snouts-already-in-the-trough-and-we're-going-to-keep-them-there' Nazis show their grubby hands.

It's a pity Engerlandt's fagging duties for Nazi American expansionism have caused a falling-out with Vlad The Bad, in fact. He'd soon put all these rebel terrorists in their place.

Eurozone businesses maintain steady growth. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27520523#

'Net' rise in immigration to the UK of 20%. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/477557/Conservatives-failing-in-bid-to-cut-migration-as-it-RISES-20-per-cent Very good propaganda for the Engerlish separatist movement but once again, a bit short on fact. The main problem the UK has with establishing net immigration figures is that there are no effective emigration procedures. Certainly not for UK and EU nationals; and for non-EU, methods and practices are notoriously haphazard. Consequently, although adding up new NI registrations is just one way of establishing a percentage of new arrivals, (although NOT what they will actually be doing in the country) there are no comprehensive and accurate figures for establishing the numbers of visitors to the UK who have subsequently LEFT the country and thus for settled resident numbers.

Whether or not that changes the perceived problems associated with excessive and uncontrolled immigration and whether or not that is having a beneficial or negative effect on jobs and businesses, is another matter. But to address the problems - if real problems there are - it would be useful to have facts to deal with rather than statistical anecdotes, which in the case of 'Pisshead Britain' tend to be used as a late-night drunk would a lampost: more for support than illumination.

Still. Close enough for filling Engerlandt's numerous Nazi pockets.

eBay security - be safe, shop on the High Street, says Minister. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10850665/eBay-security-Be-safe-shop-on-high-street-says-minister.html Good for him. Sensible man.

eBay's handling of cyber-attack 'slipshod'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10848594/eBays-handling-of-cyber-attack-slipshod.html

Airbnb used by crooks, Paris government claims. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-court-finds-man-who-sublet-room-on-shortterm-rental-website-airbnb-guilty-of-breaking-his-lease-9420848.html No probs. They will be most welcome in London.

Crooks face longer sentences if they target the elderly. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10850438/Fraudsters-face-longer-sentences-if-they-target-the-elderly.html 'Official' crooks excluded, naturally.

Vodafone raises UK prices. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27523813#

Ten reasons why your travel insurance won't pay out. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/10848441/Ten-reasons-why-your-travel-insurance-wont-pay-out.html

Small businesses in numbers. http://blog.postofficeshop.co.uk/small-businesses-numbers/

22.05.2014: Russia and China sign huge trade (and gas) deal. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27503017# Buggrit. Another Coalition of Evil psycopath business plan gone up the creek. The problem with those Ruskies (and the Chinese) is that they can defend themselves or we could send in our 'heroes' to 'liberate' them from themselves and nick all their resources. But now - how are we going to keep warm while '8 million home-based internet businesses' try to trade with them on eBay?

eBay makes their users change passwords after hack. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27503290# It's those Ruskies again. Islamist terrorists, the lot of them.

Royal Mail will deliver parcels and open offices on Sundays. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/477397/Royal-Mail-to-deliver-parcels-on-Sundays 'The additional services will be provided by non-Christian Islamists to allow devout 'Christian Britplebs' to stay at home repeating 'Oh, My God' all day, while watching their favourite religious service of endless repeats on the telly', said a Royal Mail spokesthing. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, of 'Hoody' Nation, 'The Big Society' Nation, 'Cornish Pasty' Nation, 'Start-Up' Nation and Christian Britain, is officially reported to be 'delighted' with the proposals. (If that's OK with the banks?)

Britain's most dangerous jobs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/10845754/Britains-most-dangerous-jobs.html Builders have suffered the largest number of casualties - greater than those of soldiers serving in Afghanistan over the same period, apparently. Happily, the builders were mainly East Europeans - so the media won't need to call them 'heroes' and the problem can be forgotten overnight.

EE boosts rural 4G. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10846143/EE-boosts-rural-4G.html . . . leaving just the UK's towns having to catch up.

Boris the Buffoon urges tax penalties for diesel cars. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/green-motoring/10843497/Boris-urges-tax-penalties-for-all-diesel-drivers.html More 'good' news for the country's businesses.

Haggling on household bills could save up to £240. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2635688/Haggling-household-bills-save-240-Which-urges-consumers-bargain-big-firms-renew-contracts.html

Antique shopping in Paris. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/antiques/10841980/Antique-shopping-in-Paris-go-with-your-gut.html Very trendy in the media at the moment, is Britplebs shopping for bargains in France. Except that Paris means Paris prices. Try brocantes in the regions, instead.

Britain's last remaining mud-horse fisherman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2635342/Stuck-mud-Amazing-pictures-Britains-remaining-mud-horse-fisherman-work-using-centuries-old-technique-despite-falling-profits.html They should slap a preservation order on the man. Rarer than an honest politician.

Cornish dairy home business sends its clotted cream all around the world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10846203/Roddas-another-day-another-dollop-at-the-Cornish-dairy.html

21.05.2014: UK retail sales growth hits a ten year high in April. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27498468# Ah, well. The politicians, the gurus and the media got it wrong. Again. So when's this 'internet' boom going to happen, then? (Apart from kiddy porn, trolling and saddos posting selfies.)

More than half a million face having their homes repossessed. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eviction-britain-more-than-half-a-million-face-having-their-homes-repossessed-9405473.html That should help the country's shortfall of 300,000 battery houses a year. (Estimated).

