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21.10.2017
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (September 2017) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st October 2017

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


21.10.2017: Brexit: EU leaders pave way for future trade talks. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-41684111 Is that the 'EU' which is paving the way for future talks - and not the Tory war criminals, Brexit Knobheads and their lying, criminal propaganda?

Pollution Is Killing 50,000 People In The UK Every Year. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/pollution-is-killing-50000-people-in-the-uk-every-year_uk_59e9a808e4b0df10767c15ff?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D-56659430_uk So we can expect the Tory regime, MI5, GCHQ and the country's forces of professional murderers (and Donald Trump) to start tracking down these terrorists with weapons of mass destruction and start bombing their families, friends and neighbourhoods?

The great mobile phone rip-off: Millions still being billed for handsets they have already bought. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/great-mobile-phone-rip-off-millions-still-billed-handsets-have/

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41679408

White hat hackers: who are they and how can they protect us from being hacked? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/open-economy/white-hat-hackers/ Yes. But. Are they as bad as universal webspam such as Google Adshite?

Italian village will pay you 2000 euros to move there. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/italy-mayor-puglia-reward-anyone-willing-live-village-remote-small-candela-bormida-a8008876.html

Tourist tax mooted on road to Hull. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/hull-tourist-tax-amsterdam-edinburgh-city-of-culture-a8010146.html

How the paper clip became a million dollar idea. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-41682291/how-the-paper-clip-became-a-million-dollar-idea

First sex doll brothel opens in Germany. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/sex-doll-brothel-germany-open-plastic-prostitute-dortmund-bordoll-a8008751.html

20.10.2017: UK retail sales in sharp fall in September, ONS says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41677327

Creative sector warns of Brexit threat to economy. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41674906 That could be one way of tackling the century-old film/music industry's sex grooming/casting couch traditions. As conveniently ignored and condoned by the west's hate-preaching, fake news media/propaganda.

Banks consider 555 fraud 'hotline'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41679087

Nine out of 10 home burglary investigations are closed without a suspect being identified. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/19/nine-10-home-burglaries-now-go-unsolved-effective-police-force/ Is this Brussels' fault as well? Or Theresa May's?

The investment fraud costing victims £26,000 each. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41679092

Alcohol can help your foreign language skills. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/alcohol-foreign-language-skills-speak-better-drinking-study-finds-a8008341.html We've seen that already, as British pissheads seem able to Text, Twatter and Innit all at the same time.

'First generation' smart meters which hinder switching could be installed for another year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/bills-and-utilities/gas-electric/first-generation-smart-meters-hinder-switching-could-installed/

I make £10,000 a year from my cards business – and still have my day job. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/do-have-side-hustle-make-thousands-side/
Looking for a new career?

What it takes to be a competitive wine taster. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/wine/takes-competitive-wine-taster/

Which bakery's loaf rose to the challenge at the World Bread Awards? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/bakerys-loaf-rose-challenge-world-bread-awards/

19.10.2017: Millions miss bills as finances bite. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41655915

Half of UK adults potentially vulnerable, FCA's Financial Lives report finds. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/18/half-of-uk-adults-potentially-vulnerable-fcas-financial-lives/ The Tory regime's sponsors and donors will be pleased!

Unemployment falls to 12-year low as jobless total is cut by 52,000. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/18/unemployment-falls-to-12-year-low-as-jobless-total-is-cut-by-52/ Of course, once upon a time, zero hours contracts wouldn't have counted as employment. And real-time wages which were worth less today than they were 12 years ago wouldn't have been worth mentioning, either. Perhaps that's why Britain has got a productivity problem. Pay peanuts and all you get is monkeys. Especially when the zookeepers prefer to spend the money which they don't justify on a new Range Rover every year instead of up-skilling their workforce to be more competitive, more productive. Even more especially when they can pick up skilled workers more cheaply from elsewhere in the world rather than doing the right thing and training up their own kind, instead.

On the other hand, without Fake Brit types like this, the present regime of lying, thieving Tory war criminals wouldn't be in power.

Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41658436

Revealed: Why you should NEVER pay for insurance monthly. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/18/revealed-never-pay-for-insurance-monthly/

Householders warned about 'blocked drain fraud'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41669500

How do you solve a problem like debt? Your questions answered. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41655415

The 19-year-old millionaire estate agent. http://www.bbc.com/news/av/education-41653983/the-19-year-old-millionaire-estate-agent?foo=bar

18.10.2017: Pound coin chaos as parking machines and shops fail to meet Royal Mint deadline. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/pound-coin-chaos-parking-machines-shops-fail-meet-royal-mint/

Are house prices back from the crash? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41582755 4 What crash?

