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LATEST! 03.08.2015
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (July 2015) Viewpoint

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


03.08.2015: Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/landlords-renting-properties-to-illegal-immigrants-to-face-up-to-five-years-in-prison-10433897.html

Buy a pet to keep loneliness at bay, peer tells pensioners. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11778482/Buy-a-pet-to-keep-loneliness-at-bay-peer-tells-pensioners.html Or, to keep the isolation of working from home at (e)bay. And other, assorted shaggy dog myths. So, who is going to fork out to help pensioners buy pets and then look after them? Or 'broke' home businesses and homeworkers. Pets don't come cheep. Unless they're budgies.

Can this man go head to head with the estate agents and save £96,000 on the sale of his home? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11778761/Can-this-man-go-head-to-head-with-the-estate-agents-and-save-96000-on-the-sale-of-his-home.html

Palestine’s Bold Knot unties a charger-free world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/11776303/Palestines-Bold-Knot-unties-a-charger-free-world.html Will we be seeing Bold Knot on sale in Britain's High Street (and supporters of Israeli terrorists) stores, one is tempted to ask?

02.08.2015: Calais migrants crisis: Labour calls on Cameron to demand compensaton from France. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11777663/Calais-deputy-mayor-calls-David-Cameron-racist-and-extremist-live.html This 'call' has been going out every time striking French thugs and criminals have had a pan-European impact on peoples' livelihoods. And it's been going on for decades. Long before refugees displaced by the Coalition of Evil ever became a problem. And where have our politicians been all that time? Trawling porn in Wankminster. Or joining swarms of puking British plebs for a holiday in Slagaluf.

Operation Stack: everything you need to know. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/advice/operation-stack-guide/

Now Eurostar and BA hike their prices if you're British: Anger over consumers with UK postcodes being charged more. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3181939/Now-Eurostar-BA-hike-prices-British-Anger-costumers-UK-postcodes-charged-more.html#ixzz3haG1HuGv I think the general view is that the British spend so much time boasting about how well they are doing, that they can afford to pay a bit more.

'I own most of my street.' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11767771/I-own-most-of-my-street-buy-to-let-investor-26.html Depends on the size of the street. Owning postcodes is a more popular measure of property-owning achievement. The article contains a lot of sound advice, though.

Lloyds tells staff to cancel meetings with customers who want help or advice but won't make the bank any money. Lloyds-tells-staff-cancel-meetings-customers-want-help-advice-won-t-make-bank-money.html#ixzz3haEqiNBt So LLoyds Bank knows something about making money now, does it? And not just wasting it and having to be bailed out by the taxpayers?

Post Office failed to set up my direct debit – then charged me. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/11773016/Post-Office-failed-to-set-up-my-direct-debit-then-charged-me.html

Best of both worlds: swap your Surrey semi for a French chateau and still work in London. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11773997/Best-of-both-worlds-Swap-your-Surrey-semi-for-a-French-chateau-and-still-work-in-London.html I see the media is catching on. Eventually. After twenty years or so. The next thing they will realise - in ten years' time - is that for this formula to work, it's best to avoid Calais for the regular commute.

5 resources you need to start a successful business.
http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/startup/a/needtosucceed.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=
smbinfo&utm_content=20150801

Top 10 green business ideas.
http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/tp/Top-10-Green-Business-Ideas.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150801

01.08.2015: Calais crisis will last all summer, PM warns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11774895/Calais-illigal-immigrants-crisis-Army-on-standby-live.html With fags like Cameron and his 24% Regime in charge, that goes without saying. So are we still claiming that Ingerlandt is the best place in the world to start and run a business?

Private rents rising by 2.5% a year, says ONS. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33732843

NatWest: Website problems caused by deliberate attack. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33734168 And this is the online banking security which is being used to justify mass branch closures and the sackings of tens of thousands of people?

HMRC given go-ahead to demand £5.5bn from taxpayers – before they have chance to appeal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11776226/HMRC-given-go-ahead-to-demand-7.1bn-from-taxpayers-before-they-have-chance-to-appeal.html

England's first crisp sandwich shop is open. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/31/englands-first-crisp-sandwich-shop-is-open/ Brilliant!!!

