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LATEST! 22.11.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (October 2014) Viewpoint

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

By way of explanation. The term 'home business' consists of two words. 'Business' is the second one; it's there to qualify and support the word 'home' and all that goes with it - and not vice versa. Consequently, we also list below, items which are of interest and value to the home. Whether in its context as an office or as a part of your family and lifestyle but always directed at the improved prospects and enjoyment that running a business from home, in its entirety, can bring.

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


22.11.2014: Still more IT glitches for RBS customers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30141671# Again. Once more. Ad infinitum. (Perhaps the wasters should be given another taxpayers' bung?)

Doing business in the countryside: what you need to know. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/27452/business-countryside-need-know/

Small firms lack interest in overseas expansion. http://www.kpmg.com/uk/en/issuesandinsights/articlespublications/newsreleases/
pages/export-week-36-of-uk-small-businesses-shun-overseas-expansion.aspx
Over a third of representatives at small firms say they have no interest in exploring overseas markets, according to a recent survey conducted by KPMG and YouGov. The main barriers to overseas expansion cited by survey respondents included the complexity of legal issues, a lack of tax incentives, and not having strong enough networks with overseas organisations. For medium-sized firms, 20% of respondents said they had no interest in expanding overseas. According to the research, small and medium-sized firms in the North East are the most reluctant to trade overseas, with only 47% of firms expressing an interest in doing so, compared with 80% in London.

CNET Community: Help! What can I do to ensure my data is clean before moving it to my new PC? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=11/21/2014

7 reasons to give thanks you're an entrepreneur. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/becominganentrepreneur/a/7-Reasons-To-Give-Thanks-You-Re-An-Entrepreneur.htm?nl=1

App offers travel recommendations based on time of year. http://www.springwise.com/app-offers-travel-recommendations-based-time-year/

Social network for army vets to help curb growing numbers of suicides. http://www.springwise.com/social-network-army-vets-curb-growing-suicides/

21.11.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/21/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

UK retail sales rose by 0.8% in October as prices fell. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30125972#

UK tax schemes, including entrepreneur's relief, losing the Treasury '£ billions'. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/21/tax-relief-losing-billions-treasury-nao-margaret-hodge That's what happens when you start using foreign terminology (like 'entrepreneurship') which comes from a country which doesn't understand business and is permanently on the scrounge. Or a government run again, by public school fags who only know how to lie and steal.

Population with internet access to pass 3 billion next year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/11243324/Population-with-internet-access-to-pass-3bn-next-year.html (Around 40% of the world's population. Minus 35% with UK-levels of dial-up connection speeds, which reduce this claim to one of academic interest only.)

Where to find the best Black Friday deals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11244515/Where-to-find-the-best-Black-Friday-deals.html

How to prevent annoying PPI calls. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/20/how-to-prevent-annoying-ppi-calls/

How to net £100s using refer-a-friend deals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11240053/How-to-net-100s-using-refer-a-friend-deals.html

6 reasons to 'shop small' this holiday season. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/tp/Small-Business-Saturday-6-Reasons-to-Shop-Small-This-Holiday-Season.htm?nl=1

How foreigners get rich from privatised British public services. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/revealed-how-the-world-gets-rich-from-privatising-british-public-services-9874048.html Who needs to worry about the EU or 'terrorism' when our country continues to be ruined by bent, public school fags?

If you want to sell your home, ditch the wood floor for carpets. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2840815/Sarah-Beeny-s-tips-want-sell-home-carpets-good-photos-online.html

Trending: Venice bans wheelie suitcases. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2842400/Venice-bans-wheelie-suitcases-noise-pollution-canal-bridges.html A glimmer of hope, at last. Wheelie suitcases and dumbwalking cause more travel chaos than any so-called threat of 'terrorism'.

Trending: Nestle marketing a smart food that can replace exercise. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2843130/Forget-gym-Nestle-developing-exercise-BOTTLE-bid-create-ultimate-diet-drink.html Insider reports suggest that Nestle have just bought Red Bull's database and initial trials are due to start with Americans (and fat pigs) who believe they can fly.

Schoolboy's playground business earns him suspension threat. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/21/schoolboy-s-playground-business-earns-him-suspension-threat/ For selling junk food? That'll earn him a gong p.d.q.

Green renovation made easy by snap-on insulation and solar panels. http://www.springwise.com/green-renovation-easy-snap-on-insulation-solar-panels/

Service offers loyalty points without all the cards. http://www.springwise.com/service-offers-loyalty-points-cards/

7 of the funniest parodies of start-up life and entrepreneurship. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/lifestyle/tp/7-of-the-Funniest-Parodies-of-the-Startup-Life-amp-Entrepreneurship.htm?nl=1

Government propaganda announcement: dedicated 'champion' for self-employed announced. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27440/self-employed-get-dedicated-champion-government/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_
content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk I can see that's made a major splash in the dumb media; so it's no business as usual, then? Or are we waiting for some more hooky statistics taken from an ambiguous sample group of 309 dummyphone users?

Why should I pay US tax? asks tax-dodger, the American Mayor of London, Little Engerlandt County, the good 'ole USA. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/21/why-should-i-pay-us-tax-says-boris/ Oh. My. God!!! (Repeat endlessly.) Guys. You didn't know that the Mayor of London was an American? Perhaps less time spent reading Israeli-American propaganda? Anyway. Boris the Buffoon's defence will be (it is widely expected) that he will pay his US taxes when American diplomats in London pay their congestion charges and parking fines. (£8 million plus, so far.) Although their defence is expected to be that as they are living in an American colony anyway, thieving is OK and London should be grateful it isn't being liberated by knuckle-scraping Usadists.

20.11.2014: Black Friday 2014: more than £1 million to be spent every three minutes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11241385/Black-Friday-2014-More-than-1m-to-be-spent-every-three-minutes-as-Amazon-pledges-40pc-discounts.html Sounds like the Government's subsidy rate to US Big Corp.

UK should get faster and cheaper 4G data, claims Ofcon. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30117891# When? After Ofcon achieve 'faster and cheaper' dial-up connections?

Mobile operators agree to increase coverage to rural 'notspots'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/11241820/Mobile-operators-agree-coverage-boosts-to-avoid-national-roaming.html Another propaganda statement which by definition gives the lie again, to all earlier promises to do the same thing. It's why ex-telecomms men make excellent politicians.

Fresh delay for £11 billion smart meter rollout. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/11242115/11bn-energy-smart-meter-roll-out-suffers-fresh-delay.html Latest announcement for the Government's daily digital cock-up programme managed by state-of-the-art serial failures, Crapita.

RBS fined £56 million over IT meltdown. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/20/bank-fined-56m-over-it-meltdown/ I thought IT meltdowns were what Dummyphone Man was paying for these days?

EU blow to bankers' challenge to bonus cap. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30125780# Wankminsters' psycopaths, fags and finance sector rent boys will be most upset.

Amazon's threat to Royal Mail's universal parcel delivery service. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2840887/Royal-Mail-s-universal-delivery-threat-online-shoppers-turn-Amazon-deliver-parcels.html

Singapore tops ranking of best place to do business. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30123422# Singapore as not in London, Little Engerlandt and according to claims by Boris The Buffoon and David 'Da PM' Cameron.

