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LATEST! 01.07.2015
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (June 2015) Viewpoint

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

01.07.2015: Consumers more buoyant ‘than at any time since early noughties’ http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/consumers-more-buoyant-than-at-any-time-since-early-noughties/ As were the Greeks when they were allowed to borrow and spend more money than they could afford to pay back.

Retail sales slow but growth outlook bright. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19417 That just about covers all the bases.

Research reveals the UK’s best and worst paid locations for one-person businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/research-reveals-the-uks-best-and-worst-paid-locations-for-one-person-businesses/ That will be Singapore and France.

Tens of thousands of self-employed workers and foster carers could see their state pension and other benefits threatened by changes to National Insurance payments. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-3144775/Just-thought-taxman-couldn-t-infuriating-New-tax-shambles-threatens-pension-payouts.html#ixzz3ebGq2tWx

Data roaming charges to end in EU within two years. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33325031 This has turned into the same, long-running shaggy dog story as BT's high-speed broadband connectivity.

Business Secretary urges business not to decide yet on EU vote. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-33325656 Apparently, he still hasn't received a full set of instructions from the country's Friends of Israel.

Fraud fighters targeted by scams. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33326307

A guide to guaranteed business failure. http://www.cobwebinfo.com/a-guide-to-guaranteed-business-failure/ An amusing yet wry look at the Government's business start-ups philosophy.

Study shows UK businesses waste £14 billion a year on ineffective research. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/study-shows-uk-businesses-waste-14-billion-a-year-on-ineffective-research/

Amazon to offer one-hour delivery in London. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11708501/Amazon-to-offer-one-hour-delivery-in-London.html Like the General Post Office (GPO) did in the C18th?

Startups on Growing an Ecommerce Business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/startups-on-growing-an-ecommerce-business/

Go Global but remember the VAT. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/go-global-but-remember-the-vat/

London exodus: have you moved out yet? http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/29/moved-out-london-share-your-experiences

Solar lamp fits onto endless 3D printed accessories. http://www.springwise.com/solar-lamp-fits-endless-3d-printed-accessories/

Digital currency teaches kids about charity. http://www.springwise.com/crytpocurrency-exchanged-kids-drawings-spent-school-supplies/

Two sisters, aged 7 and 8 from Texas, have been taught an important lesson about enterprise after their lemonade stand was shut down by local police for breaching business regulations. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Government-regulations-shut-down-little-girls-6318753.php

Austrian brothel offers free sex in tax protest. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/17/us-austria-brothel-idUKKBN0OU0C720150617

30.06.2015: The 10 Highest-Paying Work-From-Home Jobs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/30/the-10-highest-paying-work-from-home-jobs/ This makes a welcome change from the media's usual suggestions of envelope-stuffing, data input, mystery shopping and dog-walking.

HMRC updates VAT MOSS requirements. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/agent-update-issue-48 HMRC has announced that micro-firms registered with the VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS) can continue to establish a consumer's location using information supplied by their payment service provider (such as PayPal) after the 30th June deadline. Under HMRC's original guidance, UK firms selling digital services to consumers in other EU member states were expected to obtain between one and three pieces of evidence to show how they have identified a consumer's location from July 2015. But HMRC has now announced in its latest Agent Update that the deadline had been extended indefinitely. (EnterpriseQuest)

Companies House launches online search service. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-the-new-companies-house-public-beta-service Companies House has announced that all public digital data held on the UK register of companies has been made freely accessible via its new public beta search service. The search service will provide public access to over 170 million digital records on companies’ financial accounts and details of directors and secretaries during the life of a company. Planned features, which will be available at a later date, include details of disqualified directors, previous company names and details of dissolved companies. (EnterpriseQuest)

CMA published online reviews guidance. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/online-reviews-and-endorsements-advice-for-businesses The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reported on its call for evidence about online reviews and endorsements. It concluded that both are helpful to consumers, but raised concerns about firms leaving bad reviews of competitors and consumers threatening negative feedback to win discounts. The CMA has published guidance summaries about online reviews and endorsements for firms to ensure they comply with consumer protection law. (EnterpriseQuest)

Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/georgeosborne/11706143/Half-of-households-receive-more-in-benefits-than-they-pay-in-taxes.html That will be all those 'home businesses' putting the national economy into overdrive.