Now you can have Michelin starred dining in your own home: New service delivers dishes from 19 top London restaurants to your door - with quality guaranteed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3180813/Now-Michelin-starred-dining-home-New-service-delivers-dishes-19-London-restaurants-door-quality-guaranteed.html#ixzz3hUcIhLb1

Working 17th-century mill that creates electricity to generate cash goes on sale for £1.1million. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3180886/Water-way-make-money-Working-17th-century-creates-electricity-generate-cash-goes-sale-1-1million.html#ixzz3hUbcKUI3

Cycle-friendly, biodegradable paper backpack for groceries. http://www.springwise.com/cycle-friendly-biodegradable-paper-backpack-groceries/

30.07.2015: Is the Calais crisis costing the UK £250m a day in lost trade? http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/30/calais-crisis-cost-uk-250m-a-day-trade The problem is, it's not a one-off. French thug labour disruptions are as perennial as nuclear-resistant weeds ever since they betrayed and executed Joan of Arc. A more sobering thought is just how much is all of this costing the French economy which in turn, is being bailed out ad infinitum by EU taxpayers. It's 'Greece' all over again - but this time, on a truly massive scale.

Internet use linked to depression. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/07/30/heavy-social-media-use-linked-mental-health-issues-teens_n_7901616.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk6%26pLid%3D369065 I must admit I certainly get depressed when I see all the crap there is on the internet. And the British regime is pretending to use it to produce successful businessfolk!!!

Bankruptcies at lowest level since 1990. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/30/bankruptcies-at-lowest-level-since-1990/

EDF loses 266,000 UK customer accounts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33717916 They may not be getting the message, though. I had a re-programmed digital meter installed on the electricity post next to my house in France and now, about three months later, I have just received a second quality control telephone call from a whining babbler asking if everything went OK. I'm all right but my live-in partner, who relied upon a home, kidney dialysis machine, died seven weeks ago when the electricity supply failed. Which I pointed out to the first caller on behalf of EDF about eight weeks ago, who said he would get someone to look into the matter. (And no, they haven't been on strike. I don't think - although it's hard to tell, sometimes.)

Research and analysis. Small Business Survey 2014: home-based and family-owned businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/small-business-survey-2014-home-based-and-family-owned-businesses

Wales offers best staycation value. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/30/wales-offers-best-staycation-value/

Pension exit fee consultation starts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33717252

Barter booms in cash-strapped rural Greeze since Nazi occupation. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/greece-debt-crisis-news-barter-is-booming-in-rural-areas-as-cash-dries-up-10427713.html That would explain why there is so much bartering in rural areas in other parts of the EU, as well. 'Nazi' governments.

Do we still need boycotts when you can send an angry tweet? http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/jul/30/do-we-still-need-boycotts-companies-social-media Below, just one headline - as not reported by the vast majority of the West's Israeli/American terrorist propaganda and Twatter alike, suggests the answer.

(Of course, the Israeli/American owned and controlled social media and propaganda would love you to just send a tweet. It's why social media was invented.)

Israel accused of killing 75 children during day of 'carnage' and war crimes in Gaza war. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/amnesty-international-accuses-israel-of-war-crimes-during-black-friday-of-gaza-war-10424085.html There's an unusual thing! Now - where haven't I read that so far?

Illegal West Bank settlement in Beit El torn down - as Israeli government approves plans for 300-unit neighbourhood 'swarm' in the same area. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/illegal-west-bank-settlement-in-beit-el-torn-down--as-israeli-government-approves-plans-for-300unit-neighbourhood-in-the-same-area-10425348.html 'Swarming' Israeli paedo-terrorists and murdering illegal immigrants land-grabbing again? To grow produce on free land, with thieved water and apartheid, slave-labour to compete with EU farmers? All adding to the confusion of the protesting French - and spreading: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3180169/Now-Belgians-Farmers-destroy-cargo-milk-blockade-roads-set-fire-xxxx-protests-food-prices-spreads-France-Europe.html - who then dump, waste and obstruct everything that comes their way, thus making matters even worse?

