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LATEST! 19.01.2017
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (December 2016) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st January 2017

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

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

19.01.2017: Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38641208 At which point, Theresa May knows as much about what that means as the rest of the country.

Brexit: Boris Johnson says countries queuing up for trade deals. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38658998 Really? Has this observation been approved by the CIA or Mossad? Because there certainly hasn't been any 'fake' news leaked by Britain's 'respected' spymasters about this so far. So - which countries would this be?

Boris Johnson accuses EU of contemplating Nazi-style 'punishment beatings' on Britain in revenge for Brexit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-french-president-francois-hollande-nazi-brexit-eu-a7532981.html That's very helpful just now; especially for someone who comes from a country which facilitated and made money from The Holocaust. And has continued from that day to this, to make its fortune from theft, terrorism, war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. (As not reported by hate-preaching, western terrorist propaganda. And not that anyone takes Francois Hollande's observations seriously, either.)

94% of self-employed don’t know about the end of self-assessment. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/94-self-employed-dont-know-end-self-assessment/ That could simply be because most of the regime's 'self-employed' aren't self-employed after all!

EE mobile firm fined £2.7m for overcharging customers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38661039 Apparently 'Users who called its 150 customer services number while roaming within the EU were incorrectly charged as if they had called the US.' Must be all that American trailer trash advertising they keep using that's caused the confusion. And unsurprisingly, the Treasury will snaffle the fine with consumers getting bugger-all as usual. That way, EE will be able to get their money back via the taxman.

Businesses responsible for data breaches, despite consumer awareness. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/businesses-data-breaches-consumer-awareness/

18.01.2017. Work From Home Week: 83% of UK employees want to work from home. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/work-from-home-week-uk-employees/ A story which is as old as successive regimes' promises to cut red tape and to improve broadband connectivity.

Mark Carney warns of consumer slowdown this year. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38644963

New SME research highlights traditional banking inefficiencies. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/sme-banking-inefficiencies/ Another shaggy dog story which has produced '0' results.

Half of Brits don't understand how credit cards work - despite carrying over £1.5trillion on plastic. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/half-brits-dont-understand-how-9633821 This is the 'half' which voted Brexit, is it?

UK SMEs left exposed to the elements. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-smes-left-exposed-elements/

Builders face higher prices following Brexit. http://www.fmb.org.uk/about-the-fmb/newsroom/70-of-builders-report-material-price-hikes Seven in ten builders have seen an increase in material prices as a result of the fall in the value of the pound following the UK's decision to leave the EU, according to research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The research has revealed that a quarter of all materials used by the UK construction industry are imported, meaning builders are particularly vulnerable to cost increases as a result of fluctuations in the value of sterling. The FMB is warning that new-build house prices may increase as small and medium-sized builders struggle to absorb higher material prices. (http://www.enterprisequest.com)

Are you using an easily-guessed password? http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/17/are-you-using-an-easily-guessed-password/

10 Common Small Business Startup Mistakes. https://www.thebalance.com/small-business-startup-mistakes-2951860?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8572668&utm_term=

6 Tricks Companies Use to Sell to Women. https://www.thebalance.com/company-tricks-to-sell-to-women-4122527?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8603389&utm_term= Or, 'Millennium Man'. Same thing.

The 5 P's of Marketing Your Home Business. https://mail.aol.com/webmail-std/en-gb/DisplayMessage?ws_popup=true&ws_suite=true

First Steps to Marketing a Small Business. https://www.thebalance.com/first-steps-to-marketing-a-small-business-2295223?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8603389&utm_term=

17.01.2017: Britain will 'not take it lying down' if UK is banned from EU markets after Brexit says Philip Hammond. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/15/britain-will-not-take-lying-uk-banned-eu-markets-brexit-says/ Of course not. 'Britain' will take it bending over, as all ex-public school politicians have been taught to do.

Donald Trump says Britain was right to vote Brexit and he will offer a 'quick' and 'fair' trade deal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/15/donald-trump-does-not-understand-threat-russia-poses-cia-chief/ Still more bending over in store for Little Ingerlandt's politicians. Not that it's done the country much good so far.

Six million have been victims of financial fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/16/6-million-have-been-victims-of-financial-fraud/ Aren't the regime's supporters doing well?

