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LATEST! 01.08.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (July 2014) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st July 2014

By way of explanation. The term 'home business' consists of two words. 'Business' is the second one; it's there to qualify and support the word 'home' and all that goes with it - and not vice versa. Consequently, we also list below, items which are of interest and value to the home. Whether in its context as an office or as a part of your family and lifestyle but always directed at the improved prospects and enjoyment that running a business from home, in its entirety, can bring.

For a current, multi-part overview of starting and running a business from home, go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm

01.08.2014: Help for Gaza victims of terrorism begins at the till. http://www.boycottisrael.org.uk/help-for-gaza-begins-at-the-till/

Millions more being dragged into stamp duty tax trap. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/11004647/Stamp-duty-millions-more-being-dragged-into-trap.html

Industry invited to submit views on Flood Re scheme roll-out. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/flooding/floodreinsurancescheme The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on proposed regulations to enable the Flood Reinsurance Scheme ('Flood Re') to be introduced in 2015. Flood Re is the approach that has been adopted by Defra to address the availability and affordability of flood insurance for domestic properties located in areas where there is a risk of flooding. It is intended to provide support for householders over the next 25 years while prices are adjusted to be more reflective of risks, and risk management action is taken. Defra is advising that members of the insurance, property and mortgage sector should respond to the consultation, as well as business owners and individuals at risk of flood, and groups representing interested parties such as tourism organisations. The consultation closes on 16th September 2014. (EnterpriseQuest)

Switching broadband is 'too costly' claims watchdog. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28586673#

Government to tackle costly rural delivery charges. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-28581332#

Does new app signal the end of costly roaming charges? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11003099/Roamer-does-this-app-put-an-end-to-roaming-charges.html

Is your USB drive at risk? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2711802/Is-USB-drive-risk-Invisible-fundamental-flaw-lets-hackers-computers-discovered.html

Newsagents delivering the post to make ends meet. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/newsagents-turning-to-local-postal-deliveries-to-make-ends-meet-9640799.html

Tourism opportunists offering trips to war zone Ukraine for £50. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2711728/Tourism-officials-offer-trips-war-zone-UKRAINE-50-includes-flak-jacket.html What 'war zone'?

Protecting your business against divorce. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25928/protecting-business-divorce-cautionary-tale-garden-eden/

Sales lessons from England's dismal failure at the World Cup. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25914/sales-lessons-englands-dismal-failure-world-cup/

25 tools every freelancer should use to manage their business. http://whodesigntoday.com/25-tools-every-freelancer-should-use-to-manage-their-business/

Work is not your life. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25922/work-life/

31.07.2014: Defra announces funding worth £19 million to 2,500 rural firms. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defra-awards-19-million-to-help-rural-businesses More than 2,500 farms and forestry firms in England will be awarded funding under the third round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS), part of the Rural Development Programme for England. The FFIS has provided a total of more than £34 million to nearly 5,000 rural firms since its launch in 2011. It is estimated that, in combination with industry funding, this will support around 10,000 jobs. The funding will be used by rural firms to purchase equipment or make improvements to their efficiency and profitability. (EnterpriseQuest)

Gatwick baggage chaos. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/11001614/Gatwick-airport-baggage-chaos-holiday-makers-face-flying-without-luggage.html So 'Yah, boo!' to the striking French. WE'VE got a country managed by David Cameron, Theresa May and The Scrote Office, who while on a photoshoot of a dawn raid by immigration officers, let in the extremist, Ebola. (British border staff unprepared for Ebola: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/31/ebola-uk-border-airport_n_5636574.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D282503)

"We'll catch him and he'll be leaving without his Y-fronts", assured the Government's pro-terrorist policy unit, Tabloid Engerlandt.

Numbers of people taking in lodgers to supplement income has almost doubled in recent years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2711191/Number-people-taking-lodger-doubled-past-years-people-look-supplement-income.html

Are you too old for a credit card? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/30/are-you-too-old-for-a-credit-card/

New homes today are 700 square feet smaller than those in 1924. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2711257/The-space-age-long-way-How-family-homes-halved-size-700-square-feet-century.html So much for 'progress'.

