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LATEST! 31.08.2015
(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

31.08.2015: The artificial reality of apprenticeships. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mad-apprenticeship-targets-have-consigned-a-generation-to-lowskill-lowpaid-duties-10479123.html With the regime's claims for 'entrepreneurial' Britain and business start-ups suffering from a significant loss of credibility in recent months, the official spotlight has turned more and more onto apprenticeships as the political obsession with the employment marketplace, continues. Having dropped an American pseudo-guru into the mix originally, this rite of passage for proper jobs frequently leading to proper businesses and proper business-folk as well, has now become tarred with the regime's quick-fix, highly mediatised propaganda 'shorts' and a future just as dodgy as it has been for the past thirty years. Still. There are plenty more economic refugees on the way to fill the regime donors' vacancies even more cheaply than today's apprentice labour.

Armed patrols and spot checks planned for European trains. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11832669/European-ministers-meet-for-security-talks-in-Paris-after-France-train-attack.html Just like the good 'ole days of travelling through the Iron Curtain countries. And, as history showed, just about as effective.

'Only Europeans with a job lined up should be allowed to come to Britain.' http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/30/migration-crisis-germany-france-britain-demand-urgent-meeting The exclusions of course, are swarms of illegal immigrant Brits (and other Europeans) murdering the locals in their own, non-EU countries, thus creating masses of economic refugees.

Eight fast-rising rip-offs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11824890/Eight-rip-offs-rising-fast-in-2015.html

A British smartphone to rival the iPhone. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/technology/11831492/A-British-smartphone-to-rival-the-iPhone.html Now that British plebs have been sufficiently dumbed down, it shouldn't be too difficult.

Sad face: Mobile phone firms hit customers with charges three times higher than normal for sending messages with emoticons. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3215892/Sad-face-Mobile-phone-firms-hit-customers-charges-three-times-higher-normal-sending-messages-emoticons.html We often receive so-called 'business' emails from would-be Dragons' Den panellists ending with emoticons. Which receive exactly the same short shrift as those without footers.

The innovators: a new U-bend to prevent the buildup of fatbergs in sewers. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/30/new-u-bend-prevent-buildup-fatbergs-sewers Excellent idea, albeit long overdue. Should go down a bomb in Third World countries like France, which hasn't even updated the bog since the 17th century.

Is it worth buying a ‘posh’ garden shed to use as an extra room? http://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/2015/aug/29/posh-garden-shed-extra-room OR even - as a garden/home office!

Sheep thefts spark fears of poisoned meat. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sheep-thefts-spark-fears-of-poisoned-meat-10478358.html . . . as hitherto, poisoned meat has been the domain of British supermarkets (also known as political donors and peer fodder.)

Pay Per Click advertising basics. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/gettingtrafficmarketing/fl/Pay-Per-ClickPPC-Advertising-Basics.htm?utm_content=20150830&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness

30.08.2015: A system for getting your child a property. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11823271/How-to-help-your-children-on-the-property-ladder-charge-them-for-it.html

Packaged bank accounts: a good deal or a new ‘PPI mis-selling scandal’? http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/29/packaged-bank-accounts-good-deal-ppi-scandal-misselling

The lucrative industry that helps footballers spend their fortunes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/from-fixing-jacuzzis-to-watering-plants-inside-the-lucrative-industry-that-helps-premier-league-footballers-spend-their-fortunes-10477448.html

5p plastic bag tax makes cashiers tax experts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/29/5p-plastic-bag-tax-makes-cashiers-tax-experts/

Starting a Business Doesn't Have to Take Long or Cost a Lot.

Self-employment is the future. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startingadvice/ss/The-Advantages-of-Being-a-Contractor.htm?utm_content=20150829&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation It certainly is as far as the government is concerned. 'Full' employment, maximum taxation liability and without any official benefits or returns.

10 Powerful Small Business How-To's You Need to Follow. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/tp/small-business-how-to-tutorials.htm?utm_content=20150829&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

29.08.2015: Number of SME’s suffering late payments is rising. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/number-of-smes-suffering-late-payments-is-rising/ The regime just loves it when a good election scam starts coming together. As do their big business backers and donors (and major late payment offenders.)

London businesses lose over 1.5 million working hours during tube strikes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/london-businesses-lose-over-1-5-million-working-hours-during-tube-strikes/ I thought they were all working from home these days? Or moving around on bikes, at the very least. Unless they've been squashed flat by a Top Gear addict.

Post Office expands Sunday openings. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34078103

Card payments firm offers innovative loans to SMEs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11830870/Card-payments-firm-offers-innovative-loans-to-SMEs.html

Official press release: Financial red tape targeted in new review. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/financial-red-tape-targeted-in-new-review I would have thought that it would have been more fruitful to tackle the finance sector's widespread incapacity to manage their customers' accounts which so far, has been more devastating than any supposed 'anti-terrorist' and ''money-laundering' regulation. Or doesn't the regime read its own media?

One in three small businesses relies on social media or Google for financial advice. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/one-in-three-small-businesses-rely-on-social-media-or-google-for-financial-advice-10476637.html Those who don't, rely on 'official' advice. Which would explain why 2 out of 3 businesses fail on a regular basis. In actual fact, the last set of independent findings I saw suggested that 9 out of 10 small businesses rely on advice from friends and family. A far better bet.

Surge in exports boosts UK growth in second quarter. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11830065/Rising-exports-and-consumer-spending-boost-UK-growth.html That will be all those extra bombs being dropped on the Syrian population by British, illegal immigrant 'heroes', then. It quickly adds up.

Brits actually appreciate hearing voice and music messages on hold. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/brits-actually-appreciate-hearing-voice-and-music-messages-on-hold/ In between getting pissed, watching corrupt, cheating footie, booking their next trip to Slagaluf and finding out what their bank has done with their money.

Most unusual home insurance claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/28/most-unusual-home-insurance-claims-revealed/

Scamwatch: new Airbnb con. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/28/scamwatch-new-airbnb-con/

Messaging add-on uses kid’s own text mistakes to improve their literacy. http://www.springwise.com/messaging-add-on-kids-text-mistakes-improve-literacy/ Or, offering alternatives to slang denoting the offspring of goats, for example.

Try-before-you-buy service only charges customers for the clothes they keep. http://www.springwise.com/try-before-you-buy-service-charges-customers-clothes/ Reminds me of my party plan days. Fourty years ago.

Data-driven healthcare app can predict an oncoming migraine. http://www.springwise.com/data-driven-healthcare-app-predict-oncoming-migraine/

An automated proof reading tool for legal documents. http://www.springwise.com/automated-proof-reading-tool-legal-documents/ Let's hope it's an improvement on spellcheckers to translate.google and more traditionally, all the proof-reading course scams which we've seen over the past few decades.

Three ways to make your home eco-friendly WITHOUT solar panels. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11830131/Three-ways-to-make-your-home-eco-friendly-WITHOUT-solar-panels.html If anyone is really interested, it might be a better idea to get any one of thousands of authoratitive books on the subject. Or just buy a house built a few hundred years ago. Before snout-in-trough builders and developers and the internet came along.

28.08.2015: And ANOTHER banking IT cock-up. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/hsbc-customers-hit-with-payday-delays-ahead-of-the-bank-holiday-10476574.html If these institutions and their managers had been based in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Syria, the regime would have been in there dropping £20 millions'-worth of bombs on them every week, for constituting a threat to the UK's national security.

UK targets to cut immigration ‘punish businesses’. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/uk-targets-to-cut-immigration-punish-businesses/

Official release: Migrant entrepreneur visas: numbers of employees and turnover. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/migrant-entrepreneur-visas-numbers-of-employees-and-turnover

Property prices see 'weakest annual growth since June 2013'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/27/property-prices-see-weakest-annual-growth-since-june-2013/

1 in 65 Britons is now a millionaire. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/one-in-65-britons-is-now-a-millionaire-10475188.html Common as muck. No wonder the subject of inheritance tax has become today's Big Issue.

Councils called in bailiffs 2.1 million times last year. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/27/councils-called-in-bailiffs-2-1-million-times-last-year/

Rooftop solar panels to lose '£3,840' payout in drastic cull to green subsidies. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11828078/Rooftop-solar-panels-to-lose-3840-payout-in-drastic-cull-to-green-subsidies.html We all knew it was coming: didn't we?

TTIP deal: Business lobbyists dominate talks at expense of trade unions and NGOs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-deal-business-lobbyists-dominate-talks-at-expense-of-trade-unions-and-ngos-10475073.html

Market Research Indicates Pet Industry Continues to Grow. http://marketresearch.about.com/od/market.research.segmentation/fl/Market-Research-Indicates-Pet-Industry-Continues-to-Grow.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

6 home business ideas for pet lovers. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/homebusinessprofiles/fl/6-Home-Business-Ideas-for-Pet-Lovers.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Love Animals & Good Food? Get Rich With a Natural Pet Food Business. http://foodbeverage.about.com/od/StartingAFoodBusiness/fl/How-to-Start-a-Pet-Food-Business-and-Business-Opportunity.htm?utm_content=20150827&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Smart mirror continuously redirects sunlight into dark corners. http://www.springwise.com/smart-mirror-continuously-redirects-sunlight-dark-corners/

Home swapping platform lets members earn free accommodation anywhere. http://www.springwise.com/home-swapping-platform-lets-members-earn-free-accommodation/

Live-streaming platform for artists and illustrators. http://www.springwise.com/live-streaming-platform-artists-illustrators/

27.08.2015: Conservatives offer day of special access to ministers for £2,500. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/26/conservatives-offer-day-of-special-access-to-ministers-for-2500 For a bit of 'lip service' from Wankminster's political rent-boys.

