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LATEST! 31st October 2013
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (September 2013) Viewpoint; Latest eBOSS contents

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

31.10.2013: Royal Mail workers' strike cancelled. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24749336#

HMRC warns buy-to-let landlords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/30/hmrc-warns-buy-to-let-landlords/

Contactless card data can be taken. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24743920#

Don't let your accounts become a nightmare. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/21786/dont-let-accounts-become-nightmare/

Getting the most from your website. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21789/getting-website/

30.10.2013: Ministers defend business rates. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10412944/Ministers-defend-business-rates-despite-high-street-turmoil.html And so we come to the real reason for the demise and difficulties not only of the High Street but the UK's small business sector generally. Not the internet. Not the EU. But, as always, our politicians. Not to worry. We'll get to the bottom of these things eventually.

Small energy companies 'escape levies'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24741541# I don't remember either the media or the politicians pointing out such vast differences in purchasing, billing and profitability between the energy companies before? I wonder what's held them back from identifying these significant discrepancies sooner?

Crown Post Office workers to strike. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24730673#

HMRC tax crackdown on landlords. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10410791/Landlord-tax-crackdown-gets-serious.html

Energy companies axe prompt payment discounts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2479059/AXED-Discounts-paying-energy-bills-time--just-prices-up.html

Francois Hollande becomes most unpopular French president ever. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/29/francois-hollande-most-unpopular-president While the infantile French media which clamoured for his election with a barrage of far-fetched, third-form propaganda, becomes Europe's least-credible source of information - after that of Engerlandt, of course.

Which? cries foul over football packages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10412183/Which-cries-foul-over-Thomas-Cook-football-trip-mark-ups.html Entirely in keeping with professional football's global image.

Cost of farmland rising faster than that of housing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2479262/Cost-farmland-rising-faster-housing.html

European bicycle sales rising faster than those of cars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2478404/Bicycle-sales-overtake-CARS-time-Europe--recession-blame.html Or it could just be an instinctive reaction of disgust to the media drip-feed of football, nothing but football and still more rubbish about football? And even the orchestrated Armstrong feeding frenzy which ultimately served to drive even more spectators to watch bike racing and onto bike seats themselves, than ever before.

Recession to blame? Or a cultural shift? Whatever, for those who jumped on the cycling bandwagon a few years ago (like Sky), then big trader or small trader, things are very much looking up. Despite media-backed and USADA-approved #1 sport for doping, American football this time, coming to Wembley.

Confessions of a removal man. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/movinghouse/10405468/Confessions-of-a-removal-man-We-emptied-the-wrong-house.html

29.10.2013: How to claim on your house or car insurance after a storm. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/28/how-to-claim-on-your-home-or-car-insurance-after-a-storm/

New doubts about recovery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10408986/New-doubts-about-recovery-as-retail-sales-stall.html Or, doubts which are 'new' to politicians and the media. I don't think business professionals have been fooled, although you very rarely get to hear from people who know what they're talking about these days - as they need more to express themselves than a line and a hashtag on Twatter.

Draft rules set out deadline for dealing with website comments. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/October/two-day-deadline-for-website-operators-to-notify-comment-authors-about-defamation-complaints/ New rules outlining the process to be followed by website publishers who receive complaints about comments posted on their sites have been drafted by the Government. Under the draft rules, publishers would be required to contact comment authors to inform them of a complaint, and give them five days either to consent to the removal of their comment, or provide the publisher with their contact details to be passed to the complainant. If there is no response from the author, or they refuse to allow their details to be passed on, the publisher will have 48 hours to remove the comments from the site. The rules, which are being drawn up under the new Defamation Act, also give complainants the right to insist that their identity remains concealed from the author of the comment. (EnterpriseQuest)

OFT consults on legal guidance for landlords. http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2013/70-13 The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is seeking views about its new draft legal guidance for the private rental sector. Lettings professionals, tenants and other interested parties have been invited to respond to a consultation on the guidance, which outlines the OFT's views on how the law applies to the sector's activities and identifies practices that could be in breach of legislation. The consultation will run until 10th December 2013. (EnterpriseQuest)

Millions refusing to pick up phones because of intimidating cold calls. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478660/Millions-scared-menace-intimidating-cold-calls-refuse-answer-phone.html

MPs demand HMRC should take internet giants to court over unpaid taxes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478462/MPs-fury-HMRC-failing-multi-nationals-court-amid-warning-35billion-uncollected-tax-just-tip-iceberg.html Another bit of political show-boating which won't change any final outcomes. The day Big Corp starts paying its £ billions of dues in the UK, is the day the present collective installed at 'Wankminster' is out on its neck. Fast-forward instead, to a much-publicised HMRC list of Ten Ten small business tax-dodgers who have fiddled the country out of a few bob.

BT accused of profiteering from nuisance call fee. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24712206#

Britons must be given the skills to compete with immigrants. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478336/David-Camerons-anger-factories-staffed-foreigners.html This has been a problem for almost a generation yet politicians and educationalists have fiddled while Rome burns. Even now, as the country's school-leavers enter the jobs market without even the most basic social skills let alone any useful knowledge and experience, government and the media find it easier - and more profitable - to engage in rabble-rousing and hate preaching rather than applying solutions which were blindingly evident just twenty or thirty years ago. Notably, parents who know how to parent; teachers who teach; and yoof which accepts the need to learn. Which is back to parenting and teaching again.

It's ironic that for all the tools which our 'leaders' claim have improved the present generation's lot in life - the internet, computers, smartphones, 101 t.v. (repeat) channels, modern housing, German cars for everyone, benefits galore - never have prospects been so limited and people as individuals, so superfluous and isolated. At which point, there's a very strong case for chucking it all in the dubbo and going back to the 'old' drawing board. Businesses included.

28.10.2013: HMRC targets VAT cheats in Scotland and Northern Ireland. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/vat-cheats-crackdown A new taskforce to crack down on individuals and businesses making fraudulent VAT repayment claims in Scotland and Northern Ireland has been announced by HMRC. In particular, firms set up for the sole purpose of making false VAT repayment claims are being targeted and HMRC expects to recover £7 million. The taskforce is part of an ongoing campaign to tackle tax avoidance, evasion and fraud in the UK, with £90 million collected as a result of taskforce activities carried out between 2011 and 2012, and a further £90 million expected to be recovered over the coming three years. (EnterpriseQuest)

Green tax going to wrong homes. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/green-tax-goes-to-wrong-homes-says-think-tank-8906448.html

Gazumping is back. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478077/Gazumping-house-prices-rise-Chronic-lack-properties-sale-driving-return-hijacking-tactics.html

What does Internet Explorer warning mean? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10404772/What-does-this-Internet-Explorer-warning-message-mean.html

Why is broadband more expensive in the US? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24528383

10 best slow-cooked recipes. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/26/10-best-slow-cooked-recipes One of the many benefits of working from home is that - if you are so inclined - growing your own food and home cooking can make significant contributions to the household economy as well as providing much-needed mental breaks and adding to the family's quality of life generally. Although I wouldn't throw in a carrot to this pick of ten 'best' slow-cooked recipes for Chelsea posers, slow cookers, pressure cookers, even wood-burning stoves and Agas with casseroles gently bubbling away (assuming a traditional stove design) can even help keep you warm while the meal chugs away. Then, try to find just an average of an hour a week or so to find, cut, split and store your wood and the energy companies and the politicians can go and shaft themselves.