Bird flu: Ukraine bans poultry imports from UK, Germany and Netherlands. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/19/bird-flue-ukraine-bans-poultry-imports-uk-germany-netherlands That's not the plan! They're supposed to be grateful for all those £ billions they've borrowed to buy NATO weapons of mass destruction, and feeding their plebs with contaminated, western supermarket food is part of the deal. That's the trouble with the Ukrainians. Once a Rusky, always a Rusky.

American murder industry giant considers bid for NHS service contract. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/international-arms-firm-lockheed-martin-in-the-frame-for-1bn-nhs-contract-9871247.html And Little Engerlandt's Israeli-American hate preachers point accusing fingers at threats from the EU? Still, with dumb BBC presenters now talking 'trash' American and doped-up US football appearing at Wembley, it looks as if the American colonisation of Britain is almost complete.

Fold-up electric bike will fit in your backpack. http://www.springwise.com/fold-up-electric-bike-fit-backpack/

Jacket uses vibrations to guide users around Paris. http://www.springwise.com/jacket-vibrations-guide-wearers-paris/ . . . straight to the red light district.

Case turns smartphones into a Polaroid camera. http://www.springwise.com/case-turns-smartphones-polaroid-camera/ . . . for taking unblurred selfies in the red light districts of Paris.

19.11.2014: Post Office facing pre-Christmas strike action. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30098686#

Royal Mail six-day delivery under threat. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/19/royal-mail-suffers-drop-in-profits/ So the reasons for privatisation weren't true after all? Now there's another surprise from Wankminster's scrotes.

UK grocery sales fall for first time on record. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11237538/UK-grocery-sales-fall-for-first-time-on-record-as-supermarkets-slump.html

Pension changes 2015: funding a new business. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/19/pension-changes-2015-funding-a-new-business/ It would probably be riskier than investing in a Ponzi or pyramid scheme. Especially with the Government as a player.

The £3.5 billion mobile phone theft racket. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2839935/The-3-5bn-mobile-phone-theft-racket-Beware-crooks-run-vast-bills-calling-premium-rate-lines-stolen-mobile-leaving-counting-cost.html

Energy firms still failing to make clear their cheapest billing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2840232/Energy-firms-failing-make-clear-cheapest-bills.html

Pub landlords tied to big breweries win historic victory. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/leisure/11239112/Pub-landlords-tied-to-big-breweries-win-historic-victory-in-Commons-Bill.html

Wonga yet to pay compensation to thousands of customers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30095110#

Trip Advisor couple fined £100 by a hotel for a bad review. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30100973

The Apprentice contestants aren't actually talented businesspeople at all. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2839021/Nick-Hewer-says-Apprentice-contestants-not-talented.html Is this a joke? Is there anyone out there who ever seriously thought they were? Apart from media morons, members of Government and weener business websites.

More like FAKEbook. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2839547/More-like-FAKE-book-nearly-quarter-fashion-luxury-ads-social-media-website-hawk-counterfeits.html Wow! Another surprise. Not.

Could energy from living crops be the next sustainable power source? http://www.springwise.com/energy-living-crops-sustainable-power-source/ Now there's an idea for a home business sideline. Multi-tasking cannabis production.

Jeansmaker offers 400 sizes to fit all women - from just 5 measurements. http://www.springwise.com/jeansmaker-offers-400-sizes-fit-women/

Official release: Consultation outcome. Alternative dispute resolution for consumers. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/alternative-dispute-resolution-for-consumers

18.11.2014: Proposed changes to business rates could benefit small firms. http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/media-releases/-/journal_content/56/10180/6705009/NEWS Local authorities could have greater flexibility to offer business rate discounts to small local firms, under a proposal put to the Chancellor by the Local Government Association (LGA) in November 2014. Business rates are currently set by central government, meaning local authorities' ability to offer local discounts is restricted. Under the LGA proposal, all responsibility for setting and collecting business rates would lie with local authorities, allowing greater flexibility for local authorities to offer reduced rates to local high street firms, new start ups and firms using local suppliers. If the proposal goes ahead, local authorities will also be able to link business rates to turnover, including that from e-commerce, to create more fairness between high street and online retailers, and to encourage new start ups to trade on the high street. (EnterpriseQuest)

MPs tell HMRC to pick up pace of tax investigations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30085827# Not to be confused with picking up the pace of a crackdown on Big Corp tax evasion, where our fagging ones remain as compliant and accommodating as ever.

Rising housing costs will push millions into poverty. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30078426#

UKIP 'could ruin house prices'. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/17/reckless-vote-will-make-your-home-worth-less-tories-tell-rochester-voters

More than 1.4 million will fund Christmas with payday loans. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2838643/More-1-4million-fund-Christmas-using-payday-loans-Figures-average-adult-spends-530-festive-season.html

Small digital service firms unaware of changes to VAT rules. http://www.kpmg.com/UK/en/IssuesAndInsights/ArticlesPublications/NewsReleases/Pages/
Majority-of-SMEs-unaware-of-New-Year-VAT-changes-and-penalties-according-to-KPMG.aspx
Almost two thirds of UK small firms providing digital services, such as apps and e-books, to consumers in other EU member states are unaware of the VAT rule changes that will take effect on 1st January 2015. The new rules make their supplies subject to VAT in consumers' home countries, rather than in the UK, which is currently the case. This lack of awareness was revealed by a survey of 150 digital service providers carried out by KPMG. In contrast, most large digital service firms are fully aware of the changes. The majority (75%) of respondents would consider increasing their prices by up to 5% to compensate for the additional costs of complying with the new rules, and more than one in five would consider no longer supplying to other EU member states.
(EnterpriseQuest)

Five of the worst financial red tape tie-ups. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11235306/Five-of-the-worst-financial-red-tape-tie-ups.html

Bath Blue named world's tastiest cheese. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11232600/Bath-Blue-named-worlds-tastiest-cheese.html And will our supermarkets be stocking this latest example of British excellence alongside their imported produce from the Nazi State of Israel?

Foreign exchange trips are becoming passe for UK schoolchildren. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/schools/foreign-exchange-trips-are-becoming-pass-for-uk-schoolchildren-9866478.html Fake friendships on Arsebook being the order of the day at the expense of useful, sound, extensive and highly beneficial relationships which can span generations. The closest the country's plebs have ever been able to get to developing their own 'old boys' network. Obviously, a much too healthy state of affairs to be tolerated by our pupil-shagging educationalists.

Another English cowboy builder story. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837455/Pawnbroker-helped-launder-9million-gang-rogue-builders-scammed-elderly-life-savings-celebrated-one-victims-died.html

How to get a bed in advertising. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2838157/How-bed-advertising-Designer-creates-houses-homeless-using-billboards-pay-advertising-fees.html It won't work in Britain. There's no money in it for bent politicians.

Avoid getting stung shopping online. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/536107/Stay-safe-online-avoid-fraud-theft-christmas-shopping

App blocks timewasting sites until users get some exercise. http://www.springwise.com/app-blocks-timewasting-sites-users-exercise/ This should put the entire internet under pressure!

5 reasons why running a small business beats working for a big company. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/27360/5-reasons-running-small-business-beats-working-big-companies/ As written by someone working for a big company who wants to supply finance to small businesses. Nonsense, in other words. (Shows potential as a Government guru, though.)

Why your personal branding matters. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/27258/personal-branding-matters/

Fix your own appliances and save a small fortune. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/18/fix-your-own-appliances-and-save-a-small-fortune/

17.11.2014: Cameron's comic turn as he warns of looming second, global crash. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/16/david-cameron-third-eurozone-recession-g20-warning But on the other hand, Mr Cameron does keep assuring British voters that they are enjoying a world-beating economic recovery. So we'll be OK because our politicians don't tell lies and we believe them!