Asked to comment on 'swarming', Israeli murderer-immigrants, David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain's '24% Regime' and arms-dealer to the Israelis, commented, 'My values are Jewish values'.

'Those who suffer racism must not suffer in silence.' http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/antisemitic-incidents-in-britain-have-risen-by-50-per-cent-in-the-last-year-report-finds-10426542.html It appears that every time these days that the West's Israeli/American media discusses racism, it's actually about the rise of anti-Semitism. Perhaps the solution is simply twofold. Let the world's decent Jewish majority take out and dispose of their Israeli trash which is the root cause of growing anti-Semitism. (Or, 'anti-terrorist sentiment.) And when we talk about 'racism' let's talk equally about the blacks, the Muslims and 'swarming' economic refugees, as well.

That being said, the world should consequently be able get on with some honest, productive business, for a change.

Do you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur? http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/becominganentrepreneur/a/How-To-Know-If-You-Are-Ready-For-Entrepreneurship.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Entrepreneurs%20-%20Persado%20Test%20-%20Group%202&utm_campaign=entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150730

Insurance startup helps clients donate to charity for free. http://www.springwise.com/insurance-startup-give-clients-money-donate-charity/

This app will call for real time help in emergencies. http://www.springwise.com/this-app-real-time-help-emergencies/

30.07.2015: Small firms ‘relying’ on friends and family to stay afloat. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/small-firms-relying-on-friends-and-family-to-stay-afloat/ And after all the scams, the dead wood, the empty promises, crap websites, dummyphone apps, the social media, micro-gurus no-one has heard of and Dragon's Den the government and its cronies have organised for them! Ungrateful bastards.

BBC looks to 8 – 14 years olds for the next generation of entrepreneurs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/bbc-looks-to-8-14-years-olds-for-the-next-generation-of-entrepreneurs/ Is it going to identify the little buggers with manners and respect, and who do reeding, riting and summs, as well?

Prepare for broadband price hike as UK gears up to have 100% connectivity. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/prepare-for-broadband-price-hike-as-uk-gears-up-to-have-100-connectivity/ They have been banging this particular jungle drum for twenty years; and it still outperforms 'broadband' for getting the message across. Namely, where have all the earlier bungs to telecomms' wasters gone?

BT increases charges: how to escape the £12 price rise. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11767153/BT-increases-charges-how-to-escape-the-12-price-rise.html

London's homeless tours guides a hit. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11770660/Londons-homeless-tour-guides-experience-booking-surge.html

Uber faces legal action in the UK over workers' rights. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/11770173/Uber-faces-legal-action-in-UK-over-drivers-working-rights.html

Car repair bills are like a lottery. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33690473

Shocking hidden costs of moving house. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/29/shocking-hidden-costs-of-moving-house/

Calais crisis: French police claim they overwhelmed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11769718/Calais-crisis-live.html The French police are 'overwhelmed' the moment they have to issue more than one fine per car, per day. Perhaps the previous French regime should have born all this in mind before sticking their shit-stirring snouts into 'The Arab Spring' countries and their subsequent murderous invasion of Libya and assassination of their old mate, Colonel Gaddafi. Countries which at the very least, weren't prone to producing millions of displaced refugees all heading for Europe just because France was desperately trying to re-assert its influence in the region. (Amply aided and abetted by the rest of the EU and The USA, of course.)

How to spot an email scam - before you click on it. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/29/how-to-spot-an-email-scam-before-you-click-on-it/

LinkedIn to send less emails. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33684762 Too late. Just as with emails in general, anything which originates from the States gets deleted automatically.

Younger people would rather bank with Google. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/29/younger-people-would-rather-bank-with-google/

Retired footballers' strange jobs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/11770291/The-strangest-retired-footballers-jobs.html I suppose an 'honest' living would be 'strange' for a footballer.

