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LATEST! 25.05.2016
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's April 2016) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st May 2016

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


25.05.2016: Property sales dive on stamp duty changes, says HMRC. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36367339

Google Paris offices raided in £1.2 billion tax probe. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/24/google-paris-offices-raided-in-tax-probe/ Well, it certainly wouldn't be a raid in the US colony of Ingerlandt, would it now?

Holidaymakers 'rush to buy foreign currency'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36367347

Entrepreneurs along Kent coastline set to benefit from £90m cash boost. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/entrepreurs-along-kent-coastline-set-to-benefit-from-90m-cash-boost/

Tour de France riders to be protected by elite anti-terror police. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/24/elite-anti-terror-police-to-guard-tour-de-france-riders/ Just another regime propaganda exercise. There aren't enough police in all of France to provide effective security for a single stage of the Tour, much less for all three weeks. Not that there have been any threats, of course. Other than by involving the manifestly incompetent French security forces (and the official entourage) themselves. So, with fingers just a little bit crossed, it should be business as usual.

WhatsApp Gold: Scammers trick mobile users into downloading malware. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/whatsapp-gold-plus-scam-malware-download-get-message-a7045606.html

Business Plan Outline. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/businessplans/a/bizplanoutline.htm?utm_content=6751253&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

12 Low Cost Business Ideas You Can Launch This Weekend. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/businessideas/fl/12-Low-Cost-Business-Ideas-You-Can-Launch-This-Weekend.htm?utm_content=6751253&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

AI design service can automate a full branding package. http://www.springwise.com/ai-design-service-can-automate-full-branding-package/?utm_campaign=394779_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-24&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8GM3,2V1FMX,RNWY,1

Website helps people divest their money from gun stocks. http://www.springwise.com/website-helps-people-divest-money-gun-stocks/?utm_campaign=392975_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8F7Z,2V1FMX,RHSI,1

Live streaming platform lets online customers browse physical stores. http://www.springwise.com/live-streaming-platform-lets-online-customers-browse-physical-stores-showrooms/?utm_campaign=392975_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8F7Z,2V1FMX,RHSI,1

24.05.2016: Traditional banks continue to dominate UK lending market despite peer-to-peer growth, report finds. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/traditional-banks-continue-to-dominate-uk-lending-market-despite-peer-to-peer-growth/

Debit cards 'to overtake cash as most common form of payment by 2021'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/debit-cards-to-overtake-cash-as-most-common-form-of-payment-by-2021-a7042196.html

Payment by cheque: it's not all over yet. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36345676

Nearly half of UKs construction sector SMEs backs Brexit. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/nearly-half-of-uks-construction-sector-smes-backs-brexit/

Gibbs’ unveils river taxis with a difference on the Thames. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/gibbs-unveils-river-taxis-with-a-difference-to-the-thames/

Scottish business wish list for Government. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/sme-management/scottish-business-wish-list/?WT.mc_id=tmgspk_listfour_1184_Al8Ztljc5hBb&utm_source=tmgspk&utm_medium=listfour&utm_content=1184&utm_campaign=tmgspk_listfour_1184_Al8Ztljc5hBb

This is how much money you need to save every day to become a millionaire. http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/this-is-how-much-money-you-need-to-save-every-day-to-become-a-millionaire--WJ3fW5GfmW?utm_source=indy&utm_medium=top5&utm_campaign=i100

Parisians are the laziest bastards in the world (turning up for work for only around 30 hours a week.) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/05/23/where-to-move-to-have-the-shortest-work-week/ Common knowledge since the turn of the last century. And then of course, one has to bear in mind other factors which reduce this total to even less than 30 hours. Lazy French state thugs who go on strike every other day affecting not only themselves but also anyone else trying to get to work. Endlessly looking at and talking absolute drivel into pieces of plastic. The country's status as the world's #1 hypochondriac nation, triggering at least one sickie a week. Piss-poor education, meaning they are completely ineffective in the workplace, anyway. Total lack of professionalism. (They don't even know what the word means.) And the list goes on.

Unfortunately, this then forces around 5% of the country's employed (almost entirely the small business community) to work at least 80 hours a week to keep these leeches in their bloated, EU-sponsored salaries.

What jobs did the world's top business people do before they were millionaires? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/05/24/what-jobs-did-the-worlds-top-business-people-do-before-they-were/

23.05.2016: Trade wars: memo shows EU is costing UK billions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/21/trade-wars-memo-shows-eu-is-costing-uk-billions/ Well. An estimated £2.5 billion, actually. Maybe. And because we won't see the question being asked in hate-preaching American/Israeli propaganda, how much is US Big Corp dodging its UK taxes by each year? About ten times that. And what has 50 years of English political subservience to the Americans and the 'special (terrorist) relationship' cost the British taxpayer? £5 trillion? And certainly the nation's sovereignty. So far.

Five dangers of going digital with your money. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/22/five-dangers-of-going-digital-with-your-money/

Roll up to the internet black market you can browse in real life. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/may/22/internet-yami-ichi-tate-modern

Brexit Britain: ‘Foreign boats catch fish in our waters and then ship it back to us’. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/may/22/brexit-britain-anger-in-appledore-fishing-industry-demise And in other countries, exactly the same accusations are levelled at British fishermen.

Why Hampshire wineries are producing excellent English sparkling wine. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/wine/susy-atkins-why-hampshire-wineries-are-producing-excellent-engli/

Retro objects the smartphone made obsolete. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/21/retro-objects-the-smartphone-made-obsolete/ The fact that a dummyphone can 'do' some of the things listed doesn't mean the alternatives are 'obsolete'. On the other hand, the mediocre intelligence of a digital dickhead who actually believes such drivel, probably is.

Scamwatch: fake Olympics tickets. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/22/scamwatch-fake-olympics-tickets/ Are these to watch 'fake' sporting performances?