House asking prices fall by 1.7%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/17/house-asking-prices-fall-by-1-7/

International business travellers are spending record amounts in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11234152/International-business-travellers-are-spending-record-amounts-in-the-UK.html

How productive are you when working from home? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11230921/How-productive-are-you-when-working-from-home.html

Broadband speed adverts targeted by Which? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30039814#

Supermarkets could start to close, warns Waitrose boss. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11233635/Supermarkets-could-start-to-close-warns-Waitrose-boss.html

Pub tenants get closer to toasting a new deal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/leisure/11234654/Pub-tenants-get-closer-to-toasting-new-deal.html

EU considering 'sanctions' against Israel over murderous spread of settlements. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11234137/EU-considering-sanctions-against-Israel-over-settlements.html What, send the bombers in followed by thousands of knuckle-scraping Usadists like against terrorist Israeli Settlers (IS) in Iraq? Still, it would be progress to see the EU and Britain above all, focus on the welfare of its own populations for a change. Mr David 'My values are Jewish values' Cameron to note.

How far would you go to get your own back on an annoying neighbour? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/11229655/Vengeance-in-bricks-and-mortar.html

French celebrity chef banned from butcher's federation for saying British beef is best. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837245/French-celebrity-butcher-expelled-saying-British-beef-best.html The man is almost right and unusually for a media personality, he also has the courage to speak the truth. On the other hand, French chefs have rather more discreetly, been making this admission for donkeys' years. (When they're not eating them.) In fact, French beef is typically so bad that it isn't fit to be served anywhere other than a Wetherspoons.

Six of the best cheeses for Christmas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/christmas-food-and-drink/11223763/Six-of-the-best-cheeses-for-Christmas.html A nice selection, thankfully free of the mediocre French fromage overdose one is normally subjected to by British TV chefs.

Rural charities win £25 million mini-bus deal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837123/Rural-charities-win-25m-minibus-deal-voluntary-organisation-scheme.html

16.11.2014: Surge in small business closures as more than half fail to survive more than five years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-2801698/Small-businesses-close-despite-improving-economy-HALF-fail-survive-five-years.html 'Despite an improving economy'? I don't think this hack lives on the same planet as 95% of the country's population, let alone small business community. And - I would venture to suggest - that the casualty rate is FAR more than just over 'half' because the vast majority of start-ups/self-employed/home businesses which can't make it, just drift into obscurity. And THAT is despite more and more self-employed people working for peanuts. Still. The Government just loves it when a plan comes together. Aided and abetted by no shortage of its bullshitting cronies.

'Nazi' Britain snubs international campaign on jobs and wages. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/g20-summit-britain-snubs-international-union-campaign-on-jobs-and-wages-9863481.html Someone's got to stay at home and watch repeats of repeats and repeats again of World War I and II propaganda. In the absence of the country's current and future lack of any moral, ethical and economic compass, they can all pose as the shrinking 'tide' of unemployed home businesses at the same time.

Older workers key to Britain's economy boost. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/535865/Older-workers-key-to-Britain-s-economy-boost Hardly surprising when Britain's pension regime is the second worst in Europe and a state pension won't even cover the cost of most retired folks' energy bills. Plus this trend was first identified several years ago, so it's hardly 'news'. And throughout history, getting old folk and children to stay at home to 'man the machines' almost for free while the able-bodied go off to invade other countries, is also another characteristic of 'Nazi' government. While 'Da PM' is on the subject.

200,000 families to miss out on child tax breaks because they do not have internet access. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/no-internet-no-child-tax-break-200000-families-likely-to-miss-out-because-they-do-not-have-access-to-the-web-9863485.html That's another very 'Nazi' type of situation for households to find themselves in. Especially as many won't have access to the internet through no fault of their own.

Cameron backs TTIP. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30073357# Another predictable blow to European and British consumers and small businesses but hey, ho, it's what Cameron and his fellow-fags were elected to do. (And not by the plebs, in case anyone out there still believes in Santa Claus.)

If you're fronting a drive to boost UK exports, there's no point in being invisible. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/if-youre-fronting-a-drive-to-boost-uk-exports-theres-no-point-being-invisible-9862734.html UK exports by small firms are always having to cope with the country's car crash of a reputation for placing propaganda before national prosperity. (That's British, not American prosperity, I'm talking about.) But that really isn't on the Big Corp marketing agenda for modern, Dummyphone Man anyway, so nothing is going to change anytime soon.

More and more people are finding you can bank on peer-to-peer lending. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/more-and-more-people-are-finding-you-can-bank-on-peertopeer-lenders-9862726.html

Self-employed? Use your pension to reduce your tax bill. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11185864/Self-employed-Use-your-pension-to-reduce-your-tax-bill.html?WT.mc_id=e_3676477&WT.tsrc=email&etype=personalfinance&utm_source=email&utm_medium=
Edi_PFi_New_2014_11_12&utm_campaign=3676477

DIY investment vs leaving it to the 'pros'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11230939/DIY-investment-vs-leaving-it-to-the-pros.html

Invest £100,000 in shares and take an annual income: how long till you're bust? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11210093/Invest-100000-in-shares-and-take-an-annual-income.-How-long-till-youre-bust.html?WT.mc_id=e_3676477&WT.tsrc=email&etype=personalfinance&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_PFi_New_2014_11_12&utm_campaign=3676477

Princess Anne demands end of live horse meat exports. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2836232/Anne-Catch-crooks-exporting-live-horses-end-dinner-plates-Europe.html I'm always cynically amused by countries such as France or Italy where eating horse meat ('man's friend') is traditionally viewed as acceptable yet documentaries showing the similar SE Asian trade in dogs (also 'man's friend') for consumption, attract squeals of outrage. Just like a couple of alleged executions by Middle East resistance fighters provoke massive outpourings of condemnation and sympathy; while at least 50,000 Libyan civilians murdered by NATO's flying cowards, receives no mention whatsoever. And we could go on and on.

Get your possessions earning their keep. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/15/get-your-possessions-earning-their-keep/

15.11.2014: Britain has 7th highest debt of G20 countries. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-has-seventh-highest-debt-of-g20-countries-9860158.html Could be worse. Let's celebrate and get bladdered.

UK housebuilding bounces back despite cooling property market. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11230529/UK-housebuilding-rebounds-despite-cooling-property-market.html

'Kiddy Killer' Cameron, supporter of Israeli and US terrorism, compares Russia to Nazi Germany. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/11230326/David-Cameron-compares-Russia-to-Nazi-Germany-on-eve-of-Putin-meeting.html That will go down well when eventually and inevitably, Britain ends up licking Russian arse again just as it did at the end of the Second World War. Latterly, and £ billions of lost business later, there will be those who don't do propaganda and who won't want to insult all the lives sacrificed in the fight against Nazism: almost half a million British. But 25 million, maybe more, Russians.

France compares Cameron to a Nazi. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11231248/France-compares-David-Cameron-to-far-Right-leader-following-his-fury-at-the-EU-budget.html It looks as if the only opinion which is siding with Da PM's view of history at the moment, is Engerlandt's Israeli-American, Nazi criminal media.

On the other hand, given the parlous state of Europe's 'old' economies, perhaps the endless amount of time spent on all their murderous pasts could be harnessed instead, into some productive business of today in order to ensure a peaceful and prosperous tomorrow? (And no, I don't believe in flying pigs, either.)

