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LATEST! 31.08.2016
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (July 2016) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st August 2016

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

31.08.2016: UK consumer confidence 'improves in August'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37221475

Mortgage approvals at lowest level since January 2015. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/30/mortgage-approvals-at-lowest-level-since-january-2015/

UK house price growth sees slight pick-up, Nationwide says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37228736 One gets the impression the housing market doesn't know if it's coming or going at the moment.

Letting agents report largest number of properties on books this year. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/30/letting-agents-report-largest-number-of-properties-on-books-this-year/

Debt woes 'weigh heavily' on young people, survey finds. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37213026 Does that mean they'll be getting rid of their dummyphones, playstations, take-aways, getting pissed every night and re-launch themselves with a 'young entrepreneur's' start-up loan, instead?

Freelancers unaware of HMRC's Making Tax Digital plans. Freelancers and micro business owners need more information and guidance on HMRC's plans to make tax digital, according to new research by FreeAgent. The research found that 43% of micro business owners do not know what the Making Tax Digital initiative is or what the implications will be for their firm. The research also revealed that of the respondents who knew about the Making Tax Digital reforms, 86% believe they have not been provided with enough information about the plans. However, 45% of business owners who knew about the reforms said they believe the plans would make running a business easier, while 20% said they feel digital tax would make running a business harder.

HMRC is running a series of free events and webinars throughout September 2016 which business owners can attend to learn more about the Making Tax Digital reforms.

For further information, go to: https://www.accountancyage.com/2016/08/23/micro-businesses-want-more-clarity-about-hmrcs-digital-tax-plans/

To read more about HMRC's Making Tax Digital events, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/webinars-and-events-for-making-tax-digital

New consumer protection enforcement guidance. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published new guidance on its consumer protection enforcement powers. 'Consumer Protection: Enforcement Guidance' (CMA58) consolidates and replaces 'Consumer Protection: Guidance on the CMA's Approach to Use of its Consumer Powers' (CMA7) and 'Enforcement of Consumer Protection Legislation' (OFT512). It explains the CMA's consumer powers and functions, approach to compliance and enforcement, and use of civil and criminal enforcement powers. A summary of responses to the CMA consultation on a draft version of CMA58, which closed in July 2016, has also been released. The CMA is advising business owners to familiarise themselves with the new enforcement guidance to ensure that they are compliant with consumer law.

The new guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consumer-protection-enforcement-guidance-cma58

The summary of consultation responses is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/cmas-consumer-powers-updated-guidance

Apple should repay Ireland 13bn euros, European Commission rules. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37220799 'Should' and 'will' aren't the same thing; the Americans are notorious for either breaking or ignoring international law. Spokesmen for American terrorism have already whinged that the Apple ruling is 'unfair' and a 'cheap money grab'. Not like the 50 countries murderously attacked for profit by the US since the Second World War alone, then?

Nonetheless, with the help of Little Ingerlandt's political fags and hate-preaching, terrorist propaganda, they will be hoping to get away with it once again, leaving it to millions of hard-working people who can't even justify a dummyphone, to pick up American parasites' bills for them.

France demands an end to TTIP talks. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/aug/30/france-demands-end-to-ttip-trade-talks-matthias-fekl

Farmers could get helping hand from grocery watchdog. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/08/30/farmers-could-get-helping-hand-from-grocery-watchdog/

Revealed: The best - and worst - times to call HMRC. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/return/revealed-the-best---and-worst---times-to-call-hmrc/

30.08.2016: Tax burden on 'average household' will reach '£825,000' over a lifetime. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/28/tax-burden-on-average-household-will-reach-825000-over-a-lifetime/ That's a lot of money to subsidise American-led terrorism, Big Corp and the banks.

Bookings down for terror-hit tourist countries. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37196659 I suppose American, British and French terrorist withdrawals aren't being considered just yet?

Bank holiday shopper footfall 'down 4%'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37212179

90pc of bank customers unaware their income details are tracked and shared - and it's legal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/current-accounts/90pc-of-bank-customers-unaware-their-income-details-are-tracked/ Amazing how many things Dummyphone Man isn't aware of, eh?

Payday lenders 'trapping people with loans they cannot afford'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/28/payday-lenders-trapping-people-with-loans-they-cannot-afford/ Just like credit card companies and the banks, then?

Paper tickets could be a thing of the past as trains charge passengers by detecting their smartphones and deducting fares. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/29/paper-tickets-could-be-a-thing-of-the-past-as-trains-charge-pass/ Now there's a handy little distraction from rail operators who don't care about their passengers. I suppose affordability, punctuality, cleanliness, comfort and safety don't fit on dummyphones?

British designers are adding innovative new shapes to the ancient craft of weaving. http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/home-garden/interiors/design-news/interiors-trends-british-designers-add-innovative-new-shapes-to-the-ancient-craft-of-weaving-a104016.html

29.08.2016: Nuisance calls: Which? says company bosses should be liable. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37205004

Sir Richard Branson 'should lose knighthood' - John McDonnell. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37208527 With ex-pats standing to increasingly lose out on their fully paid-up British pensions, it's perhaps 'fair' to hear calls for Branston to find himself in the same pickle as everyone else. Especially Virgin rail travellers.

Should you overpay your mortgage? http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/28/should-you-overpay-your-mortgage/

'Property a better bet than pensions', says Bank of England chief economist. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/28/property-a-better-bet-than-pensions-says-bank-of-england-chief-e/ I think this has been common knowledge for many years as the regime's pensions raids became increasingly evident and interest on savings plummeted to all-time lows. The only problem with property is affordability - 5 million self-employed entrepreneurs on less than the 'national minimum wage'; and any first-time buyer, especially under the age of 35 trying to get by on wages pegged at destitute refugee levels.

