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LATEST! 26.03.2015
(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


26.03.2015: Britain one of the laziest countries in the world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11491835/GPs-should-tell-their-patients-to-go-for-a-walk.html Is that why everyone wants to work from home these days? Watching telly and eating cheese?

Loans and overdrafts more popular. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32049851 That's because everyone thinks they're an 'entrepreneur'. Minus their own shekels.

'Unhealthiest' High Streets revealed. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32058929

Now you can tell which bank will offer you the best deal. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/25/now-you-can-tell-which-bank-will-offer-you-the-best-deal/

Taxman is too cosy with those that help companies avoid tax, say MPs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3012182/Taxman-cosy-help-companies-avoid-tax-Tax-avoidance-risk-worth-taking-say-MPs.html More self-preservation propaganda from our politicians in the pre-election run-up. Failing to mention that ultimately, it's their responsibility to ensure 'the taxman' is appointed and operates in the public interest. And not just for companies which give their respective parties big bungs.

HMRC accused of 'failing to check tax reliefs' by MPs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32060991 More failings by our MPs, in other words.

Men, 46, are most likely fraud victims. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32048544 Having been successfully groomed for the past 20 years by Big Corp, successive governments and the media.

End of 'tick box' hidden insurance. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3011973/End-tick-box-hidden-insurance-Sneaky-tactics-used-airlines-banks-customers-opt-small-print-set-outlawed.html

Trending: fur farming. http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/mar/25/fur-trade-booming-fashion-catwalks

Crapita and the great British food safety sell-off. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/capita-and-the-great-british-food-safety-selloff-10134275.html This Government would sell its grandmother for a fiver, so no surprises here.

25.03.2015: MPs seek more detail on controversial US-EU trade talks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32045398 Once again, with election-time looming and TTIP belatedly receiving an increasing amount of adverse publicity, our politicians like to be seen as showing interest in matters of grave public concern. After having turned a blind eye for the past year to these squalid, secretive negotiations to further sell off the country.

Pension Wise phone line opens for guidance on reforms. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32041187

Pension reforms runs risk of becoming new mis-selling scandal. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/pension-reform-runs-risk-of-becoming-new-misselling-scandal-10131657.html Which is why, of course, the Government has introduced them.

How to spot pension scammers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/24/watchdog-warns-savers-to-be-on-their-guard/ Website urls ending .gov.uk are another giveaway.

How to make money from these four super-trends. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/investor/11484894/How-to-make-money-from-these-four-super-trends.html If the Government and its Big Corp snouts in the trough allow you the opportunity.

A million homes to be heated by river water energy. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/a-million-homes-to-be-heated-by-river-water-energy-10131313.html Nineteenth century technology, eh? The next thing you know we'll be seeing water mills every quarter mile offering homes and producing food and power for artisan-based communities and all of a sudden we've gone back a couple of thousand years to the future. Snouts in troughs will be doing their utmost to jump into this particular coracle. Or sink it before it floats.

Why the bleak service station is best for business people. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/why-the-bleak-service-station-is-best-for-business-people-10131240.html So this is why there has been such a dramatic decline in the numbers of home businesses in recent years. 'Entrepreneurs' can't afford to buy or even rent homes any more, so they're all operating out of log-book loan, second-hand BMW status symbols parked in laybys, instead.

Black Friday must be reined in. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3010380/Black-Friday-reined-Retailers-set-cut-discounts-avoid-chaos-causing-backlog-deliveries.html Another commercial practice aimed at knuckle-scraping Yanks which hasn't weathered the transit to more intelligent climes particularly well. 'Monkey see, monkey do' British politicians on the other hand, are all for it, hoping it will elevate their online popularity from 2 likes to 3 and an extra share.

All shops to be allowed to offer click and collect. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3010307/Click-collect-high-street-near-shops-allowed-offer-service-government-ends-need-apply-planning-permission.html

Official release: Open consultation. Purchasing goods and services: protection of small businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/purchasing-goods-and-services-protection-of-small-businesses

Clydesdale Bank brings in plastic £5 notes. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-32000610

Models aren't brainless bimbos - we're businesswomen. Deal with it. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/11491456/Edie-Campbell-row-Models-are-businesswomen-not-brainelss-bimbos.html

Peter Oborne: advertising is consumerist sewage. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/24/peter-oborne-advertising-consumerist-sewage-hsbc-lord-bell Snouts-in-troughs are understandably annoyed.

Dragons' Den Daily Larf: New Dragons' Den guru has loss-making business. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/25/new-dragons-den-guru-has-loss-making-business/ All part and parcel of the Government's Fake Britain entrepreneurial scene.

Clean Reader: New app will 'clean up' bad language in e-books. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/clean-reader-new-app-will-clean-up-bad-language-in-ebooks-10131321.html The BBC (British/Israeli/American Bropaganda and Bullshit Corporation) is reported as showing no interest in this latest development and continues instead, to press on with its search for a bloated, ignorant and foul-mouthed thug to replace Jeremy Clarkson.

Researchers find walking while you work can improve the brain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3010209/Can-treadmill-desk-boost-BRAIN-Researchers-walking-work-improve-memory-attention.html British home businesses and the self-employed have been aware of that for a couple of years, as they take a regular walk to sign on.

Sex website advertises for brothel tester. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3009501/Sex-website-advertises-brothel-tester-university-educated-speaks-French-not-afraid-contact.html 'Must speak French' for assessments to be sent directly to French politicans.

24.03.2015: Summary of Chancellor's 2015 Budget

Chancellor George Osborne has presented his 2015 Budget to Parliament. He opened his speech on 18th March by claiming that the country is "walking tall again" and described this year's Budget as one of an economy "taking another big step from austerity to prosperity". Key points affecting small and medium-sized firms include:

The income tax personal allowance will be raised to £10,800 in 2016/17 and £11,000 in 2017/18.