Sadly, the political and economic objectives of putting people into battery housing are that all quality of life options should be removed and, just like battery hens with nothing more to do than watching water pass by in their eye-level plastic troughs, are left with nothing more to do than watching plastic themselves.

So it goes without saying. If you want to have a successful home business, buying a house which offers you more possibilities than a crap internet connection, is no bad thing.

27.10.2013: One-in-three people could be paying the wrong tax. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10404649/One-in-three-could-be-on-wrong-tax-codes.html

How your local economy is performing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10403407/How-the-economy-is-performing-in-your-area.html

Police buying eBay data to target crime. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-buy-ebay-data-to-target-criminals-8906381.html

Payday loans have new consumer champion. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/loans-credit/payday-loans-defended-by-new-consumer-champion-8906441.html

Top Ten Tips for landlords. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21604/ten-top-tips-landlords/

Weekend Larf: Royal Mail sale will help stamp out Britain's debt culture. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/439266/Ask-the-boss-Royal-Mail-sale-will-help-stamp-out-Britain-s-debt-culture It hopes to achieve this with ongoing, rabid and profiteering price increases, driving the public and small businesses in particular to insolvency to pay for the cost of its services.

26.10.2013: Branson announces launch of Virgin Startup for UK's Young Entrepreneurs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21724/bransons-virgin-joins-start-loans-young-entrepreneurs-uk/

Cashing cheques without going to the bank. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10405808/Cash-cheques-without-going-near-a-bank.html

Trending: boom in home tuition. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/25/new-boom-home-tuition

Fad or Ponzi scheme? Bitcoin. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/more-than-a-fad-or-just-a-ponzi-scheme-how-the-world-is-getting-used-to-bitcoin-8904987.html

Royal Mail planning to swamp public with cold calls. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2477108/Now-Royal-Mail-plans-swamp-cold-calls.html

What sort of networking animal are you? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/21712/sort-networking-animal/

Schneider's Twitter business tips. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2013/oct/25/david-schneider-twitter-tips Who he?

The world's cheapest and most expensive places for energy prices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertynews/10404438/Energy-prices-the-worlds-cheapest-and-most-expensive-places.html

25.10.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/25/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Tips to meet 31st October paper self-assessment deadline. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=734&m=747&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=24563&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/21715/tips-meet-31st-october-paper-self-assessment-tax-deadline/

Tax penalties threat from HMRC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24654309#

Website publishers could be liable for defamatory reader comments. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/October/online-publishers-need-to-exercise-a-degree-of-caution-when-posting-stories-that-could-attract-critical-comments-rules-echr/ A new ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has prompted warnings that website operators could be held liable for defamatory comments posted by their readers. The ECHR agreed with the decision of a court in Estonia to hold an online news publisher responsible for disparaging comments made about the owner of a shipping company featured in an article on the site. The court ruled that the publisher could have predicted the nature of the comments the article was likely to attract and taken steps to prevent them being made public. Under the UK's Defamation Act, which came into force earlier this year, website publishers could be held liable for reader comments, but new regulations setting out their responsibilities in full are yet to be finalised. (EnterpriseQuest)

Google breaks banner ads promise. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/24/google-breaks-promise-banner-ads-search-results

How to avoid cloned designer sites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2473425/Is-1-000-designer-bag-actually-fake-One-tricked-buying-cloned-designer-sites--heres-avoid-it.html

Britain second only to Estonia for EU fuel poverty. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/25/pm-urged-to-act-over-cold-homes/ Good to see Britain up there, competing for the top spot again, even if Estonian winters are much, much colder.

Is switching energy providers pointless? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/24/is-switching-energy-providers-pointless/

British commuters spend over a year in traffic jams. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=734&m=747&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=24564&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21709/british-commuters-spend-year-traffic-jams/ A lot of these jams recently being caused by Brits making a daily trip in their BMWs and SUVs down to the local food banks. Then driving around the corner for a packet of fags, a case of beer and a conversation in the supermarket aisles with their dummyphones.

24.10.2013: Official release. Government supports first ever Small Business Saturday. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-supports-first-ever-small-business-saturday Another piece of self-promoting bullshit from the Government which, despite pointing to the established importance of the British small business community, offers a US example for emphasising how much potential there is in a Small Business Day. On the other hand, the Minister responsible can't even be arsed to get on his bike and tour some small businesses to offer his support, and instead, will simply appear on an Arsebook page and Twatter about the subject for a few minutes in a week's time.

I would be astonished if more than 10% of the country's small businesses were even remotely affected by Twitter or Facebook. Their currency is footfall, bums on seats and hard cash. They've got work to do. And not just loaf around behind a screen in 'Wankminster' with a couple of open tabs to social media and another half a dozen to US porn sites.

Still, perhaps some heart should be taken from the fact that this time, there doesn't appear to be a media mediocrity or Dragon endorsing the initiative, and thus dooming it to failure before the country's hacks even wake up to this latest press release.

In the meantime, we continue to support the country's small businesses. Every single day, including Small Business Saturday. And not just once a year for a photo-shoot and a quick Twatter, like our politicians and the media.

'Give apprenticeships to stay-at-home mums'. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21702/cherie-blair-give-apprenticeships-stay-home-mums/ Not a new idea by a long shot; the HBA (the organisation behind this website) was offering an officially accredited work from home/home business qualification as long as fifteen years ago. So as far as we're concerned, it's a good idea. Getting a reliable, ongoing commitment from all parties involved is a problem, however.

Post Office managers to take industrial action. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24637357#

New top level web domains announced. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24637673#

Mobile users win penalty-free switch. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24636682#

Bank acknowledges 'contactless' card problems by changing rules. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10398813/Bank-acknowledges-contactless-card-problems-by-changing-rules.html

It's all about the 'work club'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/10397701/Women-forget-private-members-clubs-its-all-about-the-work-club.html Once again, nothing new. There seemed to be scores of these dotted around the country even twenty years ago, centred on the themes of 'homeworking, 'teleworking' or running a business from home and inspired to a greater or lesser extent, by just one or two people in each location. However, once the driving force/s move on, retire, what-have-you and the 'energy' leaves the group, then just as with charities and voluntary groups everywhere, the club's days become numbered.

