down to see full list; previous
month's (September 2014) Viewpoint
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st October 2014
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,
For a current, multi-part
starting and running a
business from home,
go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
Rail ticket rip-off. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11175688/Rail-ticket-rip-off-passengers-routinely-denied-cheapest-fares.html
best business names. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/30/the-best-business-names/
a foreign language: 10 things you need to know.
Oh, my giddy aunt. It's like yesterday's
story about the 10 highest-paid jobs you can
do from home. Or, just forum fodder. My
tips are that if you want to learn a foreign
language, be taught by people who are native
and current speakers of that language, in the
country where that language is spoken. 'Live'
that language on a daily basis. Children make
the best teachers; followed by listening to
local radio and the tv. Avoid classes and courses.
That way, you should be able to get by after
three months or so and enjoy the experience
at the same time. Sounds impractical? It's all
about time management and just how serious you
are about learning a foreign language,
do I know? I'm considered, officially, to be
tri-lingual, although I can get by with five
languages in total. I ran a successful, leading
technical translation agency for a number of
years followed by personalised, commercial English
tuition to a number of East European clients
after that. And so on.
Time On The Internet' is now a university course.
Tut, tut. And there I was thinking it was just
a pre-requisite for becoming one of this Government's
'millions' of unemployed 'entrepreneurs' continuing
their missed education.
class shoppers more likely to seek out bargains
than the lower-paid. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2815108/Why-love-bargain-Middle-class-shoppers-likely-seek-offers-lower-incomes.html
Or, because they don't receive as much money
as people on benefits?
seasonal business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/15-Seasonal-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1
importance of mentoring. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25944/importance-mentoring/
Whereas I agree entirely with the philosophy,
the subject of mentoring has become a cheap,
mediatised panacea for this Government's vision
of lo-cost business support. Unfortunately,
as with all sticking plaster, solutions, it's
not about the principle - but the quality of
its application. That is why every time I see
a small and especially, a home business at work,
they are firstly, unlikely to have a mentor.
And secondly, as has always been the case, it's
their peer group, their friends and family who
are the first and often, the only port of call
for advice and support. This Government and
its cronies preferring to back the propaganda
approach, instead, of boasting it has 30,000
mentors yet in reality, only 1,000 are any good.
Official release: Government and industry join
together to tackle late payment. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-and-industry-join-together-to-tackle-late-payment
Latest bit of propaganda, giving the almost
daily announcement of cutting red tape, a short
rest. Not that this release is any the more
original, having been made several hundred times
already and even prompting new legislation in
the not-too-distant past. Unfortunately, the
problem always remains. If industry was to pay
its suppliers promptly, the bean counters would
have less money to move around, up to, and including,
politicans' arses. Which is why Captains of
Industry and their sycophants are given so many
rate falls to 8-year low. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29816814#
taxes rise by 50% in a decade. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11193444/Stealth-taxes-rise-by-50pc-in-a-decade.html
10 highest-paid jobs you can do from home.
Funny, that. Just over a year ago, it was
'8 million' home businesses trading on eBay.
Which is why no-one takes seriously any statistics
about home businesses or working from home any
we ready for winter blackouts and freezing homes?
Armstrong Theatre Group paves way for a London,
£100 million, doped-up US football franchise.
As we were saying - when the orchestrated
Armstrong doping outcry was first aired by the
United States Approved Dopers' Agency (USADA)
and the media. Both of whom are remaining very
subdued about their double standards on doping
in American athletics, in the meantime. And
swimming. And tennis. And any other spectator-captive
- 'franchise' means no more little entrepreneurs
setting up 'by the roadside' to make a few honest
bob out of the crowds and the passers-by. Instead,
it will be 'official' Pakistani, child-labour
shirts to thicken the wads of big business and
a bunch of prancing, diving, drugged-up fairies.
And the lumpenproletariat,
egged on by the criminal media will go, 'Oooo'.
Nazi war criminal dubbed 'chickenshit' by Americans.
Or, a paedo-terrorist who enjoys the Trojan
Horse support of three quarters of Britain's
political traitors and cowards (and media).
In preference to supporting their own country,
their own economy, their own voters' businesses.
you know if YOUR local politician is a chickenshit,
paedo-terrorist supporter? It's something every
voter should know. Even American voters and
their 'chickenshit' politicians who have equipped
and financed Israeli Nazi genocide and crimes
against humanity over the past fifty+ years.
Who now have the hump that after all those years
of investment, the Israelis aren't following
chickenshit Pentagon orders.
Stream to move factory from West Bank settlement.
So. Unlike reporting in Israeli terrorist media
sources that the collapse in Soda Stream's revenue
was due to changing public taste, it looks as
if the anti-Israel business boycott might have
worked after all. And this is just one case.
firm receives fitness for work assessment contract.
If Wankminster's bent ones aren't fagging
for the Israelis they will almost certainly
be fagging for the Americans!
pretends to join world's fastest internet club.
Which makes it OK for the remaining 90% of the
country to continue to suffer from crap internet
are ignorant about almost everything. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/muslims-immigration-and-teenage-pregnancy-british-people-are-ignorant-about-almost-everything-9825116.html
OH MY GOD! x 60. Haven't governments and
the media done a good job? (Mind you. It could
be worse. They could be Americans.)
National Grid in winter power warning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29794632#
prices in biggest monthly fall in a year.
10 countries where properties are cheapest.
to build your own house. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renovatinganddiy/11190162/Grand-designs-how-to-build-your-own-house.html
spoofing scam nets millions for fraudsters.
Long live digital!
tops world ease of business ranking for 9th
twice as likely to feel isolated when they start
their own business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27065/women-twice-likely-feel-isolated-starting-business/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk
1-in-5 would pay more for house with fast internet
vote in favour of health and safety exemptions
for the self employed. http://www.shponline.co.uk/deregulation-bill-safety-exemptions-voted/
The House of Lords has voted in favour of Clause
1 of the Government's Deregulation Bill, which
includes plans to make certain categories of
the self-employed exempt from health and safety
law. The proposed exemption will apply to the
self-employed unless they are undertaking 'prescribed
activities', such as high risk work carried
out in sectors including agriculture and construction.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
(IOSH) has claimed that the proposed clause
could lead to confusion, a decline in safety
standards and an increased risk of injury and
illness at work. The Deregulation Bill has passed
through the House of Commons and will continue
to be debated in the House of Lords as it progresses
through Parliament. (EnterpriseQuest)
25 rags-to-riches entrepreneurs. (Advertorial.)
Government propaganda. What is certainly true
of all these rags-to-riches stories is that
none of them got going with a government hand-out.
Nor did any of them get going with a crap internet
connection; social media; a piss-poor education;
lying in bed until mid-day; and advice from
bogus government gurus.
might be much more pertinent is to see how many
current success stories there are of start-ups
which have had an official start-up loan.
ways to use the cloud in your small business.
entrepreneur horror stories. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/entrepreneursinaction/tp/9-Spine-tingling-Entrepreneur-Horror-Stories.htm?nl=1
Victoria Beckham, worth £210 million,
named Britain's top entrepreneur. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/people/11188510/Victoria-Beckham-named-UKs-top-entrepreneur-worth-210m.html
That can't be right. She's not been on Dragons'
Den. Nor is she a Government or a media business
'guru'. Nor has her connection to hubby, David
Beckham and his huge, professional marketing
machine, been quantified, either.
taxman pays out record £400,000 to informants.
quit work to sell my crafts online - and now
I net £20,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11166974/I-quit-work-to-sell-my-crafts-online-and-net-20000-salary.html
scam almost cost me £20,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11180418/Letter-box-scam-almost-cost-me-20000.html
The Government's sale of Royal Mail, is this?
in decline because todays' men are too soft.