Scamwatch: new cash machine con. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/28/scamwatch-new-cash-machine-con/

Effective Business Email Etiquette. https://www.thebalance.com/effective-business-email-etiquette-2533710

5 Famous Entrepreneurs Who Started Late in Life. https://www.thebalance.com/entrepreneurs-who-started-late-1200956?utm_content=7461269&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Plumber's unusual van is marketing genius. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/28/plumbers-unusual-van-is-marketing-genius/

28.08.2016: Isa savings at new record high, says HMRC. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37193801 I'm not sure why the HMRC should be crowing about the public's take-up of ISAs? Is it because the regime's much-trumpeted Help To Buy ISA - and very much a part of ISA savings' 'new record high' has just been exposed as a scam and a bit of positive publicity is urgently required?

'Why should I pay £25 to get my Easyjet flight delay complaint resolved?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/why-should-i-pay-25-to-get-my-easyjet-flight-delay-complaint-res/

Ten easy ways to save on broadband and TV. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/26/ten-easy-ways-to-save-on-broadband-and-tv/

The 3 Essential Criteria for a Successful Startup. https://www.thebalance.com/the-3-essential-criteria-for-a-successful-startup-1201059?utm_content=7461234&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

On-demand storage service will pick up anything. http://www.springwise.com/demand-storage-service-will-pick-anything/?utm_campaign=494916_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-25&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,ALVO,2V1FMX,10OXS,1

Navigation app uses tips from locals. http://www.springwise.com/navigation-app-uses-tips-locals/?utm_campaign=496394_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-26&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AN0Q,2V1FMX,10TKD,1 Like professional drivers have been using for donkeys' years before twatnav came along?

Insurance for drone flights. http://www.springwise.com/insurance-drone-flights/?utm_campaign=494916_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-25&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,ALVO,2V1FMX,10OXS,1

New ink lets printed photos produce energy. http://www.springwise.com/new-ink-lets-printed-photos-produce-energy/?utm_campaign=494916_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-25&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,ALVO,2V1FMX,10OXS,1

27.08.2016: Consumers are spending, but it doesn't change the fact that there will be an economic price to pay for Brexit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/consumers-are-spending-but-it-doesnt-change-the-fact-that-there-will-be-an-economic-price-to-pay-for-a7211751.html Well: consumers are spending money which they haven't got, in other words.

Brexit shock fades as consumer confidence jumps at highest rate in three years. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/brexit-uk-consumer-confidence-higher-jumps-three-years-shopping-a7210751.html Sadly, it's misinformed, misguided consumer 'confidence' which got the country into its present mess in the first place. Much aided by crooked, fagging politicians and Big Corp, admittedly.

WhatsApp to be investigated by the UK's data watchdog after revealing plans to share user phone numbers with Facebook. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3760146/WhatsApp-investigated-UK-s-data-watchdog-revealing-plans-share-user-phone-numbers-Facebook.html Translation: Little Ingerlandt's data lapdog aims to continue licking American arse.

We can't live on £50,000: Middle-class families with an enviable household income explain why they are BROKE and are forced to borrow from family, buy supermarket clothes and holiday in the UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3759081/Why-families-earning-50-000-broke-end-month-figures-say-couldn-t-pay-unexpected-bill-500-four-explain-money-goes.html There could be an entrepreneurial opening here for refugees to teach our poor luvvies how to get by . . . We could start by bombing homes and torching cars which would immediately get rid of half their debt, for example. Then, force everyone to swim the Mediterranean in a heavy storm which at the very least, should do away with gym fees. In fact, the possibilities are endless.

Interior design school: a five-day crash course in lighting, materials and colours - here's what you need to know. http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/home-garden/interiors/interior-design-school-a-fiveday-crash-course-in-lighting-materials-and-colours-heres-what-you-need-a103806.html

The woman who kills dealers for a living. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37172002

Sir Richard Branson 'thought he would die' in bike crash. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37198354 Time to man up, Mr Branson. Professional bike riders take knocks a lot worse than that on a regular basis, especially in races organised by the French. Or was this just a publicity stunt to suggest that even Virgin trains aren't as bad as going out on your bike? Even if you have paid for a seat but have to sit on the floor or stand instead, which would normally get you arrested if it was any other industry?

France burkini: Highest court suspends ban. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37198479 I knew it. They were starting to worry about losing too much business to Skeggy - as we suggested a couple of days ago.

Lake District walkers who rely on smartphones rather than maps blamed for record mountain rescue call-outs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/26/lake-district-walkers-who-rely-on-smart-phones-rather-than-maps/ The problem is that the average moron who owns a dummyphone doesn't know what a map is and then, can't read one even if they do.

Woman dies descending Snowdonian peak after husband used smartphone app to navigate instead of a map. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/25/woman-dies-descending-snowdonia-after-using-smartphone-app-to-na/ It seems there could be a lot more mileage in banning dummyphones from tourist destinations instead of burkinis?

7 Ways to Come Up with a Winning Business Idea. https://www.thebalance.com/create-winning-business-ideas-2947249?utm_content=7440065&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Ways to Make Sure Customers & Clients Pay What They Owe. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-bill-a-customer-2948033?utm_content=7440065&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

P2P home cooking startup treats workers fairly. http://www.springwise.com/p2p-home-cooking-startup-treats-workers-fairly/?utm_campaign=493441_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-24&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AKQP,2V1FMX,10K3L,1

Customized content delivered through bot messaging. http://www.springwise.com/customized-content-delivered-bot-messaging/?utm_campaign=493441_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-24&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AKQP,2V1FMX,10K3L,1

Social network helps hospital-bound patients make friends. http://www.springwise.com/social-network-helps-hospital-bound-patients-make-friends/?utm_campaign=493441_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-24&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AKQP,2V1FMX,10K3L,1

26.08.2016: Theresa May says Brexit can boost UK tourism as she encourages families to go on 'staycations'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/25/theresa-may-says-brexit-can-boost-uk-tourism-as-she-encourages-f/ We'll be seeing our politicians - including Theresa May - lead by example, then? Some time in the future?