Scottish Power faces sales ban and Ofgem investigation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11230789/ScottishPower-faces-sales-ban-and-Ofgem-probe-over-poor-customer-service.html That will get them worried.

The supplier you've never heard of attracting 36% of energy switchers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11223049/Energy-deals-the-supplier-youve-never-heard-of-attracting-36pc-of-switchers.html

The 7 biggest supermarket rip-offs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11229157/Seven-biggest-supermarket-packaging-rip-offs.html

How hackers trick Dummyphone Man with fake apps. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/11230653/Watch-how-hackers-can-install-fake-apps-on-iPhones-to-trick-you-into-revealing-sensitive-data.html

The end of computer hacking? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2834592/The-end-computer-hacking-Software-searches-new-unknown-viruses-automatically-REPAIRS-damage.html

Savile Row tailor fears overseas threat. http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2014/nov/14/savile-row-tailoring-foreign-buyout-threat-hong-kong

Machine lets anyone print their own clothes at home. http://www.springwise.com/machine-lets-print-clothes-home/

Britain's best fish and chip restaurants revealed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-2833455/Fighting-plaice-Britain-s-best-fish-chip-restaurants-revealed-complete-wine-lists-gluten-free-batter-lobster-dishes.html Fish 'n chip 'restaurants'? That's almost a contradiction in terms. The only plaice in Britain where you will find fish 'n chip restaurants is in London - where, as this list confirms - you can't buy decent fish 'n chips anyway!

Former Masterchef semi-finalist opens restaurant in garden shed at bottom of garden. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2834392/It-s-Mastershed-Former-semi-finalist-TV-s-Masterchef-opens-restaurant-wooden-hut-end-garden.html

14.11.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/14/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Christmas shop now to avoid chaos later, warns Transport Secretary. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/11230070/Do-your-Christmas-shopping-now-Transport-Secretary-warns.html Doncha just love living in a Third World country?

Energy bills: 3 million overcharged last year. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/nov/14/gas-electricity-consumers-overcharged-uswitch-study Equals more funds for political parties. And more gongs for energy sector cockroaches.

Human cost of shirts on plebs' backs. http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2014/apr/bangladesh-shirt-on-your-back Plus there's the cost of jobs lost over here. Still. Hey ho! Let's do some dumbwalking instead. Get bladdered. And vote for the Kippah Party.

My battle with eBay over fake watch. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/jessicainvestigates/11227942/EBay-Money-Back-Guarantee-my-battle-over-fake-watch.html

Shoppers are buying puppies online which may have entered the country illegally. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/corrupt-vets-are-helping-to-smuggle-farmed-puppies-into-uk-9859753.html Who cares? If they're coming from East Europe, the real issue is: can they do plumbing?

American companies selling 'ISIS (Israeli Settlers In Syria) hunting kits' online to Red Bull victims who thought they could fly. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2833897/American-company-selling-ISIS-Hunting-Kits-online-470-65-claiming-patriots-asking-them.html Oh. My. God. (Repeat 50 times.) Cool. (And again.)

American company sells in-car homing pigeons to replace sat-nav to Red Bull victims who thought they could fly. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2831580/Mystery-homing-pigeons-navigate-solved-Birds-use-gyroscope-brain-guide-study-finds.html Awesome. Oh. My. God. (BBC takes note.)

Apple users warned over iOS bug. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2833691/US-government-issues-warning-Apple-users-iOS-bug-lead-rogue-apps-steal-user-data.html The downward evolution of 'Made in Hong Kong' of the 1960s to Made by the USA (sort of), 21st Century Digital Crap.

Germany voted best country in the world. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/germany-named-best-country-in-the-world-9858762.html Oh, dear. Engerlandt County (of the USA), loses to Germany again. Still more repeats of repeats of repeats of WWI and II films and propaganda then. As BMW sales to the unemployed continue to rise. That'll show them.

The Coalition of Evil's Afghan legacy: opium production at a record high. http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/just-as-britain-withdraws-from-afghanistan-opium-production-hits-record-high--gyxXBs1iPg Another Usadist/Engerlandt fag-boy strategic success story. On the other hand, it will give the UK's start-ups and home business entrepreneurs a potential extra sideline when their allowances and loans run out. If there are any drugs left over from financing the world's terrorist activity, first.

How to bootstrap your business from the ground up. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/tp/bootstrap-your-small-business.htm?nl=1

Business idea. Worried by the prospect of winter blackouts? From South Africa, solar school backpacks to provide evening light for pupils' homework. http://www.springwise.com/south-africa-solar-school-backpacks-provide-light-evening-study/

Business idea: Shoes with GPS for ultra-thick schoolchildren who might get lost on the way home. http://www.springwise.com/trendy-shoes-gps-parents-track-kids/ Particularly suitable for little winkles wearing England football strip and whose 'heroes' can't even make a ball find its way into the back of a net.

A very good business idea. Platform gives businesses green supply chain recommendations. http://www.springwise.com/platform-businesses-green-supply-chain-recommendations/

BelowStandard & PissPoor rate Twatter as junk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30048344# What is amusing about this are all the digital dickheads who have rated Twatter as a business tool. Well. For 'tools', perhaps.

13.11.2014: Housing market dip 'only temporary'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30024257#

Men Christmas shop in three hours. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2832287/How-men-Christmas-shop-three-hours-Poll-finds-two-thirds-buy-presents-time-3-manage-ten-minutes.html

Pay day lenders: what you need to know. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/pay-day-lenders-what-you-need-to-know-9854159.html

Millions of consumers at risk from goods not returned under manufacturers' recall. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2832374/Millions-dangerous-electrical-devices-lurking-homes-consumers-failed-return-products-manufacturers-recalled-faults.html

PayPal launches loan service for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/26978/paypal-launches-loan-service-smes/

The coolest hacks and tricks in Google search. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11223735/Google-search-The-12-coolest-hacks-and-tricks.html

Travel apps that don't use data roaming. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/11226657/Travel-apps-that-dont-use-data-roaming.html Reading signs?

People who can't afford organic food should simply eat less. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/vivienne-westwood-says-those-who-cant-afford-organic-food-should-simply-eat-less-9857214.html

3 million Britons go a week without eating vegetables. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2832318/Three-million-Britons-admit-going-week-without-eating-vegetables.html In the not-too-distant past when the country's wasters weren't subsidised by the working taxpayer, households would buy veg at the local market first, followed perhaps, by a night out at the cinema if the budget allowed. Today, the priorities are a dummyphone, a big telly, an internet connection, a playstation, a daily packet or more of fags, eating out at McDonalds, a BMW with personalised number plates and a case of lager every night. Oh, and I forgot. An entrepreneur's start-up loan. Then - and only eventually - the modern shopper might get around to buying some pre-packed taters and carrots. Imported from the Nazi gulags of Israel.

Infographic guide to best value, autumn city breaks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2831258/TravelZoo-Infographic-reveals-ultimate-guide-best-value-autumn-city-breaks.html

The 16-year-old entrepreneur who already has 500 clients. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/11/11/young-entrepreneur-ben-towers_n_6140100.html

The red hot business of divorce celebration. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29896411

Six essentials of negotiating the best price for your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/27243/six-essentials-negotiating-best-price-business/

Bouncing back from a social media disaster. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/27136/bouncing-back-social-media-disaster/ Or, just don't 'do' social media. With the time you save, you can concentrate on making more money or if not, simply enjoying yourself. Unless you're a sad troll, of course.

