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LATEST! 02.09.2015
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (August 2015) Viewpoint

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

02.09.2015: Only 4% of tradespeople out of work. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/09/01/only-4-of-tradespeople-out-of-work/ It is true that East European tradesmen are in very high demand, especially as more and more of them have been leaving Britain's shores. And leaving behind English cowboys, who don't fall into the 'tradesmen' category at all. But they will be good enough to pad out the regime's bogus 'entrepreneur'/'self-employed' stats.

Report indicates extent of 'bogus' self employment. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/policy/policy-research-topics/
Around 460,000 of the UK's 4.5 million self-employed workers may be 'bogusly' self-employed, according to a report published by Citizens Advice. Nearly 500 self-employed clients of Citizens Advice were surveyed about how they work and their employment status. The report concluded that around 10% of survey respondents were actually employed rather than self-employed. It found that each individual was losing on average £1,288 a year in holiday pay and paying an extra £61 per year in National Insurance. (EnterpriseQuest)

Oooo, look! What a coincidence. But not quite 'as we have been saying' ad nauseam. We reckon the regime's (and its cronies') numbers of bogus self-employed are about double those suggested by this report. (As not being nor about to be reported by the regime's criminal propaganda.)

SME owners propping up their firms with personal funds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/enterprise/11837734/SME-owners-propping-up-their-firms-with-personal-funds.html It's been going on for generations - but in today's economic and political climate, chance would be a fine thing. SME 'owners' with personal funds are becoming increasingly rare.

Wikipedia rocked by 'rogue editors' blackmail scam targeting small businesses and celebrities. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/wikipedia-rocked-by-rogue-editors-blackmail-scam-targeting-small-businesses-and-celebrities-10481993.html

UK contactless spending triples in 12 months. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19667 aka 'Brits have less and less cash in their pockets.'

Fraudulent invoices on the increase. https://www.cifas.org.uk/Scam_warning_for_small_businesses Cifas and Action Fraud have warned that small firms should be aware of potential fake invoices following a substantial increase in scams during the first six months of 2015. Between January and June this year, 749 firms reported invoice fraud to Action Fraud, the UKs fraud reporting centre. This is an increase on the 603 fraudulent incidents reported in 2014. Despite the increase, Cifas has warned that the true figure for 2015 may be substantially higher with many incidences of this type of crime going unreported. Action Fraud has advised that firms can protect themselves against invoice fraud by ensuring that staff are informed about the risks of fraud, establishing two points of contact with suppliers to ensure that all invoices are genuine, and reviewing invoices to check for inconsistencies and/or errors. (EnterpriseQuest)

And any further updates on ongoing banking fraud, perhaps?

Basis of bank accounting is deeply flawed, QC warns. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/basis-of-bank-accounting-is-deeply-flawed-qc-warns/ No peerage for this gentleman, then?

Government & local authorities should increase spend with SME’s. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/government-and-local-authorities-should-increase-spend-with-smes-says-fmb/ (This coming from the Federation of Master Builders.) We couldn't agree more. So what's the FMB been doing about the historical and growing contagion of cowboy builders which could be discouraging government and local authorities from risking their (OUR) money on local crooks, rogues, bodgers and conmen?

SME’s trust bankers more than politicians. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-trust-bankers-more-than-politicians/ Which just goes to show what absolute dross British politicians are.

Latest EU fluff on clandestine TTIP negotiations with US Big Corp. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

1 in 4 retailers want to switch IT suppliers but downtime fears prevent them from making the move. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19670

Unique textiles generated from customers’ emotions. http://www.springwise.com/unique-textiles-generated-customers-feelings-stories/

Feminist dating app rewards well behaved men. http://www.springwise.com/feminist-dating-app-rewards-behaved-men/ That's very sexist! If I had a Twatter account, I would be most upset.

01.09.2015: NatWest customers locked out of online banking following IT glitch. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/natwest-customers-locked-out-of-online-banking-following-it-glitch-10479642.html The country's online banking fiasco continues. It also seems that many Barclays customers are having browser compatibility problems - although this hasn't been widely reported.

Up to a quarter of Brits have wills that will end in disaster. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/31/up-to-a-quarter-of-brits-have-wills-that-will-end-in-disaster/ And those that don't have wills at all, will face a disaster as well. Called 'the taxman'.

The promised ‘transparency’ around TTIP has been a sham. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/31/transparency-ttip-documents-big-business That much should have been obvious the moment 'Da PM' said he was backing it.