Crash-proof computers could be on horizon. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/crash-proof-computers-could-be-on-horizon/

Business travel lacks luster. ('lustre'?) http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/business-travel-lacks-luster/

Smartphones and tablets are theft targets. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/smartphones-and-tablets-are-theft-targets/ So these are 'phones which aren't so smart after all?

'Britain's oldest scam victim': 103-year-old loses £60,000 in 10-year catalogue fraud. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11825161/Britains-oldest-scam-victim-103-year-old-loses-60000-in-10-year-catalogue-fraud.html

Could your pet make you a fortune? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/could-your-pet-make-you-a-fortune/ I reckon there's some mileage in pets taking dummyphone zombies for walkies.

9 ways to increase your buy-to-let profits. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10946303/How-to-maximise-your-buy-to-let-profits-by-paying-less-tax.html

Caravan park café in old chicken shed makes it into Good Food Guide. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/11823234/Caravan-park-cafe-makes-it-into-Good-Food-Guide.html

Amazon tests takeaway food delivery service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/11824750/Amazon-tests-takeaway-food-delivery-service.html

Top 10 business ideas from Travel & Tourism over the last 12 months. http://www.springwise.com/top-10-business-ideas-travel-tourism-12-months/

What is "Real Time" Marketing? http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/salesmarketing/fl/What-is-Real-Time-Marketing.htm?utm_content=20150826&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Five Best Practices When It Comes to Excelling at Customer Service. http://marketing.about.com/od/relationshipmarketing/a/Five-Best-Practices-When-It-Comes-To-Excelling-At-Customer-Service.htm?utm_content=20150826&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

London transport fares 'most expensive in the world'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/26/london-transport-fares-most-expensive-in-the-world/

The best places in the world to move to for British waster-migrants. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/singapore-is-the-best-place-in-the-world-if-you-want-to-move-abroad--with-ecuador-and-austria-not-far-behind-10471029.html Doesn't include regions which have previously been 'liberated' by British (and American and Israeli) murderer-illegal-immigrants in order to scrounge off the locals. I wonder why that would be?

Morality bank in China rewards do-gooders. http://www.springwise.com/morality-bank-china-rewards-do-gooders/

In Korean cafe, toaster sanitizes smartphones. http://www.springwise.com/korean-cafe-toaster-sanitizes-smartphones-coffee-brews/

26.08.2015: Packaged bank account complaints soaring, says Ombudsman. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34050020 So that's another aspect of bent banking which the Ombudsman will now ignore. Nice to let us know, though.

The best and worst places to make a living in the UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-best-and-worst-places-to-make-a-living-in-the-uk-and-the-results-are-going-to-surprise-you-10470614.html?icn=puff-2

VoIP conman jailed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3210283/Conman-involved-internet-calls-scam-blew-1m-luxury-lifestyle.html

Since Uber launched, there are 26pc more cabs in London. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/11822711/Since-Uber-launched-there-are-26pc-more-cabs-in-London.html

British Amazon shopping habits reveal we're turning into a nation of hipsters. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/11823232/British-Amazon-shopping-habits-reveal-were-turning-into-a-nation-of-hipsters.html

Lack of transparency is limiting how useful the cloud is to businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/lack-of-transparency-is-limiting-how-useful-the-cloud-is-to-businesses/ Plus it's an American idea so it's bound to be crap.

5 of the best coworking spaces in London. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/5-of-the-best-coworking-spaces-in-london/

Ditching the ‘telesales stereotype’ is key to building successful sales teams. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/ditching-the-telesales-stereotype-is-key-to-building-successful-sales-teams/

If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/if-somethings-worth-doing-its-worth-doing-properly/

Egg-shaped eco home can house two people anywhere. http://www.springwise.com/egg-shaped-eco-home-house-people-entire-year/ Is this the tomorrow's world of British home businesses? Will we be reading a propaganda release from Da P.M. shortly, with the caption, 'Go to work in an egg'?

Kickstarter for independent journalism. http://www.springwise.com/platform-crowdfunding-quality-independent-journalism/ We won't be seeing any results in the UK then, where it's room for evil, hate-filled propaganda, only. Liberally laced with dumbed-down hypocrisy and trivia.

Niche social network for anglers hits 1 million users. http://www.springwise.com/niche-social-network-anglers-hits-1-million-users/

Drone matchmaker connects pilots with clients. http://www.springwise.com/drone-matchmaker-connects-pilots-clients/

Taxi service app lets users name their price. http://www.springwise.com/taxi-service-lets-users-pick-price/

Uber for locksmiths guarantees fixed rate on-demand service. http://www.springwise.com/locksmith-app-guarantees-fixed-rate-on-demand-service/ I know 'locksmiths' who will be offering their services for no rate at all.

Museum glasses help colorblind visitors see exhibits in full color. http://www.springwise.com/museum-glasses-colorblind-visitors-full-color/

Canadian man who built self-sufficient home in the woods from $3,400 shipping containers puts it up for sale for $58,000. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3209756/Canadian-man-built-self-sufficient-home-woods-3-400-shipping-containers-puts-sale-58-000.html Plus $20,000 in building costs; plus another $20,000 for the solar panel system alone. And the rest. (The land was free, one presumes.) The fact that the dump became an 'internet sensation' for dumbwalking zombies sums it up, really.

25.08.2015: UK has entered new stage of recovery say the IOD. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-has-entered-new-stage-of-recovery-say-the-iod/ In other words, no recovery whatsoever. (Naw. Seriously. They're just having a larf. Again.)

HSE publishes guidance for self-employed. http://www.hse.gov.uk/self-employed/index.htm The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance to the forthcoming changes to health and safety law for the self-employed. From 1st October 2015, self-employed people who have no employees will be excluded from the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSAWA) unless they work in a high-risk industry or their work poses a risk to third parties. For example, according to the HSE, self-employed bakers or bookkeepers working from a home base will be outside the HSAWA's scope, while someone who provides advice or instruction to clients about health and safety will not. (EnterpriseQuest)

Business types ranked by purchase cost. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/360051/bbs-are-the-most-expensive-small-business-to-purchase Direct Line for Business has published research that ranks types of business by purchase cost, calculated in terms of valuation and turnover. Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) are the most expensive type of business to buy, with a valuation of £4.49 per £1 turnover. Care homes are ranked second (£2.56 per £1 turnover) and nurseries third (£1.91 per £1 turnover). The three least expensive types of business to purchase are pubs (98p per £1 turnover), online firms (51p per £1 turnover) and service firms (81p per £1 turnover). (EnterpriseQuest)

Pace of rent rises quickens as average UK rent reaches £937 a month. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/pace-of-rent-rises-quickens-as-average-uk-rent-reaches-937-a-month/ About time for another article from a clueless hack stating that it's much cheaper to start a business from home than a starter unit.

German woman starts living on a train – because she's fed-up paying rent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-woman-starts-living-on-a-train--because-shes-fedup-paying-rent-10467712.html Is this the future of 'home businesses'? Will we see overnight statistics/advertorials from regime cronies which prove that 4.5 million English entrepreneurs are contributing £567 billion to the UK economy every year, using (non-existent) wi-fi on board trains?

First-time buyers save £670 a year on rent. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/24/first-time-buyers-save-670-a-year-on-rent/ Source: a building society. What a surprise.

Homophobia rife in the construction industry as 85% of LGB workers face offensive remarks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/homophobia-rife-in-the-construction-industry-as-85-of-lgb-workers-face-offensive-remarks-10469585.html For those who don't subscribe to the idle, French literary habit of reducing anything with more than two syllables to an abbreviation, 'LBG' stands for 'lesbian, gay or bisexual'. So I would imagine that unlike being black, wearing a turban or speaking with an Eastern European accent, the only way fellow-construction workers are going to find out about any sexual leanings, is if someone admits to them. Or, from an industry which has a reputation for offensive remarks, 'Once a wanker, always a wanker'. Like 'pisshead patriot' English cowboys turning up on site with a copy of The Sun and flying the George Cross from a German, Japanese or Korean van or pickup.

Is this the country's most expensive shed? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/24/is-this-the-countrys-most-expensive-shed/ Has it been dumped on a piece of land by pisshead English cowboy bodgers? Then the answer is obvious.

Android Pay could launch this week. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/11820308/Android-Pay-to-launch-this-week.html

How female friendship has become big business. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11817175/Female-friendship-has-become-big-business.-Cheers-Taylor-Swift.html

5 reasons the UK is going crazy for sportswear. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11812263/Five-reasons-the-UK-is-going-crazy-for-sportswear.html

Is now a good time to buy property in France? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11816347/Is-now-a-good-time-to-buy-in-France.html The last few times the British media asked this rhetorical question, it prompted waves of broke and disillusioned Brits returning to Blighty just a few months afterwards.

