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LATEST! 05.03.2015
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (February 2015) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st March 2015

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


05.03.2015: Eurozone economy picks up speed as retail sales rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31729950#

EU delays end to mobile phone roaming charges. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31737635# Now there's a surprise!

Energy networks face investigation over 'too high' costs to consumers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11450387/Energy-networks-face-investigation-over-too-high-costs-to-consumers.html

Plumbers and heating engineers 'should sound alarm on freezing homes'. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/05/plumbers-and-heating-engineers-should-sound-alarm-on-freezing-homes And what difference is that going to make? Assuming that someone freezing in their home can afford a heating engineer? (Or plumber.)

Record deals with tradesmen on your phone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2980136/Record-deals-tradesmen-phone-including-hairdresser-Minister-says-evidence-ensure-stick-word-carrying-work.html Once again, what difference is that going to make?

Smartphone users can now skip long lines at passport control. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2980377/There-s-app-Smartphone-users-skip-long-lines-passport-control.html And I'm quite sure our Government is already clamouring for this latest piece of American crap.

Reports of fake law firms double, says SRA. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31730530#

Help-to-buy scheme needs replacement before it ends, warn mortgage lenders. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/mar/05/help-to-buy-scheme-needs-replacement-mortgage-guarantee-first-time-buyers It sounds as if the housing markets' parasites, constantly pushing up prices, are getting worried.

New rules to clean up ticket websites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2980191/New-rules-clean-ticket-websites-Resellers-honest-face-value-price-charges-location-seats.html.

Can we sell our home to our son free of tax? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/capital-gains-tax/11432165/CGT-Can-we-sell-our-home-to-our-son-free-of-tax.html

Revealed: The learnt cognitive skills driving entrepreneur success. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/revealed-the-learnt-cognitive-skills-driving-entrepreneur-success/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

04.03.2015: UK construction growth accelerates. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31708778#

'FREAK attack' leaves millions of Apple and Google users vulnerable to hackers. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/04/freak-attack-leaves-millions-of-apple-and-google-users-vulnerable-to-hackers

How the London property boom is built on dirty money. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-property-boom-built-on-dirty-money-10083527.html

Amazon rapped by ASA for 'misleading' Prime offer. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/amazon-rapped-by-asa-for-misleading-prime-offer-10083352.html

Ex-footballer accused of Ponzi fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/03/ex-footballer-michael-mcindoe-accused-of-ponzi-fraud/

Dragons' Den reject makes millions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2977376/Father-rejected-Dragons-Den-proves-wrong-making-millions-selling-date-food-thrifty-mums.html

How I started a successful business in my 50s. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/03/how-i-went-from-broke-at-50-to-a-multi-millionaire/

UK-China partnerships worth £150 million. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/03/uk-china-partnerships-worth-150m/

Which are the best countries in the world to grow old in? http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/03/which-best-countries-grow-old-in-pensions-benefits-happiness

Official release. Research and analysis. Entrepreneurship: understanding the motivations. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/entrepreneurship-understanding-the-motivations

Official release. Consultation outcome. Street trading and pedlary laws: draft regulations. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/street-trading-and-pedlary-laws-a-joint-consultation-on-draft-regulations-to-repeal-the-pedlars-acts-uk-wide-and-make-changes-to-the-street-trading-legislation-in-england-wales-and-northern-ireland

03.03.2015: Decline of the stay-at-home mum. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2976536/Decline-stay-home-mother-Just-one-woman-ten-time-mum.html Somewhat consistent with the accelerating decline in the numbers of home businesses under the present government, we would say.

BIS inquiry into business support. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-
select/business-innovation-and-skills/news/report-govt-support-for-business/
An inquiry into government support for business by the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee has outlined a number of factors that impact on the effectiveness of support. The factors include the complex nature of the support landscape and the long-term stability of individual support schemes. The inquiry concluded that government should have a clearer understanding about scheme outcomes and undertake regular analysis to ensure support schemes are addressing the needs of individual firms. The inquiry also recommended that government should encourage Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to secure funding from alternative sources and to monitor Growth Hubs to ensure they are meeting business needs in their local area. (EnterpriseQuest)

Another Government and cronies, small business 'success' story.