10 low-cost ways to promote your business. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/marketing/a/bizpromotion.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=
smbinfo&utm_content=20150729

5 no-cost marketing tips. http://marketing.about.com/od/marketingtipsandadvice/a/nocostmktg.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=
smbinfo&utm_content=20150729

How to make trade shows work for your business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/fl/How-to-Make-Trade-Shows-Work-for-Your-Small-Business.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150729

This app will find the nearest recycling point for almost everything. http://www.springwise.com/app-find-nearest-recycling-point/

Personalized bargain app gives customers 60 seconds to grab deals. http://www.springwise.com/personalized-bargain-app-customers-60-seconds-grab-deals/

Top 10 business ideas from Food & Beverage over the last 12 months. http://www.springwise.com/top-ten-food-beverage-2015/

29.07.2015: Three in four small business owners believe in luck. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/three-in-four-small-business-owners-believe-in-luck/

Home ownership is an 'empty promise' as house prices in England and Wales hit record highs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11767445/Home-ownership-is-an-empty-promise-as-house-prices-in-England-and-Wales-hit-record-highs.html What future lies ahead now for Britain's much-acclaimed (by government propaganda) home business 'phenomenon'?

Record number of pensioners using homes as 'cash machines' to fund retirement. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11765565/Record-number-of-pensioners-using-homes-as-cash-machines-to-fund-retirement.html

British SMEs trading globally & looking beyond continent for growth. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/british-smes-trading-globally-looking-beyond-continent-for-growth/

Ofcom calls for easing of rules on phone contract switches. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/28/ofcom-calls-for-easing-of-rules-on-phone-contract-switches/

Smarter working set to save British businesses £1.6bn. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smarter-working-shortcomings-set-to-cost-british-businesses-1-6bn/

AMAZON PRIME DAY: MARKETING SUCCESS OR ETAILER FAIL. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19549

Android bug: Phones and devices have 'dangerous' security flaw leaving 950m open to hacks. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/android-phones-and-devices-have-dangerous-security-flaw-leaving-950-million-open-to-hacks-10421236.html

Banks' credit and debit card processing fees to be capped. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/28/banks-credit-and-debit-card-processing-fees-to-be-capped/

Victims of card fraud: will your bank treat you fairly? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/28/victims-of-card-fraud-will-your-bank-treat-you-fairly/

Framework for changes to IR35 announced. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/intermediaries-legislation-ir35-discussion-document HMRC has published details of proposals to improve the effectiveness of the IR35 tax rules, which were introduced in 2000 to prevent people avoiding tax by working through an intermediary such as a Personal Service Company (PSC). HMRC is proposing various options for change, such as treating some people who work through a PSC as direct employees and requiring them to be taxed as such. HMRC is inviting views about how such an approach would work in various situations, and whether the proposed IR35 reforms would achieve their objectives. The deadline for responses is 30th September 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)

Father who used Tesco wifi while he had pot of tea in store cafe was accused of ABUSING the service by using it to run his business. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3176703/Tesco-says-dad-abused-wi-fi-Father-criticises-supermarket-making-feel-like-criminal-accused-using-connection-run-business.html#ixzz3hDLtI5db

Expats reveal the British foods they miss the most when living abroad (and tea doesn't even feature in the top five!) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3177146/Expatriates-reveal-British-foods-miss-most.html#ixzz3hDNGb2v5

App turns freelancer’s irregular income into a steady salary. http://www.springwise.com/app-turns-freelancers-irregular-income-steady-salary/

Good deed tracker rewards users with kindness points instead of likes. http://www.springwise.com/good-deed-tracker-rewards-users-kindness-points-likes/

5 tips for amazing networking from MOO. http://www.springwise.com/5-tips-amazing-networking-moo/

Personalized healthy fast food offers via Bristol store’s app. http://www.springwise.com/personalized-healthy-fast-food-offers-bristol-stores-app/

28.07.2015: Liberation fraud 'triples' following pension freedoms. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33681488 At least it's 'liberation' which is only resulting in fraud - and not mass-murder and war crimes, as in the ongoing 'liberation' of Iraq. Etc. And still more 'good news' for tomorrow's retirees drawn from the country's 'millions' of self-employed entrepreneurs!

David Cameron: UK property no safe haven for 'dirty money'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-33684098 ???????????? (Blood money is OK, though.)