Top 10 Mistakes Beginning eBay Sellers Make. http://ebay.about.com/od/sellingdosanddonts/a/Top-Ten-Mistakes-By-Beginning-Ebay-Sellers.htm?utm_content=6750142&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

4 Types of Household Trash that Sell on eBay. http://ebay.about.com/od/sellingeffectivel1/fl/4-Types-of-Household-Trash-that-Sell-on-eBay.htm?utm_content=6750142&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

7 Ways to Get Free Shipping Supplies for an eBay Business. http://ebay.about.com/od/completingtransaction1/fl/7-Ways-to-get-free-shipping-supplies-for-an-eBay-Business.htm?utm_content=6750142&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Business Ideas on a Budget. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/cs/businessideas/a/10startupideas.htm?utm_content=6751217&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Turn Your Hobby into a Home Business. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/homebusinessprofiles/fl/Turn-Your-Hobby-into-a-Home-Business.htm?utm_content=6751217&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

5 Challenges to Anticipate in Home Businesses. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/worklifebalanceathome/fl/5-Challenges-to-Anticipate-in-Home-Businesses.htm?utm_content=6751217&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Finland’s postal workers now mow the lawn too. http://www.springwise.com/finlands-postal-workers-now-mow-lawns/?dm_i=3GJ2,8CXX,2V1FMX,R8EB,1#8217;s|postal|workers|now|mow|the|lawn|too|Eco+%26amp%3B+Sustainability|Homes+%26amp%3B+Housing|Life+Hacks

Eco-friendly concrete for sustainable construction. http://www.springwise.com/eco-friendly-concrete-sustainable-construction/?utm_campaign=390021_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8CXX,2V1FMX,R8EB,1

22.05.2016: Brexit would hit house prices, says Osborne. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36344425 Sounds promising.

Most households have not checked credit reports, Which? warns. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36344427

Ticket fraud: Social media sites 'must do more to tackle issue'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36348757 Social media has got a lot of human filth much more serious than ticket fraudsters to tackle.

Holiday fraud warning: 'How I lost £500 through email interception scam'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/holiday-fraud-warning-how-i-lost-500-through-email-interception/

Meet the Fokkens: the Dutch sex workers turned tour guides. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/netherlands/amsterdam/articles/meet-the-fokkens-the-dutch-sex-workers-turned-tour-guides/ So there are possibilities for Wankminsters' whores after all?

People who take selfies regularly ‘overestimate how attractive they are’ - study. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/20/people-who-take-selfies-regularly-overestimate-how-attractive-th/ Or just how sad they are! And another 'study' stating the obvious and trying to impress a bunch of morons.

Three-bedroom home within a former railway station is just the ticket for £600,000. http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/buying/calling-all-trainspotters-threebedroom-former-train-station-with-its-own-platform-for-sale-for-a101386.html

21.05.2016: SME are fed up of hearing about Brexit. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/sme-fed-hearing-brexit/ The same could be said of western propaganda's daily ISIS newsfeed but hey - what are otherwise unemployable hacks and politicians going to do for a living if they can't bring their urinal graffiti to the swinish multitudes' screens?

Big rise in foreign travel by Britons, despite 2015 terror attacks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36340487 Still more 'good' news for Britain's beleaguered small businesses. You can always count on British consumers to support their own kind. Not. Which is why letting in a few million refugees isn't such a bad idea. They are much more loyal.

Eurostar travellers 'remain cautious' after Brussels attacks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36339963 I think the endless strikes by French rail employees (state thugs) now that May has arrived, plus Eurostar's policy of not offering refunds under any circumstances, may also have had an impact.

Small firms spend four days per month battling red tape. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/small-firms-spend-four-days-per-month-battling-red-tape/ Now there's an unusual story. What Ingerlandt needs is a government committed to cutting red tape, then. As promised by politicians since the 17th century.

Property prices are continuing to soar across the country at near record levels. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/property-prices-continuing-soar-not-just-stamp-duty/

Winchester named UK's start-up success hub. http://enforbusiness.com/news/winchester-named-uks-start-success-hub-201611375

Famous discontinued brands that came back from the dead. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/05/19/famous-discontinued-brands-that-came-back-from-the-dead/

UK Businesses uninfluenced by celebrity campaigners in brexit debate. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-businesses-uninfluenced-celebrity-campaigners-brexit-debate/ It would be fair to say that the only people who are ever impressed by 'celebrities' are the media who have created them. A bit like dogs, sniffing in admiration, their own piles of crap which they have just deposited in very public places.

Chinese officials 'create 488m bogus social media posts a year'. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/20/chinese-officials-create-488m-social-media-posts-a-year-study-finds That's almost as many as the USA, Israel, Ingerlandt and Trip Adviser combined!

China denies exporting cans of human meat to African supermarkets. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/china-denies-exporting-cans-of-human-meat-to-african-supermarkets-a7039306.html . . . and once again the Chinese are trying to muscle in on existing American trade agreements. (Like TTIP.) Although they are unlikely to penetrate the US market itself, where human DNA has already been found in 'burgers.

20.05.2016: UK retail sales bounce back in April despite cold weather. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36330440

EU exit to see house values fall, say estate agents. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36323010

Buy-to-let to become 'rich person's game' as another lender introduces harsher criteria for landlords. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/buy-to-let-to-become-rich-persons-game-as-another-lender-introdu/

Brexit may hit business says Bloomberg. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36327456 That's a pretty safe prediction: 'may'.

Landowners face compulsory purchase orders to improve mobile coverage. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/landowners-face-compulsory-purchase-orders-to-improve-mobile-coverage/

Contactless cards get a new fan base: The over-60s. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36332607 Only because the over-60s, like the rest of the population, ain't got no cash no more.

Contactless donation in cafes help feed children around the world. http://www.springwise.com/contactless-donation-boxes-cafes-help-feed-children-around-world/?utm_campaign=387008_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8AM8,2V1FMX,QYSJ,1 Not forgetting Ingerlandt's over-60s and the self-employed.

The 10 Commandments of Networking. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/marketing/a/networkingmm.htm?utm_content=6702482&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Tips for Successful Business Networking. http://humanresources.about.com/od/careernetworking/qt/tips-for-successful-business-networking.htm?utm_content=6702482&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

22 Tips to Use at Your Next Networking Event. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/networking/a/networkingtipmh.htm?utm_content=6702482&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Safe, IRL trading zones prevent Craigslist crimes. http://www.springwise.com/safe-trading-zones-prevent-classified-related-crimes/?utm_campaign=387008_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8AM8,2V1FMX,QYSJ,1 Safe from what? American police, terrorists, social media freaks and dummyphone zombies?