Digital tax accounts will be introduced over the next five years, meaning individuals and small firms will no longer have to submit annual paper returns by 2020. The administration of employee benefits and expenses will also be simplified.

From 6th April 2015, in order to claim Working Tax Credits (WTCs), self-employed people will have to demonstrate that they work more than a minimum number of hours and that their work is 'commercial and profitable' or 'working towards profitability'.

Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) will be abolished during the next Parliament. Class 4 NICs will also be reformed to include a new contributory benefit test, although little information about this change has been provided and a consultation is not expected until later in 2015.

The VAT registration threshold will be raised to £82,000 from 1st April 2015 and the deregistration threshold increased to £80,000.

Funding for apprenticeship training will be re-routed to employers via 'digital apprenticeship vouchers'.

Continued support will be provided to the creative sector through funding and tax reliefs. Additional investment will be used to create 'tech incubators' in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. Enterprise Zones in a number of Northern regions will also be extended and a new Enterprise Zone will be established in Blackpool.

Farmers will be allowed to average their profits for income tax purposes over five years, rather than two years, from April 2016.

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) will be amended to ensure continued support for investment in small and growing firms, and measures to improve small firms' access to R&D tax credits will be subject to consultation.

The full Budget report and associated notices are available from HM Treasury at: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/budget-2015
(EnterpriseQuest)

An interesting development affecting the payment of Working Tax Credits to so-called 'self-employed' people is the requirement that they work more than a minimum number of hours and that their work is 'commercial and profitable' or 'working towards profitability'. Does this mean that the country's 'huge' numbers of unemployed self-employed 'entrepreneurs' who aren't 'commercial and profitable' or 'working towards profitability' (Twatterers and Arsebookers), as well as those on zero hour contracts and/or not being paid the National Minimum Wage (More firms failing to pay minimum wage), will no longer be included in official employment statistics? As would have once been the case. Before the present Government, its American gurus, Ministerial scammers, media micro-personalities and its cronies took over?

UK SMEs issue call to arms against big business bullies. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-smes-issue-call-to-arms-against-big-business-bullies/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

SMEs unclear about what the general election could mean for business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-unclear-about-what-the-general-election-could-mean-for-business/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Treasury seeks views about business rates system. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-paves-the-way-for-reform-of-business-rates A 'wide-ranging review' of England's non-domestic rates system has been launched by HM Treasury, which will report its findings before the 2016 Budget. The Treasury's review discussion paper invites responses from a wide range of stakeholders on issues such as commercial property use, how the rates system can be modernised, and whether business rates should continue to be based on property values. Written responses will be accepted from the beginning of April until 12th June 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)

Great British High Street competition announced. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-great-british-high-street-competition-2015 The second Great British High Street competition has been announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The competition gives local communities the chance to win a share of £50,000, as well as support and mentoring from industry experts. There are seven competition categories including best village high street, best town high street and best parade of shops. Nominations must be submitted by 17th July 2015, and a shortlist will be announced in early August. Shortlisted communities will be visited by a judging panel of industry leaders from sectors such as retail, property and business. (EnterpriseQuest)

Tourism consultation now open. VisitEngland has launched a consultation to help shape the growth strategy for tourism in England over the next five years. VisitEngland published a Strategic Framework for Tourism 2010-2020 five years ago, and is using the new, industry-wide consultation as a way to review and update its strategy. The revised strategy will set out priorities for tourism in England and help to ensure the industry is prepared for new market trends, challenges and opportunities. The consultation will end on 15th May 2015, and the final strategy will be launched during the summer. (EnterpriseQuest)

To take part in the consultation, go to: http://www.visitengland.com/tourismgrowthstrategy

To read more about the consultation, go to: http://www.visitengland.org/ /pressreleases/2015/VisitEngland-launches-industry-wide-consultation-growth-strategy-England-Tourism-Industry.aspx

eBay allowed buyer to defraud me. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/jessicainvestigates/11482671/Ebay-allowed-buyer-to-defraud-me.html

Dragons' Den 'reality' tv business comedy. 'Tiger Mobiles, a smart phone comparison site rejected for a slot on the Dragon's Den reality BBC2 TV series by the producers in 2008 have revealed that 76 (half) of the 153 companies over 11 series that were pledged money by the top entrepreneurs never saw a penny of it, and that only £5.8 million of the £13 million pledged was ever actually invested by the "dragons".

According to Tiger Mobiles the BBC produce the show as a contrived affair that puts viewer entertainment above genuine business success.

So not to be taken too seriously then? That's TV for you...' http://ezinematters.com/

Mumpreneur, momager and mummylancer: Let's ditch these patronising names. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/11483610/Mumpreneur-momager-and-mummylancer-Women-have-had-enough.html There's an interesting call from the dumb media who introduced and popularised these not-so-patronising but dumb names in the first place. Perhaps they can also dispense with American trailer-trash talk like 'Oh my God', 'guys' and 'Hi' while they're about it and stick to using the English language like wot it is used all over the world.

Former HMRC boss Dave Hartnett forced to defend new job – with HSBC. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/former-hmrc-boss-dave-hartnett-forced-to-defend-new-job--with-hsbc-10129195.html What a surprise. Although HMRC bosses have a long tradition of following their snouts.

Twitter complainers are driving up the quality of products & service. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/twitter-complainers-are-driving-up-the-quality-of-products-service/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk Really? Or, you could take the Jeremy Clarkson view that polls and petitions make no difference to the status quo whatsoever.

Official release: £16 million boost for agricultural innovators. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/16-million-boost-for-agricultural-innovators The Government 'boost' will include further, improved rural broadband proposals. £15 million for the telecoms industry to roll out proposals for high speed broadband to rural areas. And £1 million to the media to report better broadband coverage for the countryside.

Official release. Business and Government join forces to cut red tape. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-and-government-join-forces-to-cut-red-tape Not a lot of 'joining' going on here but it all looks good for propaganda purposes.