'Wankminster' makes 700 attempts a day to access porn. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/parliament-computers-made-250000-attempts-to-access-pornography-at-palace-of-westminster-10418449.html It's good to see our politicians have their fingers on the pulse. If not of the nation, then of their knob-ends.

Estate agents urge more housebuilding. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33675129 I wonder why that would be?

Eurozone outlook improves, claims IMF. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33669031 As in 'IMF fresh from lending money to countries which can't even afford to repay the interest.'

Gift cards for old mobile phones offer launched. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33675472 I'd rather keep my old mobile phone, thank you. It's fifteen years old and still going strong.

Argos launches new nationwide trade-in service for unwanted gadgets. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/argos-launches-new-nationwide-trade-in-service-for-unwanted-gadgets/

Official release: Transparency data. Business Advisory Group. (BAG). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-advisory-group I see the country's vast majority (95% or 99% depending on how near the elections are) of businesses (SMEs) are as comprehensively represented as always. Not one, single bum on a seat.

Crackdown on dodgy apprenticeship providers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/27/crackdown-on-dodgy-apprenticeship-providers/ Nothing changes, then?

The top 5 things that start-up SMEs need to consider when first starting out. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/the-top-5-things-that-start-up-smes-need-to-consider-when-first-starting-out/ I could probably give you 50 other 'things' to top this list.

Battle over 'secret sauce' hits French restaurants. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/27/battle-over-secret-sauce-hits-french-restaurants/ Is this the 'secret sauce' which makes third-rate French cyclists climb mountains faster than whole teams of the best 'doped-up' (non-French and according to the French) bike riders in the world? Without any questions from the French media's infantile panels of dopers and charlatans posing as experts on why the French can't win anything? Except by cheating and then pretending not to? I thought that was called Asterix the Gaul's 'magic potion'.

France balloon festival breaks world record. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11765561/France-balloon-festival-breaks-world-record.html That will be all the doped-up hot air coming out of the French during the Tour de France. They should try breaking the world record every year at around the same time. It will be about the only thing they are ever likely to win - apart from the World (doped-up) Hypocrisy Championships.

Swiss helicopter 'steals' French lake water for their thirsty cows. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/switzerland/11765748/Swiss-helicopter-shocks-French-lake-bathers-by-stealing-water-for-thirsty-cows.html I was listening to the report about this incident on French radio this morning. The French Maire suggested he was going to bill the Swiss for stealing the water.

Does this mean that businesses which have had their livelihoods stolen by striking, criminal French thugs can claim their losses through the French courts?

French farmers blockade border roads in protest against cheap imports. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/27/france-farmers-border-roads-protest-imports-germany-spain Well - there's French 'original' for you!

Operation Stack: British hauliers lose an estimated £3.75 million as a result of French criminal action. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/operation-stack-businesses-in-kent-count-the-cost-after-m20-was-turned-into-giant-lorry-park-10419768.html And of course, what is the British regime doing about all of this? Oh, yes. They're trawling porn. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/parliament-computers-made-250000-attempts-to-access-pornography-at-palace-of-westminster-10418449.html

The IT guide to working from home this summer. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/the-it-guide-to-working-from-home-this-summer/ Subject to the network not going down. Or, if holidaying in France, the network going on strike. Which is a bit like normal spasmodic not-working, with knobs on.

5 Steps to Creating the Perfect Home Office. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/5-steps-to-creating-the-perfect-home-office/ Here we go again. Running a business from home is about catering for your individuality. So my 5 'Perfect Home Office' requirement for this summer when my 'home office' moved outdoors as it does every summer (and like most home businesses, which change all the time), was to put up the outdoor showers; re-connect the deep-bore pump because of the particularly dry weather since May; replace the cracked stones in the barbecue pit; decide on which country's network to use for coverage of the Tour de France; and buy a good, second-hand Defender TD5. Jeez.