19.05.2016: Succession planning concerns for family business owners. http://www.closebrothersam.com/press-news/2016/05/04/succession-planning-dominates-top-ten-worries-keeping-family-business-owners-awake-at-night While business profitability is the top concern for family-run firms, issues around succession planning dominate the top ten worries for family business owners, according to research from Close Brothers Asset Management. Four of the top ten worries identified by family business owners are linked to succession planning, with 35% of respondents citing developing the next generation of their family business as a concern, and more than a third (34%) are worried about training responsible future owners of their business. The research also found that trading profitably is the top concern for family business owners, identified by 40% of respondents, while personal finances and preparing for later life is a worry for 38% of owners. (EnterpriseQuest)

'I have three properties at age 33 and £3,000 a month to save, do I get another buy-to-let or invest in shares?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/special-reports/i-have-three-properties-at-age-33-and-3000-a-month-to-save-do-i/ I see that becoming an 'entrepreneur' doesn't get a look-in!

Millions of hacked LinkedIn IDs advertised 'for sale'. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36320322

National Trust offers £1 million, 850 acre farm - for just £1 rent a year. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/national-trust-offers-1m-coastal-farm-for-just-a-1-a-year-to-a-farmer-with-a-passion-for-sheep-a7035426.htm

18.05.2016: Tax man turns probe on the rich, famous & entrepreneurs to find unpaid tax. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/hmrc-turns-probe-on-the-rich-famous-entrepreneurs-to-find-unpaid-tax/ A much softer touch than asking US Big Corp to pay their way, admittedly. Plus, the 'rich, famous & entrepreneurs' are not a regular source of well-paid jobs for public wasters, including ex-taxmen, at the end of their careers.

Prisons could be unlikely source of tomorrow's entrepreneurs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/05/16/prisons-could-be-unlikely-source-of-tomorrows-entrepreneurs/ Yes, it's certainly true that there are an awful lot of entrepreneurs in prison. Whereas enterprising crooks become politicians before they go to prison, instead.

HMRC urged to postpone quarterly digital reporting by at least a year. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/hmrc-urged-to-postpone-quarterly-digital-reporting-by-at-least-a-year/ No probs. They're already five months behind with their caseloads.

Expat pensioners in EU 'will be £50,000 poorer' in event of Brexit. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/pensions-retirement/news/expat-pensioners-in-eu-will-be-50000-poorer-in-event-of-brexit/

Mapped: European countries with the best buy-to-let income. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/mapped-european-countries-with-the-best-buy-to-let-income/ Of course, the only people who apparently haven't been aware of this of course, are - the British media. Too busy hate-preaching and disseminating American/Israeli terrorist propaganda, instead. And supporting the UK's Ponzi housing marketplace in between.

How to invest in classic cars. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36307452

Seven Guaranteed Ways to Make People Love Your Business Brand. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/ss/Seven-Guaranteed-Ways-to-Make-People-Love-Your-Business-Brand.htm?utm_content=6702454&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Why Your Marketing Isn't Working and How to Fix It. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/onlinebusiness101/fl/Why-Your-Marketing-Isnt-Working-and-How-to-Fix-It.htm?utm_content=6702454&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Eco-friendly wearable could replace aircon. http://www.springwise.com/eco-friendly-wearable-replace-aircon/?utm_campaign=385297_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,89AP,2V1FMX,QT4N,1

Refugees receive an income by talking to students of Arabic. http://www.springwise.com/refugees-paid-conversations-students/?utm_campaign=385297_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,89AP,2V1FMX,QT4N,1

17.05.2016: 1.8 million jobs at risk as small firms plan to stop trading. http://pressreleases.responsesource.com/news/90499/million-uk-jobs-at-risk-in-next-years-as-small More than 1.8 million jobs are at risk as 370,000 small business owners plan to cease trading in the next five years, according to a Bizdaq UK survey of 300 small firms. While almost a quarter (24%) of business owners who are aiming to exit their business plan to sell, 21% of respondents plan on closing their business, and a further 25% do not know how they will exit their firm. The survey also found that of the 1.8 million jobs at risk, 370,000 could be lost within the next 12 months as firms start to cease trading. Respondents based in London are most likely to stop trading, with 43% of business owners considering an exit in comparison to just 11% of employers in the east of England. (EnterpriseQuest) Not only the world's #1 at 'business start-ups' - but also #1 at business cessations.

Brexit & removal of Brussels red tape will help us create jobs, say top business chiefs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/brexit-removal-of-brussels-red-tape-will-help-us-create-jobs-say-top-business-chiefs/ For refugees on slave labour rates?

Meet the nine-year-old self made millionaire. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/16/meet-the-nine-year-old-self-made-millionaire/

UK saw 'almost third of population enter poverty at least once in four years'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/16/uk-saw-almost-third-of-population-enter-poverty-at-least-once-in-four-years/ Roughly consistent with the regime's drive to ensure Ingerlandt was the world's #1 nation for starting a running a business?

Banks should cap overdraft fees, says regulator. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36309396 Banks' customers don't need 'a regulator' to tell them that. On the other hand, the fact that 'a regulator' has commented on the matter means that there won't be a cap on overdraft fees anytime soon.

Self-employed borrowers denied mortgages in tax blunder, watchdog finds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/16/self-employed-borrowers-denied-mortgages-in-tax-blunder-watchdog/

Up to 100,000 UK investors in Spanish homes could get payout. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36298590

Enterprise Act 2016 becomes law. The Enterprise Bill has received Royal Assent and the Enterprise Act 2016 became law on 4th May 2016. The Act applies throughout the UK and includes a package of provisions that will benefit small business owners, including measures to:

Establish the office of a Small Business Commissioner. The Commissioner will be able to help small firms tackle late payment and lobby Government on their behalf over issues such as VAT and business rates.

Bring certain statutory regulators within the scope of the Department for Business target of cutting £10 billion of red tape during the current parliament. The regulators will be identified under secondary legislation, which is yet to be published.

Extend the Primary Authority scheme, which enables local authorities in England and Wales to enter into an agreement with trade bodies and provide advice about specific sector-based regulations that can be relied upon by small firms regardless of where they are located.

Increase the quantity and improve the quality of apprenticeships, for example, by making ‘apprentice’ a protected title and involving employers in developing apprenticeships for their industry.

Other measures include those to reform the business rates appeals system, enhance the right of shop workers to opt out of Sunday shifts, and enable private investment in the Green Investment Bank. Some parts of the Act came into force automatically. These include, for example, the Small Business Commissioner provisions, and the first Commissioner is expected to be appointed by summer 2016. Other parts will only come into force once a certain period of time has passed or on a date specified by subsequent secondary legislation.