4 personality traits all entrepreneurs must have. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/9574/4-personality-traits-all-entrepreneurs-must-have/

12.11.2014: National Business Awards 2014 winners. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/11223684/National-Business-Awards-2014-the-winners.html

Small businesses to benefit from relaxed alcohol rules. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30008546#

Vodafone to launch UK broadband and tv services. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30000481#

Vodafone worst for rural calls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28758595

7 tips to secure your iPhone from hackers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/iphone/11222954/Seven-tips-to-secure-your-iPhone-from-hackers.html I would have thought that even todays' dumb consumers might have wondered if they should be buying such absolute crap that all they do afterwards, is worry about its security and reliability? They'll be buying torn clothing hanging off their arses next.

Contactless cards: how to avoid paying twice. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11215583/Contactless-cards-how-to-avoid-paying-twice.html Don't use contactless cards. Use cash, instead.

Ikea courier couldn't find our house. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/nov/11/ikea-failed-delivery-extra-charge-courier An increasingly common problem these days in which a new breed of couriers seem to be undertaking deliveries. Those who can't talk.

Apprenticeships: not for my child. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/further-education/11221224/Apprenticeships-changing-the-not-for-my-child-attitudes.html The Dumb Brit syndrome perseveres. Many a successful entrepreneur kicked off with an apprenticeship. But modern mummy prefers to see her fat baby goats playing computer games instead.

The world's best markets. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/11058827/The-worlds-best-markets.html

12 top tips for haggling. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/11214358/How-to-haggle-tips-and-advice.html

I'm a buy-to-let investor; could I pay less tax by setting up a company? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11221498/Im-a-buy-to-let-investor-could-I-pay-less-tax-by-setting-up-a-limited-company.html

Prince Charles claims peoples' connection with the countryside is dying. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/12/prince-charles-says-peoples-connection-with-countryside-is-dying It's much easier to milk the country's plebs if they're all cooped up in battery housing. Especially if they spend all their time looking at a piece of plastic and pretending to be a home business.

Countryside homes cost £50,000 more than in the suburbs or cities. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2830889/Countryside-homes-cost-50-000-suburbs-cities.html And so they should. Only social inadequates live in suburbs and cities.

Could solar panels earn you £650 a year? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-2830623/Could-solar-panels-earn-650-profit-year-Tony-Hazell-decided-install-them.html I'm all for renewable energy but the flip side could be losing much more than that in the sale value of your home. The other problem, like running a diesel car for example, owning a well in France, or generating home solar energy in Spain, is that once a government sees its plebs making or saving money, it will introduce a tax to skim off any financial advantage. I strongly suspect that the majority of people who claim such relatively modest savings from a solar panel installation could have achieved the same results by more switching off (or turning down) and without any capital outlay.

How to boil an egg, the Heston Blumenthal way. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/11/how-to-boil-an-egg-the-heston-blumenthal-way Not being a celebrity chef or a mediatised food critic - but having been a free range poultry and egg producer for over ten years - there is just one, major problem with this advice for the lumpenproletariat. How fresh are the eggs? Does the average pleb even know how old their eggs are? Because it does make a difference to cooking time. As all good chefs know, you pick the best produce you can afford. You get to know it. You stay with it. (And after that, it all depends on how soft and runny you - or your customer - like their eggs.) Still. It all fills up column space.

Carving out a niche as an SME. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/27053/carving-niche-sme/

7 of the funniest parodies of start-up life. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/lifestyle/tp/7-of-the-Funniest-Parodies-of-the-Startup-Life-amp-Entrepreneurship.htm?nl=1

Why don't tax statements costing the taxpayer £5 million show what MPs spend? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/12/why-dont-tax-statements-tell-us-what-mps-spend/ Answers to our US-designed, vote-rigging and digital cock-up media questionnaire HERE. (Oh, my God. Hi, guys.)

1. Because MPs are bent.
2. Because MPs can't count.
3. Because MPs are working for bent, tax-dodging American Big Corp.
4. Because MPs are ALL of those things AND 'Friends of Israel.'
5. I'm an economics graduate and don't understand the question.

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11.11.2014: One third of small firms at risk of closing. http://www.zurich.co.uk/home/mediacentre/generalinsurancenews/
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Over 20% of decision-makers at small and medium-sized firms say their business has shrunk in the last quarter, and more than a third say they face a medium to high risk of ceasing trading in the next year, according to the latest SME Risk Index published by insurance firm Zurich. Despite this, concerns about overall business risk have fallen to their lowest level since the Risk Index began in 2012. Richard Coleman, Director of small and medium-sized enterprises at Zurich, commented: "It's clear that the wider economic environment is a source of increasing concern for SMEs even as their concerns over some of the more specific risks reduce." (EnterpriseQuest)

Calls to let local governments set their own business rates. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/calls-to-let-local-governments-save-the-high-street-by-setting-their-own-business-rates-9852458.html

Plumbing courses beat law degrees in race for jobs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/further-education/11221393/Plumbing-courses-beat-law-degrees-in-race-for-jobs.html

The Green Building Roadshow, London, 20th November. http://www.mmtrack78.co.uk/9/display.php?M=51037640&C=aafda8bd00739a812f78711d49c220a6&S=9810&L=3000&N=5901

Regulator announces payday loans cap. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30000472#

Alternative finance doubling year-on-year. http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/understanding-alternative-finance-uk-alternative-finance-industry-report-2014 Alternative finance, such as funding provided via crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, is doubling annually in the UK, according to figures published by Nesta in the UK Alternative Finance Industry Report. The amount of funding provided by the alternative finance sector grew by 150% from £267 million in 2012 to £666 million in 2013, and is projected to grow a further 161% to reach £1.74 billion by the end of 2014. It is expected that the UK alternative finance sector will have provided funding to 7,180 small and medium-sized firms by the end of 2014, equating to 2.4% of bank lending to business. Alternative finance has resulted in many small and medium-sized firms, charities and community organisations being able to raise finance which they may otherwise have been unable to secure. (EnterpriseQuest)

Remote working poses data security risk for business. http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240234111/Remote-working-puts-business-data-at-risk-study-shows Remote working is putting businesses at risk of data security breaches, according to a survey commissioned by information security firm Imation. The survey of office workers in the UK and Germany revealed that a third of respondents had lost unsecured mobile devices in public places, with 75% of mobile devices containing work-related data. Almost half of respondents said that they never encrypt the data they take out of the office, 30% said they do not protect it with passwords and nearly 10% said they do not protect it at all. Only 6% said they were concerned about losing business data when working remotely. Less than 60% of respondents said their organisation had a remote working policy, and where there was a policy, more than one in four respondents admitted to not having complied with it. (EnterpriseQuest)

The great British cheese swindle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11221320/Supermarkets-boost-profits-in-cheese-price-rip-off.html

Virus that makes humans more stupid discovered. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/virus-that-makes-humans-more-stupid-discovered-9849920.html Officially, at least. Otherwise it's been acknowledged in practice for a long time and is referred to as telly and/or internet addiction.

The Best of British design. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2828873/From-Tube-map-E-type-Jag-original-iMac-best-British-design-does-Big-Brother-logo-really-deserve-place-list.html The list includes the Big Brother logo, thus endorsing scientific findings (above) of the existence of a stupidity virus.

