down to see full list; previous
month's (June 2015) Viewpoint
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st June 2015
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
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.
sales slow but growth outlook bright.
That just about covers all the bases.
reveals the UKs 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.
of thousands of self-employed workers and foster
carers could see their state pension and other
benefits threatened by changes to National Insurance
roaming charges to end in EU within two years.
This has turned into the same, long-running
shaggy dog story as BT's high-speed broadband
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
fighters targeted by scams. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33326307
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.
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/
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
on Growing an Ecommerce Business.
Global but remember the VAT. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/go-global-but-remember-the-vat/
exodus: have you moved out yet? http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/29/moved-out-london-share-your-experiences
lamp fits onto endless 3D printed accessories.
currency teaches kids about charity. http://www.springwise.com/crytpocurrency-exchanged-kids-drawings-spent-school-supplies/
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.
brothel offers free sex in tax protest.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
the internet still fails disabled people.
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?
managers arrested in France over 'illicit' taxi
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.)
shortage raises weekly shop price fears.
national sperm bank recruits just five
. . . I do the jokes around here!
to take a holiday without abandoning your business.
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
students app is a guide to disabled access
on Londons Tube. http://www.springwise.com/design-students-app-guide-disabled-access-londons-tube/
oven knows what is inside and how to cook it.
Now all we need is an app for dumbwalkers
to show them what an oven is.
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.
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.
'£700' a year by outsourcing your household
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
sends 2 mile anti-migrant fence to France.
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
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
Talk: Half the workforce could be freelance
soon, but ministers haven't noticed.
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.
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.
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
risk for pensioners cashing in annuities.
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
of top UK brands at risk from online trolls.
are you going to call to prevent a hack attack?
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.)
Community: Would you by an all-in-one desktop
bans the Silver Cross (proper)
Too difficult for the French to 'drive',
apparently. As their road casualty statistics
mobile tweak hurts small, UK companies. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/googles-mobile-tweak-hurts-small-uk-companies/
have thought it?
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/
SMEs expect sales increase in year ahead.
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?
phishing messages. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/26/scamwatch-phishing-messages/
ways successful salespeople win the sale.
areas every start-up should consider outsourcing.
(If they can afford it.)
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?
quotes to help you gain perspective in business.
for retail: what you can learn from an accountant.
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.
plan firms failing the vulnerable, says FCA.
Like 'millions' of home businesses groomed
by the regime's cronies and failed bank managers.
to cut pre-payment meter charges by Ofgem.
That should help the regime's millions of
self-employed home businesses without two ha'pence
to rub together.
aims to shut down traditional phone network
to help it battle US tech giants.
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?
does this mean that BT will also be distancing
itself from cheating, corrupt professional football?
Or will that remain an Affinity 'thing'?
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/
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'.
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?
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?)
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
secret lives of phone sex workers. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jun/25/phone-sex-workers-secret-lives-phil-toledano-photography
service offers on-demand breakups. http://www.springwise.com/service-offers-on-demand-breakups/
helps local bookstores steal customers back
from Amazon. http://www.springwise.com/plugin-helps-local-bookstores-steal-customers-amazon/
lets users pay pennies to replace ads with their
own photos. http://www.springwise.com/cookie-lets-users-pay-pennies-replace-ads-photos
Your Business -- And Your Life -- With Two Simple
targets new businesses. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/06/26/new-scam-targets-those-who-have-recently-registered-a-business/
Larf: Amazon 'still not paying fair share' of
tax - while letting taxpayer subsidise low pay.
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
Just over half 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.
cashing in their final-salary pensions see payouts
Every little bit helps to subsidise US Big
Corp, the banks and Israeli/American terrorism.
£400 service to help you make pension
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.
of England in flexibility plan for credit unions.
scam cost London woman nearly £50,000.
wooden dolls let kids communicate from afar
without screens. http://www.springwise.com/smart-wooden-dolls-kids-communicate-afar-screens/
lets broadcasters create content for every screen.
every business needs a Business Dashboard.
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
ways to improve your small business cashflow.
website conversion rate optimatisation tips.
shelf competition. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/book-shelf-competition/
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.
sellers and Amazon: a double-edged sword.
is a corporatist scam and not a real free trade
deal, says Ukips Douglas Carswell.
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.
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.
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?
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.
rents in Britain are the highest in the EU.
Good to see that Britain is #1 in the EU for
'bogus landlord' wanted after scam nets £30,000
in property deposits from prospective tenants.
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
10 price: Microsofts new operating system
might not be as free as it seemed.
steal data using pitta bread. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33229424
information does Google hold on me? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11652314/What-information-does-Google-hold-on-me.html
closed, tyres set ablaze, and migrants leaping
on lorries - chaos follows Calais strike.
The 'benefits' of membership of the Coalition
of Evil continuing to filter down to the general
public, we see?
man who grows trees into chairs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33161109
release: Policy paper. Alternative dispute resolution
for consumers. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/alternative-dispute-resolution-for-consumers
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Some really serious insider news here.
Inquiry into needs of 'everyday entrepreneurs'.
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
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
reveals micro-business is thriving.
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.
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.
one in four self assessment tax returns are
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
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.
business growth at four-year high.
That's confused the economists and the pundits.
It will be Greece getting out of trouble, next.
'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
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.
property sales dipped in May. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33238673
should band together to bring living costs down'.
So should lots of 'groups', living in 'Bongo
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
tattoo fixers who erase your body ink mistakes.
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