Home buyers only really care about a good mobile signal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2710635/Forget-decent-schools-low-crime-rate-home-buyers-really-care-good-MOBILE-SIGNAL-claims-survey.html

Community volunteers could see £100 off their council tax. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/30/100-off-your-council-tax-bill-only-for-volunteers/

How to get into affiliate marketing. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/affiliatemarketing/fl/How-to-Get-Into-Affiliate-Marketing.htm?nl=1

Cameron calls for end to Israel's latest murder spree - and sends along pro-terrorist supporters at the same time. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/tory-mps-visit-israel-condemned-bad-timing Meanwhile, both Britain and the US continue to arm Israel as usual, while a pro-terrorist, Conservative swivel-eyed loon provokes international outrage by claiming that bombing children in Gaza is comparable to Britain defending itself during the Second World War. At the same time, the silence from supposedly 'decent' Jewish leaders from around the world, is deafening - although, I'm told, many now live in fear of reprisals from their own religious freaks and extremists if they step out of line. All very good news for British travellers, businesses and business prospects: just keep the passports as well-hidden as possible and pretend you're from the 'colonies'. (Except Australia, of course. Whose track record on thieving Abo land and resources makes them natural American/British/Israeli terrorist bedfellows.)

30.07.2014: British business is flush with cash and set for a spending spree. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10999143/British-business-is-flush-with-cash-and-set-for-a-welcome-spending-spree.html Let's hope this helps corporate Britain pay its smaller suppliers a little sooner. (Yes, yes, flying pigs and all that . . .)

Thousands of small firms on the brink of shutting. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/29/small-business-uk-brink-shutting-shop_n_5630339.html The benefits of supplying arms and propaganda services to Israeli and Ukrainian terrorists clearly haven't filtered through to the vast majority of the British business community, then? As usual.

Economic 'recovery' fails to halt SME closures. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25906/economic-recovery-fails-halt-potential-sme-closures/

Electricity bills to be cut by £12 a year. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28559772# Wow!

Strike at HM Revenue & Customs. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/strike-at-hm-revenue-and-customs

Outcry over thieving taxman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710278/Outcry-taxman-s-plan-settle-debts-delving-people-s-bank-accounts-help-money.html

HSBC closes some Muslim individuals' and groups' accounts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28553921# The bank gave the reason that these accounts were outside its 'risk appetite'. No announcement has been made yet, of the closure of accounts linked to Israeli terrorism or its supporters and the widespread consequences of the growing wave of anti-Semitism across the world. (However hard the pro-Israeli terrorist media and politicians try to suppress such events.)

Police crackdown on illegal pirating sites. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/29/police-crackdown-on-illegal-pirating-sites/

Court hamstrings watchdog's powers to fine spammers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710198/Ministers-drag-feet-law-halt-nuisance-marketing-texts-court-ruling-curbed-watchdog-s-powers-fine-spammers.html No English court is going to deal with online scam 'n spam; it might be coming from a Government Minister, after all!

DVLA raking in millions by colluding with cowboys. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710220/DVLA-rakes-millions-colluding-cowboys-Nearly-100-firms-trying-buy-drivers-details.html

A well-kept garden boosts property value by a tenth. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/29/a-well-kept-garden-boosts-property-value-by-a-tenth/

Britain's funniest-named homes for sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10983604/Britains-funniest-named-homes-for-sale.html

The latest trends influencing start-ups from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-22449887

The six subtle signals that could be damaging your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25891/six-subtle-signals-damaging-business/

Traditional PR is dead: long live engaging content. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25889/traditional-pr-dead-long-live-engaging-content/

Should I keep my diesel car? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/green-motoring/10997571/Should-I-keep-my-diesel-car.html

Top Ten tax-free destinations for British ex-pats. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2709414/REVEALED-The-ten-tax-free-destinations-expatriates-dont-hand-single-penny-exchequer.html

29.07.2014: Start ups receive free advice from family and friends worth £4,000. http://www.axa.co.uk/newsroom/media-releases/2014/little-things-mean-a-lot-to-start-ups-as-friends-and-family-offer-4000-pounds-worth-of-free-advice/ The average small business in its first year of trading receives free support and advice from family and friends equivalent to almost £4,000 in paid hours, according to a survey carried out by insurance provider AXA. The study of 260 small business owners found that two in five believed they would not have succeeded in starting up without the support of family and friends. The most frequently cited skills offered by family and friends included administrative support, IT support, and product or service sampling and feedback. The research also found that small business owners received on average £871 in investment from family members during their first year. (EnterpriseQuest)

£ is overvalued, warns IMF. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10996710/The-pound-is-overvalued-warns-the-IMF.html

Personal insolvencies in steepest rise for four years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28542792#

Too poor to go bust. 300,000 people cannot afford to declare themselves bankrupt. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2708325/Too-poor-bust-How-300-000-people-afford-525-fee-declare-bankrupt.html The Government will be giving them business start-up loans and retired bank managers to declare them 'entrepreneurs', instead.