Pre-Christmas shoppers hit the internet. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2825531/Amazon-gears-busiest-sales-day-year.html

How old is too old to start a business? http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/famousentrepreneurs/tp/6-Famous-Entrepreneurs-Who-Started-Late-in-Life.htm?nl=1

Why your personal branding matters. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/27258/personal-branding-matters/

How to keep up with the constant customer. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/27270/keep-constant-customer/

10.11.2014: Ten million jobs at risk from advancing technology. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/11219688/Ten-million-jobs-at-risk-from-advancing-technology.html

One third of mortgage borrowers will struggle if interest rates rise. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/nov/09/one-third-would-struggle-to-pay-mortgage-on-two-point-rate-rise

Consumer spending forecast to be at highest for four years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11219364/Consumer-spending-forecast-to-be-the-highest-for-four-years.html

Election countdown: three business leaders; three key questions. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/10/2015-general-election-business-leaders-key-questions

Meet the 100k-a-year plumber. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2826686/Skilled-workers-pay-soars-four-times-faster-inflation-Construction-industry-leading-way-ending-squeeze-salaries.html

Make £2500 a day by hiring out your home to big brands. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11208875/Make-2500-a-day-by-hiring-your-home-out-to-big-brands.html

France falls out of love with the car. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/09/france-car-ownership-sales-downturn At least they've got a decent rail network they can use, instead. When it's not on strike. Mind you, the French never were car posers, with incomprehensible, personalised number plates stuck on samey, black town-tractors, all financed with log book loans.

Don't rely on us for good English grammar, says British Bropaganda Corporation (BBC). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2827798/Don-t-tune-good-grammar-says-BBC-Broadcaster-no-longer-bastion-correct-English-insider-admits.html 'Hi, guys. Oh, my God. We only speak American and Israeli,' added a corporation TEAM spokestransneuterpaedoperson.

Postal scams that target the elderly. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/10/postal-scams-that-target-the-elderly/ And last but not least . . . BBC TV licence renewal reminders. Money for repeats of repeats. Just like selling re-cycled, bent, rusty nails. Except not so useful. (Until older folk get to 74, whereupon it's free, I know. Except by that time, they're all dead of boredom.)

Latest foodie fad? Dripping. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2827773/The-latest-foodie-fad-Dripping-s-healthier-think.html This might come as a revelation to tabloid hacks who never get out. But dripping has remained a cooking staple of decent kitchens since the year Oink.

Is there no-one left in Britain who can make sandwiches? http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/11/09/daily-mail-headline-sandwiches_n_6129876.html Sure there are. It's only hate-preaching, terrorist-supporting, criminal tabloid hacks who aren't up to the job.

09.11.2014: EU red tape damaging British economy, claims Minister. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/11218716/Brussels-red-tape-damages-UK-plc-and-have-to-be-reformed-Theresa-May-says.html Thus spake Theresa Mayhem, herself a leading exponent of damaging the country's economy. Since 'cutting red tape' has been a fundamental promise of every government, and this Government in particular, EVERY DAY since the year 'oink, oink', why does this topic continue to grab the headlines? Can't we just put it, together with all the country's political tits, on Page Three, instead?

Police covered up construction blacklisting links. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/08/police-colluded-blacklist-construction-workers-consulting-association-union-activists With the full approval of Theresa Mayhem, one assumes?

PPI scandal showing no signs of coming to an end. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11217168/The-PPI-scandal-is-showing-no-signs-of-coming-to-an-end.html

Train delays are the worst for seven years. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/train-delays-are-the-worst-for-seven-years-9849301.html

Young Britons buying foreign homes as a means of getting on the property ladder. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/mortgages/young-britons-buying-foreign-homes-as-way-of-getting-on-to-property-ladder-9849240.html As we have been suggesting for over a decade - although we would never have guessed the numbers were as significant as this report suggests. The other major considerations for buying abroad of course, include properties with some elbow room; gardens; civilised neighbours; low crime rates; schools which offer an education. Effective public transport. Non-repeat telly viewing. And so on.

Still. That would explain why these developments have been ignored by the media. Which is far more accustomed to circulating American and Israeli propaganda; advertorials based on statistical samples of around 250; and vacuous reporting on last night's tv viewing with 15 'likes' on Arsebook. And 12 'shares'.

Fix up your home for less; buy secondhand. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/08/fix-up-your-home-for-less-buy-second-hand/ Conventional wisdom, isn't that? And don't let an English builder near the place.

Linguistic tourism. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/linguistic-tourism-could-help-save-britains-ancient-languages-9849237.html 'Hi.' 'Oh, my God.' We won't be seeing any BBC presenter-'guys' reporting on this, then. Oh, my God. Hi. Innit, guys?

50% of occupations will be redundant in 20 years' time. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2826463/CBRE-report-warns-50-cent-occupations-redundant-20-years-time.html Our schools and yoof are onto it already! By not occupying themselves whatsoever.

Noddy's big earners. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2827083/It-s-Noddy-big-earners-Memorabilia-expected-fetch-50-000-auction.html

Channel 4 Nazi propaganda crew evicted by Immigration Street families. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2826989/CUT-Furious-Immigration-Street-families-evict-C4-crews-pelting-eggs-flour.html A shame they only had eggs and flour.

08.11.2014: Official release: A UK government campaign to cut EU red tape has saved businesses over £200 million in the first year. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hancock-hails-boost-to-economy-as-uk-cuts-eu-red-tape That will make a useful contribution to the Government's annual £85 billion bung to tax-evading American Big Corp. Even if the claim of a £200 million saving sounds just as improbable as the rest of the Government's claims about its business-related under-achievements so far. Still. Plenty of scope left for British red tape; that of the much more precocious, home-grown variety.

TUC complains to statistics watchdog over Government's women in work propaganda. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tuc-complains-to-statistics-watchdog-over-george-osbornes-claims-on-women-in-work-9847695.html I don't think any employment professional trusts any recent 'official' or officially endorsed statistics for the workforce. Especially those making claims for 'entrepreneurism', self-employment, start-ups, home businesses and ad infinitum. ('Endless advertorials' that means.)

A revolution in Britain's energy market. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/power-to-the-people-a-revolution-in-britains-energy-market-9847890.html

1.4 million families claim water meters increase size of bills. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2823780/1-4-million-households-water-meters-say-add-extra-100-year-bills.html

The 10 worst High Streets in the UK? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/the-10-worst-places-to-shop-in-the-uk-9847129.html

10 ways borrowers are caught out. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11207315/10-ways-borrowers-are-caught-out-on-credit-cards-and-current-accounts.html

Official release: National Digital Catapult centre opens in London's King's Cross. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/digital-catapult-the-opening-of-a-new-national-centre-in-kings-cross A 'digital catapult', my arse. Mind you. At least someone's got a sense of humour!

CNET Community: How can I protect myself when using unsecured public Wi-Fi networks? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=11/07/2014 Use a 'digital' contraceptive?

Vodafone brings 3G to rural blackspots. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/11215741/Vodafone-brings-3G-to-rural-signal-blackspots.html What, again?!

11 things British travellers are tired of hearing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11197758/11-things-British-travellers-are-tired-of-hearing.html I don't think this hack actually gets out much.

Vibrating GPS jacket guides for ultra-dumb tourists who can't read signs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2825027/Navigate-GPS-jacket-guides-tourists-cities-vibrating-sleeves.html Sounds like a Dragons' Den 'success' story: 're-cycled sex toys business plan brings smiles to panellists' faces'.