230,000 cyberattacks on small firms in 2016. http://www.itproportal.com/news/uk-businesses-suffered-230000-cyberattacks-last-year/ Almost 230,000 cyberattacks on small and medium-sized firms took place in 2016, according to a report by IT services provider Beaming. The report has revealed that two thirds of cyberattacks targeted connected devices, such as building control and surveillance systems. A third of attacks targeted company databases. The report has also indicated that cyberattacks on 'internet of things' (IoT) devices had increased significantly, with attacks on IoT systems accounting for 90% of all cyberattacks in Q4 2016. (http://www.enterprisequest.com)

Food vouchers for sustainable UK food 'could replace farmers' EU benefits'. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/01/16/food-vouchers-for-sustainable-uk-food-could-replace-farmers-eu/ Ah. A sign of food rationing to come in the near future?

'Buy-to-let is dead', say landlords, as they start buying shops instead. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/buy-to-let-dead-say-landlords-start-buying-shops-instead/ Rates are about to go through the roof; shops are struggling to compete with their online counterparts; 'cheap' staff is about to become a thing of the past; so buying shops is supposed to be a good deal? With whose money?

Nuisance calls: BT records more than 31 million in one week. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38635921

Polish drivers can now lease pay-as-you-drive cars. https://www.springwise.com/polish-drivers-can-now-lease-pay-drive-cars/?utm_campaign=635121_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DM29,2V1FMX,1DDG3,1 This will come in very handy for Polish drivers now that their country has been invaded by America/NATO/The Coalition of Evil (for having an undemocratic government and the growing 'populist' view that Russia would be a better partner than American/English/French and Israeli terrorists.) Now, when the bombs start to fall, they can hide their own cars and drive around in someone else's instead!

Hopefully, they will be able to keep this up until Donald The Trump dismantles NATO and all its members are sent to Jerusalem to be tried for crimes against humanity, instead.

All-terrain wheelchair designed for developing countries. https://www.springwise.com/terrain-wheelchair-designed-developing-countries/?utm_campaign=635121_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DM29,2V1FMX,1DDG3,1 This will come in handy for all those Fake Brits (Brexit Knobheads) claiming to be on a ten year waiting list for the only truly all-British production car - a Morgan - and who will now be able to get a log book loan for an SUV wheelchair to tide them over in the meantime.

16.01.2017: New hope for the self-employed. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/new-hope-for-the-self-employed-a7521706.html Clearly, the regime will have to pass a new law; or could the self-employed claiming some rights constitute a terrorist threat?

Theresa May to say UK is 'prepared to accept hard Brexit'. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/15/theresa-may-uk-is-prepared-to-accept-hard-brexit No it isn't. 99% of the UK doesn't know what 'hard Brexit' means any more than they knew or know what 'Brexit' means. Minority terrorist regime leader, Theresa May, does not speak for the British people and certainly not for the huge majority of British businesses. No more so than the unsubstantiated 17 million knobheads who, in this day and age of digital fraud, are supposed to have voted for 'Brexit'; which, even if remotely true, represents a mere 25% of the UK population.

What is becoming increasingly clear is that the Brexit referendum has become both the mechanism and the excuse for the regime to propose - just to begin with - an 'emergency Brexit Budget' to fleece the swinish multitude of still more money they haven't got to pay for its bankrupt economic policies of terrorism and propping up the banks, while the country descends into chaos befitting a Third World banana republic run by a troop of monkeys. (No offence to monkeys intended.)

'Shops are being eaten alive by their own online businesses'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/14/high-streets-festive-sparkle-gives-way-darker-days/

Victim of fraud? Take your bank to court. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/savings/victim-fraud-take-bank-court/

Gardener rakes in money with Sky TV scam costing broadcaster £4.8million in lost sport and movie channel subscriptions. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gardener-rakes-money-sky-tv-9621328

How to improve your business networking game. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/business-networks/how-to-improve-your-business-networking-game/

Tim McInnerny: ‘I went hungry as a student so I could pay my rent’. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/fame-fortune/tim-mcinnernyi-went-hungryas-student-soi-could-paymy-rent/ On the other hand, 'Millennium Moron' goes hungry today to take out an official start-up loan to drive around in a second-hand BMW, peer endlessly at a piece of plastic and watch Dragons' Den with the aid of a Sky subscription on a telly the size of a barn door.

15.01.2017: Government policy worries for small businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/government-policy-worries-small-businesses/ The only policy this regime - and its predecessors - has ever had for small businesses is to use the sector as a cash cow to finance the banks, the arms (or 'murder' and/or 'terrorism') industry, profit incentives for Big Corp (read as American Big Corp) and to feather the nests of its corrupt circle of donors and sponsors.

