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LATEST! 26.04.2015
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (March 2015) Viewpoint

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

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

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


26.04.2015: The four biggest dangers to landlord returns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11552456/New-landlord-mansion-tax-marks-fresh-attack-on-buy-to-let.html

European police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11563295/European-police-crack-massive-horsemeat-trafficking-ring.html So despite all the culprits being known to industry 'insiders' and reporters for decades plus the EU's (in)famous traceability regulations, the culprits in this case are everyone except 'the Poles'. Now there's another blinding surprise.

EU updates on still more British media bullshit. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

FSB launches service to help SMEs better source cars & vans. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/fsb-launches-service-to-help-smes-better-source-cars-vans/ Or, what we, the Home Business Alliance, was doing twenty years ago.

Britain’s craft boom produces new model artisan army. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/26/crafts-world-of-handmade-arts-is-booming

Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/smartphones-are-making-children-borderline-autistic-says-psychiatrist-10203570.html They will have no problems developing into full-blown autistic, adult, self-employed, unemployed dumbwalkers, then? Or 'entrepreneurs' as the Government calls them.

25.04.2015: Up to 40% of homeowners facing mortgage trap. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32452598 Doncha just love it when you live in a country with a thriving, zero-hours, below-minimum wage economy, with a limitless supply of refugees to work for nothing - and all endorsed by America's financial mafia, the IMF? No wonder 'home business' activity is dropping like a stone. There's simply no need to do any work.

Tenants see 2.1% annual rise in rent. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32446106 More good news from Fake Britain.

Amazon to deliver packages to your car boot. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/11558457/Amazon-to-deliver-packages-to-your-car-boot.html This is a good move by Amazon - as increasing numbers of Brits will no longer able to afford homes and will be resigned to living in their log-book loan, second-hand (and extremely unreliable) BMWs, instead. The initiative is being partly sponsored by another 'unreliable' German carmaker - Audi.

(Although my very first car was an Audi forerunner: an Auto Union DKW, 3 cylinder, two stroke, actually, and which never went wrong at all. Even after I rebuilt it. A wonderful car with real character. They don't make them like that any more!)

Sub-postmasters' lives ruined by The Post Office. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3054706/Decent-lives-destroyed-Post-Office-monstrous-injustice-scores-sub-postmasters-driven-ruin-suicide-computers-really-blame.html Having had dealings with the Post Office's broadband and banking services, all of this comes as no surprise whatsoever.

Cultural differences can be a minefield for expats. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/before-you-go/11534528/Cultural-differences-can-be-a-minefield-for-expats.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM13575&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Exp_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Exp_New_2015_04_24&utm_campaign=DM13575 Some useful business indicators here, although the biggest problem with Brits abroad is the sheer number who have been conditioned by what they have read, heard and seen in the British cockroach, criminal media. Or propaganda, as it is better known.

Top 10 UK holiday home hotspots. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11560823/The-top-10-UK-holiday-home-hotspots.html

Best Free Marketing Techniques To Get Your Business Noticed. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/tp/Best-Free-Marketing-Techniques-To-Get-Your-Business-Noticed.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150420 Or, do your work well and get out into the real world to develop customer recognition and goodwill.

CNET Community: what do you use YouTube for? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497 Just in case there is anyone out there who has ever thought of it as a business tool.

Handheld device samples real world colors to use in digital design. http://www.springwise.com/handheld-device-samples-real-world-colors-digital-design/

Smart shopping list tells users when wanted items are nearby. http://www.springwise.com/smart-shopping-list-tells-customers-wanted-items-nearby/

Soccer jersey stock exchange makes shirts cheaper when teams are losing. http://www.springwise.com/soccer-jersey-stock-exchange-shirts-cheaper-teams-losing/ Should be a big favourite with Ingerlandt fans.

From Italy, the first carpooling app for scooter rides. http://www.springwise.com/italy-carpooling-app-scooter-rides/

24.04.2015: 'Sluggish' mortgage lending in 2015. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32427679 That's all the earnings which the country's employed haven't got.

St George's Day 2015: 5 English things not actually English.... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11553651/st-georges-day-2015-english-things.html

Switzerland is world's 'happiest' country. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32443396 Time to go and join one's bank accounts in that case.

'I've got £150k in cash. Would investing in a B&B be a better bet than a pension?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/special-reports/11555734/Ive-got-150000-in-cash.-Would-investing-in-a-BandB-be-better-than-a-pension.html

£419 off your energy bills: the deals you won't see in comparison tables. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11557180/419-off-your-energy-bills-the-deals-you-wont-see-in-comparison-tables.html

23.04.2015: Google launches mobile phone network. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32422193 Now there's a coincidence. (Google search changes favour mobiles. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32380223)

Pension freedowms to create fresh wave of later-life entrepreneurs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11554709/Pension-freedoms-to-boost-wave-of-later-life-entrepreneurs.html Naturally.

Businesses 'overlooking grey pound'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/22/businesses-overlooking-grey-pound/

Hunting for the UK's top 100 businesses: press release. http://ihubbub.com/news/hunting-for-the-top-100-home-businesses

'Vrumi is a free, online community connecting Londoners seeking affordable workspace to householders with daytime rooms to let. Our workspaces, in welcoming private homes in central London, are bookable on a flexible, last-minute basis and start at only £18 a day.' Press release: https://www.vrumi.com/property/74-all-about-space-and-light-loft-room

Free online support launched for people looking to launch their own business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/free-online-support-launched-for-people-looking-to-launch-their-own-business/

SME owners prefer to look to friends & family for advice rather than experts. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/sme-owners-prefer-to-look-to-friends-family-for-advice-rather-than-experts/ This has long been the case and especially so since the present Government came to power and replaced the 'experts' with business weener websites.

Wi-fi hack that cripplies iPhones and iPads. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/22/wi-fi-hack-ios-iphone-ipad-apple

Why a shoe-box is still best for keeping important papers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3051297/Why-shoebox-best-important-papers-adults-admit-keeping-documents-box.html We couldn't agree more. It certainly beats online banking for security.

Tesla's home battery is coming. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3051108/Tesla-s-home-battery-coming-Elon-Musk-set-unveil-power-pack-week.html

Top 10 home business opportunities. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startingahbb/ss/Top-10-Home-Business-Opportunities.htm

22.04.2015: Chamber of Commerce urges focus on long-term, not tactical headline-chasing. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/chamber-of-commerce-urges-focus-on-long-term-not-tactical-headline-chasing/ Chance would be a fine thing.

Ukip 'champion of small businesses'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/21/ukip-champion-of-small-businesses/

Spring has sprung for family finances. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18820

Supermarket price wars hitting producers in the pocket. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18826

More UK e-tailers than ever looking to expand internationally. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18812

Google now lets you download your entire search history. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3049387/What-searching-time-year-Google-lets-download-entire-search-history.html

40 money-saving tricks everyone should know. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-3049377/40-money-saving-tricks-needs-know.html

Families warming to solar power. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3049593/Families-warm-solar-power-Rising-energy-bills-mean-60-households-considering-installing-panels.html

Big up your brand. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/big-up-your-brand/

21.04.2015: Mortgage costs getting cheaper. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32378792

Which? urges action on 'misleading' supermarket prices. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32382820 We see that numerous, earlier calls for 'action' have had no effect then?