Today, with the added prominence of virtual networking and socialising (supposedly), I do wonder how much steam there is in 'work clubs'. The more's the pity.

The best place to live in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/23/the-best-place-to-live-in-the-uk/

23.10.2013: Insolvency rate falls for fifth consecutive month. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=732&m=745&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=24509&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21692/insolvency-rate-falls-fifth-consecutive-month/

List of UK energy suppliers, including the 'independents'. http://www.which.co.uk/switch/energy-suppliers

The best and the worst online shops. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/22/which-are-the-best-and-worst-online-shops/

American University of London sells study-free MBA. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24618786# Designed for the modern, 7-word American vocabulary of 'Oh my God', 'Hi', 'awesome', 'cool' and 'kids', no doubt. And Britsheep, of course. Theses made up of up to 48 of these words plus two hashtags will guarantee a Phd (Twatter) and help secure a glittering future as a politician, a tabloid journalist or a government guru.

'Sharing saves us £20,000 a year'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10390016/Sharing-saves-us-20000-a-year.html

Does digital advertising work? http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=732&m=745&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=24508&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/marketing/21671/digital-ads-work-knows/

Shell Livewire Conference and Network Event 2013 (21st November) ticket registration. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8386655713?ref=ebtnebregn

UK baking and breadmaking courses. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/oct/22/great-british-bake-off-baking-holidays Nice little 'home businesses', these. Especially if you live in attractive surroundings and can throw in a bit of accommodation as well.

The High Street giants avoiding millions in tax. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eurobonds-scandal-the-high-street-giants-avoiding-millions-in-tax-8897591.html

British 'connoiseurs' duped into paying up to £7000 a bottle of French wine, for years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2471704/Fake-Romanee-Conti-wine-sold-UK-years-police-reveal.html

22.10.2013: Micro-firms struggle to cope with online tax system. http://www.aat.org.uk/about-aat/press-releases/micro-businesses Micro-business owners and self-employed people are struggling to cope with the online tax system, according to a survey by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Two thirds of survey respondents said they thought the tax system was becoming more digitally focused. In addition, 20% said the tax return process is too complicated and four in ten respondents said they lacked the resources and technical knowledge to keep up. Adam Harper of the AAT said: "If we want an 'entrepreneurial UK' in which start ups thrive, then we need to simplify the process and offer more support to those that need it, and ensure that tax isn't taxing." (EnterpriseQuest)

Non-computer business owners win case against Fascist HMRC's insistence on online-only VAT returns. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2470227/Christian-beekeepers-win-case-HMRC-post-VAT-return.html

Almost 900,000 businesses missing out on opportunity to export. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=731&m=744&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=24478&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21662/almost-900000-uk-businesses-missing-opportunities-export/

Help for smaller online retailers to attract overseas orders. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-support-to-help-7000-businesses-export-online The Government has launched a new package of measures to help small and medium-sized online retailers to expand and attract more overseas customers. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) will provide training and support for businesses already exporting and those aspiring to do so, as well as support to help 600 UK retail firms list their products on global marketplaces such as Alibaba. Launching the new campaign, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Britain's 220,000 online retailers export more than the rest of Europe's e-retailers combined, but other countries are catching up fast. UK companies need to stay ahead of the game". (EnterpriseQuest)

Shopper numbers in decline. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/21/shopper-numbers-suffer-decline/

Consumer optimism accelerates. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/21/consumer-optimism-accelerates/

Pound slumps against the euro. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2471291/British-holidaymakers-face-crunch-spending-abroad-pound-slumps-euro.html Errrm. Not quite. Official rate: £ against the euro change on week: none. Change on month: none. Change on year, admittedly, minus 0.05. But hey. The country's enjoying an economic revival so what do you expect!

Muted start for bank switching plan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24611864#

Top 5 Tips to cut down food waste. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10395018/Chutney-makers-top-five-tips-to-cut-down-on-food-waste.html

Teen entrepreneurs have the net advantage. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/21/summly-founder-teen-entrepreneurs-nick-daloisio Judging by the media interviews I've been listening to recently, the real concern with today's yoof is that they are anything but internet savvy - and their parents and teachers are even worse. Groomed by marketing companies and an education system to believe that their futures lie in fummin, wearing headphones and carrying talking plastic, the chances of becoming a successful internet entrepreneur these days are about as likely as a major win on the lottery.

On the other hand, there really are well-paid 'proper' jobs and business opportunities aplenty for the vast majority; those who want to learn and work, that is. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to tally with modern British values: http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/21/recruiter-advertises-50-jobs-no-one-applies/ Now, if the ad had appeared on Facebook for a piss-up and a house trashing, half the country's students and unemployed would have turned up.

4-hour Facebook freeze blamed on technical glitch. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2470127/Network-maintenance-blamed-hour-Facebook-freeze--3-500-companies-left-affected-temporary-glitch.html This country knows all about American technical glitches. Unfortunately.

Furrener-go-home goon wagons axed - after they persuade only 1 - ONE - illegal immigrant to return home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2471114/Theresa-May-axe-vans-telling-illegal-immigrants-home.html Yet another runaway 'success' story from the Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May. Still, it helped sell a few extra copies for the Minister's natural allies - hate-preaching, offshore registered Nazi tabloids. While tarring the country yet again with a Brownshirt image just before the Commonwealth Games; next year's Tour de France; etc; etc; and further compromising business prospects in general.

How many Englishmen does it take to change a lightbulb? (Answer: 7) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2470051/It-takes-SEVEN-road-workers-change-lightbulb--climb-ladder-watch.html

21.10.2013: Most people have been targetted by online crime. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/21/most-people-have-been-targeted-by-online-crime/

Family spending power at a six-month low as UK sees weakest wage growth on record. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/14709 A foregone conclusion if only because the politicians, the analysts and economists and the tabloids have been hailing a recovery.

UK 'recovery' under threat. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/21/energy-bills-low-wages-rises-economic-recovery

Waitrose launches Christmas dinner for dogs. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/14707 After which there will be plenty of fat dogs to feed 'Food Bank' Britain.

The French fleeing their country for Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/10390571/france-hollande-taxes-socialist-farrage.html On the other hand, there are still far more Brits living in France than vice versa. A comprehensive and well-written piece, though.

Brit moves to France to create hit with low-cal champagne. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2469813/Raise-glass-low-calorie-Champagne-Diet-fizz-created-British-woman-quit-job-moved-France-hits-market.html

How do I stop Google targetting me with ads? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10389450/How-do-I-stop-Google-targeting-me-with-ads.html Quit the internet? Get a life?