HMRC data sharing proposals under attack. http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4518.shtml Government proposals to allow the sale of data by HMRC to private companies have come under attack from the Low Income Tax Reform Group (LITRG), Big Brother Watch and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. The proposals were originally set out in an HMRC consultation that ran from July to September 2013 and were confirmed in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement in December 2013. HMRC has launched a pilot VAT registration data release project with credit reference agencies Experian, Equifax, and Dun & Bradstreet. The project allows the agencies to be treated as part of HMRC and allows them to share relevant data if it is for the specific purpose of research. (EnterpriseQuest)

Court translator costs double in a year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2634484/Court-translator-costs-double-year-Taxpayers-bill-15million-service-outsourced-branded-shambolic-MPs.html Another nice little earner for Crapita at the expense of the country's self-employed and home businesses - although as its boss pointed out six months ago, a few wars would be better for business still. I'm sure that our Government's very own Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May and her serial-failure advisers at The Scrote Office, will try to do their best. Now that 'the police' have become the new 'illegal immigrants'. And the door has been opened to privatising the country's police duties. Which have probably already been sold to Blackwater - so no prospects there for any British, home-based, self-employed security firms. With ideas above their police station.

'Showrooming' threat to shops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2634499/Showrooming-threat-shops-Half-consumers-admit-using-mobiles-browse-deals-online-looking-visiting-stores.html

Scam victims get phone bills for hundreds of pounds. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/20/scam-victims-get-phone-bills-for-hundreds-of-pounds/

Business Masterclass seminars at New Start, Scotland. http://snt3.net/viewInBrowser.aspx?x=AK7ZIFXW&i=DT4ZD5VD&c=55723&e=info%40homebusiness.org.uk&l=3

A crash course in entrepreneurship. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/beyondstartup/fl/A-Crash-Course-in-Entrepreneurship.htm

Secured loans pros and cons. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/20/secured-loans-pros-and-cons/

10 tips for steering clear of holiday car hire cons. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/holidays/article-2634209/10-tips-make-sure-steer-clear-holiday-car-hire-cons.html

New French SNCF trains too wide for platforms. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27497727 That should give them the pedigree to be awarded British rail franchises and contracts.

Prince Charles likens Russia to the Nazis. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27497899 Very good for business, Charlie. If we take these words as representative of a nation of war criminals whose casualties in World War Two amounted to less than one FIFTIETH of those of the Russian resistance to Nazism; AND who benefited from a conclusion to that conflict mainly because of the Russian advance from the East, then to the casual, independent observer with an education, it would seem Charles should stick to commenting on subjects he knows something about. Farming. And architecture. And leave British propaganda and disinformation to the criminal media and bent politicians fagging for American Nazism.

20.05.2014: HMRC doubles use of debt-collectors. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/20/hmrc-doubles-use-of-debt-collectors-should-you-worry/

Poll reveals cash-in-hand boom as tradesmen avoid tax. http://www.confused.com/press/releases/cash-in-hand-economy-booming Two in five homeowners in the UK have been offered a discount by a tradesman for paying cash, according to a new survey commissioned by Confused.com. More than half of those questioned in the survey said they did not believe there is anything wrong with paying tradesmen in cash. Just one in ten respondents said they would report a tradesman to HMRC for actively avoiding tax, and nearly a third said they would rather not know if a tradesman was doing this. Nearly four in ten respondents also said a tradesman had failed to provide an invoice for work they had carried out for them. (EnterpriseQuest)

Britain's dream home revealed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/19/britains-dream-home-revealed/

Internet adverts could be smart, not creepy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10836859/Internet-adverts-could-be-smart-not-creepy.html

How to have a hit on Kickstarter. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/19/kickstarter-yancey-strickler-interview

Where should you base your business? Just ask Wales. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/business-wales/10702765/where-base-business-ask-wales.html?WT.mc_id=605545&source=TrafficDriver

7 common cold calling mistakes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/entrepreneur-interviews/25159/cold-calling-conundrums-7-common-mistakes/

What are you wearing? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/25169/wearing/

Scamwatch: phishing. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/19/10-most-common-scams-phishing/ One omission from this article is HMRC's latest proposal to raid people's bank accounts; official phishing, in other words.

19.05.2014: Start-up trends from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-22449887

Why foreign tourists come to Britain. http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/05/06/foreign-tourists-love-britains-historic-towns-most-of-all/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D264952

Spring clean your credit report. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/19/spring-clean-your-credit-report/

18.05.2014: Rising house prices biggest threat to UK economic recovery. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/18/housing-bubble_n_5345977.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D265338 After the Government, politicians, bankers and Big Corp, that is. So, just as with the last, nay, any previous crisis, nothing is going to be done until after the event. With taxpayers' money.

Spring sun prompts 17% sales jump. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/spring-sun-prompts-17-sales-jump/

House prices - where in the world to buy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10827469/House-prices-countries-with-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-property-markets.html

UK's growing bizz-fizz. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/britains-growing-fizz-biz-our-bubble-beltway-of-vineyards-is-aiming-to-take-on-established-champagne-houses-9391319.html

17.05.2014: HMRC investigations into self-employed quadruple in one year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10837537/HMRC-investigations-into-savers-tax-affairs-double.html

UK house prices - a tale of two streets. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/may/16/uk-house-prices-tale-two-streets-carney-yorkshire-london-bank-england

Credit firms must raise advertising standards. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27436946#

Small firms struggling to afford IT and marketing agency fees. http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/small-businesses-can%E2%80%99t-afford-uk-agency-fees Over 50% of small firms cannot afford to use design, IT, marketing or branding agencies, according to a survey by Freelancer.co.uk. The survey, which polled 2,500 small firms, found that 30% of respondents who approached an agency when starting up said the cost of using an agency would have deterred them from starting their business. The report also revealed that high agency fees are leading small firms to use freelancers for IT and marketing services. (EnterpriseQuest)

Official release. Simpler guidance on regulation means less bureaucracy for childcare providers. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/simpler-guidance-on-regulation-means-less-bureaucracy-for-childcare-providers

50 great days out in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/5453447/Fifty-great-days-out-in-the-UK.html

French Alps one of the most polluted parts of France. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2630983/Choking-news-Alps-visitors-Region-polluted-parts-France.html Common knowledge for years. It attracts far too many dirty urban plebsheep. Like Paris. Another filthy, stinking hole. Like London.