Warning of car insurance cost rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32379929

Landlords have two months to register deposits – or face £3,600 fine. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11532831/Landlords-have-two-months-to-register-deposits-or-face-3600-fine.html

Increase in penalties for inaccurate tax returns. http://www.bakertilly.co.uk/media/news/HMRC-gets-tougher-on-inaccurate-tax-returns.aspx The number of individuals fined for including deliberate inaccuracies in their tax return almost tripled in 2013/14 compared to 2012/13. Responding to a freedom of information request by Baker Tilly, HMRC has revealed that more than 14,400 penalties for 'deliberate inaccuracy' were issued in the 2013/14 tax year, compared to around 5,160 during the previous tax year. HMRC can charge individuals a penalty when a tax return or other document includes inaccurate information and results in tax being unpaid, understated or over-claimed. The four categories HMRC uses to categorise inaccuracies are: error, failure to take reasonable care, deliberate understatement and deliberate understatement with concealment. Over 80% of penalties are issued under the failure to take reasonable care category. (EnterpriseQuest)

Freelancer business confidence increases. https://www.ipse.co.uk/news/2015/welcome-return-business-confidence-among-freelancers-survey-shows Freelancers' business confidence increased in Q1 of 2015, according to survey results published by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE). The survey of almost 1,000 freelancers in the UK indicated that two in five secured an increase in work in Q1 of 2015, while one in five freelancers found their workload fell during the same period. Average daily rates increased by 1% in Q1 of 2015 compared with the previous quarter. More than half of freelancers surveyed said they expected their daily rates to remain at the same level, while a quarter said they expected rates to rise, and less than one in five expected rates to fall. (EnterpriseQuest)

Delivery costs restrict firms' growth. http://postandparcel.info/64447/news/markets/ebay-said-postage-costs-delivery-issues-hampering-sme-growth/ A third of small online traders believe that postage costs and problems with deliveries will limit their growth in the next twelve months, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by eBay. The survey of 307 small online traders, which was carried out in January and February 2015, also revealed that more than a quarter of them thought the next government should prioritise policies to improve postal and delivery services in order to boost economic growth. The survey also revealed that a quarter of small online traders believed increasing competition would limit their growth over the next year, while 10% said staff and pension costs would limit their growth and 7% believed growth would be limited by staff shortages. (EnterpriseQuest)

Parking charges are the fee consumers hate most. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3047922/Parking-charges-fee-consumers-hate-Expense-beats-paying-ATM-withdrawals-credit-card-charges-table-loathed.html

Women don’t need to be called an entrepreneur to succeed in business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/women-dont-need-to-be-called-an-entrepreneur-to-succeed-in-business/ The term 'entrepreneur' has been so overworked by the present Government and its cronies that it's become as common as muck without the brass. Little wonder our ladies with class want to put some distance between themselves and unemployed plebs.

Natwest Everywoman Awards for female entrepreneurs open for entries. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/natwest-everywoman-awards-for-female-entrepreneurs-open-for-entries/ Or, 'not-entrepreneurs' as the case may be.

One in three small companies in the UK could be breaking VAT rules. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/one-in-three-small-companies-in-the-uk-could-be-breaking-vat-rules/ As advised or not, undoubtedly, by the myriad of weener, online business resources for entrepreneurs.

Miliband shows contempt for self-employed with lack of election message. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/miliband-shows-contempt-for-self-employed-with-lack-of-election-message/ To put this storm in a teacup into context, IPSE (better know to many as the once PCG) has only been around since 1999 and claims just 21,000 members, so scarcely a large, 'senior' UK small business association such as the FSB or the Forum. Furthermore, its own website states that it is IPSE's 'ambition' to become the voice of Britain's alleged 4.6 million self-employed - so quite some way to go yet. Especially as the figures for self-employment being offered by the present Government and its cronies are viewed with considerable, widespread sceptisism.

If there is a silent message to be gleaned from Milliband's non-appearance in IPSE's magazine, it could just be that a new broom sweeps clean and if elected, Labour would install its own cronies rather than stick with those currently in evidence.

20.04.2015: Eastern European builders 'ended DIY'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11546653/Eastern-European-builders-ended-DIY.html A pity there aren't more of them to go around or they could end English cowboy builders, too.

Small Talk: Immigrants start businesses, create jobs and pay taxes: let’s welcome them. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sme/small-talk-immigrants-start-businesses-create-jobs-and-pay-taxes-lets-welcome-them-10188526.html Unlike millions of British migrants abroad (from ex-pats to military 'advisers') whose typical contributions to the local community range from 2 litres of red wine every day to murdering, thieving and destroying everyone's homes and lives. Little wonder the worlds' locals just want to take a 'gunboat' to them.

Average asking price of a UK home reaches a record-breaking £286,000. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3046205/Lack-property-surge-demand-recent-weeks-drives-average-asking-price-house-record-286-000.html This means the entire electorate will be falling into the inheritance tax trap within the next twelve months, then?

Do these signs mean your home is a target for thieves? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/19/do-these-signs-mean-your-home-is-a-target-for-thieves/ No. It's more likely to be a self-assessment or council tax form.

500,000 pension savers could be hit with early exit fees. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11545164/500000-pension-savers-could-be-hit-with-early-exit-fees.html

Location-based mobile advertising loves where you are, not where you're going. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/11545192/Location-based-mobile-advertising-loves-where-you-are-not-where-youre-going.html

19.04.2015: Britons poised for biggest income boost for two decades. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11546733/Britons-poised-for-biggest-income-boost-for-two-decades.html The Government (if re-elected) is proposing an 8p, or 15% increase in the National Minimum Wage for self-employed, unemployed entrepreneurs on zero-hour contracts..

Is your local market under threat? http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/apr/17/local-market-under-threat-share-stories-photos What local market?

Where did Britain's truckers go? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044827/Where-did-Britain-s-truckers-Agency-forced-offer-cash-bonuses-Eastern-European-lorry-drivers-t-staff-here.html To their local food banks?

End of an era for bungalows? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-3043630/Last-bungalow-home-built-2020-downward-trend-continues.html

18.04.2015: One million Britons using food banks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/one-million-britons-using-food-banks-according-to-trussell-trust-10186142.html That's what happens when so many people are in 'employment' and enjoying the benefits of unemployed, self-employed entrepreneurship.

SMEs are losing out on millions due to low interest rates. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-are-losing-out-on-millions-due-to-low-interest-rates/

SMEs must improve web presence to grow business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-must-improve-web-presence-to-grow-business/ Over 25% of businesses do not have a website, this article claims. Just '25%'? I have seen suggestions which go as high as over 60%. Certainly the vast majority of tradesmen I have employed during recent years don't have a website; in fact, they don't even sport email addresses, as a rule.

So, given the country's present economic success - according to the Government, its cronies and the IMF - that would put a strong case for SMEs not wasting their time and money with a web presence at all, as the current formula is clearly doing so well. Especially as 80% of the online presence of small businesses is absolute crap with barely a grasp of basic manners and education, let alone alone internet law, business etiquette and good practice. In which case, substantially reducing the country's numbers of small businesses with a web presence, would be a much better idea.

The death of pensions: has it begun? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11543227/The-death-of-pensions-has-it-begun.html The country's rent-a-gob media/propaganda has been ramping up anti-pension comment for the past couple of years. A precursor certainly, of the inevitable fate of pensions to help pay for the Government's £200 billion annual spend on fagging for Big Corp.

The chart that shows there are 12 rates of income tax. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11544301/The-chart-that-shows-there-are-12-rates-of-income-tax.html

Endless sales are over. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044350/Endless-sales-High-street-chains-call-time-cut-price-promotions-forever.html

3 ways to let your home and keep your investment. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/17/three-ways-to-let-your-property-and-keep-your-investment/

The best time to buy solar panels? Five years ago – or right now. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11525135/The-best-time-to-buy-solar-panels-Five-years-ago-or-right-now.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM11782&WT.tsrc=email&etype=
Edi_Pfi_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Pfi_New_2015_04_18&utm_campaign=DM11782

New EU rules threaten overseas holiday homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11542721/New-EU-rules-threaten-overseas-holiday-homes.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM12348&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Exp_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Exp_New_2015_04_17&utm_campaign=DM12348

The rogue tradesmen who fool us with courtesy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044329/The-rogue-tradesmen-fool-courtesy-Study-suggests-homeowners-likely-duped-polite-fraudsters.html

Hotels guests being fleeced by online agents. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3044298/Hotel-guests-fleeced-online-agents-Hoteliers-say-forced-hike-prices-cover-25-commission-taken-websites.html Just another day in the universal scam known as the internet.