Reasons Why ‘Help to Buy’ Should Be Scrapped, Not Extended. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/4-reasons-why-help-to-buy-should-be-scrapped-not-extended/

European Commission proposes EU-wide VAT regime. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-3443_en.htm The European Commission has published plans to harmonise VAT across the EU by creating a 'single EU VAT area'. According to the commission, this would save firms that trade in multiple member states a total of €1 billion in compliance costs and result in an 80% reduction in cross-border VAT fraud. The plans will now be sent to the European Council and the European Parliament for approval, and the commission will publish a detailed legislative framework in 2018. (EnterpriseQuest)

Mobile video ad spend up 142%. https://www.wordtracker.com/blog/ppc/latest-research-shows-no-halt-to-mobile-video-ad-spend
New research from mobile advertising platform Smaato has revealed that mobile video advertising is now the fastest growing type of mobile ad worldwide. According to the research, the total global spend on mobile video ads went up by 142% from Q4 2016 to Q2 2017. The ability of mobile video ads to boost brand awareness (44%), reach more targeted audiences (34%) and grow the favourability of a brand (26%) are the top three reasons behind the growth. (EnterpriseQuest)

Visitor numbers to America continue to fall. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/trump-slump-us-tourists-travel-numbers-fall-america-president-a7999216.html Perhaps we could follow the USA's example and send them some jackbooted illegal immigrants/terrorists to help out?

Do you have a side hustle? Here's how to make thousands on the side. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/do-have-side-hustle-make-thousands-side/

The Advantages of Owning Your Own Business. https://www.thebalance.com/the-advantages-of-owning-your-own-business-2948555?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10899110&utm_term=

10 Proven Ways to Grow Your Business. https://www.thebalance.com/top-ways-of-growing-your-business-2948140?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10899110&utm_term=

Creative Ideas to Get Your Small Business Noticed. https://www.thebalance.com/ideas-to-get-small-business-noticed-3997457?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10899110&utm_term=

New furniture range caters for cats and dogs. https://www.springwise.com/new-furniture-range-caters-cats-dogs/?utm_campaign=950180_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,KD5W,2V1FMX,24QAI,1

Interactive pedestrian crossing provides alerts for drivers. https://www.springwise.com/interactive-pedestrian-crossing-provides-alerts-drivers/?utm_campaign=951800_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,KEEW,2V1FMX,24V7W,1

Utility company uses horse manure to power horse show. https://www.springwise.com/utility-company-uses-horse-manure-power-horse-show/?utm_campaign=951800_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,KEEW,2V1FMX,24V7W,1

17.10.2017: Britain's missing billions: Revised figures reveal UK is £490bn poorer than previously thought. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/15/britains-missing-billions-revised-figures-reveal-uk-490bn-poorer/ 'Previously thought' by whom? The country's fagging Tory politicians and their lying, fake news media/propaganda? (And Brexit Knobheads, of course.)

Government outlines post-Brexit trade arrangements. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-vision-for-post-eu-trade-and-customs-policy The Department for International Trade and HMRC have published two White Papers setting out the trade and customs arrangements that will be in place after the UK leaves the EU. The first paper outlines the legislation that will need to be introduced to deliver a post-Brexit trade policy. This includes bringing all existing trade agreements between the UK and EU and non-EU countries into UK law, and measures to ensure the UK continues to benefit from World Trade Organisation arrangements. The second White Paper sets out plans to legislate for the standalone customs, VAT and excise regimes that will be introduced once the UK leaves the EU. (EnterpriseQuest)

Construction sector braced for zero growth next year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/16/construction-sector-braced-zero-growth-next-year/

Independent review of Start Up Loans published. https://british-business-bank.co.uk/independent-review-shows-start-loans-programme-helping-boost-uk-business-start-rates/ An independent review commissioned by the British Business Bank has revealed the positive impact of the Start Up Loans programme on business start-up rates across the UK. Overall, the programme has provided more than 50,000 loans worth a total of £350 million to start ups and early-stage firms since its launch in 2012. In addition, 35% of loan recipients said they would not have been able to start or grow their business without it. The review has also indicated that start-up loan recipients are significantly more likely to grow their sales from year to year, and that the economic benefits generated from the programme are around three times greater than the cost of providing the loans. (EnterpriseQuest)

Financial regulator warns of growing debt among young people. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41627238 The Financial Regulator obviously hasn't seen the so-called 'independent' review above. Or maybe he has.