23.03.2015: Leaving EU could force Britain into recession. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/11488906/EU-exit-will-cost-Britain-55billion-unless-borders-are-kept-open.html That's been the intelligent, informed view for a number of years. Unfortunately, misinformation is often more attractive than reality and the British public is easier to dupe than most. Nor is the 'quit Europe' camp offering any guarantees or compensation in case its ranting is wrong.

Immigration exit checks will 'limit tourism and trade', say transport operators Eurotunnel. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/immigration-exit-checks-will-limit-tourism-and-trade-say-transport-operators-eurotunnel-10126260.html As long as it doesn't affect the Government fagging for American/Israeli terrorists and mafia, that's OK. Anyway, it's all show. Back to 'normal' after the elections.

Average UK household to be £10,000 in debt by 2016. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/mar/23/average-uk-household-owe-10000-debt-by-end-2016 It's what keeps the economy growing.

Small firms still trapped by banks' high-interest tricks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3006992/Small-firms-trapped-banks-high-tricks-Lenders-accused-charging-companies-huge-fees-switch-accounts-rates-fell.html Plenty more unemployed 'entrepreneurs' being led to the slaughter by the Government and its cronies.

Farmers face threat from campaign to slash mobile mast rents. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/11488548/Farmers-face-threat-from-campaign-to-slash-mobile-mast-rents.html Another fairy tale earner turned harsh reality. Aeolians next.

Meet the man who turns seaweed into soap. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/fashion-and-style/11482310/Meet-the-man-who-turns-seaweed-into-soap.html

Henpower for the people. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardenprojects/11486315/HenPower-to-thepeople-keeping-hens-is-good-for-both-body-and-soul.html

Government scammer's sales pitch. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3006491/Full-toe-curling-sales-pitch-used-Tory-Grant-Shapps-convince-people-make-filthy-stinking-rich-bargain-130.html

22.03.2015: Mobile phone companies agree to cap charges on stolen devices. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32005851#

Airlines face court threat over customer services. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31998530#

'Here's how I get 35pc yields on buy-to-let'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11485737/Heres-how-I-get-35pc-yields-on-buy-to-let.html

Buy-to-let: bank offers 113pc mortgages – on repossessed flats in Spain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11470413/Buy-to-let-bank-offers-113pc-mortgages-on-repossessed-flats-in-Spain.html

Housebuilders go back to basics - throwing mud. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/housebuilders-go-back-to-basics-by-using-traditional-methods-and-materials-10125336.html

Rise of the 'Returners'. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/rise-of-the-returners/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Cider industry at war over tax exemption deal. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/cider-industry-at-war-over-taxexemption-deal-10125313.html

Official release: Research and analysis. Local authority trading standards: a review. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-trading-standards-a-review

21.03.2015: £2,000 fine for late tax return among hidden penalties buried in Osborne's radical 'easy' digital system as officials plan to scrap old £100 fine. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3004893/2-000-fine-late-tax-return-hidden-penalties-George-Osborne-s-new-easy-digital-system.html

Press release. New help for local businesses : Councils give support. http://www.centre-p.co.uk/SmallBusinessRatesRelief.pdf

Difficulty getting mortgages 'a serious problem'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/20/difficulty-getting-mortgages-a-serious-problem/

Official release. Research and guidance. Small Business Survey 2014: businesses with no employees. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/small-business-survey-2014-businesses-with-no-employees

How to increase sales on the internet. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/onlinebusiness101/fl/How-to-Increase-Sales-on-the-Internet.htm?utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150320&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

How to create a work-life balance in your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/How-to-Create-a-Work-Life-Balance-in-Your-Small-Business.htm?utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150318&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl After you have made enough money to pay your bills, naturally. Hopefully.

Maximising your money through multi-currency cards and accounts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/11474766/Maximising-your-money-through-multi-currency-cards-and-accounts.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM6376&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Exp_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Exp_New_2015_03_17&utm_campaign=DM6376

Personalized smartphone map shows users their favorite places. http://www.springwise.com/personalized-smartphone-map-shows-users-favorite-places/

School recycling schemes.

'I am a volunteer for Community Initiatives and we are looking to encourage students and parents across the UK to recycle more. I would like to suggest a few resources to add to your website as I think they would benefit your visitors:

http://www.bag2school.com/u/k/home/
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http://jointhepod.org/campaigns/campaign/28

20.03.2015: Britain’s obsession with ownership has turned housing into a pyramid scheme. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/19/britain-obsession-ownership-housing-pyramid-scheme We - and plenty of other people - have been saying that for years. The problem is, the media, every bit as much as successive governments, are so hooked into Britain's Ponzi housing market, that this kind of reporting and warning almost never gets an airing.

Now is the time for Britons to buy European property. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11480957/Jim-Mellon-Now-is-the-time-for-Britons-to-buy-European-property.html

Online farm payment system abandoned after 'performance problems'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31976230# Entirely par for the course and a grim warning of what awaits the taxpayer as the Government introduces digital accounting to replace self-assessment returns.

More than one million online frauds and crimes go unreported: 85% of victims choose not to go to police as swindles cost economy £12 billion. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3003054/More-one-million-online-frauds-crimes-unreported-85-victims-choose-not-police-swindles-cost-economy-12-BILLION.html The Government's digital dickhead initiative plans to extend the number of online scams to support the activities of its ministers, cronies and American eBayers outside UK legal jurisdiction, who all belong to its Big, Happy Entrepreneur TEAM.

UK government announces corporate tax evasion clampdown. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-31961405# One of the Chancellor's infamous budget 'jokes'. In future, only corporate tax evasion deals brokered by HMRC itself will be allowed (and un-reported).

Numbers paying inheritance tax to almost double by 2020. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/11484331/Number-of-Britons-paying-inheritance-tax-to-almost-double-by-2020.html The Government's reward for citizens and businessfolk who have already paid their taxes yet still managed to leave behind a few bob. Factor in minus 40% to help finance corporate luvvy deals, state incompetence and bent politicians.