The best way to get to France. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/11544331/Flight-ferry-or-train-which-is-the-best-way-to-get-to-France.html The way which avoids French strikers. Or. go via Belgium. Or Spain. Or Italy.

On Your Bike: Former Olympian launches networking on bicycles franchise. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/on-your-bike-former-olympian-launches-networking-on-bicycles-franchise/ Cyclists have been networking on club runs since the bike was invented; kind of golf club membership for po' (but fit) boys. Mind you, if it catches on with 'trendy' Londoners, it will be a networking franchise for atheist churchgoers, next: 'Oh, my God' entrepreneurs.

10 body language secrets of highly successful people. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/10-body-language-secrets-of-highly-successful-people/ This should raise a larf from onlookers.

Investors shy away from hacked businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/investors-shy-away-from-hacked-businesses/

17.04.2015: Britain's household debt is as bad as that of Portugal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3042709/Our-household-debt-bad-Portugal-IMF-says-obsession-home-ownership-burdening-Britain-s-economic-recovery.html . . . but without the lifestyle benefits.

German cars 'amongst least reliable'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32332210 Just goes to show what marketing and Top Gear for dummies can achieve.

Motorists' pockets being plundered by retailers, says AA. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32335289

UK house price pick-up worrying, say surveyors. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32332201

What is Internet.org and will it really come to Europe? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11537985/What-is-Internet.org-and-will-it-really-come-to-Europe.html Whereas even if it comes to Europe, it will be a long time never arriving in the UK. Can't be putting all those official telecomms scams out of operation, can we now?

Drone laws in the UK: what are the rules? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11541504/Where-is-the-legal-line-in-flying-drones.html The rules for now, in other words.

For-profit social enterprise connects craftsmen and cooks with visiting tourists. http://www.springwise.com/for-profit-social-enterprise-connects-craftsmen-cooks-visiting-tourists/

Platform lets anyone become a newsletter creator. http://www.springwise.com/platform-lets-newsletter-creator/

16.04.2015: Two billion adults still 'have no access to banking'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32314901

Who'll be our Mumpreneur of the year? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3040629/Wholl-Mumpreneur-year-major-new-trend-women-juggling-motherhood-setting-businesses-like-four-looking-inspiring-stories.html This article has had 16 shares. Wow. Doncha just love it when the media decides to get behind a 50-year-old 'trend'.

Salad workers 'cheated out of pay'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/15/salad-pickers-cheated-out-of-pay/ Or, just another day in the big business affairs of tax-dodging Conservative Party supporters.

Counting the cost of domestic thinking in business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/counting-the-cost-of-domestic-thinking-in-the-business/ But what if you're a 'home' business?

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Sending Email Newsletters. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/fl/8-Things-to-Avoid-When-Sending-Email-Newsletters.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150415

7 Secrets Small Business Sales Professionals Use to Close More Deals. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/sales/fl/7-Secrets-Small-Business-Sales-Professionals-Use-to-Close-More-Deals.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150415

Best free marketing techniques to get your business noticed. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/tp/Best-Free-Marketing-Techniques-To-Get-Your-Business-Noticed.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150413

AI contact manager keeps users’ digital address books up to date. http://www.springwise.com/platform-contact-lists-up-to-date-automatically

Smartphone app can identify billions of pill types immediately. http://www.springwise.com/smartphone-app-instant-audible-pill-identification

Invisible spray paint makes cyclists glow in the dark. http://www.springwise.com/invisible-spray-paint-cyclists-glow-dark

Physical button re-orders household products when pressed. http://www.springwise.com/physical-button-re-orders-household-products-pressed

Airline now has a free pet tracking service to protect furry travelers. http://www.springwise.com/airline-includes-pet-tracking-service-protect-furry-travelers/

Travel agency offsets CO2 emissions of its customers’ hotel stays for free. http://www.springwise.com/travel-agency-offsets-c02-emissions-customers-hotel-stays-free/

15.04.2015: UK house prices continue to cool. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32284700

Scenarios that lead to a 55% tax bill on your pension. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/special-reports/11533409/Lifetime-allowance-How-to-avoid-55pc-tax-bills-on-your-pension.html

A sinister twist on phone call scams. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-3038971/How-sinister-new-twist-phone-call-scams-cost-Jenny-4-000.html

Britons spend £138,000 on bills in a lifetime. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3039188/Britons-spend-138-000-bills-lifetime-Typical-household-spends-30-000-gas-electric-prices-surge-past-decade.html Or, more than twice that if they run a home business.

14.04.2015: Tax changes for employers and the self-employed. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-changes-coming-into-effect-6-april-2015 A number of significant tax changes came into force on 6th April 2015. The changes include removing the requirement for employers to pay NICs for employees aged 21 or under and increasing the Capital Gains Tax annual exemption to £11,100. Self-employed individuals will also have to pay Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) via their self-assessment tax return from April 2016. (EnterpriseQuest)

Local authorities offer commercial legal services to boost income. http://www.localis.org.uk/article/1922/Commercial-Councils:-The-rise-of-entrepreneurialism-in-local-government.htm Providing commercial legal services could provide an area of future income growth for local authorities, according to a report published by thinktank Localis. The report, 'Commercial Councils: The rise of entrepreneurialism in local government', refers to legal services as a potential future 'boom area' of additional income for local authorities, along with facilities and waste management. According to the report, almost a quarter of councils are already receiving external income by providing commercial legal services, and a further 43% are considering doing so. The report also found that 57% of local authorities have entered into a joint venture with one or more private sector firms. (EnterpriseQuest)

Ukip in scramble to drum-up support of small businesses, leaked email shows. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/ukip-in-scramble-to-drum-up-support-of-small-businesses-leaked-email-shows/ Or, they could continue to do what their adversaries have always done: ignore the welfare of the small business community altogether. Although of course, a bit of posturing always looks good in the media.

"Deliberately confusing" energy bills cost households. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/13/deliberately-confusing-energy-bills-cost-households/

Fish and chips off the menu as seas warm up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/11533705/Fish-and-chips-off-the-menu-as-seas-warm-up.html What will our politicians use for their photo-shoots now?

The Government's Red Tape Challenge - 1,000 laws in just four years including a ban on washing clothes or flying kites in Trafalgar Square. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3037635/Coalition-creates-1-000-laws-just-four-years-including-ban-washing-clothes-flying-kites-Trafalgar-Square.html As we keep saying.

Now it’s official: Not Everyone has what it takes to be an entrepreneur. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/now-its-official-not-everyone-has-what-it-takes-to-be-an-entrepreneur/ That much has quietly been official since the Stone Age, although this Government and its cronies did initially get behind a publicity campaign which claimed that anyone could run a business. (Even people who practice social media and take selfies.) What isn't official at all, is how many 'entrepreneurs' are still left standing after their first twelve months of entrepreneuring.