20.10.2013: Residential landlords given chance to settle unpaid tax. http://hmrc.presscentre.com/Press-Releases/Tax-opportunity-for-landlords-to-put-house-in-order-6938b.aspx Residential landlords who fail to disclose all their rental income to HMRC are being given the opportunity to come forward and settle any unpaid tax, including any penalties and interest due. The Let Property Campaign will run for at least 18 months and covers all residential landlords including those with single or multiple properties, holiday lettings and student or workforce rentals. Advice and support will be available to landlords, and those declaring unpaid tax voluntarily would receive the best possible terms. Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC Campaigns, said: "The message for all landlords owing tax is simple - it is better to come to us before we come to you."

Blind entrepreneur launches app for reading menus for the visually impaired. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/a-menu-that-speaks-for-itself-blind-entrepreneur-launches-app-to-revolutionise-eating-out-for-britains-visually-impaired-8891783.html

Britain's most wasteful towns. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2467041/Revealed-Britains-wasteful-towns-emerges-15-1billion-worth-food-ends-bins-year.html

Politicians record 28.5 million hits on Arsebook. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2460485/Facebook-Waitrose-shopping-searching-homes-RightMove-What-MPs-online-office.html Must be seen as identifying with the country's modern voters - granny-mugging hoodies, trolls and video game heroes.

CNET Community: Is the Google era making me dumber? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/18/2013

Google's and Facebook's terms & conditions more difficult to understand than an Anglo-Saxon saga. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2467166/Googles-terms-conditions-beat-classics-Beowulf-War-Peace-named-epic-read-time-say-scientists.html

NatWest business accounts hit by online scam. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-2465839/Bankline-fraud-NatWest-business-accounts-hit-online-scam.html

Free iPads for pensioners (to stop them getting lonely). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2467044/Free-iPads-pensioners-stop-getting-lonely-help-stay-touch-family-say-Ministers.html Unofficial reason: to help trace where all the pensioners are so that the Government can exhaustively tax them to early deaths.

5 ways you should never describe yourself. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/21544/5-ways-never-describe/

Why making a will is essential for the future of your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/legal/21551/making-will-essential-future-business/

19.10.2013. Credit union offering payday loans. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24581395#

New guide to Islamic finance in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-islamic-finance-in-the-uk A new 64-page guide to Islamic finance in the UK has been published jointly by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Treasury. The guide covers the operation and history of Islamic finance, as well as details of Islamic finance courses available in the UK and profiles of firms offering Islamic finance services. (EnterpriseQuest)

Surge in ladies going it alone in business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21643/sisters-business/

Boost for buy-to-let as rent prices soar. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/10389722/Boost-for-buy-to-let-landlords-as-rents-and-prices-soar.html

Bristol best city to live in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10386993/Bristol-is-best-city-to-live-in-the-UK.html

18.10.2013: More than 50% of SMEs feel “at risk” due to high cost legal advice. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21628/50-smes-feel-risk-due-high-cost-legal-advice/

What are Britons buying? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10385639/Retail-sales-What-are-Britons-buying.html

Vinyl record sales at highest level for ten years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/24551472#

Saturday girl shuns university and buys a shop. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2465071/Teenager-Molly-Clegg-uses-savings-buy-shop-used-work-Saturday-girl.html

Building a website in a weekend. http://www.theguardian.com/guardian-masterclasses/building-websites-html5-course-june?INTCMP=mic_231204

Is food swapping the future of grocery shopping? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2464852/Is-food-swapping-future-grocery-shopping.html

17.10.2013: Warning of future UK power shortages. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24560196#

What keeps budding entrepreneurs awake at night? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21607/keeps-budding-entrepreneurs-awake-night/

Ten Top Tips for landlords. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21604/ten-top-tips-landlords/

Scrap metal dealers require a licence under new laws. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scrap-metal-laws-to-stop-metal-theft-come-into-force New rules that require scrap metal dealers to be licensed to operate by their local authority came into effect on 1st October 2013. Under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, councils now have the power to refuse or revoke scrap metal licences, police have new powers to enter and inspect premises suspected of illegal activity, and the maximum fine for non-compliance has increased to £5,000. The Act, which was introduced to crack down on rogue traders and reduce metal theft, extends the ban on cash payments, introduced in December 2012, to mobile scrap metal collectors, and requires all dealers to keep transaction records. (EnterpriseQuest)

University of Essex Business School November training courses. http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/bmt/HTML/html_e-mail_November.html

16.10.2013: EU response to latest, UK tabloid 'red tape' bullshit. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

One in five small firms admits forgetting to invoice. http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2299277/uk-smes-financial-systems-losing-gbp37bn-unnecessarily A fifth of small and medium-sized firms admit to having forgotten to invoice customers at least once, according to a new survey. Of the 450 firms surveyed, 12% said the overlooked invoice was worth between £5,000 and £10,000, while in 6% of cases it was worth more than £10,000. The survey also found that just over half of business owners and managers trust their accountant on business matters more than anyone else. Commenting on the figures, Hartmut Wagner of financial management software provider Exact said: "We don't want to blow this issue out of proportion, but these findings do highlight that many small and medium-sized enterprises who are eager to grow are not doing themselves any favours, particularly with so many of them expressing concern over their cash flow." (EnterpriseQuest)

Rules for company names relaxed. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/list-of-restrictive-company-names-to-be-reduced
The list of 'sensitive' words requiring approval before they can be used in company names has been shortened by around a third, following a Government consultation. From next year, firms will be free to use terms such as 'authority', 'data protection' and 'watchdog' in their company name, but others such as 'association', 'inspectorate' and 'regulator' have been retained in the list of those requiring the approval of Companies House. The Government will also relax the rules to make it easier for companies operating as part of a group to swap names. (EnterpriseQuest)

3 years of stamp price rises on the way. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2462071/Royal-Mail-Three-years-stamp-price-rises-way.html

Royal Mail likely to face strike. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24545517#

Numbers relying on food banks triple in last year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24536817#

Energy companies that are consistently cheap. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10373765/The-energy-companies-that-are-consistently-cheap.html

Crackdown on rogue landlords. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-cracks-down-on-rogue-landlords-8882281.html

Building a new village life. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buyingsellingandmoving/10377262/Housing-developments-building-a-new-village-life.html

Fenland celery first English vegetable to gain protected status. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2462000/Fenland-celerys-wins-protection-EU-labelling-laws.html

What big companies can learn from the start-up world. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21579/secret-sauce-big-companies-can-learn-start-world/

Find your ideal office - with up to 2 months free (advertising). http://links.m.regus-worldwide.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDM2ODQzNDMS1&r=NjY3OTgyMzUwNTES1&j=MjA3ODgyNzM4S0&mt=1&rt=0

Doncaster Training Services. http://www.doncastertraining.co.uk/

15.10.2013: 'Britain must become a nation of self-builders'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10377653/Eric-Pickles-Brits-must-take-inspiration-from-Grand-Designs-and-become-a-nation-of-self-builders.html At least once a week, politicians must come up with a statement which reflects the fact that they watch telly-for-plebs. (It used to be football club scarves once upon a time.) In this case, it looks as if the Minister himself would benefit from some hard work on a self-build. Give him less time to mull over endless repeats of the same programme and help shed a few useless pounds. (Or blow himself up: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2460037/BBC-DIY-programme-shows-renovator-cutting-gas-canister-light-fitting.html)

'Hobbit' homeowner survives on just $5000 a year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2459151/Hobbit-man-lives-tiny-house-5000-year.html This will cause another huge influx of illegal immigrants into the US. Especially of UK business start-ups with an official loan and a failed ex-bank manager as a business mentor. $5000 a year, eh? Streets paved with gold for 'Food Bank' Britain and the country's homeless. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!

