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13.12.2017
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (November 2017) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st December 2017

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


13.12.2017: UK will be worse off under almost all Brexit scenarios, finds think tank. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-brexit-economy-financial-gdp-no-deal-hard-soft-exit-eu-withdrawal-trade-rand-corporation-a8104921.html

New rules 'will help people see how their bank compares with others'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/12/12/new-rules-will-help-people-see-how-their-bank-compares-with-oth/

UK house prices fell by 0.5% month-on-month in October. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/12/12/uk-house-prices-fell-by-0-5-month-on-month-in-october/

Buyers who overpay stamp duty waiting for months for refunds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/news/buyers-overpay-stamp-duty-waiting-months-refunds/

12.12.2017: HMRC consults on new penalties for late payment. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-tax-digital-interest-harmonisation-and-sanctions-for-late-payment HMRC is seeking views on proposals to simplify interest and late payment penalties for income tax self-assessment (ITSA), corporation tax and VAT. The proposals include a new hybrid model for late payment penalties which is made up of a penalty charge and an interest calculation. Responses to the consultation will be accepted by e-mail or post until 2 March 2018. (EnterpriseQuest)

New VAT rules for online retailers. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/05/vat-on-electronic-commerce-new-rules-adopted The European Commission has approved new rules for online retailers to comply with their VAT obligations when selling goods or services to consumers outside of the UK. The rules extend the scope of the VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS) and create a new portal for online sales with a value below €150 from countries outside the EU. Under the new rules VAT will be paid in the country where the consumer makes the purchase, rather than where the retailer is based. However, if a retailer has cross-border sales of less than €10,000 each year the VAT rules of their home country will apply. (EnterpriseQuest)

Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42285441

Mortgage safety net 'disappearing'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42311583

Meat tax ‘inevitable’ to beat climate and health crises, says report. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/meat-tax-inevitable-to-beat-climate-and-health-crises-says-report

Rural firms held back by lack of digital skills. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/11/rural-firms-held-back-lack-digital-skills/ And just how are they supposed to acquire and use those skills with dial-up broadband speeds (if they're lucky) and once they do get a connection, it's infested with webspam such as Google Adshite making the internet almost un-navigable?

Ex-City brokers cash in on Brexit with shop selling Marmite and baked beans to UK bankers in Luxembourg. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/brexit-uk-bankers-luxembourg-shop-british-foods-marmite-baked-beans-city-london-mark-hollis-a8102956.html Enterprising Brits have been selling favourite British foodstuffs to ex-pats for decades although certain supermarket chains also stock some British lines if the demand is there. All very mundane.

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42309371 And I've just bought an HP laptop!

11.12.2017: 2017 set to be worst year for UK consumer spending since 2012, Visa says. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-consumer-spending-latest-2017-worst-year-2012-visa-data-brexit-inflation-pound-sterling-a8099266.html Tut, tut. Such modesty from Visa.

Britain should sign a 'Canada-plus plus plus' trade deal with the EU after Brexit, David Davis says. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/10/britain-should-sign-canada-style-trade-deal-european-union-brext/ The idiot has clearly grasped all the finer points of the Canadian trade rip-off.

Debtors’ prison: The council can lock you up if you don’t pay your bills. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/council-tax-debt-prison-sentence-jailed-not-pay-loans-dickens-magistrates-england-wales-a8095281.html

The Likeability Factor in Retail. https://www.thebalance.com/the-likeability-factor-in-retail-4155284?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11468383&utm_term=

Do I Need to Write a Business Plan? https://www.thebalance.com/do-i-need-to-write-a-business-plan-2948594?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11468383&utm_term=

Learn to code and create with new gaming device. https://www.springwise.com/learn-code-create-new-gaming-device/?utm_campaign=1014103_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-07&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LQHJ,2V1FMX,29L8D,1

10.12.2017: Show Brussels Britain is serious: launch trade talks worldwide. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/08/show-brussels-britain-serious-launch-trade-talks-worldwide/ Little Ingerlandt's Brexit propagandascheisewriters have the same conceptual problem with the word 'world' as do most Americans. For example, it includes the dozens of countries which it has sanctioned, embargoed, starved, thieved from, terrorised, bombed and illegally occupied all of which are likely to have serious objections to entering into negotiations with a bunch of murderers and war criminals. Nor does 'world' constitute just the same three, supposed 'allies' looking to screw Britain for as much as possible while it is on its back foot.

In the meantime, the EU, without Little Ingerlandt, is doing and not just talking. EU agrees biggest free trade deal with Japan. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42282116

Brexit deal can be changed by voters if they don't like terms, says Michael Gove. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-latest-updates-michael-gove-divorce-terms-eu-theresa-may-a8100811.html 'The British people are in control.' If the British people were 'in control' traitors like Michael Gove and his slurry of political mates wouldn't be in the job of telling packs of lies and costing the country millions of livelihoods and billions of pounds. In fact, given a free hand, I'm sure the British public would probably bring back hanging. Much called for these days.

Trade talks will not start until February at earliest, EU tells UK. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/08/post-brexit-trade-talks-will-not-start-until-february-at-earliest-eu-tells-uk Translation: Fagging, under-achieving Brexit politicians meet EU fonctionnaires (aparatchiks) about to take their Christmas/New Year holidays.

British citizens living in EU say Theresa May has 'sold them down the river' for deal. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-eu-citizens-rights-frontier-workers-theresa-may-deal-northern-ireland-british-in-europe-a8100116.html 'Selling out' is a British political speciality. From literally millions of Indians, Poles and men, women and children from occupied countries who fought with Britain during the Second World War to the Iraqi interpreters of today, all cast aside and left to fate once their usefulness had ended, treacherous, craven cowardice is Westminster's unspoken motto.

Selling homes for £1 gives local authorities the power to revive deprived communities. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/design/selling-homes-for-1-gives-local-authorities-the-power-to-revive-deprived-communities-a8092831.html I suspect the motives of local authorities are considerably more venal than that.