Some good, additional and current reading on the subject here: http://www.cobwebinfo.com/the-myth-about-business-schools-and-business-start-ups/ and here: http://www.cobwebinfo.com/the-misunderstood-and-misrepresented-needs-of-the-self-employed/

Dealing with late payment of invoices – getting over the awkwardness. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/dealing-with-late-payment-of-invoices-getting-over-the-awkwardness/

Think being an entrepreneur is easy? Most work 60 Hour weeks to go alone. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/think-entrepreneur-easy-work-60-hour-weeks-go-alone/

How to bounce back from failure. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/how-to-bounce-back-from-failure/

Platform helps bosses remember names, birthdays and favorite snacks. http://www.springwise.com/platform-helps-bosses-remember-names-birthdays-favorite-snacks/

Romanian bikes come in the color of the rider’s city. http://www.springwise.com/romanian-bikes-color-riders-city

Smartwatch for seniors offers discreet protection. http://www.springwise.com/smartwatch-seniors-offers-discreet-protection What's wrong with a shotgun?

02.03.2015: UK house prices fall in February. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31690194#

The DIY approach to securing a new house. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/families-clubbing-together-to-build-their-own-affordable-accommodation-10078962.html

Can't buy a house? Build your own. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2974560/Tory-plan-tackle-historic-slump-home-ownership.html

Business Secretary Vince Cable warns interest rate rises could hit Londoners. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/business-secretary-vince-cable-warns-interest-rate-rises-could-hit-londoners-10079061.html

Data thieves raid TalkTalk customers' bank accounts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2974850/Data-thieves-raid-TalkTalk-customers-bank-accounts-Thousands-mercy-fraudsters-addresses-phone-numbers-stolen-firm-s-computers.html

Dangerous online scams to watch out for. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/01/dangerous-scams-to-watch-out-for/

The decline of Britain's super-brands. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2974838/Decline-Britain-s-superbrands-Shoppers-falling-love-M-S-Cadbury-Heinz-drop-list-20-popular.html

Ikea to launch furniture range to charge devices wirelessly. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2974755/Ikea-launch-desks-tables-lamps-charge-phones-devices-wirelessly.html

Best place to live in Britain's countryside. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2974823/Community-spirit-award-winning-restaurant-population-just-1-400-Former-tin-mining-town-Devon-named-best-place-live-Britain-s-countryside.html

3 easy ways to improve your efficiency. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/3-easy-ways-to-improve-your-efficiency/ Amazing.

Time to drop Dropbox: why businesses need to abandon consumer cloud services. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/time-to-drop-dropbox-why-businesses-need-to-abandon-consumer-cloud-services/ Businesses never took to cloud.

01.03.2015: Why you WILL have to sell your home to pay for care. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/longtermcare/11441163/Why-you-WILL-have-to-sell-your-home-to-pay-for-care.html

'I get paid £3,706 a year to heat my home – here's how'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11433858/I-get-paid-3706-a-year-to-heat-my-home-heres-how.html

Now unlimited pension lump sums can be ploughed into your dream business. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11439131/Now-unlimited-pension-lump-sums-can-be-ploughed-into-your-dream-business.html Or bankruptcy.

Savers face delays in accessing retirement funds because pension firms are 'not ready' for reforms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11433407/Savers-face-delays-in-accessing-their-retirement-funds-because-of-admin-failures.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM2384&WT.tsrc=email&etype=&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Pfi_New_2015_02_28&utm_campaign=DM2384

Government to continue relaxed rules on planning permission for home extensions. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/property/561116/Government-continue-relaxed-rules-planning-permission-home-extensions

For rent - an entire village for just £500 a day. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/for-rent-entire-village-in-hungary-for-just-500-a-day--with-everything-included-says-the-mayor-10077284.html I'd have thought this was ripe for picking by a Government crony 'home business consortium' as Eastern Europe is THE hotbed for self-employment (and no, it certainly isn't Engerlandt, no matter what claims are made in party political propaganda.)