The seaside towns hit by a rising tide of debt. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41608881

Shoplifters and vandals 'will evade justice' after police say investigations are 'not practical'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/shoplifters-vandals-will-evade-justice-afterpolice-say-investigations/ No, of course not. Hamming it up on reality police tv shows is much more important.

Every Wi-Fi network at risk of unprecedented 'Krack' attack security flaw. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/16/every-wi-fi-device-risk-unprecedented-krack-attack-security/

London house prices fall at fastest rate since 2009 financial crash. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/london-house-prices-fall-fast-rate-financial-crash-uk-housing-market-a8002431.html

More renters left London over the past year than any other time since 2007, says lettings network. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/14/more-renters-left-london-over-the-past-year-than-any-other-time/

Peace campaigners accused of 'indoctrinating' children, as teaching union promotes white poppy scheme. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/10/14/peace-campaigners-accused-indoctrinating-childrenas-teaching/ Teaching children to advocate 'peace', is 'left wing' according to this professional murderer, is it? So what does that make an advocate of terrorism and war crimes? A taxpayer-funded Nazi?

The 'working class boy' who built a £1bn business. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41412635

Why 'homecooked' food is often anything but: the buzzwords restaurants use to trick you. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/features/homecooked-food-often-anything-buzzwords-restaurants-use-trick/

16.10.2017: Businesses bracing for £1.2 billion tax hike in 2018 as court cases mount. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/15/businesses-bracing-for-a-1-2-billion-tax-hike-in-2018-as-court-c/

Thousands of shops vow to let customers pay using old £1 coin until Christmas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/15/thousands-shops-vow-let-customers-pay-using-old-1-coin-christmas/

UK farmers will 'grow more food' if no Brexit deal - minister. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-41627341 This should prove interesting - with British farmers expected to lose half their income once Brexit fully takes hold. Or are The Kippah Party, Tory war criminals, The Scum, The Daily Wail, The Terrorgraph and The Sexpress going to provide the farming subsidies which will be needed to bridge the shortfall?

Our crazy tax system means 800,000 people pay a higher tax rate than someone who earns £1m. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/news/crazy-tax-system-means-800000-people-pay-higher-tax-rate-someone/

Social media firms could face levy to fund measures to tackle online harm. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/social-media-firms-could-face-levy-to-fund-measures-to-tackle-on/ Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to simply close them down? Or doesn't that figure in the Pentagon's plans for American terrorism?

Red Arrows jets likely to be built abroad unless Government acts - MPs. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/15/red-arrows-jets-likely-to-be-built-abroad-unless-government-acts/ Translation: U.S.A poised to fully take over Britain's murder industry and once again, destroy thousands of small British businesses.

15.10.2017: Brexit poll shows rising number of people regret UK decision to leave EU. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-poll-new-eu-leave-regret-remain-yougov-times-latest-theresa-may-bad-idea-a8000156.html Time to start arresting, seizing assets and banging up the criminals who created all this havoc? Starting with the country's lying, hate-preaching, offshore-based propaganda (calling itself 'the media); and the fagging nutter-politicians who have been driving the country into the ground.

HMRC predicts £110m recovery from tax avoidance scheme promoter. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/14/hmrc-predicts-a-110m-recovery-from-tax-avoidance-scheme-promoter/ Not to mention the £ billions which could be recovered from HMRC and its tax avoidance deals with US big Corp.

New strategy could provide £418m boost for local road improvements. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/14/new-strategy-could-provide-a-418m-boost-for-local-road-improveme/ Although according to the BBC's latest, infantile, anti-Russian propaganda series, bad roads are all Vladimir Putin's fault.

Airbnb to offer loans and advice to hosts under new scheme. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/14/airbnb-to-offer-loans-and-advice-to-hosts-under-new-scheme

Trader needs a knightcap as 'anti-Muslim' claim makes mug of council. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/14/trader-needs-a-knightcap-as-anti-muslim-claim-makes-mug-of-cou/

Read this and you may never eat chicken again. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/oct/13/can-never-eat-chicken-again-antibiotic-resistance Industrially-raised chicken, that is. There are still plenty of people, small and home businesses, raising birds in a natural and healthy manner. Not that Brexit Knobheads and certain fake food critics would know the difference.

14.10.2017: Boost in manufacturing has failed to lift the UK economy, survey suggests. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-economy-british-chambers-commerce-growth-manufacturing-quarterly-survey-a7997271.html And who says there has been a 'boost in manufacturing'?