Government accused of allowing arms manufacturers to export in secret. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-accused-of-allowing-arms-manufacturers-to-export-in-secret-10120718.html 'Allowing'? UK governments actively encourage and support the country's (and America's) murder industry. And I very much doubt that privately, there has ever been an MP who has ever been fooled. The only reason we have some squawking about the country's war criminal status now is that their evil hypocrisy has been receiving much attention in world reporting. With the exception of the Coalition of Evil's Israeli-owned, terrorist and hate-preaching propaganda, of course. Which has more pressing stories to deal with such as Jeremy Clarkson, rather than their assistance with the perpetual murder of defenceless civilians.

The (ongoing) scandal of mobile phone charges. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3003383/Scandal-mobile-phone-charges-Users-hit-800-fees-deals-fail-deliver-decent-handsets-coverage.html

UK hotels worst in Europe for service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotels/11483272/UK-hotels-worst-in-Europe-for-service.html

'Expedia's confusing website cost me £180 in bag fees'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/11483464/Expedias-confusing-website-cost-me-180-in-bag-fees.html

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/20/france-decrees-new-rooftops-must-be-covered-in-plants-or-solar-panels Which has come about because the billions spent by French governments on unsustainable, often crooked, wind power projects which have ruined some of the most beautiful locations in Europe, have proved to be a total disaster. But then again - waste on a prolific scale, sponsored by Europe's taxpayers, is a French speciality.

EU 'happiness' table. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3003459/Smile-happier-French-EU-table-happiness-rates-Britain-alongside-Germany-satisfaction-lives.html

6 Ways To Be A Happier Small Business Owner. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/6-Ways-To-Be-A-Happier-Small-Business-Owner.htm?utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150318&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

Crowdsourced gadget library rents out sound booths, drones and more. http://www.springwise.com/crowdsourced-gadget-library-rents-sound-booths-drones/

Renters can now go solar… even if they don’t have a roof. http://www.springwise.com/renters-solar-roof/

19.03.2015: Business Matters budget update: http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/index.php?action=social&c=2df45244f09369e16ea3f9117ca45157.1316

Questionnaire: how long would it take for George Osborne to lose all your tax by ignoring tax dodging? http://www.georgelostmytax.com/seconds

Housing market 'out of control'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/05/housing-market-out-of-control/

Budget 2015: Government plan for 'smart cash machines' threatens bank branches. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/11481052/Budget-2015-Government-plan-for-smart-cash-machines-threatens-bank-branches.html

Official release: consumer behaviour survey. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consumer-behaviour-survey

UK unemployment falls to 1.86 million. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31938368# The unemployment rate, however, remains the same. In other words, significant 'illegal' immigration by ready-to-go self-employed entrepreneurs who can't speak English, continues unabated. Undeterred, the Chancellor has announced illegal immigrant start-up loans for translation and interpreter services to help them understand The Apprentice, Dragons' Den and Jeremy Clarkson.

Brexit would make 2m Britons abroad illegal immigrants overnight. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/18/dominic-grieve-brexit-2m-britons-abroad-illegal-immigrants-eu-echr Not to worry. Plenty of room for them back in the UK 'where they belong' to become fully unemployed entrepreneurs.

18.03.2015: The end of HMRC red tape and inefficiency? Annual tax forms to be replaced by digital accounts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/11479034/Budget-2015-The-death-of-the-annual-tax-return.html As in 'HMRC' red tape. Not 'EU' red tape. What now remains to be seen is if the Government can achieve another 'first'. An official digital system which works.

Cost of mobile calls to other networks to fall. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2999814/Cost-mobile-calls-networks-fall-Watchdog-orders-companies-reduce-charges-40-two-years.html

SMEs ditching the banks. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-ditching-the-banks/

One in three retiring this year haven’t heard of changes less than a month away. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/one-in-three-retiring-this-year-havent-heard-of-changes-less-than-a-month-away/

UK timeshare gang smashed in Costa del Sol. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2998894/UK-timeshare-gang-4million-year-duping-500-Britons-elaborate-scam-smashed-Costa-del-Sol.html

Tackling late payment. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/tackling-late-payment-2/

Small businesses can get free energy audits from competing local students. http://www.springwise.com/small-businesses-free-energy-audits-competing-local-students/

Live smartphone tours from locals show remote sightseers the world. http://www.springwise.com/live-smartphone-tours-locals-show-remote-sightseers-world/

17.03.2015: Bank of England bulletin examines self-employment. http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Documents/quarterlybulletin/2015/q105.pdf The Bank of England has published its bulletin for Q1 of 2015, which examines the factors responsible for the rise in self-employment. For example, it has been suggested that self-employment has arisen out of economic necessity and insecurity in the labour market, where self-employment represents an alternative to unemployment for individuals who would prefer to be employed, or a means of working additional hours for those who are underemployed. An alternative explanation gives more weight to long-term structural changes in the labour market, such as an ageing workforce. (EnterpriseQuest)

Intellectual Property toolkit for small firms. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-toolkit-launched-to-help-businesses-exploit-their-intellectual-property A new toolkit has been developed by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to help small firms use their intellectual property (IP) assets to obtain finance for growth. The 'IP Finance' toolkit covers topics such as documenting IP assets, developing effective IP management strategies, and using appropriate language when speaking to lenders about IP value. The toolkit also features details of finance options available for firms with valuable IP. Minster for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who launched the toolkit, commented that: "It will assist businesses which are rich in intangibles, but lack traditional assets, to make a stronger case when they need to access the finance they need to grow." (EnterpriseQuest)

From talking fridges to elephant poacher deterrents: British start-ups to make £100bn from 'Internet of Everything'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/electronics/11475630/From-talking-fridges-to-elephant-poacher-deterrents-British-start-ups-to-make-100bn-from-Internet-of-Everything.html

The rise of the energy-producing home. http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/mar/16/live-rise-energy-producing-home-architecture