Call centres replaced by WhatsApp customer support. http://www.springwise.com/digital-customer-service-providers-replace-costly-call-centres/

Is the job of travel writer over-rated? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11440013/Is-the-job-of-travel-writer-overrated.html

Tips for Choosing and Purchasing a Domain Name for Your Online Business. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/webhosting/fl/Tips-for-Choosing-and-Purchasing-a-Domain-Name-for-Your-Online-Business.htm?utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150301&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

Should international governments regulate your online business? http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/fl/Should-International-Governments-Regulate-Your-Online-Business.htm?utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150301&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

28.02.2015: Compensation call over energy switches. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31661858#

'100,000' may die due to heating costs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/02/27/100-000-may-die-due-to-heating-costs/ Who needs IS (Israeli Settlers) when you've got a British government, instead? Perhaps the country's hate-preaching, criminal media might find time to shoe-horn this barbaric catastrophe into its Israeli-American terrorist propaganda somewhere? It could help warn tradesmen to take along portable heating whenever they go to jobs in old folks' homes; and then wonder if there will be enough money in the tin to get paid. (Not that poverty in 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain is restricted just to old people.)

First-time buyers offered 20% discount on new homes. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31668135#

On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers? http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/27/on-the-blacklist-building-firms-secret-information-on-workers GCHQ.

Stamp prices set to rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31660724#

Fraudsters use iPods and 3D printers to target cash machines. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11437249/Fraudsters-use-iPods-and-3D-printers-to-target-cash-machines.html

CNET Community: I'm interested in 3D printing. Can you help? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497

Passport website sues its customers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31660829#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

Street markets: adapting to survive the internet age. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27442765

Invest in buy-to-let for just £50. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11436874/Invest-in-buy-to-let-for-just-50.html

Government spends £11.4 billion with SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/government-spends-11-4-billion-with-smes/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk Or, half what it bungs Big Corp.

Official news story. Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) for businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transatlantic-trade-investment-partnership-ttip-for-businesses Wall-to-wall bollock-speak.

Entrepreneurs pull out all the stops with small business double income streams. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/entrepreneurs-pull-out-all-the-stops-with-small-business-double-income-streams/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk Or, put another way, there are record numbers of small businesses which don't make enough money to survive and have to turn to additional work to make ends meet.

One in three think about starting a business but fear of failure stops them. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/one-in-three-think-about-starting-a-business-but-fear-of-failure-stops-them/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Official release. Number of young people NEET falls across the board. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/number-of-young-people-neet-falls-across-the-board Instead, they are all 'entrepreneurs' with start-up loans.

SMEs trading overseas fail to understand foreign markets. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-trading-overseas-fail-to-understand-foreign-markets/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk That has long been the case. It's called 'Jeremy Clarkson' syndrome.

Ten ways Brits are incredibly polite abroad. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatpicturegalleries/11433982/Ten-ways-Brits-are-incredibly-polite-abroad.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM2763&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Exp_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Exp_New_2015_02_27&utm_campaign=DM2763 It all depends on which class of Brits we're talking about. Sadly, for every 'Jonny Wilkinson' there are 10 'Jeremy Clarksons'.

27.02.2015: Sharp drop in UK business investment. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31636722#

Funding for Lending scheme fails to deliver for small businesses. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/funding-for-lending-scheme-fails-to-deliver-for-small-firms-10074115.html

Flight delay ruling opens way for compensation payments. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31641645#

Top richest 40 apprentices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/further-education/11436246/Top-40-richest-former-apprentices.html Wot?! No digital dickheads?

Not living the dream. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11434946/Not-living-the-dream-the-five-most-overrated-jobs.html

Britain's worst cowboy builder. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971375/Britain-s-worst-cowboy-builder-polite-devious-charmed-way-family-homes-sabotaged-create-extra-work-complained-d-say-cancer.html

Three in four homes now sell below asking price. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2970957/Three-four-homes-sell-asking-price-number-house-hunters-falls-lowest-level-ten-months.html

'Teach children how to make a profit', says Da P.M. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971413/Teach-children-make-profit-says-PM-Cameron-urges-schools-develop-generation-Richard-Bransons-Karren-Bradys.html 'And if they fail, they can all become members of government', he added.

Sauvignon Blanc declared Britain's favourite wine. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971167/Sauvignon-Blanc-declared-Britain-s-favourite-wine-survey-400-000-drinkers.html

7 Ways Your Feedback is Making Things Worse… And What to do Instead. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/7-ways-your-feedback-is-making-things-worse-and-what-to-do-instead/

26.02.2015: UK firms use 1.8m zero-hours contracts, says ONS. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31619639# A 'tendency' which has nothing to do whatsoever with 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain's falling unemployment rate and entrepreneur 'boom'. At all. At all. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11435789/Zero-hours-contracts-save-UK-from-eurozone-levels-of-unemployment.html)

Official release. Migrant workers bring improvements to British business performance and productivity says new study. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/migrant-workers-bring-improvements-to-british-business-performance-and-productivity-says-new-study

Mortgage-free households on the rise in England. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31622772# Does this herald the end of log-book loan, second-hand BMWs on lo-profile tyres as the symbol of home business success?