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41601455 They will be battling soaring fires next.

UK mobile coverage 'deplorable', says Lord Adonis. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41606963 Every so often, a government personality (and some politicians) will state the obvious, something everyone has known for years - but nothing changes. How about the telecomms industry's scammers and their rent-boy politicians starting to spend time behind bars for once?

Israel joins America in pulling out of UNESCO. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/unesco-israel-withdraw-netanyahu-united-nations-trump-latest-a7997506.html There's a classic demonstration of lying, thieving, murdering terrorist solidarity. All it needs now is for Britain and France to sling their hooks and UNESCO might start acquiring some credibility at last. The United Nations next?

5 Ways to Maximize Word of Mouth Marketing. https://www.thebalance.com/word-of-mouth-marketing-2951713?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10899066&utm_term=

5 Ways to Handle a Customer Complaint. https://www.thebalance.com/handle-customer-complaint-2951721?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10899066&utm_term=

10 Loyalty Marketing Ideas for Your Small Business. https://www.thebalance.com/loyalty-marketing-ideas-2951714?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10899066&utm_term=

App converts change into cryptocurrency. https://www.springwise.com/app-converts-change-cryptocurrency/?utm_campaign=948885_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,KC5X,2V1FMX,24MDM,1

Instagram algorithm shows spots favored by locals. https://www.springwise.com/instagram-algorithm-shows-spots-favored-locals/?utm_campaign=948885_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,KC5X,2V1FMX,24MDM,1

Gesture control technology turns any object into a TV remote. https://www.springwise.com/gesture-control-technology-turns-object-tv-remote/?utm_campaign=945566_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K9LQ,2V1FMX,24CBX,1

AI algorithm spots electricity theft. https://www.springwise.com/ai-algorithm-spots-electricity-theft/?utm_campaign=945566_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K9LQ,2V1FMX,24CBX,1

New AI marketing tool provides detailed analytics. https://www.springwise.com/new-ai-marketing-tool-provides-detailed-analytics/?utm_campaign=947237_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-11&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,KAW5,2V1FMX,24HAO,1

13.10.2017: Hard Brexit with no trade deal 'would cost UK economy £400bn by 2030', says study. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-hard-no-trade-deal-agreement-leave-eu-single-market-uk-economy-cost-400-billion-pounds-a7994731.html

New Board of Trade established by government. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41586496 Always a sure sign of a government and/or its civil servants stuck for original thinking: re-name a department and change some artwork.

Housing market sentiment is at its weakest since after the Brexit vote, say surveyors. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/11/housing-market-sentiment-is-at-its-weakest-since-after-the-brexi/

Young face growing mortgage debt burden. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41580087 Well, the present regime can hardly tax the older generation any more. It's broke.

Banks cut back consumer lending after pressure from Mark Carney. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/12/banks-cut-back-consumer-lending-pressure-mark-carney/

Efficient homes, electric cars and forests key to Government climate change plan. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/12/efficient-homes-electric-cars-and-forests-key-to-government-cli/ Subject to approval by and contracts awarded to, American Big Corp.

Facebook confirms it isn't working. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-down-not-working-developer-status-online-broken-updates-latest-a7995416.html Oh, dear. Fake society and social inadequates will be most upset.

Your iPhone's password demands aren't just annoying. They're a security flaw. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/12/apple-id-iphone-password-demands-security-flaw-phishing-attack-fake-sign-in-request Isn't that normal for all Shite Made In The USA?

Shopping habits over the years: five things we've left behind and five that have made a comeback. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/12/shopping-habits-years-five-key-products-left-behind-five-have1/

'I was a single mum working three jobs for less than £16k a year - now I'm making over £1m as an author'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/single-mum-working-three-jobs-less-16k-year-now-making-1m/

The Business Show, 16th and 17th November 2017, London Olympia. Free complimentary ticket registration: http://www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk/index.asp#mobile-tickets

12.10.2017: Brexit 'no deal' could ground all flights. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/philip-hammond-brexit-no-deal-ground-all-flights-uk-eu-airports-travel-european-union-a7994191.html

eBay paid £1.6 million in UK tax despite reporting £1 billion in revenue for 2016. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/ebay-paid-a-1-6-million-in-uk-tax-despite-reporting-a-1-billion/

Facebook and Instagram services restored after major global disruption. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/11/facebook-and-instagram-out-of-action-for-users-around-world

No energy bill price cap this winter, Ofgem says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41578950

North Yorkshire's The Black Swan 'best restaurant in world'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-41582994 Still more bad news for Michelin.