New electronic tax system for businesses could be a disaster, warns committee. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/01/13/new-electronic-tax-system-for-businesses-could-be-a-disaster-wa/

Post will remain key to customer communication say UK businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/post-will-remain-key-customer-communication-say-uk-businesses/

Big banks provide the worst customer service and have a long way to go to stop unexpected charges, says Which? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/banks-bad-customer-service-overdraft-fees-charges-lloyds-hsbc-barclays-natwest-a7526576.html

More clarity needed from banks over fees and charges, survey finds. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/01/13/more-clarity-needed-from-banks-over-fees-and-charges-survey-fin/

Do you know how much your credit card is costing you? http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/14/do-you-know-how-much-your-credit-card-is-costing-you/

Your food from your land: Subscription service lets you remotely manage your own tiny farm. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/mandala-da-montanha-food-subscription-service-buy-land-decide-what-planted-grows-home-delivery-a7525536.html

'I'm 74 with no debts - why is Vodafone refusing me a contract?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/jessica-investigates/74-no-debts-vodafone-refusing-contract/ "Because at 74, you're unlikely to spend thousands of pounds a year you haven't got talking shite into a piece of plastic - unlike Millennium Morons."

Scamwatch: yet another Amazon fraud! http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/14/scamwatch-yet-another-amazon-fraud/

14.01.2017: SME borrowing to soar above £50bn in 2017. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/sme-borrowing-soar-50bn-2017/

Rising costs 'top concern for SMEs'. http://enforbusiness.com/news/rising-costs-top-concern-smes-201711429

Top Reason Most Businesses Fail (According to Their Founders). https://www.thebalance.com/top-reason-most-businesses-fail-1201064?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8572537&utm_term=

Secret to Home Business Success. https://www.thebalance.com/secret-to-home-business-success-1794133?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8572537&utm_term=

Coach Yourself to Home Business Success. https://www.thebalance.com/coach-yourself-to-home-business-success-4089396?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8572537&utm_term=

Smart keyboard app monitors typing, predicts emotion. https://www.springwise.com/smart-keyboard-app-monitors-typing-predicts-emotion/?utm_campaign=633582_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DKVI,2V1FMX,1D804,1

13.01.2017: Lloyds online banking problems enter second day. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38594058

Facebook is working on ways to read thoughts, job adverts suggest. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/01/12/facebook-working-ways-read-thoughts-job-adverts-suggest/ Read this then, Arsebook!

10 ways to devalue your property. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/12/10-ways-to-devalue-your-property/

Best Online Courses for Starting a Business. https://www.thebalance.com/best-online-courses-for-business-1200637?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8564589&utm_term=

The 26 Best Websites to Learn Incredibly Useful New Skills. https://www.thebalance.com/websites-learn-new-skills-1200627?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8564589&utm_term=

New smart bed positions itself to silence habitual snorers. https://www.springwise.com/new-smart-bed-positions-silence-habitual-snorers/?utm_campaign=630824_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-11&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DIQW,2V1FMX,1CYQC,1

Smart trainer helps runners avoid injuries. https://www.springwise.com/smart-trainer-helps-runners-avoid-injuries/?utm_campaign=631973_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DJMT,2V1FMX,1D2PA,1

Global returns platform saves retailers time and money. https://www.springwise.com/global-returns-platform-helps-retailers-cut-emissions/?utm_campaign=631973_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DJMT,2V1FMX,1D2PA,1

Lockers provide help and security for homeless people. https://www.springwise.com/lockers-provide-help-security-homeless-people/?utm_campaign=631973_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DJMT,2V1FMX,1D2PA,1

12.01.2017: SMEs 'lukewarm' about 2017 outlook. http://enforbusiness.com/news/smes-lukewarm-about-2017-outlook-201711428

Confidence rising for small businesses, study finds. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/10/confidence-rising-for-small-businesses-study-finds/ They must know something the rest of the world doesn't! Or perhaps it's another one of those 'fake', happy-clappy surveys planted by regime Brownshirts?

UK exports 'show signs' of pound boost. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38582681 Let's hope those export markets can stay alive for long enough to show a profit before they are killed off by the Americans and their fagging colonials, the Little Ingerlandters, the Israelis and the French.

UK trade deficit surges in November. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38582681 That will be all those Fake Brits (Brexit Knobheads) celebrating their minority 'populist' achievements with the latest dummyphones made in the Third World, a new, second-hand German or Korean car and a takeaway from an American fast food franchise.

Too many accounts leaves us at risk from hackers and scammers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/11/too-many-accounts-leaves-us-at-risk-from-hackers-and-scammers/ Such as the banks, HMRC and local authorities?