'Make gardens compulsory'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/10376558/Make-a-garden-compulsory-for-everyone-urges-gardener-Don.html It always amuses me how much of a fuss people make about earning a few extra pounds a week working from home - then blow it all on plastic-wrapped rubbish from the supermarket. Even a modest garden on the other hand, can save a family more than it will often earn from a secondary income.

Unfortunately, gardens take up the place of gold-plated bricks 'n mortar, so for housing developers and local authorities, there isn't much money in them. (Anyone ever heard of a bent councillor's arse stuffed full of banknotes from an allotment developer?)

DIY solution to Britain's housing crisis. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/14/solution-housing-crisis-flatpack

Council tax: how the rich get richer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/14/council-tax-how-the-rich-get-richer/

Cameron to promote business leaders' red tape concerns; British migrant statistics questioned. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-will-promote-business-leaders-plan-to-slash-brussels-red-tape-8880054.html There is little doubt that if David Cameron is taking up a cause, it's as bent as a nine-bob note.

As for UK migrant statistics then bearing in mind they come from the same source which claimed until just a couple of months ago that relaxing Chinese visa restrictions would pose a threat to national security, then it goes without saying that they're not worth a carrot.

Hopes rise of US debt shutdown deal. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/15/hopes-rise-over-debt-shutdown-deal/ Not before time, as Mr Cameron will clearly be carrying US interests closest to his heart at his next round of EU negotiations. Quite why the American government is wasting so much time in discussions with the country's tea-drinking traitors and anarchist Reds, though, I don't know. I'd have sent in the drones by now.

Consultation on filing annual returns. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/form-filling-for-companies-ditched-in-red-tape-cut Proposals to reduce the filing requirements for UK companies have been published in a new consultation document. The proposals include removing the requirement to fill in a mandatory annual return providing details such as the company address, type, names of directors and financial information. Rather than submitting a full return annually, the Government has suggested allowing firms either to confirm that the details held by Companies House are still correct or update them if necessary. Business Minister Jo Swinson said: "We're taking steps that will mean that businesses, pushed for time and money, are not simply filing paperwork for the sake of it." The consultation is open until 22nd November 2013. (EnterpriseQuest)

Protests over Google endorsed ads. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24519300#

Avon to close its French operations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24522756#

My best friend, the scammer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/14/my-best-friend-the-scammer/

Why making a will is essential to the future of your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/legal/21551/making-will-essential-future-business/

14.10.2013: Online-only VAT returns deemed unlawful. http://www.litrg.org.uk/News/2013/PR_VAT_tribunal_win Three small business owners have won an appeal against HMRC's requirement that all VAT returns are filed online. The requirement was deemed to breach their human rights and EU law. The business owners were unable to file the returns online due to disability and lack of any computer skills. According to the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), which supported the case, all three had previously filed their returns accurately and on time. Anthony Thomas, Chairman of the LITRG, said HMRC must give older and disabled people an alternative means of complying with their tax obligations, such as paper-based filing. (EnterpriseQuest)

UK to relax visa requirements for Chinese visitors. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24512781# So after a hundred years of playing silly buggers, a UK government eventually wakes up to organise a humiliating about-face and a grovelling twin trade-mission to China to admit the arrival of the 21st century! In the meantime, this country has lost £ billions in revenue just in recent years to its European neighbours alone. Well done, chaps! Arf, arf.

Prompt payment scheme not working. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/24497762# Yet another surprise. Not. We've known this since the scheme was introduced. It's why the small business community uses devices such as the Late Payment Hall of Shame: http://www.fpb.org/page/531

Cameron's £2000 tax cut for small businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10376563/David-Camerons-2000-tax-cut-for-small-businesses.html

13.10.2013: Cold call blocks 'not working'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24493732#

Energy and media firms 'mislead' to drive up prices. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24494893# It's a barrel 'o larfs a day with all these latest 'revelations'! At this rate, it'll soon be time to warm up the story of 'bent' politicians.

Construction output falls in August. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24489982#

Asda withdraws free shopping offer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24494683#

£2 billion a year wasted on internet purchases which shoppers could have sent back. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2457031/2billion-year-wasted-web-goods-shoppers-sent-knew-rights.html

More men turn to secretarial work to enhance their business prospects. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/13/jobless-male-graduates-secretarial-work-pa It is essential that men learn how to do everything that women traditionally do - or did. That way, men can ensure that women are performing their tasks to a satisfactory standard. Unfortunately, standards have slipped enormously and all that means today, is looking down at a dummyphone while walking along the street.

France considers Sunday trading. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/12/france-sunday-trading-debate

Cut EU red tape to save billions advise business chiefs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/10375347/Cut-EU-red-tape-to-save-billions-business-chiefs-tell-Cameron.html I thought this Government had cut masses of red tape already, according to their regular propaganda. So what's this all about? Or are 'red tape' and 'savings' just being used as Big Company euphemisms for irresponsible profiteering? Again.

Irish entrepreneurs showing signs of life. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/13/irish-entrepreneurs-growth-forecasts-austerity-economy That's another economic prediction all the analysts got wrong, then? Like Greece, Spain and Portugal. Even the UK.

Britain's best restaurant is a pub. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/michelinn-star-britains-best-restaurant-is-a-pub-8876472.html

Special Deals from Hungary; newsletter subscription at: http://www.hataroknelkul.hu/en/events

Lithuanian forestry and agricultural machinery manufacturer looking for dealers. http://www.afa-machinery.lt/

12.10.2013: Mobile phone bills to quadruple? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2454305/Ofcom-plans-raise-fee-charges-mobile-phone-operators.html Ah, the good ole Borstal School of Business Management ploy of 'First, hook 'em; then, skin 'em!' As per public transport, utilities and telecomms; Royal Mail next.

Mobile phone operators deny 4G has slowed 3G speeds. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2453979/Mobile-operators-deny-claims-4G-slowed-3G-speeds-customers-Twitter-complain.html

Music tourism generates £2.2 billion. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/12/music-tourism-generates-2-2bn/ . . . for the Government and the HMRC to piss up the wall . . .