'I lost £135,000 – because I failed to read the insurer's small print'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/insurance/health/lost-135000-failed-read-insurers-small-print/

'HSBC finally paid me £4,000 after I was fleeced by one of its criminal customers'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/savings/hsbc-finally-paid-4000-fleeced-one-criminal-customers/

Ex-Dragon Julie Meyer pursued for string of alleged unpaid bills. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/02/ex-dragon-julie-meyer-pursued-string-alleged-unpaid-bills/

Is it safe to visit Jerusalem? Foreign Office changes its stance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/middle-east/israel/articles/israel-jerusalem-is-it-safe-to-visit-travel-advice/ Let's also add the USA to this advice as well as requiring the citizens of Israel and America to apply for visas before travelling not only to the UK but also to the EU - anywhere in the free world, in fact. But does the Foreign Office have the balls? Sadly not - unless it grows some overnight.

Don't Let Being Scared of Failure Stop You From Starting a Business. https://www.thebalance.com/starting-a-small-business-2948557?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393804&utm_term=

NFC-enabled packaging offers beauty tips. https://www.springwise.com/nfc-enabled-packaging-offers-beauty-tips/?utm_campaign=1012746_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LPFU,2V1FMX,29GDO,1

Add-on kit retrofits cars for self-driving. https://www.springwise.com/add-kit-retrofits-cars-self-driving/?utm_campaign=1012746_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LPFU,2V1FMX,29GDO,1

Ad agency turns Youtube views into cars. https://www.springwise.com/ad-agency-turns-youtube-views-cars/?utm_campaign=1011142_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LO7A,2V1FMX,29BNO,1

Standalone smart headphones can be used without a phone. https://www.springwise.com/standalone-smart-headphones-can-used-without-phone/?utm_campaign=1011142_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LO7A,2V1FMX,29BNO,1

09.12.2017: Brexit: 'Breakthrough' deal paves way for future trade talks. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42277040

Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42277295

All UK regions exporting more goods than last year, trade figures show. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/07/every-uk-region-exporting-goods-last-year-trade-figures-show/ What, even Skegness?! Looks like the business of exporting arms to the world's terrorists to murder defenceless civilians has stepped up a gear, then.

UK manufacturing sees slight growth as construction output falls drastically. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-manufacturing-growth-output-small-october-construction-falls-brexit-uncertainty-ons-data-british-a8098661.html

Pound latest: Sterling rises against dollar and euro after major Brexit breakthrough. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/pound-sterling-latest-dollar-euro-brexit-breakthrough-european-commission-negotiations-currency-a8098486.html Oh, dear. Does this mean bad news for British exports? Especially the murder industry, which might now have to compete with cheaper weapons of mass destruction manufactured by terrorist states such as the USA and Israel?

Flaw discovered in banking apps leaving millions vulnerable to hack. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/06/flaw-discovered-banking-apps-leaving-millions-vulnerable-hack/

Black Friday fails to restore confidence, figures show. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/12/07/black-friday-fails-to-restore-confidence-figures-show/ So who would have any confidence in yet another marketing for dummies exercise which came from the world's leading terrorist state - the USA. Things were bad enough already with that 'special' relationship, the internet and social media, dummyphones, junk food, payday loans, online gambling, Halloween, American TV and even American football. (Ersatz rugby for doped-up ponces wearing body armour.) Just how bad do things have to get?

Forty percent of homes sold under Right to Buy now in the hands of private landlords, new analysis reveals. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/right-to-buy-homes-sold-private-landlords-latest-figures-rent-a8098126.html And they (corrupt, Tory war criminals) say there aren't enough homes being built to meet social housing needs.

Fake goods worth millions seized ahead of Christmas. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-42251063/fake-goods-worth-millions-seized-ahead-of-christmas Is that really a problem for millions of 'fake' consumers without their own shekels to spend?

People paying tax with a credit card soars to 800,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/news/people-paying-tax-credit-card-soars-800000/

Decades of recycling progress under threat as Chinese ban British rubbish. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/07/chinese-plastics-ban-threatens-council-tax-rise/ If 'British rubbish' were to be banned altogether it would probably pose a terminal threat to Britain altogether. It would certainly mean the end of its national football squads, that's for sure.

Support for farmers to be simplified post-Brexit. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/environment-secretary-streamlines-support-for-farmers Evironment Secretary Michael Gove has outlined plans to streamline support for farmers in the UK. Under the plans, the current schemes that provide funding to farmers will be reviewed and simplified to ensure farmers have access to the support they need, particularly after the UK leaves the EU. The Countryside Stewardship scheme is the first to be simplified and the reforms will take effect from January 2018. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is expected to publish an Agriculture Bill in 2018 to set out the future of agricultural policy post-Brexit.

Garden shed becomes top-rated London restaurant on TripAdvisor after site tricked by fake reviews. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/garden-becomes-top-rated-london-restaurant-tripadvisor-site/ We have said it over and over again. Never have we seen TripAdvisor reviews with which we didn't subsequently have issues. It's a bit like reading The Scum or The Daily Wail if you're looking for genuine news.

France could run out of foie gras for Christmas after record dearth of butter and wine. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/france-could-run-foie-gras-christmas-record-dearth-butter-wine/ Despite having helped the Americans engineer the Arab Spring, overthrown a legitimate government in Libya and tried to do the same with Syria, the French still can't fulfill even their most basic trading and export objectives - a few pots of foie gras, a bottle of affordable wine and a bagful of croissants. And there they are, telling the EU to tell Britain how to go about its business!

Rabbis, priests and imams tell Twitter to delete Trump. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/twitter-donald-trump-rabbis-priests-imams-account-delete-a8095676.html As God doesn't use Twitter, this call is about as inappropriate as US baseball calling itself a 'world' series. Perhaps our holy ones should be getting on with messages of peaceful co-existence rather than wasting time on what social media inadequates are doing.

Apple fixes HomeKit bug that allowed remote unlocking of users' doors. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/08/apple-fixes-homekit-bug-remote-unlocking-doors-security-flaw-iphone-ipad-ios-112-smart-lock-home

How to Start Your Own Business for $100 or Less. https://www.thebalance.com/start-your-own-business-for-100-dollars-or-less-4061438?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393734&utm_term=

The Most Common Business Plan Mistakes. https://www.thebalance.com/the-7-most-common-business-plan-mistakes-2948003?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393734&utm_term=

Why Do Small Businesses Fail? https://www.thebalance.com/why-do-small-businesses-fail-2948582?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393734&utm_term=

08.12.2017: UK house price growth slowing, says Halifax. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42263597

Luxury goods suppliers can ban distributors selling on Amazon says ECJ. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/06/luxury-beauty-giant-coty-wins-ecj-ruling-against-online-sellers/

Business rates appeals system under fire after just 400 firms challenge bills. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/07/business-rates-appeals-system-under-fire-after-just-400-firms-ch/

Fake iPhone chargers 'risk fire and lethal electric shocks'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/12/07/fake-iphone-chargers-risk-fire-lethal-electric-shocks/ Or, you could simply move into a genuine Tory council home to 'risk fire and lethal shocks'.