Britain becoming a nation of social media shoppers. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18727

Online shoppers still shaky on security says Worldpay. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18658

The rising power of the female consumer. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18688

13.04.2015: Conservatives would put "Great British" branding as standard on food sold in shops and exported overseas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11530428/Liz-Truss-plans-Tory-food-industry-revolution.html Why didn't the Government tackle this issue the moment it was elected the last time? Any time? Too busy fagging for American Big Corp, perhaps? Selling off the taxpayers' assets? Britain is 50 years behind the French when it comes to (rightfully) blowing its own trumpet. Conditioned as its politicians are to all things American.

Tories pledge inheritance tax cut for millions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11530440/Tories-pledge-inheritance-tax-cut-for-millions.html The Conservative Party has been talking about upping its feudal inheritance tax allowance and rules (you pay tax of 40% on what has been taxed already) for as long as it's been promising to cut red tape. The problem for any aspiring and/or successful home business is that even the proposed individual allowance of £500,000 is less than the average London house price which, when added to the savings dis-incentives of the new pension regime, suggests that there is no point in trying to be an entrepreneur in Britain at all.

Rocketing house prices to hit a wall. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3036218/Rocketing-house-prices-hit-wall-10-rise-year-growth-slow-1-5.html

Retailers struggle to make profits from soaring online sales. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/retailers-struggle-to-make-profits-from-soaring-online-sales-10171791.html

Open-minded shoppers willing to try new products leading to a boom in ethical spending, says report. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/openminded-shoppers-willing-to-try-new-products-leading-to-a-boom-in-ethical-spending-says-report-10171580.html

Online shopping drives record van sales. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32279715

Beware 'invoice' email scam to steal bank details. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11528119/Beware-invoice-email-scam-to-steal-bank-details.html

The 50 top things you want in an office. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/the-50-top-things-you-want-in-an-office/

12.04.2015: Supermarket workers have to claim £11bn benefits, charity says. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32272817 And let's not forget that many of these workers also become part of the Government's (and its cronies') army of unemployed, self-employed 'entrepreneurs' the moment they trade a redundant Maclaren baby buggy on eBay.

Small firms are hoarding cash to provide post election financial buffer. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/small-firms-are-hoarding-cash-to-provide-post-election-financial-buffer/ Very 'Third World'. Which would be about right for the UK's current small business scene.

Crippling PFI leaves Britain £22 billion in debt. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/loans-credit/crippling-pfi-deals-leave-britain-222bn-in-debt-10170214.html Yet another bright idea by Conservative fags for Big Corp which has cost the taxpayer dear. Not that the WC (War Criminal) Labour Party which followed, proved to be any less supine.

Buy-to-let returns beat all other mainstream investments. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11520110/Buy-to-let-returns-beat-all-other-mainstream-investments.html So we won't be seeing any significant measures being taken to tackle the UK's alleged 'housing crisis' in that case?

Official tax disc loophole scam. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/apr/11/tax-disc-loophole-drivers-massive-fines-clamping-towed-dvla

Capital One customers to lose cashback rewards on credit cards following EU ruling. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/capital-one-customers-to-lose-cashback-rewards-on-credit-cards-following-eu-ruling-10169474.html

Foreign homeowners fleeing London. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3034744/Foreign-homeowners-fleeing-London-Ed-Miliband-announced-non-dom-rule-change-plan-say-estate-agents.html That was quick! Still. The numbers of home businesses continue to haemorrhage.

Will your business survive Google’s re-ranking day on 21st April? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/will-your-business-survive-googles-re-ranking-day-on-21st-april/ It's a pretty safe bet that the majority of the country's small businesses - which don't even have an internet presence - will be just fine.

Postal costs are holding back SME growth. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/postal-costs-are-holding-back-sme-growth/ All part of the Government's business plan of fagging for Big Corp when it came to selling off (latest taxpayer rip-off) Royal Mail.

Scamwatch: phone banking fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/11/scamwatch-phone-banking-fraud/

Virtual reality headset lets potential buyers explore multiple properties. http://www.springwise.com/virtual-reality-headset-lets-potential-buyers-explore-multiple-properties/

Smart apartments open up the Internet of Things to renters. http://www.springwise.com/smart-apartments-open-internet-renters

11.04.2015: Sterling plummets to five year low as economic slowdown looms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11526916/British-construction-industry-suffers-shock-pre-election-collapse.html So we're not enjoying an 'economic boom' after all? Who'd have thought it? (Bad timing for the Government, though.)

'The Tories are cleaning up tax avoidance whilst helping startups & SMEs grow.' http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/election/the-tories-are-cleaning-up-tax-avoidance-whilst-helping-startups-smes-grow/ Pure, Mickey Mouse propaganda which is so poor, it's been widely ignored even by the country's dumb media.

Death of the credit card perk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11529393/Death-of-the-credit-card-perk.html

Men are still charged more than women for car insurance, despite EU rule change. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/motorinsurance/11521781/Men-are-still-charged-more-than-women-for-car-insurance-despite-EU-rule-change.html

Head-in-the-sand house sellers refuse to accept market has cooled. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3034094/Head-sand-house-sellers-refuse-admit-market-cooled-wildly-value-properties-74-000.html Really? How many house sellers do you know who carry out their own valuations and property advertising? Or are we talking 'estate agents' here? Whose contribution to the advertising revenue of the media should not be underestimated. So let's blame the clients instead.

CNET Community: Amazon sues sites for allegedly phoney user reviews. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497

Britain's internet clothes mountain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3034431/Britain-internet-clothes-mountain-1-5billion-worth-unwanted-items.html

Is this Britain's perfect home? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11527225/Is-this-Britains-perfect-home.html No 'home office' then? Which was almost obligatory as long as twenty years ago. And which - despite Government propaganda to the contrary - is still further evidence of the dramatic decline in the UK's numbers of 'serious' home businesses.

How to grow your own furniture. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3033546/How-grow-furniture-Eco-friendly-designer-uses-special-moulds-guide-branches-ready-chairs-tables-lampshades.html Finally. Something 'with a purpose' for social media vegetables?

'Lloyds Bank said that at 75 I was too old for a credit card'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/11521626/Lloyds-Bank-said-that-at-75-I-was-too-old-for-a-credit-card.html

10.04.2015: Spring has sprung for family finances. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18613

Fraudsters hide behind fake invoices. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32231108

Brush up your business in the new tax year. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/brush-up-your-business-in-the-new-tax-year/

PR 101 in the real world: Speaking the right language. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/pr-101-in-the-real-world-speaking-the-right-language/

Half a million children set to learn how to cook healthy meals. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18618 More than a window of opportunity here.

Jamie Oliver's favourite supper club? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/recipes/11519125/Jamie-Olivers-favourite-supper-club-A-Vietnamese-feast-in-London.html

Why Britain's parcel couriers are still struggling to deliver. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/why-britains-parcel-couriers-are-still-struggling-to-deliver-10166695.html

New exemptions for providers of consumer credit. https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-types/consumer-credit/instalment-exemption New consumer credit exemptions have been introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Previously firms offering consumer credit were only exempt from the requirement to apply for FCA authorisation if they provided credit agreements that were repaid within a maximum of four instalments over the course of a year. This has now been increased to 12 instalments. Firms must still meet additional criteria to remain exempt from authorisation, such as only providing credit for a fixed amount and not adding any charges or interest. Firms which meet all of the criteria may still require authorisation from the FCA if they carry out other credit-related activities. The new exemptions were introduced on 18th March 2015 and only apply to credit agreements made on or after that date. (EnterpriseQuest)

How to make money working from home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/09/how-to-make-money-working-from-home/ This makes a change from the dumb media's usual homeworking fare of dog-walking.

Money-making boiler generates electricity and cuts CO2 emissions. http://www.springwise.com/money-making-boiler-generates-electricity-cuts-co2-emissions

09.04.2015: HMRC tax helpline blocked by deluge of calls. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11523700/HMRC-tax-helpline-blocked-by-deluge-of-calls.html We see the HMRC is as well prepared as always for the Government's mandatory Digital Dickhead initiative.

