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LATEST! 20.02.2017
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (January 2017) Viewpoint

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


20.02.2017: The 'gig economy' will kill your nice, secure job. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/18/the-gig-economy-will-kill-your-nice-secure-job/ Or 'being self-employed/entrepreneurs' as it used to be known for a couple of decades, before someone simply coined a new phrase. Just like 'propaganda' and 'spin' now being referred to as 'fake news'. Anyway, the death of 'nice, secure' jobs has been on the political cards for as long as the death of the middle classes. It's why the swinish multitude has been given dummyphones, reality tv and social media for distractions while the dirty deed is done.

Millions face price rises for phone, TV and broadband deals as BT and Sky hike fees. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/millions-face-price-rises-phone-9847767 Expensive business, promoting and sponsoring the world's #1 corrupt, rotten, cheating, doped-up sport of professional football.

New Government plan to extend Right To Buy 'to hit affordable housebuilding'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/right-to-buy-housing-crisis-housebuilding-corporations-companies-john-healey-a7582336.html NO government since the end of the Second World War has been interested in 'affordable housing'. Or there wouldn't be 750,000 properties standing empty in the UK.

UK estate agents see bumper pay rises as property booms. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39002428 Property isn't 'booming' at all. Unless you're going to sell up and downsize significantly (or move somewhere cheaper abroad), it's almost irrelevant how much property prices have gone up by if the next house you are going to purchase is going to cost the same as the house you've just sold. However, it comes as no surprise that the housing market's usual parasites - everyone from estate agents to the lenders to the Treasury, is milking the whole Ponzi scheme for every penny they can.

Brexit will cut shopping bills by £300 a year, says former minister. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/18/brexit-will-cut-shopping-bills-300-year-says-former-minister/ I thought Brexit was supposed to be about supporting British production and not reduced tariffs on imports. Not that a fagging ex-Tory Minister would know what that means.

Organic food sales soar as shoppers put quality before price. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/19/sales-of-organic-food-soar-fruit-vegetables-supermarkets

Fears of ‘dirty meat’ entering food chain after 25% of abattoirs fail tests. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/18/fears-of-dirty-meat-entering-food-chain-after-25-of-abattoirs-fail-tests

Scam Greek holiday website 'stole' villas and even staff from genuine firms. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/villa-rental-scams-greece-santorini-cyclades-holidays-google-fake-holiday-companies-a7586161.html

19.02.2017: SMEs bear the brunt as post-referendum reality starts to kick in. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-bear-brunt-post-referendum-reality-starts-kick/ As always. The 'silent majority'. And not half-a-dozen gobby, lying, war criminal politicans with Twatter accounts.

Save the small traders who are the backbone of the UK economy, says Lord Sugar. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/save-small-traders-who-backbone-9841784 Too true. Which is why they are off governments' radar and tabloids' agendas. Too 'small' to afford to 'lobby' (pay for political favour) or commit to huge advertising accounts. Nor do they waste their time on Arsebook or Twattering, either. Too much work to do.

Business rate system 'not fit for purpose'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39002026

Housing market slumps as owners wait up to 10 months for a sale. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/housing-market-slump-ten-months-for-sale-brexit-house-prices-a7587076.html

Return of pounds and ounces? Britain might allow firms to use imperial measures after Brexit. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/17/return-pounds-ounces-britain-might-allow-firms-use-imperial/ I imagine there are Brexit Knobheads out there who actually believe this might happen.

"My employer says I'm self-employed and not entitled to annual leave - is this true?" http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/my-employer-says-im-self-9840345

Drone pollinators could help relieve overburdened bees. https://www.springwise.com/drone-pollinators-help-relieve-overburdened-bees/?utm_campaign=668822_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,EC2E,2V1FMX,1GHFB,1

Pay-As-You-Go hotel rooms benefit both travellers and hoteliers. https://www.springwise.com/pay-go-hotel-rooms-benefit-travellers-hoteliers/?utm_campaign=668822_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,EC2E,2V1FMX,1GHFB,1

Earn bitcoin by answering questions and completing simple tasks. https://www.springwise.com/earn-bitcoin-answering-questions-completing-simple-tasks/?utm_campaign=668822_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,EC2E,2V1FMX,1GHFB,1

Fitness wearable automatically counts calories. https://www.springwise.com/fitness-wearable-estimates-calories-users/?utm_campaign=669965_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,ECY5,2V1FMX,1GL9F,1

Solar powered water purifier is inexpensive and efficient. https://www.springwise.com/solar-powered-water-purifier-inexpensive-efficient/?utm_campaign=669965_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,ECY5,2V1FMX,1GL9F,1

18.02.2017: Brexit latest: Retail sales unexpectedly fall again in January as inflation bites. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/retail-sales-fall-again-in-january-as-inflation-bites-a7584971.html Who found the fall 'unexpected' then? Brexit Knobheads?

Business revolt grows over 'outrageous and unfair' rate change. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39000471

Sajid Javid slams 'scaremongering' over business rates. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/16/sajid-javid-slams-scaremongering-over-business-rates/ Does that mean business rates going up is just another example of fake news?

Most consumers 'would rather shop with businesses paying fair share of tax'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/16/most-consumers-would-rather-shop-with-businesses-paying-fair-sh/ Unfortunately, that usually means relying on the country's criminal, offshore, tax-dodging media to signal who else isn't paying their dues.

Morrisons to hire 200 British suppliers after warning only half the food eaten in UK comes from the UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/morrisons-hires-uk-suppliers-local-produce-warning-a7585216.html That will be all those Fake Brits who voted Brexit, stuffing their faces as usual. Before driving off in their German cars to hop on an Irish flight to Spain for their holidays, there to eat and drink still more foreign muck.

Brexit and “Softening-up” the British Public in Favour of Genetically Modified Food. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/brexit-softening-british-public-favour-genetically-modified-food/ ESPECIALLY any food which is imported from Trumpland.

25% of people retiring in 2017 still have debts, report finds. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/16/25-of-people-retiring-in-2017-still-have-debts-report-finds/ That will be the country's self-employed entrepreneurs again. Which is why they don't usually stop working to retire. Or even take time off falling sick. And that is why the regime and its Brownshirts have been encouraging everyone to become self-employed entrepreneurs.

New £1 coin: Time running out to spend old coins, government warns. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/new-1-one-pound-coin-old-currency-spend-government-warning-last-day-a7584976.html

Rail punctuality worst in 10 years, figures show. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38995526

UK should produce more of its own food to protect prices, report says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38995446 Like 'Grow for Victory'? When even yesteryear's poor, terraced council house tenants had decent-sized gardens? Before the last generation of slavering, greedy corporate bastards came along and replaced life's basics with a dummyphone, a big telly and takeaways?

Paul Nuttall to pledge fish and chips VAT axe in Ukip conference speech. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/16/paul-nuttall-to-pledge-fish-and-chips-vat-axe-in-ukip-conference/

Vienna café makes tourists pay for electricity used to charge their phones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/02/17/vienna-cafe-charges-tourists-use-free-electricity-power-phones/

How to permanently delete your Facebook account. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/0/permanently-delete-facebook-account/ To get a life.