It's the same story as the dramatic decline
of home business activity in the UK. Not so
long ago, the rite of passage for business success
was a market stall and getting out of bed at
4 in the morning, every day. Today, it's maybe
waking up at 10 in the morning to gaze at a
piece of plastic while still feeling bladdered
from the night before.
looming energy crisis could force a winter of
warming will double risk of harsher winters,
research finds. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/26/global-warming-has-doubled-risk-harsh-winters-eurasia-research-finds
We were warning of this fifteen (15) years
ago. Climate change and energy planning and
management are significant considerations for
home businesses and need to be addressed as
far in advance as possible - especially as business
success may mean moving to a larger home which
in turn, is already going to cost more money.
study claims wind turbines are expensive and
deeply inefficient. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2808868/Wind-farms-never-lights-Study-claims-turbines-expensive-deeply-inefficient.html
Respectable studies have been making these
valid observations for decades. On the other
hand - wind turbines have been an extremely
lucrative scam for a handful of people. Just
like the banks. Wars and terrorism. Or the internet.
Britain has more long-term, low-paid workers
than ever before. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/millions-face-years-on-the-breadline-britain-has-more-longterm-lowpaid-workers-than-ever-9818694.html
A fact which applies equally to the self-employed.
And which never receives a mention by the 'SME-entrepreneur-friendly'
Government or its cronies.
membership is critical for UK exports. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11186515/EU-membership-is-critical-for-British-exports.html
to find cheap petrol. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/oct/25/how-find-cheap-petrol-prices
to boost your chances of success when starting
a business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/small-business-success.htm?nl=1
UK relaxes tough China visa rules. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/ukti/11185710/UK-Government-relaxes-tough-Chinese-visa-rules.html
After years of resistance to fierce lobbying
by all walks of the British business community,
Theresa Mayhem, Minister for The Scrote Office
and Police Filming and Tabloid Snouting Duties,
has relented, after earlier making comments
for consumption and circulation by the UK's
hate-propaganda that the relaxation of Chinese
visa controls would pose a national security
risk. David Cameron, on the other hand (Prime
Minister for The Banks, U.S. Big Corp, Hoodies
and Friend of Israel), has observed that Britain
and China had "deep complementary economies."
we'll be seeing visa retrictions imposed on
terrorist regimes, thieves and wasters such
as America and Israel from now on?
card providers failing on rights advice.
crackdown on nuisance calls. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2807284/New-crackdown-nuisance-calls-firms-face-fines-500-000-simply-causing-annoyance-PPI-adverts.html
on 'wild west' landlords. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/24/cowboy-landlords-council-crackdown
current bank account freebies and incentives.
shops make you spend. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/how-shops-make-you-spend-the-subtle-art-of-the-savvy-retailer-revealed-9817529.html
by e-commerce websites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2806941/The-sneaky-practice-price-steering-e-commerce-websites-charge-customers-item.html
community: trading-in/selling my phone; how
can I be sure my data is wiped completely clean?
gadgets for business travellers. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/BusinessBuyingGuide/tp/business-traveler-gift-ideas.htm?nl=1
and Russia reach gas 'consensus'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29764260#
So that just leaves small EU businesses suffering
from the effects of tit-for-tat sanctions against
Russia. Well done again, Mr Cameron, et
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/24/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-the-week-s-best-freebies/
demands £250 million from tax avoiders.
The government hopes this will go some way
at least, towards the £85 BILLION it bungs
the way of Big Corp every year and who, once
again, it will NOT be chasing for a contribution
to the country's coffers.
half of Britain's renters may never be able
to afford to buy a home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/almost-half-of-british-renters-might-never-be-able-to-afford-to-buy-a-home-9814211.html
Still more 'good' news for the huge collapse
in numbers of home businesses since this Government
and its cronies came along.
showers Britain with 1,000 bits of new red tape.
So what has this Government - which has promised
to cut back red tape (Red Tape Challenge and
assorted, associated propaganda) - been doing
about it? Apart from blaming the EU while
creating and embracing still more red tape.
As we have been saying. For decades.
five freebie sites. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11084907/Freebie-websites-our-pick-of-the-best-five.html
you leach off your neighbour's wi-fi? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/11182707/Poll-do-you-leach-off-your-neighbours-WiFi.html
to create a mobile office for your small business.
release: Small firms urged to take steps to
combat cyber-crime. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-firms-urged-to-take-steps-to-combat-cyber-crime
release: £3 million Government cash boost
to help tackle online piracy and fake goods.
UK government one of the most SME-friendly in
the world. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26981/uk-government-one-sme-friendly-world/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk
Well. From an accountant's point of view,
it seems. And we all know what 'accountants'
have done to the UK's small business community
over the past fifty years, don't we? Thus giving
rise to the popular small business adage that
accountants, like dogs and small children, should
be seen but not heard. (Which is not a point
of view to which we would subscribe, may I hasten
to add. There's no point in seeking an accountant's
opinion if you're not going to listen to what
he/she might have to say.)
British support for EU at highest since 1991;
most Brits want to stay in. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/support-for-eu-membership-at-highest-level-since-1991-with-most-brits-wanting-to-stay-in-9811096.html
Another fact about to be consigned to obscurity
by Engerlandt's hate-media, then?
homes now owned by landlords. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11179073/Buy-to-let-boom-one-in-five-homes-now-owned-by-landlords.html
best place in Britain to raise a family.
can I afford to live? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-23234033
you could be missing out on £100 compensation
from your energy firm. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11178633/Why-you-could-be-missing-out-on-100-compensation-from-your-energy-firm.html
launches loan service for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/26978/paypal-launches-loan-service-smes/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk
for those denied payday loans. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29713779#
publishes most books per capita. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/22/uk-publishes-more-books-per-capita-million-report
goats' cheese found in supermarkets. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/fake-goats-cheese-found-in-supermarkets-9811817.html
Another reminder that if you want genuine
farm produce, you should go to a farmers' market
or a farm shop. And not to Waitrose, for example,
where apparently, 'farm produce' sales are soaring.
Except the plebs don't know how to cook the
That will be down to all those celebrity
chefs and food critics, then.
food is too cheap to support farmers, self-styled
food critic tells MPs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2803763/Supermarket-food-cheap-British-families-far-used-paying-little-Masterchef-judge-tells-MPs.html
This being the same food critic who infamously
urged plebs to buy supermarket chicken in preference
to 'farm'/organic/bio chicken because it was
cheaper and tasted just as good. Days before
'breaking news' discovered the fifty-year-old
fact that intensive chicken rearing for supermarkets
was a major, potential health risk. In the meantime,
anyone who has tasted the alternative to battery-reared,
steroid and antibiotic haemorrages, was left
wondering where this food critic had cut his
the first step should be to encourage supermarkets
to buy British, buy local and buy seasonal.