Dairy farmer: Becoming a mother makes me fight harder for British milk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11831205/British-milk-crisis-Becoming-a-mother-makes-me-fight-harder-for-milk.html

Family milk round forced to close after 114 years due to supermarket price war. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11835290/Family-milk-round-forced-to-close-after-114-years-due-to-supermarket-price-war.html

Almost everyone's passwords are terrible, government survey finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/almost-everyones-passwords-are-terrible-government-survey-finds-10479547.html And we need a government survey to tell us that? How about a government survey to tell it that its luvvy banks are 'terrible'?

Woman who claimed she was 'allergic to Wi-Fi' gets disability allowance from French court. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11834670/Woman-who-claimed-she-was-allergic-to-Wi-Fi-gets-disability-allowance-from-French-court.html Where in France was she getting a wi-fi signal? The article conspicuously failing to mention where this phenomenon took place.

Luxury industry in Britain is worth up to £54bn. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11829702/Luxury-industry-in-Britain-is-worth-up-to-54bn.html

Tips for saving money without looking like a cheapskate. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/31/tips-for-saving-money-without-looking-like-a-cheapskate-video/ What a load of rubbish! No wonder most British consumers are up to their necks in debt!

The French work less than the British and Germans, but an attack on 35-hour working week has split left and angered traditionalists. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-french-work-less-than-the-british-and-germans-but-an-attack-on-35hour-working-week-has-split-left-and-angered-traditionalists-10478999.html This is before the working week gets crippled for 50% of the year by the country's trade union thugs. And another 25% of the year by endless holidays.

Cornish pastie was invented by cookery teachers in London. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/cornish-pasty-was-invented-by-cookery-teachers-in-london-10478965.html That should get the culinary Twatterstazi going.

Free video platform is entirely dedicated to product reviews. http://www.springwise.com/free-video-platform-dedicated-product-reviews/

Airport sensor system tracks mobile phones to provide accurate wait times. http://www.springwise.com/airport-sensor-system-tracks-mobile-phones-provide-accurate-wait-times/ There's an even better way of dealing with airport wait times: avoid French airlines, French airports and anything which transits France. (Unless they're racing pijjins.)

31.08.2015: The artificial reality of apprenticeships. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mad-apprenticeship-targets-have-consigned-a-generation-to-lowskill-lowpaid-duties-10479123.html With the regime's claims for 'entrepreneurial' Britain and business start-ups suffering from a significant loss of credibility in recent months, the official spotlight has turned more and more onto apprenticeships as the political obsession with the employment marketplace, continues. Having dropped an American pseudo-guru into the mix originally, this rite of passage for proper jobs frequently leading to proper businesses and proper business-folk as well, has now become tarred with the regime's quick-fix, highly mediatised propaganda 'shorts' and a future just as dodgy as it has been for the past thirty years. Still. There are plenty more economic refugees on the way to fill the regime donors' vacancies even more cheaply than today's apprentice labour.

Armed patrols and spot checks planned for European trains. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11832669/European-ministers-meet-for-security-talks-in-Paris-after-France-train-attack.html Just like the good 'ole days of travelling through the Iron Curtain countries. And Nazi-occupied territories before that. And, as history showed, just about as effective.

'Only Europeans with a job lined up should be allowed to come to Britain.' http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/30/migration-crisis-germany-france-britain-demand-urgent-meeting The exclusions of course, are swarms of illegal immigrant Brits (and other Europeans) murdering the locals in their own, non-EU countries, thus creating masses of economic refugees.

Eight fast-rising rip-offs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11824890/Eight-rip-offs-rising-fast-in-2015.html

A British smartphone to rival the iPhone. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/technology/11831492/A-British-smartphone-to-rival-the-iPhone.html Now that British plebs have been sufficiently dumbed down, it shouldn't be too difficult.

Sad face: Mobile phone firms hit customers with charges three times higher than normal for sending messages with emoticons. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215892/Sad-face-Mobile-phone-firms-hit-customers-charges-three-times-higher-normal-sending-messages-emoticons.html We often receive so-called 'business' emails from would-be Dragons' Den panellists ending with emoticons. Which receive exactly the same short shrift as those without footers.

The innovators: a new U-bend to prevent the buildup of fatbergs in sewers. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/30/new-u-bend-prevent-buildup-fatbergs-sewers Excellent idea, albeit long overdue. Should go down a bomb in Third World countries like France, which hasn't even updated the bog since the 17th century.