Liar, Liar: How to spot when someone isn’t telling the truth in business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/liar-liar-how-to-spot-when-someone-isnt-telling-the-truth-in-business/

Why every entrepreneur needs a mentor. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/businessmentoring/a/valueofamentor.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=
list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150727
There are 'mentors'. And there are 'mentors'. Or, in the UK's case, thousands of common-as-muck, retired ex-bank managers from a disgraced, incompetent and criminal industry. Which is why the British government launched a mentoring scheme. To correspond with its own lack of values and under-achievement.

7 of the Funniest Parodies of the Startup Life & Entrepreneurship.
http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/lifestyle/tp/7-of-the-Funniest-Parodies-of-the-Startup-Life-amp-Entrepreneurship.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150727

Plugin lets viewers search video clips for relevant content. http://www.springwise.com/plugin-lets-viewers-search-video-clips-relevant-content/

AI tool turns complicated legal contracts into simple visual charts. http://www.springwise.com/ai-tool-turns-confusing-legal-contracts-collaborative-graphs/

27.07.2015: Victims of fraud suffer blow after private firm running £2million-a-year Government hotline goes bust. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3174688/Victims-fraud-suffer-blow-private-firm-running-2million-year-Government-hotline-goes-bust.html#ixzz3h0fp7tEq

Film and TV stars join forces to save their local bank branch as Barclays customers face a devastating wave of closures. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-3174341/Oh-no-Barclays-Closures-upset-customers-one-set-epic-PR-disaster-TV-stars-t-save-local-branch-safe.html#ixzz3h0ewL6aI

Fraudsters 'had access to personal data of 30,000 Barclays customers for SEVEN years'. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/593698/Barclays-personal-data-details-fraud-identity-bank

How to learn what you CAN do yourself to save and make money. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-3174372/Cooking-car-repairs-investing-DIY-budget-tight-thing-need-pay-skills-learn.html#ixzz3h0eUOeXY

Living on a houseboat. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11735888/Living-on-a-houseboat-a-cheap-housing-alternative.html

The Power of Print is a UK Seminar taking place on Tuesday 3rd November 2015, in the historic surroundings of Stationers' Hall in London, from 10:00 - 17:30. After the day's seminar we will hold a special evening dinner and be joined by a distinguished speaker, this will take place from 18:30-22:30. http://www.twosides.info/Book-now

Five Simple Mobile Squeeze Page Strategies to Build Your Email List. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/Email-Marketing/fl/Five-Simple-Mobile-Squeeze-Page-Strategies-to-Build-Your-Email-List.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150726

Email Marketing Best Practices to Get Your Emails Opened and Clicked On. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/Email-Marketing/fl/Email-Marketing-Best-Practices-to-Get-Your-Emails-Opened-and-Clicked-On.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150726

26.07.2015: Small business commissioner to target late payments. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33667024 It would be wonderful if the culture of late payments to small firms could be resolved, not just in the UK but all around the world. What's the betting though, that this proposal, like all earlier proposals, will simply drift into oblivion? Can't be upsetting political party donors and sponsors, after all.

'Criminals' driving up UK house prices. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33662174 Aided and abetted by estate agents?

Eurotunnel warns of lengthy delays due to 'migrant activity'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33662489 Not striking, criminal thugs, this time? Just refugees displaced by the Coalition of Evil? And French political incompetence and cowardice.

Barclays security scandal affects 13,000 customers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3173866/Security-breach-shambles-Barclays-Fraudsters-personal-financial-details-13-000-customers-seven-years.html (So far.)

Fish and chips are back on the menu as Britons opt for traditional fare. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11759218/Fish-and-chips-are-back-on-the-menu-as-Britons-opt-for-traditional-fare.html So - all those tens of millions of 'illegal immigrants' are 'Britons' now, are they? The only problem is, where do you get a decent piece of cod these days?

Police receive 250 allegations a week relating to Gumtree site. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3173968/Stabbed-ambushed-travellers-campsite-robbed-life-savings-Victims-Gumtree-muggings-tell-ordeal.html

Professional gamers to face doping tests. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/video-gamers-to-be-tested-for-doping-after-player-admits-we-were-all-on-adderall-10415509.html And who's going to administer these tests in the appropriate manner to avoid any financial inconvenience, mainly to the American mafia? USADA? (The US Approved Dopers Agency.)