How the internet still fails disabled people. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/29/disabled-people-internet-extra-costs-commission-scope

Scamwatch: phishing messages. Criminals are targeting Britons with bogus emails and calls ... http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/26/scamwatch-phishing-messages/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl5%7Csec3_lnk5%26pLid%3D361755 Not very popular in any respect, the Brits. I wonder why that might be?

Uber managers arrested in France over 'illicit' taxi service. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33313145 With the Tour de France upon us once again, it is time for the French to embark on their annual frenzy of hypocrisy. Consequently, a bit of competition for pig-ignorant Parisian taxi drivers is 'illicit'. Stoning the public and setting fire to the Channel Tunnel by a bunch of fascist, trade unionist thugs, endangering life and impacting massively on the economy, on the other hand, is 'OK'. (Because they are hardcore supporters of the present socio-fascist regime, one supposes.)

Egg shortage raises weekly shop price fears. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11706650/Egg-shortage-raises-weekly-shop-price-fears.html

UK’s national sperm bank ‘recruits just five donors’. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11706863/UKs-national-sperm-bank-recruits-just-five-donors.html . . . I do the jokes around here!

How to take a holiday without abandoning your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/how-to-take-a-holiday-without-abandoning-your-business/

Cross-channel ferries cancelled as striking port workers close Calais again. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/30/cross-channel-ferries-cancelled-striking-port-workers-close-calais-again

Design student’s app is a guide to disabled access on London’s Tube. http://www.springwise.com/design-students-app-guide-disabled-access-londons-tube/

Smart oven knows what is inside and how to cook it. http://www.springwise.com/smart-oven-cook/ Now all we need is an app for dumbwalkers to show them what an oven is.

29.06.2015: UK tax policy dictated by companies not ministers, says leading treasury expert. http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/jun/28/uk-tax-policy-dictated-by-big-companies-not-ministers-treasury-adviser Something which has been common knowledge for twenty years - and a treasury 'expert' has just smelt the coffee.

UK school leavers 'the worst in Europe for essential skills', report says. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11704551/UK-school-leavers-the-worst-in-Europe-for-essential-skills-report-says.html Which is why the present regime is turning the country's unemployable youth into self-employed entrepreneurs, of course.

Save '£700' a year by outsourcing your household bills. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11680428/Save-700-a-year-by-outsourcing-your-household-bills.html

Surge in theft of paving slabs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142700/Surge-theft-paving-slabs-thieves-posing-workmen-high-viz-jackets-target-rural-properties-brazen-daylight-raids.html

Britain sends 2 mile anti-migrant fence to France. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3142100/Britain-sends-2-miles-fence-France-stop-migrants-hiding-lorries-boarding-Channel-Tunnel-trains.html A two mile fence would have been a nice little earner for a local, French workshop but unfortunately, the country is now on its two-month summer holidays. Plus, the British specification includes gaping holes to allow a steady stream of illegals to continue entering the country and fuelling regime supporter workforces.

Paris' Gare du Nord (the Shitpit of Europe) to get a £1 billion facelift. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3142317/Station-described-squalor-pit-Europe-1bn-facelift-Plans-Paris-Gare-du-Nord-include-overhead-concourse-Eurostar-terminal-s-twice-big.html Any work going for British subbies? No. I thought not. Plus 5 years of travel disruption for Eurostar travellers. In addition to normal trade union fascista activity.

Small Talk: Half the workforce could be freelance soon, but ministers haven't noticed. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sme/small-talk-half-the-workforce-could-be-freelance-soon-but-ministers-havent-noticed-10351716.html

28.06.2015: Tax experts urge Government to stick up for British entrepreneurs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/tax-experts-urge-government-to-stick-up-for-british-entrepreneurs/ That's a big ask for a regime which fags exclusively for the Americans and the Israelis.