Facebook 'to launch ads within videos'. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38570109 Oh, my God. (Repeat ad infinitum.) That will impress trailer trash America and the British sheeple.

Wales sees 26% drop in new businesses over five years. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38573052

Autofill flaw lets scam websites steal internet users' credit card and contact details. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/01/10/autofill-flaw-scam-websites-steal-internet-users-credit-card/

Netflix users targeted in email scam that sees crooks steal personal information including credit card details. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/netflix-users-targeted-email-scam-9600387

The 6 travel scams that can outsmart the savviest tourist. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/travel-scams-flight-compensation-fake-e-visa-overbooked-plane-package-holiday-cancellation-fee-a7519216.html

Found in translation: the English-language writers who succeed abroad. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/11/found-in-translation-the-english-language-writers-who-succeed-abroad

An end to overhearing annoying phone calls? This mask silences private conversations. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/01/11/solution-annoying-office-phone-calls-bizarre-mask-silences-private/

11.01.2017: Spending power on the rise, says ONS. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38568288 Unless you're one of the regime's bogus self-employed, start-up or entrepreneur statistics.

Campaign to prepare for new £1 coin. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2017-new-quid-on-the-block For the first time in 30 years a new £1 coin is to be introduced, which will go into circulation on 28 March 2017. The new coin will have 12 sides and is expected to be the most secure in the world as it has been produced with a range of security features including a hologram, which are designed to prevent forgeries. A government campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the new coin to ensure that traders are prepared for its introduction, and to encourage the public to spend or return current £1 coins to banks by 15 October 2017 when they will cease to be legal tender. (http://www.enterprisequest.com)

Unless you're one of the regime's bogus self-employed, start-up or entrepreneur statistics - in which case you won't be earning no shekels, new or old, at all!

37 Crown Post Offices to be closed and franchised with 300 jobs axed - is your local branch affected? List in full. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/37-crown-post-offices-closed-9595128

Discover the latest Food Innovations for 2017. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/26961

Coe protected from doping questioning by Lords status. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/athletics/athletics-corruption-scandal-how-could-sebastian-coe-claim-knew-nothing-iaaf-extortion-racket-a7519476.html And there are those of course, who would suggest that that is precisely why Coe received his present appointment. In the meantime, thousands of athletes from around the world who don't come under the umbrella of organised, Big Corp American et al doping, cheating, corruption and propaganda, continue to struggle to make their mark. (As not reported by Anglo-American-Israeli terrorist propaganda.)

And by the way, how is that WADA and UKAD investigation going into the 150+ British dopers fingered by a whistleblower a few months ago?

Guns for hire in Hereford: inside England's unlikely global security hub. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jan/10/hereford-inside-england-unlikely-military-city-centre-global-conflict

Bath could become first UK city to impose a tourist tax (on top of VAT). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/bath-considering-tourist-tax/ Do tourists go to Bath?

Find Extra Money to Pay Off Your Debts. https://www.thebalance.com/find-extra-money-to-pay-off-your-debts-2385874?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8544768&utm_term=

Low cost hospital bed helps fight epidemics. https://www.springwise.com/low-cost-hospital-bed-helps-fight-epidemics/?utm_campaign=629406_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DHNI,2V1FMX,1CTYH,1

10.01.2017: Spending boom as shoppers and businesses ramp up borrowing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/09/spending-boom-shoppers-businesses-ramp-borrowing/

Sole traders take 9.5 hours completing tax returns. https://www.cchdaily.co.uk/sole-traders-spending-95-hours-tax-returns Sole traders spend an average of 9.5 hours completing their self-assessment tax return, according to the results of a YouGov survey commissioned by 1Tap Receipts. The survey has revealed that 45% of sole traders spend more than five hours completing their tax return, while 22% of respondents spend ten hours or more. More than half (55%) of sole traders said they dislike the current process for self-assessment, while just 5% really like the process. (http://www.enterprisequest.com)

2017 could be another tough year for the grocers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/09/2017-could-be-another-tough-year-for-the-grocers/

How much will London's tube strike cost the economy and how will it damage the capital's businesses? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/09/much-will-londons-tube-strike-cost-economy-will-damage-capitals/

Buy-to-let mortgage deals dry up as lenders pull back. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/buy-to-let-mortgage-deals-dry-lenders-pull-back/

Cider brand tastes success by bringing visitors behind the scenes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/sheppys-cider-brand-brings-visitors-behind-the-scenes/