WADA struggling over legality of naming Operacion Puerto athletes. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wada-struggling-over-legality-of-naming-operacion-puerto-athletes/ Not a problem the hypocritical, political toerags faced when it came to naming professional cyclists only. Or Russians. Although most insiders, including the IoC, the IAAF, FIFA, the ITF and the rest of the corrupt, rotten gravy train know who's involved.

17.02.2017: Eight million Britons opt for staycation amid sterling's post-Brexit slump. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/brexit-pound-slump-forces-eight-million-britons-into-a-staycation/ Yes - but have they got any money left to spend?

Majority of contractors will ‘never go employed’ despite public sector uncertainty. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/majority-contractors-will-never-go-employed-despite-public-sector-uncertainty/

Working from home may not be as good for you as you think, study suggests. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/working-from-home-benefits-health-a7583331.html Ooops. Another spolier for the regime and its Brownshirts.

ONS figures show UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38991443 That's because more and more people are growing their own marijuana instead.

Brexit: EU worried it will be flooded by 'British champagne' once Leave vote ends food and drink protection rules. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-latest-news-british-champagne-france-sparkling-wine-leave-vote-food-drink-protection-rules-a7582981.html Or - the French - to be precise. Whose politicians and fonctionnaires are tearing their hair out at the prospect of the EU gravy train coming to a grinding halt and blaming Brexit is a better bet than focusing on their own country's march to independence. Especially as they have even fewer friends left than Little Ingerlandt. If that!

Amazon drones could parachute packages to people's houses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/02/15/amazon-drones-could-parachute-packages-peoples-houses/ There go another million of the regime's bogus 'self-employed entrepreneurs' who won't be working as van drivers or couriers in the future. Happy days.

Yahoo issues new warning of potentially malicious activity on accounts. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/15/yahoo-hack-warning-user-data-2015-2016

Think different: can advertising defeat ‘alt-right’ propaganda? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/15/think-different-can-advertising-defeat-alt-right-propaganda It doesn't seem to have changed the direction of Little Ingerlandt's fascist media for centuries. As confirmed by the regime recently appointing a hate-preaching tabloid editor as its official propagandscheisemeister.

Breitbart loses advertising deals with more than 1,000 companies. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/breitbart-advertising-deals-companies-pull-out-steve-bannon-alt-right-site-a7582296.html HOW many companies? (This reminds me of the kind of claims which used to be made by A5 money-game 'scam rags' over 20 years ago. Printed on the kitchen table.)

The rule of six that governs why and how we Brits queue. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/16/rule-six-governs-long-queue-shop/

7 Ways to Increase Your Service Business's Profits. https://www.thebalance.com/increase-your-service-business-profits-2948142?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8819401&utm_term=

3 Tried-and-True Ways to Get Your Small Business Organized. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-organize-a-small-business-4126115?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8819401&utm_term=

16.02.2017: A third of UK lives on inadequate income, says think tank. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38970227 That will be the country's self-employed entrepreneurs waiting for their invoices to be paid by large corporate Tory party donors.

UK wage growth outpaces inflation. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38979582 So which bit of 'fake news' are we going to believe here?

Brexit: UK start-ups are thinking of relocating to Europe as EU departure looms. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-latest-news-uk-start-up-businesses-eu-relocation-europe-headquarters-a7581846.html

UK SMEs lose £8.2bn every year managing company expenses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-smes-lose-managing-company-expenses/ That will be all the country's self-employed entrepreneurs again, queuing up to see the bank manager for an overdraft extension to pay the bills while waiting for large corporate Tory party donors to settle their invoices.

360 businesses which underpaid by nearly £1m in total named and shamed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/15/360-businesses-which-underpaid-by-nearly-a-1m-in-total-named-and/

Guide to managing cash flow through Brexit. http://www.cicm.com/new-guide-to-help-small-businesses-manage-cash-through-brexit/ The Chartered Institute of Credit Management and the Federation of Small Businesses have jointly published a new guide to cash flow and credit management for small firms. In particular, the guide sets out how business owners and operators can protect their firm against the financial risks and uncertainty posed by Brexit. The guide includes a series of questions to help small firms assess their current exposure to financial risks, as well as providing advice to help firms improve their financial management.

Ceta: EU parliament backs free trade deal with Canada. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38979901 In other words, Brexit or no-Brexit, all together or independently of each other, Europe (including Little Ingerlandt) is going to get fcuked by North America. As always.

Why burglary victims are targeted again - several times. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/15/why-burglary-victims-are-targeted-again-several-times/ Because the country is run by a bunch of crooks?

How much porn stars really get paid, according to leading agent for adult actors. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/porn-stars-income-how-much-get-paid-for-what-adult-film-actor-agent-derek-hay-pornography-a7569746.html

Retro tech making a comeback: in pictures. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/03/01/retro-tech-making-a-comeback-in-pictures/ No need for 'retro tech' to make a comeback around here; it never left in the first place.

Public garden urinals in Paris turn pee into fertilizer. https://www.springwise.com/public-garden-urinals-paris-turn-pee-fertilizer/?utm_campaign=666120_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-14&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E9ZC,2V1FMX,1G89P,1 Civilised tourist destinations on the other hand, simply provide public toilets. And what are they going to do with all the refugees and the homeless in Paris? Place them into the food chain? (The French not being accustomed to a decent bit of meat.)

Waterproof windbreaker transforms into insulated parka. https://www.springwise.com/waterproof-windbreaker-transforms-insulated-parka/?utm_campaign=666120_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-14&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E9ZC,2V1FMX,1G89P,1

Communities in arid regions gather potable water from fog. https://www.springwise.com/communities-arid-regions-gather-potable-water-fog/?utm_campaign=667452_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,EB0C,2V1FMX,1GCUC,1

Transparent speaker notifies owner when parts go wrong. https://www.springwise.com/transparent-speaker-notifies-owner-parts-go-wrong/?utm_campaign=667452_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,EB0C,2V1FMX,1GCUC,1

Smart personalised idea development service helps foster creative ideas. https://www.springwise.com/smart-personalised-idea-development-service-helps-foster-creative-ideas/?utm_campaign=667452_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,EB0C,2V1FMX,1GCUC,1

15.02.2017: UK SMEs fuelling UK export growth. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-smes-fuelling-uk-export-growth/ More than 63% of British SMEs are exporting?! On yer bike!