It'll all add up: the house buying fees you might not have budgeted for. https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/mortgages/the-house-buying-fees-you-might-not-have-budgeted-for-a116096.html

French chateau bought by 10,000 people in crowdfunding scheme. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/french-chateau-de-la-mothe-chandeniers-castle-adoption-crowdfunding-dartagnans-a8097141.html Tory councilllors around Little Ingerlandt are now looking at the idea for selling their towering infernos to the homeless.

Are traditional family activities set for a revival? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42253508

Why demand for British wool is unravelling. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42229842

9 Reasons Why You Need a Financial Mentor for Your Side Hustle. https://www.thebalance.com/financial-mentor-for-your-side-hustle-4154802?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393560&utm_term=

7 Critical Marketing Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make. https://www.thebalance.com/7-biggest-marketing-mistakes-new-entrepreneurs-make-4083241?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393560&utm_term=

How to Create a Great Business Name. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-create-a-great-business-name-1200474?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393599&utm_term=

10 Awesome Free Business Name Generators. https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-business-name-generators-2951856?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11393599&utm_term=

3D-printed public furniture is fully recyclable. https://www.springwise.com/3d-printed-public-furniture-fully-recyclable/?utm_campaign=1010003_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LNBN,2V1FMX,298JH,1

New partnership provides meals personalized to precise health needs. https://www.springwise.com/new-partnership-provides-meals-personalized-precise-health-needs/?utm_campaign=1007151_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LL4F,2V1FMX,28ZTM,1

App uses AI to stimulate users happiness. https://www.springwise.com/app-uses-ai-stimulate-users-happiness/?utm_campaign=1007151_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LL4F,2V1FMX,28ZTM,1 For dummyphone users who don't even know how to whistle while they wank?

Virtual fitting room lets customers try any piece of clothing. https://www.springwise.com/virtual-fitting-room-lets-customers-try-piece-clothing/?utm_campaign=1007151_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LL4F,2V1FMX,28ZTM,1

07.12.2017: More than a third of adults 'are putting Christmas on credit'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/12/05/more-than-a-third-of-adults-are-putting-christmas-on-credit/ Oh, good. The Tory regime's backers will be pleased. As will those who then encourage the country's indebted thickos to try and gamble their way out of debt.

Overdraft crackdown needed as research shows millions are in constant debt, urges charity. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/overdraft-bank-accounts-debt-levels-poverty-income-households-charity-stepchange-a8094351.html Unfortunately, it's grasping, criminal banks and evil Americans which run the country, not charities.

HMRC phonelines in meltdown weeks before self-assessment deadline. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/news/hmrc-phonelines-meltdown-weeks-self-assessment-deadline/ HMRC phonelines are invariably in meltdown. It's part of the Tory regime's Digital Dickhead Programme.

Brexit will provoke 'paradigm change' similar to 2008 crash, Davis tells MPs. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/brexit-will-provoke-paradigm-change-similar-to-2008-crash-dav/ This being the 'paradigm change' which Little Ingerlandt was already facing under the Tories. Brexit just provides the snow job.

Impact assessments of Brexit on the UK 'don't exist'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42249854 So it transpires (again) that Tory Brexiteers are just a bunch of liars. Now there's novel!

Don’t expect a bonfire of red tape after Brexit, Treasury minister tells City. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/05/dont-expect-bonfire-red-tape-brexit-treasury-minister-tells/ As we keep saying. The UK has always been the most devoted of all EU members to its - not Brussels' - red tape and Brexit is likely to make matters even worse.

Russia banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics over doping scandal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2017/12/05/russia-banned-competing-2018-winter-olympics/ 'The scandal' being that doped-up, non-Russian athletes will be allowed to compete, however. All in the interests of American propaganda and the shekel, of course. And diverting attention from all those athletes who are pressing to be treated as 'employees'.

Deliveroo 'first' to offer riders sickness and accident insurance. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/deliveroo-first-to-offer-riders-sickness-and-accident-insuranc/ Another loss to the regime's 'millions' of self-employed entrepreneurs.

Reading standards in England are best in a generation, new international test results show. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/12/04/phonics-revolution-reading-standards-england-best-generation/ Oh, my God. (Ad infinitum.) Awesome. Cool, guys. This 'international test' being The American Trailer Trash Standard, no doubt.

Three quarters of unwell Brits treat themselves at home. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/brits-googling-symptoms-unwell-sick-ill-home-treatment-nhs-gps-doctors-nurses-health-a8092681.html

06.12.2017: Retailers struggle to summon Christmas cheer as inflation squeezes shoppers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/05/retailers-struggle-summon-christmas-cheer-inflation-squeezes/

UK services sector slows sharply in November as Brexit-related uncertainty hit firms. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-services-sector-growth-brexit-uncertainty-november-gdp-cips-a8092446.html

Housebuilders issue Brexit plea as poll shows UK reliance on EU workers. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/05/housebuilders-issue-brexit-plea-as-poll-reveals-uk-reliance-on-eu-workers Rather than bunging loadsa money to the corrupt, war criminal Tory Party, perhaps the UK's housebuilders should have invested in more apprenticeships, instead?

Brexit threat to UK strawberries, MPs warned. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/11/29/brexit-threat-uk-strawberries-mps-warned/ It doesn't bear thinking about. Doped-up tennis without strawberries and cream.

Rail fare rise biggest for five years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42234488

UK pension the lowest of advanced nations, says OECD. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42236328 Together with an NHS in a state of collapse, Universal Credit and hate crime, this is clearly another reason why all those immigrants are flocking to Little Ingerlandt.

France: Court orders halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/paris-halal-supermakret-france-closed-not-sell-pork-wine-alcohol-islam-muslim-religion-good-price-a8092316.html Even Raymond Blanc couldn't find a decent bit of pork in France so clearly, the government has to do something to force consumers to buy its industrially-produced muck. As for French wine, well, that's long since past its sell-by date. The trouble is, with French terrorism in North Africa and the Middle East (and reneging on military contracts) bearing the consequences of Russian sanctions, the growing surplus of its produce once destined for the Russian market looks like continuing.