What's so special about your business, anyway? http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/a/how-to-write-a-unique-selling-proposition.htm?utm_content=20150824&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

24.08.2015: Victim of fraud? Why the authorities WON'T investigate. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11812377/Victim-of-fraud-Why-the-authorities-WONT-investigate.html

Double-glazing ombudsman, furniture ombudsman – how the EU is spawning scores of 'watchdogs'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11812593/Double-glazing-ombudsman-furniture-ombudsman-how-the-EU-is-spawning-scores-of-watchdogs.html Well - if they're anything like the UK's long-established 'watchdogs', there's nothing to worry about, is there?

New chapter for AirBnB: The quaint Scottish bookshop holidaymakers PAY £150 to run while staying in the flat above. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3207693/New-chapter-AirBnB-quaint-Scottish-bookshop-Wigtown-holidaymakers-PAY-run-staying-flat-above.html

How to make money from your garden. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11816715/How-to-make-money-from-your-garden.html

Building bosses at Persimmon to net £600m. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/psn/11818520/Building-bosses-at-Persimmon-to-net-600m.html Brick hutches built up to a price to replace home ownership with buy-to-let rented accommodation and everyone qualifying for a mortgage committed to a spiral of lifelong debt; assorted taxpayer-financed bungs and subsidies from well-greased government fags; 'swarms' of 'immigrant' labour with the skills to build in which the UK's construction industry hasn't invested a penny. 'Gardens' to make money, anyone?

The science of successful negotiation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/the-science-of-successful-negotiation/

Multiple Layers of Identity Theft Protection.

Pay-Per-Click(PPC) Advertising Basics.

23.08.2015: Lloyds throws £500m lifeline to Britain’s struggling farmers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/lloy/11818502/Lloyds-throws-500m-lifeline-to-Britains-struggling-farmers.html

Women in Manual Trades: Pioneering tradeswoman's charity faces closure despite shortage of skilled construction workers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women-in-manual-trades-pioneering-tradeswomans-charity-faces-closure-despite-shortage-of-skilled-construction-workers-10467368.html

Curry house crisis due to a crippling shortage of chefs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3207466/Curry-house-crisis-two-shut-week-Hundreds-popular-restaurants-face-closure-crippling-shortage-chefs.html

13 hotel hacks you need to know. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotels/11814626/Hotel-hacks-13-tips-to-improve-your-stay.html

Silent blight in a countryside of empty homes and shut shops. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/23/europe-rural-urban-migration-threat-countryside

CNET Community: What's the best method to upgrade from Windows XP to 10? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497

Top 10 green business ideas.

3 keys to successful green marketing. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/marketing/a/greenmarketing.htm?utm_content=20150822&utm_medium=email&utm_source=

5 ways to go green in your small business.

22.08.2015: Death of buy-to-let. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11816720/Death-of-buy-to-let-landlords-wake-up-to-Osbornes-150pc-tax.html That's a significant number of the regime's faithful 24% who aren't going to be very pleased!

Britain's new gazumping capital. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11816793/Revealed-Britains-new-gazumping-capital.html

Ryanair loses flight delay court case. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34017414

Two thirds of UK businesses admit to losing important data. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/two-thirds-of-uk-businesses-admit-to-losing-important-data/

Genetically modified trees are being 'strangled' by red tape. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34002866

Wealthy businessman avoids five years of parking tickets with false number plates. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11816594/Wealthy-businessman-avoids-five-years-of-parking-tickets-with-false-number-plates.html Typical Tory regime voter, in other words.

The British couple living the dream in Provence. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/11816351/Meet-the-British-couple-living-the-dream-in-Provence.html And how much did this 'dream' cost them? Because Provence and vineyards don't come cheap. Fortunately, the article also covers the much more common scenario of Brits who have moved to Frace to live the 'dream' and come seriously unstuck.

'My five properties were my pension, now my tax bill will jump 38pc'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11816726/Buy-to-let-tax-My-five-properties-were-my-pension-now-my-tax-bill-will-jump-38pc.html

5 tips to help you manage your cash flow more effectively. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/5-tips-to-help-you-manage-your-cash-flow-more-effectively/

App lets locals request businesses needed nearby. http://www.springwise.com/app-lets-locals-request-businesses-needed-nearby/

Network of smart fire detectors protects poor neighborhoods. http://www.springwise.com/network-smart-fire-detectors-protects-south-african-neighbourhoods/

Device knows where users have parked and alerts them if meter is expiring. http://www.springwise.com/device-users-parked-alerts-meter-expiring/

Meet the teen who makes money from eating. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/21/meet-the-teen-who-makes-money-from-eating/

New company lets you send messages on potatoes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/21/new-company-lets-you-send-messages-on-potatoes/ What's this, then? A dumbwalker with a billboard strapped to his/her back?

21.08.2015: UK retail sales volumes rise by 0.1%. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33999148 So the High Street is OK after all and it won't need another regime 'guru' to put it right?

Fluctuating sales figures caused by unpredictable British weather. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19643 And not by the lack of a regime guru, in other words?

Homeowners in 97% of UK’s biggest cities to benefit from tax-free rental income. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/homeowners-in-97-of-uks-biggest-cities-to-benefit-from-tax-free-rental-income/

George Osborne unveils plan for more village homes. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-33984089 I'm sure that's what villagers want! More riff-raff. First, it's unheard-of celebrities, crooks and prancing, cheating footballers. Now, it's dumbwalking plebs.

House completions up by 15% in England. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34001455 So there's no need to spoil villages with swarms of criminally-orientated English plebs after all?

Zero-hours contracts make up one in four offers to jobless. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/zerohours-contracts-make-up-one-in-four-offers-to-jobless-10463124.html Also known as being 'self-employed'. Or a 'home business entrepreneur'. Or a business 'start-up'. And other assorted regime/regime crony bullshit definitions for misrepresenting the country's unemployment statistics.

Households 'facing £136 energy bill hike'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/20/households-facing-136-energy-bill-hike/ Which will be much greater in 'villages' of course, where the wind whistles up yer trossocks from all directions.

Homeowners 'at risk from shocking boiler servicing'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/20/homeowners-at-risk-from-shocking-boiler-servicing/ Still more Tory-voting cowboys at work.

HMRC demands inheritance tax before the funds are available: what can we do? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11811339/HMRC-demands-inheritance-tax-before-the-funds-are-available-what-can-we-do.html

Online MoT system branded 'a debacle'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/20/online-mot-system-branded-a-debacle/ Still more successful benchmarking by the regime's Digital Dickhead Programme.

Vloggers must be clearer on paid promotions. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/20/vloggers-must-be-clearer-on-paid-promotions/ I think most impartial observers are clear that anything backed by a vlogger can safely be ignored. Assuming the majority of plebs even know what a 'vlogger' is.

When it pays NOT to shop around: Could you save cash by shunning price comparison and discount websites and go direct? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-3204802/When-pays-NOT-shop-save-cash-going-direct.html Like people have been doing for thousands of years before the internet came along?

Five critical retail best practices for mobile marketing success. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19644

Top Ten mistakes when starting a business. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startup/a/Top-10-Business-Mistakes-When-Starting-A-Business.htm?utm_content=20150820&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=entrepreneurs&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs

Drop in take-up of foreign languages prompts concerns of UK's ability to trade globally. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/drop-in-takeup-of-foreign-languages-prompts-concerns-of-uks-ability-to-trade-globally-10463912.html This has been a concern for decades and which prompts, one imagines, the UK's main global trading activity as bombing defenceless civilians and thieving their resources. Which needs no grasp of foreign languages whatsoever!

Scamwatch: fake police fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/20/scamwatch-fake-police-fraud/ They've got one of these scams going down with swarming English pissheads in Slagaluf, Spain.

The death of the festival burger van. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/festivalsandevents/11813361/Goodbye-burger-van-hello-the-new-festival-food.html Doomed, this country is. Doomed, I say. Just think of all those unskilled, self-employed burger chefs going on the dole. Perhaps they could apply to become regime business mentors?

Airbnb for campers also lists every public campsite in the US. http://www.springwise.com/airbnb-campers-lists-campsite/

Crowdsourced app helps the visually impaired cross the road. http://www.springwise.com/crowdsourced-app-helps-visually-impaired-cross-road/ Does this include dumbwalking zombies?

20.08.2015: Women and self-employed set to benefit from pension changes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/19/women-and-self-employed-set-to-benefit-from-pension-changes/ At least until pensions are withdrawn altogether.

Household finances show fastest decline this year. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2015/08/19/household-finances-show-fastest-decline-this-year/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk6%26pLid%3D374280 That will be all those 'home business' running costs our nation of entrepreneurs is having to cope with.

More UK households expect interest rate rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33984968 We'd better be having one, then. All this preparatory propaganda is starting to get as boring as Top Gear.