Renovations:how much will an extension add to the value of your house? http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/how-much-will-an-extension-add-to-the-value-of-your-house-a114531.html

11.10.2017: Retailers Warn (Again) Of Consumer Chaos After Brexit. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/retailers-warn-again-of-consumer-chaos-after-brexit_uk_59dc8349e4b00377980b5cdf?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D238640461_uk

Warning that farm income could be slashed without EU free trade deal. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/10/warning-that-farm-income-could-be-slashed-without-eu-free-trade/

Equifax data hack affected 694,000 UK customers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41575188

More trips for the over 65s as 'generation rent' feels the holiday pinch. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/abta-trends-more-trips-for-over-65s/

The multimillionaires making a packet out of Britain's gamblers. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/10/multimillionaires-making-packet-britain-gamblers

15 essential websites that every landlord should know about. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/landlord-guide/essential-websites-for-landlords/

20 Right and Wrong Reasons to Start Your Own Business. https://www.thebalance.com/right-and-wrong-reasons-to-start-business-4066585?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10819546&utm_term=

How to Improve Your Home Business Website for More Profits. https://www.thebalance.com/profit-tips-home-business-website-4128808?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10819806&utm_term=

How to Start a Podcast for Fun and Profit. https://www.thebalance.com/starting-a-podcast-for-profit-4142019?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10795583&utm_term=

How to Start a Side Hustle While Keeping Your Day Job. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-start-a-side-business-while-keeping-your-day-job-4115403?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10795583&utm_term=

Avoidable Networking Mistakes That Make You Look Amateur. https://www.thebalance.com/avoidable-networking-mistakes-3967774?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10819546&utm_term=

Best Online Courses for Starting a Business. https://www.thebalance.com/best-online-courses-for-business-1200637?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10819546&utm_term=

Empty spaces for short-term rent offer a place to relax. https://www.springwise.com/empty-spaces-short-term-rent-offer-place-relax/?utm_campaign=941291_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K6AZ,2V1FMX,23ZZO,1

Glasses add-on helps hearing impaired see sound. https://www.springwise.com/glasses-add-helps-hearing-impaired-see-sound/?utm_campaign=941291_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-06&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K6AZ,2V1FMX,23ZZO,1

USB device helps office workers with their time management. https://www.springwise.com/usb-device-helps-office-workers-time-management/?utm_campaign=943140_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K7QC,2V1FMX,24565,1

10.10.2017: UK attracting record number of tourists. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41564655

Higher food and clothing prices drives retail sales growth. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41559764

Amazon dominates online retail market. https://tamebay.com/2017/10/up-to-37-of-total-online-spend-is-with-amazon.html Research from e-commerce solutions provider Salmon has revealed that as much as 37% of online spending in the UK is made via Amazon. The research has also indicated that Amazon's Prime service is a key factor behind its dominance, along with digital retail innovations such as Amazon Alexa for ordering without using a screen. (EnterpriseQuest)

And of course, it's all Brussels' fault Little Ingerlandt is an American colony.

Government faces EU scrutiny over 'illegal state aid' of BT in push for ultrafast broadband. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/09/government-faces-eu-scrutiny-illegal-state-aid-bt-push-ultrafast/

Half-baked: accountants and families in despair over Osborne's death duty legacy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/inheritance/half-baked-accountants-families-despair-osbornes-death-duty/

Most common forms of tax evasion revealed. https://www.accountancylive.com/smes-understate-turnover-and-hike-costs-evade-tax Overstating costs, paying cash in hand and understating turnover are the three most common types of tax evasion among small and medium-sized firms, according to research published by HMRC. The research has also revealed that while some firms use the services of tax agents and advisers to help them carry out low-level tax avoidance, the majority of firms rely on their agents to prevent it. (EnterpriseQuest)

Subscription traps: beware the lure of 'free samples'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/subscription-traps-beware-lure-free-samples/

09.10.2017: Thousands of shops will keep accepting old £1 coins after they cease to become legal tender. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/08/thousands-shops-will-keep-accepting-old-1-coins-cease-become/

Homes target may never be met, warns housing guru. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/08/homes-target-may-never-met-warns-housing-guru/ Who's target would this be? The one of crooked politicians fagging for large construction companies building middle class homes on green belts?

UK rents fall amid property glut in south-east England. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/09/uk-rents-fall-amid-property-glut-in-south-east-england At least someone has met their housing targets then!