HMRC continues to fail to collect tax from Big Corp. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2454179/Amount-uncollected-tax-rises-35BILLION.html

Microsoft working on cookie replacement. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/10371906/Microsoft-working-on-cookie-replacement.html They'll be asking their starving millions to 'eat cake', instead.

CNET Community: Printer ink cartridge prices: A rip-off or what? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/11/2013

Where does your food come from? https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/525802eae4b0c2414348fa37

11.10.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/11/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Millions face 'eat or heat' dimemna as energy bills soar. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/435938/Millions-face-eat-or-heat-dilemma-as-energy-bills-soar Anyone still fancy running a business from home? Still, there will be an app for it before too long.

Up to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/up-to-450000-face-court-over-council-tax-arrears-8872515.html Britain's economic revival continues.

W H Smith to open more Post Offices. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/10/wh-smith-to-open-more-post-offices/ Will these employ all the workers who are going to get the sack after privatisation?

What the French air traffic emerdeurs' strike means for you. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/10/what-the-french-air-traffic-controllers-strike-means-for-you/ What it should mean is, don't bother travelling to and via France by air as this is an all-too-regular occurence.

What the changes to defamation law mean to your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/legal/21461/changes-defamation-law-mean-business/

What are the biggest barriers to customer service? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/21449/biggest-barriers-customer-service/

Britain in the front line for reparation for its major role in slavery, (the forerunner of illegal immigration). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451891/14-Caribbean-nations-sue-Britain-Holland-France-slavery-reparations.html Looks like more 'home' taxes on the way to foot the bill, then? Now that bedrooms have been done, perhaps a Window Tax? However, all is not lost yet as the Government and Nazi tabloid propaganda are claiming that the slavers were in fact, 'liberating heroes' and that the British population didn't know what was happening.

Co-defendants, France, were unavailable for comment, as they are still engaged in a 'manif' and a 'mouvement anti-social' from Spring. However, an Opposition Spokesman, Mr Collabo stated, 'Puk, puk, puk, puk, puk. Squawk. Puk. Puk, puk, puk.'

10.10.2013: Payout for blacklisted workers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/10/payout-for-blacklisted-workers/

Government publishes list of surplus properties for business use. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/246000/30_September__-_Space_breakdown.pdf The Cabinet Office has published a list of unoccupied Government property in England that will be made available to charities, social enterprises and business incubation providers under the Space for Growth initiative. Spaces in 40 locations will be available for sole occupancy with no rent or rates, but occupants will generally be responsible for paying service and utility charges for the property. The spaces will typically be offered for a 6- or 12-month occupancy, with a maximum occupancy of 23 months. Organisations have until 15th October to apply. In addition, desks and meeting rooms in 23 locations will be available to book on an ad-hoc basis via the 'epims' online portal. (EnterpriseQuest)

Self-employed taxi driver receives key to £1 home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/its-a-dream-come-true-lucky-buyer-receives-key-to-1-house-as-scheme-in-liverpool-puts-empty-properties-back-into-use-across-the-city-8868824.html

Government's Green Deal so complex, it is deterring homeowners from signing up. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/exclusive-governments-green-deal-energy-efficiency-scheme-is-so-complex-it-deters-homeowners-from-signing-up-8869770.html

Official propaganda release: $40 billion to support 'smart' UK cities. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-initiative-to-support-40-billion-smart-cities-in-the-uk Lots of business potential here for American drones and dummyphones.

Banks and driving licenses to be used to help in crackdown on foreign immigrants. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451567/Banks-help-police-crack-immigrants-Managers-check-database-foreigners-living-illegally-stop-opening-accounts.html The best place to start with a crackdown on illegal immigration would be to sack the incongruously incompetent, publicity-seeking Minister, Theresa May and her entourage of public service failures. Re-badging, TV series, a couple of goon wagons, more proven crap American technology and ludicrously exaggerated stories in the country's hate-preaching tabloids may enhance Ms May's future prospects as another Prime Ministerial dummy but what this country needs at the moment, is someone who can actually do the business.

It's already nigh-on impossible for any non-UK resident to open a new bank account - even if they bear a full, British passport; whereas EU driving licences are within the grasp of the majority of UK visitors and residents alike, immigrant or not, and that isn't going to change one little bit.

Consequently, instead of depriving the country of potential business and sniggering about it on TV, Ms May could simply instruct 'immigration officers' to do their jobs, followed by making sure they have the numbers to do just that!

Trending: British snail farms. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2450954/Aylesbury-Escargot-Snail-farms-rise-Britain-snail-meat-eggs-latest-food-trend.html A taste for eating snails was originally forced on starving French peasants before it morphed into a culinary delicacy for idle rich fops, looking for a new gastronomic dimension. Now that the French themselves can (mostly) afford proper food and the consumption of snails is reserved for a very occasional larf, it's 'Food Bank' Britain which is turning to this fresh source of protein in the wake of the donkey, horse meat and mad cow scandals.

So what else is new? Badger steaks? Given DEFRA's latest confirmation of its consummate inability to do anything right, badger will at least have great rarity value, up there with caviar, saffron and truffles.

Early Weekend Larf: Continued deathly silence from IMF and BelowStandard & PissPoors on U.S. budget crisis.

09.10.2013: Red tape cut for business improvement districts. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cutting-red-tape-for-business
-improvement-districts-that-help-small-shops-and-local-traders
From 7th October changes to rules governing 'business improvement districts' will make it easier to set them up across local authority boundaries.

Previously proposed business improvement districts that crossed local authority boundaries had to be approved by a separate ballot in each local authority. The new rules remove this requirement and business improvement districts will now be approved by a single ballot. There are currently 150 business improvement districts in the UK working on initiatives to support local traders by providing parking for shoppers and improving town centre safety. Their potential role in revitalising high streets is currently being tested by some of the towns participating in the Portas Pilot scheme. Later this year the Government will launch a £500,000 scheme to help fund the start up costs of new business improvement districts. (EnterpriseQuest)

TV is bad for start-ups and sourcing funding. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21413/tv-bad-start-upsand-sourcing-funding/

Santander creates £25,000 loans for start-up entrepreneurs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/21420/santander-creates-25000-fund-new-start-entrepreneurs/

Why Google Translate isn't enough. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2013/oct/08/google-translate-no-match-learning-language

08.10.2013: Ten internet business ideas. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/08/ten-internet-business-ideas-to-help-you-make-money-on-the-side/ If it was so easy it makes me wonder why there has been such a dramatic increase in the numbers of people using food banks over the past couple of years - during the period leading up to this country's 'economic revival'. Still. The business opportunity world has never been short of 'suckers'.