The price of your bacon butty is set to soar - and it's all Brexit's fault. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/price-your-bacon-butty-set-8704478 At least the Chinese have enough nouse to identify who in Europe produces quality meat - and it's certainly not the French!

EE mobile customers face increase in out-of-allowance charges. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/25/ee-mobile-customers-face-increase-in-outofallowance-charges/

WhatsApp users to receive adverts. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37184651

Social networks branded 'recruitment platforms' for terrorists in damning Parliament report. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/social-networks-branded-recruitment-platforms-8703728 Hardly surprising, coming as they do from the world's #1 terrorist state, the USA, and linked to everyone from war criminal politicians to their hate-preaching propaganda and every piece of social trash in between.

And the huge, 'silent majority' of decent, small businesses are supposed to rub shoulders with this filth?

Uber adds advance bookings in London. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37184648

Is a shortage of bricks killing British house building? Nonsense, say brickmakers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/08/25/is-a-shortage-of-bricks-killing-british-house-building-nonsense/

US criticises EU tax probes ahead of Apple ruling. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37179785 'Historically, it has always been the US which has stuck its lying, cheating, thieving, murdering terrorist snout into the affairs of other countires,' affirmed a spokesperson for the American regime. 'And that's the way we want it to stay.'

Of course, from the point of view of the vast majority of the EU's small businesses, once American Big Corp starts pulling its weight and paying its dues, there will at least be a (very) small slice of cake to go around for everyone.

UK's top 50 restaurants revealed - including a shipping container, tent and bicycle shop. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uks-top-50-restaurants-revealed-8701245

The seven secrets of a car-booting guru. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/24/the-seven-secrets-of-a-car-booting-guru/?cps=gravity_4103_637127716369426996

Five principles to achieve excellence in customer experience. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/five-principles-achieve-excellence-customer-experience/

How businesses can avoid running out of cash. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/avoid-running-out-cash/

101 Small Business Ideas to Inspire You to Start a Business. https://www.thebalance.com/small-business-ideas-2951453?utm_content=7439989&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Before You Buy Accounting Software for Your Small Business. https://www.thebalance.com/buying-accounting-software-2946951?utm_content=7439989&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Push a button for tech support. http://www.springwise.com/push-button-tech-support/?utm_campaign=490082_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AI5E,2V1FMX,109EE,1

Gallery shop in Chinese mall teaches woodworking. http://www.springwise.com/gallery-shop-chinese-mall-teaches-woodworking/?utm_campaign=490082_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AI5E,2V1FMX,109EE,1

Batteries that dissolve in water. http://www.springwise.com/batteries-dissolve-water/?utm_campaign=490082_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AI5E,2V1FMX,109EE,1

Chatbot helps homeless youths apply for housing. http://www.springwise.com/homeless-housing-issues-turn-bot/?utm_campaign=491885_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AJJH,2V1FMX,10F84,1

One key to rule them all. http://www.springwise.com/one-key-rule/?utm_campaign=491885_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AJJH,2V1FMX,10F84,1

Innovation Culture Bulletin: Be nice to failure. http://www.springwise.com/innovation-culture-bulletin-nice-failure/?utm_campaign=491885_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-23&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AJJH,2V1FMX,10F84,1 What?! Even to English professional footballers? And banks? And politicians?

25.08.2016: SMEs wrote off £5.8 billion in debt in last financial year. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/uncategorized/smes-wrote-off-5-8-billion-debt-last-financial-year/ That's a lot of happy Tory party donors and voters!

The impact of Brexit on small businesses revealed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/impact-of-brexit-on-small-businesses/ Errr. Is that 5 as in five businesses, two of which are 'medium-sized'?

Why UK companies still face €20m fines over EU data protection legislation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uk-companies-still-face-e20m-fines-eu-data-protection-legislation/

Shoppers' credit card use unaffected by Brexit, say banks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37173229 Would the lying banks say anything else?

UK house prices: three-year forecast predicts price falls in 2017 - with recovery starting by 2018. http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/buying/uk-house-prices-postbrexit-votethreeyear-forecast-predicts-slowdown-in-2017-with-recovery-tipped-in-a103906.html

Number of new home builds 'to drop by 8% over Brexit uncertainty'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/24/number-of-new-home-builds-to-drop-by-8-over-brexit-uncertainty/ Plus all the skilled, East European labour is returning home, leaving behind nothing but English cowboys and eidelswine.

Google punishes sites with pop-up adverts. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37178470 Great news. Although they should also punish the sites which take significantly longer to load because of excessive advertising. That should shut down Little Ingerlandt's hate-preaching media overnight!

Apple and Netflix customers are being targeted in a fake invoice e-mail scam duping them into handing over their bank details. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-3755377/Alert-Apple-email-scam-scares-victims-thinking-used-bank-details.html

National Burger Day: 21 of the best burgers - candied bacon, duck, Japanese chicken and ice cream patties. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/national-burger-day-21-best-8697164 Ummm. Nice. And not a single crap, American chain-burger in sight.

Posted a searing TripAdvisor review? Could it get you sued? http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/24/posted-a-searing-tripadvisor-review-could-it-get-you-sued/

Britain's best-looking street food vans: which one gets your vote? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/features/britains-best-looking-street-food-vans-why-one-gets-your-vote/

'My job is to inspire people to tidy up'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37118485

Sydney's 'war on cyclists': 'I got fined $106 for not having a bell'. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/24/sydney-australia-war-cyclists-fines Now we know why those whingeing, shackle-dragging Ozzie Olympic cyclists couldn't beat the Brits!!! Har, har.