Do you live in a flood risk area and what to do if you are hit by a flood? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/do-live-flood-risk-area-should-do-hit-flooding/

Airbnb paid £188,000 in UK tax last year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41543449

UK’s worst energy suppliers named: Should you switch? https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/09/uk-worst-energy-suppliers-named/

Cyber attack protection as important as fighting terrorism, GCHQ director says. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/09/cyber-attack-protection-as-important-as-fighting-terrorism-gchq/ Too true. So we'll be disbanding the American terrorist unit, GCHQ, and replacing it with a security facility which works for British interests, then?

08.10.2017: Old £1 coins will be worthless in a week and taken out of circulation. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/old-1-coin-one-pounds-legal-tender-circulation-week-left-royal-mint-bank-of-england-a7987901.html

Paying too much in council tax? It’s never been easier to check. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/oct/08/overpaying-council-tax-check-challenge-earn-backdated-rebate

Can you turn your fabulous pet into a social media millionaire? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/can-turn-fabulous-pet-social-media-millionaire/

07.10.2017: Trump administration rejects Theresa May’s post-Brexit agriculture deal with EU. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/brexit-agriculture-deal-uk-eu-donald-trump-us-reject-trade-quotas-plan-theresa-may-a7986221.html And Brexit Knobheads thought it was Brussels which was telling Little Ingerlandt what to do! (Believing the lying shite they read and saw in pro-American propaganda.)

'Bogus stamp duty dodge meant we had to pay £54,000 more'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/news/bogus-stamp-duty-dodge-meant-had-pay-54000/

Apple gave Uber 'disturbing' access to users' iPhone data. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/06/uber-app-could-secretly-record-iphone-users-screens/

Energy price cap: why it could make your bills INCREASE. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/bills-and-utilities/gas-electric/energy-price-cap-could-make-bills-increase/

06.10.2017: UK retail sales jump to highest level in over three years despite consumer income squeeze. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-retail-sales-september-highest-level-rise-consumer-income-squeeze-high-street-shops-bdo-a7985941.html

UK house price rises picking up, says Halifax. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41523430

Credit card providers profit from five million customers struggling to pay off debts, says FCA chief. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/credit-card-providers-profit-5-million-customers-debt-pay-off-struggle-fca-boss-andrew-bailey-a7984121.html

As property buyers sue over £50,000 Japanese knotweed problem, what all homeowners need to know about the plant. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/property-buyers-sue-50000-japanese-knotweed-problem-homeowners/

Duped mum warns over fake caravan holiday scam. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-41510920

CNET Community: Credit card thieves are getting smarter. You can, too. https://www.cnet.com/news/credit-card-skimmers-thieves-are-getting-smarter-you-can-too/?ftag=CAD5920658&bhid=22951757626637189212880527427435

101 New Ideas to Inspire You to Start a Business. https://www.thebalance.com/small-business-ideas-2951453?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10763797&utm_term=

An ad you can only see outdoors. https://www.springwise.com/ad-can-see-outdoors/?utm_campaign=936869_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-02&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K2W5,2V1FMX,23KXU,1

Flying robot can patrol homes autonomously while users are away. https://www.springwise.com/flying-robot-can-patrol-homes-autonomously-users-away/?utm_campaign=938377_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K421,2V1FMX,23QHJ,1

Device helps local stores compete with online giants. https://www.springwise.com/device-helps-local-stores-compete-online-giants/?utm_campaign=938377_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K421,2V1FMX,23QHJ,1

Finnish government works with startup on finance for refugees. https://www.springwise.com/finnish-government-works-startup-finance-refugees/?utm_campaign=939745_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-10-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K541,2V1FMX,23VN3,1

05.10.2017: UK service sector recovers from 11-month low. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41495930

Purpose built: build-to-rent is booming as the majority of Londoners predicted to be renters by 2025. http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/buildtorent-is-booming-as-the-majority-of-londoners-predicted-to-be-renters-by-2025-a114276.html

Amazon and Apple caught in latest EU tax crackdown. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41497459 Well, it certainly wouldn't be a British tax crackdown. That's not what Big Corp pays Little Ingerlandt's fagging politicians for.

Wave of rail strikes to hit services across England again. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/05/wave-of-rail-strikes-to-hit-services-across-england-again/

Airbnb looks to grab bigger slice of business trip market. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/10/04/airbnb-ramps-business-trip-appeal-wework-office-partnership/

Nearly three in four adults 'have been targeted with scam messages'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/04/nearly-three-in-four-adults-have-been-targeted-with-scam-messag/ Or, put an other way, 75% of the internet is spam 'n scam. Which we have been saying for over twenty years.