House prices rise by £15,000 in a year, official report reveals. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/14/house-prices-rise-by-a-15-000-in-a-year-official-report-reveals/

First-time buyers defy the doubters to drive house prices higher. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/14/first-time-buyers-defy-doubters-drive-house-prices-higher/

The fatal flaw in the government's pensions cold calling ban. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/14/the-fatal-flaw-in-the-government-s-pensions-cold-calling-ban/

Steam train makes scheduled service for the first time in 50 years – and leaves on time. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/steam-train-replaces-regular-passenger-service-for-first-time-in-50-years/

Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Small Business. https://www.thebalance.com/thinking-of-starting-a-small-business-2947258?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8811189&utm_term=

4 Ways to Start a Business With No Money. https://www.thebalance.com/start-business-no-money-1200702?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8811195&utm_term=

25 Ways to Cut Costs in Your Home Business. https://www.thebalance.com/25-ways-to-cut-costs-in-your-home-business-4101253?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8811195&utm_term=

Service makes it easy to use Uber without a smartphone. https://www.springwise.com/service-makes-easy-use-uber-without-smartphone/?utm_campaign=664871_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E90N,2V1FMX,1G467,1

App alerts consumers to discounted food near expiry date. https://www.springwise.com/app-alerts-consumers-discounted-food-near-expiry-date/?utm_campaign=664871_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E90N,2V1FMX,1G467,1

Robotic jacket mimics plants to regulate body temperature. https://www.springwise.com/robotic-jacket-mimics-plants-regulate-body-temperature/?utm_campaign=662866_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E7GY,2V1FMX,1FX4T,1

Dumpster diving made easier with food donation points. https://www.springwise.com/dumpster-diving-made-easier-food-donation-points/?utm_campaign=662866_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E7GY,2V1FMX,1FX4T,1

Real-time data tracking helps businesses improve efficiency of manual workers. https://www.springwise.com/real-time-data-tracking-helps-businesses-improve-efficiency-manual-workers/?utm_campaign=662866_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E7GY,2V1FMX,1FX4T,1

14.02.2017: RSA urges more support for the self-employed. https://www.thersa.org/about-us/media/2017/tax-and-welfare-overhaul-required-to-support-the-self-employed-warns-rsa The Government must overhaul the tax and welfare systems if 'the right type of self-employment' is to prosper, according to a report by the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA). In the report, the RSA makes a number of recommendations to Government to improve the economic security of the self-employed. In particular, the report calls for a new 'rights and responsibilities' approach, which would see some self-employed workers pay higher National Insurance contributions in return for greater social protections, such as sick pay. The report also calls for cuts to business rates and VAT, as well as more support for self-employed workers to save into a pension. (EnterpriseQuest)

IFS recommends more tax on self-employment. https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/8873 Self-employed workers in the UK should pay higher levels of tax, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). In the report, the IFS argues that self-employed workers get a better deal from the tax system than employees. In particular, the report claims that the self-employed pay lower National Insurance contributions, which equates to a tax saving of £1,240 each year for the average self-employed worker. The report also claims that arguments made in favour of taxing the self-employed more leniently, such as a lack of employment rights, are no longer valid. (EnterpriseQuest)

'Self-employed workers get a better deal from the tax system than employees' apparently. That's why the 'swinish multitude' is queuing up to become 'self-employed' of course, including taxpayer-financed regime stink tanks. To spend around a third of their income on marketing and obtaining new business all the time, usually on a daily basis. Then having to wait 90 days, maybe more, to get their paychecks. With a bit of luck. And 'employment rights'! What 'employment rights'? But - just to make sure the country gets a better deal, the taxman guarantees to hound the self-employed on a daily basis. This then provides the Treasury with more money to sub the real profiteers from the tax system: the very rich and Big Corp. And non-working academics who don't know an arse from an elbow.

Still. With pensioners also currently being targeted by regime Brownshirts, the message is clearly writ large on Wankminster's bog walls. The self-employed and the retired are the 'new' Islam.

Pensioner incomes 'outstrip those of working families'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38948369 Or, from an independent viewpoint, 'Little Ingerlandt's working families continue to suffer a catastrophic decline in disposable income.'

80% sick of misleading broadband adverts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/13/80-sick-of-misleading-broadband-adverts/ Nothwithstanding this extremely 'populist' reaction, the country's hate-preaching, criminal media will continue to grasp the telecoms scammers' advertising revenue, while politicians continue to look the other way. As always.

Yes, Ceta is a gold-standard trade deal – for North America’s corporations. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/13/ceta-north-america-canada-european-union-trade-eu-ttip Many have been the warnings along the way - except in Little Ingerlandt's hate-preaching propaganda for North American terrorism.

Britons living in the EU face Brexit backlash, leaked paper warns. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/13/uk-treatment-of-eu-nationals-could-lead-to-backlash-against-britons-living-in-the-eu To be expected. So have Little Ingerlandt's Brexit Knobheads worked out what the cost to the economy will be when a potential 5 million ex-pats come flooding back to their own country? Without jobs. Without prospects. And probably needing as much NHS care as Fake Brits' bloated, school-run offspring.

Start date for digital tax reforms confirmed. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/digital-tax-revolution-moves-a-step-closer The start date for Making Tax Digital (MTD) has been confirmed by HMRC as April 2018. However, a 'soft landing' approach means penalties for late filling of quarterly tax reports will not apply until April 2019. HMRC has confirmed that charities will be exempt from MTD, while self-employed workers and landlords with an annual turnover of less than £10,000 will also be exempt. Firms will be able to use spreadsheets to record expenses under MTD, although the spreadsheet software must be compatible with software that can send updates to HMRC. (EnterpriseQuest)

Waitrose rebrands 'British' meals which use New Zealand lamb. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38956633

Floral revolution: how to make it as a top florist in the age of the internet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/how-to-grow/floral-revolution-make-top-florist-age-internet/

13.02.2017: Third of businesses already feeling Brexit pain. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/12/third-of-businesses-already-feeling-brexit-pain/

Britain's Brexit regret: Survey shows Referendum result would be reversed today. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/britains-brexit-regret-survey-shows-9805513

Today even your kettle can be targeted by cyber criminals – business must be prepared. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/12/today-even-kettle-can-targeted-cyber-criminals-business-must/ Under the present, minority Tory regime of war criminals and arse-lickers to the USA, it is looking as if a kettle will be the only asset the country's businesses can look forward to.

Workers employed on zero hours contracts to top 1million in 'explosion of discounted staff on the cheap'. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/workers-employed-zero-hours-contracts-9798281 And yet another black headline for the regime's bogus armies of self-employed/entrepreneurs.

Convenience store shoplifting 'losses triple'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38930278

Cash house purchases at highest level in a decade among landlords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/12/cash-house-purchases-at-highest-level-in-a-decade-among-landlord/

Immigration checks on tenants fuelling discrimination, report warns. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/12/immigration-checks-on-tenants-fuelling-discrimination-report-wa/ I'd have thought it would be far more helpful to the country's interests to identify much more immediate threats like Fake Brits (Brexit Knobheads) and closet terrorists such as Tories and Blairites.

The scandal of newbuild houses sold as leasehold. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/12/newbuild-houses-sold-as-leasehold/ Anything that gives a Tory political donor their pound of flesh.

Call for scrutiny of private firms 'to prevent another BHS'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38948368 It would be faster and more efficient to simply 'scrutinise' those firms which are or have been political party donors to the present regime and their terrorist predecessors, the Blairites, and who are studiously being ignored by the country's lying, hate-preaching, criminal media.