British Chambers of Commerce claim UK upturn is gathering momentum. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24440761#

New fund helps libraries support local business start-ups. http://press.artscouncil.org.uk/content/detail.aspx?ReleaseID=2049&NewsAreaId=2 Ten libraries in England will receive a share of £450,000 to help local people start up in business, under the Enterprising Library scheme run by Arts Council England (ACE), the British Library and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The funding will help libraries, including the London Borough of Enfield, Portsmouth Central and Northamptonshire, provide coaching, advice, meeting spaces and IT support to help local people wanting to develop their business ideas. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "Enterprising Libraries will ensure that the immense potential that exists in communities is tapped into and that local economic growth is supported across the country." (EnterpriseQuest)

Wot, no endorsement by an unheard-of media 'celebrity', accompanied by column-yards of 50-word 'articles' and Twatter links in the tabloid propaganda?

Otherwise, Government 'gurus' expect a low take-up of the scheme as school-leavers armed with GCSEs in Textin and Fummin are unlikely to be able to read a word as long as 'library'.

Brits spend one in twelve minutes online. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/07/btitons-online-ad-spemd. Plus more than five hours a day watching telly, two hours a day driving around in circles, another hour looking at plastic in the supermarket, then, the weekends getting bladdered, followed by Mondays sobering up - and it's little wonder bosses are employing immigrants to do any work.

Britons wasting broadband because of the way home connections are set up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/10360602/Britons-waste-enough-broadband-to-power-BBC-iPlayer-for-59-years.html Looks like a good excuse for the ex-BT boss, now Government Minister, to propose another tax on homes to help pay for internet connections to be set up.

Topy 20 thrifty tips for your home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/10355977/Interior-design-top-20-thrifty-tips-for-your-home.html

National Grid claims power supplies will be 'fine' for winter. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/08/power-supplies-fine-for-winter/ The prediction is based upon such hefty increases in energy tariffs that no-one will be able to afford to switch on. For example:

SSE increases prices by 8.2%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/10/sse-increases-prices-by-8-2/

NATEXPO is the major French and European natural event for professionals in the organic, health food and ecological sector. It will be held on Sunday 20th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October in the new HQE (High Environmental Quality) Hall 7 of the Exhibition Centre, Paris-Nord Villepinte. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/14481

07.10.2013: Pilot project to encourage small firms to recruit international staff. http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2013/september/43-pilot-sme UK Visas & Immigration and the Greater London Authority (GLA) have launched a three-month pilot project providing online support and advice for small and medium-sized firms seeking to recruit employees from overseas. The GLA has published an online toolkit, which includes an overview of the process of sponsoring employees from abroad, a best practice guide, frequently asked questions and a facility allowing queries about recruiting from overseas to be submitted to the Home Office.

Oooo, I say. What will Theresa May's propagandshitewriters and Little Engerlandt's hate-preaching, Nazi tabloids make of that?

It might also be a good idea for The Scrote Office to write a guide for small firms and suitably qualified individuals to seek business abroad by trading, rather than just sending over thousands of illegal British immigrants for a whole lotta bombing, murdering and thieving, as is usually the case.

Card fraudsters in 24-hour Surrey spree. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-24418872#

Rip-off surcharge companies named. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/07/rip-off-surcharge-companies-named/

Energy rip-offs; firms are too close to Ministers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/energy-ripoff-big-six-firms-too-close-to-ministers-says-ed-miliband-8862740.html It has to be the ultimate indictment of the British media that common knowledge such as this, is projected as 'news'. Now what would be newsworthy would be proposals by any political leader for measures designed to prevent Ministers from being affected by corporate interests. Especially serial-failing, tax-dodging U.S. corporate interests. Trouble is, there's no money in it.

Blackout risk this winter highest for a decade, warns National Grid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10360751/Blackout-risk-this-winter-highest-in-a-decade-warns-National-Grid.html Now there's 'economic recovery' for you.

Brighthouse: buy now, regret later? http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/04/brighthouse-consumer-poverty-high-street

Britain's Crap Towns. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2013/oct/05/crap-towns-returns-in-pictures

First-time Help To Buy homebuyers could be hit with back-door charges. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447716/First-timers-pay-Help-Buy-scheme-Homebuyers-hit-higher-charges.html

Number of homes installing woodburners increases to 175,000 a year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447251/Forget-Aga-todays-hot-stove-woodburner-Number-homes-installing-burners-increases-175-000-year.html Let the pseudo-knowleadgeable bullshit about woodburners begin with this article.

06.10.2013: Bedroom tax will increase evictions. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/05/bedroom-tax-means-more-evictions-housing-boss

Huge rises in energy bills. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/434453/Huge-rise-in-energy-bills-Cost-to-soar-as-firms-axe-cheap-fuel-tariffs

Bitcoin: what you need to know. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/04/bitcoin-what-you-need-to-know-silk-road

The rise of artisan baking. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/feeling-kneady-the-rise-of-artisan-baking-8861304.html

Finalists revealed for 2013 National Sales Awards. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=709&m=724&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=23841&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21388/finalists-revealed-2013-national-sales-awards/

Shell LiveWire 2013 open for registration. http://pnemailer.org/lt.php?c=1185&m=1229&nl=344&s=c3e5a9cf5164f34dafd051c5e0549c49&lid=13339&l=-http--www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8386655713--Q-ref--E-ebtnebregn

05.10.2013: Small firms warned to encrypt data after business owner fined. http://www.ico.org.uk/news/latest_news/2013/small-businesses-warned-about-importance-of-encryption-after-London-sole-trader-fined-5000-26093013 The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned small firms to ensure electronic copies of customer information is encrypted after the owner of a loans company was fined £5,000.

As the registered data controller the business owner was penalised after a hard drive holding the personal and financial details of all 250 of the company's customers was stolen from his car. The hard drive was password protected, but crucially, was not encrypted. ICO Head of Enforcement Stephen Eckersley warned business owners that they "must encrypt any personal data stored on portable devices, where the loss of the information could cause clear damage and distress to the customers affected." (EnterpriseQuest)

Bank card fraud highest since 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24399181#

Low-tech con threat to consumers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/05/low-tech-con-threat-to-consumers/

Fine for employment phone scam. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24382457#

CNET Community: Why does my laptop take so long to shut down? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/04/2013

04.10.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/04/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

UK has one of fastest-growing economies in developed world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10354575/Economy-growing-at-fastest-rate-in-the-developed-world.html

The rise of the 'mumpreneur'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2443232/After-benefit-axe-rise-mumpreneur-20-increase-number-mothers-young-children-doing-direct-selling-jobs.html

Home-cooking to go. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/homecooking-to-go-new-website-cookisto-matches-hungry-londoners-with-home-chefs-8857130.html

Fewer children owning mobile phones. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24384814#

Woman wins bedroom tax appeal in UN-monitored 'Bongo Bogoland' Britain. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/04/woman-wins-bedroom-tax-appeal/ British freedom fighters are reported to have drawn fresh encouragement from the ruling and are to continue with their battle against standing-only, cattle-wagon rail transport, HMRC persecution and monitoring by drone of the self-employed, and food bank subsistence for honest, hard-working families and small businesses (plebs).