04.10.2017: UK construction activity contracts for first time in 13 months. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/uk-construction-activity-contracts-for-first-time-in-13-months/

UK affected by 590 'significant' cyber attacks in past year. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/uk-affected-by-590-significant-cyber-attacks-in-past-year/ Still more proof the internet isn't fit for purpose. Other than for crooks, scammers, terrorists, psycopaths, saddos and inadequates.

Michael Gove blames EU for dramatic decline of wildlife as he pledges ‘green Brexit’. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-michael-gove-green-uk-eu-exit-wildlife-decline-blame-a7979181.html If I've noticed anything about wildlife in my little part of the EU it's that it's become more and more abundant in recent years - although problems and worries obviously remain. Not least of all, the relationship between Big Corp (Agricorp) and the banks and spineless, corrupt, clueless, lying, fagging politicians. Especially British politicians. Mind you, I'm sure Brexit Knobheads will believe all this. Especially those who have only seen wildlife on telly.

May's help-to-buy extension is another boon for housebuilders. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/02/may-help-to-buy-housebuilders-uk-housing-problem As we have already pointed out.

Ryanair passenger numbers grow despite cancellations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41481931

Las Vegas massacre becomes America's 273rd mass shooting in 275 days. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/las-vegas-shooting-us-number-gun-massacres-2017-latest-stephen-paddock-a7979666.html With over 17,000 home-grown terrorist murders occurring in the US last year, the world's greatest homicidal rate by far (seven times greater than that of Europe)and a president bankrolled by the country's murder industry, isn't it time the Foreign Office, MI5 and GCHQ finally began warning Brits against visiting America? Just as it does with other countries which are being terrorised by Americans? Or wouldn't that go down too well with their bosses in the Pentagon? And Tory-voting, Fake Brit, Brexit Knobheads.

Unemployed should get on their bikes and find work on a farm with 'gorgeous' European women, says Tory MP. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/02/unemployed-should-get-bikes-find-work-farm-gorgeous-european/ There's just one problem here. It's called 'work'. Plus, if a farmer has to choose between an idle, fick Brit and a hard-working European woman - gorgeous or not - then guess who he's going to employ?

Equifax raises the impact of US data breach. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41474329

3D printing: build a dream house that slots together like Lego. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/3d-printing-build-dream-house-slots-together-like-lego/

03.10.2017: Economic future will have close links to EU. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/02/economic-future-will-have-close-links-to-eu-chancellor/ Of that there was never any doubt. Other than in the minds and lying words of Brexit Knobheads, bent politicians and their fake, offshore-based propaganda.

Hammond acknowledges business fears over Brexit uncertainty. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41462570 What's he going to do about it, then? Resign?

Millions to miss out on self-employed pensions revolution. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/pensions-retirement/news/millions-miss-self-employed-pensions-revolution/ Now there's a surprise!!!

Chancellor Gove reveals bottle return recycling plan. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/02/gove-reveals-bottle-return-recycling-plan/ With everyone 'a hero' these days, I wouldn't have thought a 'bottle plan' was necessary? Or is it just a cabinet of old soaks desperate to get their hands on a bit of extra cash to buy their next slug? Because one thing is for sure. 'Recycling' is no more on the Tory Party's radar than any other environmental issues. Like fracking. Pollution. Building on green belts or flood plains. Contaminating the atmosphere. And so it goes on.

Old £1 coin taken out of circulation in two weeks - what should you do if you’ve still got one? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/does-old-1-coin-go-circulation/ Use it to play tiddlywinks.

EU trade mark reforms take effect. https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=98f60750-a4dc-4796-bb3f-c2d3ee0183b9 Key reforms to the European Union trade mark (EUTM) system came into effect on 1 October 2017. The requirement for an EUTM to be represented graphically has been removed, meaning it is now possible to register a sound, scent or moving image. A new trade mark category has also been introduced, enabling a symbol or mark which demonstrates that goods or services meet standards of manufacturing or performance to be registered as an EU certification mark. An example of a certification mark is the CE mark, which shows that goods comply with European Commission health and safety requirements. (EnterpriseQuest)

A London sushi restaurant which seats just nine diners has been awarded three Michelin stars. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/araki-restaurant-michelin-star-three-london-sushi-award-a7979296.html This isn't another promotion by Michelin (Tyre Company) to raise awareness of their rubber products, by chance? Like the last time they were awarding 3 Michelin stars to sushi bars in Japan which were also boasting just a couple of tables and a bar stool?