Want to be an Avon Representative? http://www.avon.uk.com/PRSuite/your_dream_opportunity.page?s=email&c=leadgen#.U3bzjWcU-P8

16.05.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

4 million now work from home - TUC. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/four-million-work-from-home-tuc/#!slide=aol_1260936 Really? The TUC has always been 'bullish' about homeworking numbers and this 'study' is much more optimistic than most other sources. What makes me suspicious is that the Government hasn't jumped on the bandwagon, as 4 million 'homeworkers' - effectively 'empoyees' - plus an alleged 4.5 million 'self-employed' who would also be businesses registered mainly from home and all of a sudden, you're looking at almost a third of the country's workforce operating from a home base and that, is a game-changer.

The impact of such a large number on public transport, the utilities, the daily movement of the population in general, would be pronounced and which I for one, just don't see. What do you think? Would you say that 1-in-3 of your friends and neighbours work or run a business from home? Take our bogus opinion poll HERE. (If the link is slow as death, our apologies; we are still waiting for the high speed broadband which is the telecomms industry's mission to help lay the foundations for flexible working.)

E.ON hit with £12 million penalty for mis-selling. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27433428# And that's it, is it? No jail sentences nor months and months of being hounded in the press. No bankruptcy, no job losses, no baliffs. Just a self-imposed (as it turns out) slap on the wrist from an ex-offender with form.

Billions of £s meant for businesses unspent, say MPs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27435417#

£1 million for women to start or grow their own business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25131/1-million-help-women-start-grow-business/

1 in 5 university graduates becomes a millionaire. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/10834895/One-in-five-university-graduates-become-millionaires.html The statistic excludes 'household debt' however, such as mortgages, credit cards, etc. So make that 1 in 100. Or less than barrow boys made good.

54% of Brits support EU membership. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/matspersson/100027291/the-british-people-becoming-less-keen-on-leaving-the-eu/

UKIP prints its anti-immigration, anti-EU propaganda leaflets in Germany - because it's cheaper. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2629265/Ukip-caught-taking-advantage-European-single-market-print-anti-EU-election-leaflets-GERMANY.html Well, at least it's an improvement on the present government which would have had them printed in the USA, instead.

New cash machines read the veins in your finger. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10834685/New-cash-machines-withdraw-money-with-veins-in-your-finger.html All the better to bleed you with.

Would you pay £12,000 to sell your house - or £500? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10832640/Would-you-pay-12000-to-sell-your-house-or-500.html

House buyers facing unexpected repair bils. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/house-buyers-face-repair-bills/#!slide=aol_2437298 Surely people aren't buying homes without a surveyor's report?

Google flooded with removal requests. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/15/hundreds-google-wipe-details-search-index-right-forgotten

Trending: growing wasabi. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-first-farm-in-britain-to-grow-its-own-wasabi-is-producing-a-fiery-treat-for-the-tastebuds-9380687.html To supply food trendies who haven't heard of horse radish.

Trending: GPS technology for a bicycle. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2629527/Is-safest-bicycle-Smartbike-brings-GPS-directions-handlebars-blind-spot-detector.html Or, you could do what experienced cyclists have been doing successfully for years - look at what's going on around you, listen (without wires dangling out of your ears) and read road signs. For the longer trip, a homing pigeon can come in useful although they're not as fast as my plasterer, on a promise, going home for the weekend. Same principle, though. The pull of the hen. Still. Business is business, even for dummies.

15.05.2014: HMRC launches Second Incomes tax recovery campaign. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/second-incomes-campaign-your-guide-to-making-a-disclosure HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched a campaign to recover tax from anyone who carries out freelance work in addition to their main occupation, but who has so far failed to declare their additional untaxed income. Examples of potentially untaxed freelance activities include income from consultancy, training, taxi driving or hairdressing, or profits from spare-time activities such as making craft items or regularly selling items at car boot sales. HMRC is inviting individuals to make voluntary disclosures as this will lead to lighter penalties. Current legislation enables HMRC to investigate arrears of tax over a period of up to 20 years, and in some cases, to carry out a criminal investigation if tax evasion is suspected. (EnterpriseQuest) Ooooo. '8 million' online, home-based businesses take note!

Ticket scams cost victims £3.7 million. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27419369#

By 2032 less than half of us will own our own home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2628719/2032--year-half-home-Report-warns-home-ownership-preserve-old-generation.html

Immigration warnings were wrong. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10832220/Bulgarian-and-Romanian-migrants-down-after-open-door-as-Tories-admit-missing-target-for-net-migration.html What, again? Nor were they exactly 'warnings'. Rabble-rousing, hate-preaching, political cynicism and exploitation would be more appropriate descriptions. Carbon copies of the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. Now perhaps the Government and its agencies can start tackling the everyday problem of British crooks and scammers targetting the gullible and the vulnerable, instead. Perhaps make a start with Britain's sell-out to US Big Corp which never gets a mention? Followed by the media's tax avoidance schemes.

Estate agent wall of shame. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/14/estate-agent-wall-of-shame/

14.05.2014: Growing numbers of self-employed behind a further fall in unemployment to 6.8%. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27406457# Except that we all know (well - apart from the Government and its criminal propaganda services, apparently) the plight of the self-employed has become increasingly precarious at the same time, as the latest statistics also confirm that growth in earnings has remained unchanged.

"As the recovery takes hold, more people are able to get a job or set up their own business and become the employers of tomorrow," said Minister for Employment Esther McVey in her latest propaganda statement, blithely ignoring the fact that being 'self-employed' means being, errr, self-employed. Not employing others. Still. Close enough for the country's dummyphone plebs.