Finance Act increases powers of HMRC. http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2356240/finance-act-granted-royal-assent HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been granted controversial new powers under the Finance Act 2014, which received Royal Assent on 17th July. Under the Act, HMRC can force taxpayers to pay disputed tax in advance by applying new accelerated payment rules, and recover tax owed directly from taxpayers' bank accounts. Although restrictions apply, concerns have been voiced over empowering HMRC to recover tax directly. Commenting in May 2014, Treasury Committee Chairman Andrew Tyrie said: "This policy is highly dependent on HMRC's ability to accurately determine which taxpayers owe money and what amounts they owe, an ability not always demonstrated in the past." (EnterpriseQuest)

Treasury seeks views on the future of credit unions. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/british-credit-unions-at-50-call-for-evidence A new consultation has been launched by HM Treasury seeking views from individuals, business and representative bodies about the future of credit unions. The purpose of the consultation is to collect feedback about the credit union movement's own 'vision' for its future, how Government can help to achieve it, and what support can be offered to the movement from the private sector and wider society. In particular, the consultation focuses on the potential for credit unions to become more involved in providing finance for local small and micro-enterprises. The consultation will close on 1st September 2014. (EnterpriseQuest)

Mary, Queen of (fewer) Shops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2708500/Mary-Queen-fewer-Shops-Two-years-TV-guru-Portas-helped-12-towns-high-street-struggling.html

Hotels named and shamed over slow and costly wi-fi. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10995868/Hotels-named-and-shamed-over-slow-costly-Wi-Fi.html

British shoppers get a raw deal on fruit compared to the Continent. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709089/British-shoppers-raw-deal-fruit-compared-continent-claims-campaigner-calls-probe-supermarket-pricing.html

A landlord's dos and don'ts. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140728-a-landlords-dos-and-donts

Most solar panels facing in the wrong direction. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/solarpower/10996273/Most-solar-panels-are-facing-the-wrong-direction-say-scientists.html

Boozy, intolerant, ignorant but very polite - how other countries see Brits. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boozy-ignorant-intolerant-but-very-polite--britain-as-others-see-us-9633967.html

The 'hate America' list - and the Philippines love Americans the most. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2708531/No-not-Russia-Egypt-comes-Middle-East-heavy-list-countries-hate-U-S-theyre-loved-Philippines.html The Philippinos love the Americans, do they?!!! That would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.

Bankers must swear oath, says think tank. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28535001# They swear an oath already. To screw the public in pursuit of the blood-soaked shekel.

28.07.2014: Ditch your mobile phone to boost your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/running-your-business/25872/ditch-mobile-phone-boost-business/ Common knowledge amongst successful, professional and courteous business folk.

'Community banks' to help manage debt. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28518694# Credit unions tend to be a fairly global solution except in Britain, it seems. Because of legislation, they are "often unable to serve the poorest in society who would most benefit from them", concluded the report. Which we have known for years, of course. And given the composition of British governments as well as the media's revenue streams, that's the way it's going to stay while the spotlight is turned on payday loan companies, instead.

Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/28/fracking-expansion-uk-drilling-national-parks-safeguards That should help contain spiralling house prices!

Worst time to buy a home in three years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707944/The-worst-time-buy-home-three-years-High-prices-rate-fears-confidence-market-plunge.html

Passport Office on strike. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/28/passport-office-staff-strike-staff-shortages-backlog Latest development from Britain's Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May and The Scrote Office. And just a few days after The Scrote Office ditched its £350 million immigration computer system, too. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10980922/Home-Offices-flagship-350m-immigration-computer-system-ditched.html

Want to live longer? Stand up at your desk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2707680/Want-ahead-work-live-longer-Stand-desk-That-s-doctor-claims-series-just-change-life.html Or, do some proper work.