Right to rent: all landlords must check immigration status or face £3,000 fine. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11683858/Right-to-rent-all-landlords-must-check-immigration-status-or-face-3000-fine.html Why not, indeed? The self-employed are already unpaid tax collectors; community police; and now, immigration officers. That's a full house.

Ministers could force train companies to pay compensation for 15 minute delays. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11701802/Ministers-could-force-train-companies-to-pay-compensation-for-15-minute-delays.html

Fraud risk for pensioners cashing in annuities. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/27/fraud-risk-for-pensioners-cashing-in-annuities/

Mortgage misery for 3 million households. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3141178/Mortgage-misery-3million-households-punitive-standard-variable-rates-pay-extra-4billion-year.html

80% of top UK brands at risk from online trolls. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/80-of-top-uk-brands-at-risk-from-online-trolls/

Who are you going to call to prevent a hack attack? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/who-are-you-going-to-call-to-prevent-a-hack-attack-10349631.html

12 unique business ideas. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/businessideas/ss/12-Unique-Business-Ideas.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150627 In Ingerlandt, a 'unique' business idea is one which makes a profit. (As opposed to fraud and theft by Big Corp, the banks and the government.)

CNET Community: Would you by an all-in-one desktop computer? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497

France bans the Silver Cross (proper) pram. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11703772/France-bans-the-Silver-Cross-pram.html Too difficult for the French to 'drive', apparently. As their road casualty statistics confirm.

27.06.2015: Google’s mobile tweak hurts small, UK companies. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/googles-mobile-tweak-hurts-small-uk-companies/ Who'd have thought it?

Small businesses waste millions of days on accounting every month. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/small-businesses-waste-millions-of-hours-on-accounting-every-month/

Exporting SMEs expect sales increase in year ahead. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/exporting-smes-expect-sales-increase-in-year-ahead/

French cabbies want Uber off the streets. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/french-cabbies-want-uber-off-the-streets--but-that-particular-boat-has-sailed-10346053.html The whole world wants all French strikers off the streets. But what is the French regime going to do about it?

Scamwatch: phishing messages. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/26/scamwatch-phishing-messages/

3 ways successful salespeople win the sale. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/3-ways-successful-salespeople-win-the-sale/

5 areas every start-up should consider outsourcing. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/5-areas-every-startup-should-consider-outsourcing/ (If they can afford it.)

What sport can teach your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/what-sport-can-teach-your-business/ Is the example of a game of professional, doped-up cheating and corruption the best possible sporting example for businesses to follow?

Ten quotes to help you gain perspective in business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/ten-quotes-to-help-you-gain-perspective-in-business/

Lessons for retail: what you can learn from an accountant. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19382

26.06.2015: Workers '£95 a week worse off'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/25/workers-95-a-week-worse-off/ They should turn their hands to being self-employed entrepreneurs and home businesses, then. And be totally broke and in debt, instead.

Debt plan firms failing the vulnerable, says FCA. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33267508 Like 'millions' of home businesses groomed by the regime's cronies and failed bank managers.

Call to cut pre-payment meter charges by Ofgem. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33271315 That should help the regime's millions of self-employed home businesses without two ha'pence to rub together.

BT aims to shut down traditional phone network to help it battle US tech giants. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/11696314/BT-aims-to-shut-down-traditional-phone-network-to-help-it-battle-US-tech-giants.html That's a new twist on failing to provide consumers with the service they have been paying for. And the end of the piss-poor broadband access shaggy dog story?

But does this mean that BT will also be distancing itself from cheating, corrupt professional football? Or will that remain an Affinity 'thing'?

0800 calls soon to be free from mobiles - but there's a catch. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/24/0800-calls-soon-to-be-free-from-mobiles-but-there-s-a-catch/

What does the taxman know about you, your finances and your lifestyle? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11697816/What-does-the-taxman-know-about-you-your-finances-and-your-lifestyle.html And there are still plebs out there who believe that the age of the internet brought them 'freedom'.

'Colossal' fall in demand for luxury homes in parts of London, data reveals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11697582/Colossal-fall-in-demand-for-luxury-homes-in-parts-of-London-data-reveals.html Is this the Rusky Revenge for sanctions against Russia? Now who's going to start whining first?