People urged to check dating phrases to beat scammers. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38936509 A shame there wasn't a campaign to alert the public to lying phrases being used by Brexit scammers in the run-up to the referendum.

Dozens of cyber attacks target heart of government every month, GCHQ chief warns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/12/dozens-cyber-attacks-target-heart-government-every-month-gchq/ It's not just government inefficiency that's causing official wesbites to crash and fail to provide a reliable service, then? Of course, in the 'good old days' of intelligence agencies quietly getting on with their work in the interests of THIS nation's security, we didn't seem to have these problems. Before they started fagging for American terrorism; issuing daily press releases and soundbites (propaganda); fabricating 'fake' dossiers to justify murderous invasions and attacks on the defenceless civilian populations of sovereign states; creating millions of refugees; and providing support for Britain's war criminals. And thus, deliberately jeopardising the security of this country, its people and its livelihood - especially the millions of hardworking, innocent small businesses of all classes, ethnicity and conviction who are invariably in the front line when anger spills out onto the streets.

Call for review of Scottish business rates revaluation. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-38934790

Housebuilding refit that raises the roof? That will have to wait. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/11/housebuilding-refit-raises-roof-will-have-wait/

A smarter way to make your home pay? How to get cash out of your house without having to downsize. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/smarter-way-make-your-home-9794879

The scandal of the online pills trade which is threatening everyone's safety. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/scandal-online-pills-trade-threatening-9801828 Which will pale into insignificance when the present Tory regime pimps the British taxpayers' NHS to Trumpland.

Fraud risk: 'Got an email from Amazon or Paypal? Delete it'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/fraud-risk-got-email-amazon-paypal-delete/ . . . as we keep saying.

'I paid £6,000 to an eBay fraudster. Why didn't the criminal's bank help me?'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/savings/paid-6000-ebay-fraudster-didnt-criminals-bank-help/ Sounds a bit synonymous, that. 'Criminal' and 'bank'.

'I paid £4k for a boiler from British Gas that doesn't work'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/jessica-investigates/paid-4k-boiler-british-gas-doesnt-work/

British food icon Anchor Cheddar is to disappear from supermarket shelves. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-food-icon-anchor-cheddar-9802243 I think it was more associated with being a New Zealand food icon, wasn't it? And now Brits are buying cheese which they see as being more British. One hopes.

Fish and chip shop may get a Michelin star after win as best British chippie attracts guide inspectors. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fish-chip-shop-michelin-star-9802072 Getting a Michelin star is often the kiss of death these days. Judging by the shop's packaging, they could up their game simply by wrapping the fish 'n chips in some newspaper, instead. Perhaps just adding a handwritten disclaimer on each packet - 'fake news' paper'.

12.02.2017: One in three SMEs hit by critical business issues. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/one-three-smes-critical-business-issues/

Government to act on leasehold rip-offs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/government-act-leasehold-rip-offs/

Cold caller 'hounded elderly couple to their deaths' after leaving them more than £74,000 in debt, court hears. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/10/cold-caller-hounded-elderly-couple-deaths-leaving-74000-debt/

'I got £3,500 for spotting an empty house in Peckham'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/got-3500-spotting-empty-house-peckham/

Fake news is killing people's minds, says Apple boss Tim Cook. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/02/10/fake-news-killing-peoples-minds-says-apple-boss-tim-cook/ Bearing in mind that Apple - just as much as every 'successful' internet-based American business - has provided a major mechanism for peddling 'fake' news, or propaganda, or scams, or bogus investments, or fake earnings and business opportunities, or spam - since the internet came along, it's beginning to look as if their 'establishment' is getting rattled! After all, one of the simplest ways of preventing the growth of 'fake news' would be to ban Apple products!

As we have been saying for years: you can avoid the vast majority of scams (lies/'fake' news) by deleting and binning immediately, without opening, ANYTHING which has come from America or even whiffs of being American; the same applies to anything without a footer; never believe anything which appears or has appeared on social media; no more so than any stories from the wider American media, especially from 'official' propaganda sources such as the CIA! And remember - anything which western reporting describes as 'fake' - is probably the opposite!

Vegetable crisis forces UK supermarkets to set sights on US to stock up supplies. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/vegetable-shortage-crisis-uk-supermarkets-us-supplies-stocks-courgettes-lettuce-broccoli-greens-a7571251.html So is Brexit a cunning American plan after all? Is that why serial-lying scrounger, Fake Brit and national traitor, 'gissa job' Farage is already in Full Crawl Ahead mode to Donald The Twitterer? And Little Ingerlandt's political fags to America have given the move to Brexit their fullest support?

High street restaurants called out for lagging behind on antibiotic-free meat policy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-restaurants-high-street-antibiotic-meat-animal-suppliers-joes-kitchen-paul-pod-burger-king-kfc-a7573986.html And who isn't lagging behind on antibiotic-free meat? Certainly not consumers - stuffing their faces with antibiotic and steroid shite imported from the USA?

Laser-engraved fresh produce eliminates need for plastic stickers. https://www.springwise.com/laser-engraved-fresh-produce-eliminates-need-plastic-stickers/?utm_campaign=661689_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E6K9,2V1FMX,1FT2K,1

Bus company replaces ticket machines with bluetooth beacons. https://www.springwise.com/bus-company-replaces-ticket-machines-bluetooth-beacons/?utm_campaign=661689_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E6K9,2V1FMX,1FT2K,1

App takes guesswork out of name brand creation. https://www.springwise.com/app-takes-guesswork-name-brand-creation/?utm_campaign=661689_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E6K9,2V1FMX,1FT2K,1

11.02.2017: Council tax increases: Nearly every town hall in the country planning major changes, survey finds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/10/nearly-every-town-hall-country-planning-major-council-tax-increases/

Consumers shun high street to shop online during January sales. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/09/consumers-shun-high-street-to-shop-online-during-january-sales/

UK manufacturing ended 2016 strongly. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38929939 Little Ingerlandt sees strong demand for taxpayer-subsidised murder industry output.

Surge in smartphone shopping expected over next four years. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/09/surge-in-smartphone-shopping-expected-over-next-four-years/ . . . by less-than-smart shoppers.

Two-fifths of workers believe they will never retire completely, poll suggests. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/09/two-fifths-of-workers-believe-they-will-never-retire-completely/ That's because they are Little Ingerland self-employed entrepreneurs.

Fears raised over Government's attitude to farmers ahead of Brexit. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/09/fears-raised-over-governments-attitude-to-farmers-ahead-of-brex/ The only attitude the present war criminal regime is interested in is fagging for the murder industry, the banks, the Americans and the Israelis.

Fifth of train passengers using ticket machines 'may overpay or underpay'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/09/fifth-of-train-passengers-using-ticket-machines-may-overpay-or/ Wow. After ticket machines have been around for almost a hundred years, that's a pretty astonishing discovery.