Personalised Christmas cards for your business. http://www.fineart-international.com/search.asp?ids=265&mode=sub

07.11.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/07/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Thousands at risk of fraud after data theft. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/07/thousands-at-risk-of-fraud-after-data-theft/ I see the Government's 'let's all-go-digital' objectives are progressing smoothly.

10 ways to improve your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/10-Ways-to-Improve-Your-Small-Business.htm?nl=1 'Don't do digital' x 10.

Could your invention make you millions? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/08/31/could-your-invention-make-you-millions/ As long as they can't be digitally stolen.

Digging for victory in Dagenham. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardenstovisit/11210714/Digging-for-victory-in-Dagenham.html With non-digital spades.

How rising French property taxes hit British buyers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/11210448/How-rising-French-property-taxes-hit-British-buyers.html Two digits to the French, then.

20 small business quotes that will inspire you. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/20-Small-Business-Quotes-That-Will-Inspire-You.htm?nl=1 'Don't do digital' x 20.

06.11.2014: More than 1 million over-50s could have to sell homes to pay off interest-only mortgages. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/06/over-one-million-over-50s-could-have-to-sell-home-to-pay-mortgag/ With a significant proportion of home-based start-ups, self-employment and even apprenticeships having recently been fuelled by this age group, (I have seen suggestions going as high as 40%) hang on for a further dramatic decline in 'micro-enterprise' numbers and profitability. (Not to be reported.)

The rise in 'parentpreneur' businesses. http://blog.postofficeshop.co.uk/rise-parentpreneur-businesses/

UK start-up trials drone delivery service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11210026/Drone-on-your-doorstep-UK-start-up-trials-delivery-service.html

Apple customers face new era of cyber-attacks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/11212447/Apple-customers-face-new-era-of-cyber-attacks.html Probably because they're not the most suitable apples; and/or the cyber hasn't been allowed to ferment for long enough.

Consultation launched on public procurement rules. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/october/cabinet-office-consults-
on-how-to-use-powers-to-change-public-procurement-rules-to-aid-smes-/
A consultation has been launched to gather views about how the Cabinet Office should change procurement rules for public sector organisations, in order to benefit small and medium-sized firms. The Cabinet Office will receive new powers to set procurement rules under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment (SBEE) Bill. Proposals from the Cabinet Office about how the powers could be used include setting a time limit for public sector organisations to complete procurement tasks, and imposing a duty to make procurement information available to potential suppliers free of charge. The consultation closes on 13 November 2014. (EnterpriseQuest)

Woman who earns £10,000 from entering competitions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2821760/Armchair-bargain-hunter-wins-holidays-TVs-designer-clothes-cameras-worth-10-000-year-spending-eight-hours-day-entering-online-competitions.html

With online shopping on the up, will e-retailers have Christmas sewn up? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27198/online-shopping-will-retailers-christmas-wrapped/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Local communities to be offered stakes in wind farms and energy projects. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/local-communities-to-be-offered-stakes-in-wind-farms-and-renewable-energy-stations-9836134.html It is hoped this will address the enormous cost of de-commissioning these structures when after a few years, bolts start falling to the ground and subsidies run out.

Downward mobility on the rise for the first time in generations. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/downward-mobility-on-the-rise-for-the-first-time-in-generations-9841925.html The writing was on the bog wall when Australian tabloids began to appear in Britain as a zero-cost substitute for Izal toilet paper.

Crash-for-cash incidents at record high. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29935806#

05.11.2014: Cooling property market hits UK construction activity. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11207272/Cooling-property-market-hits-UK-construction-activity.html That was a rapid reaction!

Skills shortages holding back housebuilding. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/nov/04/construction-sector-skills-shortage-housebuilding We'll just have to pay the East Europeans more, then. Their life aspirations extending as they do, beyond dummyphone-peering, social media, and getting pissed every day.

After that, the other major problem with the UK construction industry is finding British workers who are prepared to give an honest day's work in exchange for an honest day's pay. It's much more lucrative for them to scam the gullible public instead, posing as small, independent builders. After all, it's the only 'industry' I know which enjoys regular TV series (Cowboy Builders, etc) dedicated just to its crooks and misfits.

Call for good neighbours to defeat rogue traders. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/11/04/call-for-good-neighbours-to-defeat-rogue-traders/ Our busy police and enforcement officers being too pre-occupied with self-promotional filming and moonlighting for the criminal media.

We made £2000 in a month selling our clothes in a pop-up store. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11180264/We-made-2000-in-a-month-by-selling-our-clothes-in-a-pop-up-store.html There is an interesting comment at the end of this article which suggests that most pop-up sites charge £70 - £120 for the pitch. Which means that on £2000-worth of sales for the month, even at the lowest rate, that would have equalled a loss.

When I was in the rag trade (many, many years ago), party plan was a good bet. No pitch to pay for; no early-morning freezing your nuts off on a market stall. Just drop off the goods; then, pick up your returns and drop off more stock a week or two later. Plus the cash. Multiplied by all the planners you had recruited. And £2,000 for the month wasn't anything exceptional. Even in the days when £2000 was worth something.

Mind you, that was before dummyphones, the internet and social media came along. On the other hand, The Direct Selling Association, which has been around for a very long time indeed, is a good place to go to for a feel of what could genuinely be available. http://www.dsa.org.uk/ Which is why any mention of direct selling almost never appears in the dumb media.

4G network loses almost half its speed in one year. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/4g-phone-network-loses-nearly-half-its-speed-9839441.html 'Oh, my God.' (Squared.) What a surprise.

Internet connection more important than washing for Britons, poll suggests. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/internet-access-more-important-than-washing-for-britons-poll-suggests-9839653.html From a sample of only 2003, so one presumes the poll might have taken place down at some local university, where such a result would indeed, be the norm. Together with pissing in the kitchen sink.

It's only recently I saw a similar conclusion being suggested for home and start-up businesses needing a web site and social media. Well, I guess that if your horizons don't extend beyond looking at a plastic screen day in, day out, that might be a possibility. On the other hand, for those who get out more, maybe just take a look around at all the commercial vehicles pulled up in the parking areas of motorway watering holes, construction sites, or trade suppliers - and it's very, very rare to see even a url plastered across a vehicle's side. (Let alone Arsebook or Twatter logos.) Apart from all the motors which are totally 'anonymous', then trading names are commonplace. In which case, telephone numbers, certainly. A few email addresses, maybe. And a lot of them will be able to produce a business card. Because In the real-time business world, there are those who do - and get paid for it. And there are those who just do fummin'.

Top 5 Facebook scams. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11205517/Top-five-Facebook-scams-revealed.html

Britons face tax hike on French second homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11208522/Britons-face-tax-hike-on-coveted-French-second-homes.html

04.11.2014: UK firms pay £18 billion for EU red tape. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/530706/UK-firms-pay-18billion-bill-EU-red-tape-last-five-years Or, for a more accurate picture, we have the EU response to the latest, errr, 'reporting' from Engerlandt's hate-preaching media. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

This also includes the CBI's assessment which, as far as this Government and its propaganda is usually concerned, represents the voice of the UK's business community. http://www.cbi.org.uk/campaigns/our-global-future/factsheets/factsheet-2-benefits-of-eu-membership-outweigh-costs/

Major flaw discovered in Visa's contactless cards. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2818811/Major-flaw-discovered-Visa-s-contactless-cards-Thieves-bypass-20-limit-steal-999-999-99-long-s-foreign-currency.html

Treasury to seek advice from Bitcoin community. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/03/treasury-advice-bitcoin-community-financial-technology-currencies This is known as a Treasury awareness exercise as, after fifty years, it has managed to reduce the value of the £ sterling to just 'a bit' of what it used to be.