Britain will have 'generation of pensioner landlords', experts predict. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11697289/Britain-will-have-generation-of-pensioner-landlords-experts-predict.html Some 'experts'. This has been going on for five years. (Not American 'guru' advisers to the regime again?)

'Can seller take the cooker, fridge and curtains – after we've exchanged?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11691738/Can-seller-take-the-cooker-fridge-and-curtains-after-weve-exchanged.html

The secret lives of phone sex workers. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jun/25/phone-sex-workers-secret-lives-phil-toledano-photography

New service offers on-demand breakups. http://www.springwise.com/service-offers-on-demand-breakups/

Plugin helps local bookstores steal customers back from Amazon. http://www.springwise.com/plugin-helps-local-bookstores-steal-customers-amazon/

Cookie lets users pay pennies to replace ads with their own photos. http://www.springwise.com/cookie-lets-users-pay-pennies-replace-ads-photos

Transform Your Business -- And Your Life -- With Two Simple Letters. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/becominganentrepreneur/tp/Transform-Your-Business-And-Your-Life-With-Two-Simple-Letters.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150625

Scam targets new businesses. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/26/new-scam-targets-those-who-have-recently-registered-a-business/

Weekend Larf: Amazon 'still not paying fair share' of tax - while letting taxpayer subsidise low pay. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/26/amazon-still-not-paying-fair-share-of-tax/ And does anyone believe the present regime is going to do anything about it? Oh, yes, look. Someone's raised their hand. Why, it's Father Christmas.

25.06.2015: Just over half saving enough for retirement. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/24/56-saving-enough-for-retirement/ And if we were talking about the self-employed, I would be amazed if more than a quarter are saving enough for retirement. Only for the regime to thieve most of it, anyway.

Savers cashing in their final-salary pensions see payouts fall. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11693372/Savers-cashing-in-their-final-salary-pensions-see-payouts-fall.html Every little bit helps to subsidise US Big Corp, the banks and Israeli/American terrorism.

New £400 service to help you make pension decisions. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/24/new-service-helps-pension-decisions/

Eurostar delays: make sure you claim compensation. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/24/eurostar-delays-make-sure-you-claim-compensation/ I think the EU should pass a law allowing frustrated travellers to sue French fascist trade unions directly for losses incurred.

Bank of England in flexibility plan for credit unions. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33255761

'Phishing' scam cost London woman nearly £50,000. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33257129

Smart wooden dolls let kids communicate from afar without screens. http://www.springwise.com/smart-wooden-dolls-kids-communicate-afar-screens/

Platform lets broadcasters create content for every screen. http://www.springwise.com/platform-lets-broadcasters-create-content-screen/

Why every business needs a Business Dashboard. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/why-every-business-needs-a-business-dashboard/

10 ways to cut business costs. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/management/ss/10-Ways-to-Cut-Business-Costs.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150624

10 ways to improve your small business cashflow. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/fl/10-Ways-to-Improve-Your-Small-Business-Cash-Flow.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150624

5 website conversion rate optimatisation tips. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/fl/5-Website-Conversion-Rate-Optimization-Tips.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150623

Book shelf competition. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/book-shelf-competition/

24.06.2015: Ofcom to probe phone and TV firms that won't let you leave. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/23/ofcom-to-probe-phone-and-tv-firms-that-wont-let-you-leave/ A probe into why Ofcon has taken so long to launch their probe, might be more useful.

Third-party sellers and Amazon: a double-edged sword. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/23/amazon-marketplace-third-party-seller-faustian-pact

TTIP is a corporatist scam and not a real free trade deal, says Ukip’s Douglas Carswell. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ttip-is-a-corporatist-scam-and-not-a-real-free-trade-deal-says-ukips-douglas-carswell-10338335.html This has been common knowledge amongst the educated, political pimps and crooks alike since TTIP was first being conceived behind closed doors. With the help of much smoke and mirrors from members of the present political regime, the criminal media and principal beneficiaries, American Big Corp.