And not some obscure crop cultivated by starving
farmers from the other side of the planet; or
potatoes and carrots from some paedo-terrorist
Nazi regime like Israel, whose blood-soaked
products grown on stolen land are already partially
funded by the British taxpayer. (Down at your
local Tesco - surprise, surprise; Sainsburys;
Asda; Waitrose; Marks & Spencer; Morrisons;
even the 'ethical' Co-op!) But MPs know all
this. As 80% of the traitors work for Israel
and America anyway, and posing on the subject
of British business interests is just another
exercise in propaganda and 'Clarksonian' cowardice.
isn't it just a coincidence that these very
stores, after a growing tide of boycotts, are
posting increasingly significant losses? Despite
the best efforts of the country's pro-Israeli
(and American) terrorist media to ignore public
to boost your mobile phone's battery life.
Errr. Don't make so many worthless phone
calls? (Just an idea.)
destroys ATM with her bare hands. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/22/woman-destroys-atm-with-her-bare-hands/
Someone who won't be short of job offers from
now on, I'll bet. That would have taken a local
British council, armed with a JCB, a flat-loader,
two jackhammers, a compressor, a crane and wrecking
ball, two consultants, three technicians and
two firms of sub-contractors with thirty men
each, over two weeks. Just to decide what to
Claims advice after Bank of England's payment
Only in the world of finance and the internet
would entire nations be led by the nose to subscribe
to technology with no wheels, no legs and no
brain, as digital meltdowns now take place on
a daily basis. If this is the future, God help
the next generation!
banking glitch at Nationwide. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29708208#
community: can a phone replace your wallet?
It's what governments and banks are hoping
and aiming for. It will allow them to
thieve the contents of your wallet in exchange
for a crap, tuppeny ha'penny internet connection.
in winter temperature recommendation. (Includes
living in just one room.) http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29708207#
Or, there ain't going to be enough winter
fuel to go around. And now that's official.
(Especially as pensioners are a soft target,
having been duped into paying fifty years of
contributions into an official mega-scam called
out of your big homes and help society,' Minister
urges older people. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/11176899/Move-out-of-your-big-homes-and-help-society-minister-tells-over-55s.html
'Because we don't do society-helping,' he
added. Anyway, I thought the growing trend of
'3G' (multi-generational) home occupancy where
older folks' larger properties come into their
own, was helping society. It's certainly
very helpful if you want to run a home business,
too. Raise children while younger 'uns go to
work. Economise. But these are the kinds of
help which aren't on this Government's radar
of things. Nonetheless. We look forward
to the Right Honourable gentleman and his fellow-members
of government, leading by example.
death of the landline? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801450/one-three-ignore-home-phone-rings.html
I thought the reason people didn't pick up
their home phones any more was because of the
endless sales calls? Or, their equivalent on
mobiles - spam 'n scam. But we won't go there
at the moment, or it will put a lot of spammers
and scammers out of business.
passports are most common in London? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/11176363/Which-foreign-passports-are-most-common-in-London.html
The greatest number shown here are 156,500 Polish
passports. Curious. As there are supposed to
be 400,000 Frenchies living in London. Not that
you ever see them, of course. A bit like reliable
and credible reporting.
UK using leftovers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2802399/we-using-leftovers-frugal-uk-half-families-recycling-food-cost-living-squeeze.html
than half of employers have rejected an applicant
due to social media posts. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26889/half-employers-rejected-applicant-due-social-media-posts/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk
This practice of online vetting has become
just as common for screening potential, new
business partners or suppliers, especially small,
young businesses. The guidance in this article
is equally relevant.
ways to get and stay motivated in your small
EU referendum would end uncertainty for businesses.
sites hiding best deals. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29665221#
Russian' campaign defies US/EU sanctions.
No surprises there. In fact there has been
much comment that the Buy Russian campaign has
been very good for Russian business, including
and Russia signing a
further 40 trade deals as recently as a week
ago; yet another development which has been
studiously ignored by our propaganda sources,
as the west becomes more and more isolated,
its businesses become poorer and its plebs become
facing agricultural crisis. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-facing-agricultural-crisis-as-scientists-warn-there-are-only-100-harvests-left-in-our-farm-soil-9806353.html
The Ukraine has got a lot of fertile land.
owners using their properties to fund retirement.
in take up of business support reported.
According to figures published by the National
Enterprise Network (NEN), the take up of business
support is continuing to grow. The network's
members provided advice, support and training
to over 128,000 individuals between April 2013
and March 2014, of which over 80,000 were considering
starting a business, a rise of almost 60% compared
to the same period in 2012/13. In addition,
the network supported 26,148 new business start
ups in 2013/14, a rise of 80% when compared
to the 14,540 start ups supported in the previous
12 months. (EnterpriseQuest)
need to be changed every two months.
you using your thermostat correctly? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11171016/Are-you-using-your-thermostat-wrongly-Five-home-heating-errors-pushing-up-energy-bills.html
minute guide to making easy money with online
to turn £1 into £100 in 1 day.
ranked #7 in world's best tourist cities.
Three ways young people can become entrepreneurs.
So - what 'three ways' would these be, then?
The article conspicuously failing to identify
any. The media - and politicians - always pursue
the same 'I'm a celebrity self-made millionaire'
storyline, featuring the usual handful of in-vogue
personalities. In the meantime, there are hundreds
of thousands of young people who simply want
to make a few bob, by whatever method. Becoming
a successful 'entrepreneur' is just one - and
extremely remote - method. In the meantime,
after twelve years or so of abject failure by
parents, politicians and educationalists, the
majority don't even know how to talk, to dress,
to interact socially, manage money, perform
basic tasks, sustain a working day, even get
out of bed in many cases. So let them have role-models,
by all means. But let's not kid them that becoming
a successful entrepreneur can somehow make up
for years of 'stupid' or 'useless' or 'bone-idle'
and involves no more than a crap internet connection.
vows to create 3 million apprenticeships.
Absolute rubbish - even by Conservative Party,
standards. Although this will thin out all the
'millions' of youngsters who were about to become
successful entrepreneurs, obviously. And allow
the continuing trend of forced apprenticeships
for pensioners who ain't got no money: 34,000
'oldies' in the past year alone.
you, the definition of 'apprentice/ship' has
been changed by this Government, just as have
the definitions of 'employed' and 'unemployed',
'entrepreneur', 'business', etc. This could
just mean that schoolchildren in future, will
receive an education. At the same time, allowing
the Government to sustain its bogus economic
recovery with real-time wage suppression for
a significant chunk of the not-working population.
(Who said Little Engerlandt can't compete with
Eastern European and Third World wages?)
for us'n 'self-employed' facing competition
from unskilled yoofs, well, it's back to the
good 'ole days of Margaret Thatcher and YTS.
The destruction of 'proper' apprenticeships.
And laying the foundations of the 'Dumb, Broke
and Broken Britain' of today.
nationalities travel the most? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11169710/Which-countries-travel-the-most.html
real stars of the kitchen: patissiers.
I couldn't agree more. Which is why they
almost never get a look-in on mediatised, celebrity
a home: is it worth paying for a Homebuyer Report.
It certainly is; and what I have found increasingly
relevant in recent years, is a detailed environmental
report. It saved me from buying a property earlier
this year which became totally flooded after
heavy rainfall, just months later.