British trains cost FIVE times more than ones in Europe - what you can do about it. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/british-trains-cost-five-times-9785781 No surprises here again.

Does a low rental yield put you in the buy-to-let danger zone? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/does-low-rental-yield-put-buy-to-let-danger-zone/

Pimlico Plumbers appeal over ex-worker's status rejected. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/10/pimlico-plumbers-appeal-over-ex-workers-status-rejected/ Ooops. Still more bad news for yet another iconic, Tory regime entrepreneur. And the regime's bogus/fake/alternative self-employed entrepreneur statistics/spin/propaganda.

Farmer given suspended €3,000 fine for helping migrants enter France. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/cedric-herrou-farmer-given-suspended-3000-fine-for-helping-migrants-enter-france On the other hand, if the farmer had terrorised and murdered the migrants, bombed their homes, families and friends instead, the French would be making him their next President. (Just like Little Ingerlanders and the Americans.)

Wada describes lack of drug testing in Spanish football as ‘alarming’. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/10/wada-describes-lack-of-drug-testing-in-spanish-football-as-alarming I'm sure the evil, corrupt, cheating, doped-up world of professional football appreciates political toe-rags WADA trying to limit criticism of what has been common knowledge for decades - to the Spanish alone. Now, how about Spanish tennis stars? And non-Spanish tennis stars who have been coached and trained in Spain? Or the USA?

Plusnet says it has stopped adverts on The Sun website after social media backlash. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/plusnet-the-sun-stop-website-adverts-attack-social-media-backlash-broadband-phone-provider-hate-a7573571.html With Little Ingerlandt's other main hate-preaching, fake news publication, The Daily Mail, also losing advertising contracts and most recently, its listing on Wikipedia, are the public beginning to wake up to all the lies, deception, spin and propaganda they have been drip-fed since 'Baby Butcher' Blair and his terrorist cronies formed a pact with the devil? Now, only The Express, The Telegraph and the BBC to go! Then perhaps, we will be able to enjoy 'populism', 'democracy' and freedom of the press based on true facts - and not just the self-serving views of pro-American/Israeli war criminals, hate-preachers, liars and nutters.

Of course, that Governor of the American colony of Little Ingerlandt, the war criminal Theresa May has just appointed a Daily Mail editor as the regime's official 'spin' doctor (fake news facilitator) is conclusive proof of all that is rotten in the state of Denmark.

10.02.2017: Squeeze on rental properties predicted. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38907864

Property repossessions 'lowest since 1982'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38918337

15 million UK homes pay £100 a year too much for broadband internet on rip-off contracts. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-homes-pay-100-too-much-broadband-internet-rip-off-contracts-15-million-households-prices-a7570806.html Looks like more regime knighthoods coming the way of telecomms executives.

Millennial men ‘earning thousands less than previous generation’. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/millennial-earnings-wages-inequality-generation-gap-pay-salary-a7569216.html

One in five customers select service providers based solely on perks. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/one-five-customers-select-service-providers-based-solely-benefits/

Benefits family given £26,000 handout on new TV show are now business tycoons. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/benefits-family-given-26000-handout-9786552

The Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company October Conference. The Original Two-Day Seminar for Startup and Existing MLM Companies. Las Vegas, Nevada - February 22-23, 2017. http://www.mlmlegal.com/srs2.html

Earn Money from Your Hobbies. https://www.thebalance.com/earn-money-from-your-hobbies-1388980?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8780046&utm_term=

Intellectual property uses blockchain technology as a solution to ownership verification. https://www.springwise.com/intellectual-property-uses-blockchain-technology-solution-ownership-verification/?utm_campaign=660287_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-08&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E5HB,2V1FMX,1FOEM,1

09.02.2017: Brexit four times worse for UK economy than previously thought, say MIT economists. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-latest-news-four-times-worse-uk-economy-eu-departure-mit-economists-john-van-reenen-trade-a7570016.html I'd have thought that a class action for damages from the country's offending politicians, media and other associated riff-raff could help?

Survey reveals importance of single European market. http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/press-office/press-releases/bcc-international-trade-survey-europe-to-remain-key-export-market-despite-brexit-vote.html The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) International Trade Survey for 2016 has demonstrated the importance of the European market to UK firms. Of the 1,474 survey respondents, which included around 1,400 small and medium-sized firms, 76% exported to Europe and 73% imported from Europe. More than a third of respondents (36%) plan to put more resources towards European exports over the next five years and 18% intend to increase the amount of resources put towards European imports. (EnterpriseQuest)

Theresa May to return to China for summit in bid to boost trade links before Brexit. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-return-china-summit-bid-9776362 This should be an interesting summit.
The Chinese to Theresa May.
'Are you Theresa May, Governor of the American colony of Little Ingerlandt, fagging for the terrorist Donald The Twitterer, who has been threatening war with China after his country has already been damaging our international interests for more than thirty years?'
Theresa May to The Chinese. 'Errr.'
The Chinese to Theresa May. 'You'd better fcuk off then, hadn't you?' (In Mandarin. Donald The Twitterer immediately retaliates by imposing a travel ban on Jaffa oranges.)

Revealed: The Alarming Nature Of A Trump US/UK Trade Deal. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/alarming-nature-trump-usuk-trade-deal/

EU Cashless Society Steps Up Pace In 2017/18. http://truepublica.org.uk/eu/eu-cashless-society-steps-pace-201718/

Insurers Handling ‘Hundreds’ of Cyber Breach Claims. http://www.thomascarroll.co.uk/cyber-breach/#.WJtGpYXXLIV

AA may have to raise prices because of tax increase. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38904084

9 Part-Time Home Business Ideas. https://www.thebalance.com/part-time-home-business-ideas-1794538?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8779988&utm_term=

How to Get Paid to Recycle. https://www.thebalance.com/get-paid-to-recycle-1388981?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8779988&utm_term=

Turn Your Household Kitchen Junk into Cash on eBay. https://www.thebalance.com/junk-into-cash-on-ebay-room-by-room-1140181?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8779988&utm_term=

Latest Taxation Web Newsletter. http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=20130af8d76b06160470ee741&id=ad431a51c6&e=45c941d6f6

CNET Community: Pros & cons of using large-screen TVs as a computer monitor. https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/pros-cons-of-using-large-screen-tvs-as-a-computer-monitor/?ftag=CAD5920658&bhid=22951757626637189212880527427435

08.02.2017: UK tax burden will rise to highest level for 30 years, IFS warns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/07/uk-tax-burden-will-rise-highest-level-30-years-ifs-warns/

Brexit: British workers 'facing explosion of zero-hours contracts and fewer rights'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-news-workers-zero-hours-contracts-rights-warning-a7565761.html Seems about right. Even the regime's Brownshirts have stopped calling these people 'self-employed'.