Debt denial over mortgage repayment problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27393494#

Questions being asked by anxious homeowners. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-2627563/Is-house-bubble-burst-Anxiety-builds-uncertainty-tumultuous-housing-market.html

Santander: from worst bank to best bank? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10816559/Santander-from-worst-current-account-to-best.html

Google must delete your data if you ask, EU rules. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10827005/Google-must-delete-your-data-if-you-ask-EU-rules.html

HMRC to allow taxpayers to file VAT returns by phone. http://www.litrg.org.uk/News/2014/140502-PR-hmrc-relaxes-mandatory-filing-vat-returns-online A forthcoming change to VAT rules mean business owners will be able to file VAT returns by telephone, providing they can prove that it is not reasonably practicable to file their returns online due to their age, disability, or remoteness of location. If for any reason it is not 'reasonably practicable' for business owners to file VAT returns online or by telephone, they can file a paper return. Prior to the change, which follows a consultation into filing of VAT returns, all returns needed to be filed online unless the taxpayer is exempt due to insolvency or religion. Anthony Thomas, Chairman of the Low Incomes Tax Reforms Group (LITRG), said: "This is a good outcome to an open consultation and we are pleased that HMRC have listened to those who responded." (EnterpriseQuest)

The 5 Basics of Networking. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25055/5-basics-of-networking/ Much is written about business networking but a major problem which I and many of my 'older' friends and colleagues have remarked upon in recent years, is the disappearance of basic, good manners. Or simple politeness. For years, one has heard of youngsters or the unemployed complaining of their job applications not even receiving a reply, reflecting a pig ignorance among many businesses which has become all too commonplace. Given this widespread communication and social etiquette disorder (compounded by the internet) - let alone best practice - then quite frankly, there is little point in recommending networking techniques when for many, a clip around the ear and a kick up the backside would be a more appropriate starting point.

What wood is least likely to rot? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10824999/Jeff-Howell-what-type-of-wood-is-least-likely-to-rot.html Answer: Concrete.

Second-best hotel in the UK only costs £38 a night. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/38anight-hotel-in-llandudno-named-second-best-in-the-uk-for-customer-service-9358013.html This comes into line with one of my favourite B&Bs when I stay in the UK, notably a two generation, family-run business which charges just £35 a night for an en suite room with all the facilities, a huge, good-quality breakfast with plenty of choice (excluding industrial sausages made with neddy eyeballs) and free wi-fi. There is ample, private parking, fresh laundry every day and although some of the rooms are a bit tight, the acommodation and the service is immaculate. Without wasting your time with Tripadvisor, you can tell it's worth staying there just by glancing at all the cars and vans parked outside at night and the need to book well in advance to guarantee a room. Naturally, it's not in Shitpit London.

13.05.2014: Self employed facing increased financial insecurity. http://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/just-job-or-working-compromise-changing-nature-sel/ A study by the Resolution Foundation, based on a survey of 1,000 self-employed people, has found that the pace of growth of self employment in the UK has accelerated rapidly since the onset of the economic downturn, but that the self employed (who now make up 15% of the workforce), are facing increasing financial insecurity. According to the report, there are now around 4.5 million self-employed people in the UK, a rise of 650,000 since 2008, but on average their earnings have fallen around 20% since 2006-07. The report also found that only 30% of self-employed people are contributing to a pension, compared with 51% of people in paid employment. Some survey respondents also reported difficulties in accessing mortgages, loans, and tenancies, specifically because they were self employed. (EnterpriseQuest)

Now there's a surprise! Perhaps another rash of 'weener' business start-up websites run by brown-nosed 'trendies' who couldn't make enough money to buy a pot to piss in; add a couple more Government propaganda messages from unheard-of business 'celebrities' and maybe the situation can be turned around? After all, warnings from business support professionals have only been ignored for the past three years!

Thousands of self employed seek debt advice. http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/press_20140506 Thousands of self-employed people across the UK are seeking help from the Citizens Advice Bureau, with a third seeking help due to debt problems. Findings published by the Citizens Advice Bureau revealed that 60% of those seeking help have resorted to credit cards, personal loans, and overdrafts in attempt to save their business from closure. Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau, said: "It is clear that for some people, self-employment is not offering financial security. People are desperately turning to personal credit to keep their companies afloat. Banks must start listening to those small and medium-sized businesses that drive the economy and help them with the vital support they need." (EnterpriseQuest)

Another barrel o' laughs from the Government's Seeds Of Entreprenerial Failure Programme. Perhaps a two-hour refresher course with tea and biscuits for its army of ex-bank manager business mentors?

Increase in small firms in financial distress. http://www.begbies-traynorgroup.com/begbies-traynor/news/14-04-16/no_respite_for_smes_despite_economic_recovery.aspx Increasing numbers of smaller firms in the UK are in 'significant' financial distress despite the improving economy, according to the Q1 2014 Red Flag Alert report published by business recovery experts, Begbies Traynor. The report found that more than 200,000 smaller firms were dealing with financial problems during Q1 2014, an increase of 22% when compared with the same period last year, while there was a 14% fall in financial distress levels suffered by larger firms over the same period. In addition, smaller firms now account for 92% of the UK firms experiencing significant financial distress, compared with 89% at the end of Q1 2013. The report found that many smaller firms do not know how to access alternative sources of finance such as venture capital and peer-to-peer loans. (EnterpriseQuest)

What - still more bad news? The Government's propagandashitewriters will have to be doing a lot of phoning around to ensure their favourite tabloid and media disinformation sources ignore all this. Then, happily, back to trawling for porn. Or perhaps, writing another self-congratulatory Twatter message for the Minister, drooling over unemployment statistics (covered up by the country's entrepreneurial/self-employed dead wood.)

Npower customers face bill chaos. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27374580#

Can Britain's food markets make a comeback? http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/may/12/can-britain-food-markets-make-comeback

From hedge fund trader to chutney maker. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626673/From-hedge-fund-trader-chutney-making-champion-A-business-Oscar-thanks-mums-recipes.html

Trending - 'nice little earners': squirrel pie. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626743/How-earn-crust-squirrels-Customers-nuts-pies-using-animals-meat.html

Human punchbag. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626819/Is-worst-job-idea-world-Man-China-makes-living-human-PUNCHBAG-letting-people-hit-hard-money.html We have been doing that in Engerlandt for some time now. The 'human punchbags' are called pensioners. Or the self-employed.