Banks promise compensation for mis-sold credit card protection. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/19/banks-promise-compensation-for-mis-sold-credit-card-protection/

Rail refunds for delays of just two minutes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/rail-refunds-for-delays-of-just-two-minutes/

Shortage of brickies, carpenters and plasterers forcing building companies to turn down work. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/constructionandproperty/11810355/Shortage-of-brickies-carpenters-and-plasterers-forcing-building-companies-to-turn-down-work.html

Couple 'stabbed builder with a screwdriver after he wrecked their home'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11812296/Couple-stabbed-builder-with-a-screwdriver-after-he-wrecked-their-home.html

Family-run department store 'rescued' by television shopping guru Mary Portas is on the verge of collapse just months later. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3203319/Family-run-department-store-rescued-television-shopping-guru-Mary-Portas-verge-collapse-just-months-later.html

Jobsworth council bans gardeners from selling fruit and veg grown on their allotments - because just ONE person complained. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3203368/Jobsworth-council-bans-gardeners-selling-fruit-veg-grown-allotments-just-ONE-person-complained.html

How to keep your personal information safe on the internet. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/ashley-madison-hacked-live-how-to-keep-your-personal-information-safe-on-the-internet-10461961.html

'Critical' bug targets Internet Explorer users. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/11812117/Critical-bug-targets-Internet-Explorer-users.html

British Gas are forced to change their so-called smart heating app used in thousands of homes after it was exposed as a 'burglar's dream'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3203379/British-Gas-forced-change-called-smart-heating-app.html

Online Reputation Management and Social Media Monitoring. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/SocialMediaMarketing/fl/Online-Reputation-Management-and-Social-Media-Monitoring.htm?utm_content=20150819&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Analogue 3D printer for hands-on designers. http://www.springwise.com/analogue-3d-printer-hands-on-designers/

Wall plug upgrades energy to solar credits. http://www.springwise.com/wall-plug-upgrades-energy-solar-credits/

19.08.2015: Millions of bank card holders can now claim refund, says FCA. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33974509

New survey says female entrepreneurs are more successful than men. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/new-survey-says-female-entrepreneurs-are-more-successful-than-men/

SMEs underestimate the risk of cyber attacks. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smes-underestimate-the-risk-of-cyber-attacks/ Apart from reports like this which are blatant advertorials, the real problem isn't SMEs but governments, banks, institutions, etc, which have all committed themselves to a 'tool' which is totally unfit for purpose. The internet. And SMEs are supposed to change all that?

How easy is it to get a 40-year mortgage? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11807793/How-easy-is-it-to-get-a-40-year-mortgage.html

Fancy smartphone features matter less than battery life, say consumers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/11807810/Fancy-smartphone-features-matter-less-than-battery-life-say-consumers.html Like my 15-year-old Nokia, then?

The rise of hunkvertising. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11804037/Hunkvertising-how-did-we-become-obsessed-with-massive-muscles.html

Restaurants offering new ways to pay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/restaurants/11807524/Sorry-we-dont-take-money-the-restaurants-offering-new-ways-to-pay.html Mug another diner?

The rise and rise of Britain's gipsy king entrepreneur. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3200698/Meet-gipsy-king-worth-200million-born-roadside-learned-trade-offering-Tarmac-drives-lunches-Prime-Ministers.html

Family transform horse box into a mobile bar. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3201913/No-long-faces-Family-transform-horse-box-mobile-bar-travel-country-serving-bespoke-cocktails.html

Service helps landlords spot illegal Airbnbs. http://www.springwise.com/service-helps-landlords-spot-illegal-airbnbs/

Publisher offers readers free books for posting reviews online. http://www.springwise.com/publisher-offers-readers-free-books-posting-reviews-online/

Organic temporary tattoos last for two weeks. http://www.springwise.com/organic-temporary-tattoos-weeks/

18.08.2015: Banks fail to protect customers from online mistakes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/17/banks-fail-to-protect-customers-from-online-mistakes/

Barclays threat causes fury among mis-selling victims. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/barclays-threat-causes-fury-among-mis-selling-victims/

Spending spree by Chinese fails to lift UK high street gloom. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/spending-spree-by-chinese-fails-to-lift-uk-high-street-gloom/ Perhaps Chinese spending might have had more of an impact if tourist restrictions had been lifted a few decades earlier?!

Bovis faces rising costs as tradesmen jack up rates. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/bovis-faces-rising-costs-as-tradesmen-jack-up-rates-10459184.html They'll just have to let in more 'illegal immigrants' again, won't they? Since all those ungrateful Eastern Europeans have now buggered off back home. Trouble is, it looks as if the Calais supply route is starting to dry up. Or, remained pretty much the same albeit with less hysterical, lying coverage from Ingerlandt's fascist, criminal media.

Small firms want more start up guidance. http://funding.altfi.com/articles/319-smes-need-guidance-says-survey Research carried out by Just Cash Flow PLC has found that 80% of small business owners have admitted that they did not know everything they needed when they first set up in business. Almost half also stated that they specifically lacked knowledge when it came to financial and business planning. The research found that this lack of business knowledge resulted in 14% of small business owners making mistakes that have put their business at risk, and 10% made mistakes that had a substantial negative effect on their business. Small business owners who took part in the research stated that they would have benefited from more guidance before they set up in business, with 30% stating that more financial guidance would have been beneficial. (EnterpriseQuest)

Despite all those Micky Mouse websites endorsed by the regime? AND Dragons' Den. AND The Apprentice. AND Top Gear.

More support for export necessary if UK SMEs are expected to grow. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/more-support-for-export-necessary-if-uk-smes-are-expected-to-grow/ Perhaps the regime should appoint an SME export tsar? Although with all the tsars and gurus it has already appointed, I guess it must be difficult to see the all dead wood for the trees.

Number of new laws increases. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/tide-of-legislation-defeats-deregulation-drive/5050409.article The number of laws introduced in 2014 was 16% higher than the number introduced during 2013, research by Thomson Reuters has revealed. Just over 2,000 Acts and pieces of secondary legislation were introduced to the UK in 2014 compared with 1,736 in 2013. The devolved Governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were responsible for introducing more Acts than the UK Government for the first time since 2011. Commenting, legislative expert Daniel Greenberg said this "highlight[s] how eager the devolved executives are to make their mark", adding that public and political pressure means the volume of devolved legislation is "only likely to increase". (EnterpriseQuest)

I don't imagine this piece of news will be receiving much of a mention in the regime's propaganda. What was that Red Tape Challenge again? 'One out, two in'?

Small IT firms most at risk from late payments. http://www.computerweekly.com/news/4500251498/Small-IT-firms-most-susceptible-to-going-under-due-to-late-payments Research carried out by invoice payment firm Tungsten has found that 32% of small IT firms have faced the risk of closure due to late payment. A quarter of all small and medium-sized firms have faced the same risk due to late payments. The average small business is owed £40,857 in unpaid invoices, and 51% of money owed is overdue. Richard Hurwitz, CEO at Tungsten said, "An unpaid invoice can mean the difference between a successful month of trading and a dangerous financial shortfall. In the worst case, it could lead to insolvency." (EnterpriseQuest)

Contract law changes ban restrictive sub-contracting clauses. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/restrictions-lifted-on-invoice-finance-to-help-small-firms-grow The Department for Business (BIS) has announced changes to commercial contracts. The changes will ban larger organisations from including restrictive sub-contracting clauses in their contract terms that prevent small firms from accessing invoice finance. From early 2016, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, changes introduced under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 will result in any restrictive contract clauses, which prevent small firms from using invoice finance, being revoked. (EnterpriseQuest)

How not to network. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/17/how-not-to-network/

Fifa portrayed as a mafia organisation by US investigation. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/aug/17/sepp-blatter-fifa-mafia-us-atorney-general-loretta-lynch An unsurprising conclusion by the Americans, based as it is, on their own sporting track record. Who also seem to be ignoring (as we have often said) all the latest fuss surrounding doping in athletics. As usual. Although the Armstrong case was designed to make it appear they were 'on the ball'. So to speak.

Two plead guilty over £250,000 scam. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/17/two-plead-guilty-250000-scam They should have kept their mouths shut and pretended to be bankers. Then the regime would have given them £ billions instead, to carry on screwing the public.

Is this Britain's coolest B&B? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotels/11807106/Hannahs-Is-this-Britains-coolest-BandB.html

Misty shower head uses 70 percent less water. http://www.springwise.com/misty-shower-head-70-percent-water/

Customers pay for coffee with smartphone case. http://www.springwise.com/smartphone-case-automatically-orders-starbucks/

17.08.2015: Liz Truss: Buy British drive to save dairy farmers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11804990/Liz-Truss-Buy-British-drive-to-save-dairy-farmers.html The regime should be leading by example and buying British all the time and not just for a bit of showboating. Unfortunately, fagging for the Americans (and the Israelis) nearly always takes priority. (And who is 'Liz Truss'?)

Car insurers charge 'eye-watering' fees. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33937806 Is there anyone in the finance sector who doesn't?

Over 2 million people have debts run up by their ex. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/16/over-2-million-people-have-debts-run-up-by-their-ex/

Constantly checking your mobile phone can lead to 'cognitive failures'. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/constantly-checking-your-mobile-phone-can-lead-to-cognitive-failures-10458210.html Yes, we've seen that. Now what's new?

Hackers can access EVERY call and message you send. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199978/Hackers-access-call-message-send-world-moment-German-computer-experts-just-easy-eavesdrop-smartphone.html

7 Ways to Destroy Your Wealth and Guarantee You Spend Your Life in Poverty. http://beginnersinvest.about.com/od/humor/a/stay_poor.htm?utm_content=20150816&utm_medium=email&utm_source=

16.08.2015: 'Housing crisis' as rising population ramps up pressure on homebuilding. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/14/housing-crisis-as-rising-population-ramps-up-pressure-on-homeb/ Does this mean that the regime will eventually do something about the three quarters of a million properties standing empty? Or isn't that lucrative enough?