High street sees 'most disappointing' quarter since 2009 as UK inflation worries mount. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/high-street-sales-disappointing-quarter-q4-2016-since-2009-uk-inflation-retail-consumer-spending-a7566816.html

Housing market broken, ministers say ahead of White Paper. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38884601 Anyone remarked yet on how the housing market began to 'break' from the time successive British political arselickers to the Americans and the Israelis began to invest taxpayers' money in international terrorism, war crimes and thieving, instead of investing in their own country's resources? From the 'Baby Butcher' Blair era to the war criminal Tories of today, where 80% of the party are clandestine Fags For Israel and the remaining 80% + 20% are wannabe Sons of America.

Not that regime accomplices, the American/Israeli owned and edited media (fake news/spin/propaganda) could be expected to comment on this evolution. As Donald The Trump has just quite rightly claimed - terrorism doesn't get reported these days. ('We don't do body counts.') Especially the millions of victims of American/Coalition of Evil terrorism since World War Two alone. Enough for a dozen Holocaust Victims of America commemorations. At least.

UK house price growth 'to slow in 2017'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38891777

How to target a niche market at a small business. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/how-to-target-a-niche-market-at-a-small-business/

Hurrah for the courgette crisis: it means we Brits can get back to our delicious roots. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/06/hurrah-courgette-crisis-means-brits-can-get-back-delicious-roots/ Brexit Knobheads know how to cook, do they? I thought all they ate was foreign takeaways.

Meet the mums making a mint from selling second-hand baby clothes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/family/meet-mums-making-mint-selling-second-hand-baby-clothes/

How comedians talking comedy became a serious business. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/comedians-talking-comedy-serious-business-judd-apatow-wtf-marc-maron-stuart-goldsmith-jerry-seinfeld-a7566251.html

The UK cities where we face the biggest battle to make ends meet. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/07/the-uk-cities-where-we-face-the-biggest-battle-to-make-ends-meet/

On-demand courier service for South African shoppers. https://www.springwise.com/demand-courier-service-south-african-shoppers/?utm_campaign=657163_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E32J,2V1FMX,1FDXR,1

Social gaming meets mobile micro-lending. https://www.springwise.com/social-gaming-meets-mobile-micro-lending/?utm_campaign=658840_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-07&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E4D4,2V1FMX,1FJPM,1 What will our American terrorist neighbours think of next? 'Social' drone attacks with a dime towards the victims' funeral costs?

Video verification allows customers to open a bank account in 5 minutes. https://www.springwise.com/video-verification-allows-customers-open-bank-account-5-minutes/?utm_campaign=658840_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-07&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E4D4,2V1FMX,1FJPM,1 . . . and get hacked in 2.

Device allows users to create diets that ‘go with their gut’. https://www.springwise.com/device-allows-users-create-diets-go-gut/?utm_campaign=658840_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-07&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E4D4,2V1FMX,1FJPM,1

07.02.2017: Firms in financial distress on the increase. https://www.begbies-traynorgroup.com/news/business-health-statistics/financial-distress-edges-up-as-economy-prepares-for-uncertain-year-ahead The number of UK firms in serious financial difficulty rose by 3% year-on-year to Q4 2016, according to Begbies Traynor's latest Red Flag Report. The report identified almost 276,520 firms that were showing signs of 'significant' financial distress at the end of last year. The majority (91%) were small and medium-sized firms. The number of start ups in 2016 was the highest in nine years. However, Begbies Traynor suggests that many of the more than 685,000 new firms started in 2016 are short-lived 'lifestyle businesses' arising out of circumstances such as redundancy. (EnterpriseQuest)

Brexit vote already bad for firms, bosses say. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38878091

Brexit uncertainty delays small firms' plans. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-4167490/Small-firms-delay-long-term-plans-lack-clarity.html Close Brothers' most recent Business Barometer report has suggested that uncertainty about how Brexit will unfold is stalling small and medium-sized firms' plans for the future. Of the business owners who contributed to the Business Barometer, 11% had delayed making decisions about growth and/or finance, and 7% had postponed staffing decisions. Around a third of small UK firms are exporters, importers or both, according to the Federation of Small Businesses, and the majority (92% of exporters and 85% of importers) trade within the European single market. (EnterpriseQuest)

Half of SMEs 'to increase prices' because of weak pound. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38876235

DIT campaign to boost exports. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-highlights-trade-and-investment-opportunities-in-global-britain The Department for International Trade (DIT) has launched a new campaign to attract inward investment and grow the value of UK exports. The advertising campaign will showcase a range of trade and investment opportunities in international airport hubs, including Hong Kong, New York and Dubai. The campaign will be complemented by a new online service which will provide practical advice to firms ready to start exporting or expand into new markets. The service will also provide sector guides about key UK industries, so that international firms can make informed decisions about investment opportunities. (EnterpriseQuest)

With a trading and exporting track record of arse-lickin' the world's leading terrorist state and sponsors of international terrorism by far - America - as well as arms suppliers to terrorists and war criminals around the world, just who does the DIT think is going to want to do business with a country led by serial-lying, thieving, mass-murderers? Apart from other serial-lying, thieving, mass-murderers.

Late payment and tax main burdens for freelancers. Freelancers in the UK spend an average of 20 days each year chasing late payments, according to research by IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed). Overall, late payment costs freelancers an average of £16.5 billion in lost income. The research has also revealed that freelancers lose an average of one day each year contacting HMRC and two days completing their self-assessment tax return, costing the UK economy £520 million every year.

The Department for Business has published draft regulations that require large companies and limited liability partnerships to publically report the average time taken to pay their suppliers. The regulations, which will come into force in April 2017, are being introduced to support small firms to tackle late payment. (EnterpriseQuest)

More information about the IPSE research is available at: https://www.ipse.co.uk/news/late-payment-and-hmrc-top-admin-burdens-freelancers

More information about the draft regulations is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/late-payment-reporting-guidance-launched-for-large-businesses

Skills shortage hits construction industry. http://www.fmb.org.uk/about-the-fmb/newsroom/construction-skills-shortage-gets-worse/ Small and medium-sized construction firms are facing higher wage costs as a result of a severe skills shortage in the industry, according to the latest State of Trade Survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The survey has revealed that almost half (46%) of smaller construction firms reported difficulties hiring roofers in Q4 2016, while shortages of electricians and plasterers are at their highest level for four years. Overall, of the 15 construction trades and occupations monitored by the FMB survey, 40% report that skills shortages are at their highest level since 2013. (EnterpriseQuest)

Brexit Nazi Knobheads should murder a few more 'Polish plumbers'. The increasing skills crisis will then encourage other Little Ingerlandt retards to spend some time studying for apprenticeships instead of getting pissed every day, taking selfies and beating up pregnant girlfriends.

Online dating fraud: How to identify the most likely scammer profiles. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/online-dating-fraud-how-to-identify-most-likely-scammer-profiles-scams-a7553616.html Lying Brexit Knobheads on social media. (Goes without saying, really.)

06.02.2017: Renting reforms will give families more choice and security, Sajid Javid says. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/04/renting-reforms-will-give-families-more-choice-and-security-saj/ There are also strong arguments for fixing the 'broken' rental market to ensure landlords get a better deal, too.