Thieving garden fence panels. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/12/britain-runs-short-of-garden-fence-panels-thieves-cash-in/

Heroin distribution. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/13/mps-slam-uk-record-afghan-opium-poppy-harvest With one of the fundamental objectives of the latest British co-invasion of Afghanistan being to restore its historical alternative 'economy' of heroin production after those pesky Taliban resistance fighters kept burning the poppy fields, all is now well after guard duties by the Coalition of Evil have successfully seen a fourfold increase in output. Once the Government has nabbed the bulk of production for its own nefarious purposes, there should be enough dross left over for any enterprising dealer to broker the continuity of leisure supplies to 'Wankminster' and its environs.

Britain's Ten Best Villages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10820045/Escape-London-Britains-10-best-villages.html Or - where bent politicians, councillors, developers and planners haven't yet prevailed.

12.05.2014: More than half of shops helped by Government propaganda micro-celebrity Portas, have now closed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2625605/More-half-stores-helped-Mary-Queen-Shops-Portas-BBC-closed.html

British homeowners aren't doing vital repair work because of a shortage of tradesmen they can trust. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2625712/British-homeowners-arent-doing-vital-repair-work-shortage-tradesmen-trust.html Just like trying to find a politician you can trust? Then, put politicians and the building industry together and you also get . . .

. . . New Builders Finance Fund excludes small developers. http://www.fmb.org.uk/news-publications/newsroom/press-releases/2014/
april/builders-fund-excludes-micro-builders-warns-fmb290414/
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned that smaller builders will be excluded from a new £525 million Builders Finance Fund, launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The new Fund will help developers access finance to speed up or re-start viable housing developments of between 15 and 250 units that have stalled due to lack of funding. The aim of the Fund is to accelerate the construction of 15,000 homes on smaller sites, creating one job for every home built. However, the FMB has said that the minimum unit threshold is too high as most of their members build fewer than 15 homes, so will be excluded from the Fund, which will be open for the submission of expressions of interest from 14th May until 25th June 2014.

Also: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-investment-to-help-smaller-housing-schemes-get-britain-building (EnterpriseQuest)

London becomes billionaire capital of the world. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2625459/Billionaire-Britain-Number-mega-rich-people-living-London-tops-100-time-combined-wealth-301bn.html But they're nearly all foreigners! Send 'em back home where they belong. (If that's OK with 'Burke On A Wire' Boris and UKIP.)

£4.3 billion lost in 'zombie' accounts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/10/4-3bn-lost-in-zombie-accounts/ Which is twice the amount HMRC and the Government recently claimed is lost to so-called 'black market' activity. Otherwise known as honest people paying their dues in cash. So. Are we going to see Government propagandashitewriters issue a series of media releases hounding and threatening the banks for not dealing with this money in the best public interest? What do you think? Vote HERE in our bogus opinion poll. (If link is not working, please contact your tax-avoiding telecoms provider.)

Councils impose 'lawn mowing' tax. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/475211/Now-even-lawn-mowing-is-taxed-but-councils-impose-new-annual-charge

Believe in your ability to start a business. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/carole-ann-rice/475325/Believe-in-your-ability-to-start-a-business

11.05.2014: UK GDP 'close' to 'pre-crisis' level, say economists. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27340790# 'Close', eh? Or, still in crisis, in other words?

Advisory board to review digital high street initiatives. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/april/new-advisory-board-to-explore-digital-technology-for-high-streets/ A new advisory board has been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to review how the sustainability of high streets can be improved through the use of digital technology. The board will not only develop an approach to introducing technology to ensure high streets remain viable, but will also create a best practice guide by building examples of successful digital high street initiatives into a national digital strategy. High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis said: "The rise of online retail means Britain's shoppers are changing their habits and high streets need to adapt to continue to prosper". (EnterpriseQuest) How about cutting rates and introducing some town centre facilities, instead?

Pop stars could face multi-million tax bill. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27356896# Unlike Big Corp, their tax evasion scheme clearly didn't include suitably-sized cash suppositories for the country's politicians.

British public wrong about nearly everything, survey shows. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-public-wrong-about-nearly-everything-survey-shows-8697821.html Hardly surprising. Big Corp, politicians and the media have spent billions making it that way. And the Americans of course, know nothing whatsoever. Oh. My. God. Awesome.

A ThickBrit Self-Assessment Test (Geography). http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/04/24/brits-unable-to-pinpoint-world-landmarks-vesuvius-taj-mahal/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt4%7Cdl4%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D263222

Business opportunity: cybercrime boss offers a Ferrari to hacker who can dream up the biggest ever scam. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/cybercrime-boss-offers-a-ferrari-for-hacker-who-dreams-up-the-biggest-scam-9349931.html Only a Ferrari? Anyone who can dream up a scam on that scale will be able to do a lot better for themselves than a Ferrari! Even I've got one of those. (For rotavating the garden.)

How to be a successful franchisee. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25018/successful-franchisee/ Franchising is a massive subject of which the media, as usual, makes light. Go to our Features page, franchising, http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm for some initial pointers on where to begin your research.

World's Top Twenty Places To Retire. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/retirementproperty/10819154/Worlds-top-20-places-to-retire.html

10.05.2014: Cameron: taxes will rise unless HMRC can raid bank accounts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10819885/David-Cameron-Taxes-will-rise-unless-we-can-raid-bank-accounts.html This will be just fu*kin' plebs' bank accounts, I presume?

Amazon UK pays just £4.2 million in tax after sales of £4.3 billion. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/may/09/margaret-hodge-urges-boycott-amazon-uk-tax-starbucks

Top Ten UK business schools. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/student-life/10817144/Student-life-top-ten-UK-business-schools.html

Trending: global warming 'a huge business opportunity'. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-chief-climate-change-can-bring-jobs-and-income-9347564.html

British travellers think France is 'excessively expensive'. Even if they've never been there. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2624835/British-travellers-think-France-excessively-expensive-theyve-never-there.html Which just about sums up British opinion of most things. On the other hand, it's only fair we all contribute to the country's black market economy of 5 million parasite-fonctionnaires claiming salaries for no work, instead of leaving it to the French small business community all the time. (Or, just like Britain, really.)