7 Ways to Step Up Communication in Your Small Business. https://www.thebalance.com/step-up-communication-2951531?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10763597&utm_term=

02.10.2017: Theresa May promises £10bn Help to Buy boost. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41459446 Not so much a move to help youngsters get a foothold on the housing ladder as has been claimed by Tory propaganda, but more an excuse for injecting some extra taxpayers' money into a flagging housing marketplace - with worse still to come if interest rates go up soon.

Conservative Party conference: Planned crackdown on rogue landlords to let private renters challenge rip-off fees. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/conservative-party-conference-rogue-landlords-private-tenants-sajid-javid-crackdown-a7975981.html A bit of vote-winning to pretend to come down on the side of so-called defenceless and exploited tenants. Of course, this might be the recurring trend amongst Tory-voting landlords in shitpits like London but elsewhere, rogue tenants aided and abetted by local councils and 'the law' are an equally significant issue.

Tenant fee ban could spark letting agent consolidation, OpenRent founder says. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/10/01/tenant-fee-ban-could-spark-letting-agent-consolidation-openrent/

Top tips for saving for retirement if you're self-employed. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/01/top-tips-for-saving-for-retirement-if-youre-self-employed/ Errr. The self-employed 'saving'? Someone's been on the wacky baccy again.

Jeremy Corbyn-backed group's activists 'hounded' Jewish business owner. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/30/jeremy-corbyn-backed-groups-activists-hounded-jewish-business/ Just (allegedly) ONE Jewish business owner? And no mention by the western, Jewish-owned and Jewish-edited propaganda and hate-preaching, fake news media of the MILLIONS of Muslim, Asian, African, Indian and South American businesses (and defenceless civilians), terrorised, murdered, starved, injured, disadvantaged, displaced and robbed every single day? (Much less all the 'hounding' of Jeremy Corbyn himself by the selfsame propaganda - looking for every excuse to give their bog-wall graffiti a wider airing.)

'Buy-to-let tax changes will cost me £20k a year – this is what I'm going to do'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/investing/buy-to-let/buy-to-let-tax-changes-will-cost-20k-year-this-going-do/

HMRC to send 400,000 ‘auto-completed’ tax returns – but how many will be correct? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/income-tax/hmrc-send-400000-auto-completed-tax-returns-but-many-will-correct/

Scamwatch: New Netflix fraud. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/10/01/scamwatch-new-netflix-fraud/

7 Ways to Increase Your Service Business's Profits. https://www.thebalance.com/increase-your-service-business-profits-2948142?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10763171&utm_term=

Quick-Start Business Plan. https://www.thebalance.com/quick-start-business-plan-2948011?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10763171&utm_term=

Bionic smart glove boosts hand efficiency for the less able. https://www.springwise.com/bionic-smart-glove-boosts-hand-efficiency-less-able/?utm_campaign=933885_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-09-28&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,K0L9,2V1FMX,239NI,1 Looks like the next piece of tech due to be adopted by Wankminster after internet porn, Arsebook and Twatter.

01.10.2017: Homeowners hit by double blow as London prices fall and interest rates look set to rise. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/london-house-prices-fall-brexit-housing-market-slow-buyers-demand-uk-economy-latest-a7973331.html

Brexit: Number of British people applying to live in other EU countries surges. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/brexit-latest-uk-eu-live-abroad-countries-applications-citizenship-rise-increase-a7974006.html

Married couples in UK are collectively ignoring £1.3bn-worth of tax breaks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/married-couples-uk-tax-breaks-miss-out-hmrc-revenues-customs-royal-london-a7961871.html

What it cost me to stay with British Gas. https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/09/what-it-cost-me-to-stay-with-british-gas/

Escaping to the country will cost home buyers £44,454 on average - report. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/09/28/escaping-to-the-country-will-cost-home-buyers-a-44-454-on-averag/

Chaos as hundreds of irate passengers are left stranded after Eurotunnel signalling failure sparks huge delays and cancellations. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/29/chaos-hundreds-irate-passengers-left-stranded-eurostar-signalling/

100,000 vulnerable people overcharged £400 a year for council tax. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/100000-vulnerable-people-overcharged-400-year-council-tax/

Councils call for curb on 'huge rise' in betting adverts to protect young people. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/09/30/councils-call-for-curb-on-huge-rise-in-betting-adverts-to-prot/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D-168788626_uk

 

 

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Len Tondel

 

 

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