Read more about the Act at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/enterprise-act-becomes-law

(EnterpriseQuest)

16.05.2016: Hundreds of thousands (a million, actually) of pensioners over 75 face 'poverty trap', charity warns. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/05/16/hundreds-of-thousands-of-pensioners-over-75-face-poverty-trap-charity-warns/ And that's just the country's silverpreneurs. Whereas those who are worth anything when they do die, will have to hand over 40% as Inheritance Tax. Having spent the difference on care and medical fees, first. Welcome to Britain. A country fit for war criminals, crooks and the exploited.

Clampdown on cold callers kicks off today. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/16/clampdown-on-cold-callers-kicks-off-today/

Scamwatch: new text message fraud. Did you know you could be charged to receive messages? http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/15/scamwatch-new-text-message-fraud/ Err, you are already being charged to receive messages. Or has someone managed to get their hands on a dummyphone and a contract which is for receiving messages only?

Cash is dead. Long live stocks and shares! http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/15/cash-is-dead-long-live-stocks-and-shares/ I think I'll try that on the next time I get a bill from my plumber.

Beyonce's new Topshop sportswear range 'is made by workers earning just 44p an HOUR who'd have to work for a month to buy a £100 pair of leggings'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3591350/Beyonce-s-new-Topshop-sportswear-range-workers-earning-just-44p-HOUR-d-work-month-buy-100-pair-leggings.html And I bet if you went down the back streets to a lot of outworkers' homes in the UK, that's all many of them would be earning. If that.

The Best Home Business Opportunities Now and Tomorrow. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startingahbb/ss/Top-10-Home-Business-Opportunities.htm?utm_content=6702408&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

How to tell if a home business is right for you. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/homebusiness/a/starthomebiz.htm?utm_content=6702408&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=
smbinfo&utm_term=

How to Start a Home-Based Business That Will Succeed. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/homebusinessidea/ss/How-to-Start-a-Home-Based-Business-That-Will-Succeed.htm?utm_content=6702408&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

15.05.2016: Co-living solution for 'Generation Rent'? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36288977 And if you want to run a home business as well, you've got the beginnings of your workforce at the same time!

Beonpush: the new Ponzi scheme that's sweeping Facebook. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/news/beonpush-the-new-ponzi-scheme-thats-sweeping-facebook/

Sabotage and romance: an English winemaker on what it's really like to own a vineyard in France. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/wine/sabotage-and-romance-an-english-winemaker-on-what-its-really-lik/

Official release. Research and analysis. Small Business Survey 2015: businesses with no employees. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/small-business-survey-2015-businesses-with-no-employees

Official release. Open consultation. Business broadband review: call for evidence. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/business-broadband-review-call-for-evidence

Retro tech worth thousands on eBay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/14/retro-tech-worth-thousands-on-ebay/

10 Guaranteed Ways to Charge More as a Freelancer. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/fl/10-Guaranteed-Ways-to-Charge-More-as-a-Freelancer.htm?utm_content=6643774&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

How Much Should I Charge as a First-Time Freelancer? http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/yourjobsearch/fl/How-Much-Should-I-Charge-as-a-First-Time-Freelancer.htm?utm_content=6643774&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

The 26 Best Websites to Learn Incredibly Useful New Skills. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/New-and-Noteworthy/fl/The-26-Best-Websites-to-Learn-Incredibly-Useful-New-Skills.htm?utm_content=6643774&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Custom snacks on-demand with 3D printing. http://www.springwise.com/custom-snacks-demand-3d-printing/?utm_campaign=383839_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8867,2V1FMX,QOB7,1

Online ads could adapt to viewer emotion. http://www.springwise.com/online-ads-adapt-viewer-emotion/?utm_campaign=383839_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8867,2V1FMX,QOB7,1

Drone delivery service for golfers. http://www.springwise.com/drone-delivery-service-golfers/?utm_campaign=383839_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8867,2V1FMX,QOB7,1

14.05.2016: Construction posts shock fall in March amid referendum uncertainty. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/05/13/construction-posts-shock-fall-in-march-amid-referendum-uncertainty/ Still more 'shocks' according to regime propaganda and anyone who ever believed it.

More than 600 bank branches closed over the past year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/current-accounts/more-than-600-bank-branches-closed-over-the-past-year/ Banking with the cloud next?

Bankers are considering ‘dropping money from the sky’ to prop up the economy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/helicopter-money-adair-turner-recession-interest-rates-draghi-osborne-economy-a7027621.html You couldn't make it up if you tried. (I once had a wonderful collie-dog called Loppy Le Perk who spent a lot of his time lying on his back and looking up at the sky. In Loppy's case, he was looking for flying sausages.)

PPI victims 'should have got £5bn more'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36278064

After March buying spree, landlords flood rental market. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36285049

13.05.2016: Brexit vote may spark recession, Mark Carney warns. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36273448 Is that on top of the recession from which the country is already suffering?

New home buyers deserted UK housing market in April, Rics says. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/new-home-buyers-deserted-uk-housing-market-in-april-rics-says-a7025366.html

Android Pay set for imminent UK launch as Pret A Manger plugs Google mobile payments. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/12/android-pay-set-for-imminent-uk-launch-as-pret-a-manger-plugs-go/

Nationwide series events planned to inspire next generation of entrepreneurs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/nationwide-series-events-planned-to-inspire-next-generation-of-entrepreneurs/ And to mark the regime's second period of recession since it was returned to minority power.

Award for women in business officially launched at House of Lords. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/award-women-business-officially-launched-house-lords/

Google Translate now lets you chat to anyone in a foreign language. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/12/google-translate-now-lets-you-chat-to-anyone-in-a-foreign-langua/ For anyone too dumb to realise just how piss-poor Google Translate is.

Google bans 'deceptive' payday loan adverts from search results. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/11/google-bans-deceptive-payday-loan-adverts-from-search-results/ There's a lot of mileage in 'deceptive'; telecomms, gambling, investment, drugs, cosmetics. It could put Google out of work.