£250 energy saving from new 'black box'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11196763/250-energy-saving-from-new-black-box.html Apparently, this works by switching off the electricity. Imagine that. Something which prior to The Dummyphone Age, our parents and grandparents used to do instinctively.

Rise in injuries as dumbwalkers gawp at dummyphones. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2819747/Rise-injuries-gawp-smartphones-Two-thirds-GPs-report-increase-mobile-related-injuries-past-year-people-eyes-glued-screen.html

Wankminster's Bent Ones destroy expenses paperwork. http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/530891/Parliament-accused-fresh-cover-up-expenses I wonder how any self-employed person would fare if they destroyed their records just prior to an HMRC investigation? Well. I don't wonder at all, actually. Just another 'day at the office' for this nest of traitors, cowards and war criminals who are viewed with such unanimous, global contempt.

03.11.2014: 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain's living wage raised by 20p. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29873409# I'll tell you what: no excuses now for anyone pleading poverty when your invoices remain unpaid after 90 days.

Consumer confidence slips in October. http://enforbusiness.com/news/consumer-confidence-slips-october-201411151 That would have been before they heard their wages were going to go up by 20p.

Is your data safe? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/27101/data-safe/

Is the term 'cloud computing' a turn-off for businesses? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/26030/term-cloud-computing-turn-businesses/

How to boost your chances of success when starting a business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/small-business-success.htm?nl=1

6 tips for raising your small business rates without losing your clients. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/a/raise-your-small-business-rates.htm?nl=1

Condensation: why can't we see out of our windows? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/11199219/Condensation-why-cant-we-see-out-of-our-windows.html

02.11.2014: Self-employed? You're stumbling into a pensions nightmare. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11174288/Self-employed-Youre-stumbling-into-pensions-nightmare.html The self-employed and pensions have been 'a nightmare' for more than a generation. So it's nothing new. The real problem is the criminal irresponsibility of this Government and its web-based cronies promoting self-employment or 'entrepreneurism' just to score a few propaganda brownie points, without any concern for the consequences of what they are doing. In fact there are more than a handful of scammers who are less-than-ignorant and very happy to take full advantage of the situation.

Consequently, there are plenty of sceptics out there who believe that all this sudden reporting of self-employed pension issues is to act as a stimulus to the sale of lots more private pensions or investment plans. Just like 'home business' or 'homeworking' insurance policies; telecomms products; start-up loans and 'enterprise' allowances morphing into overdrafts, business loans and credit card borrowing. As recently as twenty years ago, such marketing was almost unknown and it was uniquely ourselves, the Home Business Alliance, which had Cable & Wireless and Commercial Union via brokers Tolson & Messenger, as corporate members. Whereas grants or loans for start-ups were unthinkable. Fifty dubious 'surveys' by insurance, telecoms companies and banks later and the Google page rankings for 'home business' are absolutely littered with offerings and advertorial, yet almost devoid of any useful or original business information. Thus somewhat compromising the populist premise that starting and running a business from home is a 'cheap' and easy option. (Which it might arguably have been many years ago. Before all the corporate cockroaches and parasites moved in to milk the scene and help decimate the numbers of non-assisted, British self-employed from 4.5 - 5 million to less than 3 million today, despite current figures now including everyone who is on the dole, school-leavers, half of Eastern Europe and anyone who browses eBay.)

However, back to pensions again and with 'Bongo-Bongoland' Britain currently reduced to the second-worst pension regime in Europe, whether or not safeguarding your retirement is best achieved with anything which is offered by this country, remains a very iffy subject indeed: current Government policy being to thieve the money which people have contributed to their pensions all their working lives, much less the typical self-employed scenario of not having saved anything, or much, towards a pension at all.

Is London property bubble about to burst? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/11199948/Has-Londons-luxury-housing-market-hit-its-peak.html Oh, good. This should mean fewer botoxed, tasteless, dumbwalking slappers cruising the West End, repeating, 'Oh, my God' every few minutes.

How much do you need to tell a buyer about your home? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2815930/Haunted-home-declare-ghost-selling.html

Ikea aims to boost home-improvement with £27 million of price cuts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2816898/Prices-set-fall-Ikea-flat-pack-favourite-promises-27m-boost-home-improvers.html That will come in handy when interest rates rise, pushing up mortgage and loan repayments.

14 economy-proof business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/14-Economy-Proof-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1 Depends upon whose economies we are talking about. I wouldn't back even half of these ideas.

01.11.2014: Only 1-in-5 self-employed workers has a personal pension. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2816589/Million-risk-poverty-retirement-one-five-self-employed-workers-personal-pension.html Not one of those subjects which gets an airing in official press releases, The Dragons' Den, The Apprentice and weener business websites.

The devils in the UK's economic detail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2814940/Devils-Horrors-hide-financial-reanimation-economic-data-sleepless-nights.html

Flight delay compensation open to millions of passengers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/11201296/Flight-delay-compensation-open-to-millions-of-passengers.html

The best travel complaint letters of all time. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11200909/The-best-travel-complaint-letters-of-all-time.html

British terrorism sparks official worldwide travel warning. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11202666/Foreign-Office-issues-worldwide-terrorism-warning-for-British-tourists.html All the residual benefits, including mass economic immigration, of 'empire' and 'Commonwealth' for you, fanned in more recent history by full-on fagging for the world's leading terrorist regime, the USA (and Israel). You'd think the millions of people from countries which have been bombed, whose familes and friends have been starved, mutilated, killed and displaced, their homes and their possessions stolen and destroyed and their futures ruined - would be more reasonable than to want to fight back. Eh?

Krakow becomes Europe's #1 city break holiday destination. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2816146/Move-Paris-Barcelona-Krakow-voted-number-one-destination-European-city-breaks-travellers.html There's a lot of Brits who have been buying property there, too. Nonetheless, a surprising development when one considers (according to British hate-preaching media) that the entire Polish population is working, on benefits and living in the UK at the moment.

Behind the rise of nano-breweries. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/video/2014/oct/30/nanobreweries-microbreweries-new-york-city-craft-beer-video

Wine shoppers (women) swayed by pretty labels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2816587/Wine-shoppers-swayed-prettiest-labels-42-cent-female-customers-pick-wine-based-attractive-packaging.html

Amazon is an Isis-like distribution channel. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/amazon-is-an-isislike-distribution-channel-says-literary-agent-andrew-wylie-9831588.html

Billions of British 'aid' goes to corrupt countries. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/529752/British-aid-goes-to-corrupt-nations 'Aid' isn't really the right word and never has been. 'Leveraging political, strategic and commercial advantages' are a better description and it's been going on for thousands of years. Today, giving bungs to countries is just one part of the formula which also includes supporting terrorist regimes and above all, Big Corp. With the full complicity of the corrupt, criminal media, of course.

The only problem is that there are fewer and fewer benefit trickling down to us'n plebs these days.

Climate change has already ruined farmland the size of France. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/un-report-climate-change-has-permanently-ruined-farmland-the-size-of-france-9831876.html And then of course, there are the property and land developers.

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

Len Tondel

 

 

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