Don't waste your money on organic food, Government says. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2705918/Don-t-waste-money-organic-food-Government-says-frozen-vegetables-just-nutritious.html A statement which of course, has nothing to do with the interests of political party donors and the strong growth in organic food sales, at all, at all. Organic food (which should also be GM and pesticide-free if it's to justify being called that) can be bought cheaply from allotment owners or directly from local farmers or best of all, grow your own. But it's not just about nutritional value. It's also about lifestyle, about freedom of choice, of moral values, of supporting small-scale local business activity. Even if the country's plebs do finally choose a McDonalds steroid chickenburkha because there are similar diners about to watch each other holding their dummyphones.

Supermarkets lose £100 million a year from online delivery services. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707071/Supermarket-giants-lose-100million-year-online-delivery-services-Cost-delivery-means-effectively-paying-customers-shop-them.html Now there's a coincidence. Not to worry. Our politicians are already onto it.

Scammers cashing in on airline tragedies. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/28/scammers-cashing-in-on-airline-tragedies/ That was obvious the moment western media got hold of the stories - and then conspired a few dozen of their own.

Ex-pats' favourite city? http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140721-is-this-the-best-city-for-expats

27.07.2014: Heatwave boosts UK staycations. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jul/25/july-heatwave-boosts-uk-holiday-bookings Or perhaps the UK's world-leading economic recovery hasn't filtered down to the plebs yet?

UK's debt hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/11/regions-top-personal-debt-league/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D280919

UK's first Social Saturday announced. http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/news/politicians-unite-launch-uka-first-social-saturday The UK's first Social Saturday will take place on 13th September 2014, in an attempt to promote social enterprise and increase awareness amongst consumers. In addition, anyone running a social enterprise can access a campaign pack that provides a range of materials to promote the event and their own venture. Social Saturday is being led by Social Enterprise UK and is part of the nationwide Buy Social campaign. According to the Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK: "The UK's social enterprise movement is growing fast because people do care about how their spending affects the wider world. The Buy Social campaign is about giving them the opportunity to identify the businesses that will help them change the world for good". (EnterpriseQuest)

Another ideal opportunity to extend the boycott of Israeli businesses (http://www.boycottisrael.org.uk/) and the cowardly, double-standard governments, corporations and media which support and invest in terrorists and murderers. Notably the US, Little Britain, France, Holland . . .

Is it smart to make your finances an open book? http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/26/personal-finance-apps-ontrees-yodlee-privacy

End of the line for quiet carriages on trains. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2706201/End-line-quiet-carriages-trains-Rail-operators-axe-designated-areas-cause-rows-passengers.html So much for using the 'train to take the strain', then. Carriages are already full of dumbwalkers and ignorant pigs who need two seats each to accommodate their travelling home cinema, dangling wires and 5lb handbags with three foot handles - while old folk and pregnant women are forced to stand. Now, one isn't even going to be able to think in peace. Way to go, Engerlandt.

The ultimate tax-efficient company car - a van. http://www.taxinsider.co.uk/4415-The_Ultimate_Tax_Efficient_Company_Car_A_Van.html?utm_source=TaxationWeb+Newsletter&utm_campaign=9d46c044d9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_61c9b1a4f1-9d46c044d9-413695005#options Couldn't agree more; and if you get an Astra van you'll be able to see off a Ferrari, too.

Trending: rent-a-pooch. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2706860/Rent-pooch-Dog-need-walking-Want-borrow-furry-friend-LIZ-JONES-tries-barking-website-bring-together.html As I keep promising Fish, Chips and Perky ('cos he ain't), I'll find them a job in the end - and this looks promising.

26.07.2014: Employment Minister encourages people to start their own business - but her own is in debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/25/esther-mcvey-suggests-starting-a-business-but-her-own-is-in-deb/ Are we surprised? She's probably been advised by one of the Government's army of ex-bank manager business mentors plus a tabloid 'personality' business column.

English councils propose 'Tesco tax'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28495631# I have seen taxes like these working very well indeed in other parts of the world, including Northern Ireland and Scotland. But that requires the will on the part of the local council to use that money for the common good, instead of feathering the nests of their local networks of cronies and property developers. And a government of course, which isn't in thrall to the big supermarkets.

Allotment holders march on High Court with home-grown vegetables. http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/492029/Allotment-Holders-London-High-Court-Home-Grown-Vegetables As we have just been saying.