25.07.2015: eBay and PayPal users face huge tax crackdown. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11762074/Ebay-and-Paypal-users-face-huge-tax-crackdown.html

Big banks raise rates. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11762045/End-of-cheap-mortgage-boom-as-big-banks-raise-rates.html

Housing market is hotting up, banks say. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33649663

House prices set to rise 10% annually. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/24/house-prices-set-to-rise-10-annually/ Are there any guarantees coming with all these predictions? Like just before the last financial crash?

Regulator capped mis-selling payouts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33647312 Hands up anyone who's surprised.

Dismay over rising energy complaints. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33651913

BT to increase prices of landlines, broadband and calls by almost 7% from September with line rental up £1 a month. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-3173488/BT-increase-prices-landlines-broadband-calls-7-September.html#ixzz3gptjprCg

Police confront London rickshaw driver attempting to charge a family £206 for 'three-minute ride'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3173226/They-foreign-tourists-blatantly-ripping-Police-confront-London-rickshaw-driver-attempting-charge-206-three-minute-ride-shocking-video.html Not studying to be a lawyer, is he? On the other hand, that's less than council 'gurus' (consultants) normally get so it's not that bad. At least you're getting something for your money.

Three 'no win. no fee' law firms named and shamed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3173592/No-win-no-fee-law-firms-sued-Stockport-Council-named-shamed.html

Free small business support thanks to pilot initiative. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/free-small-business-support-thanks-to-pilot-initiative/

In Spain, shared fridge helps residents tackle food waste and hunger. http://www.springwise.com/spain-shared-fridge-helps-residents-tackle-food-waste/

Traveling caravans are micro-offices in the Dutch forest. http://www.springwise.com/traveling-caravans-micro-offices-dutch-forest/

Block web access for all apps, except for the ones that need it. http://www.springwise.com/tool-blocks-web-access-for-apps/

Diners can give a free burger to a friend by sharing code on social media. http://www.springwise.com/diners-give-free-burger-friend-sharing-codes-online/

24.07.2015: Two thirds of people will not receive new full rate state pension. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11757046/Two-thirds-of-people-will-not-receive-new-full-rate-state-pension.html The writing has been on the wall for years - if not in the regime's propaganda. And it's going to get worse, as Big Corp's noose around the necks of the little people tightens, with the self-employed, preferred targets.

Northern Rock customers miss out on £258m mortgage compensation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11757508/Northern-Rock-customers-lose-out-on-258m-mortgage-compensation.html As we were saying . . .

Right-to-buy will hit affordable homes, say campaigners. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33641869 That's been the case for years. (Is this a Weekend Larf?)

Half of landlords say they will make tenants pay more rent to cover Budget tax break cuts. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/half-of-landlords-say-they-will-make-tenants-pay-more-rent-to-cover-budget-tax-break-cuts-10410819.html Not another 'surprise'.

UK retail sales volumes dip in June. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33634297 There seems to be a lot of 'dipping' going on at the moment. I blame those Ruskies, meself.

Stealing from contactless payment cards is easy. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/23/stealing-from-contactless-payment-cards-is-easy/ That's the idea, isn't it?

Foil-lined wallet 'cuts contactless card fraud risk'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33637492

More SMEs seek alternative finance than a bank overdraft. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/more-smes-seek-alternative-finance-than-a-bank-overdraft/

Green Deal scheme to end, government announces. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-33638903

Interest rate change text alert for savers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33635038 Or, alerts for dumbwalking morons.

Scamwatch: holiday taxi scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/07/23/scamwatch-overpriced-taxis/

A nicely-presented bagful of small and home business ideas. http://www.skylineoffices.co.uk/small-business-ideas.php

Tips for Selling Your Website Without Getting Ripped Off.
http://womeninbusiness.about.com/od/internetmarketingandseo/a/tips-sell-your-website.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150723

5 of our favourite ways to make money from home. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/fl/5-of-Our-Favorite-Ways-to-Make-Money-From-Home.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150723 Mine's growing cannabis.

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

Len Tondel

 

 

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