Weekend Larf: 'Food banks can become a habit among poor people'. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/conservative-mp-paul-maynard-food-2335762 'This would limit the Government's resources to provide free food, allowances, rebates and grants financed by poor taxpayers and small businesses, yet traditionally enjoyed the Conservative Party's landed gentry, corporate crooks, bankers, granny-mugging hoodies and other, assorted, swivel-eyed loons,' he added.

03.10.2013: Strong growth in UK housebuilding. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24368089#

SMEs waste over £500 a year by not shopping around for most competitive prices. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=707&m=722&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=23781&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/21318/smes-waste-500-year-shopping-around-competitive-prices/

Payday lenders face new curbs. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/02/payday-lenders-financial-conduct-authority

Is there a clever way of working out which emails are worth reading? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/impotent-email-is-there-a-clever-way-to-work-out-whats-worth-reading-8854483.html

Ofcon proposes wi-fi revolution to take traffic off roads. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/the-wifi-revolution-that-could-take-traffic-off-our-roads-ofcom-outlines-plans-for-future-use-of-radio-spectrum-8853941.html

Are digital currencies the money of tomorrow? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/02/will-digital-currencies-such-as-bitcoin-become-the-money-of-tomo/

British passport No. 1 for visa-free travel. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/access-almost-all-areas-the-british-passport-is-no1-for-visafree-travel-8854369.html Sure. Just don't flash it around in most parts of the world.

Karren Brady named Government's new Small Business Ambassador. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=707&m=722&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=23772&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21313/karren-brady-named-governments-new-small-business-ambassador/ Who? Another official appointment which is as far removed from the world of business as the Prime Minister's awareness of the price of a loaf of bread.

02.10.2013: 'Profit' is no longer a dirty word, says Cameron. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10348614/Cameron-profit-is-no-longer-a-dirty-word.html NO British government has ever had a problem with 'profit' - as long as the big businesses who make it, divvy up generously into political party funds and ministers' pockets. What would make a difference is for Cameron The Home Breadmaker to persuade his propagandashitewriters to pitch him and his government as Home Businessmakers. But for politicians, there's no 'profit' in doing that.

Bankers could be jailed under new law. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24359097# Bankers could also be jailed under existing laws. If governments, policing agencies and the courts were so minded.

E.ON launches energy prices comparer http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/02/e-on-launches-energy-use-comparer/ and withdraws over-60s tariff: http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/02/e-on-withdraws-over-60s-tariff/ All part of the Thatcherite smoke 'n mirrors scam of selling off public utilities for the bogus promise of increased competitivy driving down prices and improving service. And there are people out there who, after thirty years, are still peddling the same lies. On the other hand, just like Ponzi schemes for example, the oldest scams always work best.

Small firms to benefit from cuts to accounting red tape. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/accounting-red-tape-cut-for-smallest-uk-companies Business Minister Jo Swinson has announced changes to accounting rules for the smallest UK limited companies (classified as micro-entities). These micro-entities will have the option of drawing up abridged profit and loss accounts and balance sheets for financial years ending on, or after, 30th September 2013. The changes bring into force the EU 'Micros Directive' which is the first deregulatory directive to recognise micro-entities. A micro-entity is defined by the EU as a limited company meeting two out of three criteria, including having a balance sheet of less than £316,000, a turnover of less than £632,000 and ten or fewer employees. There are around 1.5 million micro-entities in the UK, which are part of around 2.8 million companies registered in the UK in total. (EnterpriseQuest)

Latest official 'red tape' propaganda. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cuts-to-red-tape-mark-freedom-day-for-uk-businesses and https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cutting-red-tape-for-business-improvement-districts-that-help-small-shops-and-local-traders Red tape 'Freedom Day' my arse. How about Small business owners spend 12 days a year on tax administration, instead? http://www.fsb.org.uk/News.aspx?loc=pressroom&rec=8351 And just take it from there?

No increase in UK insolvency rate for twelve months running. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=706&m=721&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=23755&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21298/increase-uk-insolvency-rate-12-months-running/

Bridging the gap over cash flow crises. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=706&m=721&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=23746&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/21294/bridging-gap-cash-flow-crises/

How mobile phones are changing the way we travel. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/10346776/Mobile-phones-the-new-credit-cards.html How about 'back to the future' of affordable travel and a good, punctual, reliable and friendly service, instead?

15 hidden Google features. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10346736/Google-search-15-hidden-features.html

01.10.2013: Official press release: National Minimum Wage to rise from 1 October 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-minimum-wage-to-rise-from-1-october-2013

UK's worst broadband provider. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/01/the-uks-worst-broadband-provider/

'Dragon' bemoans cheap, 'wrong kind' of customers. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/30/duncan-bannatyne-problem-customers_n_4015236.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D212253 Sort of sums up the riff-raff born out of the 'free' internet culture generally, I'd say; and as promoted by Mr Bannatyne's micro-celeb mates to the present government.

Rail mobile internet speeds set to get faster in UK. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24332287# That will come in very handy when the train's running late. Or in the case of the Eurostar, not moving at all. Especially in the Chunnel.

From Marketing Matters ezine, a warning: 'Subscribers to your excellent on-line periodical should ensure that, when ordering goods using any of the Amazon companies, monies are paid directly to Amazon, and not (as sometimes instructed) to market traders sponsored by Amazon..

Although the market trader I used was skydvd co.uk, my credit card payment was made to C.W.Marketing.

The goods were found to be unplayable, and the packaging and labelling suggested that they were probably illegally copied.

They were returned to Media Monster in Canada at my expense (as suggested by skydvd co.uk) but returned by the Canadian Post Office as the addressee had 'Gone Away' leaving no forwarding address.

Since then, neither skydvd co.uk, C.W.Marketing, or Media Monster, has been traced - either by me or by any of the agencies I have asked, although the search continues.

Amazon has refused to acknowledge any responsibility for their supplier's action - despite being the sponsors of the website - and will not make restitution.

Let my fellow subscribers be warned, therefore, that when buying books, CDs or DVDs, or anything else, you will only be protected if your payment is made to the credit of Amazon.

I hope you will publish this as a timely warning, therefore!'

The 9 dirty truths experts won’t tell you about starting your own business. http://www.free-range-humans.com/starting/the-9-truths-about-starting-your-own-business/

'Looking behind headlines' ('lies' - Ed.) at EU red tape. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

Get free university courses online. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/09/30/futurelearn-get-free-university-courses-online/

Business idea in its infancy. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/vanessa-feltz/433535/Business-idea-in-its-infancy


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Len Tondel

 

 

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