Police warning over chalk markings on homes. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/490569/Police-warn-residents-to-watch-out-for-markings-on-their-homes-used-by-burglars

Plans to protect smallest firms in food supply chain. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-831_en.htm The European Commission has adopted a communication setting out ways of protecting small food producers and retailers against the unfair trading practices of their larger trading partners. According to the Commission, unfair practices include refusing to put commercial terms in writing and terminating contracts without notice or justification. Rather than moving to legislate at European Union (EU) level, the communication calls on individual EU Member States to take action at a national level to enforce minimum standards and encourage food business operators to sign up to the Supply Chain Initiative, a voluntary code of conduct. (EnterpriseQuest)

Top Seven free business name generators. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/tp/Free-Business-Name-Generators.htm?nl=1

Trending: loom band clothing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2705489/A-fashion-revolution-looming-Ebay-inundated-hundreds-clothing-items-guessed-loom-bands.html

Top Ten things Brits can't do without while on holiday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2705366/A-nation-homebodies-Nearly-half-Britons-miss-bed-theyre-holiday-fifty-four-cent-leave-without-teabags.html Whereas most overseas tourist destinations popular with the Brits generally have shops with at least a small section of home country favourites, teabags for a proper cuppa invariably seem to be missing. Consequently, if there is one thing above all which even after fifty years of travelling, I take with me to this day, then it's British teabags. After that, make sure you buy fresh local milk and not some UHT muck out of a box. Otherwise there's no point in having boiled the kettle in the first place.

25.07.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/25/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Study reveals increase in compliance costs. https://www.fpb.org/press/july-2014/cost-compliance-continues-rise-small-firms-forum-research-shows Micro, small and medium-sized firms are facing an average increase of £713 to their annual compliance costs, according to a new study from the Forum of Private Business (FPB). The study found that taxation was the most expensive compliance cost, followed by employment law and health and safety regulation. Spending on external compliance advisers rose by 6%, twice as high as the increase in firms' internal compliance costs. FPB Chief Executive Phil Orford suggested that the introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) could have contributed to the increase, as small firms have paid specialists to handle PAYE. "In addition we have seen the increasing need to employ specialists to advise ahead of pensions auto-enrolment," he added. (EnterpriseQuest)

Yet just a few days ago, the Government was claiming its (alleged) red tape cuts were saving British businesses £1.5 billion a year! https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fallon-cuts-in-red-tape-now-saving-business-15-billion-per-year Surely the Government hasn't been lying? Again.

UK has fastest-growing economy, says IMF. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10988849/UK-has-fastest-growing-economy-International-Monetary-Fund-says.html Let's hope they've got it right for once.

Russia threatens to hit back at British companies in retaliation against sanctions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10989627/Russia-threatens-to-hit-British-companies-in-retaliation-for-sanctions.html No surprises there, then.

Google's tiny tax bill from bent British government. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704927/Google-pays-just-20m-3-3bn-UK-revenue-Fresh-outrage-internet-giant-s-tiny-bill-Government.html

Green Deal cashback scheme shuts down with immediate effect. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/10989815/Green-Deal-cashback-scheme-shuts-with-immediate-effect-as-homeowners-exhaust-120m-fund.html

Carbon concerns over burning wood. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28457104# Common knowledge. Just as it's no surprise that official quarters are admitting to being surprised by the facts. But for the socially responsible, on-message home business, it is time to chuck out the wood stove; search for an alternative to Russian energy supplies; stop eating beef; avoid supermarket chicken; boycott all things associated with Israel; and replace the computer with a typewriter. Wow! A jolly good time is about to be had by all.

Telephone Preference Service fails to stop cold calls. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28463523# Yet another stunning revelation. Did you know that? I didn't. (Snort!)

Top regions for buy-to-let returns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10984888/Top-regions-for-buy-to-let-returns.html

Kickstart Young Entrepreneur Awards details announced. http://www.baldwinsaccountants.co.uk/index.php/news/286-kickstart-finals-details-released

Made In Britain: Silk Fred. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/made-in-britain/25847/made-britain-silkfred/

Business start-up success stories from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-15870435

24.07.2014: Retail sales volumes continue to grow. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28460232#

PayPal to advance cash to small businesses. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28438843#

Risk of debt peril when interest rates rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28442848# That's what Boris Johnson's water cannon are for.