How to avoid email phishing scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/09/how-to-avoid-phishing-scams-on-your-email/

Wine club uses new-design bottle for postal deliveries. https://www.springwise.com/wine-club-uses-new-design-bottle-postal-deliveries/?utm_campaign=628314_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DGT6,2V1FMX,1CQ2R,1

Jacket for homeless allows passersby to swipe and donate. https://www.springwise.com/jacket-homeless-allows-passersby-swipe-donate/?utm_campaign=628314_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DGT6,2V1FMX,1CQ2R,1

Simple vision test at home via smartphone. https://www.springwise.com/simple-vision-test-home-via-smartphone/?utm_campaign=628314_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DGT6,2V1FMX,1CQ2R,1

09.01.2017: UK household debt now a record £13,000, says TUC. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38534238 Not to worry. Plebs in debt can console themselves with the latest Brexit Knobhead propaganda which claims that Britain has 'bounced back as businesses and homebuyers recover their lost confidence.'

Sterling worth fifth less against nine major currencies in 2016. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/07/sterling-worth-fifth-less-against-nine-major-currencies-in-2016/ This is the Brexit Knobheads' latest cunning plan to lull the competition into a false sense of security.

Church spires to get broadband transmitters in new government drive to connect remote communities. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/church-spires-get-broadband-transmitters-new-government-drive/ Episode 987 of The Great Shaggy Dog (and official telecomms) Scam.

Book sales the week before Christmas were highest in 10 years. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/book-sales-christmas-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-girl-on-the-train-a7514556.html It must be all of those well-educated immigrants who know how to reed, rite and speek Eenglish.

Funding to support Scotland's rural economy. http://news.gov.scot/news/farming-for-the-environment The Scottish Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing has announced a £59 million fund to support rural businesses in Scotland. The Agri-Environment and Climate Scheme, which is to run for five years, will support almost 1,000 projects across rural Scotland. In particular, the funding will help rural businesses to undertake projects that will protect Scotland's natural heritage, improve water quality, manage flood risk and help firms to adapt to climate change. (http://www.enterprisequest.com)

It's not as difficult to become a millionaire as you might think. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/08/its-not-as-difficult-to-become-a-millionaire-as-you-might-think/ Unless you're a Brexit Knobhead or a regime entrepreneur with an official start-up loan, of course.

The Top 10 Ways to Lose Customers. https://www.thebalance.com/top-ways-to-lose-customers-2948080?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8524078&utm_term=

5 Must-Have Qualities in a Small Business Mentor. https://www.thebalance.com/qualities-in-a-small-business-mentor-4058255?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8524078&utm_term=

Should Your Small Business Go Paperless? https://www.thebalance.com/should-your-small-business-go-paperless-2951764?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8524078&utm_term=

08.01.2017: Taxman unleashes its 'snooper computer': what information does its have on you? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/return/taxman-unleashes-snooper-computer-information-does-have/

Red Cross warns of 'humanitarian crisis' as it steps in to help NHS. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/01/06/red-cross-warns-of-humanitarian-crisis-as-it-steps-in-to-help/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D1655475549_uk With the country's rapidly declining numbers of bogus 'self-employed' and faux 'entrepreneurs' now being allowed by law to take advantage of state facilities, it's the height of irony that a regime which spends so much taxpayers' money on sowing terror, committing war crimes and creating humanitarian crises in other countries, should now be hoist by its own petard.

The key to good customer service? Just do it. https://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/2017/jan/07/key-to-good-customer-service-just-do-it-timpson

How to avoid bad debts, and the borrowing alternatives available. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/06/how-to-avoid-bad-debts-and-the-borrowing-alternatives-available/

07.01.2017: Bike courier wins 'gig' economy employment rights case. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38534524 Oh, dear! Still more bad news for the regime and its millions and millions of self-employed 'entrepreneur' classes.