Is it worth buying a ‘posh’ garden shed to use as an extra room? http://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/2015/aug/29/posh-garden-shed-extra-room OR even - as a garden/home office!

Sheep thefts spark fears of poisoned meat. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sheep-thefts-spark-fears-of-poisoned-meat-10478358.html . . . as hitherto, poisoned meat has been the domain of British supermarkets (also known as political donors and peer fodder.)

Pay Per Click advertising basics. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/gettingtrafficmarketing/fl/Pay-Per-ClickPPC-Advertising-Basics.htm?utm_content=20150830&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness

30.08.2015: A system for getting your child a property. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11823271/How-to-help-your-children-on-the-property-ladder-charge-them-for-it.html

Packaged bank accounts: a good deal or a new ‘PPI mis-selling scandal’? http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/29/packaged-bank-accounts-good-deal-ppi-scandal-misselling

The lucrative industry that helps footballers spend their fortunes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/from-fixing-jacuzzis-to-watering-plants-inside-the-lucrative-industry-that-helps-premier-league-footballers-spend-their-fortunes-10477448.html

5p plastic bag tax makes cashiers tax experts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/29/5p-plastic-bag-tax-makes-cashiers-tax-experts/

Starting a Business Doesn't Have to Take Long or Cost a Lot.

Self-employment is the future. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startingadvice/ss/The-Advantages-of-Being-a-Contractor.htm?utm_content=20150829&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation It certainly is as far as the government is concerned. 'Full' employment, maximum taxation liability and without any official benefits or returns.

10 Powerful Small Business How-To's You Need to Follow. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/tp/small-business-how-to-tutorials.htm?utm_content=20150829&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

29.08.2015: Number of SME’s suffering late payments is rising. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/number-of-smes-suffering-late-payments-is-rising/ The regime just loves it when a good election scam starts coming together. As do their big business backers and donors (and major late payment offenders.)

London businesses lose over 1.5 million working hours during tube strikes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/london-businesses-lose-over-1-5-million-working-hours-during-tube-strikes/ I thought they were all working from home these days? Or moving around on bikes, at the very least. Unless they've been squashed flat by a Top Gear addict.

Post Office expands Sunday openings. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34078103

Card payments firm offers innovative loans to SMEs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11830870/Card-payments-firm-offers-innovative-loans-to-SMEs.html

Official press release: Financial red tape targeted in new review. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/financial-red-tape-targeted-in-new-review I would have thought that it would have been more fruitful to tackle the finance sector's widespread incapacity to manage their customers' accounts which so far, has been more devastating than any supposed 'anti-terrorist' and ''money-laundering' regulation. Or doesn't the regime read its own media?

One in three small businesses relies on social media or Google for financial advice. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/one-in-three-small-businesses-rely-on-social-media-or-google-for-financial-advice-10476637.html Those who don't, rely on 'official' advice. Which would explain why 2 out of 3 businesses fail on a regular basis. In actual fact, the last set of independent findings I saw suggested that 9 out of 10 small businesses rely on advice from friends and family. A far better bet.

Surge in exports boosts UK growth in second quarter. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11830065/Rising-exports-and-consumer-spending-boost-UK-growth.html That will be all those extra bombs being dropped on the Syrian population by British, illegal immigrant 'heroes', then. It quickly adds up.

Brits actually appreciate hearing voice and music messages on hold. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/brits-actually-appreciate-hearing-voice-and-music-messages-on-hold/ In between getting pissed, watching corrupt, cheating footie, booking their next trip to Slagaluf and finding out what their bank has done with their money.

Most unusual home insurance claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/28/most-unusual-home-insurance-claims-revealed/

Scamwatch: new Airbnb con. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/28/scamwatch-new-airbnb-con/

Messaging add-on uses kid’s own text mistakes to improve their literacy. http://www.springwise.com/messaging-add-on-kids-text-mistakes-improve-literacy/ Or, offering alternatives to slang denoting the offspring of goats, for example.

Try-before-you-buy service only charges customers for the clothes they keep. http://www.springwise.com/try-before-you-buy-service-charges-customers-clothes/ Reminds me of my party plan days. Fourty years ago.

Data-driven healthcare app can predict an oncoming migraine. http://www.springwise.com/data-driven-healthcare-app-predict-oncoming-migraine/

An automated proof reading tool for legal documents. http://www.springwise.com/automated-proof-reading-tool-legal-documents/ Let's hope it's an improvement on spellcheckers to translate.google and more traditionally, all the proof-reading course scams which we've seen over the past few decades.