Government urged to act on mortgage defaults. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jul/24/mortgage-defaults-government-action-urged It has acted. It's bought water cannons.

One-in-three workers will end up paying higher rate of tax. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/10987326/One-in-three-will-end-up-paying-higher-rate-tax-Office-for-Budget-Responsibility-analysis-suggests.html

Power cut compensation to be increased to a minimum of £70. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/24/power-cut-compensation-increased-to-a-minimum-of-70/ Absolutely derisory.

Websites frozen in pension campaign. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28449534#

Pro-Israel MPs urge stronger business sanctions against Russia. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/23/calls-tory-mp-charles-hendry-stand-down-russian-trade-links-mh17 And no sanctions whatsoever against the terrorist state of Israel and its regular murder-fests which kill at least ten times as many defenceless civilians as the number of MH-17 casualties? Let alone pressing for a bombing campaign and an invasion of the country to contain the threat of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear capability? And the supine UN (US controlled, admittedly) suggests that Israel just 'may' have committed war crimes? Not to worry. Fagging Britain will change its laws to allow Israeli terrorists and murderers safe passage, regardless. Just as it has in the past. There is after all, a great fraternity amongst war criminals.

But geopolitics apart, when all the posing is over it will be us 'fuckin' plebs' who have to pick up the tab. Yet again. (If we're not too cold to sign the cheque.) Although if there is one comfort - it's that we're not paying with our lives.

The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain's biggest tax dodgers - with HMRC's blessing. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/the-tory-donor-whose-firm-is-one-of-britainss-biggest-tax-avoiders--with-hmrcs-blessing-9624358.html

Record 80% of older people own their own home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2703521/Record-80-older-people-home-Official-figures-reveal-huge-gulf-pensioners-aged-24-35.html 'The Government is addressing the problem however, and hopes to transfer this wealth to its donors by 2020,' stated an official spokesneuterthing and digitally-enabled GREAT TEAM government member.

Stores accused of 'fake' offers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10984087/Supermarkets-accused-of-misleading-shoppers-with-fake-special-offers.html Like 'fake' news, in other words?

Warning over Asian super-ants invading your electrics. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10987301/Warning-over-Asian-super-ant-colonies-invading-your-electrics.html

Reprieve for Devon eco-home built without planning permission. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/reprieve-for-devon-eco-home-built-without-planning-permission-9624696.html

The poultry industry's dirty secret. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/23/-sp-revealed-dirty-secret-uk-poultry-industry-chicken-campylobacter This is no secret. Just shite modern 'reporting' which spends all its time copying each others' crap stories, writing about non-entity celebrities, cheatball, circulating propaganda and not offending advertisers. At the end of the day, there's no time left for 'journalism' and 'dirty little secrets' simply morph into status quo.

Britons pay highest airline tax in the world. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2702590/Britons-pay-highest-airline-tax-world-25-times-MORE-French.html

Immigration Street residents tell Channel 4 producers to go back where they came from. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/immigration-street-meeting-sees-local-residents-demand-producers-go-away-and-channel-4-scrap-planned-series-9623130.html Good for them! (Trouble is, that particular shithole is already full.)

Irish cafe bans 'loud Americans'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2702750/No-loud-Americans-Irish-cafe-sparks-outrage-banning-US-visitors.html In defence of Americans (as opposed to their governments), I travel a great deal and very, very rarely do I come across 'loud' Americans. Generally speaking they are perfect travellers, courteous and considerate and capable of holding down a measured, intelligent and interesting conversation.

However, given the British media's propensity for talking 'slapper' American and being aped by a nation of loud-mouthed, drunken dummies, I am wondering whether or not our Irish cafe owner may be confusing his nationalities?

23.07.2014: Employment Minister tells pupils: be your own boss. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10984595/Be-your-own-boss-employment-minister-tells-pupils.html Inevitable advice when there aren't any 'proper' jobs going around. As for the self-employed being awarded 'respect', I don't think they were doing too badly until the present Government came along and flooded the start-up marketplace with watered-down businesses-on-the-dole (entrepreneurs) just to massage its unemployment statistics. Well. At least the self-employed had a better reputation than the criminal, hate-preaching, pro-American/Israeli terrorist media. And bankers; and politicians, of course.