High Street Christmas sales figures fail to sparkle. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38526276

6 out of 10 SME invoices go unpaid within debtor period. http://enforbusiness.com/news/6-out-10-sme-invoices-go-unpaid-within-debtor-period-201711427

Half of households on £70k income feel they 'just about manage'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/half-households-70k-income-feel-just-manage/

Amazon email scam could cost up to £750 - here's what you should look out for. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/amazon-email-scam-cost-online-customers-750-what-how-look-out-for-shopping-a7512566.html

Scamwatch: beware Airbnb fraudsters. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/06/scamwatch-beware-airbnb-fraudsters/

Could you live in one of these tiny houses? http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/06/could-you-live-in-one-of-these-tiny-houses/

Britain's biggest landlord has banned 'battered wives' and plumbers from his properties. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/06/britains-biggest-landlord-has-banned-battered-wives-plumbers/

The tricks restaurants use to make you spend more. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/06/the-tricks-restaurants-use-to-make-you-spend-more/

Where's the best place to retire abroad? http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/06/wheres-the-best-place-to-retire-abroad/

16 Best Part-Time Businesses. https://www.thebalance.com/the-best-part-time-businesses-2947947?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8523898&utm_term=

When Is the Best Time to Start a Business? https://www.thebalance.com/when-is-the-best-time-to-start-a-business-2948588?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8523898&utm_term=

Double roofed homes collect rainwater, cool interiors. https://www.springwise.com/double-roofed-homes-collect-rainwater-cool-interiors/?utm_campaign=626518_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DFFA,2V1FMX,1CJRL,1

Standard toys adapted for children with disabilities. https://www.springwise.com/standard-toys-adapted-children-disabilities/?utm_campaign=626518_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DFFA,2V1FMX,1CJRL,1

06.01.2017: Britain bounces back as businesses and homebuyers recover their lost confidence. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/04/builders-get-work-housing-market-shows-signs-rebound/ So when are plebs going to get some 'folding' in their pockets?

Services sector performance best for 17 months despite Brexit uncertainty. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/01/05/services-sector-performance-best-for-17-months-despite-brexit-un/

Fears of a year of rising household bills grow. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/fears-of-a-year-of-rising-household-bills-grow-a7508826.html

Scrapping EU rules won’t save UK farming. Supporting small farmers will. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/05/scrapping-eu-rules-uk-farming-small-farmers-andrea-leadsom Unfortunately, supporting The Fatherland! doesn't appear on Little Ingerlandt's political radar screens.

Alibaba cracks down on counterfeiters on their platform. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38514899

Immigrants should be made to learn English on arrival to help integration in UK, parliamentary report finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/chuka-umunna-immigrants-should-be-made-to-learn-english-on-arrival-in-uk-classes-esol-social-a7509666.html Hardly a problem: Three 'Oh, my Gods' and a shared 50-word dissertation (plus an emoticon) on Twatter should give them enough credence to be offered consultancies as regime gurus! If not, they will at least pass as trailer trash Americans and not receive any mention in the country's hate preaching, anti-immigration media at all, so job still done.

The beer-filled life of a professional brewmaster. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/the-beer-filled-life-of-a-professional-brewmaster-a7502646.html

Seaside town plagued by pop-up BROTHELS as pimps use holiday lets as seedy sex dens. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sleepy-seaside-town-plagued-pop-9565226 A long way to go for some paid-up sex - Newquay in Cornwall. It would be cheaper and quicker to hop across the North Sea or The Channel, especially if it means avoiding giving money to an obscene business like Southern Rail.

8 Rules for Good Customer Service. https://www.thebalance.com/rules-for-good-customer-service-2948079?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8485452&utm_term=

The 5 Types of Customers and How to Make Them Buy More. https://www.thebalance.com/the-5-types-of-customers-2948073?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8485452&utm_term=

How to Do a Breakeven Analysis - Fixed & Variable Costs, & Profit. https://www.thebalance.com/breakeven-analysis-2947266?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8485452&utm_term=

Crowdfunded startup dismantles German train monopoly. https://www.springwise.com/crowdfunded-startup-dismantles-german-train-monopoly/?utm_campaign=625237_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DEFP,2V1FMX,1CFOX,1

Dutch shoppers pick own herbs in supermarket garden. https://www.springwise.com/dutch-shoppers-pick-herbs-supermarket-garden/?utm_campaign=625237_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DEFP,2V1FMX,1CFOX,1

05.01.2017: Household debt rises to post-credit crunch high. http://www.bbc.com/news/education-38370219 This will be Fake Brits (gobby Brexit Knobheads) buying the country's economy out of harm's way with shekels they ain't got.

High streets suffer quietest December since 1998. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/high-streets-suffer-quietest-december-since-1998/ Does this mean Fake Brits (Brexit Knobheads) are spending online all that money they haven't got on American dummyphones made in Third World countries?

UK construction sector sees strong growth. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38505221 Such claims are usually a reliable precursor of a construction industry slump.