Watch out for these stealth taxes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/14/watch-out-for-these-stealth-taxes/ As not promoted by the regime in its pre-election campaign.

The pitfall lurking in your online banking – that sets up strangers as approved payees. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11798573/The-pitfall-lurking-in-your-online-banking-that-sets-up-strangers-as-approved-payees.html

The most valuable bank accounts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/15/the-most-valuable-bank-accounts/

Scamwatch: new mobile phone con. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/15/scamwatch-new-mobile-phone-con/ Which is in addition to buying a mobile phone in the first place, one assumes?

How to avoid data roaming charges. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11803426/How-to-avoid-data-roaming-charges.html Is this a trick question? (Don't buy a dummyphone?)

Why do marketers get to decide what toys are right for our children? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/15/marketers-toys-gender-sexism Because marketers decide everything else which is right for todays' dumb 'swarms' of plebs.

Boys shun university and choose to be apprentices or start their own businesses instead. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199080/Boys-shun-university-choose-apprentices-start-businesses-instead.html#ixzz3iuK4ksuA (Especially if they haven't been offered university places.)

A very dubious role model: A Mail investigation reveals deeply disturbing questions about the bra tycoon - set to receive a peerage - who this week was made a business tsar by Mr Cameron. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3198793/A-dubious-role-model-Mail-investigation-reveals-deeply-disturbing-questions-bra-tycoon-set-receive-peerage-week-business-tsar-Mr-Cameron.html#ixzz3iuKmfG3Y Let's not blame Mr Cameron entirely. He does have an inner scrotum of advisers, after all. Who haven't got anything else right so far, either.

5 Common Small Business Goal Setting Mistakes.
http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/5-Common-Small-Business-Goal-Setting-Mistakes.htm?utm_content=20150815&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation 1. Getting an iDummpyphone. 2. Opening a bagful of social media accounts. 3. Getting a business start-up loan before you've got your business. 4. Using the business start-up loan towards a log-book loan for a second-hand, black BMW with lo-profile tyres. 5. Watching Dragons' Den.

3 rules for setting business goals. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/goalsetting/a/bizgoalsrules.htm?utm_content=20150815&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=

15.08.2015: Free cash machines outside shops to disappear 'within a year'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11804515/Free-cash-machines-outside-shops-to-disappear-within-a-year.html

Supermarkets agree to set new minimum price for milk amid mounting pressure to give farmers a better deal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11803503/Supermarkets-agree-to-set-new-minimum-price-for-milk-amid-mounting-pressure-to-give-farmers-a-better-deal.html

TTIP controversy: Secret trade deal can only be read in secure 'reading room' in Brussels. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-controversy-secret-trade-deal-can-only-be-read-secure-in-reading-room-in-brussels-10456206.html

'I've made £500,000 by building a third storey on my home'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11776649/Ive-made-500000-by-building-a-third-storey-on-my-home.html

Mini-review of self-employment in the UK. http://www.cobwebinfo.com/a-mini-review-of-self-employment-in-the-UK/

Official release: Policy paper. Consumer Rights Act 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consumer-rights-act-2015

14 questions to help you protect your data. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/14-questions-to-help-you-protect-your-data/

Top 5 car insurance lies. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/14/dodgy-dealings-here-are-the-top-5-car-insurance-lies-people-hav/

Rewards scheme turns local waste into plastic blocks for community projects. http://www.springwise.com/rewards-scheme-turns-local-waste-plastic-blocks-community-projects/

Real estate site helps house-hunters Airbnb before they buy. http://www.springwise.com/real-estate-agents-house-hunters-airbnb-buy/

14.08.2015: Right to Buy: 40% of homes sold under Government scheme are being let out privately. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/right-to-buy-40-of-homes-sold-under-government-scheme-are-being-let-out-privately-10454796.html

High Court backs licensing scheme for private landlords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/13/high-court-backs-licensing-scheme-for-private-landlords/

New record low of supply of homes for sale. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/13/new-record-low-for-supply-of-homes-for-sale/ Look on the bright side. It helps keep prices up. And layers upon layers of social misfits in work.

Fewer homes repossessed amid low mortgage rates. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33905314

Number of people evicted from rented homes has soared since housing benefit cuts began. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/number-of-people-evicted-from-rented-homes-has-soared-since-housing-benefit-cuts-began-10454150.html If only evictions were just linked to cuts in housing benefits; but I'm afraid that in recent years, they are more likely to be down to landlord greed.

Is your mobile phone provider lying about its coverage? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11801457/Revealed-is-your-mobile-provider-lying-about-its-phone-coverage.html Does this mean thieving mobile phone providers who have been lying about their coverage are going to give their customers their money back? And be prosecuted for fraud?

New: Ofcom mobile coverage checker. http://www.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage And why has it taken Ofcon so long to provide the public with a means of checking out the lying, thieving telecomms sectors' products?

Tourists risk high mobile bills, warns Citizens Advice. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33906215

Insurers warn of ghost brokers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33909656

Generation FEAR: Trust in people not to lie and rip us off collapses among the young. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3196287/Britain-s-cynical-generation-Trust-people-not-lie-rip-collapses-young.html#ixzz3iibeXxYD So much for the benefits of social media and the media generally. The internet. Recent governments. And responsible parenting. Now who's going to believe young entrepreneurs when they say, 'The cheque's in the post. Really it is.'?

5 improvements that can devalue your home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/13/five-improvements-that-can-devalue-your-home/

Digital dermatologist is a personal skincare advisor. http://www.springwise.com/digital-dermatologist-personal-skincare-advisor/

Mobile shopping app suggests weather-specific products. http://www.springwise.com/mobile-shopping-app-suggests-weather-specific-products/

Saltwater lamp could replace dangerous kerosene lights. http://www.springwise.com/saltwater-lamp-replace-dangerous-kerosene-lights/

Wait! Before you turn your hobby into a start-up.

How to do your own market research.

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13.08.2015: Late payments put a quarter of UK SMEs at risk of insolvency. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/late-payments-put-a-quarter-of-uk-smes-at-risk-of-insolvency/ 'Britain. The best place in the world to start a business.' Well. According to the Conservative regime and its cronies, that is. Especially in the run-up to the last election.

UK unemployment rises for second month in a row as wage growth suffers shock slowdown. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11798046/UK-jobs-growth-levelling-off-as-wage-growth-suffers-shock-slowdown.html There's nobody 'shocked' back here. Just as we were predicting, in fact. (Maybe it's a 'hiccup'?)

Business leaders question David Cameron's judgement over new role for Michelle Mone. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/11799126/Business-leaders-question-David-Camerons-judgement-over-new-role-for-Michelle-Mone.html

Morrison's new milk brand for farmers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/12/morrisons-launches-premium-milk-brand-to-aid-struggling-dairy-in/

Struggling dairy farmers scramble to sell milk directly to customers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11798433/Struggling-dairy-farmers-scramble-to-sell-milk-directly-to-customers.html

Elderly couple to lose home after being advised to 'borrow to invest'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11798145/Elderly-couple-to-lose-home-after-being-advised-to-borrow-to-invest.html

New PayPal card reader will enable small businesses to “trade anywhere”. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/new-paypal-card-reader-will-enable-small-businesses-to-trade-anywhere/

14 ways you're being ripped off at the airport. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11798251/14-ways-youre-being-ripped-off-at-the-airport.html

The world according to internet connection speeds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11798027/Mapped-The-world-according-to-Internet-connection-speeds.html

10 tasks to jumpstart a slow business. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/marketingadvertising/fl/10-Tasks-to-Jumpstart-a-Slow-Business.htm?utm_content=20150812&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=list_sbinformation

Billboard evolves based on passerby reaction. http://www.springwise.com/london-billboard-designed-computer/

Bike lock requires cyclists to take a breathalyzer test. http://www.springwise.com/bike-lock-requires-cyclists-breathalyzer-test/

Sweat-sensitive textile coating shows wearer’s hydration levels. http://www.springwise.com/sweat-sensitive-textile-coating-reveals-wearers-hydration-levels/ My brickie's had one of those for years.

12.08.2015: Homeowners hurry to re-mortgage ahead of rate rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33861279

New consumer complaints service launched. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/12/new-consumer-complaints-service-launched/ Nothing like a bit of 're-badging' to make it look as if the regime is doing something for the plebs - while its donors and sponsors continue their crooked activities with impunity.

Crunch time for mCommerce strategy as 96 per cent now browse via mobile. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/19595

Help to Buy and other state support built these housebuilders' bonuses. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/help-to-buy-and-other-state-support-built-these-housebuilders-bonuses-10449265.html Never have the Conservative regime's backers been more numerous.

Airbnb 'landlords' face a huge tax bill: Families who let out their spare room could be hit after website hands over details to Irish taxman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3193503/Airbnb-landlords-face-huge-tax-bill-crackdown-Ireland.html#ixzz3iVx2q9Iw

VAT revolt as thousands refuse to show boarding passes to airport shops. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11796026/VAT-revolt-as-thousands-refuse-to-show-boarding-passes-to-airport-shops.html Why are punters buying at airport shops, anyway? Boredom? Waiting for delayed flights due to striking French trade union thugs? It's not as if there are ever any bargains to be had.

Brits are worst in Europe for wasting food. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/12/brits-are-worst-in-europe-for-wasting-food/ Just think how many 'swarms' of refugees displaced by the Coalition of Evil that would feed! If not 'millions' of self-employed and home business 'entrepreneurs'.