So come to Britain if you want to learn how to race a bike professionally and make loadsa money. Well. Spain or France. Even Italy. They're almost Britain, aren't they?

Woman forced to remove burkini on Nice beach by armed officers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/24/woman-forced-to-remove-burkini-on-nice-beach-while-another-given/ Only four, armed police officers v. a single, unarmed woman? I'm surprised they didn't send for reinforcements. Such small numbers of French police usually only take on 'terrorists' if they're cripples with their prosthetics removed. Although, we musn't be too critical or the French police federation will start blubbing and have another manif.

In the meantime, anyone wanting a normal holiday can find plenty of nice beaches and people in Britain. Skeggy (Skegness) is good. The locals are used to burks and there's never a policeman in sight.

France committed 2013 Ghouta chemical attack. https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrias-un-representative-france-committed-2013-ghouta-chemical-attack/ Ooops! How did that get in here?

24.08.2016: Small businesses ‘unsupported’ by banks. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/42911/

More than 1.5m UK households in extreme debt. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/1-5m-uk-households-extreme-debt/

Pound sterling slump after Brexit boosts tourist spending in UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-pound-sterling-economy-eu-referendum-effect-uk-tourism-spending-a7204811.html Not that having more £s to spend will actually buy you much more . . .

EU mocked for suggesting it 'won' the Olympics. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/22/eu-mocked-for-suggesting-it-won-the-olympics/ OMG. SHOCK! Oh, horror. Whatever next? Little Ingerlandt's offshore registered, hate-preaching media claiming gold medals won by 'British' athletes born abroad and residing and training in America? Or southern France? And MUSLIMS, of all things?

Of course, we're all in this together. (Except when it comes to selling ass-wipe propaganda.)

Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37164217 As one of the world's most highly over-rated (by the French) tourist destinations, this could be seen as a result which is long overdue - ignoring present excuses. Unless wading through dog shit and the homeless, getting mugged both inside shops and out and eating mediocre French fast food is your fancy. (One of the most comical whines being that Russian visitors are down by 35%. These being the same Russians who are currently the subject of a hate campaign, trade and sporting sanctions and other matters of callow French treachery, dishonesty and hypocrisy?)

Now - Yorkshire, on the other hand.

Burkini bans in France have sales of full-body swimsuit soaring, says designer. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/23/burkini-bans-in-france-have-sales-of-full-body-swimsuit-soaring-says-designer It's always the case with French political dross that whatever they say or do, it's the opposite which bears fruit. (Mind you - it's just the same with Little Ingerlandt's terrorist fags.)

Farmer stunned by record-breaking 'beast' of a black truffle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/23/farmer-stunned-by-record-15kg-black-truffle-beast/ If only Millennials could be trained to be as useful as this pooch. Good dongo!

This app wants to help you understand why people aren't responding to your emails. http://uk.businessinsider.com/respondable-app-helps-you-know-why-people-arent-responding-to-your-emails-2016-8 Because you're a lying, cheating American?

CNET Community: is there a way to trace my stolen laptop? https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/is-there-a-way-to-trace-my-stolen-laptop/?bhid=22951757626637189212880527427435&ftag=CAD5920658

How to Come Up With a Great Business Idea. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-come-up-with-a-great-business-idea-1200813?utm_content=7401253&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

What to Do When Your Business Fails Miserably. https://www.thebalance.com/what-to-do-when-your-business-fails-miserably-1200628?utm_content=7401253&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

20 Magic Phrases That Make Customers Buy. https://www.thebalance.com/retail-marketing-terms-2890015?utm_content=7401253&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

App lets hungry users order unsold restaurant meals for £3. http://www.springwise.com/app-lets-hungry-users-order-unsold-restaurant-meals-gbp-3/?utm_campaign=488606_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AH0E,2V1FMX,104HE,1 Just in time for Brexit!

Site lets anyone earn cash by being an amateur travel agent. http://www.springwise.com/site-lets-anyone-earn-cash-amateur-travel-agent/?utm_campaign=488606_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AH0E,2V1FMX,104HE,1

Nonprofit van picks up homeless individuals for paid work. http://www.springwise.com/nonprofit-van-picks-homeless-individuals-paid-work/?utm_campaign=488606_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AH0E,2V1FMX,104HE,1

23.08.2016: HMRC consults self-employed on tax reforms. From 2018, how everyone in business interacts with the tax system will change significantly. Digital record keeping using apps or software and providing regular quarterly updates to HMRC will become a central feature of the Making Tax Digital reforms, which were announced by the Government in December 2015. To support the changes, underlying tax rules will be simplified and free software and advice will be provided to small firms. HMRC is now consulting on how this digital tax system will work, and one particular consultation is aimed at the self-employed, landlords, and all businesses that are not limited companies. A separate consultation for companies will be announced later this year.

HMRC is also proposing that unincorporated businesses will be exempt from the obligation to keep digital records and report regularly to HMRC if their annual turnover is less than £10,000. It is seeking views as to whether or not this figure is an appropriate threshold and how the exemption should operate. The deadline for submitting responses to the consultation is 7 November 2016. (EnterpriseQuest)

Read more about the consultation for small firms and the self-employed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-tax-digital-for-business-an-overview-for-small-businesses-the-self-employed-and-smaller-landlords

And: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/545715/Making_Tax_Digital-Bringing_business_tax_into_the_digital_age-consultation.pdf

Micro-businesses need more clarity about UK’s tax digitisation plans. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/micro-businesses-need-clarity-uks-tax-digitisation-plans/

Tourism 'will hold up' after Brexit. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37155279 Despite the efforts of Britain's 'pretend' patriots, the offshore-registered hate-preaching media, where the usual, daily editorial shite is more than balanced by articles and advertising for holidays abroad.