Life after bankruptcy. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/08/the-fixer-getting-over-bankruptcy/

09.05.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/09/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Consumer Rights Bill not law until end of 2015. http://www.eversheds.com/global/en/what/articles/index.page?
ArticleID=en/Retail/Consumer-rights-bill-UK-legal-changes
The Consumer Rights Bill is not likely to become law until at least the end of 2015, according to law firm Eversheds. Once in force, the provisions of the Bill will affect virtually every piece of consumer rights legislation in the UK, impacting on key trading issues such as the provision of pre-contractual information, a default maximum delivery time of 30 days, and consumers' right to reject goods. The 2015 changes to consumer law will be in addition to the changes that come into force on 13th June 2014 under the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Payments) Regulations 2013, which implement various provisions of the European Consumer Rights Directive. (EnterpriseQuest)

UKIP employs East Europeans to hand out their anti-immigration, anti-EU propaganda. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/08/ukip-leaflets-eastern-europeans-cheap_n_5288745.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D263256 'Because they're cheap', apparently. And the leaflets don't just become 'floaters' in the nearest ditch. AND they are contributing to the country's growing numbers of self-employed 'entrepreneurs' AND helping keep unemployment down. So let's hear it for UKIP - and all the morons who believe what they hear and read in the media.

Bulgaria best-value destination for unpatriotic, Britsheep (and UKIP voters) who want to get bladdered. http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/04/25/bulgaria-is-best-value-holiday-for-Brits-in-2014/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D262756 That's 'Bulgaria' as not in Great Britain. Or Engerlandt.

80% admit they pay workmen cash-in-hand. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2623896/80-admit-pay-workmen-cash-hand-Failure-tradesmen-declare-earnings-said-cost-economy-2bn-year.html Just £2 billion a year? Assuming the figure is accurate, a fraction then, of inherent government inefficiency, corruption and Big Corp tax avoidance. HUNDREDS of billions which never re-enter the country's economy, manipulated by and for the benefit of skivers and wasters who haven't done an honest day's work in their entire lives and who every so often, prompt their political and media quislings to come up with stories like this.

Hotels being held hostage by Tripadvisor blackmailers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10817988/Hotels-hostage-to-TripAdvisor-blackmailers.html Hasn't this been common practice and knowledge since Day One?

London cabbies plan severe disruption in protest against taxi app. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/londons-black-cabs-plan-severe-chaos-for-capital-in-protest-against-taxi-app-uber-9339404.html

Cold-call victim gets his own back. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/aug/29/cold-call-victim-gets-own-back

Eviction threats hit 10-year high. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/08/threat-tenant-evictions-highest-10-years-repossessions

Britain's house price map. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10812771/House-price-heatmap-its-still-winter-in-the-regions.html So, unlike the screaming headlines one normally sees in the media, there are actually many areas in the country where house prices have been coming down.

World's best homes for sale for under £200,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10814643/Worlds-best-homes-under-200000-for-sale.html

SMEs must get better at networking, new research shows. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/marketing/sales-networking/25008/smes-must-get-better-networking-research-shows/

Kickstart Young Entrepreneur Awards now open for registration. http://www.baldwinskickstart.co.uk/index.php/kickstart-entry-form-2014/

08.05.2014: Thousands face tax raids on accounts, says HMRC. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27308811#

Accountants call for improved support for smaller firms. https://www.accountancylive.com/firms-call-government-improve-sme-support Accountants reporting to the Treasury Select Committee's inquiry into lending to small and medium-sized firms have urged the Government to improve support for smaller firms and publicise financial support schemes more widely. According to Peter Hollis of accountancy firm Hollis & Co, and Chris Lane, partner at Kingston Smith, banks often cancel loans or impose higher rates of interest on small firms if they had reported a downturn in sales, or due to changes in asset valuations by risk-averse bank surveyors, for example relating to family homes provided as security. It was also reported that some Government initiatives are under publicised, such as the Better Business Finance appeal process, which helps smaller firms that have had an application for bank funding turned down. The accountants have also called for the Government to introduce a capital lending scheme for smaller firms at preferenti al long-term interest rates. (EnterpriseQuest)

New CAP schemes information published. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/countryside-gets-set-to-claim-15bn-under-cap-reform Information about the new CAP schemes for England has been published by Defra and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). The information includes details of the Basic Payment Scheme, the new Rural Development Programme, and timescales for when the new schemes will be introduced. Farming Minister George Eustice said: "We are determined to implement the CAP in a way that is as simple, affordable and effective as possible and are working together across Defra to help people understand how the reforms will affect them, what they need to do and when, and how to get more information." (EnterpriseQuest)

Repossessions increase by 6,4000. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/08/repossessions-increase-by-6-400/

New Tesco credit card for people with bad credit. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/08/new-tesco-credit-card-for-people-with-bad-credit/

Official release: UK floods 2014; Government response and recovery. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-floods-2014-government-response

Growing shopper appetite for digital marketing initiatives. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16107

Spread betting conman jailed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/07/gambler-jailed-for-1-3m-ponzi-scam/

The Ten Commandments of Social Media. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/24950/10-commandments-social-media/

07.05.2014: Late payments to smaller firms on the increase. http://www.fpb.org/news/2682/Late_payment_remains_a_concern_for_SMEs_despite_improving_economy_says_Forum.htm Nearly one in four smaller firms experienced an increase in the number of late payments during 2013, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB) latest banking and finance survey. Around one in three firms surveyed reported an increase in the average number of days beyond the payment deadline that payments were made. Almost one in five experienced an increase in both the number of late payments and the days taken to pay. FPB Chief Executive Phil Orford commented that more than £30 billion still remains 'tied up in late payments'. (EnterpriseQuest)

Official release: 'We are building Britain'. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/we-are-building-britain