Insolvency practitioners to be more transparent about fees. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/more-transperancy-for-fees-charged-in-insolvency From October 2015, insolvency practitioners in England and Wales will have to provide creditors with up-front information about how their fees and expenses are estimated and calculated. Practitioners will not be able to charge an amount exceeding their initial estimate without obtaining agreement from the creditors making the claim. The changes will only apply to administrations, creditors' voluntary liquidation, compulsory liquidation and bankruptcy. Business Minister Jo Swinson said: "Initial fee estimates, which can only be changed by agreement, will strengthen the position of those owed money to ensure that fees are fair and reasonable." (EnterpriseQuest)

Transform Your Business -- And Your Life -- With Two Simple Letters. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/becominganentrepreneur/tp/Transform-Your-Business-And-Your-Life-With-Two-Simple-Letters.htm?utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150316&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

Virtual jukebox adds customers’ favorite songs to venue’s playlists automatically. http://www.springwise.com/virtual-jukebox-adds-customers-favorite-songs-venues-playlists-automatically

App combines healthy lifestyle rewards and local business offers. http://www.springwise.com/app-combines-healthy-lifestyle-rewards-local-business-offers

App reinvents spreadsheets for the smartphone era. http://www.springwise.com/app-reinvents-spreadsheets-smartphone-era

16.03.2015: Radical business rates review launched. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31897113# But as the reporting points out, the review is expected to be 'neutral' or, just pre-election window-dressing. With 16 High Street shops a day closing, it could be said that the Government's policy of fagging for big chains and Big Corp is on course, so any amelioration in business rates simply wouldn't fit in.

Shops desert high street at faster rate in 2014. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31899346#

The secret database blacklisting borrowers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/11467480/The-secret-database-blacklisting-borrowers.html

Rise of 'granlords' squeezing out first-time buyers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2996461/Rise-granlords-squeezing-time-buyers-Pensioners-snap-buy-let-properties-young-t-ladder.html Makes a change from millions of illegal immigrants on the dole squeezing out first-time buyers and pushing up house prices.

Surge in junk mail since Royal Mail sell-off. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2996331/Surge-junk-mail-delivered-postmen-Royal-Mail-sell-50-000-flyers-letterboxes-DAY.html

Tory chair Grant Shapps held second job as a 'multimillion-dollar web marketer' while also an MP. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/generalelection/tory-chair-grant-shapps-held-second-job-as-a-multimilliondollar-web-marketer-while-also-an-mp-10109897.html Errr. This isn't news.

John Lewis top for broadband. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2996341/John-Lewis-broadband-Smaller-internet-providers-beat-bigger-rivals-customer-satisfaction-survey.html

Surge in young mums launching home based start-ups to beat childcare costs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/young-mums-surge-in-launching-home-based-start-ups-to-beat-childcare-costs/ Well, hardly a 'surge'. This has been a characteristic of a significant number of home-based businesses for decades although the present Government and its cronies will be claiming they have discovered the wheel before too long. The roots of the Home Business Alliance itself stem from founder-member, Theresita Heavens and her club for stay-at-homes mums called The Nationwide Bureau of Home Businesses - launched over twenty years ago.

Average British worker spends over half an hour working during daily commute. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2996380/Hard-working-commuters-boost-economy-Survey-shows-average-British-workers-30-minutes-work-daily-journey.html From what I see, there must be some confusion between the term 'work' and mindlessly playing games or scrolling through emails or selfies. Still. Another negative for people working or running a business from home. The daily commute has now become an essential component of zero hours employment contracts.

Raymond Blanc won't return to France until 'lazy 35-hour week law' is lifted. http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/564015/French-chef-Raymond-Blanc-will-not-return-lazy-law-ruin-France There are plenty of people in France, especially 'artisans' like Raymond Blanc, who work way longer than 35 hours a week. The country's real problem with working hours are the trade unionists and its 5 million parasite fonctionnaires who don't do any work at all but fraudulently pretend they do, just to draw their wages paid for from tax revenues screwed out of a minority of grafters. The real French 'black market', in other words.

Home-grown Scottish tea served in The Balmoral. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-31850487#

Indoor gardening guide. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/15/indoor-gardening-guide-growing-vegetables-herbs-home

15.03.2015: Pensions scam: over 600,000 retired workers owed compensation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11471213/Pension-mis-selling-600000-retired-workers-owed-compensation.html And the Government hasn't even started its own pension scams yet.

Half a million more people claiming housing benefit under coalition. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/14/housing-benefit-coalition-people-claiming That will be down to the significant decline in the numbers of successful home businesses under the present regime. (Sorry. Government.)

Why are organic farmers across Britain giving up? http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/14/why-are-organic-farmers-across-britain-giving-up Because Brits can't cook and everyone is eating at Wetherspoons instead.

CNET Community: Why do all these phone apps need my personal information? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497 So the Pentagon knows where to send its terminator drones.

Increase Your Online Sales with Effective Reputation Management. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/SocialMediaMarketing/fl/Increase-Your-Online-Sales-with-Effective-Reputation-Management.htm?utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150315&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

Google to open first UK drop in ‘garage’ to fix 200,000 SMEs web problems. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/google-to-open-first-uk-drop-in-garage-to-fix-smes-web-problems/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk Only recently, the Government's mandatory Digital Dickhead initiative was whining there were over 2 million UK SMEs without a web presence; now, we've got another 200,000 SMEs with web problems - and all of a sudden you are looking at half the country's small businesses who would and/or are, better off without the internet at all. Perhaps that's why the country's politicians who spend all their time communicating by Twatter (1 share) and Arsebook (0 likes), aren't getting any real-time grass roots support?