Tory HQ drafts mass mailouts to target farmers, veterans and women. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/08/conservative-candidates-model-letters-demographic-groups Interesting to see that when it comes to the crunch, the Government's propensity for all things digital, Twatter and Arsebook, is replaced with good, old-fashioned (but effective) direct mail. Now there's a thing.

Four in ten households own a tablet. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3031292/Average-home-seven-web-gadgets-Smartphones-popular-device-poll-finds-four-ten-households-tablet.html Not many people own a tablet after all then? No wonder the Tory party are using mass mailings to get through to voters.

High value mortgage demand drops. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32217545

Risky mortgages are back on the rise. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11522483/Risky-mortgages-are-back-on-the-rise.html

Buy-to-let mortages: can I get them into my 80s? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11499002/Buy-to-let-mortgages-can-I-get-them-into-my-80s.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM8857&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Pfi_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Pfi_New_2015_04_01&utm_campaign=DM8857

Six million Brits buy groceries on credit. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cardsloans/article-3030315/Six-million-Britons-forced-borrow-money-just-pay-groceries-says-Debt-Advisory-Centre.html

Business set for boost from pension freedoms. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/08/business-set-for-boost-from-pension-freedoms/

The six consumer trends driving growth in retail. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/the-six-consumer-trends-driving-growth-in-retail/

RAC launches free to advertise used car website. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/news/rac-launches-free-to-advertise-used-car-website/

Passport exit checks: what you need to know. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/passport-exit-checks-what-you-need-to-know-10161516.html

'Loneliness maps' should be used to help the most isolated people, report advises. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/loneliness-maps-should-be-used-to-help-the-most-isolated-people-report-advises-10163696.html This will be of interest to those who subscribe to that old chestnut that working from home is an isolated and lonely affair. Worse than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to this report. Plus, the debilitating effects of 'eating cheese' and 'watching telly', and it is little wonder that this fate almost worse than death, has resulted in such a dramatic decline in the numbers of home businesses in recent years.

More than half of over-65s have been targeted by con artists. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3031295/More-half-65s-targeted-artists-Frightening-figures-pensioners-reply-scams-guaranteed-lose-money.html Which is why of course, they are an election campaign target as well.

7 secrets sales professionals use to close more deals. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/sales/fl/7-Secrets-Small-Business-Sales-Professionals-Use-to-Close-More-Deals.htm?utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150408&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

Business advice library has thousands of free 3-minute clips. http://www.springwise.com/business-advice-library-thousands-free-3-minute-clips

Platform helps startups offer retirement plans. http://www.springwise.com/platform-helps-startups-offer-retirement-plans/

Restaurant crowdfunding platform turns customers into investors. http://www.springwise.com/restaurant-crowdfunding-platform-turns-customers-investors/

Any business can now take payment using a $Cashtag. http://www.springwise.com/business-payment-cashtag/

New form of package trip: Entrepreneurs jetting off on co-working holidays. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/new-form-of-package-trip-entrepreneurs-jetting-off-on-co-working-holidays/

08.04.2015: UK service sector growth picks up speed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32202702

SMEs fear interest rate hike within the next six months. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-fear-interest-rate-hike-within-the-next-six-months/

Pensioners can't get pension cash. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32201833

EE offers wi-fi call-back service. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32161094 After all these years? And what about the other telecon companies? How about a money-back service, instead?

UK food, clothes and electricals see biggest price falls in nearly nine years. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/apr/08/uk-food-clothes-and-electricals-record-price-falls

Three new Acts become law.

The Consumer Rights Act 2015, the Deregulation Act 2015 and the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 all received Royal Assent on 26th March 2015. The three new pieces of legislation will introduce the following important regulatory changes:

The Consumer Rights Act will revoke the Sales of Goods Act 1979 and the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982, simplifying and clarifying the provisions of consumer protection. The new Act will provide a simple, modern framework of consumer rights, particularly in relation to the supply of digital content. The Act will come into force on the 1st October 2015. Guidance is expected to be available before the end of April 2015, giving traders six months to prepare for the necessary changes. For further information, go to http://www.gov.uk/government/policies/providing-better-information-and-protection-for-consumers/supporting-pages/consumer-bill-of-rights.

The Deregulation Act 2015 will reduce the burden of excessive red tape on a range of business types including driving instructors, taxis and private hire vehicles and establishments that sell alcohol. The Act also exempts self-employed workers in low-risk industries from workplace health and safety legislation. The Act will come into force later this year. For further details, go to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2015/20/contents/enacted/data.htm.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the Small Business Act 2015) will improve access to business finance by increasing the availability of investment for small firms to help them grow. An independent Small Business Appeals Champion will be introduced for all non-economic regulators to ensure that small firms can easily challenge a regulatory requirement if they feel it is unfair and minimises their ability to grow. The public procurement process will also be changed to ensure that small firms have access to public sector contracts and procurement processes in general. The Act will come into force later this year. For further details, go to http://www.gov.uk/government/news/boost-for-firms-as-small-business-act-becomes-law.

(EnterpriseQuest)

New proposals will simplify accounting for 3 million of UK’s smallest businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/new-proposals-will-simplify-accounting-for-3-million-of-uks-smallest-businesses/

07.04.2015: Banks 'pay 60%' of profits in fines and customer payments. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32198976 The Government will just have to give them more taxpayers' money. Next thing you know they'll be using bankers to show businesses how to operate and teaching plebs life and social skills.

Lloyds pledges extra support to ensure British business prospers. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/lloyds-pledges-extra-support-to-ensure-british-business-prospers/ With British taxpayers' money, one presumes?

Young people increasingly giving up on ever owning their own home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/young-people-increasingly-giving-up-on-ever-owning-their-own-home-10158712.html Yes, but look on the bright side. The economy is picking up. According to the Government and its taxpayer-funded bankers.

Half a million more people summoned to court over unpaid council tax, after benefits scrapped. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/half-a-million-more-people-summoned-to-court-over-unpaid-council-tax-after-benefits-scrapped-10158721.html Oh, good. Things really are looking up, especially for home businesses.

The rise of DIY dentistry. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-rise-of-diy-dentistry-yet-again-social-mobility-seems-to-be-in-reverse-10158276.html Just like any other Third World country, then?

Britain's forgotten foods are back. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3028116/Britain-s-forgotten-foods-Yorkshire-cheese-pastries-Fidget-pies-150-year-old-lemon-curd-buns.html No thanks to Britain's dumb media.

Dumb Brits being misled by 'bargain blindness'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3027589/Do-bargain-blindness-gym-deals-misleading-petrol-price-cuts-thrifty-Brits-duped-splashing-out.html Probably because they spend all their time looking at dummyphones and not what they're buying.

Google Gmail users hit by software glitch. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32194202

Are you being scammed by free apps? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3027959/Are-scammed-free-apps-Study-warns-ads-kill-battery-boost-bill-phone.html

'Fraudsters style 80k from our bank.' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11512271/Fraudsters-stole-80k-from-our-bank.html

Poland to build watchtowers along its border with Russia. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3027459/Poland-build-WATCHTOWERS-border-Russian-enclave-Kaliningrad-amid-heightened-tensions-Moscow.html Will we see a mass exodus of British builders taking advantage of this new opportunity? Or will they take the soft option and continue to prey on the gullible British public with the backing of the law?