New UK Assisted Area Status Map announced. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/manufacturing-and-growth-hotspots-targeted-for-extra-business-investment The Department for Business (BIS) has announced that a number of additional locations in the UK have been granted Assisted Area Status, making them eligible to bid for funding and to be granted tax breaks for investment in new premises, machinery, and job creation. Areas including parts of Derby, Huddersfield, Portsmouth, Scunthorpe, Leeds, Manchester, Arbroath, Blackpool, Hastings and Lowestoft have been added to the new Assisted Areas Status Map, which is due to take effect from 1 July 2014, subject to formal approval by the European Commission. Firms in assisted areas are eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) in some Enterprise Zones, and from Business Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA) to bring derelict properties back into use. They can also benefit from regional aid via Regional Growth Fund initiatives in England, Regional Selective Assistance in Scotland, Welsh Government Business Finance, and Se lective Financial Assistance in Northern Ireland. (EnterpriseQuest)

Grant scheme for childcare start ups extended. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/child-care-business-scheme-extended The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced that the Childcare Business Grant Scheme in England that was due to end in March 2014 has been extended until 31st December 2014. The grant scheme provides grants of up to £500 to start up a nursery or childminding service, in order to cover the cost of training, equipment, insurance, criminal record checks and adaptations to premises. (EnterpriseQuest)

World Hairdressing Championships. http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2014/may/05/world-hairdressing-championships-in-pictures

British-built cars top list of those most likely to pass MOT first time. (But they're all Japanese.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-2621358/British-built-cars-likely-pass-MoT-time-list.html

Older people have 'more to spend'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/07/older-people-have-more-to-spend/#!slide=aol_1260449 Even if that were to be true, the Government and the media are working hard to ensure any money worked for and saved up by the older generation, is taken away to finance the lifestyles of workshy, pisshead Tory hoodies. It is already officially acknowledged that British retirees are the second poorest in Europe so for us business folk who once looked to them as the best customers to have of all, I'm afraid that the future is unlikely to bring about any dramatic changes.

Why I've chosen to live on just £1 a day. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/10804837/Sherlock-Amanda-Abbington-Why-Ive-chosen-to-live-on-just-1-a-day.html

06.05.2014: Self-employment surge hides true story behind upbeat employment figures. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/06/self-employment-uk-job-figures-analysis and http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/collapse-in-pay-lies-behind--britains-return-to-work-9324388.html One of the report conclusions is that a typical self-employed person is being paid 40% less than the average employee - all of which we have been maintaining for the past couple of years. I guess that's why we're not 'economists'.

Want a 13% pay rise? Become a farmer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2618805/Want-13-pay-rise-Become-FARMER-How-working-land-lucrative-happier-too.html Sure. Farmers are all on 'salaries', aren't they? Another piece of tabloid bullshit to amuse my land-working neighbours. When they finally come in to sit down at the end of a sixteen-hour day. Or return from their latest visit to the local bank to plead for another overdraft extension. Or even the local food bank in some cases.

Warm weather helps to boost High Street sales. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/474238/Warm-weather-helps-to-boost-sales-on-the-high-street

Online budget shopping on the rise. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/05/online-budget-shopping-on-the-rise/

UK energy too cheap, says study. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/may/06/uk-energy-too-cheap-newcastle-university

How thieves can use your mobile to empty your bank account. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620969/How-thieves-use-mobile-bank-account-dodgy-public-WiFi-connections-bluesnarfing.html Which is why the banks have been so keen on rolling out mobile banking.

Parts of Britain are poorer than Poland. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2617938/Revealed-How-parts-Britain-poorer-POLAND-families-Wales-Cornwall-Europes-worst-off.html Once again, it's been that way for quite a while. Still. We musn't compromise the usual hate-preaching propaganda of media scrotes on six-figure salaries.

Hundreds of ex-pat Brits in Portugal may lose their homes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620377/Hundreds-British-expats-Portugal-lose-homes-19th-century-land-grab-law-government-seize-land-built-state-property.html

05.05.2014: Two thirds of self employed are not paying into pensions. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/may/03/self-employed-not-paying-into-pensions-thinktank Perfect. Just what the Government ordered. Let's have some more 'self-employed/entrepreneur start-up' scams. (Sorry. 'Schemes'.)

Pension rip-off rescue plans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/10803996/Pension-rip-off-rescue-plan-with-help-from-Isas.html With the help of ISAs?????

EU trade benefits are 'imaginary' claims new report. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620289/Trade-benefits-EU-imaginary-Report-finds-exports-Europe-grown-slower-rate-trade-countries-outside-past-40-years.html Happily, one of the comments following the article is somewhat better informed. 'Would have been a much more convincing report if it had used values instead of percentages. If you look at last years figures, the UK exports to Germany rose 20%. Trade between UK and Germany stands at over 160 billion per year. In fact the UK exports more goods and services to North Rhine Westphalia alone than to India and China put together. Over 2,500 German companies have invested in the UK, totaling almost €100billion, sustaining 400,000 British jobs. I don't see that amount of money coming from the likes of Vietnam and Qatar. Of course exports to places will increase dramatically if you start ate a very low baseline. Not a convincing report at all really, a C-grade to Civitas.'

More than a little outside the comfort zone of tabloid propaganda hacks, is the subject of 'business'. Their priority is writing the usual crap for American terrorism - currently mis-reporting on Syria and the Ukraine. Plus doped-up football. And micro-celebrity slappers no-one with a life has ever heard of.

More specifically, it is interesting to note that the British media has been taking a closer look at the German property market recently as well as business prospects in general. Prices are much lower, it's a beautiful country and although Germany had a problem with 'millions' of back-door, 'illegal' British immigrants 'stealing' their jobs a while ago (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, etc), all is now forgiven as British labour prefers signing on these days, to working. Part of the modern 'Go East, Young Man' phenomenon, Germany is a country well worth a closer look.

Developers dumping indentikit 'crap' homes across Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/developers-dumping-identikit-crap-homes-across-britain-says-grand-designs-kevin-mccloud-as-government-promises-selfbuild-revolution-9323082.html Errr. They've been doing that for fifty years.