5 CAN-SPAM rules small business owners need to understand. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/ecommerce/a/can-spam-act-for-small-business.htm?utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150311&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

St. Bernards will help to save attendees from low-battery life. http://www.springwise.com/sxsw-st-bernards-save-attendees-low-battery-life

Smart bracelet has infinite changeable designs. http://www.springwise.com/smart-bracelet-infinite-changeable-designs

Coffee cup embedded with seeds grows into native plants. http://www.springwise.com/coffee-cup-embedded-seeds-grows-native-plants

In Africa, promising students are paid to become remote software developers. http://www.springwise.com/africa-promising-students-paid-remote-software-developers/

Design project trains young people to improve their local area. http://www.springwise.com/project-trains-communities-improve-area/

Playful translations help apps to reach global audiences. http://www.springwise.com/playful-translations-apps-reach-global-audiences/

Portable 3D printer produces customers’ bespoke cake designs. http://www.springwise.com/portable-3d-printer-produces-customers-bespoke-cake-designs/

14.03.2015: Shock construction plunge. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11469242/Shock-construction-plunge-undermines-chance-of-UK-growth-bounce.html Clearly not enough bungs going around.

UK to create 8,000 gas and oil jobs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31862457# This is to replace (supposedly) the jobs lost as a direct result of fagging for the Americans and the Saudis.

The 10 most sought-after apprenticeships in the UK. http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-10-most-sought-after-apprenticeships-in-the-uk--lysGTL3pTg Plenty of scope here for the Government to re-brand apprentices as 'entrepreneurs'.

Pension 'freedoms': don't book a cruise just yet. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31867788# 'Throw your money into a doomed-to-fail home business, instead'.

Why 500,000 pensioners will NOT be rushing into buy-to-let. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11469202/This-is-why-500000-pension-savers-will-NOT-be-rushing-into-buy-to-let.html

Government forces councils to water down regulations on private landlords. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-forces-councils-to-water-down-regulations-on-private-landlords-10105880.html

French tax on Brits' second homes ruled illegal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11468615/French-tax-on-Britons-second-homes-illegal.html

French yoghurt cartel fined £136 million for price-fixing. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/yoghurt-cartel-fined-136m-for-price-fixing-10106553.html Read the article to find which yoghurt companies to boycott.

Wetherspoon aims to triple breakfast and coffee sales. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31866708# In the town which I most frequent in the UK, there is a Wetherspoon but there also five, family-run, home business cafes all of which offer breakfasts the equal if not superior to those offered by Wetherspoon, at prices which are just as competitive. Locations are central, parking is fine, decors are clean and tidy and the staff are more than friendly. Yet Wetherspoon alone will pull twice as much breakfast custom as the five cafes combined. The same with a couple of coffee shops versus a recent Costa, which I find mediocre at best, especially the food.

Bearing in mind that most of this growing business has to come from the unemployed (retired/older folk don't habitually spend their money on eating out and tend to be conspicuously absent), as all the bums on seats I see certainly aren't there during the course of a normal working day, then I do wonder (again) just how much truth there is to the Government's daily dose of good news about the numbers of people in work?

Worse still is the typical absence of support for small, local businesses by modern, undiscerning plebs whose usual topic of conversation is all those immigrants taking away their jobs or living off the dole.

13.03.2015: Jobs boom as mothers set up their own businesses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2992498/Jobs-boom-mothers-set-businesses-Number-self-employed-workers-risen-700-000-2008.html And how many of these '700,000' self-employed 'entrepreneurs' are even approaching the national minimum wage?

Brits better off now than they have been for five years. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18005

Bank customers unaware of account switching. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31852839#

Six million nuisance calls in a day from just one firm. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2992446/Six-million-cold-calls-day-just-ONE-firm-Company-held-90million-numbers-raided-watchdog-using-sophisticated-technology-leave-messages.html

Official release. Guidance. Cyber security: advice for small businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-what-small-businesses-need-to-know

Scamwatch: instant message fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/12/scamwatch-instant-message-fraud/

MOD creates free space for ex-military personnel to startup businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/mod-creates-free-space-for-ex-milatary-personnel-to-startup-businesses/

Sign & Digital UK exhibition. http://www.signuk.com/

The British Government's sell-out of its country to TTIP. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/what-is-ttip-and-six-reasons-why-the-answer-should-scare-you-9779688.html

12.03.2015: 2 million UK adults 'off the financial mains'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31830117#

Britons pay £2 million a day in interest on loans when they have enough savings to pay them off. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2990638/Britons-waste-2m-day-charges-loans-savings-pay-off.html

Government to help SMEs grab £193 billion of online sales currently being missed. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/government-to-help-smes-grab-193bn-of-online-sales-currently-being-missed/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk As many as 2 million small businesses which aren't online? It does make one wonder if questions shouldn't be asked of the Government's Digital Dickhead initiative. Especially as the UK is already such an outstandingly successful entrepreneurial nation.

London house prices continuing to fall. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31839990#

UK broadband speeds: The ten fastest and slowest streets revealed. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/uk-broadband-speeds-the-ten-fastest-and-slowest-streets-revealed-10100757.html

Apple hit by online service faults. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31840547#

Home-grown fruit and veg really are healthier and tastier. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2990788/Home-grown-fruit-vegetables-really-healthier-tastier-aren-t-pretty-grace-supermarket-shelves.html What would this century do without its scientists? (Not so much opportunity for dumbwalking in supermarket aisles, though.)

11.03.2015: UK economic recovery may be ‘bypassing’ retail sector - says KPMG. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31812849# So which 'sector' has been enjoying the UK economic 'recovery'? The criminal banks? Funded by the taxpayer. Or the subsidised murder industry, which, like its American counterparts, has been doing very nicely out of the Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Saudi Arabia, ad infinitum? A few landowners and property developers? Bent politicians? Anyone else?

BIS shamed as small business scheme hands out only £3.5M from £30M budget. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/bis-shamed-as-small-business-scheme-hands-out-only-3-5m-from-30m-budget/ Too busy writing propaganda releases about the country's 'entrepreneurial' successes, no doubt.