UK to hit record number of startups as more aspiring entrepreneurs go it alone. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-to-hit-record-number-of-startups-as-more-aspiring-entrepreneurs-go-it-alone/ Any projections coming from an organisation whose business it is to promote, errr, start-ups, is likely to make this sort of prediction. As everyone knows, any monkey can start a business but what really does count, is who and what is left standing after three years. And then again, in five years' time. For which statistics are conspicuous by their absence.

Bearing in mind it was only recently that an article appeared in The Telegraph which suggested over 600,000 people were registered as businesses for tax purposes only; plus a 'carrot and stick' benefits regime offering 'entrepreneurism' as an escape from the dole (or having it stopped) but ultimately designed to merely reduce the numbers of claimants; plus the growth in the so-called phenomenon of 'silverpreneurs', also driven by economic necessity rather than freedom of choice; 700,000 'self-employed' on zero-hour contracts; plus yesterday's news from HMRC that more than 2.5 million people are submitting self-assessment forms needlessly - and one is really tempted to ask - just how many genuine, business start-ups are there or have there been?

Of course, it would be quite simple to find out. But, somehow, I don't think we'll be going there. Which kind of half-answers the question anyway.

Private rents in Britain are the highest in the EU. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/private-rents-in-britain-are-the-highest-in-the-eu-10340664.html Good to see that Britain is #1 in the EU for something.

Gumtree 'bogus landlord' wanted after scam nets £30,000 in property deposits from prospective tenants. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/gumtree-bogus-landlord-wanted-after-scam-nets-30000-in-property-deposits-from-prospective-tenants-10339901.html

Consultation on EU cross border e-commerce. http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/contract/opinion/150609_en.htm The European Commission is consulting on ways to remove contract law barriers that discourage consumers in the European Union (EU) from buying goods online from traders based in other EU countries. Although 50% of consumers in the EU shopped online in 2014, only 18% purchased goods from a retailer in another EU country, and just 12% of EU retailers sold goods online to consumers located in other EU countries. The consultation is open to individuals, organisations and public authorities. It closes on 9th September 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)

Windows 10 price: Microsoft’s new operating system might not be as free as it seemed. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/windows-10-price-microsofts-new-operating-system-might-not-be-as-free-as-it-seemed-10339562.html

Amazon pay-per-page? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/11694482/Amazon-pay-per-page-A-wake-up-call-for-lazy-writers.html

Hackers steal data using pitta bread. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33229424

What information does Google hold on me? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11652314/What-information-does-Google-hold-on-me.html

Eurotunnel closed, tyres set ablaze, and migrants leaping on lorries - chaos follows Calais strike. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/travel-chaos-deepens-as-striking-french-workers-close-port-of-calais-and-invade-channel-tunnel-10339040.html The 'benefits' of membership of the Coalition of Evil continuing to filter down to the general public, we see?

The man who grows trees into chairs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33161109

Official release: Policy paper. Alternative dispute resolution for consumers. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alternative-dispute-resolution-for-consumers

Free subscription to MLM News Global newsletter. http://www.mlmnewsglobal.com/ Some really serious insider news here.

23.06.2015: Inquiry into needs of 'everyday entrepreneurs'. http://www.acs.org.uk/parliamentary-group-launches-everyday-entrepreneurs-inquiry/ The All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group has launched an inquiry into the needs of 'everyday entrepreneurs' to ensure that their positive contribution to the economy is recognised. The inquiry will also establish what further Government support is needed to remove barriers to growth and develop a new generation of skilled entrepreneurs. Simon Danczuk MP, Chairman of the Group, said that while the word 'entrepreneur' is typically associated with high tech IT or engineering firms, British entrepreneurial spirit is rooted in local shops or everyday enterprises. The inquiry, which will be open until 17th July 2015, will take both oral and written evidence from stakeholders. The findings of the inquiry will be submitted to the Department for Business (BIS). (EnterpriseQuest)

Any visiting Martian who may have believed all the propaganda which has been circulating about small businesses the past few months could be forgiven for asking why there is any need for an 'inquiry' into the 'needs of everyday entrepreneurs' - when our leaders are already so intertwined, so much the One Nation, with 99% of the country's business community.