It can easily take three to four months to evict a rogue tenant even after there are already two or three months of arrears which means a debt, frequently difficult or impossible to recover, running into many thousands of pounds before a landlord can even take back his own property. The shortage of bailiffs (regime cutbacks) has exacerbated the situation while councils which invariably play silly buggers until the very last minutes of an eviction, also contribute to the problem. After that of course, a bad tenant can also leave a property with thousands of £s of repairs - and then declare bankruptcy shortly afterwards: all too easy these days,

Still, in these 'populist' times, it's all about politicians and the media getting cheap clicks. Real or fake.

UK rail franchising system ‘not fit for purpose’, say MPs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/train-travel-delays-franchises-not-fit-for-purpose-rebuked-mps-network-rail-southern-strikes-a7562946.html That much has been glaringly obvious since the very outset of rail privatisation and it is a testimonial to the corruption and stupidity of successive British regimes that nothing has been done until half the country has come to a shuddering standstill. That British MPs should now say the network is 'not fit for purpose' confirms just one thing - they have run out of words to excuse the shambles for a further decade.

Our markets subsidise the debts of big business while starving small companies of capital. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/05/markets-subsidise-debts-big-business-starving-small-companies/

Over 30 “pop up” brothels open each week in Swindon as police warn foreign prostitutes are being trafficked by eastern European gangs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/05/30-pop-brothels-open-week-swindon-police-warn-foreign-prostitutes/ Clearly a serious matter for the British regime which remains attached to the time-honoured tradition of brothels serving the needs of politicians only.

Italy's snail farmers having the slime of their lives as niche beauty product craze sees rise in demand. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/05/italys-snail-farmers-having-slime-lives-niche-beauty-product/ Trumpland seems to be enjoying the slime of its life as well, at the moment.

Fifteen of the best ideas for home offices. http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/home-garden/interiors/design-news/fifteen-of-the-best-ideas-for-home-offices-how-to-make-small-spaces-work-as-a-study-room-or-a-a107541.html

8 Things Every Startup Needs to Know. https://www.thebalance.com/things-every-startup-needs-to-know-2948556?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8757357&utm_term=

Best Home Businesses for Moms (and Dads). https://www.thebalance.com/best-home-businesses-for-moms-or-dads-1794516?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8757357&utm_term=

How to Start a Business While You're Still Employed. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-start-a-business-while-you-re-still-employed-1200672?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8757357&utm_term=

Luxury car subscription service available for NYC drivers. https://www.springwise.com/luxury-car-subscription-service-available-nyc-drivers/?utm_campaign=655607_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E1VB,2V1FMX,1F8D2,1

Personalised jewelry design with new image app. https://www.springwise.com/personalised-jewelry-design-new-image-app/?utm_campaign=655607_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E1VB,2V1FMX,1F8D2,1

French catering company hires refugee chefs. https://www.springwise.com/french-catering-company-hires-refugee-chefs/?utm_campaign=655607_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E1VB,2V1FMX,1F8D2,1

05.02.2017: Brexit latest: Services growth falls for first time since September according to latest PMI survey. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/services-growth-falls-for-first-time-since-september-a7560751.html If, in these continuing times of propaganda, spin and fake news, there was any measurable services 'growth' in the first place.

1 in 5 self-employed households struggling with stress and financial worries. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/stress-financial-pressures-self-employment-taking-toll-families/ ONLY 1 in 5? Really?

Microbusiness optimism trails larger SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/microbusiness-optimism-large-smes/ As we have remarked - there don't seem to be any 'entrepreneurs' any more.

Ministers to issue 'use or it lose it' threat to developers over planning permissions to get hundreds of thousands of new homes built. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/ministers-issue-use-lose-threat-developers-planning-permissions/ These 'threats' have been made almost as many times as promises to improve broadband connectivity and cut red tape. In the meantime, developers will be awarded knighthoods, instead.

Brexiters are trying to blame the vegetable shortage on Europeans. https://www.indy100.com/article/the-sun-veg-shortage-europeans-supermarkets-spain-7562536?utm_source=indy&utm_medium=top5&utm_campaign=i100 Is that really a surprise? Perhaps they should consider importing them from Trumpland which appears to have a huge surplus of 'vegetables'? The alternative of 'digging for victory' being somewhat over their heads, one suspects. ('Work' being something only immigrants do.)

Inside London's first underground farm. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/growing-underground-london-farm-food-waste-first-food-miles-a7562151.html There was a time when only 'mushrooms' would thrive naturally underground. Now, hundreds of thousand of Brexit Knobheads who had hopefully been preparing their CVs, are about to be disappointed.

Parents and kids: How to work together in the food business. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/parents-and-kids-working-together-in-the-food-business-a7561796.html

The 17 countries where expats live the happiest lives. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/the-17-countries-where-expats-live-the-happiest-lives-a7562266.html France not in there?! Goodness, me. That's more disappointed ex-pats from just one of Little Ingerlandt's neighbours than the rest of the world's boltholes (almost) put together!

04.02.2017: Rise of the self-employed could cost UK £3.5bn a year. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/03/rise-of-the-self-employed-could-cost-uk-a-3-5bn-a-year/ Regime psy-opps to justify increasing the tax burden on the country's self-employed? Those that legally are 'self-employed', that is, and not just a fake, extra couple of million for statistical purposes. And for the minority who actually earn enough to pay tax.

Record number of new-build semi-detached houses registered in 2016. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/03/record-number-of-new-build-semi-detached-houses-registered-in-20/ That's where the money is, of course; well out of reach of first-time buyers and the majority of the country's self-employed!

Has the cost of living been creeping up? http://www.bbc.com/news/38841887 That will be all those jerry-built semis being built instead of affordable, good old-fashioned terraced council housing. (With 3 bedrooms, a garden, a garage - even a brick-built outside bog.)

'Unprecedented in recent times': Rents across the UK set to fall this year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/03/unprecedented-recent-times-rents-across-uk-set-fall-year/

Is it too easy to go bankrupt? http://www.independent.co.uk/money/is-it-too-easy-to-go-bankrupt-a7556976.html

Lettuce 'black market' emerges amid national salad shortage. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/lettuce-black-market-emerges-amid-national-salad-shortage/ A shame it's not cabbages or Brexit Knobheads could be used to meet the shortage.

New 'peel and seek' crime craze sees thieves raiding tradesmen's vans using bare hands and brute force. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/new-peel-seek-crime-craze-9752241

Do more, work less: the best time-saving apps for home workers. https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/feb/02/best-apps-working-from-home

15 Inexpensive Business Ideas That Anyone Can Start. https://www.thebalance.com/inexpensive-business-ideas-2947950?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8757322&utm_term=

Make Money Online (Without Spending a Dime). https://www.thebalance.com/make-money-online-without-spending-a-dime-1201088?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8757322&utm_term=

App helps prevent disputes over property damage and deposits. https://www.springwise.com/app-helps-prevent-disputes-property-damage-deposits/?utm_campaign=654228_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-02&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,E0T0,2V1FMX,1F3RB,1

03.02.2017: We're all self-employed now - and it's very stressful. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/01/we-re-all-self-employed-now-and-it-s-very-stressful/ And not a barrel o' laughs while working fewer hours than people in regular employment, as recently concluded by a regime propaganda/'alternative' survey?