Official release: Closed consultation: Purchasing goods and services: protection of small businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/purchasing-goods-and-services-protection-of-small-businesses

Once you declare yourself bankrupt, you're bankrupt for life. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/11/once-you-declare-yourself-bankrupt-you-re-bankrupt-for-life/

The Fixer: cash-flow crisis. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/11/the-fixer-cash-flow-crisis/

10 truths about Europe's refugee crisis. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/10/10-truths-about-europes-refugee-crisis

Commuting from Barcelona: a London worker who makes it pay. http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/11/commuting-from-barcelona-a-london-worker-who-makes-it-pay

Windows 10: broken update forces some users into endless reboot loop. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/11/windows-10-broken-update-endless-reboot-loop

Amsterdam scheme lets visitors hitchhike on the back of locals’ bicycles. http://www.springwise.com/amsterdam-scheme-lets-visitors-hitchhike-locals-bicycles/ Let's hope the idea doesn't catch on in France or taxi drivers will be out on strike again. And railway staff. And air traffic controllers. And ferry staff.

How much spare cash do you need to be happy? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/11/how-much-spare-cash-do-you-need-to-be-happy/ The regime will be grabbing that, then. If a cashless society isn't thrust upon us first. In which case, there won't be any 'spare' cash left at all. Har! Har! Har! Doesn't THAT make you happy?

Why are Britons so bad at tipping? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/11794597/Why-are-Britons-so-bad-at-tipping.html 'Cos they ain't got no CASH! And those who have, are Scots.

The French are the world's worst tippers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/11/the-french-are-world-s-worst-tippers/ That's because they've got even less cash than the Brits. All their spare shekels go on sustaining 5 million non-working parasite-fonctionnaires, trade union thugs and Israeli terrorists.

11.08.2015: Homeowners must prepare now for an interest rate rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33786528

Britain to become a 'nation of shopkeepers again', ministers pledge. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/11795160/Britain-to-become-a-nation-of-shopkeepers-again-ministers-pledge.html According to Conservative regime pre-election propaganda, wasn't Britain a 'nation of shopkeepers' already? And a 'nation of entrepreneurs'? And a 'nation of homeowners'. (Once.)

Supermarket turmoil causes UK plc profits plunge. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11792923/Supermarket-turmoil-causes-UK-plc-profits-plunge.html Ah. They mean THIS kind of 'nation of shopkeepers.' Late payers. Screwing and bankrupting small suppliers. Importers of slave labour produce and goods. Friends of Israeli terrorists.

British farm produce could soon disappear from supermarkets. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/british-farm-produce-could-soon-disappear-from-uk-supermarkets-if-retailers-keep-driving-down-prices-says-union-president-10449143.html To be replaced by imports from the Terrorist State of Israel.

Illegal immigration: Minister pledges crackdown on 'rogue employers'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33844047 That's no way for the regime to talk about its loyal, hardcore supporters, voters and party donors!

Lithuanian migrants trafficked to UK egg farms sue 'worst gangmaster ever'. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/10/lithuanian-migrants-chicken-catchers-trafficked-uk-egg-farms-sue-worst-gangmaster-ever Ah, yes, here we go. 'Major donors to the Conservative regime.' (No. Not the Lithuanians.)

Ultimo founder Michelle Mone to lead entrepreneurship review. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33856079 The regime's latest appointment (in a long line of appointments) of an 'entrepreneur/small business guru.' We're not quite sure where all the others no-one has heard of have got to, but on this occasion, there should be some empathy with Wankminster's politicians at the very least. The lady in question has built her business on handling tits.

HMRC set to take Chancellor's lead & propose changes to IR35. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/hmrc-set-to-take-chancellors-lead-propose-changes-to-ir35/

Official press release: Restrictions lifted on invoice finance to help small firms grow. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/restrictions-lifted-on-invoice-finance-to-help-small-firms-grow

Unfair contract terms guidance published. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-updates-guidance-on-unfair-contract-terms The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published guidance documents to help traders comply with forthcoming changes to unfair contract terms legislation. The changes will take effect from 1st October 2015, when the remaining provisions of the Consumer Rights Act come into force. The new guidance provides traders with information about understanding what makes terms and notices unfair, what risks they can face when using unfair wording, and tips about ensuring terms and notices are fair and clear. The documents range in length from a single-page flowchart to help decide whether a contract term is unfair to a 144-page 'long' guide that explains the changes to the legislation in detail. (EnterpriseQuest)

Distance selling rules removed from advertising codes. https://www.cap.org.uk/News-reports/Media-Centre/2015/CAP-and-BCAP-to-remove-distance-selling-rules.aspx The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) have announced that distance selling rules will be removed from the CAP code for non-broadcast advertising and the BCAP code for broadcast advertising. The announcement follows a consultation which was held by CAP and BCAP in November 2014. The changes to the advertising codes mean the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will no longer investigate complaints about distance selling, but any complaints they do receive will be referred to the relevant trading standards authority. (EnterpriseQuest)

Referrals for bank-jilted small firms still conspicuously absent. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11787286/Referrals-for-bank-jilted-small-firms-still-conspicuously-absent.html

Firm that promised to block nuisance calls fined for 'bullying'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33853299

Why you should NEVER put your phone number on Facebook. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3192543/Why-NEVER-phone-number-Facebook-profile.html Is it only Arsebook users who are so stupid that they have to be told the obvious?

Scamwatch: bogus summer events. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/10/scamwatch-bogus-summer-events/

UK nightclubs closing at alarming rate. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/33713015/uk-nightclubs-closing-at-alarming-rate-industry-figures-suggest

England's 15 least-visited tourist attractions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11119470/Englands-least-visited-attractions.html

Why formal partnership agreements protect a business if partners fall out. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/why-formal-partnership-agreements-protect-a-business-if-partners-fall-out/

Content marketing: understanding the why and the how. http://marketing.about.com/od/strategytutorials/a/contentmarketing.htm?utm_content=20150810&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=

Braille smartwatch won’t replace e-readers but it does tell the time brilliantly. http://www.springwise.com/braille-smartwatch-replace-e-readers-time-brilliantly/

Dating site makes members promise to be faithful. http://www.springwise.com/dating-site-members-promise-faithful/

Dating app only hosts photos from the last six hours. http://www.springwise.com/honest-dating-app-hosts-photos-hours/

Social media addicts are more likely to feel inferior. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3192512/Generation-fail-Social-media-addicts-likely-feel-like-failures-comes-careers-looks.html That's because they ARE inferior.

10.08.2015: UK bank customers are in line for a '£33 BILLION windfall' after a landmark court ruling exposed a new mis-selling scandal 'bigger than PPI'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3191237/UK-bank-customers-line-33BILLION-windfall-landmark-court-ruling-exposed-new-finance-product-mis-selling-scandal.html#ixzz3iKw4tk1i Even more knighthoods and peerages for the banking industry's crooks, then?

Exposed: the rip-off investment 'advisers’ who cost British expats billions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11726158/Exposed-the-rip-off-investment-advisers-who-cost-British-expats-billions.html Just like home, eh?

EXCLUSIVE: Britain could win millions by suing France over Calais migrant crisis. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/597043/Calais-migrant-crisis-britain-win-million-sue-French-government The so-called 'Calais migrant crisis' is not the issue here. What is relevant is that British firms (any EU firms) should be able to sue the French government - as we have been saying - for failing to maintain law and order and consequential loss of livelihood. Which is the case just about every time French trade union thugs go on strike and which has been happening for far longer than any 'migrant crisis'. A fact which has been escaping the British media for just as long, peering as they do, up each others' arseholes for the same hate-preaching fairy tales every day.

Charts of asylum seekers actually coming to the UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/how-many-asylum-seekers-are-really-coming-to-the-uk-as-european-migrant-crisis-continues-10446622.html Can't be having this! It could put Ingerlandt's criminal, hate-preaching, Israeli/American propaganda out of business.

More UK media crap here: http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

Britain's beer boom. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/597025/Britain-beer-boom-jobs-economy-boost-three-breweries-every-week Now all we have to do is to persuade Ingerlandt's tabloid-readers to partake of their nation's excellence. And not just buy Australian, French and Belgian piss purely to get bladdered on the cheap.

Why you should wear out everything you own.

How to promote your business brand with webinars.

How to increase sales with webinars. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/Webinar-Marketing/fl/How-to-Increase-Sales-with-Webinars.htm?utm_content=20150809&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness

London Marathon results in question. http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/33836491?foo=bar& ALL 'big' sport results are in question, going back to the days of ancient Greece and the first Olympics. We've been saying it for years. IF world class sports really want to start again with a clean slate, then everyone from bent governments to major sponsors, the IOC through to doping agencies, need to be brought under the spotlight for some truly independent interrogation.

The problem is, that's never going to happen or, if we follow USADA's (United States Approved Dopers' Agency) theatrical Lance Armstrong 'investigation', it would mean the re-allocation of almost every medal the US - let alone the rest of the world - has ever won; $trillion-dollar lawsuits and damages; much less unfavourable publicity, with, heaven forbid, the world's criminal media itself being dragged into the mire for aiding and abetting. As if!!!