7,000 French sign online petition to save roadside trees from being cut down because of the country's dangerous drivers. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/saving-frances-trees-i-am-flabbergasted-that-a-single-tree-should-be-felled-to-make-driving-safer-10158167.html Of course, had the petition been to promote the Islamophobic rantings of a cras and tasteless, bankrupt, ass-wipe of a magazine, then the French would have come out in their 'millions'. Meanwhile, back in Britain, there's no problem. Roadsides never had any trees to begin with. Just matchbox housing.

06.04.2015: Pensions minister warns against savings-pot spending sprees. From this morning, anyone aged 55 or over can cash in their entire pension, sparking fears of a buy-to-let property bubble. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/apr/06/pensions-minister-warns-against-savings-pot-spending-sprees

Employers using ‘bogus self-employment’ set to face heavy penalties. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/employers-using-bogus-self-employment-set-to-face-heavy-penalties/ Will these 'penalties' extend to political party donors and 'bogus' official/government crony self-employment statistics, one is tempted to ask?

Poor internet connections cost UK economy £11bn a year. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/poor-internet-connections-cost-uk-economy-11bn-a-year/ This clearly calls for still more ex-telecomms men and internet scammers to be appointed as Government ministers and for the Digital Dickhead initiative to become part of the national curriculum.

216 shops and 7,500 jobs - the cost of supermarket and DIY chaos. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11514627/216-shops-and-7500-jobs-the-cost-of-supermarket-and-DIY-chaos.html

Britain's most popular market towns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11507934/Revealed-Britains-most-popular-market-towns.html

Rail ticket machines still don't give cheapest deals despite code of practice. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3026925/Rail-ticket-machines-don-t-cheapest-deals-Passengers-save-buying-booking-office-despite-code-practice-introduced.html

French air traffic controllers on strike again. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/easter-holidays-french-airtraffic-controllers-strike-threatens-british-families-return-to-the-uk-10156871.html Oh, look. French air traffic controllers on strike again. That's unusual. The good weather must have arrived. I would have thought their regular threat to air traffic security and damage inflicted upon the national economy would have justified being arrested and locked up under anti-terror legislation long before now? The French assassinated Gaddafi and thousands of Libyans for less, after all. (If only air traffic controllers were self-employed Muslims, on the other hand . . . )

Radio silence in France as strike hits network in dispute over spending freeze. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/radio-silence-in-france-as-strike-hits-network-in-dispute-over-spending-freeze-10157537.html There's no 'radio silence' in France at all - just a whining excuse for the industrial action, before a welcome break from some of the naive, unamusing and adolescent platitudes of the nation's favourite presenters, all babbling over each other. Consequently, 'traffic info' with all the latest news of piss-poor French drivers' antics and blackspots to avoid, happily continues uninterrupted.

Colouring books for adults top Amazon bestseller list. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/05/colouring-books-for-adults-top-amazon-bestseller-list It must be all that stress from looking at a dummyphone every few minutes.

05.04.2015: New credit crisis warning. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11516220/New-credit-crisis-warning.html

Small farmers under threat from collapse in food prices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/agriculture/11516294/Small-farmers-under-threat-from-collapse-in-food-prices.html

Buy-to-let investors get mortgages till they're aged 105, while ordinary homebuyers are 'too old' in their 50s. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11510753/Buy-to-let-investors-get-mortgages-till-theyre-aged-105-while-ordinary-homebuyers-are-too-old-in-their-50s.html

How street style became big business. http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/article/TMG11509009/How-street-style-became-big-business.html

04.04.2015: Easter spells good news for retailers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11513018/Early-Easter-spells-good-news-for-retailers.html

The cost of buying in France falls by 25pc - and could fall further. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11511827/The-cost-of-buying-in-France-falls-by-25pc-and-could-fall-further.html It's not the cost of buying a property in France which is the main consideration: but keeping it and staying there, can be. Many other countries in Europe are more attractive and a lot of smart money has been buying in Eastern Europe for the past few years.

Corporate social responsibility for startups. http://www.springwise.com/corporate-social-responsibility-startups

Company hires out drones and pilots to construction sites and beyond. http://www.springwise.com/company-hires-drones-experienced-pilots

03.04.2015: The election: Just what can the parties do to win over SMEs? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/the-election-just-what-can-the-parties-do-to-win-over-smes/ Bearing in mind that 99% of the country's businesses are 'SMEs', then it should have dawned on party propagandascheisewriters by now that arranging fewer column-inches for the rantings of a handful of tax-dodging political donors might be a good place to start? Or have I missed any statements or letters published or aired by British American/Israeli propaganda which has offered any points of view from the vast majority of the country's non-'Friends of Israel' business community?

Of course, politicians know all this. Just as they know SMEs don't have a voice. SMEs have been groomed not to have a voice. And that is the way it is going to stay.

Hey next Prime Minister what about us SMEs? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/hey-next-prime-minister-what-about-us-smes/ SMEs don't give political parties big bungs, do they? And of course, let's not forget the media's traditional delinquence in these matters, either. It's far easier to earn grotesque, taxpayer-funded salaries by parroting press releases and propaganda, than doing any real reporting. And now that Twatter and Arsebook have come along, the detachment of journalism from reality is even more pronounced.

What will changes in interest rates mean to SMEs? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/what-will-changes-in-interest-rates-mean-to-smes/ Keep the second-hand, non-British manufactured BMW for at least another year?

700,000 on zero-hours contracts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/02/700-000-on-zero-hours-contracts/ So if we add this number to say, anything between 3 million and 5 million forcibly self-employed, (or, 'entrepreneurs' on zero-hour contracts by any other name), then the true (as they were once known) figures for UK unemployment are between 5 and 7 million. Wow.

Construction growth slows in March. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32160446

EOn to pay £7.75 million for overcharging again. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32157906

Are 4G speeds getting slower? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3023539/Are-4G-speeds-getting-SLOWER-Networks-half-fast-promised-worse-people-use-them.html

3 prominent business leaders distance themselves from pro-Conservative electioneering propaganda letter. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/02/astrazeneca-and-ladbrokes-withdraw-support-for-pro-tory-election-letter

Living near a Waitrose 'puts £38k on value of your home'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11512665/Living-near-a-Waitrose-puts-38k-on-value-of-your-home.html There's no accounting for 'taste', as they say. Assuming anyone wants to admit to this aberration?

Pension withdrawal could mean tax shock. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32162074 Shock? I would have thought that is precisely what the Government has been planning. Amongst other scams.

Hidden hire car costs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/11512055/Hidden-hire-car-costs-and-why-urgent-reform-is-needed.html

French drivers getting worse. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11512573/French-drivers-getting-worse.html Which is in addition to the French already being among the worst drivers in the world, despite official fiddling to keep down accident mortality statistics. Is this the present socio-fascist government's only world-class achievement, one has to ask?

Time for another manif for 'freedom' by the country's hashtag hypocrites and dummyphone zombies. The freedom to persecute, injure and kill.

Facebook launches Riff. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3023310/Facebook-launches-Riff-App-lets-create-video-montages-friends-strangers.html For its devotees, collectively named Raff.

Salutin' Putin: inside a Russian troll house. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/02/putin-kremlin-inside-russian-troll-house Seems Vlad the Bad has been learning internet reputation-building from TripAdvisor. And the Americans. And the Israelis. And the British. And the French. And so on and so on. On the other hand there are billions of people out there who don't read spam or believe anything endorsed by the internet anyway, so once again, this is just another piece of 'reporting'/trolling from yet another propaganda house.

Ads that track emotions. http://www.springwise.com/enhanced-video-ads-track-viewers-emotions-real-time

Green computer server heats homes for free. http://www.springwise.com/green-computer-server-heats-homes-free/

Free app translates speech into text in real time for remote, deaf users. http://www.springwise.com/free-app-translates-speech-text-real-time-remote-deaf-users

02.04.2015: Unprecedented weak UK productivity. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32143552

'Temporary' bank cash to be protected. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32147474 Protected from the banks, in other words.