There's never been a better time to start a business, claims co-founder of Innocent drinks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/enterprise-awards/9735553/business-young-entrepreneurs-vital-britains-economy.html?WT.mc_id=605788&source=TrafficDriver Nor for 90% of those start-ups to bite the dust.

Commonwealth Games get up-and-running. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/commonwealth-games-2014-glasgow-takes-baton-as-tournament-gets-up-and-running-9622066.html And the very best of luck to them - despite an online media poll I saw recently which showed that 70% of respondents couldn't see the point of the Games. Then again, it was Arsholes On Line, a notable distributor of American and Israeli terrorist propaganda and leading proponent of conspiracy theories. And an online community which shares the same brain cell. A predicament which fortunately, won't be shared by Scottish businesses.

The best of Glasgow. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destination/uk/scotland/131532/Glasgow-city-break-guide.html

Business lessons from the Tour de France. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25831/staying-ahead-peloton-business-lessons-tour-de-france/ Yes - there are an awful lot of hacks who don't see the point of the Tour de France, either. Instead, they prefer to glorify cheating while waiting for an English football squad to kick a ball into a net.

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/tour-de-france-effect-brings-hollywood-blockbusters-to-yorkshire-9623943.html

No Kremlin link to downing of MH-17, admit American wigheads. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10984739/MH17-no-link-to-Kremlin-in-plane-downing-US-intelligence.html Well that particular fact has been worldwide knowledge for days and so, I guess, the Americans had no choice but to own up. Now all we have to do is quickly answer the real questions behind this latest tragedy, bring the murderers to justice and get back to business. Rather than posturing and positioning while thousands continue to be murdered elsewhere in the world - not least of all, around America's arsehole in the Middle East - Israel.

None of which of course, is going to happen any time soon. There's too much money at stake.

France jails pro-Palestinian protesters as a sop to Israeli terrorists. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28439988 Hiding behind the shield of abuse loosely termed 'anti-Semitism', I pity the decent Jewish business community in France which has no truck with Israeli terrorists, yet will be the target of the very public backlash which the 'collabo' French government pretends it is trying to avoid. Perhaps it is time for the country's real socialists and Jewry to stand up and be counted? Because when the French have a 'manif' and Molotov cocktails begin to fly, it won't just be local Jewish owned-and-run businesses which will be going up in flames.

Five facts your bank doesn't want you to know. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/22/five-facts-your-bank-doesnt-want-you-know/

RBS bosses being wilfully obtuse over mistreatment of small firms, allege MPs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/rbs/10983707/RBS-bosses-wilfully-obtuse-over-alleged-mistreatment-of-small-firms-say-MPs.html We don't need MPs to tell us what has been common knowledge of standard banking practice since Shylock first appeared in The Merchant of Venice. What we do need from MPs, are integrity and balls. (I am reliably informed that 'modern' women have those too, so lady politicians, please note. Surely you can do better than the past generation of ex-public school fags?)

How advertisers watch you online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10982252/The-new-technology-which-advertisers-use-to-track-your-every-movement-online-canvas-fingerprinting.html

Cameron's Big Society Network lottery-funded scam. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-failed-charity-three-grants-and-tory-connections-what-became-of-camerons-big-society-network-9622039.html

The entrepreneurs targeting senior citizens. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28207946

From orphanage to entrepreneur. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28409603

The French flash-sales website that grew by word-of-mouth. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28197332

Trending: Typewriter sales in Germany. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2701392/Typewriter-sales-boom-Germany-thousands-basics-bid-avoid-U-S-spies-wake-NSA-allegations.html

Trending: British murder industry doing well out of Israeli and Ukrainian terrorism. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/malaysia-airlines-mh17-crash-exclusive-massive-rise-in-sale-of-british-arms-to-moscow-9622025.html Proceeds to filter down to the benefit of 'millions' of home-based entrepreneurs turning 'war' parts on hobby lathes in their garden sheds.

Trending: Dumb British tourists spend 22 million hours lost every year while abroad. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2701149/British-tourists-spend-22-MILLION-hours-year-lost-holiday.html There has to be a profit in there somewhere.

First village in Britain to fight off fracking. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/wisborough-green-becomes-the-first-village-in-britain-to-fight-off-fracking-9621857.html Our bent, fagging Government will be most upset. Time to amend the laws on terrorism again. (Assuming they don't fit the bill already.)



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

Len Tondel



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