12.05.2016: UK industry in recession for third time in eight years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36266178

How to quit your job and launch a new career in street food. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/how-to-quit-your-job-and-launch-a-new-career-in-street-food/

Burgers contain rat and human DNA, study finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/burgers-contain-rat-and-human-dna-study-finds-a7023661.html Just one of the American benefits of TTIP. As we have been saying.

Why plastic pallets are the best choice for your shipment. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/plastic-pallets-best-choice-shipment/

Will I lose my business if I plead guilty to drink driving? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/will-lose-business-plead-guilty-drink-driving/

New Start Scotland, Thursday 10th & Friday 11th November 2016. Register for free VIP tickets here. http://www.newstartscotland.com/tickets/?=DatesEmail

The Scottish Business Exhibition, Thursday 10th & Friday 11th November 2016. 10am - 4pm, SECC, Glasgow. http://thescottishbusinessexhibition.com/tickets/

Kickstarter 3D printer funds 'used to build house'. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36271249

Why Your Marketing Isn't Working and How to Fix It. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/onlinebusiness101/fl/Why-Your-Marketing-Isnt-Working-and-How-to-Fix-It.htm?utm_content=20160511&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness

Speed-listening app is a Spritz for audio. http://www.springwise.com/speed-listening-app-spritz-audio/?utm_campaign=379113_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,84IX,2V1FMX,Q9EQ,1

Could payment via sound waves rival NFC? http://www.springwise.com/payment-via-soundwaves-rival-nfc/?utm_campaign=379113_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,84IX,2V1FMX,Q9EQ,1

Custom chinos made with 3D body imaging. http://www.springwise.com/using-tech-measure-custom-chinos/?utm_campaign=379113_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,84IX,2V1FMX,Q9EQ,1

Smart scheduler manages pill routine. http://www.springwise.com/smart-medication-scheduler-manages-pill-routine/?utm_campaign=379113_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,84IX,2V1FMX,Q9EQ,1

11.05.2016: Concerns raised about keeping digital tax records. http://economia.icaew.com/news/april-2016/serious-concern-over-hmrc-digital-plans The Chairman of the Treasury Committee, Andrew Tyrie, has written to Financial Secretary David Gauke to express concerns about the forthcoming requirement for tax records to be kept in digital form. According to Mr Tyrie, it has only recently become clear that business owners will need to use particular software and systems to meet this requirement. He has warned that this could affect "the overwhelming majority" of firms and highlighted research from the ICAEW, which suggests that 75% of business owners will need to change their record-keeping systems.

HMRC intends to have a fully digital tax system in place by 2020. In March 2016, the Tax Faculty Team at ICAEW reported that, according to HMRC representatives, "using Excel is not digital record keeping". Mr Tyrie also suggests that prescribing particular software could increase compliance costs for most business owners, which he describes as "cause for serious concern", and calls for a thorough impact assessment before digital record keeping is made compulsory. (EnterpriseQuest)

The letter can be viewed at: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/treasury/Correspondence/
Treasury-Committee-Chair-to-Financial-Secretary-re-Making-Tax-Digital-26-04-16.pdf

UK trade deficit biggest since 2008 in first quarter. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36256358 So all that prime-time advertising urging the dummyphone swinish multitude to start exporting, isn't working? And the Coalition of Evil's killing fields in the Middle East and Africa aren't paying off, either? Well - who'd have thought it!

Three-month home-buying delays could be reduced. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36257109

Drones will take $127bn worth of human work by 2020, PwC says. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/drones-will-take-127bn-worth-of-human-work-by-2020-including-cleaning-windows-and-checking-insurance-a7022221.html That's not much. Seriously. Have PwC (beancounters) done their summs properly?

Five Reasons You Should Not Start an Online Business. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/ss/Five-Reasons-You-Should-Not-Start-an-Online-Business.htm?utm_content=6643617&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

The 6 Biggest Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves Every Day. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/generalresources/fl/The-6-Biggest-Lies-Entrepreneurs-Tell-Themselves-Every-Day.htm?utm_content=6643617&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

5 Avoidable Networking Mistakes That Make You Look Amateur. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/fl/5-Avoidable-Networking-Mistakes-That-Make-You-Look-Amateur.htm?utm_content=6643617&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

10.05.2016: CBI accuses Vote Leave of wilfully misrepresenting majority of UK business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/cbi-accuses-vote-leave-of-wilfully-misrepresenting-majority-of-uk-business/ Now there's unusual for you: politicians misrepresenting the majority of UK businesses.

Unpaid invoices cost freelancers average of £1,800. http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4965.shtml Micro-business owners and freelancers write off an average of £1,804 in unpaid invoices every year, according to new research from FreeAgent. Overall, unpaid invoices are costing the UK's five million micro-businesses as much as £9 billion, while an additional £800 million in sales tax could be lost to the Treasury each year. Ed Molyneux, FreeAgent Chief Executive said: "While it's possible that some business owners may be incorrectly writing off some of their invoices, there are likely to be many more who are still holding out hope for payment and have not yet written them off as bad debt. Therefore the actual amount of 'lost' money per year may be much greater." (EnterpriseQuest)

SME business risk at highest level in two years. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/sme-business-risk-at-highest-level-in-two-years/

Increase in insurance claims for late payment and insolvency. https://www.abi.org.uk/News/News-releases/2016/04/Surge-in-businesses-claiming-on-insurance-amid-economic-uncertainty New figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) indicate that almost £150 million in insurance claims for late payment or customer insolvency was paid to business owners in 2015, an increase of 42% and the highest level of claims since 2007. The number of claims made by firms on trade credit insurance policies increased by 19% in 2015 to more than 11,000 claims, while almost 12,000 policies were sold by trade credit insurers. Mark Shepherd, ABI General Insurance Policy Manager said: "Economic uncertainty appears to be causing firms to claim on their insurance if one of their customers pays late, or not at all. Last year, insurers paid out £149 million to businesses owed money by their customers, allowing them to continue to operate in uncertain times." (EnterpriseQuest)

Sellers cutting average of £25,265 off asking prices, Zoopla finds. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/05/09/sellers-cutting-average-of-25265-off-asking-prices-zoopla-finds/

How to Market Your Business Online for Free. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/gettingtrafficmarketing/ss/How-to-Market-Your-Business-Online-for-Free.htm?utm_content=20160506&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness

Single item insurance via a smartphone app. http://www.springwise.com/single-item-insurance-via-smartphone-app/?utm_campaign=377428_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8384,2V1FMX,Q3ZM,1

Interactive guides help Airbnb hosts leverage their neighborhood. http://www.springwise.com/airbnb-hosts-can-create-interactive-area-guides/?utm_campaign=377428_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,8384,2V1FMX,Q3ZM,1

09.05.2016: Nationwide raises home loan age limit to 85 years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36243871 That's good news for the all the country's unemployed silverpreneurs!