Under-30s being priced out of the UK. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/18/under-30s-priced-out-of-uk-alan-milburn
No probs. The Government is going to make
them all 'entrepreneurs' on benefits.
£56,000 buy-to-let nightmare. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11163913/Buy-to-let-nightmare-56000-of-damage-and-my-insurer-wont-pay.html
My property alerts are revealing that an
increasing number of homes coming up for sale
are from casual buy-to-let landlords being forced
to sell as tenants with less and less money
to spend, struggle and fail to pay the rent.
Whereas tenants on (cut-back) benefits of course,
have become an absolute 'no-no' as even the
most honest and needy, simply can't put together
enough money for decent accommodation. Consequently,
finding good tenants has become more difficult
than many ersatz landlords first thought.
(Another government and media 'get-rich-quick'
fad starting to go belly up?)
had a horrendous experience with eBay'.
a posting: 'Here, take your pick from a
stream of eBay's unscrupulous activities ...
The ugly reality of eBay Inc.:
eBays calculated ongoing facilitation
of massive fraud on its auctions marketplace
eBay Motors (UK sampling): Auction Fraud Galore
eBay Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Redirect Phishing
Scams ... http://wp.me/p4zfF4-2tw
eBay XSS infected listings still on the site
eBay under pressure as hacks continue ... http://www.bbc.com/news/techno...
Barclays BankeBay/Gumtree Motors Scams
Retail Payments (and PayPal)The Reality
More on eBay's clunky "PreyPal" operation
The ongoing joke of eBay Inc. ... http://bit.ly/YvxFEg
Fun quotes from the eBay executive suite ...
Johnny Hos Thought Leader Forum
Johnny HoObituary ... http://www.ecommercebytes.com/...
eBay you are dealing with ill-thought out policies
implemented via poorly written algorithms: I
doubt even anyone at eBay knows what is going
on; eBay is a "machine" being driven
by a bunch of incompetent, disingenuous sociopaths
that care not one iota about anyone but themselves
difference between eBay and the Mafia is that
some eBay employees are unaware that they are
working for a demonstrably criminal organisation
eBay executive suite where the incompetent
mingle with the disingenuous, the malevolent
and the outright criminal, and the just plain
stupid ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas
inevitable that an operation the size of eBay
(and PayPal) will annoy some of its clients.
Even in our experience - and contrary to the
overwhelming number of complaints in this article
and its links that eBay always favours the buyer
- its decisions and conclusions can also favour
the unscrupulous seller, even if that flies
in the face of UK law and regulations. Then
again, since when have American corporations
ever shown any respect for laws? Unless it suits
them, of course.
we are eating the wrong kind of apples.
With this article comes further confirmation
that 80% of apples consumed in Britain are imported.
And the myth that the consumer is responsible
for what he or she chooses within the larger
retail environment. To a certain extent that
is true, insofar as the consumer will chose
from what is laid before them. But the consumer
has almost zero influence over the initial selection,
which is predetermined entirely by retailers'
wishes to make profits. Out of that selection,
clear consumer favourites will obviously emerge
- but even those choices are heavily influenced
by advertising, POS techniques, consumer perception
and budgets and so on.
like so-called 'reality' or crap tv programmes.
Survey after survey shows that 70% - 80% of
the public don't want to watch or do not watch
what passes for 'popular' tv viewing. But that
doesn't stop it appearing and relentlessly being
thrust into your face by the media, leaving
the viewer with nothing more than the choice
of which crap they leave switched on, even if
it's only for background noise.
wine: why 2014 might be a year to remember.
And another case in point of the consumer
not wagging the dog. Anyone care to name any
English supermarket which stocks (excellent)
made of salmon to be launched in UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798603/bacon-salmon-launched-uk-supermarkets-ideas-don-t-rasher.html
And . . . yet another example of 'consumer-led'
choice. Not. Perhaps closer to the truth in
this case - of farmed salmon shit being moved
in a fashion which tries to disguise its appalling
'vandals' destroy a 24 foot 'art sculpture'
by American 'artist'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798285/sacre-bleu-parisian-vandals-destroy-24ft-art-sculpture-resembled-giant-sex-toy-claims-humiliated-city.html
Despite the object's popularity with sex
tourists, it's short life was hastened by world-wide
derision that Parisians, like a lot of Americans,
are just inflated arseholes. (And a socio-fascist
administration so pretentiously stupid and accustomed
to shafting the country, that it doesn't recognise
when it has just been shafted itself.)
to boost your chances of success when starting
a business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/small-business-success.htm?nl=1
My Top Ten Tips for buy-to-let success.
traditional London is under threat. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/11169329/How-traditional-London-is-under-threat.html
the harvest home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningequipment/11164371/Bring-the-harvest-home-great-conserving-kit-for-gardeners.html
ways small businesses can beat the big boys.
At least the principles make sense even if
the language used is Impressapleb Bollockspeak.
best writers' sheds. http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/gallery/2014/oct/17/five-best-writers-sheds-in-pictures
gangs stripping New Forest of wild mushrooms.
£2,500 of wild mushrooms a day? Is
this another Government press release? i.e.
more than prone to exaggeration?
of us make our hobbies pay. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2797718/one-ten-make-hobbies-pay-time-ventures-boost-uk-economy-8billion-year-design-entrepreneurs-contributing.html
Local sperm banks are now full to capacity,
concluded the report. Official sources have
also seized on the findings and announced that
the Prime Minister will shortly be making a
statement, together with selfies, to confirm
the Government's continuing entrepreneurial
success story. ONS quarterly labour statistics
showing there are now 'minus' 2.5 million unemployed,
are to follow.
to use visual aids effectively and creatively
when giving a presentation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26759/use-visual-aids-effectively-creatively-giving-presentation/
to follow up a great business idea. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26708/hitting-great-business-idea-follow-2/
£56k a year pooper-scooper business.
community: Do PC clean-up utilities work or
are they just a scam? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/17/2014
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/17/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
of pensioners living in poverty. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29647781#
And millions of self-employed owe their livelihoods
to pensioners. No wonder self employment has
fallen by 76,000 in the past three months and
the numbers of home businesses in turn, recently
crashed below the 3 million watershed for the
first time in twenty years.
bill crisis looms. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/17/britain-energy-bill-crisis-gas-electricity
This reminds me of a documentary I watched
not too long ago about three young lads on benefits,
sharing a flat. They appeared to be living hand-to-mouth
with literally just a few pennies left on the
gas meter. But. They all had mobile phones.
A telly and - one presumes, graciously - a telly
licence. They all smoked. And when one of them
unexpectedly found a £10 note, they spent
it on a takeaway. Then, they all went to a hole-in-the-wall
at midnight to see if their next benefit payment
had arrived. This Government's 'Entrepreneurial'
Britain, in other words. Enjoying an 'economic
recovery'. And it does make you wonder just
how the entire planet managed to successfully
get by without any of this baggage for thousands
of years - until very recently indeed.
table: the banks winning customers and why.
digital chief boasts he goes online every day.
Just think. Any of our MPs could have had
his job, too.
social media fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/15/scamwatch-social-media-fraud/
sales continue to break records. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2796510/return-record-vinyl-set-sales-1996-sales-expected-past-one-million-mark.html
in ten online shoppers want Sunday delivery.