Do my tenants have to pay for damage? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/propertyclinic/10801039/Property-clinic-do-my-tenants-have-to-pay-for-flat-damage.html

Three-quarters of bosses admit to making calls while on the road. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2620299/Bosses-work-wheel-Three-quarters-admit-ringing-colleagues-customers-road.html

Trending: bee-hive raids. http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/473925/Bees-stolen-by-keepers-in-hive-raids

04.05.2014: Cameron thanks FTSE 100 bosses for reviving economy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businesslatestnews/10805990/David-Cameron-thanks-bosses-for-reviving-economy.html Oh, they are paying taxes now, are they?

Small firms and homeowners help RBS to double profit. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/473747/Small-firms-help-RBS-to-double-profit

Multinational giants line up for UK tax breaks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businesslatestnews/10805995/Multinational-giants-line-up-for-UK-tax-breaks.html

China slaps ban on all British cheese. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619697/Grate-Wall-China-Beijing-slaps-ban-ALL-British-cheese-visit-just-one-dairy-doesnt-import-there.html I suppose British consumers could retaliate by refusing to buy all Chinese goods - but that would totally change the appearance of Pleb Britain as we know it.

Understanding credit unions. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/473929/Banking-on-the-community-Understanding-credit-unions

Trending: rising young antique dealers. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/may/02/interiors-homes

A French chateau or a Surbiton semi? Which would you choose? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619599/An-Englishmans-home-chauteau-A-magnifique-mansion-France-semi-Surbiton-prices-tumbling-Channel-YOU-choose.html It's articles like this which are behind the tens of thousands of disillusioned, ex-pat Brits abandoning their property dreams in Spain and to a lesser extent, certain areas of France.

Six essential tips to improve your home for a move. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2619330/Six-essential-home-improvement-tips-add-value-property-selling.html

03.05.2014: 500,000 property millionaires by end of 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10805237/Property-millionaires-club-to-reach-500000-this-year.html

Britain's Top Takeaway. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/lebanese-please-can-britains-toprated-takeaway-the-cedar-live-up-to-authentic-homecooked-middle-eastern-cuisine-9313446.html

Top 5 tips for business cards. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/24731/top-5-tips-business-cards/

3 ways to make your marketing stick. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/24492/3-ways-make-marketing-stick/

10 books every aspiring entrepreneur must read. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/toolbox/bookshelf/24915/10-books-every-aspiring-entrepreneur-must-read/

The Events Company. http://ukimages.gmimage3.com/new/viewnewsletter2.aspx?SiteID=17147&SID=6&NewsletterID=467650

02.05.2014: What housing bubble? Boom turns to bust. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/may/01/housing-bubble-boom-bust-auction

Mortgage numbers at six month low. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/01/mortgage-numbers-at-six-month-low/

Windows XP users get Explorer fix. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27249695#

Government publishes response to company filing consultation. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/company-filing-requirements and http://www.contractoruk.com/news/0011521ministers_set_cut_small_companies_red_tape.html The Department for Business (BIS) has published a response to the company filing requirements consultation it carried out last year. The consultation asked for feedback on proposed changes to the annual filing requirements for UK companies that were intended to simplify filing processes and reduce duplication. The response to the consultation includes changes to the process of filing annual returns and information about a joint filing tool for submitting information to Companies House and HMRC.

We shouldn't be grammar Nazis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10801507/We-shouldnt-be-grammar-Nazis.html An unfortunate choice of words for a country which promotes war criminal vermin but from a business perspective, especially for internauts who believe the world is their English-speaking oyster, making contact with a wider world which appreciates at least the basics of the English language while giving the impression that one is an idle, thick, illiterate moron, isn't very helpful.

Will I owe tax if I sell my annexe? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/capital-gains-tax/10784933/Will-I-owe-capital-gains-tax-if-I-sell-the-annexe-next-to-my-house.html

Are European migrants really taxed just £1 a week? http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/may/01/are-150000-eastern-european-migrants-really-paying-just-1-a-week-in-tax Or more, pro rata, than US Big Corp.

Mum's kitchen-made drink to be sold across the country. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10796887/Mums-kitchen-made-drink-to-be-sold-across-the-country.html

The first lady of football's Big Goal: help for small firms. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/karren-brady-interview-the-first-lady-of-footballs-big-goal-help-for-small-firms-9309132.html Does this mean she is going to stop football supporter thugs from trashing small business premises and scaring off paying customers?

Trending: steroid use. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/10796402/Steroids-supersizing-the-man-in-the-mirror.html We've been warning of this for a few years but of course, one doesn't expect the media to be on the ball, however much they might like to write on the subject. A development which is very much a child of the internet - just like abusive pornography or online gambling - and is all about in-your-face availability. However, unlike copycat websites of government agencies which get taken down in a matter of weeks, I am sure the authorities will take no action whatsoever with this rapidly growing social danger as they remain in denial that even their national sports are doped up to the gills.

Cowboy builder jailed for £2 million fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/01/cowboy-builder-jailed-for-2m-fraud/

01.05.2014: Alarming new twist on payday loans. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/04/30/alarming-new-twist-on-payday-loans/

Official release: Information Security Breaches Survey 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/information-security-breaches-survey-2014

Facebook to place ads in other apps. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27230468#

Do French manners put us to shame? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/10797731/Do-French-manners-put-the-British-to-shame.html

British hotels among the worst for wi-fi charges. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/10797654/British-hotels-among-worst-for-Wi-Fi-charges.html

Airport chaos after immigration computer failure. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/01/airport-chaos-uk-immigration-computer-failure

The great airport rip-off; travellers waste £21 million a year buying last-minute cash. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2616993/Airport-currency-exchange-rip-British-tourists-waste-21million-year-buying-currency-airport.html

5 articles to help you provide better customer service. http://sbinformation.about.com/b/2014/04/23/small-business-customer-service.htm?nl=1

 

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