Smaller firms take £4bn hit from suppliers. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/smaller-firms-take-4bn-hit-suppliers/

Debt judgments fall due to rising court fees. http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/court-fee-hikes-behind-fall-in-business-judgments/5057022.article A fall in the number of debt rulings against firms in England and Wales has been attributed to the soaring cost of court fees, according to the Registry Trust, which compiles statistics about court judgments. In the first half of 2016 there were 42,091 County Court judgments recorded against businesses, a fall of 19% year-on-year.

The number of High Court judgments in the first half of 2016 has also fallen by 50% in comparison with the same period in 2015. Wide-ranging changes to court fees were introduced in 2015 leading to increases in some fees of up to 620%. Registry Trust Chairman, Malcolm Hurlston, said that solicitors who had reported the introduction of significantly higher court fees as a reason for the drop in the number of judgments were correct. The Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, has also indicated that the changes have deterred smaller firms in particular from seeking justice. (EnterpriseQuest)

Contactless cards' popularity grows. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37153565 Who says? The UK Cards Association. No surprises there, then.

H0W VA1N: Britain is turning into a nation of show offs as the sale of personalised numberplates raises a record £102 million for the Treasury. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3752758/H0W-VA1N-Britain-turning-nation-offs-sale-personalised-numberplates-raises-record-102-million-Treasury.html One of the quickest ways of spotting a broke Brit: don't own their own homes; up to their necks in debt; log-book loan second-hand car; so all that's left to afford is a personalised number plate - which no-one can make head nor tail of.

The four stupid mistakes that increase our risk of online fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/22/the-four-stupid-mistakes-that-increase-our-risk-of-online-fraud/ Using the following: 1. The internet. 2. Dodgy internet connection. 3. Dummyphone. 4. Social media.

Scamwatch: pension frauds shut down. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/22/scamwatch-pension-frauds-shut-down/

UberEats to launch in Birmingham in expansion of food delivery efforts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/08/20/ubereats-to-launch-in-birmingham-in-expansion-of-food-delivery-e/

E-commerce tips: One web-portal or multiple websites? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/online-business/e-commerce-tips-one-web-portal-o?-multiple-websites/

22.08.2016: Brexit staycation boom is worth £1.4 BILLION: Huge boost to tourism in the UK after the pound fell following vote. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3751062/Brexit-staycation-boom-worth-1-4-BILLION-Huge-boost-tourism-UK-pound-fell-following-vote.html That's not a 'huge' boost at all; it's peanuts.

Donald Trump's companies 'at least $650m in debt'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-650-million-debt-limited-liability-companies-minority-stake-finance-business-property-a7201296.html He'll be all right in Little Ingerlandt, then! An immediate appointment as the regime's Enterprise Tsar. Followed by a slot on the panel of Dragons' Den.

50 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Small Business. https://www.thebalance.com/mistakes-that-will-kill-your-small-business-4006626?utm_content=7401138&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Sustainable travel platform is reinventing tourism. http://www.springwise.com/sustainable-travel-platform-reinventing-tourism/?utm_campaign=485606_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AEP2,2V1FMX,Z

Online store sells comics for the blind. http://www.springwise.com/online-store-sells-comics-blind/?utm_campaign=485606_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AEP2,2V1FMX,ZUXL,1

Washing machines help disadvantaged children stay in school. http://www.springwise.com/washing-machines-help-disadvantaged-children-stay-school/?utm_campaign=485606_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AEP2,2V1FMX,ZUXL,1

Mobile dentist is booked with an app. http://www.springwise.com/mobile-dentist-booked-app/?utm_campaign=487133_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-18&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AFVH,2V1FMX,ZZPK,1

Children’s artwork made into bespoke jewelry. http://www.springwise.com/childrens-artwork-made-bespoke-jewelry/?dm_i=3GJ2,AFVH,2V1FMX,ZZPK,1#8217;s|artwork|made|into|bespoke|jewelry|Fashion+%26amp%3B+Beauty|Style+%26amp%3B+Design

In Estonia, robotic storage tower puts an end to undelivered parcels. http://www.springwise.com/estonia-robotic-storage-tower-puts-end-undelivered-parcels/?utm_campaign=487133_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-18&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AFVH,2V1FMX,ZZPK,1

21.08.2016: Private landlords receive £9.3bn in housing benefit. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/20/private-landlords-receive-93bn-in-housing-benefit/ So much for Margaret Thatcher's Great British Dream of everyone becoming a homeowner. With near-zero interest rates, there's no point in saving up, either. And there's little point in working (or being a successful entrepreneur) because the regime will have 40% of what you do manage to make in Inheritance Tax (to fund terrorism and US Big Corp), leaving diddly squat to pass onto the youngsters.

Still. It could be worse. Just imagine Little Ingerlandt's 'swinish multitude' without dummyphones and a Sky subscription! Which is of course, what todays' politicians are banking on. Plus Britain's new breed of buy-to-let landlords. As up to their necks in debt as their tenants. Perfect Tory voting fodder.

Brexit latest: Number of house buyers looking for new homes falls to lowest level in 3 years. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-latest-house-market-buys-looking-for-new-homes-falls-lowest-level-3-years-a7199516.html

Families should only be able to watch one video online at a time under 'universal' broadband, BT suggests. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/19/families-should-only-be-able-to-watch-one-video-online-at-a-time/ I think that most of BT's (Bullshit Telecoms) customers would be happy to get 'universal' broadband which allows a single web page to download in under five minutes. (Or fifteen minutes if it's The Daily Mail.)