A nice little earner to be had here?
offers first no-profit warranty. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/14/co-op-offers-first-no-profit-warranty/
release: street trading and pedlary laws to
be modernised. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/street-trading-and-pedlary-laws-to-be-modernised
of Cornwall praises credit unions. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29651287#
myth of France's 35-hour working week. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140312-frances-mythic-35-hour-week
This will be a very disappointing story for
British workers, from politicians to the media
to builders, who work no hours at all and regularly
use the French as an example for their own lack
villagers burn four construction workers to
death in property development dispute. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/16/china-construction-workers-burn-to-death-land-dispute
A salutory tale for bent, English politicians,
property developers, local councillors and cowboy
Unemployment reaches 8-year low - but self-employment
for past 3 months falls by 76,000. http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/523157/David-Cameron-Unemployment-Jobless-Job-Centre#comments
All to be taken with a huge pinch of salt,
especially as elections approach. In addition,
what is particularly 'amusing' about current
official employment/unemployment statistics
is what, precisely, are the various definitions
in use these days? Which is just as well. For
prosecutions up by a third - with more to come.
bank account switching reaches 1.2 million.
to spark £6 billion boom in extensions
and home improvements as young adults are forced
to stay at home due to high cost of living.
Plenty of work for East European builders,
invests £20M to help Britains small
businesses go digital. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/26783/o2-invests-20m-help-britains-small-businesses-go-digital/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk
20 best councils. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxuryhomes/11148432/Britains-20-best-councils.html
cardboard police pop up in Cornish shop windows.
'This initiative will give police officers more
time to concentrate on their filming duties,'
confirmed Ms Theresa May, Minister of Things
from The Scrote Office and Homeland Lawlessness
you be a shy entrepreneur? http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/oct/16/challenge-introverted-entrepreneur
is a dying skill. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/523187/Sewing-is-a-dying-skill
Unless it's plebs being stitched up by government,
Big Corp, the banks, the media and so on. In
which case, it's not a dying skill at all. It's
simply called status quo, instead.
third of homeowners admit to being nosey neighbours.
Not very good news for home businesses trying
to run their affairs discreetly, in other words.
Inheritance tax threshold could rise from
next April. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11163036/Inheritance-tax-threshold-could-rise-to-1m-next-April-Cameron-hints.html
is Will Aid month. http://www.willaid.org.uk/will-makers/find-solicitor?utm_source=2014_WA_2011_Prev_Enqs&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email2
firms pose as debt collectors. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29599359#
to get a buy-to-let home at a 60% discount.
to get back money sent to the wrong bank account.
I could take advantage of 'renewable heating'
(with the help of a loophole). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11151596/How-I-could-take-advantage-of-renewable-heating-with-the-help-of-a-loophole.html
off appliances would save UK households £1.7
billion a year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2793358/how-tvs-games-consoles-left-standby-add-80-bills-turning-appliances-save-uk-households-1-7bn-year.html
two seconds someone in Britain loses out to
a new breed of conman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2792976/every-two-minutes-britain-loses-savings-sophisticated-new-breed-conman.html
ruthlessly focused: the key to entrepreneurship.
tries to sell ebola.com for $150,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11162779/Entrepreneur-tries-to-sell-Ebola.com-for-150000.html
Recruiters reluctant to take on self-employed
Half of recruitment firms say they are unwilling
to take on self-employed contractors since the
introduction of new rules designed to tackle
disguised employment, according to research
published by Anderson Group and Recruiter magazine.
The new rules, which were introduced in April
2014, mean that recruitment firms are liable
for tax and National Insurance contributions
if workers they are responsible for are falsely
operating on a self-employed basis. Despite
this, 69% of recruiters said that the new rules
had not had a negative impact on their business,
and 22% said that it had made an impact but
wasn't as bad as expected. Only 8% of recruiters
surveyed said that the impact on their business
had been significant. (EnterpriseQuest)
than half of Wankminster's bent ones vote for
historic recognition of Palestine. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/palestine-vote-mps-take-historic-decision-to-recognise-palestinian-state-9792485.html
So the country's 'Trojan horse' Friends of
Israel are finally forced to show their blood-stained,
clandestine hands, are they? Without even the
guts to stand up and express their allegiance
to Israeli paedo-terrorism openly, they will
exercise no such restraint, I am sure, when
they continue to take their bungs from the Israeli
murder and property industry, spend British
taxpayers' money on bombing children in schools
and hospitals and favouring Israeli business
over Britain's. (While, in the style
of media 'hero', Jeremy Clarkson, hiding under
the bed at the same time.)
like The Apprentice and Dragons' Den have 'soured'
a generation against business. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/11159993/Shows-like-The-Apprentice-have-soured-a-generation-against-business.html
We have been criticising this so-called 'reality'
(anything but, in fact) rubbish ever since it
first appeared on the box but as always, there
are plenty of political and media sheep, the
followers of fashion, posers within the business
community included, who will ape and make gurgling
noises at anything new they see.
fact, the only irrelevance these shows don't
have (yet?) is a pair of scruffy, babbling lesbian
presenters cracking smutty, un-amusing schoolgirl
for masterminds of £21 million pyramid
So is it too much to hope that we will also
have jail for this Government's administration
of state pensions?
will do Christmas shopping on the phone.
Assuming this research is even remotely accurate,
of course. Otherwise, it does go to show how
'sad' and broke the British consumer has become.
tax recovery campaign for credit card sales.
A tax recovery campaign has been launched
aimed at traders that accept credit or debit
card payments but have failed to register with
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), as required when
accepting card payments, or have under-paid
their tax. Making a voluntary disclosure under
the Credit Card Sales tax campaign will lead
to lighter penalties than if disclosure has
not been made. (EnterpriseQuest)
fury at supermarket milk prices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791646/farmers-fury-89p-supermarket-milk-blockade-threat-price-four-pints-slashed.html
battery charger which runs off movement.
25 minutes is the average time taken to decide
to buy a home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791683/25-minutes-time-buy-home-house-hunters-spend-half-hour-making-decision-don-t-visit-property-want.html
pubs are considered to be worth £120,000
to the local community. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791657/120-000-toast-village-pub-local-worth-rural-communities.html
France is better than Britain. (By an Englishman.)
There will be around half a million Brits
living in France who agree - although not entirely.
now a good time to buy a French property?
tax discs selling for up to £50 on eBay.
the Builder gets a digital rebuild which makes
him look as if he overcharged for his work.
The Government will be appointing him as
a celebrity business guru then?
Millions of bank customers vulnerable to fraud.
Luvverly jubberly. Just what the banks and
their governments ordered. Long live digital!
tax target set to be missed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29587711#
It's not being 'missed' at all. It remains
fully compliant with this bent Government's
wishes that Big Corp simply don't pay their
dues and that millions of plebs continue to
be hounded to make up the fiscal shortfall.