Prices start to rise as shops feel the impact of fall in sterling. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/04/prices-start-rise-shops-feel-impact-fall-sterling/

Farmers face Brexit 'triple jeopardy' as EU cash is cut off. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/farmers-face-brexit-triple-jeopardy-9561510

British farmers will have access to migrant workers after Brexit, Andrea Leadsom pledges. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/british-farmers-will-have-access-migrant-workers-brexit-andrea/ You'd have thought Fake Brits (Brexit Knobheads) would have been up in arms over this and had a whipround for volunteers on fake social media to give their country a hand to help it back on its feet again?

European Commission consults on VAT scheme for smaller firms. The European Commission is consulting on proposed amendments to the VAT Directive special scheme for small and medium-sized firms. The scheme allows EU member states to take certain measures to reduce the Directive's administrative burden on smaller firms. For example, goods and services supplied by firms with a turnover below a threshold amount can be exempted from VAT. However, according to the Commission, complying with the Directive is still excessively complex and expensive for small and medium-sized firms. The consultation will close on 20 March 2017.

Read more about the consultation at: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/VATSMEs

And: http://www.tax-news.com/news/EU_Seeks_Feedback_On_VAT_Systems_For_SMEs____73040.html

Ryanair and LastMinute.com adverts banned for 'misleading' customers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/04/ryanair-lastminutecom-adverts-banned-misleading-customers/ Does this mean articles, editorial, advertorial and advertising by Brexit Knobheads is also going to be banned?

Top 10 business ideas & opportunities for 2017. https://www.springwise.com/innovations/top-10-business-ideas-opportunities-2017/?dm_i=3GJ2%2CDDM1%2C2V1FMX%2C1CBVP%2C1#038;|opportunities|for|2017|Top+Ten

Automated pollination robots support bees. https://www.springwise.com/automated-pollination-robots-support-bees/?utm_campaign=624169_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DDM1,2V1FMX,1CBVP,1

Smart fork counteracts tremors and limited mobility. https://www.springwise.com/smart-fork-counteracts-tremors-limited-mobility/?utm_campaign=624169_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DDM1,2V1FMX,1CBVP,1

04.01.2017: Brexit: Claim that EU withdrawal could create 400,000 jobs 'entirely fictional', says top economist. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-news-jobs-eu-customs-union-jonathan-portes-michael-gove-change-britain-report-a7506756.html I see the original story has deserted the pages of Little Ingerlandt's hate-preaching propaganda faster than a rat jumping a sinking ship. I'm surprised this claim has created such a fuss, though. Surely anything, but anything which emanates from the Brexit camp is a lie and can be ignored?

Row over 'affordable' starter homes that will cost up to £450,000. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/row-over-affordable-starter-homes-cost-up-to-450000-pounds-a7506216.html Well. 'Affordable' for the developers and the construction companies which will be distributing many cash suppositories and receiving knighthoods in exchange for obscene profits, that is.

Airbnb to lose £325m in London bookings after holiday rental rules tighten. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/airbnb-to-lose-325-millions-london-bookings-rules-holiday-rental-rooms-website-online-hotels-a7506836.html

UK vinyl sales reach 25-year high. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38487837

When buying stolen goods is perfectly legal. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/03/when-buying-stolen-goods-is-perfectly-legal/

Fake WhatsApp documents being used to trick people into downloading and installing viruses onto their phones. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/whatsapp-fake-attachment-document-india-safe-privacy-security-a7507151.html

Dozens of fake degree certificate websites shut down amid crack down on bogus awards. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/01/03/dozens-fake-degree-certificate-websites-shut-amid-crack-bogus/

Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year's Eve but government insists it 'went particularly well'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/02/almost-1000-cars-torched-around-france-new-years-eve-government/ Which just goes to show that the French socio-fascist regime's never-ending state of emergency and teams of callow fonctionnaires patrolling French cities pretending to offer protection to their compatriots, isn't worth diddly squat. Its efforts to promote terrorism on the other hand, including the clandestine training of jihadists by French military personnel, appear to going well. Is that what the French 'government' means?

How to make your British business sound 'hip' – add the word Brooklyn. https://www.theguardian.com/business/shortcuts/2017/jan/03/british-business-brooklyn-hipster-new-york Which just goes to show which pulse the UK's media has got its finger on. Somewhere between its legs.