Where Council Tax is rising and falling in 2015/16. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/04/01/where-council-tax-is-rising-and-falling-in-2015-16/

The Tory business 100 - including a few tax avoiders. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2015/apr/01/tory-100-industry-captains-party-donors-tax-avoiders

Milk prices could 'collapse' after EU rule change. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11510251/Milk-prices-could-collapse-after-EU-rule-change.html Still more unemployed, self-employed entrepreneurs to add to the dole queues.

Fast food takeaway shops grow more rapidly in deprived areas of UK. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/02/fast-food-takeaway-shops-grow-more-rapidly-in-deprived-areas-of-uk A noticeable aspect of all deprived areas, all around the world since the Second World War. Except that in 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain, it's rated as 'entrepreneurial' success.

Best Free Marketing Techniques To Get Your Business Noticed. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/tp/Best-Free-Marketing-Techniques-To-Get-Your-Business-Noticed.htm?utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150401&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

27 time-saving apps for small business owners. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/bizcalculators/fl/27-Time-Saving-Apps-for-Small-Business-Owners.htm?utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150401&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

01.04.2015: Consumer confidence nears 13-year high. http://enforbusiness.com/news/consumer-confidence-nears-13-year-high-201511250

100 business chiefs say Labour threatens Britain's economic recovery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11507586/General-Election-2015-Labour-threatens-Britains-recovery-say-100-business-chiefs.html Only a small minority point of view, then?

How much it costs to hire a worker across Europe. http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/this-is-how-much-it-costs-to-hire-a-worker-across-europe--xkF5UnqnCe

Government back-to-work crooks jailed for a total of 15 years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3020303/Government-work-contractors-forged-signatures-taxpayers-300-000-jailed-total-15-years.html

Binge drinking 'costs UK £4.9bn'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/31/binge-drinking-costs-uk-4-9bn/ If British pissheads are creating that amount of business, shouldn't they be called 'entrepreneurs' instead? Shorely. (The Government's propagandascheisewriters are onto it, anyway.)

High street planning permission changes introduced. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boosting-the-great-british-high-street Retailers in the UK will no longer need planning permission to install 'click and collect' lockers for online shoppers, under new measures announced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The measures, which will be introduced on 15th April 2015, will encourage more shoppers to visit their local high street. Other planning changes include allowing shops, bank premises and estate agents to change use to become cinemas and gyms and allowing shops, restaurants and bank premises to change use between each of these three categories without requiring planning permission. For example, shop premises could be changed to a restaurant without the need for permission. (EnterpriseQuest)

Amazon launches home ordering kit. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32139432

Digital cobbler lets customers order perfect fit, 3D printed shoes from home. http://www.springwise.com/digital-cobbler-lets-customers-order-perfect-fit-3d-printed-shoes-home/

These electric bikes recharge wirelessly at unmanned docks. http://www.springwise.com/electric-bikes-recharge-wirelessly-unmanned-docks

Open platform is a live crowdsourced algorithm marketplace. http://www.springwise.com/platform-crowd-sourced-algorithm-marketplace

31.03.2015: New rules for self-employed benefit claimants. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/revenue-and-customs-brief-
7-2015-new-rules-for-the-self-employed-claiming-working-tax-credit
and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-self-employment-quick-guid New eligibility criteria for some self-employed people who claim Working Tax Credits (WTC) are to be introduced. From 6th April 2015, a self-employed claimant who earns below a threshold amount must prove that they are 'trading on a commercial basis' and 'with a view to achieving profits'. The self-employment activity should also be structured, regular and ongoing. A similar requirement will apply to self-employed claimants of Universal Credit (UC), which will replace WTC throughout the UK by 2017. Anyone making a claim for UC who is already self-employed will have to attend a Gateway Interview and be assessed as being in 'gainful' self-employment. (EnterpriseQuest)

RSA reports on living standards of the self-employed. https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/boosting-the-living-standards-of-the-self-employed The RSA has published a report examining how living standards for the self-employed could be improved. The 'Boosting the living standards of the self-employed' report found that people in self-employment typically earn less than those in paid employment and risk not earning enough to support themselves if they become ill. For example they are not eligible for benefits, such as Statutory Sick Pay or Statutory Maternity Pay. Recommendations made by the RSA include overhauling the welfare and tax systems and encouraging self-employed people to invest in pensions. (EnterpriseQuest)

I see from the above, two items, that provision for the Government's 'growing' army of unemployed self-employed 'entrepreneurs' is becoming increasingly widespread and sophisticated.

Consultation on consumer rights of small and micro firms. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/purchasing-goods-and-services-protection-of-small-businesses The Department for Business (BIS) is consulting on whether small and micro firms are sufficiently protected when purchasing goods and services. The consultation is seeking views about whether current consumer legislation such as the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 provide sufficient protection for small and micro firms. BIS is also inviting opinions about the benefits and costs of extending certain consumer rights to small and micro firms. Submissions must include 'strong and clear evidence' in support of the respondent's opinion. The consultation closes on 15th June 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)

Fed up with eBay? Sell on Etsy, Depop and Folksy instead. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11490640/Fed-up-of-eBay-Sell-on-Etsy-Depop-and-Folksy-instead.html

The 'rip-off' bank account backlash: Mis-selling fears as customer complaints rise 22%. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3018767/The-rip-bank-account-backlash-Mis-selling-fears-customer-complaints-rise-22.html

Buy-to-let mortgages: can I get them into my 80s? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11499002/Buy-to-let-mortgages-can-I-get-them-into-my-80s.html

Pick a neighbour to receive your post if you're out. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3018844/Pick-neighbour-receive-post-Royal-Mail-plans-fall-parcels-returned-delivery-offices.html

10 reasons why you’re a dreadful public speaker. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/10-reasons-why-your-a-dreadful-public-speaker/

5 rules for making the leap to full-time entrepreneur. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/5-rules-for-making-the-leap-to-full-time-entrepreneur/ There's a lot more to it - or a lot less - than '5 rules'. Almost every success story has had its own mix; and even that can change with time.

30.03.2015: Pension data sales investigated by watchdog. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32110859

‘Once in a generation change’ in British shopping habits drives high street revival. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/18450

Small Talk: Far too few of the entrepreneurs starting businesses are women and Too many start-ups are struggling to grow. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sme/small-talk-far-too-few-of-the-entrepreneurs-starting-businesses-are-women-10142499.html More insights into the 'entrepreneurial' world of Fake Britain.

How much money have you made on your home since the last general election? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/house-prices/11498804/What-has-happened-to-your-house-price-under-the-Tories.html

Scottish builders' confidence at record high. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-32108672

Return of the timeshare? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11496625/Return-of-the-timeshare-The-bargain-holiday-where-you-cant-leave-the-hotel.html

Can't get a phone signal? Perhaps it's because a third of Britain's phone masts are obscured by trees. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3017048/Can-t-phone-signal-Maybe-s-Britain-s-mobile-masts-obscured-TREES-phone-firms-ordered-plant-them.html

JEREMY PULLS IT OFF
News that mild-mannered and softly-spoken Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC from its popular Top Gear shows for allegedly punching a producer in a North Yorks hotel for not having his dinner ready on time has polarised those who care deeply about such things.

Some claim that Clarkson is a good reason to pay the BBCs overpriced and redundant TV licence fee whereas others cite him as the best reason not to, though Jonathan Ross may well be close too.