Report reveals micro-business is thriving. https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/the-second-age-of-small Research carried out by the RSA has revealed that micro-business is thriving. The RSA's 'Second Age of Small' report indicates that the number of firms with nine or fewer employees has increased by 1.5 million since 2000 and that micro-firms (excluding sole traders) in health, education and social care have experienced the fastest growth. Micro-firms are also creating and gaining more financial value from innovation for every pound spent on R&D compared to larger firms. (EnterpriseQuest)

Era of cheap labour coming to an end, says Bank of England. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11692299/Era-of-cheap-labour-coming-to-an-end-says-Bank-of-England.html Which means that everyone will be able to afford a hike in interest rates.

Nearly one in four self assessment tax returns are 'unnecessary'. http://economia.icaew.com/news/june-2015/more-than-2point5-million-filling-in-unnecessary-tax-returns More than 2.5 million taxpayers who submit self-assessment returns are doing so needlessly, HMRC statistics have revealed. More than 11 million people submitted self-assessment returns for 2014/15. However, 8% of taxpayers who use self-assessment have no more than £50 to pay and 16% owe no tax at all. The number of 'unnecessary' self-assessment returns has been linked to an increase in individuals registered with HMRC as self-employed and a decrease in self-employment income. In response, an HMRC spokesperson said: "If you don't think you need to be in self-assessment contact us, and if we agree, we'll take you out of the system." (EnterpriseQuest)

So do this mean that the regime's cronies have over-estimated the country's actual numbers of 'self-employed entrepreneurs' (and unemployed) by 25%? As 'one' does.

Eurozone business growth at four-year high. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33235438 That's confused the economists and the pundits. It will be Greece getting out of trouble, next.

The 'night-time economy' is worth £66bn to the UK and must be treated with respect, says new report. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11692161/Clubs-and-bars-are-vital-revenue-generators-for-UK-economy-not-hotbeds-of-binge-drinking-and-drug-abuse.html

VAT refund rules changed by HMRC. http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2413537/hmrc-changes-vat-reclaims-interpretation Rules on reclaiming VAT following registration have been changed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), meaning that some firms could lose money that they had expected would be refunded to them. Previously, traders that already held stock and assets prior to registering for VAT could reclaim the full amount of VAT paid in respect of those items retrospectively. However, VAT can now only be reclaimed on a pro-rata basis. A spokesman for HMRC said: "Where a business has goods and assets on hand at its date of VAT registration, an adjustment ought to be made where these have already been used. Where such adjustments have not been made, the business should do so on their VAT return or make a voluntary disclosure to HMRC." Anyone waiting for their VAT registration to come through could also be penalised by the new rules if they buy stock and assets prior to registration.

UK property sales dipped in May. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33238673

'Disabled should band together to bring living costs down'. http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-33228757 So should lots of 'groups', living in 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain.

Tesco tops list for supplier complaints. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11691879/Tesco-tops-list-for-supplier-complaints.html That'll be another burglar's bagful of knighthoods for Tesco executives, then.

Millions lost to cash transfer trick. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33223290 A variant on this is putting your cash into a High Street bank account.

What does it mean to have Business Skills in the 21st Century? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/what-does-it-mean-to-have-business-skills-in-the-21st-century/ If that's all there are to 21st century business skills, it's little wonder there are so many unemployed, self-employed 'entrepreneurs' around.

Stand up for service. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/stand-up-for-service/ Might it not be an idea to start with some basics, first?

Leading criminal barristers’ chambers loses £250k to crooked accountant. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11691905/Leading-criminal-barristers-chambers-loses-250k-to-crooked-accountant.html You've gotta laugh. Of course, the man's got it made now.

How passport hustlers work. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelvideo/11687510/How-passport-hustlers-steal-your-documents.html Peanuts. Passport 'hustling' on an official and massively lucrative scale in the UK is led by the regime's Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May, and her teams of brownshirts at The Scrote Office.

Trending: tattoo fixers who erase your body ink mistakes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11675478/Meet-the-tattoo-fixers-who-erase-your-body-ink-mistakes.html

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

Len Tondel



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