Emerging Business Trends That Are Rocking the Business World. https://www.thebalance.com/business-trends-affect-profitability-2951403?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8485327&utm_term=

Japan introduces toilet paper for smartphones. https://www.springwise.com/japan-introduces-toilet-paper-smartphones/?utm_campaign=623330_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DCYQ,2V1FMX,1C8RA,1

On-demand box cutter reduces packaging waste. https://www.springwise.com/demand-box-cutter-reduces-packaging-waste/?utm_campaign=623330_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DCYQ,2V1FMX,1C8RA,1

App tracks pollution from users’ modes of transport. https://www.springwise.com/app-tracks-pollution-users-modes-transport/?utm_campaign=623330_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202017-01-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DCYQ,2V1FMX,1C8RA,1

03.01.2017: Where in the UK has the worst festive debts? http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/01/where-in-the-uk-has-the-worst-festive-debts/

Save a fortune on energy bills without switching supplier. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/02/save-a-fortune-on-energy-bills-without-switching-supplier/

Scamwatch: health supplement warning. http://money.aol.co.uk/2017/01/01/scamwatch-dodgy-health-supplements/

Delete yourself from the internet with this website. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/11/25/delete-internet-website/

02.01.2017: Advisers helping tax evasion face fines. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38478757 Unless those 'advisers' are HMRC itself helping tie up sweetie deals with US Big Corp.

Zero-hours workers 'face £1,000 pay penalty'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38466257 Yes. That's the whole point of zero hours contracts. Or officially encouraging 'self-employment.' It's what regime donors receive knighthoods for. Amongst other activities like rifling pension funds.

Stately homes tell BBC to cheer up their weather forecasts in bid to improve visitor numbers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/31/weather-forecasters-blamed-stately-homes-lack-visitors/ Perhaps less bullshit about terrorism would be a better bet?

Where to sell unwanted Christmas presents. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/12/31/where-to-sell-unwanted-christmas-presents/

County Down couple victim of latest 'Sweden car scam'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-38460856

The farmer who built her own broadband. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37974267

‘It’s a miracle’: from begging in Paris to bestselling author. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/31/begging-paris-streets-bestselling-author-jean-marie-roughol A miracle indeed, as Paris is infested with millions of beggars living off state and EU handouts - called fonctionnaires.

10 Tasks to Do Before Starting Your Home Business. https://www.thebalance.com/before-starting-your-home-business-1794281?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8476456&utm_term=

01.01.2017: 10 people who refused honours. https://www.indy100.com/article/six-people-who-refused-honours--x15Il1PMcx?utm_source=indy&utm_medium=top5&utm_campaign=i100 There's more 'class' amongst these refuseniks than almost all of Cameron's shifty knighthoods put together. In fact the ultimate social accolade for 2017 must be anyone who ISN'T nominated to receive honours from the countrys' terrorists and war criminals! (And doesn't watch Strictly, Top Gear, Big Brother nor I'm a Celeb, either.)

Number of private renters made homeless has trebled since 2010, figures reveal. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/private-renters-homeless-trebled-2010-rent-conserative-government-david-cameron-theresa-may-london-a7502511.html That should make a significant difference to the regime Brownshirts' stats for 'home business' entrepreneurs. Not that we'll be seeing any officially revised figures any time soon.

New markets add to fizz of English sparkling wine exports. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/12/31/new-markets-add-to-fizz-of-english-sparkling-wine-exports/

From Uber to plumbers: here are the New Year's Eve ripoffs to avoid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/uber-plumbers-new-years-eve-ripoffs-avoid/

Why people are cutting brand logos off their clothing. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/cutting-brand-logos-off-clothing-hiding-lacoste-ralph-lauren-fashion-trend-abercrombie-and-fitch-a7500666.html Unless they are fagging British politicians of course, in which case they will remain attached to the Nike logo as a symbol of obeisance to their American puppeteers as well as to the practices of lying, corruption, cheating, doping and oustanding athletic mediocrity.

Pot blocks: obstacles keep small business owners from a multibillion-dollar market. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/31/legal-marijuana-pot-cannabis-dispensary-small-business-regulation

The Best Small Businesses Opportunities for 2017. https://www.thebalance.com/best-small-businesses-opportunities-4111809?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8476382&utm_term=

7 Awesome Free Business Name Generators. https://www.thebalance.com/top-free-business-name-generators-2951856?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=8476382&utm_term=

Edible, biodegradable bags help replace plastic waste. https://www.springwise.com/edible-biodegradable-bags-help-replace-plastic-waste/?utm_campaign=621610_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-12-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DBMY,2V1FMX,1C25X,1

New startup makes mobile money services in Africa interoperable. https://www.springwise.com/new-startup-makes-mobile-money-services-africa-interoperable/?utm_campaign=621610_Manual%3A%20Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-12-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,DBMY,2V1FMX,1C25X,1

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

Len Tondel



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