Peat, bog and world-class whisky – why Islay remains the jewel in Scotland’s single-malt crown. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/islay-whisky-single-malt-peat-smoke-a8066081.html

05.12.2017: UK and EU fail to strike Brexit talks deal. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42217735

Fifth of UK population now in poverty amid worst decline for children and pensioners in decades, major report reveals. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/poverty-britain-joseph-rowntree-foundation-report-theresa-may-social-mobility-commission-million-a8089491.html

House building helps UK construction output rise at fastest pace in five months. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/house-building-helps-uk-construction-output-rise-at-fastest-pace/

UK economy to remain sluggish, says CBI. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42213933

End of mega-cheap personal loans? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42223357

Nationwide apologises for online glitches as customers frozen out of accounts. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/nationwide-apologises-for-online-glitches-as-customers-frozen-ou/

Review to evaluate take-up of business support services. A review of ways to improve the productivity and growth of small and medium-sized firms has been announced as part of the UK's Industrial Strategy. The review will "evaluate the role of digital services, data and information in the take-up of business advice and support services". After the review has been completed in autumn 2018, the Government will announce policies to improve business productivity and growth. The strategy also includes plans for the British Business Bank to promote regional growth and address regional differences in the availability of finance to business. (EnterpriseQuest)

For more information about the review, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-strategy-building-a-britain-fit-for-the-future
Read more about the British Business Bank plans at: https://british-business-bank.co.uk/industrial-strategy-showcases-increased-role-of-the-british-business-bank-to-help-finance-uk-innovation/

Wetherspoon beer mats warn of 'big business scare story' over Brexit. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/04/wetherspoon-beer-mats-warn-of-big-business-scare-story-over-br/

Delivery firm collapse leaves 1,800 couriers out of pocket. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/12/02/delivery-firm-collapse-leaves-1800-couriers-pocket/

'I bought the house next door and knocked it through. Can I claim a stamp duty refund?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/ask-a-money-expert/bought-house-next-door-knocked-can-now-claim-stamp-duty-refund/

Are Saturday jobs less popular among teenagers now? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41989185

04.12.2017: Second Brexit referendum has 16-point lead as half of Britons back new vote, opinion poll shows. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/britons-majority-in-favour-of-public-vote-on-final-brexit-deal-uk-politics-a8089161.html Unfortunately, Britain hasn't in real terms, been a democracy for fifty years now so, tuff titty, as they say.

Chefs' fury as only one British restaurant makes world's top 100 in French La Liste guide. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/02/british-chefs-fail-make-french-grade-latest-gourmet-guide/ I don't think 'fury' is the right word. There won't have been any reasonable British chef who would have expected to get into any restaurant listing compiled by the French, no more so than expecting any French rider to win the Tour de France without doping.

Brexit-backing Wetherspoon chairman says immigration is 'good thing' for Britain. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/01/brexit-backing-wetherspoon-chairman-says-immigration-is-good-th/ Perhaps he's just another closet French hypocrite?

Nigel Farage 'hypocrite' after saying he would accept taxpayer-funded EU pension. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/03/nigel-farage-hypocrite-after-saying-he-would-accept-taxpayer-f/ Perhaps Mr Farage and the rest of the Kippah Party's leeching hypocrites could go and earn their pensions instead of scrounging off the EU taxpayer? There's plenty of work in Britain on the land, in packhouses and factories. That's assuming they've got a single half-arsed skill between them. Apart from lying. And hate-preaching.

Drive to attract superyachts to Scotland sets sail. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-42213990

5 of Our Favorite Ways to Make Money From Home. https://www.thebalance.com/best-ways-to-make-money-from-home-1201039?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11322084&utm_term=

8 Home Business Ideas for Creative People. https://www.thebalance.com/creative-home-business-ideas-1794534?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11322084&utm_term=

Pop-up shop on wheels allows brand to travel. https://www.springwise.com/pop-shop-wheels-allows-brand-travel/?utm_campaign=995475_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LC43,2V1FMX,284YU,1

AI chatbot protects potential fraud victims by wasting scammers’ time. https://www.springwise.com/ai-chatbot-protects-potential-fraud-victims-wasting-scammers-time/?utm_campaign=995475_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LC43,2V1FMX,284YU,1

Startup aims to move large-scale farming indoors. https://www.springwise.com/startup-aims-move-large-scale-farming-indoors/?utm_campaign=1004860_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-28&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LJCS,2V1FMX,28T61,1

Smart hat helps truck drivers stay awake. https://www.springwise.com/smart-hat-helps-truck-drivers-stay-awake/?utm_campaign=1006108_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LKBG,2V1FMX,28WS9,1

UK hospital opens shop for cancer sufferers. https://www.springwise.com/uk-hospital-opens-shop-cancer-sufferers/?utm_campaign=1006108_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LKBG,2V1FMX,28WS9,1

Protest beer asks everyone to help combat climate change. https://www.springwise.com/protest-beer-asks-everyone-help-combat-climate-change/?utm_campaign=1004860_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-28&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LJCS,2V1FMX,28T61,1

03.12.2017: How small businesses are dealing with online giants. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42193441

Annual house price growth picked up in September, official figures show. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/11/14/annual-house-price-growth-picked-up-in-september-official-figur/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Crelated_lnk2%26pLid%3D234181589_uk

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a 'precaution'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42209489

High street cash machines to be replaced by supermarket cashback service within decade. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/02/high-street-cash-machines-replaced-supermarket-cashback-service/

'Lloyds gave a criminal a bank account, so why am I the one who loses £13,050?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/current-accounts/lloyds-gave-criminal-bank-account-one-loses-13050/

Scamwatch: New speeding ticket fraud. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/11/17/scamwatch-new-speeding-ticket-fraud/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Cdl-headline%26pLid%3D234181589_uk

02.02.2017: Manufacturing activity at four-year high driven by domestic demand and exports. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/12/01/manufacturing-activity-at-four-year-high-driven-by-domestic-dema/

Driving-style fines system for late tax filing planned by HMRC. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42193316

Fortnum and Mason boss says Brexit vote hurt UK brand. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42192645 'UK brand' or Buy British has certainly taken a knock in the eyes of foreign buyers; fake Brits and Brexit Knobheads on the other hand, only Buy Amazon or Takeaway, so they're not arsed.