Three ways to make your home eco-friendly WITHOUT solar panels. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11830131/Three-ways-to-make-your-home-eco-friendly-WITHOUT-solar-panels.html If anyone is really interested, it might be a better idea to get any one of thousands of authoratitive books on the subject. Or just buy a house built a few hundred years ago. Before snout-in-trough builders and developers and the internet came along.

28.08.2015: And ANOTHER banking IT cock-up. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/hsbc-customers-hit-with-payday-delays-ahead-of-the-bank-holiday-10476574.html If these institutions and their managers had been based in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Syria, the regime would have been in there dropping £20 millions'-worth of bombs on them every week, for constituting a threat to the UK's national security.

UK targets to cut immigration ‘punish businesses’. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/uk-targets-to-cut-immigration-punish-businesses/

Official release: Migrant entrepreneur visas: numbers of employees and turnover. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/migrant-entrepreneur-visas-numbers-of-employees-and-turnover

Property prices see 'weakest annual growth since June 2013'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/27/property-prices-see-weakest-annual-growth-since-june-2013/

1 in 65 Britons is now a millionaire. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/one-in-65-britons-is-now-a-millionaire-10475188.html Common as muck. No wonder the subject of inheritance tax has become today's Big Issue.

Councils called in bailiffs 2.1 million times last year. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/27/councils-called-in-bailiffs-2-1-million-times-last-year/

Rooftop solar panels to lose '£3,840' payout in drastic cull to green subsidies. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11828078/Rooftop-solar-panels-to-lose-3840-payout-in-drastic-cull-to-green-subsidies.html We all knew it was coming: didn't we?

TTIP deal: Business lobbyists dominate talks at expense of trade unions and NGOs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-deal-business-lobbyists-dominate-talks-at-expense-of-trade-unions-and-ngos-10475073.html

Market Research Indicates Pet Industry Continues to Grow. http://marketresearch.about.com/od/market.research.segmentation/fl/Market-Research-Indicates-Pet-Industry-Continues-to-Grow.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

6 home business ideas for pet lovers. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/homebusinessprofiles/fl/6-Home-Business-Ideas-for-Pet-Lovers.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Love Animals & Good Food? Get Rich With a Natural Pet Food Business. http://foodbeverage.about.com/od/StartingAFoodBusiness/fl/How-to-Start-a-Pet-Food-Business-and-Business-Opportunity.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Smart mirror continuously redirects sunlight into dark corners. http://www.springwise.com/smart-mirror-continuously-redirects-sunlight-dark-corners/

Home swapping platform lets members earn free accommodation anywhere. http://www.springwise.com/home-swapping-platform-lets-members-earn-free-accommodation/

Live-streaming platform for artists and illustrators. http://www.springwise.com/live-streaming-platform-artists-illustrators/

27.08.2015: Conservatives offer day of special access to ministers for £2,500. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/26/conservatives-offer-day-of-special-access-to-ministers-for-2500 For a bit of 'lip service' from Wankminster's political rent-boys.

Crash-proof computers could be on horizon. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/crash-proof-computers-could-be-on-horizon/

Business travel lacks luster. ('lustre'?) http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/business-travel-lacks-luster/

Smartphones and tablets are theft targets. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/smartphones-and-tablets-are-theft-targets/ So these are 'phones which aren't so smart after all?

'Britain's oldest scam victim': 103-year-old loses £60,000 in 10-year catalogue fraud. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11825161/Britains-oldest-scam-victim-103-year-old-loses-60000-in-10-year-catalogue-fraud.html

Could your pet make you a fortune? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/could-your-pet-make-you-a-fortune/ I reckon there's some mileage in pets taking dummyphone zombies for walkies.

9 ways to increase your buy-to-let profits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10946303/How-to-maximise-your-buy-to-let-profits-by-paying-less-tax.html

Caravan park café in old chicken shed makes it into Good Food Guide. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/11823234/Caravan-park-cafe-makes-it-into-Good-Food-Guide.html

Amazon tests takeaway food delivery service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/11824750/Amazon-tests-takeaway-food-delivery-service.html

Top 10 business ideas from Travel & Tourism over the last 12 months. http://www.springwise.com/top-10-business-ideas-travel-tourism-12-months/

What is "Real Time" Marketing? http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/fl/What-is-Real-Time-Marketing.htm?utm_content=20150826&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Five Best Practices When It Comes to Excelling at Customer Service. http://marketing.about.com/od/relationshipmarketing/a/Five-Best-Practices-When-It-Comes-To-Excelling-At-Customer-Service.htm?utm_content=20150826&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

London transport fares 'most expensive in the world'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/london-transport-fares-most-expensive-in-the-world/

The best places in the world to move to for British waster-migrants. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/singapore-is-the-best-place-in-the-world-if-you-want-to-move-abroad--with-ecuador-and-austria-not-far-behind-10471029.html Doesn't include regions which have previously been 'liberated' by British (and American and Israeli) murderer-illegal-immigrants in order to scrounge off the locals. I wonder why that would be?