Councils to ban sale of holiday cottages as second homes? http://travel.aol.co.uk/2016/05/08/councils-ban-sale-holiday-cottages-second-homes-st-ives/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl4%7Csec3_lnk4%26pLid%3D457366

How you can profit from a property price crash. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/07/how-you-can-profit-from-a-property-price-crash/

5 steps to make an extra £672,573. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/08/5-steps-to-make-an-extra-672573/ Sure. And people who read and actually believe crap like this have the supposed, occasional responsibility of choosing governments. Which is why democracy in Ingerlandt was bought out by the Americans decades ago.

Is Airbnb causing rising rents? http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/08/is-airbnb-causing-rising-rents/

IFTTT for groceries orders ice cream when it’s hot. http://www.springwise.com/ifttt-recipes-grocery-shopping/?dm_i=3GJ2,825A,2V1FMX,PZOA,1#8217;s|hot|Food+%26amp%3B+Beverage|Life+Hacks|Retail What's 'IFTTT' then?

Turn any online text into a To-Do task. http://www.springwise.com/turn-online-text-task/?utm_campaign=376030_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,825A,2V1FMX,PZOA,1

Project to capture 360 videos of endangered landscapes. http://www.springwise.com/project-capture-360-video-endangered-landscapes/?utm_campaign=376030_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,825A,2V1FMX,PZOA,1

08.05.2016: EU membership has boosted pay packets, business lobby group London First claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/07/eu-membership-has-boosted-pay-packets-business-lobby-group-london-first-claims/ Except for 'home businesses' and the self-employed, that is.

Middle-class 'buy-to-let dream' is over - as mortgage lenders to demand 40pc deposits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/middle-class-buy-to-let-dream-is-over---as-mortgage-lenders-to-d/ And another Ponzi scheme bites the dust.

Unmade’s customised sweaters: the future of knitwear? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/womens-style/unmades-customised-sweaters-the-future-of-knitwear/ Going 'back' to the future, they mean. I was offering a customised knitwear service almost fourty years ago - and I was nowhere close to being the first person to do so. (I also tried selling ripped and string-laced jeans fourty years ago - but people were too conscious about how they looked in those days. Or so they told me.)

Horticulturalists let it all hang out on Naked Gardening Day. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/05/07/horticulturalists-let-it-all-hang-out-on-naked-gardening-day/ Now there's an opening for you. (Or am I being too immature?)

15 Great Businesses You Can Start While Keeping Your Day Job. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/New-and-Noteworthy/tp/15-Great-Businesses-You-Can-Start-While-Keeping-Your-Day-Job.htm?utm_content=6643456&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

10 Guaranteed Ways to Charge More as a Freelancer. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/fl/10-Guaranteed-Ways-to-Charge-More-as-a-Freelancer.htm?utm_content=6643456&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

07.05.2016: Five million Britons 'suffering food insecurity'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/06/five-million-britons-suffering-food-insecurity/ About the same number as there are self-employed/small businesses, then?

BHS inquiry chairman 'should resign' (because he is 'prejudiced'). http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36217170 The objection has come from a racist of 'fucking Irish' fame, a Friend of Israel and supporter of Ingerlandt's current terrorist regime. His objection is based on the inquiry chairman not possessing the same credentials. Personally, I almost agree with him. By definition, a politician is unlikely to be fit for this particular purpose. The inquiry should be conducted and enforced by the small creditors instead.

TTIP chart shows how far advanced EU-US trade deal negotiations really are. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/ttip-chart-shows-how-far-advanced-eu-us-trade-deal-negotiations-really-are-a7016396.html And there are idiots in the west who believe they live in a democracy!

As Government launches 'Verify' scheme, our digital identities are becoming more important than we realise. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/as-governnment-launches-verify-scheme-our-digital-identities-are-becoming-more-important-than-we-a7011851.html Doomed to fail then, as all previous Digital Dickhead schemes?

Mini distillery that won the 'Shed of the Year' title was built without planning permission and may have to be torn down. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3577462/Mini-distillery-won-Shed-Year-title-built-without-planning-permission-torn-down.html

7 Home Business Ideas for Food Lovers. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/homebusinessprofiles/ss/7-Home-Business-Ideas-for-Food-Lovers.htm?utm_content=6643435&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

How to Start and Profit from a Food Blog. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/BakingCooking-Ideas/fl/How-to-Start-and-Profit-from-a-Food-Blog.htm?utm_content=6643435&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Mobile phones DON'T increase the risk of brain cancer, 30-year study concludes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3576681/Mobile-phones-DON-T-increase-risk-brain-cancer-30-year-study-concludes.html . . . as dummyphone zombies are already considered to be clinically brain dead.

06.05.2016: UK economy 'near stalling' as service sector slows. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36210323 Perhaps it's been hit by a Russian missile?

Press release. Enterprise Act becomes law. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/enterprise-act-becomes-law If only the Enterprise Act had come along a couple of days earlier: it would have made all the difference to to the UK economy.

BT to invest £6bn in faster broadband and mobile services. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36210097 We've heard it all before. Several times.

Ministers halt automatic broadband roll-out for rural families because 'not everyone wants to be connected'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/05/ministers-halt-automatic-broadband-roll-out-for-rural-families-b/ And of course, now we can see where the rot really is. As usual. The same bunch of war criminals who voted to continue terrorising Syria (and Iraq and Libya, etc) on the grounds that some of the population wanted to be murdered.

Fraudsters 'using the dead' in mortgage scam. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36210819 The same scam which the regime uses to inflate its bogus employment statistics?

'Worrying' rise in identity thieves attempting to commit mortgage fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/05/worrying-rise-in-identity-thieves-attempting-to-commit-mortgage-fraud/

You rent? Then every day you've worked so far this year has been for your landlord. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/you-rent-then-every-day-youve-worked-so-far-this-year-has-been-f/

How I made £1million (without leaving my house). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/work/how-i-made-1million-without-leaving-my-house/

Tens of thousands of British travellers face ban from US flights. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/esta-passport-change-new-rules-tens-of-thousands-banned-us-flights-a7015476.html Oh my God! Another American fu*k-up, although why people keep trying to visit this terrorist, no-go region to be shot by a policeman or some social media freak, is beyond me.