Home ownership lowest since 1986. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/02/25/homeownership-lowest-since-1986/ That's progress for you. Perhaps it's back to second-hand BMWs after all?

Four arrested in multimillion-pound fraud raids. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-31622599# Nope. Not any bankers yet.

UK businesses are reluctant to stick their heads in the clouds. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-businesses-are-reluctant-to-stick-their-head-in-the-clouds/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

EU regulations on genetically modified crops prevent Britain's agricultural progress, say (US Agricorp) MPs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-regulations-on-genetically-modified-crops-prevent-britains-agricultural-progress-say-mps-10070605.html

Official release. Policy paper. Cut EU red tape: support for the COMPETE principles. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cut-eu-red-tape-support-for-the-compete-principles About time EU red tape received another pre-election plug - although it is noted there are no proposals to cut UK red tape.

France's greatest cultural treats. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/11216826/The-top-10-cultural-holidays-in-France.html Each to his own.

Designer glasses rental service lets customers swap at any time. http://www.springwise.com/designer-glasses-rental-service-lets-customers-swap-time/

10 ways to improve your small business cash flow. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/fl/10-Ways-to-Improve-Your-Small-Business-Cash-Flow.htm?utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150225&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

25.02.2015: Government unveils clampdown on cold call companies. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31616523#

Santander to launch £100m scheme for SME housebuilders. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/get-funded/santander-to-launch-100m-scheme-for-sme-housebuilders/

National Business Awards open for entries. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/national-business-awards-open-for-entries/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

British dairy products may get country of origin labelling. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/24/british-dairy-products-country-origin-labelling

5 other ways of saving money on journeys apart from ticket splitting. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/train-ticket-splitting-isnt-the-only-way-to-save-money--here-are-five-other-ways-10067003.html

How much is your home worth? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/house-prices-map-of-england-and-wales-lets-you-see-average-cost-of-homes-in-your-area-10067239.html

Organic food is back after cost-of-living squeeze. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2967607/Organic-food-menu-sales-surge-1-4million-WEEK-market-recovers-cost-living-squeeze.html

Official release. Migrant workers: impacts on UK businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/migrant-workers-impacts-on-uk-businesses

Maximising customer experience. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/17550

The biggest myths about technology. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11429317/The-biggest-myths-about-technology.html

Platform lets patients contribute to their own medical records. http://www.springwise.com/platform-lets-patients-contribute-medical-records

Non-profit is crowdfunding a factcheck on the upcoming UK election. http://www.springwise.com/non-profit-crowdfunding-factcheck-upcoming-uk-election/

24.02.2015: Retail sales growth in surprise dip. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31586949#

Shoppers enjoy spending splurge. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/559897/Shopping-spending-splurge

Britain's 10 lowest-paid jobs. http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/these-are-the-10-lowest-paying-jobs-in-britain--eyMObPz1Tl I see the self-employed (entrepreneurs) are as well represented as usual.

Guide to Universal Credit and the self-employed. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-self-employment-quick-guide The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a quick guide to claiming Universal Credit as a self-employed person. Universal Credit replaces Housing Benefit, Tax Credits and other benefits for people on low incomes and is being introduced in stages across the UK. Anyone making a claim for Universal Credit who is already self-employed must attend a Gateway Interview to assess whether or not they are in 'gainful' self-employment. This means that their trade or occupation is their main form of employment, is well-organised, and carried out regularly with a view to making a profit. Universal Credit payments are calculated on the basis of an assumed minimum level of earnings (the minimum income floor), unless the self-employed person has been trading for under 12 months, in which case payments will be calculated on the person's earnings and treated as if they were from PAYE employment. (EnterpriseQuest)

Make Money Online: Save Time By Validating Your Online Business Idea. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/Make-Money-Online/tp/Make-Money-Online-Save-Time-By-Validating-Your-Online-Business-Idea.htm?utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150223&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

App matches consumers with businesses that hold the same values. http://www.springwise.com/app-matches-consumers-businesses-hold-values

In Brazil, designated bus seating for friendly people. http://www.springwise.com/brazil-designated-bus-seating-friendly-people