Smarter procurement could save UK SMEs £106bn. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/smarter-procurement-save-uk-smes-106bn/ Advertorial - although the point being made is perfectly valid, if somewhat dated. It makes you wonder what the countrys' SMEs are doing with their internet connections, dummyphones, apps and social media if they aren't collectively achieving these kinds of results already. Unless, like modern politicians, all they are doing is looking at porn. In which case, simply abandoning the internet would probably achieve those kinds of savings as well.

12 Low Cost Business Ideas You Can Launch This Weekend. https://www.thebalance.com/low-cost-business-ideas-1200809?utm_content=7389641&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

20.08.2016: Experts attack Government over Help to Buy Isa 'scandal'. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/19/experts-attack-government-over-help-to-buy-isa-scandal/ I'd have thought it was obvious from the outset that the regime's Help to Buy ISA was a scam. Apart from the nonsensical figures, it was being promoted by the country's hate-preaching propaganda.

The working renters whose homes are 'at risk'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37119403 Not to worry. I'm sure there are plenty of Tory donors who will be able to profit from the situation.

UK consumers overpay staggering £18.7bn on energy bills. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/uk-consumers-overpay-staggering-18-7bn-energy-bills/ Or, put another way, UK energy companies, aided and abetted by government and watchdogs, are allowed to overcharge consumers by a staggering £18.7 billion.

National Living Wage should be scrapped, think tank says. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/19/national-living-wage-should-be-scrapped-think-tank-says/ All in preparation for the full impact of Brexit - although if you are one of the UK's 5 million 'sef-employed entrepreneurs', you are lucky to get anything like a National Living Wage, anyway.

Don’t get burnt by HMRC when it comes to phoenixing. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/dont-get-burnt-hmrc-comes-phoenixing/

Millennials more likely to be influenced by parents than their friends. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/millenials-likely-influenced-parents-friends/ Not that millennials have got any real friends anyway; just click-fakes on social media.

Airports start exchanging less than one Euro for each Pound. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/airports-start-exchanging-less-one-euro-pound/ For travellers too stupid, lazy and desperate to change their money at The Post Office (for example) before they leave. (Or perhaps they don't have the right apps on their dummyphones?)

Travellers face huge fees for withdrawing cash abroad. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/19/travellers-face-huge-fees-for-withdrawing-cash-abroad/

Ten ways to prevent dark data accumulating in your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/ten-ways-prevent-dark-data-accumulating-business/

Bulk data collection by spy agencies has 'clear operational purpose'. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/19/bulk-data-collection-by-spy-agencies-has-clear-operational-purpose/ Of course, we can see from todays' events just how successful spy agencies have been at combatting terrorism and serious crime! Quite the contrary, in fact: the only thing the worlds' spy agencies have been successful at is raising their media profiles by talking wall-to-wall bollox.

In the meantime, I am sure the worlds' 'bulk data collection' sources - especially social media - have been amply rewarded for their efforts on behalf of international crime and terrorism.

Sweet smell of success: why British lavender is blooming indoors, too. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/interiors/home/sweet-smell-of-success-why-british-lavender-is-blooming-indoors/

Rio 2016: IOC president Thomas Bach condemns booing of French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016-ioc-president-thomas-bach-condemns-booing-of-french-pole-vaulter-renaud-lavillenie-a7195046.html And where do the IOC and blubbing French sportsmen stand on Anglo-Saxon athletes in the Tour de France being subjected not only to regular booing by the 'partisan' French crowds but being spat at, punched and having urine thrown over them? Or the campaign of hatred against Russian athletes who, according to WADA's (World Authorised Dopers' Agency) own statistics, have a lower percentage of test violations than the French (and sixteen other countries)? Or, from a more universal perspective, the criminal conduct of French strikers who not only 'boo' importers trying to trade with their country but empty their wagons, douse their produce or goods in petrol and then throw in a match. With full, French police protection. And the full political backing of their socio-fascist, terrorist regime.

Then again, the stench of hypocrisy, double standards, lying, cheating, doping, corruption and propaganda surrounding the Rio Olympics has been without parallel and deserves a 'gold' medal in its own right. Preferably, made of monkey metal.

US apologises for swimmers' 'unacceptable behaviour'. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37127499 Not like Americans (especially American sportsmen) to be lying, cowardly cheats! Ahem.

(Shame the Brazilians didn't take some blood samples and pass them on to an independent laboratory while they were about it: non-WADA, in other words.)

19.08.2016: Warm weather lifts retail sales in July. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37116279

The EE ‘perk’ that every mobile firm may have to offer in 10 months. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/bills-and-utilities/phone/the-ee-perk-that-every-mobile-firm-may-have-to-offer-in-10-month/

Good news, we're getting richer! The UK's net wealth rises to £8.8 TRILLION with each household worth an average of £378,000... but most of it's down to soaring property prices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3746990/Good-news-getting-richer-UK-s-net-wealth-rises-8-8TRILLION-household-worth-average-378-000-s-soaring-property-prices.html Of which the taxman will take 103% after household mortgage, loan and credit card repayments. Not to worry! The Brexit effect hasn't cut in yet, making everyone even richer.

How under-30s are ruining their credit score. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/18/how-under-30s-are-ruining-their-credit-score/

EU expats face pension freeze. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/18/eu-expats-face-pension-freeze/

Make a mint by selling hidden treasures online. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/17/make-a-mint-by-selling-hidden-treasures-online/

Shepherd chosen from hundreds to take tenancy of idyllic £1m coastal farm – for just £1 a year. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shepherd-chosen-hundreds-take-tenancy-8655276

18.08.2016: 7.6 million Britons now spend a quarter of their income paying debts. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/7-6-million-britons-now-spend-quarter-income-paying-debts/ Political party donors and American Big Corp will be pleased.