How to Use the 'Rule of 7' to Radically Grow Your Business. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/fl/How-to-Use-the-Rule-of-7-to-Radically-Grow-Your-Business.htm?utm_content=6610393&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

5 Ways Your Home Business Can Go Mobile. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/onlinehomebusiness/ss/5-Ways-Your-Home-Business-Can-Go-Mobile.htm?utm_content=6610393&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

How to soothe a disgruntled client. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/management/a/clientsmz.htm?utm_content=6610393&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Supermarket and smart lock system enable in-fridge delivery. http://www.springwise.com/supermarket-smart-lock-system-enable-fridge-delivery/?utm_campaign=374153_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,80P5,2V1FMX,PTM8,1

Traffic lights in the ground for smartphone zombies. http://www.springwise.com/street-level-traffic-lights-smartphone-zombies/?utm_campaign=374153_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,80P5,2V1FMX,PTM8,1 Although a dummyphone zombie flattened by a truck isn't going to be a loss to society, it's always the accompanying paperwork which is a pain in the arse. Wouldn't it be cheaper to 'liberate' them with drones, instead?

05.05.2016: Worry over Brexit grows for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/worry-brexit-grows-smes/

UK shop prices have now been falling for three years straight. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/uk-shop-prices-now-falling-three-years-straight/

Rents rise as extra stamp duty kicks in and buy-to-let investors prepare for higher taxes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/rents-rise-as-extra-stamp-duty-kicks-in-and-buy-to-let-investors/

'Stop using email, use the post instead': solicitors fight back against 'conveyancing fraud'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/stop-using-email-use-the-post-instead-solicitors-fight-back-agai/ The post, eh? Now there's the latest (working) technology for you. What will the 'swinish multitude' of dummyphone zombies make of that?

Council tax bailiffs should be called off, say charities. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36193490

TTIP talks 'likely to stop', say officials, as François Hollande signals France will reject deal. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-talks-france-francois-hollande-deal-agreement-transatlantic-trade-partnership-a7011986.html A major development conspicuous by the absence of any reporting in the country's hate-preaching propaganda - but for once, it looks as if the French may have come up with the goods. (Or is it just an attempt by Hollande to improve his chances at The Pearly Gates after his long association with American/Israeli terrorism?)

Israel boycott ban: Local councils face legal action at High Court over boycott on Israeli goods made in West Bank. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/israel-boycott-ban-local-councils-face-legal-action-at-high-court-over-boycott-on-israeli-goods-made-a7012351.html As every oppressive regime in history has found (the Nazis included), the more you try to force people to do something which is instinctively wrong, the more they will resist. (And - as not being reported by the country's Semitic, hate-preaching, terrorist propaganda.)

Department of Business cuts will lead to thousands of job losses, Labour claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/05/04/department-of-business-cuts-will-lead-to-thousands-of-job-losses-labour-claims/ On the other hand, it should also mean a substantial reduction in the amount of home-grown red tape, which, according to the regime, should result in hundreds of farsands of new jobs being 'created'. To be filled by millions of displaced refugees from Coalition of Evil terrorism zones! A double whammy, eh chaps?! And if we bundle up the selfsame refugees and send them all back home, we can bomb them a second time, making still more £ billions for the murder industry! So, a treble whammy even!!

Number of people coming to UK to work from abroad fell by a quarter last year. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/number-people-coming-uk-work-7897440 There you go! LOADSA room left for displaced refugees. And with a bit of luck they'll all be plumbers to replace those ungrateful Polaks who have buggered off back home; or to Canada.

How I made £6,500 by reporting a single empty home - and you could too. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/how-made-6500-reporting-single-7895847

50 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Small Business. http://www.about.com/money/topic/bizmistakes?utm_content=6610358&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

37 Powerful Ways for Entrepreneurs to Be More Creative. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/Productivity/fl/37-Powerful-Ways-for-Entrepreneurs-to-Be-More-Creative.htm?utm_content=6610358&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Interactive poster lets passersby conduct orchestra. http://www.springwise.com/interactive-poster-lets-passersby-conduct-orchestra/?utm_campaign=372377_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,7ZBT,2V1FMX,PNXJ,1

Startup helps make cities smart through open data. http://www.springwise.com/startup-helps-make-cities-smart-open-data/?utm_campaign=372377_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,7ZBT,2V1FMX,PNXJ,1

Journalism pay-per-article platform aims to be Spotify for news. http://www.springwise.com/journalism-pay-per-article-platform-aims-spotify-news/?utm_campaign=372377_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,7ZBT,2V1FMX,PNXJ,1

04.05.2016: U.K. SMEs optimistic for future stability & growth. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/u-k-smes-optimistic-future-stability-growth/ What's this? Another statistical sample of 250 habitual crack users?

Freelancers’ predict downturn in UK economy but remain confident in their business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/freelancers-predict-downturn-in-uk-economy-but-remain-confident-in-their-business/

Continued growth in part-time self-employment. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-citizens-advice-works/media/press-releases/women-and-parents-driving-growth-in-part-time-self-employment The number of self-employed people working part-time hours has increased faster than any other type of employment, according to Citizens Advice analysis of the latest labour market statistics. Since 2010, the number of self-employed part-time workers has increased by over a third to 1.35 million, with much of the increase driven by the working habits of women and parents. Citizens Advice has identified that two thirds of people who work for themselves on a part-time basis are women, while the number of parents with a dependent child working part-time has increased by 30%. This contributes to over half of all part-time self-employed people of working age. (EnterpriseQuest)

Still more entrepreneurs without proper jobs. The regime will be pleased.

Pound drops after UK manufacturing suffers shock contraction. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/05/03/uk-manufacturing-suffers-shock-contraction-as-deep-unease-sets-i/ Well. Perhaps for those who are dumb enough to believe regime propaganda, it's another 'shock'.

Euro 2016 & Rio Olympics set to pump at least £3bn back into UK economy. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/euro-2016-rio-olympics-set-pump-least-3bn-back-uk-economy/ As predicted by the same analysts who claim Ingerlandt is enjoying an economic boom.