Lance Armstrong won a single, humble Olympic bronze medal. Plus a few Tours de France just like all his doped-up predecessors. Now imagine the American Feds having to cope with tens of thousands of gold, silver and bronze medals. And world championships. Just to confirm what every two-bit, local business knows as they struggle to find a few bob to sponsor a youngsters' football club or bike team. That the real liars, cheats and profiteers from doping are the worlds' sporting institutions - and Big Corp sponsors. As the rapidly growing sound of selective silence surrounding professional football, will testify.

09.08.2015: UK exports enjoy biggest rise in nearly a decade. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11789142/UK-exports-enjoy-biggest-rise-in-nearly-a-decade.html It's 'surprising' news like this which is prompting an investigation into the compilation of official statistics.

Household savings worth four times more than 1975. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/08/household-savings-worth-four-times-more-than-1975/ That's in today's bog-roll sterling terms, is it?

Rogue landlords and letting agents to get stiffer fines in rental market shakeup. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/08/rogue-landlords-letting-agents-fines-rental-market-

Carphone Warehouse hackers gain access to bank details of 2.4 million customers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/cpw/11791988/Carphone-Warehouse-hackers-gain-access-to-bank-details-of-2.4-million-customers.html

Flight delays compensation worth millions of pounds 'going unclaimed by travellers'. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/flight-delays-compensation-worth-millions-of-pounds-going-unclaimed-by-travellers-10446705.html

The airport VAT scam. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/retailers-told-to-come-clean-after-being-accused-of-pocketing-millions-from-vat-discounts-on-airport-dutyfree-sales-10446111.html

London's boom in menswear manufacturing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/fashion-and-style/11789835/Made-in-London-celebrating-the-capitals-boom-in-menswear-manufacturing.html

France fears baguette crisis as bakers allowed to take holidays. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11790985/France-fears-baguette-crisis-as-bakers-allowed-to-take-holidays.html My local French bakers have been taking holidays for generations. Perhaps they don't take any notice of the media?

The bargains Brits are Google searching for around the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/picture-galleries/11790169/Botox-beer-and-bowling-the-bargains-people-are-Google-searching-for-around-the-UK.html

Why we've forgotten how to knit - but can use wi-fi. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3189806/Why-ve-forgotten-knit-use-Wi-Fi-Study-reveals-20-traditional-skills-dying-world-technology-convenience.html Sadly, the majority of British dummies don't even know what wi-fi is, let alone understand how to use it. Otherwise, the country's telecomms scammers would have been out of business twenty years ago.

Scotland to ban GM crop growing. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33833958 Good for the Scots.

How to become an ethical gardener. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11780796/How-to-become-an-ethical-gardener.html Move to Scotland. Or risk the consequences of genetically mutilated fall-out affecting your produce.

Cold callers face ban on using 'unknown' phone number ruse. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3189841/Cold-caller-face-ban-using-unknown-phone-number-ruse-Spam-marketing-firms-forced-display-number-new-rules.html#ixzz3iF6o5uOm

CNET Community: how do you recover an accidentally deleted file? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497

7 small businesses you don't want to start.

10 of the most common business start-up mistakes.

Weekend Larf: Calais migrants foil £7 million tunnel security by guessing gate code. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/596946/calais-migrants-open-gate-home-office-bruno-noel That will have been a French installation, mind you. The only secure, 'gate' system manufactured by the French are automatic turnstiles destined for public urinals which freeze solid every time you put a token in them and are desperate for a piss!

On the other hand, I owe the Calais refugees an apology, having stated just a couple of days ago that they were destined only to serve tourists at tables. Clearly, they have significant hidden potential and could come in useful testing the UK banking industry's security which is currently being breached on an almost daily basis. Then, we could send in the drones and the bombers and destroy the neighbourhoods where taxpayer-spongeing bankers swarm, forcing them to leave the country to look for unskilled work elsewhere. Via the Mediterranean.

08.08.2015: Improving economic conditions drive multi-billion pound SME investment. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/improving-economic-conditions-drive-multi-billion-pound-sme-investment/

British High Street losing customers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/07/british-high-street-losing-customers/ According to most media reporting, British High Streets have been losing customers for so long, they should be deserts by now. And speaking of desserts . . .

Muller UK and Ireland cuts farmers milk price. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33816177

Summer time doesn’t need to be a shutdown period for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/summer-time-doesnt-need-to-be-a-shutdown-period-for-smes/ Well. Not UK SMEs, that is. Now, if we were to be talking about France, on the other hand . . .

Consumers don't trust big brands with their money. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/consumers-dont-trust-big-brands-with-their-money/

Cloud boosts business for UK start-ups. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/cloud-boosts-business-for-uk-start-ups/

'Rise' of the silver surfers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3187518/Rise-silver-surfers-One-seven-65s-use-social-media-sites-like-Facebook-Twitter.html I first saw this 'rise' in silver surfing being reported so many years ago that I can only conclude that someone is taking the piss.

Police treat 13-year-old budding 'entrepreneur' as a criminal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3187869/Police-followed-13-year-old-quizzed-helping-neighbour-garden-extra-pocket-money.html Commenting on the situation, a regime spokespersonneuterthing said, 'He should have applied for a Government Young Person's Start-Up Loan as what he was supposed to do.'

Most popular ways to make money from home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/07/most-popular-ways-to-make-money-from-home/ We've seen literaly hundreds of these selections in our 25 years of existence but rarely accompanied by as much honesty as this piece of research from GoCompare. It makes a pleasant change from the usual, happy-clappy propaganda about earning money/running a business from home from the regime's 'entrepreneurial' cronies.

Supermarket fuel price war looms. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/07/supermarket-fuel-price-war-looms/ Cue: thousands of motoring morons driving miles out of their way and impatiently running their engines in endless queues just to save 50p a tankful. Which was still half full before they began their quest for the latest saving.

Why mobile phones should be banned from restaurants. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelviews/11789830/Why-mobile-phones-should-be-banned-from-restaurants.html It's not the mobile phones which are the problem but the immature, self-centred slobs who use them without any consideration for the surroundings in which they find themselves. It's like smokers who protest about their rights being violated under smoking in public bans but don't spare a thought for their chemical attacks on the health of anyone else. (I think there should be an open season where anybody so inclined can thrust a burning, stinking bag of shit through any smokers' letterboxes whenever they please.)

Within a business environment, dummyphone zombies are the new 'public smokers' of today and their pig-ignorant, social inadequacy when there are other, normal, polite customers to heed and to serve means that on my patch at least, anyone chewing a piece of plastic automatically gets the bum's rush.

From car painters to hairdressers, Skills Olympics put Team UK to the test in Brazil contest. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/from-car-painters-to-hairdressers-skills-olympics-put-team-uk-to-the-test-in-brazil-contest-10446043.html

Tinder-style app is a local swap shop for unwanted goods. http://www.springwise.com/tinder-style-app-local-swap-shop-unwanted-goods/

App helps customers find local restaurants that share their values. http://www.springwise.com/app-helps-customers-find-local-restaurants-share-food-values/

Smart trashcan hybrid vacuums up dirt. http://www.springwise.com/smart-trashcan-hybrid-vacuums-dirt-front/

07.08.2015: UK industrial output falls in June. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33803320 Not to worry. 'Da PM' has ordered another 12 months of illegal invasion and bombing of the Syrian civilian population which at £10 - £20 million a week, should help the UK murder sector's output at the very least.

Building projects under threat from shortage of construction workers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/constructionandproperty/11788228/Building-projects-under-threat-from-shortage-of-construction-workers.html Despite all the predictions to the contrary by the UK's hate-preaching media, the majority of 'Poland's plumbers' have now returned home or emigrated to Canada. So now who's going to get all the work done? It's all very well letting in a few thousand displaced refugees from Calais but, like British school and university leavers, they don't have many meaningful skills, other than for filling vacancies within the North African tourist industry. Which the French have f**cked up for them with assorted invasions, bombings and the Arab Spring.

UK High Street suffers worst summer for six years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11788357/UK-high-street-suffers-worst-summer-for-six-years.html But - consumers are spending their money in restaurants and bars, instead. (I must admit, there seem to be more English cowboy builders than ever taking their breakfasts at Wetherspoons' these days.)

Annual house price growth slows. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33800016 Well - it's either breakfast at Wetherspoons'. Or, paying off a mortgage. You can't have both.

Britons love smartphones and selfies. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33777168 Little things please little minds. No wonder Brits are the world's #1 target for crooks and scammers.

Pension scams are on the rise. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/07/pension-scams-are-on-the-rise-citizens-advice/

Double room offered for rent - complete with slave. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/06/double-room-offered-for-rent-complete-with-slave/

Apple Mac attacks 'trivial', claims security researcher. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33798303 Like Apple Mac users, then.

Sky under investigation for not letting customers cancel. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11787459/Sky-under-investigation-for-not-letting-customers-cancel.html

Official release: Compulsory country of origin marking: impact on UK business. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/compulsory-country-of-origin-marking-impact-on-uk-business

Who needs a book deal? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3186906/Former-businesswoman-one-Britain-s-bestselling-authors.html

Merchandise subscription business model for artists. http://www.springwise.com/merch-subscription-business-model-artists/

Stay in amazing locations around the world without paying a thing: Travel site lets you exchange your skills for a FREE room. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3186232/Stay-incredible-locations-world-without-paying-thing-Travel-site-lets-exchange-skills-FREE-room.html#ixzz3i3jkx8ve

Ultra reflective beer coaster protects nocturnal walkers. http://www.springwise.com/ultra-reflective-beer-coaster-protects-nocturnal-walkers/ Very handy during the tube strikes, as commuters pub-crawl their ways home.