Government set to pimp taxpayers' profitable
Eurostar rail stake. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29588412#
Anything goes to raise more £ billions
for the Government's Big
Bung for Big Corp Kitty.
buyers snapping up UK starter homes because
of booming property market. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2790403/how-foreign-buyers-snapping-starter-homes-uk-advantage-booming-property-market.html
No political party - least of all the self-styled
'separatist' and 'patriotic' to 'JudaeoChristian
values', Kippah Party, - are proposing any restrictions
on foreign profiteering at the expense of British
homebuyers. And, one would hope, British home
businesses - with numbers having slumped dramatically
million' to a mere 2.9 million in just over
a year - as buying a home in the UK becomes
increasingly unaffordable for the majority of
the population. On the other hand, it does expose
yet another media and weener business myth -
that starting and running a business from home
is a 'cheap' option.
Office pay strikes spark fears for Christmas
of UK wine producers continues to grow.
lenders who won't damage your credit score.
signs that it is time to raise your rates.
Apprentices to drive growth in UK small firms.
As they could also inevitably drive the growth
of successful self-employment. Rather than the
Government's and its cronies' present offerings
of debt and benefits fodder with a retired bank
manager to help lead them astray. Unfortunately,
why that isn't going to happen, is an old story.
Abject failure by recent governments to produce
educational standards and awareness capable
of supporting apprenticeships; a lack of funding;
and the lack of cross-party political fibre
to produce a long-term strategy. And so it goes
without saying - despite (or because of) the
Government allocating one of its ubiquitous,
under-achieving, American nano-gurus to the
Improvement Districts: another bent political
instrument swallowing £100 million a year.
pay slump at its worst since the 1860s/1870s.
There are of course, notable exceptions.
Politicians, Big Corp executives, media scrotes,
wasters playing with balls, wasters talking
balls, local authority and government advisers,
etc, etc. Which is why it isn't a 'pay slump'
but an 'economic success story'.
to clamp down on nuisance calls and spam.
So what happened to the last 100 'clampdowns'?
of families still awaiting 'fast' flood payouts.
Bull compensation website crashes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2788998/over-4-6-million-claimants-red-bull-s-website-24-hours-hoping-gain-10-red-bull-doesn-t-wings-crashed-website-getting-just-3.html
OH. MY. GOD. Awesome! Of course, only in America,
with the lowest educational standards and the
tiniest vocabulary in the world, would anyone,
let alone millions, have believed that Red Bull
would actually have given them wings; which
wouldn't fool even a Fux News devotee. What
is staggering, is that a court made an award
on the basis that the American public was so
demonstrably stupid. American politicians, the
media and sponsoring Big Corp on the other hand,
are reported to be delighted with this latest
proof of How Dumb Is Amerikka (OMG)? and are
already planning another murderous invasion
of a defenceless country with energy reserves
(democratisation and counter-resistance/'terrorism'),
further trade sanctions (overseas aid), free
trade (protectionism), embargos (emergency relief)
and the continuing sponsorship of terrorist
groups such as IS. (Israeli Settlers.)
million Wonga customers face confusion over
whether or not they will have their debts written
websites spy on us. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/11155151/How-websites-spy-on-us.html
Britain: 10 regular, astonishingly bad deals.
Street Foods Awards winners 2014. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/british-street-food-awards-winners-2014-9784863.html
that tests recipes for you. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/11/books-for-cooks-notting-hill-eric-treuille-behind-the-scenes
job advertised on Government website. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/12/13/porn-job-advertised-on-government-website/
The advertiser was later found to be the
BBC which is currently recruiting for its latest
reality TV series, Aid Street, and following
the successful national screening of yesterday's
trailer for what will be Aid Street's sequel,
Concerns rise over US-EU trade talks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29572475#
TTIP again and eventually, even the British
Bropaganda Corporation (BBC) has now given the
issue a mention - albeit with
the usual, skewed and simplistic reporting which
one now associates with this once-great broadcasting
start-ups risk falling behind rest of the world.
Falling behind? They were never up there
in the first place. Other than in Government
propaganda. And if you take away the
'bribes' or substitute unemployment benefits
which this Government offers its start-ups,
the UK wouldn't even register alongside other
economy will overtake that of France next year,
predicts IMF. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2788664/uk-economy-overtake-france-second-biggest-economy-europe-year-imf-predicts.html
Given the parlous state of the French economy
that is a sure sign this country will remain
deep in recession. Which the IMF has also predicted.
migration: which are the most wanted professions?
localism toppled Tesco. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/tsco/11152902/How-localism-toppled-Tesco.html
asked to repair potholes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11155213/Residents-asked-to-repair-potholes.html
property price growth index. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/11153770/House-prices-which-EU-countries-have-performed-best.html
is UK's #1 debt hotspot. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cardsloans/article-2788135/peterborough-britain-s-number-one-debt-hotspot-map-reveals-postcodes-residents-owe-money.html
blog about my baking and make £250 a day.'
the world the DIY way. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/10/soldering-iron-solar-power-saving-world-diy
say au revoir to France. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-say-au-revoir-to-france-over-two-million-french-people-now-live-abroad-and-most-are-crossing-the-channel-and-heading-to-london-9788348.html
Two million French now live abroad - so what's
the fuss? Compared to 5 million Brits.
release: £80 million boost for leasing
finance as British Business Bank focuses on
alternative lending for small business.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/10/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
firms could make billions from British taxpayers
in secret tribunals. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/us-firms-could-make-billions-from-uk-via-secret-tribunals-9785924.html
Another bit of ultra-rare national reporting
on the most dangerous invasion this country
has faced since the Second World War. And of
firms have already fleeced the UK out of billions
with the help of our bent, supine politicians.
They simply want the gravy train to roll on.
to block HMRC from raiding bank accounts after
latest errors. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11152822/Block-HMRC-from-raiding-bank-accounts-after-errors.html
entrepreneurs set out plans to save High Street.
It's not the best time to be trying this
kind of initiative especially as, contrary to
uninformed opinion widely circulated by the
media, it's not 'the internet' which is entirely
responsible for shop closures in the High Street
but the simple fact that plebs simply ain't
got no money at the moment - just as 'old' shopping
habits are changing, too. A fact which is reflected
in every economic activity from the slowdown
in house prices through to falling exports.
Twenty or thirty years ago, a few extra bob
in shoppers' pockets would buy a nice bit of
shmatter or the latest LP by Sid Snot and The
Bogeymen. All good for British business. Today,
it's a bit of useless but expensive plastic
made by child labour in some far-off part of
the world, followed by a selfie of the daily
puke after too many Australian lagers and a
takeaway vindaloo. The next morning, it's off
to the betting shop (or payday loan company)
to try and make or find a few bob to pay for
it all. Until next week.
this group of youngsters realise, the High Street's
greatest enemies remain government and local
authorities - and it's not just about business
rates. Then, there's the dumb media, of course.
Not forgetting all the Government's mediatised,
business guru-dwarves who were going to 'save'
the High Street.
to open first shop in time for Christmas.
Ironic isn't it, that an internet giant which
has reputedly contributed to the demise of the
High Street, is opening up in the High Street?
construction slump is worse than any economist
The opinion of any economist is about as
much use as an unemployed youngster going along
to a job interview armed with nothing but a
reference from a borstal.
companies that treat their customers best (and
business boom: no planning for success.
six-month allowance leaves women entrepreneurs
five tips for earning a living from eBay.
the baked bean entrepreneur. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/the-man-whos-hoping-that-beans-dont-always-mean-heinz-9785936.html
miss out on free home improvements, British
Gas reveals. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/millions-miss-out-on-free-home-improvements-british-gas-survey-reveals-9785727.html
prices will rise by 30% in 5 years. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/10/rightmove-house-prices-rise-30-per-cent-five-years-outside-london
essential guide for first-time landlords.