'Bank of mum and dad' lends £5bn a year in UK, says L&G. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36181318 On the other hand - still more bad news for the regime's banker mates.

'Bank of Mum and Dad will only grow' says property expert. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36190246 And there was an almighty wailing and a gnashing of teeth . . .

New Zealand launches new visa for global entrepreneurs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/new-zealand-launches-new-visa-for-global-entrepreneurs/ Leaving Britain to continue wallowing under the helmsmanship of Messrs Branson and Sugar, The Apprentice and Dragons' Den.

Scam protection is duty of businesses, says Which? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36190700

Javid orders BHS probe as Green agrees to meet MPs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36190229 The business world's equivalent of the Chilcot cover-up, in other words.

iPhone owners in UK targeted with iCloud text message scam. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/05/03/iphone-owners-in-uk-targeted-with-icloud-text-message-scam/ Scammers targeting morons are hardly going to find them amongst non-iPhone users!

Broadband ads misleading and must change, says ASA. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36195454 One could say the same about the ASA pretending to be an advertising watchdog for all these years.

The French will hammer you if there is a Brexit vote in the referendum, warns former trade chief. (French farmers would be 'eager' to stop British beef and lamb reaching supermarket shelves.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3570820/The-French-destroy-Brexit-vote-referendum-warns-former-trade-chief.html I've lived in France for 17 years and during all that time, I haven't once seen any British beef or lamb on supermarket shelves.

France bans foie gras for three months over bird flu scare. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-bans-foie-gras-for-three-months-over-bird-flu-scare-a7010491.html Bird flu which has been brought back to France on the feet of its terrorists/politicians. Shame about the sanctions, though. (Again.) Otherwise the dodgy stuff could simply have been exported to the Ruskies.

People who are jerks on Facebook tend to be popular in real life - study. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/03/people-who-are-jerks-on-facebook-tend-to-be-popular-in-real-life/ 'Popular' with the police, perhaps? On the other hand, what are people with real lives doing on fake social media, anyway? Helping keep students without any proper job prospects at university?

03.05.2016: After the leaks today showing just what it really stands for, this could be the end for TTIP. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ttip-leaks-shocking-what-are-they-eu-us-deal-a7010121.html It's not 'leaks' which will spell the end of TTIP and other American trade deals which 'rape' the worlds' consumers and small businesses; but a sea swell of principled public servants and politicians who serve their countries - and not just the shekel. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ex-ministers-and-civil-servant-still-taking-lucrative-private-sector-jobs-despite-whitehall-a7010936.html

Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of climate change. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/denmark-ethics-council-calls-for-tax-on-red-meat-to-fight-ethical-problem-of-climate-change-a7003061.html Will this also affect the cost of traditional 'British' bacon?

Entrepreneur’s relief: further changes likely in order to curb cost. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/entrepreneurs-relief-changes-likely-order-curb-cost/

The bizarre condition called Paris syndrome. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3569093/The-bizarre-psychological-condition-tourists-suffer-City-Lights-does-not-live-expectations-Paris-syndrome-result-hallucinations-convulsions-panic-attacks.html Parisians have always been bizarre. And that's putting it kindly.

3D printable accessories for customized electric bikes. http://www.springwise.com/free-3d-printable-accessories-electric-bikes/?utm_campaign=371089_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-05-02&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,7YC1,2V1FMX,PJPS,1

02.05.2016: Eurozone recovery picks up speed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36167289 Now there's confidence at the prospects of a Brexit. A shame the same can't be said about the other side of the Channel.

Banning cash would be devastating for the economy. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/04/30/banning-cash-would-be-devastating-for-the-economy/ So are the banks and trade deals with the Americans - but no-one has banned those yet

Fraudsters stole £50,000 from me last year - why will no one help? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/fraudsters-stole-50000-from-me-last-year---why-will-no-one-help/

15 Seasonal Business Ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/15-Seasonal-Business-Ideas.htm?utm_content=6610319&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

What Type of Business Should You Start? http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startup/a/businesstype.htm?utm_content=6610319&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=
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10 Low-Cost Ways to Promote Your Business. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/promotio1/ss/10-Low-Cost-Ways-to-Promote-Your-Business.htm?utm_content=6610319&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Free co-working space in exchange for online content. http://www.springwise.com/free-co-working-space-exchange-online-content/?utm_campaign=369990_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-04-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,7XHI,2V1FMX,PG3Y,1

01.05.2016: Consumer confidence in UK at lowest level in 15 months. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/consumer-confidence-uk-lowest-level-15-months/

Construction firms strike blacklisting settlement. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36173104

Is a buy-to-let bubble the next scandal in housing? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/04/30/is-a-buy-to-let-bubble-the-next-scandal-in-housing/ So what was the 'first' scandal in housing? Spiralling, Ponzi house prices?

How to make more money on eBay: Use words such as 'authentic' and 'sport' and avoid poor grammar at all costs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3565531/How-make-money-eBay-Words-like-authentic-sport-symphony-help-sellers-claw-cash-poor-grammar-reduces-value.html Oh, my God! Obviously a problem for the average English school leaver and/or university graduate!

Osborne vows to cut business rates for local papers saying a free press is 'ultimate protection against abuse of power'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3566695/Osborne-vows-cut-business-rates-local-papers-saying-free-press-ultimate-protection-against-abuse-power.html A cut in business rates for all local businesses would be nice even if one understands that the Chancellor's 'ultimate protection against abuse of power' means levering journalistic support for local war criminal politicians while urging still more racism and hatred against Muslims, Asians, blacks and East Europeans - but not American/Israeli terrorists and their supporters. Oh. Almost forgot. And re-writing history.

The end of auto-correct? http://www.aol.co.uk/video/apple-is-at-least-thinking-about-fixing-autocorrects-awkward-moments-5723d579e4b030cdc11e7f39/ Auto-correct (dumb programming) for dumb Americans, do they mean? OMG. Awesome. Cool.

7 Big Marketing Mistakes Small Business Owners Make. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketplansample/tp/7-Big-Marketing-Mistakes-Small-Business-Owners-Should-Avoid.htm?utm_content=6602254&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

How to Build a Marketing Budget: 4 Essential Elements. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/fl/How-to-Build-a-Marketing-Budget-4-Essential-Elements.htm?utm_content=6602254&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

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

Len Tondel

 

 

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