Tax avoidance: Accountants face tougher penalties. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37101020

Uber in English test legal challenge with London authorities. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-37103979

Forget the TTIP row, now the American TTP trade deal looks set for collapse. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ttip-american-ttp-trade-deal-bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-barack-obama-looks-set-for-a7194336.html It's really quite academic what one calls any new trade deals with the Americans: Little Ingerlandt has been up US Big Corps' assholes for so many years that our war criminal politicians have adapted to surviving without oxygen. It has been rumoured.

£4 million fund to attract international business events. https://www.visitbritain.org/visitbritain-launches-programme-boost-international-business-events-across-uk VisitBritain has launched a £4 million programme to attract more international business events to the UK. The four-year Event Support Programme is open to Destination Management Organisations (DMOs), as well as venues and event organisers who are collaborating with DMOs. Applicants can apply for a share of £1 million every year from 2016 to 2020. Funding is available for projects that attract international business events, grow the economic value of events or create new international business events. Organisations can also apply for non-financial support in the form of endorsements, such as letters of support and video messages from advocates including government ministers and UKTI. The programme is accepting applications and will close on 31 March 2020. (EnterpriseQuest)

Smart meter IT system delayed until autumn. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37102725

The Best Part Time Businesses. https://www.thebalance.com/the-best-part-time-businesses-2947947?utm_content=7389574&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

7 Small Businesses You Don't Want to Start. https://www.thebalance.com/worst-small-business-ideas-2947951?utm_content=7389574&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Connected clothing donates itself if not frequently worn. http://www.springwise.com/connected-clothing-donates-not-frequently-worn/?utm_campaign=484120_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,ADJS,2V1FMX,ZQBL,1

Phone call app lets contacts know when users have a spare minute. http://www.springwise.com/phone-call-app-lets-contacts-know-users-spare-minute/?utm_campaign=482449_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AC9D,2V1FMX,ZKVY,1

17.08.2016: Half of all businesses have written off bad debts, according to new survey. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/half-businesses-written-off-bad-debts-according-new-survey/ I'm surprised that's all it is, frankly.

Contractors may abandon public sector due to IR35 reforms. A survey by ContractorCalculator has revealed that 80% of contractors would refuse to accept public sector contracts in future if proposed reforms to IR35 rules are introduced. Under the proposals, liability for payment of the correct taxes will be transferred from contractors to the public sector organisations that engage them. As a result, many contractors will be obliged to become employees, and HMRC has estimated that the change to IR35 rules will lead to a £400 million increase in tax revenues. However, according to the results of the survey, forcing contractors to become employees could instead cost HMRC £115 million. Also, if contractors remain within IR35, they might have to raise their fees by around 30% to allow for the extra tax charges they would face, which could increase the cost of government contracts by more than £600 million.

Read more about the changes at: http://www.contractorcalculator.co.uk/ir35_reforms_decimate_government_projects_528910_news.aspx

And: http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/5019.shtml

Pound sterling continues decline against euro. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/pound-sterling-continues-decline-euro/ Surely that can't be true? After all, Little Ingerlandt's hate-preaching propaganda told us we would be FAR better off once we quit the EU!

Campaign of outrage to stop advertisers fund the UK's hate-preaching media. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/the-sun-daily-mail-advertisers-stop-funding-hate_uk_57ac4796e4b08ab70dc14989?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D1000574711_uk Even some of our members called our views a tad extreme when we first started referring to the UK's ass-wipe media as 'hate-preaching' - twenty years ago - but in recent years, the trend has reached crescendo-level. Sadly, since the internet and the dummyphone came along, a significant percentage of the public have forgotten that old saying - 'never believe what you read in the 'papers.' A view which couldn't be more true in this day and age; to which could be added - 'and what you see online.'

In the meantime, the best way to deal with this trash is to simply boycott ANY advertiser who appears in the hate-preaching media. For as long as the UK's present terrorist regime doesn't declare that to be 'anti-Semitic.'

What should never be forgotten is that the huge majority of the countrys' business interests take place face-to-face with individuals of all colours, races, religions, shapes and sizes. All these people are not only our customers but often, our neighbours and friends, as well. The daily attacks by callow, terrorist propagandascheisewriters totally removed from everyday realities, are equally attacks on OUR lives and livelehoods and on those of our families and friends. Such lying hate-preachers are no defenders of democracy nor freedom of expression, which, like sqealing pigs, they lay claim to. They are simply the media's sordid, subway drug-pushers and whores, muggers and pimps, ready to poison and destroy lives in obeisance to editors and owners who have even less moral and ethical fibre than they do.

(As not reported by the UK's hate-preaching propaganda.)

Theresa May 'reaffirms UK's commitment to strong relations with China'. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/16/theresa-may-reaffirms-uks-commitment-to-strong-relations-with-china/ That's good to know. It must be the twentieth 'commitment' to China (in between a similar number of 'commitments' to Russia) that I have seen since I first started doing business with the Chinese - thirty-five years ago.

UK house prices show £17,000 rise for June. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/16/uk-house-prices-show-17000-rise-for-june/ Yet only yesterday and for the past few weeks, reporting was suggesting that house prices had slowed, even gone down. Hard to say who to believe. Official propaganda. Paid-up propaganda. Or no-one at all.

Phones built for builders – are they tough enough? http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37089880

French tourist destinations defend burkini bans. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/16/burkini-ban-defended-as-french-mayors-urged-to-cool-local-tensions This kind of persecution is hardly surprising from the French. During the Second World War many of them even called their own resistance fighters 'terrorists', betraying them to the Nazis to be tortured and murdered. However, for would-be visitors to southern France, there are far worse threats awaiting tourists than local political pricks. For example: 1. Catching Zika. 2. Catching AIDS. 3. Getting mugged. 4. Rubbing shoulders with heavily indebted, credit-card posers. 5. Rubbing shoulders with wannabes displaying exceedingly bad taste. 6. Being seen in the vicinity of a mediocre, media personality and appearing in some online saddo's selfie. 7. Being caught on surveillance cameras alongside international criminals. 8. Getting caught up in local gang warfare. 9. Getting caught up in a French strike. 10. Not being able to find a decent cup of tea.