Google & O2 back five-year plan to give digital CPR to UK dying high streets. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/a-digital-remedy-to-give-cpr-to-the-failing-high-street-proposed-for-2020/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk That's very 'charitable' of Google and O2 who of course, stand to gain nothing whatsoever from this initiative after having been major contributors to the root cause of the High Street's 'internet' problems in the first place. (If you believe everything you read.) All we need next is for someone to tackle business rates, increased footfall, customers with shekels to spend and shoplifting.

Small firms treated un fairly by bank compensation scheme, claim MPs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31825743# They're really on the ball these MPs, eh? So what are they going to do about it? Nothing.

European Parliament backs cap on card processing fees. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31812810# The last 'cap' the European Parliament backed was extortionate mobile roaming fees. Before backtracking just a few days ago. Same old story to follow?

Many payday lenders still failing borrowers, says FCA. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31813257#

Solicitor warns of ‘access to justice’ impact of court fee increases on SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/solicitor-warns-of-access-to-justice-impact-of-court-fee-increases-on-smes/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Buskers soon able to accept cashless payments. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/buskers-soon-able-to-accept-cashless-payments-10099213.html All the better for HMRC to track them with.

Passengers to get cash back if a train is two minutes late. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2988885/Passengers-cash-train-two-minutes-late-Government-forces-operators-sign-pay-delay-scheme.html That's a good bit of pre-election propaganda. Guaranteed to bring public services to a standstill altogether.

The London Enterprise Festival. http://www.londonenterprisefestival.com/

First cultivated truffle found on British soil. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11460637/First-cultivated-truffle-found-on-British-soil.html

10.03.2015: Toolkit launched to help high streets. http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/kickstart A new online toolkit to help retailers, local authorities and local communities to revitalise their high streets has been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The Kick Start Your High Street Action Pack features a range of simple, concise guides and videos, with ideas on taking the first steps to help a high street thrive. The toolkit also features a jargon-busting guide to help users understand terminology relating to high-street planning and provides guidance for local authorities about running high-street workshops. (EnterpriseQuest)

Membership of credit unions doubles. http://www.thenews.coop/93916/news/co-operatives/credit-unions-see-a-ten-year-doubling-in-size/ Credit union membership in Great Britain has more than doubled over the last ten years, Bank of England figures have revealed. Almost 1.2 million people were members of a credit union in September 2014, compared to around 560,000 in September 2004. The value of loans has increased from just over £310 million to almost £690 million during the same period. More than £1 billion worth of savings were held in credit unions by September 2014, an increase from around £380 million in 2004. (EnterpriseQuest)

Consultation on online review websites. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/online-reviews-and-endorsements The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is seeking views about online review websites, such as TripAdvisor, Checkatrade.com and Rated People, particularly in the context of home repairs, maintenance and improvement, hotels and holidays, and beauty and grooming products. It is also asking for opinions about the endorsement of products and services on blogs. The CMA are seeking views from bloggers, firms that have been reviewed and consumers who use online reviews. The consultation closes on 25th March 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)

Childcare Business Grants to double from April. http://www.childcarebusinessgrants.dcms.gov.uk New childcare firms in England will benefit from doubled Childcare Business Grants from April 2015, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced. Grants for nurseries, out-of-school clubs and childcare for disabled children will rise from £500 to £1,000, while grants for childminders will rise from £250 to £500. The grant scheme will also be extended to include existing childcare firms which have been trading for less than a year. Previously, only start ups which planned to begin trading within six months were eligible. The announcement follows criticism from sector representatives about the grants providing too little funding to encourage new start ups. (EnterpriseQuest)

Official release. Research and analysis. Self-employed workers: comparison by length of time in employment. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employed-workers-comparison-by-length-of-time-in-employment

Reconfigurable furniture is made from Meccano pieces. http://www.springwise.com/reconfigurable-furniture-meccano-pieces/

Music discovery and investment app rewards discerning listeners. http://www.springwise.com/music-discovery-investment-app-rewards-discerning-listeners/

Flat-pack head protection slots into any hat. http://www.springwise.com/flat-pack-head-protection-slots-hat/

Humanitarian charity converts smartphone screens into free ad space. http://www.springwise.com/humanitarian-charity-convert-smartphone-screens-free-ad-space

Eco-exotic bags are made from eel skin and salmon leather. http://www.springwise.com/eco-exotic-bags-eel-skin-salmon-leather

Chat platform offers free tech support via smartphones. http://www.springwise.com/chat-platform-offers-free-tech-support-smartphones

Making money online with a blog. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/businessideas/fl/Make-Money-Online-with-a-Blog.htm?utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150309&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

09.03.2015: UK business costs fall for first time in six years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31790986#

Election uncertainty drives down UK Growth expectations. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/election-uncertainty-drives-down-uk-growth-expectations/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Alan Watts: NI start-up firms 'bypassing banks' says leading entrepreneur. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-31771054#

Smart meters energy saving project at risk, say MPs. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-31775815#

Why is my device losing wi-fi signal? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/11454747/Why-is-my-device-losing-Wi-Fi-signal.html

‘Middle-aged businessmen are winning amateur races on EPO’. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/mar/09/doping-cycling-uci-commission-epo-worldtour 'Amateurs' have been using performance-enhancing drugs in sport for thousands of years. It seems only the world's media has resisted admitting that fact. Especially with those sports which sustain a large number of hacks, governing bodies and the increasing proliferation of 'jobs for the boys' cover-up doping agencies. In the meantime, suplying 'performance products' remains, as always, a nice little earner for quite a few 'home-based' businesses.

Scotland Yard chief recommends cctv for every home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2985202/Scotland-Yard-chief-Hogan-Howe-calls-DIY-surveillance-help-police.html This will allow the police more time to concentrate on their filming duties, snouting for tabloid rags and fetching and carrying for the Pentagon and US Big Corp. Meanwhile, don't forget that running a business from home is your cheap option if you want to be a British entrepreneur. So they say. (But don't forget to dial into your budget the next set of proposals which are still to be made public: a Neighbourhood Watch uniform including hobnail boots and a sharpened belt buckle; a taser; a lead cosh made from materials 're-cycled' from the neighbour's roof; a sawn-off shotgun; a pack of rubber bullets; half a scaffold plank for waterboarding hoodies in your blow-up hot tub; and a subscription to Sky.)