06.08.2015: Global economic growth to slow. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33772947 Can anyone remind me when it was that it actually picked up? Apart from the business generated by the so-called 'arms industry' bombing more and more civilian targets every day?

UK growth slows in July as dominant services sector cools. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11784462/UK-growth-slows-in-July-as-dominant-services-sector-cools.html

Tube strike: Proof no one will actually ‘work from home’ during the Underground walkout. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tube-strike-proof-no-one-will-actually-work-from-home-during-the-underground-walkout-10440953.html A foregone conclusion, almost. Who wants to sit at home all day, trying to navigate Jumping Jack Shite websites with 'broadband' dial-up connection speeds?

‘Mumpreneurs’ generate £7bn for the UK economy. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/mumpreneurs-generate-7bn-for-the-uk-economy/
Prove it.

UK statistics review launched by Sir Charlie Bean. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33786956 This has got to be a laugh. 'Beancounter to investigate dodgy add-ups.' Etc, etc. Anyway, we all know that UK statistics are as bent as the Chilcot enquiry. Can't we spend our money on something else?

Official press release. Local areas get their say on Sunday trading. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-areas-get-their-say-on-sunday-trading

Official release. Open consultation. Devolving Sunday trading rules. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/devolving-sunday-trading-rules

The one chart that shows why the government wants to keep shops open for longer on Sundays. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/the-one-chart-that-shows-why-the-government-wants-to-keep-shops-open-longer-on-sundays-10440734.html

Russia introduces 'incinerate on site' law for banned EU food products. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/05/russia-incinerate-banned-eu-food-law-sanctions-putin How's this going to work, then? Are they going to start letting in French trade union thugs and criminals without visas to do the incinerating for them? For free.

Why a beer costs £1 in Portugal but £3 in Germany. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2015/aug/05/map-how-much-100-euros-buys-europe Because there are no French trade union thugs and criminals on the borders with Portugal.

Impossible to see if current account is good value. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/05/i/ That's the idea.

Debt management improving, Lloyds Bank survey shows. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/05/debt-management-improving-lloyds-bank-survey-shows/ That's NOT the idea.

Bikes and cars on borrowers' shopping lists, says Lloyds. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33771968

UK traditional tea sales in decline. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33788414

Nuisance call claim firm fined. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33788527

Police 'only investigate attempted burglaries at even-numbered homes'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11784254/Police-only-investigate-burglaries-at-even-numbered-homes.html Hasn't this been going on for years? Like motorway police playing 'snooker' with the colour of cars committing a moving traffic offence. Or not. Depending upon the order of the day. Giving them more time to ponce up for their next filming session.

The 5 best cities for rental growth. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11779075/Revealed-The-5-best-cities-for-growth-in-rents-over-the-last-year.html It's almost like trading in human misery.

OS X zero-day flaw: Mac owners having malicious software installed on Apple computers. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/os-x-zeroday-flaw-mac-owners-having-malicious-software-installed-on-apple-computers-10439705.html

EE recalls Power Bars after portable phone charger explodes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/11784975/ee-recalls-power-bars.html

Cloud boosts business for UK start-ups. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/cloud-boosts-business-for-uk-start-ups/

5 myths about web developers. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/five-myths-about-web-developers/

Cheapest web hosting. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/webhosting/tp/Cheapest-Web-Hosting.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150804

Hostgator web hosting review. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/webhosting/fl/HostGator-Web-Hosting-Review.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150804

e-paper road signs. http://www.springwise.com/sydneys-e-paper-road-signs-smart-energy-efficient/

App lets viewers legally share clips from their favorite TV shows. http://www.springwise.com/app-lets-viewers-legally-share-clips-favorite-tv-shows/

Premium, organic medical marijuana subscription delivery service. http://www.springwise.com/premium-organic-medical-marijuana-subscription-delivery-service/

Hack-proof biometric device could replace passwords. http://www.springwise.com/hack-proof-biometric-device-replace-passwords/

05.08.2015: Construction sector suffers first slowdown in three months. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11781918/Construction-sector-suffers-first-slowdown-in-three-months.html That's because of disruptions by striking French thugs affecting displaced refugees in Calais getting over the Channel fast enough to fuel demand for more houses.

Farmers in fresh protests over supermarket milk prices. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33777075

First-time house buyers 'need to double salary'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/04/first-time-house-buyers-need-to-double-salary/

HMRC is taking 20pc longer to look into your tax affairs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11782271/HMRC-is-taking-20pc-longer-to-look-into-your-tax-affairs.html They'll be getting performance bonuses and knighthoods, then.

Corporate vampires have tried to suck $4 billion out of Romania, and with TTIP the UK could be next. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/corporate-vampires-have-tried-to-suck-4-billion-out-of-romania-and-with-ttip-the-uk-could-be-next-10435975.html That's why we've got a government of suckers already in attendance.

Hackers target internet address bug to disrupt sites. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33764155

'Upgrade to superfast broadband? That'll be £2,323'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11782490/Upgrade-to-superfast-broadband-Thatll-be-2323.html

New Inheritance Tax perk; the seven key questions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11779932/New-inheritance-tax-perk-the-seven-key-questions.html

The worst things to buy online. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/04/the-worst-things-to-buy-online/

When a brothel spills over into your mother's garden. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/04/brothel-mother-men

The five secrets to saving money on almost anything. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/08/04/the-five-secrets-to-saving-money-on-almost-anything/

Startup helps banks take payment via any social media. http://www.springwise.com/startup-helps-banks-payment-social-media/

04.08.2015: SME confidence in the economy continues to rise. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/sme-confidence-in-the-economy-continues-to-rise/

What is TTIP and why should we be angry about it? http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/aug/03/ttip-what-why-angry-transatlantic-trade-investment-partnership-guide A bit late now. Wankminster's fags have already committed treason and voted for the deal.

Financial advisers under scrutiny. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33756470

Public sector workers must have fluent English. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-33750709 Does that mean all those Scots the English simply cannot understand (especially over the 'phone), are going to get the sack?

The internet of things: the smart home and a data underclass. http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2015/aug/03/smart-home-data-underclass-internet-of-things Or, the latest global scam with full, official backing.

New measures for childcare providers in England. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/childcare-measures-small-business-enterprise-employment-act From January 2016, all childminders in England will be able to operate from non-domestic premises for up to half the time they have children in their care. This would enable a childminder to work with a school to provide care before or after school and still remain registered as a childminder, as long they have received approval from Ofsted or a childminding agency. The measure was introduced under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 following a consultation in February 2014. Under the Act, all childcare providers and childminders in England who operate from multiple premises will also be able to make a single registration application to Ofsted or their childminder agency, and will be able to add additional premises to an existing registration without completing a separate application. (EnterpriseQuest)

Consultation on food hygiene for mobile traders in Scotland. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/07/8388 A consultation has been launched by the Scottish Government about amendments to the Mobile Traders Food Hygiene National Standards. Under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, mobile food traders have been required to obtain a certificate of compliance from any food authority (such as a local authority) when applying for a street trader’s licence. Under the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, mobile food traders will now be required to obtain a certificate of compliance from the food authority in the area the trader is registered. The Mobile Traders Food Hygiene National Standards have been developed to support this change and provide consistency and transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation and enforcement of food hygiene regulations. This consultation closes on 19th October 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)

5 reasons to get your Self Assessment sorted this summer – and avoid a January hangover. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/5-reasons-to-get-your-self-assessment-sorted-this-summer-and-avoid-a-january-hangover/

Western sanctions are hitting Russia harder than anyone realised. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11780708/Western-sanctions-are-hitting-Russia-harder-than-anyone-realised.html I can't say I've noticed hundreds of miles of lorries in Russia at a standstill for weeks as on both sides of The Channel, causing hundreds of millions of euros of lost business every day? And Russian farmers protesting at not being able to sell their produce if not at the right 'inflated' prices, then not at all. If these are sanctions which are hitting Russia hard then Vlad The Bad must be pissing himself with laughter that Europe has the French 'on their side'. (And have they paid the $1billion+ in compensation yet for the Mistral aircraft carriers contract they reneged on? Plus the cost of millions of euros a month to the French (EU) taxpayer simply for maintaining the ships, as there do not seem to be any alternative buyers for them? Meaning that it would be cheaper to sink them than to keep them afloat. Or, a bit like the EU's leper - French - economy, in other words.)

How good is a cheap smartphone? http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33757083

The chic interiors hidden inside Britain's drabbest council houses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3183736/Gleaming-kitchens-period-fireplaces-designer-wallpaper-New-book-reveals-surprisingly-chic-interiors-hidden-inside-Britain-s-drabbest-council-houses.html No home offices then?

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The world's first luxury dogfood truck. http://www.springwise.com/worlds-luxury-dog-food-food-truck/

Holiday resorts ruined by Britons. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/spain/10997602/Holiday-resorts-ruined-by-Britons.html 'Swarms' of holidaymaking Brits, eh? Actually, to be fair to the 'British' it would be more accurate to say the 'English'.

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.

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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/

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

Len Tondel



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