Chancellor warns of UK slowdown. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29551536#
An even 'slower'down than the one the country
has been suffering from for the past twenty
years? Since the internet came along? No matter,
let's blame the eurozone instead. Even when
it was outperforming the UK economy.
million UK workers face uncertainty in yet another
HMRC tax blunder. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11150266/Five-million-UK-workers-face-uncertainty-after-tax-bills-wrongly-calculated-twice-in-HMRC-blunder.html
Oooo, look. Another official, digital cock-up.
transactions to be fully automated from 2018.
Most of the transactions and communication between
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and taxpayers
will be fully automated from 2018, according
to HMRC's digital strategy for 2014. A key part
of the strategy is the introduction of 'digital
tax accounts' for individual and business taxpayers
from 2014/2015, enabling taxpayers to access
information about all the taxes they pay to
HMRC in one place. (EnterpriseQuest)
of UK High Street shops falls sharply. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29546101#
costs rising 3.1% above inflation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26694/business-costs-rising-3-1-ahead-inflation/
internet shopping is making us a little lonelier.
firms lack awareness of their credit scores.
Experian's SME Reputation Index has revealed
that the majority of decision-makers in smaller
firms are unaware of what factors can affect
the credit score of their business. The survey
of over 500 financial decision-makers in small
and medium-sized firms indicated that only 13%
are aware of all the key factors that influence
credit scores. It also revealed that only 41%
have ever checked their business credit score,
with 44% of those doing so more than six months
ago. Two main factors that have a negative effect
on credit scores are a history of bankruptcy
and numerous applications for credit accounts
over a short period of time. However, only 46%
of small business owners were aware of the impact
of these factors on their business credit score.
The survey also revealed that smaller firms
in the UK were unaware of factors that can have
a positive effect on the credit score of a business,
such as paying suppliers promptly. (EnterpriseQuest)
drivers' tax loophole to close. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11149851/Foreign-drivers-tax-loophole-to-close.html
adverts so misleading they had to be banned.
degrees of recommendations. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26696/six-degrees-recommendations/
power of customer engagement for business growth.
location maps. http://www.custom-maps.co.uk/
MPs looking for anonymity: petition for transparency.
Problem debt costs UK economy £8.3 billion.
Young: Brits 'invented' entrepreneurship.
Another Government adviser who's not too
strong either on history or today's real world,
talking total rubbish. Mind you, the Brits invented
football, too. And they can't play that successfully
against other countries, either. Despite hundreds
of thousands of fat, young slugs and granny-mugging,
Conservative hoodies bumming around in Engerandt
cheatball shirts. This Government's 'new' generation
of internet entrepreneurs ('illegal immigrants',
hard-core unemployed youth, dumbwalkers and
past-retirement-age pensioners) fall into pretty
much the same category.
no return to economic growth. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/07/imf-economic-growth-forecasts-downgraded-crisis
Not even if the IMF bankrolls a few more
fears construction crunch. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/07/record-luxury-london-homes-construction
offered £100 million for cheap new boilers
and double glazing in Government drive to slash
energy bills. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2783945/Homeowners-offered-100-million-cheap-new-boilers-double-glazing-Government-drive-slash-energy-bills.html
the new buy-to-let trend. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11135533/Refurbish-to-let-the-new-route-into-buy-to-let.html
quit the 9 to 5 and now gross £1m a year
selling on eBay'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11143794/I-quit-the-9-to-5-and-now-gross-1m-a-year-selling-on-eBay.html
Of The Year Award entries. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/business-sme-of-the-year/11128880/hello-fresh-recipe-delivery-service.html?WT.mc_id=605860&source=TrafficDriver
Best Restaurant UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/best-restaurant-uk-midsummer-house-beats-le-gavroche-and-the-fat-duck-in-tripadvisors-travellers-choice-awards-9779724.html
in business don't need short skirts to get ahead.
Clearly a comment deserving of Government
' business guru' status. And a knighthood.
see it, feel it, touch it leads to buy it.
shares collapse after company warns of weak
results as consumers ditch fizzy drinks for
healthier options. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/sodastream-shares-collapse-after-company-warns-of-weak-results-as-consumers-ditch-fizzy-drinks-for-healthier-options-9780293.html
On the other hand, there is the view that
SodaStream shares have collapsed because of
boycott of Israeli businesses and goods
by conscientious consumers who unlike western
governments and their media (propaganda), don't
support a Nazi regime of terrorist, mass-murdering,
is TTIP? And six answers which should scare
I see the media is finally doing some reporting
on this critical issue. There must have been
a particularly crap episode of Come
fracas shows how we should have paid heed to
struggling farmers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/chris-blackhurst-tesco-fracas-shows-we-should-have-paid-heed-to-struggling-farmers-9781137.html
The media obviously has to prioritise. Pentagon
and Israeli propaganda and live coverage of
the Engerlandt cheatball squad losing to a team
of wheelie bins, are much more important.
huge, time-wasting mental habits. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/26689/10-huge-time-wasting-mental-habits/
Government's £85 billion taxpayers' bung
to Big Corp.
What is truly astonishing about the level
of political corruption in the UK is not the
amount involved but just how bare-faced the
hypocrisy has become. As long as a politician
has more than fifteen likes on Arsebook and
his/her secretary can get some inconsequential
remarks onto Twatter every so often, then that
is as far as their bent existences go. Public
accountability, the country's best interests,
morality, ethics and honesty have become memories
as distant as watching telly without repeats.
quiz: who earns more? Builders or shopkeepers?
You could try asking your local politician these
questions - although the Government couldn't
give a stuff. As long as self-employed start-ups
help keep down unemployment statistics. Allegedly.
UK services sector growth slowing. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29503366#
official sites trick drivers, MPs warn.
calls for review of social security for self-employed.
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC)
has called on the Department for Work and Pensions
(DWP) to review the levels of social security
contributions and entitlements of both self-employed
and employed workers. The SSAC have published
a report that reveals that self-employed people
now account for 15% of the workforce, compared
to 12% in 2000, and that, although self-employed
people generally have lower incomes and pension
savings than people in paid employment, they
face a variety of differences in relation to
their treatment within the current social security
system. The report also highlights concerns
about the introduction of Universal Credit,
such as how fluctuating income from self employment
is dealt with, and the potential for the system
to distort business decision-making. The report
recommends that simplifying the definition of
self employment should be investigated. (EnterpriseQuest)
planning money transfer service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11142855/Facebook-planning-money-transfer-service.html
PM plans Sunday trading. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/06/french-pm-sunday-trading-economic-plans
It's not French output which is the problem
- but the breathtaking scale of the country's
waste. And unfortunately for the country's
grafters, it's the wasters who are in power.
(Just like Engerlandt, actually.)
the other hand, is France finished? Mais,
(At the very least, Sarko is making a comeback.)