Top economist says trade talks with Trump 'waste of time'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42186905 Before dummyphones, social media and twenty years of dumbing down by the media came along, nobody needed the opinions of an economist to state the obvious. Anyone perched on a bar stool in any pub in Britain would have known what is now peddled as 'news'.

Parents 'face tension at UK borders over surnames'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42194140 So anxious has this regime been to milk the consumer (traveller) for every penny imaginable that the inevitable chaos comes as no surprise. Whereas Stansted airport has been notorious for its overall incompetence for decades.

The average Brit checks their phone 10,000 times a year. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/average-briton-check-phone-10000-times-year-uk-study-iphone-samsung-smartphone-a8086631.html And 'economists' wonder why the country has such a poor productivity record.

WhatsApp breaks down across the world. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/whatsapp-down-broken-not-working-messaging-send-latest-updates-up-a8085716.html Not all bad news, then.

How Instagram has ruined restaurants. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/instagram-restaurants-how-change-photos-food-meals-interior-design-social-media-ban-images-a8080416.html It's not just Instagram. It's carrot-IQ riff-raff spending money they haven't got on going out because they can't even cook scrambled eggs on toast for tea - as well as social media generally encouraging them to have expectations above their station. There used to be a time when a quiet evening meal at a good restaurant set the scene for many a profitable business deal. Today, you might as well go rub shoulders with gawkers at a zoo.

Is cash still king? http://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-42168685/is-cash-still-king

House-hunters decide on moving into a new property in just eight minutes, finds study. http://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-hunters-decide-property-moving-market-study-visit-estate-agents-a8084046.html

TaxationWeb newsletter. http://mailchi.mp/taxationweb/taxationweb-autumn-budget-2017-newsletter?e=45c941d6f6

01.12.2017: UK consumer confidence drops to lowest level since Brexit result. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-consumer-confidence-latest-update-brexit-result-november-a8082761.html

UK house price growth disappoints as new figures show slip in average prices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/uk-house-price-growth-disappoints-new-figures-show-slip-average/

Pound rises on hopes of Brexit progress. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42178993

Slump in pound sparks renewed protests by 500,000 expats with 'frozen' state pensions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/pensions-retirement/news/slump-pound-sparks-renewed-protests-500000-expats-frozen-state/

Google faces mass legal action in UK over data snooping. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42166089 Can it also be made to face mass legal action over its webspam, Google Adshite?

The death-knell for the bricks and mortar store? Not yet. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/the-death-knell-for-the-bricks-and-mortar-store-not-yet-a8058641.html

More gamblers 'self-excluding' as online betting grows. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41969431

Daily Mail owner DMGT's shares plunge. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42177916 Oh, good. Getting rid of it's hate-preaching Lady Haw Haw obviously didn't come in time, then. Now let's see Daily Mail propagandascheisewriters out in the streets without jobs, without roofs over their heads and without a crust in their pockets - as they so often urged should happen to others.

Special relationship? Theresa May discovers she has no friend in Donald Trump. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/30/special-relationship-theresa-may-discovers-she-has-no-friend-in-donald-trump Britain has NEVER had a friend in America under the so-called 'special relationship' which is only an arrangement of military convenience. And unfortunately, which made the USA a lot of money at the expense of the dumb British public - the latter screwed and hoodwinked as always, by fake news propaganda such as The Daily Mail (above.)

Emmanuel Macron vows to make French the world's first language. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-french-language-france-president-world-first-africa-burkina-faso-a8084586.html The problem with that is that it's the French themselves, especially poseur media types and Z-rater personalities all speaking Froglish, very badly, that are more likely to have an influence on the impressionable public than a president who has secured his position with the help of nationals whose mother tongues are American and Hebrew.

When tourists visit North Korea they are funding Kim Jong-un’s missile programme. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/north-korea-missile-test-kim-jong-un-tourism-funds-the-regime-a8082276.html Oh, dear. He'll soon be rubbing shoulders with the Palestinians, then, firing 'thousands' of missiles every day. Made of silver foil and fridge spares, cruising through American anti-missile defence systems all over the planet. On the other hand, British tourists visiting the world's most dangerous terrorist zone, the USA, really are funding the American crimes against humanity programme, much less depriving British tourism of desperately needed cash. But of course, these are no more factual, patriotic issues than being a propagandascheisewriter for the fake news industry.

The Pros and Cons of Starting a Proofreading Business. https://www.thebalance.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-starting-a-proofreading-business-2951500?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11248223&utm_term=

The Pros and Cons of Starting a Handyman Business. https://www.thebalance.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-starting-a-handyman-business-2951478?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11248223&utm_term=

Designer creates supply boxes that double as toys for refugee children. https://www.springwise.com/designer-creates-supply-boxes-double-toys-refugee-children/?utm_campaign=999562_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LF9M,2V1FMX,28EAB,1

Researchers create energy-harvesting wallpaper. https://www.springwise.com/researchers-create-energy-harvesting-wallpaper/?utm_campaign=999562_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LF9M,2V1FMX,28EAB,1

Smart water bottle helps users find nearest refill station. https://www.springwise.com/smart-water-bottle-helps-users-find-nearest-refill-station/?utm_campaign=1002741_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-27&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LHPX,2V1FMX,28NEL,1

New school offers synergy between work and education. https://www.springwise.com/new-school-offers-synergy-work-education/?utm_campaign=1002741_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-27&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LHPX,2V1FMX,28NEL,1

Airline launches crowdfunding website for flight tickets. https://www.springwise.com/airline-launches-crowdfunding-website-flight-tickets/?utm_campaign=992656_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,L9XS,2V1FMX,27ZFC,1

New process turns food waste into biodegradable plastics. https://www.springwise.com/new-process-turns-food-waste-biodegradable-plastics/?utm_campaign=992656_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,L9XS,2V1FMX,27ZFC,1

30.11.2017: Construction bodies warn of Brexit 'cliff edge' skills gap. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42155228 Although this has been a crisis issue for years, the Tory regime still lies to the public that it will build 300,000 houses a year. Are the Poles on board, one asks?

Over £1bn stolen through credit and debit card fraud in past year, research shows. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/credit-debit-card-fraud-billion-stolen-identity-uk-britain-banks-protection-security-a8073586.html

Free ATMs 'must be available across UK'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42156569

Court backs salesman's claim for 13 years of holiday pay. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42164201 And yet another bad day for the regime's statistics of 'millions' of bogus self-employed entrepreneurs.