Morality bank in China rewards do-gooders. http://www.springwise.com/morality-bank-china-rewards-do-gooders/

In Korean cafe, toaster sanitizes smartphones. http://www.springwise.com/korean-cafe-toaster-sanitizes-smartphones-coffee-brews/

26.08.2015: Packaged bank account complaints soaring, says Ombudsman. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34050020 So that's another aspect of bent banking which the Ombudsman will now ignore. Nice to let us know, though.

The best and worst places to make a living in the UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-best-and-worst-places-to-make-a-living-in-the-uk-and-the-results-are-going-to-surprise-you-10470614.html?icn=puff-2

VoIP conman jailed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3210283/Conman-involved-internet-calls-scam-blew-1m-luxury-lifestyle.html

Since Uber launched, there are 26pc more cabs in London. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/11822711/Since-Uber-launched-there-are-26pc-more-cabs-in-London.html

British Amazon shopping habits reveal we're turning into a nation of hipsters. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/11823232/British-Amazon-shopping-habits-reveal-were-turning-into-a-nation-of-hipsters.html

Lack of transparency is limiting how useful the cloud is to businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/lack-of-transparency-is-limiting-how-useful-the-cloud-is-to-businesses/ Plus it's an American idea so it's bound to be crap.

5 of the best coworking spaces in London. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/5-of-the-best-coworking-spaces-in-london/

Ditching the ‘telesales stereotype’ is key to building successful sales teams. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/ditching-the-telesales-stereotype-is-key-to-building-successful-sales-teams/

If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/if-somethings-worth-doing-its-worth-doing-properly/

Egg-shaped eco home can house two people anywhere. http://www.springwise.com/egg-shaped-eco-home-house-people-entire-year/ Is this the tomorrow's world of British home businesses? Will we be reading a propaganda release from Da P.M. shortly, with the caption, 'Go to work in an egg'?

Kickstarter for independent journalism. http://www.springwise.com/platform-crowdfunding-quality-independent-journalism/ We won't be seeing any results in the UK then, where it's room for evil, hate-filled propaganda, only. Liberally laced with dumbed-down hypocrisy and trivia.

Niche social network for anglers hits 1 million users. http://www.springwise.com/niche-social-network-anglers-hits-1-million-users/

Drone matchmaker connects pilots with clients. http://www.springwise.com/drone-matchmaker-connects-pilots-clients/

Taxi service app lets users name their price. http://www.springwise.com/taxi-service-lets-users-pick-price/

Uber for locksmiths guarantees fixed rate on-demand service. http://www.springwise.com/locksmith-app-guarantees-fixed-rate-on-demand-service/ I know 'locksmiths' who will be offering their services for no rate at all.

Museum glasses help colorblind visitors see exhibits in full color. http://www.springwise.com/museum-glasses-colorblind-visitors-full-color/

Canadian man who built self-sufficient home in the woods from $3,400 shipping containers puts it up for sale for $58,000. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3209756/Canadian-man-built-self-sufficient-home-woods-3-400-shipping-containers-puts-sale-58-000.html Plus $20,000 in building costs; plus another $20,000 for the solar panel system alone. And the rest. (The land was free, one presumes.) The fact that the dump became an 'internet sensation' for dumbwalking zombies sums it up, really.

25.08.2015: UK has entered new stage of recovery say the IOD. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-has-entered-new-stage-of-recovery-say-the-iod/ In other words, no recovery whatsoever. (Naw. Seriously. They're just having a larf. Again.)