Four out of five British cider makers will be pressed by new European Commission tax threat that could put them out of business. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2985440/Four-five-British-cider-makers-pressed-new-European-Commission-tax-threat-business.html Does this mean that in future, cider will be sourced, like performance-enhancing drugs, on the internet and down at the local fitness centre?

08.03.2015: Countries with best property profits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11451313/European-countries-where-homeowners-have-profited-most-from-their-property.html

Is cash on the way out? http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/08/mobile-cards-google-is-this-end-cash Yes, because that is what governments and the banks want. All part of the organised collapse of free society, of marching hashtag hypocrites and zombie Charlies, clamouring as one sheep to live as corporate fodder in Big Brother's Brave New World.

Government's smart energy meter initiative threatens to be 'costly failure,' claim MPs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/governments-smart-energy-meter-initiative-threatens-to-be-costly-failure-claim-mps-10093737.html Everything this Government's Hand of Faecus has touched has been 'a costly failure'. Which is what 'fagging' is all about, of course.

Scamwatch: elderly Britons under fire. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/06/scamwatch-elderly-britons-under-fire/

The tourist locations cashing in on Britain's film and tv fame. http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/mar/08/locations-cashing-in-britain-film-tv-fame

My dog ate your address. The mark of a British workman. http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2984453/LIZ-JONES-dog-ate-address-mark-real-British-workman.html

Greek government proposes hiring tourists to help uncover tax dodging businesses by carrying hidden cameras. http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-2984664/Greek-government-proposes-hiring-tourists-help-uncover-tax-dodging-businesses-carrying-hidden-cameras.html Or why not simply have taxmen posing as tourists, which is what Britain's corporate gofers, HMRC, prefer to do?

How can I convert an Excel spreadsheet into a pdf file? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/11454751/How-can-I-convert-an-Excel-spreadsheet-into-a-pdf-file.html

Balkan food: the next big thing? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11445191/Balkan-food-the-next-big-thing.html

Rowley's, London: the finest steak and chips joint in the land. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/11450191/Rowleys-London-restaurant-review.html

07.03.2015: Pension changes to be open season for fraudsters. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31762371#

Dozens arrested in cybercrime 'strike' week. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31753934#

Mortgage chaos for thousands of people moving home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11456088/Mortgage-chaos-for-thousands-of-people-moving-home.html

'EE billed me £86 for marketing calls I didn’t answer'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11444472/EE-billed-me-86-for-marketing-calls-Ididnt-answer.html

What will £15 buy you in Parliament restaurants? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11454506/What-will-15-buy-you-in-Parliament-restaurants.html Half a bent government.

New trade deal with U.S. will open the door to inferior food pumped with growth hormones and pesticides warns Jamie Oliver. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2983108/New-trade-deal-U-S-open-door-inferior-food-pumped-growth-hormones-pesticides-warns-Jamie-Oliver.html Yup. Now that's what I'm talking about. (Although as far as food goes, we've been getting that for a few decades already. Much of it promoted by celebrity chefs.) What Yank cockroach corporations are hoping for is an enlarged, EU marketplace buying their crap from them - which includes everything from 'weapons of mass destruction' to public services. With recent additions to the fold such as the puppet Ukraine government, already bankrolled by the IMF to buy everything it doesn't need - as long as it's Made in the USA. (Crippling rates of interest and economic obligations included.)

Campaign to lure Poles back home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11454795/Campaign-to-lure-Poles-back-home-amid-fears-of-brain-drain-to-Britain.html

Has Amazon picked £79 out of your pocket? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2983634/Has-Amazon-picked-79-pocket-millions-duped-signing-costly-prime-service-don-t-want.html

Facebook can be sued in France. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11453537/Facebook-can-be-sued-if-it-tries-to-censor-content-says-French-court.html Or, for non-charlies, they can simpy avoid using Facebook altogether and get on with some work to help the country out of its economic mess, instead.

Self-publishing lets women break book industry's glass ceiling, survey finds. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/06/self-publishing-lets-women-break-book-industrys-glass-ceiling-survey-finds

06.03.2015: Rip-off charges on pension 'bank accounts'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11452785/Rip-off-charges-on-pension-bank-accounts.html

Majority of UK adults wasting £3,000 a year. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/majority-of-uk-adults-wasting-3000-a-year-10089615.html

Almost 2 million unsafe items seized at UK borders in 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/mar/06/unsafe-items-seized-at-uk-borders

Lawyers are using threats to stop negative client reviews. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/lawyers-are-using-threats-to-stop-negative-client-reviews-10089324.html

The big fresh food con. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-big-fresh-food-con-alarming-truth-behind-the-chocolate-muffin-that-wont-decay-10089292.html

Secondary ticket websites promise greater transparency. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31734138#

Platform enables any small business to take appointments online. http://www.springwise.com/platform-enables-small-business-appointments-online/

The ultimate personal assistant. http://www.springwise.com/text-service-everyones-demand-personal-assistant

Device retrofits any whiteboard with smart capabilities. http://www.springwise.com/device-retrofits-whiteboard-marker-smart-capabilities

Digital keychain brings online cookie functionalities to the mall. http://www.springwise.com/digital-keychain-brings-online-cookie-functionalities-mall/

Water brand turns old couches into custom running shoes. http://www.springwise.com/water-brand-turn-sofas-unique-running-shoes

In Finland, decorative solar panels work indoors. http://www.springwise.com/finland-decorative-solar-panels-work-indoors/

Converted shipping container acts as a portable makerspace. http://www.springwise.com/converted-shipping-container-acts-portable-makerspace/

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

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

Len Tondel

 

 

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