EU's top court rules workers can claim compensation for untaken holidays. https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/nov/29/eu-top-court-rules-workers-can-claim-compensation-for-untaken-holidays And of course it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out why so many corrupt, Big Corp financed Tory politicians are pro-Brexit. This being just one example of many.

Wednesday briefing: Location inflation – Britain's homes worth £6tn. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/29/wednesday-briefing-location-inflation-britains-homes-worth-6tn Sure they are. And it's since the British workforce began believing their homes can make more money for them than getting out of bed and going to work that the country began to fill with skilled, cheap(er) immigrant labour which doesn't believe in get-rich-quick bullshit.

Plan to fix 'creaking' railways unveiled by government. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42157853 And who forced the railways to 'creak' in the first place?

Facebook forcing users to upload selfies to prove who they are. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-forcing-users-upload-selfies-captcha-invalid-picture-account-locked-password-a8081811.html And of course, Arsebook users are dumb enough to do just that.

Iphone users unable to write one of the most common words in english. 'It'. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/iphone-ios-apple-11-it-keyboard-autocorrect-error-how-to-fix-problem-security-a8080731.html We heard that that was to stop Twatterers having an intellectual fit.

Steroids, syringes and stigma: the quest for the perfect male six-pack - video. https://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2017/nov/29/steroids-six-packs-and-stigma-video We've been banging on about this being the real problem of performance-enhancing drugs for YEARS. In the meantime, 'fake' anti-doping agencies, sporting associations, governing bodies and the press have singled out the odd culprit and subjected them to an orchestrated hate campaign just to show willing, while at the same time old media favourites like tennis and soccer as well as newly-imported doped-up sporting cultures like American football are thrust down the public's throats. Once again, just follow the money trail.

Shite Made By America - today's update: MacOS High Sierra bug allows anyone to access a Mac with blank password. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/29/macos-high-sierra-bug-apple-mac-unlock-blank-password-security-flaw

Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) broadcasts cancelled in Germany over his support for Israel boycott. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/nov/29/roger-waters-broadcasts-cancelled-in-germany-over-accusations-of-antisemitism Nazism dies hard in Germany, as broadcasters RBB re-iterate their support for apartheid and genocide just as many of their forefathers did - although this time, that support is for Israeli terrorists.

Not without shedding crocodile tears into their schnapps, however, pretending to bemoan the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment from ordinary, honest, law-abiding people around the world who have a problem with liars, thieves and murderers. Now why would that be, I wonder? Yet RBB are no more the voice or the champions of 90% of the world's Jews than are Israeli war criminals like Netanyahu. Nor are they the voice of democracy or freedom or we would be reading and hearing from EVERYONE - including the views of the vast majority of the international community which RBB and the rest of Israel's cronies are always more than happy to boycott. In the national interest of the shekel.

Perhaps it's time to start looking beyond Germany's immigrant labour engineering excellence? Toyota, maybe?

A Courageous Israeli Speaks Out. http://truepublica.org.uk/global/courageous-israeli-speaks/

29.11.2017: Christmas spending expected to fall. https://www.visa.co.uk/newsroom/christmas-spending-expected-to-fall-for-first-time-in-half-a-decade-2285032 UK consumer spending this Christmas season is expected to be 0.1% lower in real terms when compared with the 2016 festive period, figures released by payment provider Visa have revealed. This would represent the first fall in Christmas spending in five years and is mainly attributed to the impact of economic uncertainty and falling wages. High street spending is set to fall by 2.1% in November/December 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016. However, online spending is expected to grow by 3.6%, with £2 of every £5 spent set to be spent online.

UK banks could handle 'disorderly Brexit'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42148682 The same criminal banks which still can't handle online security - although they do manage very well at money-laundering, funding terrorism, poverty, starvation, famines, wars, refugees, oh, and that small matter of screwing the consumer - especially small businesses?

Jeremy Corbyn is 'worse threat to British business than Brexit', Morgan Stanley claims. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/jeremy-corbyn-morgan-stanley-worse-threat-brexit-british-business-labour-prime-minister-policies-a8079981.html Compared to the threat posed by the banks based on their actual performance, Mr Corbyn's hypothetical 'threat' pales into absolute insignificance. Of course, had Mr Corbyn levelled the same suggestion at Morgan Stanley, he would no doubt, have been accused of 'anti-Semitism.' Given the sustained campaign of hatred Mr Corbyn has had to endure, isn't it about time we had an 'anti-Corbynism' law as well? Apart from alleviating compound boredom from reading the same fake media trash all the time, it might also help the 95% majority of the UK's businesses to focus on their own country's affairs for once. Not the USA's. And not Israel's.

Brexit to result in a sharp slowdown in UK economic growth, OECD predicts. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-oecd-economic-forecast-paris-gdp-eu-european-union-a8079586.html Is this is addition to the Brexit/bank-assisted slowdown the country is experiencing already?

Christmas crimewave: the tricks fraudsters will be using in coming weeks... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/current-accounts/christmas-crimewave-tricks-fraudsters-will-using-coming-weeks/

CMA: Secondary ticket websites may be breaking the law. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42152842

Subscription traps: everything you need to know and do to drop an unwanted service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/subscription-traps-eveything-need-know-do-drop-unwanted-service/

Black Friday damp squib as Oxford Street shop opens its doors to lone man. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/24/black-friday-damp-squib-oxford-street-shop-opens-doors-lone/ Now there's hope for the future!

Chaos at Manchester Airport as passengers are sent through the wrong door in 'massive security breach. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/chaos-at-manchester-airport-arrivals-departures-security-breach/ The only 'massive security breach' in the UK is the terrorist Tory regime, its lickspittles, cronies, donors and sponsors.

New app allows passengers to bid for last-minute upgrades on planes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/seatfrog-bidding-app-first-class-seats-upgrade/

28.11.2017: Government funding aims to transform UK into world's most innovative nation. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/11/27/government-funding-aims-to-transform-uk-into-worlds-most-innova/ This is in addition to earlier government failures such as making the UK the best place in the world to start and develop a business; bringing high speed broadband into every home; ending homelessness; bringing affordable housing to those in need, especially the young and first-time buyers. Etc. Etc.