Fans however can be comforted by the fact that the cherished presenter's DVDs are such good value for their money at second-hand store group CEX, with his seminal opus Unleashed on Cars going for just £1.50, the Best of Jeremy 3-disc box set Collection a snip for only a quid, the highly-regarded Motorsport Madness and Top 100 Cars chopped out for 50 pence and 25 pence respectively, the blockbuster No Limits a steal at 20 pence and the utterly gripping Motorsport Mayhem and Hot Metal a total give away at 10 pence each, in boxes that cost more than that. http://www.ezinematters.com

Doncha love it when our media demonstrates yet again, just how it manages to put its finger on the country's pulse?

29.03.2015: Official release: Boost for firms as Small Business Act becomes law. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/boost-for-firms-as-small-business-act-becomes-law Yes, but - what is actually going to happen?

Official release: Biggest overhaul of consumer rights in a generation. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/biggest-overhaul-of-consumer-rights-in-a-generation

Britain has become a nation of hagglers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/britain-has-become-a-nation-of-hagglers--and-research-shows-asking-for-a-discount-usually-pays-off-10141405.html All part of being a nation of unemployed entrepreneurs, one supposes.

Debt in Britain: numbers continue to mount dramatically. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/loans-credit/debt-in-britain-numbers-seeking-help-on-how-tocope-with-mounting-bills-goes-up-by-more-than-half-in-three-years-10141518.html What's to worry about when there are apps and start-up loans to be had by everyone?

Dragons' Den Daily Larf. Former Dragon's Den 'stars' in court spat over start-up loans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/money/11500919/Former-Dragons-Den-stars-square-up-in-court-spat.html It's looking as if the Government needs to get in some business professionals to start dealing with the car-crash of a reputation its start-up scheming has acquired.

eBay pilots new 'click and drop' scheme for sellers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11500272/eBay-pilots-new-click-and-drop-scheme-for-sellers.html Judging by the state of some of the deliveries I've received, eBay have been operarating a 'click and drop' scheme for a number of years already.

Planet of the Apps. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/29/apps-that-let-the-market-invade-private-lives-evgeny-morozov

The worst pension mis-selling case ever? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11499715/Is-this-the-worst-pension-mis-selling-case-ever-Aviva-knew-this-customer-was-ill.html

What Supreme Court divorce ruling could mean for SME business owners. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/what-supreme-court-divorce-ruling-could-mean-for-sme-business-owners/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Reform relief for owners of illegal Spanish homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/11468649/Reform-relief-for-owners-of-illegal-Spanish-homes.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM8107&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Exp_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Exp_New_2015_03_27&utm_campaign=DM8107

How to sell your flat on Facebook and save £8000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11497427/How-to-buy-or-sell-a-house-on-Facebook.html

Britain's best-known shepherd. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015536/Superstar-Shepherd-tales-life-Lakeland-farm-enchanted-readers-world-having-double-Oxford-James-says-s-got-best-job-baa-none.html

Airport arcade games give leftover travel currency to charity. http://www.springwise.com/airport-arcade-games-give-leftover-travel-currencies-charity

Crowdfunding sites enable fans to reward athletes who graduate. http://www.springwise.com/crowdfunding-sites-enable-fans-reward-athletes-graduate

Paint produced from toxic sludge could fund cleanup of polluted streams. http://www.springwise.com/paint-produced-toxic-sludge-fund-cleanup-polluted-streams

Microwavable notebook files user’s work in the cloud. http://www.springwise.com/microwavable-notebook-files-users-work-cloud/

28.03.2015: Online banking fraud up by 48%. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32083781

UK housing activity remains subdued. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32068049

Revealed: How the bully-boy banks and supermarkets conspire to rip off suppliers by delaying payment of loans if they can't wait for settlement. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015570/How-bully-boy-banks-supermarkets-conspire-rip-suppliers-delaying-payment-loans-t-wait-settlement.html Not so much a 'revelation' as a very old 'repeat'. However, unlike every other repeat which gets on telly, this one won't receive any such treatment for fear of compromising advertising revenue from banks and supermarkets.

Couple forced to leave family farm by sky-high interest on debts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/27/couple-forced-to-leave-family-farm-by-sky-high-interest-on-debts/ Quite a common scenario but, as before, the media won't be doing this repeat to death because banks are its financial friends.

Boomerang pensioners forced back to work. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015585/Boomerang-pensioners-forced-work-One-eight-workers-aged-65-74-not-employed-decade-earlier.html Another increasingly 'old' story of Britain's entrepreneurial 'success' as many pensioners turn to becoming self-employed in a desperate bid to pay the gas bills. To receive much sucker from a Government mentor who never ran a business and a weener start-up website.

Students selling bodies to pay debts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/27/students-sell-bodies-to-pay-debts/ Prospects are becoming increasingly limited however, as OAPs move into the sex market to sell their bodies to pay their debts, too. The Government has classified the trend as another example of Britain's entrepreneurial success, despite large numbers of traditional, professional, self-employed sex workers being forced out of their jobs altogether. The question is: what are the Kippah Party going to do about it?

Daily Dragons' Den Larf: Dragons' Den star James Caan paid firm £5,000 'to help him get a CBE': £100million tycoon asked company to draft award nomination. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3015567/Dragons-Den-star-paid-firm-5-000-help-CBE-100million-tycoon-asked-company-draft-award-nomination.html This Government's dispensation of awards has become even less credible than the Eurovision Song Contest. And a lot less entertaining. Still. It's a good indicator of Fake Britain's 'entrepreneurial' players.

Google users can sue in British courts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3014557/Google-users-sue-internet-giant-British-courts-clandestine-tracking-browsing-appeal-court-rules.html Has the British Government cleared this with the Pentagon?

27.03.2015: Young giving up on dream of home ownership. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/27/young-giving-up-on-dream-of-homeownership/ BUT. They can all be unemployed home business 'entrepreneurs', instead. Working from lay-bys or out of cardboard boxes under Chiswick flyover. Saving towards pensions worth tuppence ha'ppeny they can cash in when they're 75.

MPs say watchdog created 'false market' for insurers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32081697

Fraud aimed at over-55s soaring. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/03/26/fraud-aimed-at-over-55s-is-soaring/

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, says EU. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/26/leave-facebook-snooped-on-warns-eu-safe-harbour-privacy-us Electronic spying has been going on for a lot longer than Facebook alone so if anyone really wants to keep a low profile, they might as well abandon the internet and phones altogether. (Especially in France! Home of the officially mobilised hashtag hypocrite, zombie charlie and Fascist freedom-fighter.)

Passport Office racks up £42 million profit from summer crisis. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3013924/Passport-Office-racks-42million-profit-summer-crisis-Ministers-accused-profiteering-thousands-families-cancel-holidays.html

How to earn billions - study engineering. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3013896/How-earn-billions-study-engineering-s-common-degree-world-s-earners.html Really? I thought it was watching Dragons' Den and sending comments into a weener business website.

Start-up offers unlimited small graphic design tasks for other start-ups. http://www.springwise.com/start-up-offers-unlimited-small-graphic-design-tasks-start-ups/

Affordable add-on lets any video camera broadcast live streams. http://www.springwise.com/affordable-add-on-lets-video-camera-broadcast-live-streams/

Start-up cancels and rebooks hotel rooms to get users the best deal. http://www.springwise.com/start-up-cancels-rebooks-hotel-rooms-users-deal/

How to Make Money with Affiliate Information Marketing. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/affiliatemarketing/fl/How-to-Make-Money-with-Affiliate-Information-Marketing.htm?utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150325&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

7 Tips for Protecting Small Business Data. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/disastermanagement/fl/7-Tips-for-Protecting-Small-Business-Data.htm?utm_campaign=list_sbinformation&utm_content=20150325&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24.03.2015: Summary of Chancellor's 2015 Budget

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Len Tondel

 

 

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