29% have no spare cash for 'rainy day' fund, says charity. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/01/29-have-no-spare-cash-for-rainy-day-fund-says-charity/ That will be all the country's self-employed, then.

Openreach chairman says BT should have invested more in better broadband. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/01/openreach-chairman-says-bt-should-have-invested-better-broadband/ So what's happened to all that taxpayers money BT has had to improve broadband?

Is this an end to tax return hell? http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/02/is-this-an-end-to-tax-return-hell/

Victims lost companies, livelihoods and homes amid £245 million scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/02/victims-lost-companies-livelihoods-and-homes-amid-a-245-million/ Still more Tory-voting 'entrepreneurs'?

'Free-range' British eggs could disappear from supermarkets next month. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/02/free-range-british-eggs-could-disappear-supermarkets-next-month/

Amazon and PayPal fraudsters 'up their game' with fake messages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/amazon-paypal-fraudsters-game-fake-messages/

7 Biggest Money Mistakes New Business Owners Make. https://www.thebalance.com/money-mistakes-new-business-owners-make-4106965?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8719478&utm_term=

How to Calculate Your Net Worth. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-calculate-your-net-worth-1389004?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8719478&utm_term=

Britain's 50 best gastropubs 2017. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/pubs-and-bars/britains-50-best-gastropubs-2017/

Amsterdam brewery turns rainwater into beer. https://www.springwise.com/amsterdam-brewery-turns-rainwater-beer/?utm_campaign=652997_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-02-01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DZUT,2V1FMX,1EZBY,1

02.02.2017: Emotional spending costs £26.5 billion in credit card debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/02/01/emotional-spending-costs-26-5-billion-in-credit-card-debt/

Large businesses to receive guidance on payment reporting to reduce money owed to SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/large-businesses-to-receive-guidance-on-payment-reporting-to-reduce-money-owed-to-smes/ 'Guidance' is it now? The poor, Tory-voting luvvies. 'SMEs' on the other hand, simply go bankrupt.

Government abandons exports target ahead of post-Brexit trade talks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/liam-fox-brexit-government-abandons-export-target-trade-talks-a7556866.html As we have said before - any claims or promises made by the Brexit camp can be dismissed as lies, more lies and nothing but lies. Consequently, this latest admission is simply confirmation of its norm.

Growth in UK house prices weakens, Nationwide says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38825150 Can't say I've noticed.

Santander tells buy-to-let landlords to 'raise rents by the maximum'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/santander-tells-buy-to-let-landlords-raise-rents-maximum/ Raising rents = more and more tenants struggling to pay their rents = more and more tenants deliberately abusing their agreements and properties, with buy-to-let landlords especially vulnerable to being screwed out of considerable sums of money. What banks almost never appreciate is that not everyone trying to earn an honest crust can fall back on jacking up fees and prices and then, when it all goes pear-shaped, getting bailed out by the taxpayer.

Cross-country train fares to be hundreds of pounds cheaper. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38812175 That seems to have taken the rail industry as long to bring to the attention of the long-suffering public as WADA discovering a doped-up American (or Jamaican; or British; or French) athlete.

Households face 2% rise in water bills. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/households-face-2-rise-in-water-bills/

We're so reliant on broadband that we're stuck with our provider. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/31/we-re-so-reliant-on-broadband-that-we-re-stuck-with-our-provider/ Yes. That's the idea. Good to see all that lobbying by the telecons industry hasn't gone to waste.

EU mobile phone roaming cost-cuts 'a step closer'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38825154 Another 'step closer' again?

Which are the world's 10 most 'powerful' brands in 2017? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/02/01/worlds-10-powerful-brands-2017/

01.02.2017: Personal borrowing stalls in December. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38809936

Poll shows majority support for 'strong leader' in UK. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/01/31/poll-shows-majority-support-for-strong-leader-in-uk/ So they've got a cowardly, ass-lickin' war criminal instead. Ah, well. So much for 'populism'! Or, nothing changes.

Theresa May will find herself as hated as Trump if she sacrifices our ethics for trade deals. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-travel-ban-muslims-theresa-may-families-torn-apart-a7553016.html Someone's been on the wacky baccy here: the swinish multitude (or any public) haven't given a toss for ethics above trade deals since pox-ridden British sailors started exchanging beads for brutalised slaves. And certainly not in more recent years of massive terrorist invasions of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria when both the criminal media and the voters actively sought to return their mass-murdering leaderships to political power.

EU's (Poland's, actually) Donald Tusk sees Trump as threat to Europe. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38808504 Which is why the Americans - just like the last bunch of Nazis - have just invaded Poland. So. No more 'Polish plumbers' in future.

Energy giants consider loyalty plans to help millions. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38807915 Or, they could simply lower prices instead. But that would impact on their obscene profits, wouldn't it?

Sebastian Coe facing new questions over when he was aware of corruption claims. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/31/sebastian-coe-new-questions-aware-corruption-claims-iaaf-russian-doping-scandal And how's that story of western propaganda favourite, Usain Bolt, losing a gold medal, coming along? The one which got buried overnight even faster than Bolt can run. Now. If that was a story about professional cycling, on the other hand . . . Or a Russian athlete having a piss against a wall . . .

What is it actually like to quit your job and start an SME? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/what-is-it-actually-like-to-quit-your-job-and-start-an-sme/ Has anyone else noticed how little the word 'entrepreneur' is being used in Little Ingerlandt's media these days? Perhaps someone has cottoned on to all those 'alternative truths' or 'spin' or 'propaganda' put about by the regime and its Brownshirts in the run-up to the last fake elections?

More than a million London housebuyers have been gazumped by rival bidders. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/london-housebuyers-gazumping-rival-bidders-after-offer-accpeted-property-market-buyers-a7554876.html

The former sex worker who set up a retirement home. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38677679

3 Ways to Make Quick Cash Online. https://www.thebalance.com/ways-to-make-quick-cash-online-1794679?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8719419&utm_term=

Where to Sell Used Clothes. https://www.thebalance.com/where-to-sell-used-clothes-1388972?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8719419&utm_term=

Locals and refugees work together in new Dutch ideas hub. https://www.springwise.com/locals-refugees-work-together-new-dutch-ideas-hub/?utm_campaign=650525_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-31&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DXY5,2V1FMX,1ETHG,1

Freelancers can travel the world as they work. https://www.springwise.com/freelancers-can-travel-world-work/?utm_campaign=650525_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-31&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DXY5,2V1FMX,1ETHG,1

Yogurt company providing mobile coupons via TV ad. https://www.springwise.com/yogurt-company-providing-mobile-coupons-via-tv-ad/?utm_campaign=650525_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-31&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DXY5,2V1FMX,1ETHG,1

 

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

Len Tondel

 

 

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