BBC Panorama: The fraud costing the UK £1bn a year. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42143849

Draft bill to tackle exploitation of gig workers. https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/worker-default-status-proposed-new-gig-economy-bill/ The Work and Pensions and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committees have published a draft bill to tackle the perceived exploitation of gig workers. The bill outlines measures to address false self-employment, which occurs when an employer classes its workers as self-employed in order to avoid paying income tax, National Insurance contributions and employee benefits. If passed into law, the bill will introduce a new presumption of 'worker by default'. This would require employers to provide workers with a basic standard of rights and benefits, such as sick and holiday pay, unless they can prove a worker is genuinely self-employed. (EnterpriseQuest)

Campaign to highlight scale of UK small businesses. https://british-business-bank.co.uk/hidden-britain-survey-reveals-98-people-underestimate-scale-small-businesses-uk/ Just 2% of people are aware that small businesses with fewer than 50 employees make up 99% of all businesses in the UK, according to a survey commissioned by the British Business Bank. Only 21% of survey respondents were able to correctly identify that small businesses account for £1.3 trillion or 33% of private sector turnover, while the remaining 79% of respondents said they contribute less. In response to the findings, the British Business Bank has launched the 'Small Wonders' campaign to encourage consumers to support and recognise the value of small businesses. (EnterpriseQuest)

As we keep saying, despite dummyphones, slow-speed broadband, hundreds of TV channels (all repeats, duplicates and Z-rater crap, admittedly), search engines and social media, never has the public been as thick and misinformed as it is today.

Uber takes driver battle to Supreme Court. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42114851

Number of young people acting as 'money mules' doubles. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42132802

Archers 'fraud' storyline praised. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42110539 A pity nobody listens - or even knows - what the Archers are.

Car insurance: Going to the wrong comparison site could cost you over £300 more for same policy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/car-insurance-comparison-sites-charge-more-same-policy-channel-4-investigation-gocompare-a8073721.html

Vending machine for homeless people launches just in time for Christmas. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/11/27/vending-machine-for-homeless-people-launches-just-in-time-for-ch/ Looks like the High Street of the future, then? Apart from betting shops and trash coffee and food outlets.

Budget 2017 Summary and Reaction (EnterpriseQuest)

In the Chancellor's Autumn Budget on 22 November 2017, a number of measures were announced that will have an impact on smaller firms and the self-employed. These include:

The Enterprise Finance Guarantee programme will be extended until March 2022 and will be expanded to provide up to £500 million of loans every year.

  • To improve access to reputable sources of credit, the number of potential members that a credit union can serve in a local area will be increased from 2 million to 3 million.
  • An additional £1.5 billion of funding has been allocated to the Home Building Fund. It will provide loans to small and medium-sized house builders that cannot access the finance they need to build.
  • From 1 April 2018, two years earlier than planned, business rates will rise in line with the Consumer Price Index instead of the Retail Price Index.
  • Pubs in England with a rateable value of up to £100,000 will continue to receive a £1,000 business rates discount from 1 April 2018.
  • The VAT registration threshold will be maintained at its current level (£85,000) for two years from 1 April 2018. This is to give the Government sufficient time to consult on whether the threshold could be changed to encourage business growth.
  • £34 million will be made available to support the development of construction skills, while a £30 million fund will extend the provision of digital courses using artificial intelligence.

To read the Federation of Small Businesses's reaction to the Budget, go to: http://www.fsb.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/business-friendly-budget-in-challenging-times

To read the British Chambers of Commerce's reaction, go to: http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/press-office/press-releases/budget-2017-full-bcc-budget-reaction.html

To read the reaction of IPSE, go to: https://www.ipse.co.uk/our/news-listing/chancellor-listens-to-ipse-in-budget.html

To read the Chancellor's speech and Autumn Budget documents in full, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/autumn-budget-2017-documents

27.11.2017: Airbnb rival Altovita sets sights on London expansion. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/11/26/airbnb-rival-altovita-sets-sights-on-london-expansion/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Crelated_lnk1%26pLid%3D890788783_uk

The new gold and bitcoin bankcards that enable you to spend entirely without cash. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/credit-cards/new-gold-bitcoin-bankcards-enable-spend-entirely-without-cash/

Government cracks down on 'rogue drone users' with new no-fly zones. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/drones-airports-regulations-crack-down-government-no-fly-zones-a8076386.html

The community cafe making a meal of Britain's dumped food. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/christmas/2017/11/26/community-cafe-making-meal-britains-dumped-food/

Top 10 Home-Based Business Ideas. https://www.thebalance.com/top-home-based-business-ideas-2951508?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11248173&utm_term=

How to Become a Freelancer from Home. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-become-a-freelancer-1794507?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11248173&utm_term=

New app allows strangers to communicate while waiting for a flight. https://www.springwise.com/new-app-allows-strangers-communicate-waiting-flight/?utm_campaign=1001064_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LGFC,2V1FMX,28ILZ,1

Biogas digester reduces carbon waste in the home. https://www.springwise.com/biogas-digester-reduces-carbon-waste-home/?utm_campaign=1001064_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LGFC,2V1FMX,28ILZ,1

New app allows home owners to find the perfect plants for their space. https://www.springwise.com/new-app-allows-home-owners-find-perfect-plants-space/?utm_campaign=990764_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,L8H8,2V1FMX,27USX,1

Stand-alone house fits into a parking space. https://www.springwise.com/stand-alone-house-fits-parking-space/?utm_campaign=990764_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,L8H8,2V1FMX,27USX,1

Portable tool revolutionises cleaning. https://www.springwise.com/portable-tool-revolutionises-cleaning/?utm_campaign=990764_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,L8H8,2V1FMX,27USX,1

26.11.2017: While Black Friday was a huge success in America, Europe was not so enthusiastic. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/black-friday-2017-cyber-monday-consumers-usa-amazon-germany-strike-a8075646.html

Britain Faces ‘TTIP On Steroids’ As US Trade Talks Begin, Campaigners Warn. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/britain-faces-ttip-steroids-us-trade-talks-begin-campaigners-warn/

'Fraudsters stole £11,878 through my Facebook account - and then the transactions mysteriously vanished'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/current-accounts/fraudsters-stole-11878-facebook-account-transactions-mysteriously/

YouTube adverts pulled by major brands due to fears over access to paedophiles. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/youtube-adverts-paedophiles-children-videos-access-comments-a8073181.html