HSE publishes guidance for self-employed. http://www.hse.gov.uk/self-employed/index.htm The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance to the forthcoming changes to health and safety law for the self-employed. From 1st October 2015, self-employed people who have no employees will be excluded from the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSAWA) unless they work in a high-risk industry or their work poses a risk to third parties. For example, according to the HSE, self-employed bakers or bookkeepers working from a home base will be outside the HSAWA's scope, while someone who provides advice or instruction to clients about health and safety will not. (EnterpriseQuest)

Business types ranked by purchase cost. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/360051/bbs-are-the-most-expensive-small-business-to-purchase Direct Line for Business has published research that ranks types of business by purchase cost, calculated in terms of valuation and turnover. Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) are the most expensive type of business to buy, with a valuation of £4.49 per £1 turnover. Care homes are ranked second (£2.56 per £1 turnover) and nurseries third (£1.91 per £1 turnover). The three least expensive types of business to purchase are pubs (98p per £1 turnover), online firms (51p per £1 turnover) and service firms (81p per £1 turnover). (EnterpriseQuest)

Pace of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches £937 a month. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/pace-of-rent-rises-quickens-as-average-uk-rent-reaches-937-a-month/ About time for another article from a clueless hack stating that it's much cheaper to start a business from home than a starter unit.

German woman starts living on a train – because she's fed-up paying rent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-woman-starts-living-on-a-train--because-shes-fedup-paying-rent-10467712.html Is this the future of 'home businesses'? Will we see overnight statistics/advertorials from regime cronies which prove that 4.5 million English entrepreneurs are contributing £567 billion to the UK economy every year, using (non-existent) wi-fi on board trains?

First-time buyers save £670 a year on rent. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/24/first-time-buyers-save-670-a-year-on-rent/ Source: a building society. What a surprise.

Homophobia rife in the construction industry as 85% of LGB workers face offensive remarks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/homophobia-rife-in-the-construction-industry-as-85-of-lgb-workers-face-offensive-remarks-10469585.html For those who don't subscribe to the idle, French literary habit of reducing anything with more than two syllables to an abbreviation, 'LBG' stands for 'lesbian, gay or bisexual'. So I would imagine that unlike being black, wearing a turban or speaking with an Eastern European accent, the only way fellow-construction workers are going to find out about any sexual leanings, is if someone admits to them. Or, from an industry which has a reputation for offensive remarks, 'Once a wanker, always a wanker'. Like 'pisshead patriot' English cowboys turning up on site with a copy of The Sun and flying the George Cross from a German, Japanese or Korean van or pickup.

Is this the country's most expensive shed? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/24/is-this-the-countrys-most-expensive-shed/ Has it been dumped on a piece of land by pisshead English cowboy bodgers? Then the answer is obvious.

Android Pay could launch this week. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11820308/Android-Pay-to-launch-this-week.html

How female friendship has become big business. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11817175/Female-friendship-has-become-big-business.-Cheers-Taylor-Swift.html

5 reasons the UK is going crazy for sportswear. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11812263/Five-reasons-the-UK-is-going-crazy-for-sportswear.html

Is now a good time to buy property in France? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11816347/Is-now-a-good-time-to-buy-in-France.html The last few times the British media asked this rhetorical question, it prompted waves of broke and disillusioned Brits returning to Blighty just a few months afterwards.

What's so special about your business, anyway? http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/a/how-to-write-a-unique-selling-proposition.htm?utm_content=20150824&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

24.08.2015: Victim of fraud? Why the authorities WON'T investigate. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11812377/Victim-of-fraud-Why-the-authorities-WONT-investigate.html

Double-glazing ombudsman, furniture ombudsman – how the EU is spawning scores of 'watchdogs'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11812593/Double-glazing-ombudsman-furniture-ombudsman-how-the-EU-is-spawning-scores-of-watchdogs.html Well - if they're anything like the UK's long-established 'watchdogs', there's nothing to worry about, is there?

New chapter for AirBnB: The quaint Scottish bookshop holidaymakers PAY £150 to run while staying in the flat above. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3207693/New-chapter-AirBnB-quaint-Scottish-bookshop-Wigtown-holidaymakers-PAY-run-staying-flat-above.html

How to make money from your garden. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11816715/How-to-make-money-from-your-garden.html

Building bosses at Persimmon to net £600m. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/psn/11818520/Building-bosses-at-Persimmon-to-net-600m.html Brick hutches built up to a price to replace home ownership with buy-to-let rented accommodation and everyone qualifying for a mortgage committed to a spiral of lifelong debt; assorted taxpayer-financed bungs and subsidies from well-greased government fags; 'swarms' of 'immigrant' labour with the skills to build in which the UK's construction industry hasn't invested a penny. 'Gardens' to make money, anyone?

The science of successful negotiation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/the-science-of-successful-negotiation/

Multiple Layers of Identity Theft Protection.

Pay-Per-Click(PPC) Advertising Basics.

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

Len Tondel



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