Bread Exchange: what would you swap for a home-made
Sugar hits out at tax avoiders and Apprentice
So we'll be seeing the end of The Apprentice
and Dragons' Den then, will we? And find a couple
of proper business shows to take their place?
fat people free bikes on the NHS, says cycling
Olympian, Chris Boardman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2782151/Give-fat-people-free-bikes-NHS-tackle-Britain-s-obesity-timebomb-says-Tour-France-great-Chris-Boardman.html
Oh, and cycle manufacturer. And jolly nice
bikes he makes, too. All very good for British
business - instead of American Big Pharma.
weight loss fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/06/scamwatch-weight-loss-fraud/
Taxman using psychologists to make people pay
in small firms disputing loans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11142565/Jump-in-small-firms-disputing-loans.html
Mail cuts cost of posting Christmas gifts.
Mobile hit by technical hurdles. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/11142047/BT-mobile-network-hit-by-technical-hurdles.html
can lead the world in sharing economy, says
Government adviser. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11139789/Britain-can-lead-the-world-in-sharing-economy-says-government-adviser.html
it's a bad time to buy a house. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11141110/Why-its-a-bad-time-to-buy-a-house.html
MPs investigate financial system's cyber weaknesses.
What really needs to be investigated are
all the Ministers, MPs and civil servants' relationships
with the country's (mainly American) digital
advisers and gurus who have caused such havoc,
risk and loss to the taxpayer ranging from national
security through to public services, education
through to the financial sector. In other words,
let's see who's on the take and then turn to
the remainder who are clearly just criminally
lose appetite for big supermarkets. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11141300/Shoppers-lose-appetite-for-big-supermarkets.html
Oh. dear. Another Government/bogus guru prediction
which has gone wrong then?
loans could be written off for a million borrowers.
startups may be defined by the first failed
There are an awful lot of politicians who
would have been 'up' for this!
of menus revealed: Long descriptions and foreign
words make diners spend more on food. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2781090/Fancy-Assiette-piglet-That-ll-54-Why-menu-descriptions-bit-mouthful-cost-more.html
DIY policing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780866/Police-turn-away-lost-property-tell-public-track-owners-yourself.html
With police officers on national filming
duties, the Government has laid another proposal
for the recruitment of a well-know (to MPs)
American pulp TV cop to be appointed as Government
Adviser on effective Twattering on law and order.
Leaving battered shopkeepers, small businesses
and pensioners to fend for themselves as usual.
selling 'skimmers' exposed by undercover reporter.
(The country's entire police force was still
busy filming and posing for a few selfies with
David Cameron and Theresa May.)
best places to stay in Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2780411/Best-hotels-Britain-named-Good-Hotel-Guide.html
UK broadband speeds climb. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/11138376/Average-UK-broadband-speeds-up-as-digital-divide-narrows.html
Lewis boss apologises for comments made about
pound launches The Guild of Independent Currencies.
to qualify a business idea. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/a/how-to-qualify-a-business-idea.htm?nl=1
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
(TTIP): letter from Vince Cable to all MPs.
Following on from misleading the public
in the run-up to the The Royal Mail rip-off,
anything which comes now from Vince Cable can
be viewed as having serious form. And so to
his explanation of TTIP - which is not so much
a reduction of barriers to free trade as is
officially claimed, but a major sell-out of
the country's national assets to US Big Corp.
Ironically, for all of David Cameron's recent
reassurances on the future of the NHS for example,
such institutions will be among the first to
fall to foreign - and almost certainly American
- hands. So, as this country has already seen
from the Government's sale of its digital cock-up
vision of the future almost exclusively to the
US, so, the rest of what is left standing, is
about to follow suit. And if the public doesn't
like it, under TTIP, big business will now be
able to sue.
fact that any discussion of the consequences
of TTIP is deliberately and conspicuously missing
from the mainstream media (propaganda) is indicative
of the seriousness of the threat. So we have
a few notes below.
 John Hilary: The Transatlantic Trade and
NewStatesman: TTIP: The biggest threat to democracy
youve never heard of:
 The Guardian: The TTIP deal hands British
sovereignty to multinationals:
 38 Degrees blog: TTIP: Day of action:
unveils Windows 10. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/11132025/Microsoft-unveils-Windows-10-and-brings-back-Start-Menu.html
Fifths of Start-ups Have Tried and Failed to
Secure Traditional Financial Investment.
of crowdfunding? Entrepreneurs have. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/10/01/heard-of-crowdfunding-entrepreneurs-have-nicola-horlick-guest-blog/
when did 'social media' become 'business media'?
of the ink cartridge rip-off? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2778082/End-ink-cartridge-Epson-unveils-printer-refillable-TANK-print-6-500-pages-needs-refilling.html
Or, put another way, printer manufacturers
finally react to the success of compatible toner/ink
best-kept food secret. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11135180/The-return-of-pyclets-Derbys-best-kept-food-secret.html
It's only 'secret' because today's dumbwalkers
and food programme producers don't get out much.
An interesting addition to the menu for street
vendors and homely caffs, I would have thought.
home-based bicycle repair business angers neighbours.
Thousands unable to renew car tax as new system
Oh, dear, look. Yet another official, digital,
mega-cock-up. Is there any aspect of this government's
digital performance which has worked so far?
Apart from enriching US Big Corp, fleecing the
taxpayer and two fingers?
people lack workplace skills, says study.
This has only been common knowledge for decades
and it seems that despite this country's historical,
abject failure at addressing the problem, it
is now left to prime-time TV advertising by
a High Street bank, of all people, to try and
impart some basic life and social skills to
the lumpenproletariat. In the meantime,
the Government's cronies will pretend to make
them all entrepreneurs, instead.
running out of phone numbers again. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2777240/We-running-phone-numbers-Five-places-dial-area-code-contact-homes-businesses.html
ways successful business owners avoid taking
mistakes to avoid at all costs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26638/communication-mistakes-avoid-costs/
Or, the antithesis of online social networking
which encourages the very opposite of good communication
harming your brand with these 10 social media
seasonal business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/15-Seasonal-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1
economy-proof business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/14-Economy-Proof-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1
best - and worst - countries in the world to
grow old. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/revealed-the-best-and-worst-countries-in-the-world-to-grow-old-9767639.html
Unsurprisingly, right at the bottom of the
list are all the countries where the USA and
its lickspittles have stuck their thieving,
murdering, terrorist snouts. Let the British
ex-pat exodus continue.
The hidden taxes costing you a fortune.
to keep Russian sanctions in place over Ukraine.
Thus dispelling the propaganda myth that
the EU and the US are interested in peace in
the region. Otherwise, how else is the Ukraine
junta going to spend its $17 billion IMF loan
on buying Coalition of Evil-manufactured weapons?
that means still more hardship for business
plebs like us whose stock in trade has nothing
to do with ethnic cleansing, crimes against
humanity, murder, theft and lies - as Russian
counter-sanctions also continue to bite.
living standards worse than thought. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/30/fall-uk-living-standards-deeper-ons-tuc
'Thought' by whom? Public school fags in government
on backhanders from Big Corp?
than 1-in-8 targeted by pension scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/30/more-than-one-in-eight-targeted-by-pension-scams/
Leaving the remaining 7-in-8 pensioners suffering
from official pension theft.
to split off PayPal online payment business.
calling: the victim who fought back and won.
fine threatened for deluge of mobile phone spam.
software firm taunts UK data regulator over
things to learn from a 30-year-old multi-millionaire.
The Buffoon to brick. 'You will not be alone'.
for mushrooms is more popular in France than
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