How to delete your old Fakebook and Twatter posts. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-delete-posts-permanently-twitter-tweets-delete-embarrassing-how-to-guide-step-by-step-a8074106.html

The hidden Google features you never knew existed. https://www.indy100.com/article/google-hidden-features-easter-eggs-never-knew-existed-space-games-fun-art-doodle-tips-numbers-timer-8075656?utm_source=indy&utm_medium=top5&utm_campaign=i100

How to Make Your Small Business More Successful. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-make-your-small-business-more-successful-4060804?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11248413&utm_term=

Aviation startup introduces on-demand air travel to Britain. https://www.springwise.com/aviation-startup-introduces-demand-air-travel-britain/?utm_campaign=998351_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LEBZ,2V1FMX,28AR3,1

High-tech cocktail glass changes the flavor of any beverage. https://www.springwise.com/high-tech-cocktail-glass-changes-flavor-beverage/?utm_campaign=998351_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LEBZ,2V1FMX,28AR3,1

Printable electric sensor monitors plant hydration. https://www.springwise.com/printable-electric-sensor-monitors-plant-hydration/?utm_campaign=998351_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-11-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,LEBZ,2V1FMX,28AR3,1

25.11.2017: Liam Fox ridiculed over claims UK businesses 'don't want to export'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/liam-fox-uk-businesses-not-export-trade-secretary-brexit-leave-eu-import-a8073646.html Understandable comments from Sliam Fox, whose export vision consists of selling weapons of mass destruction to the world's terrorists and knob-polishing Israeli and American war criminals.

Black Friday sales bonanza set to hit a record. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42107738 In other words, there has been no slow-down in the spread of dumbed-down British consumerism.

Black Friday versus No-buy day - social media reacts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42106850 For dumbed-down British consumers.

Many home insurance customers 'paying loyalty penalty'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/11/23/many-home-insurance-customers-paying-loyalty-penalty/

Rent Smart Wales: 4,000 landlords 'letting illegally'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-42057603 At least they aren't 'illegally' burning their tenants to death! (And getting away with it.)

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41968461 In other words, there isn't actually a house construction shortage. Just bent, crooked and inept politicians, councils and developers. As everyone has known for decades.

24.11.2017: UK economy faces 'longest fall in living standards in 60 years'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42087881 At this rate the country will be enjoying the same living standards as the millions of defenceless civilians terrorised, bombed and murdered by successive British regimes also during the past 60 years. Perhaps it's an 'anniversary' thing?

Christmas fraud: Mobiles and clothes top presents targeted. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42085557

Apprenticeship numbers fall by 59% after levy imposed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42092171 That should make the right sort of impact on the country's appalling productivity figures, then. And continue to stimulate the influx of skilled workers from abroad to fill the gap at half the going rate - as offered by Tory sponsors and donors, of course.

Families to pay an extra £900m inheritance tax by 2022. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/inheritance/families-pay-extra-900m-inheritance-tax-2022/ And the rest!

Tech giants face tax avoidance crackdown. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/11/22/budget-2017-tech-giants-face-tax-avoidance-crackdown/ Source: lying, thieving Tory Fags for US Big Corp. And their fake news state propaganda.

Councils handed power to double tax on empty homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/councils-handed-power-double-tax-empty-homes/

You can now buy a £24,000 house which takes six hours to build. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/flat-pack-house-six-hours-build-three-rooms-price-microhousing-affordable-a8069731.html Is this a middle-class house from Tory regime sponsors Jerry & Bilt Ltd? Although to justify its eventual £240,000 price tag (special Flood Plain Offer) it's obviously got to take six months to build instead of six hours.

Vladimir Putin says all big Russian businesses should be ready for war production. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/vladimir-putin-russia-business-war-production-sochi-military-talks-a8069951.html He must be fancying his chances after Russia's successful intervention against American, British and French terrorists in Syria and the growing success of Russian sanctions against the Coalition of Evil, which are already damaging farm/dairy/butter production and above all - the future of the croissant! (Although whale margarine croissants will be made specially for Brexit Knobheads.)

23.11.2017: Stamp duty cut for first-time buyers at heart of plan to tackle housing crisis. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/11/22/stamp-duty-cut-for-first-time-buyers-at-heart-of-plan-to-tackle/ Or, as is more likely, it will help to stimulate house prices just as they have started to fall. 'Trebles all round, chaps,' say the Tory regime's sponsors and donors.

Black Friday fraud warning as retailers plan 'special offer' text messages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/22/black-friday-fraud-warning-retailers-plan-special-offer-text/

Black Friday is a retail industry trick played on gullible consumers. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/black-friday-deals-trick-played-on-gullible-consumers-a8068876.html And the only people who don't know that already are - gullible consumers (and Brexit Knobheads.)

Government urged to make it easier for public to be compensated after hacks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/11/22/government-urged-make-easier-public-compensated-data-breaches/ 'Urge' away.

Law Society accreditation scheme advert 'misled' public. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42074154 Now there's unusual for the 'legal' profession!

Cyber experts assessing how many UK users affected by Uber hack. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/11/22/uber-hack-cyber-experts-assessing-how-many-uk-users-affected/

Google continues to track people even after thay have specifically told it to stop. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-secret-tracking-location-services-disable-privacy-apps-a8068961.html Google's next step will be to sell this information to state terrorists, private police forces, credit rating agencies and Big Corp advertisers. Well. They are probably doing that already. And killer robots, perhaps?

Net neutrality repeal allows internet to consist only of government-sanctioned sites. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/net-neutrality-donald-trump-fcc-arjit-pai-breitbart-sanctioned-tv-internet-reddit-a8069086.html This has been coming since 9/11 and the American terrorist invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. At the pointy end of billions of consumers and small business users, it also means the end of the net as a tool for individual information and gain.

The new gold and bitcoin bankcards that enable you to spend entirely without cash. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/credit-cards/new-gold-bitcoin-bankcards-enable-spend-entirely-without-cash/

The world's best cheese comes from a dairy in Cornwall, but you can't eat it until 2019. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/cornish-kern-named-worlds-best-cheese/ This means it will continue to be ignored by Little Ingerlandt's fake food critics and media chefs who will continue to use inferior foreign muck because like sheep, that is what they have been doing for donkey's years.

 

With our usual gratitude and thanks to BAD News and Cobweb Info.

Len Tondel

 

 

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