Financial 'good life' starts at 40. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/02/23/financial-good-life-starts-at-40/

A quick guide to pension scams and how to avoid them. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/559746/pension-scams-guide-five-minutes

23.02.2015: Government forces all public contracts to ensure suppliers are paid in 30 days. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/government-forces-all-public-contracts-to-ensure-suppliers-are-paid-in-30-days/?utm_source=
Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campa ign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Consumer confidence hits four-year high. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2964560/Consumer-confidence-spending-power-hits-four-year-high-amid-falling-food-fuel-prices.html

Fairtrade sales fall for first time in foundation's 20-year existence. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/23/fairtrade-sales-fall-first-time-20-year-existence

Farmers: UK losing ability to feed itself. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/agriculture/farming/11426362/Farmers-UK-losing-ability-to-feed-itself.html

Dragon slayer spurns all five celebrity investors. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/money/11425644/Dragon-slayer-spurns-all-five-celebrity-investors.html Makes an interesting change from the usual procession of failures one gets on the show.

Should the UK embrace entrepreneurial failure like America to boost economy? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/running-your-business/should-the-uk-embrace-entrepreneurial-failure-like-america/

22.02.2015: Business leaders ask Chancellor to review rates policy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11427442/Business-leaders-urge-George-Osborne-to-review-rates-policy.html It sounds as if they're doing something. Even if it's the same, old routine. Perhaps they should stop giving poliical parties regular bungs, instead?

Half of Dragons' Den investments fall through after the show. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/money/11425328/Half-of-Dragons-Den-investments-fall-through-after-the-show.html Even that's not bad for a Mickey Mouse entertainment series. The problem is, there are politicians and the media who take the show seriously. Let alone the Government's dumbwalking, unemployed 'entrepreneurs'.

Trustworthy estate agents are coming to a high street near you (and they're American). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/house-prices/11427410/Trustworthy-estate-agents-are-coming-to-a-high-street-near-you-and-theyre-American.html A joke story to replace Dragons' Den?

Buy-to-let landlords: act now or lose £1,500 tax perk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11419973/Buy-to-let-landlords-act-now-or-lose-1500-tax-perk.html

Is the 9-5 working day dead? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2963545/Is-9-5-working-day-dead-Connected-Brits-desert-offices-half-saying-40-business-conducted-outside-traditional-hours.html As replaced by the 12-hour day, 365 days a year - working from home. It's called 'progress'.

21.02.2015: Boost for eurozone business activity. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31549178#

UK retail sales fall 0.3% in January. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31548382#

Thousands unfairly hounded over tax credits by US services company working for HMRC. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/people-in-need-at-risk-of-losing-tax-credits-after-being-wrongly-accused-of-cheating-10060745.html

Official task force dedicated to tackling rogue landlords have never met...and won't. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/official-task-force-dedicated-to-tackling-rogue-landlords-have-never-met-and-dont-plan-to-10060824.html

Amazon drones: not coming to your neighbourhood anytime soon. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/amazon-drones-not-coming-to-your-neighbourhood-any-time-soon-10061109.html

New law cuts thefts of scrap metal by a third. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/559569/Legislation-cuts-scrap-metal-theft Or, scrap metal thefts are down because of the fall in scrap metal prices.

Holiday tours designed specifically for introverts. http://www.springwise.com/holiday-tours-designed-specifically-introverts

Co-pilot device helps new drivers improve their road safety. http://www.springwise.com/co-pilot-device-helps-drivers-improve-road-safety

Solar powered, smartphone controlled greenhouses for city-dwellers’ balconies. http://www.springwise.com/solar-powered-smartphone-controlled-greenhouses-city-dwellers-balconies

Service lets customers tweet for boutique hotel bargains. http://www.springwise.com/service-lets-customers-tweet-boutique-hotel-bargains

‘Edible’ credits let customers pre-pay for local food. http://www.springwise.com/edible-credits-customers-pre-pay-local-food/

Inkless printing and smartframes bring living room walls online. http://www.springwise.com/inkless-printing-smartframes-bring-living-room-walls-online/

Flexible paywall lets readers choose how they pay. http://www.springwise.com/flexible-paywall-lets-readers-choose-pay/

5 steps to naming your business. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/tp/5-Steps-to-Naming-Your-Business.htm?utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150216&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

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

Len Tondel

 

 

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