So, on balance, even Skeggy is a better bet than Cannes.

16.08.2016: Taxman accused of using small businesses as a 'cash cow' after unveiling 'draconian' penalty regime. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/15/taxman-accused-of-using-small-businesses-as-a-cash-cow-after-unv/ One continues to wait with baited breath for an original story from Ingerlandt's media.

Summer slowdown hits house prices, but number of rental properties booms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renting/summer-slowdown-hits-house-prices-but-number-of-rental-propertie/ Really? I must be living on a different planet.

Fly-tippers beware: Council plans to DNA test rubbish. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/15/fly-tippers-birmingham-council-plans-to-dna-test-rubbish/ Does this mean testing their own staff and contractors, as well?

CNET Community: are internet speed connection tests rigged? http://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/are-internet-speed-connection-tests-rigged/?ftag=CAD5920658&bhid=22951757626637189212880527427435 Are dummyphone zombies stupid enough to have believed otherwise?

The Best Business Opportunities 2016. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/businessideas/ss/The-Best-Business-Opportunities-2016.htm?utm_content=7340227&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Best Business Opportunities for Retirees. https://www.thebalance.com/best-business-opportunities-for-retirees-2948607?utm_content=7340227&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Don't Let Fear of Failure Stop You From Starting a Small Business. https://www.thebalance.com/starting-a-small-business-2948557?utm_content=7340227&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Travel site offers startup tours in Bangalore, India. http://www.springwise.com/travel-site-offers-startup-tours-bangalore-india/?utm_campaign=480983_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AB4N,2V1FMX,ZGH4,1

Carbon neutral, animal-free leather is grown from mushrooms. http://www.springwise.com/carbon-neutral-animal-free-leather-grown-mushrooms/?utm_campaign=480983_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AB4N,2V1FMX,ZGH4,1 Oh, my GOD!!! (Repeat four times.) So dummyphone-clutching millennials could be useful after all?

No frills hearing aid vibrates when it detects loud noises. http://www.springwise.com/no-frills-hearing-aid-vibrates-detects-loud-noises/?utm_campaign=480983_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AB4N,2V1FMX,ZGH4,1

Bikers avoid fines thanks to IoT bracelet. http://www.springwise.com/bikers-avoid-fines-thanks-iot-bracelet/?utm_campaign=480983_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,AB4N,2V1FMX,ZGH4,1

15.08.2016: Energy firms told to refund customers after gas meters mistake. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37079287 'Mistake'? What 'mistake'?

Shoppers wasting millions of pounds worth of food due to supermarkets' 'misleading' freezing instructions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/14/shoppers-wasting-millions-of-pounds-worth-of-food-due-to-superma/

Internet shoppers left fuming as 3.6million items bought online go missing. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/internet-shoppers-left-fuming-36million-8632229

How technology could revolutionise the future of renting. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/how-technology-could-revolutionise-the-future-of-renting-smart-meter-landlord-bills-a7182306.html In the meantime, 'future' landlords could simply go backwards in time, regularly visiting their tenants and giving something in return for the rent they receive. Instead of acting like dummyphone-enabled spivs with expensive, buy-to-let mortgages and letting agencies taking big chunks of profit from the working kitty which every business needs to help provide value-for-money.

UK's worst airports for delays revealed - but which is the top offender? http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/uks-worst-airports-delays-revealed-8633255 No surprises that Gatwick is the UK's airport #1 shitpit although all UK ports - not just airports - suffer from the same problems: crap American technology for processing passengers; totally inadequate numbers of immigration personnel actually manning desks; exaggerated security measures which would have no impact on any threat but are designed to cause maximum passenger disruption for maximum profit. All of which has a huge, detrimental effect before revolting French thugs from across the Channel wade in with their ha'penceworth.

14.08.2016: Post-Brexit funding gap for key EU-backed projects set to cost £4.5bn a year. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/12/postbrexit-funding-gap-for-key-eubacked-projects-set-to-cost-45bn-a-year-1/ So - with British taxpayers having to pick up the tab yet again, are we sure that the country did really vote for Brexit? Or was it another example of rigged, digital-dickery to provide the excuse for milking the public still further as economic doom continues to loom large?

London will remain global hub for international entrepreneurs post-Brexit. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/london-will-remain-global-hub-international-entrepreneurs-post-brexit/

Credit card debt: A survival guide. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/survival-guide-to-credit-card-debt-a7181691.html

STAYCATION SWINDLE! How hotels in Blackpool and Newquay are costlier than accommodation in Mauritius and the Maldives. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3737805/STAYCATION-SWINDLE-hotels-Blackpool-Newquay-costlier-accommodation-Jamaica-Maldives.html There are plenty of bargain stays to be had in Britain if one avoids the usual, 'swinish multitude' destinations - like Blackpool and Newquay. On the other hand, if the country's hate-preaching, pro-Brexit media hadn't persuaded its dumb readerships to vote 'out', none of this would be a problem now, would it? No more so than its daily terrorist newsfeeds which cause Brits to have the shits when thinking of holidaying abroad.

The four great holiday rip-offs: Now stealth tax rises, currency con tricks, car hire extras and credit card swindles are making foreign trips unaffordable for British families. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3737272/The-four-great-holiday-rip-offs-stealth-tax-rises-currency-tricks-car-hire-extras-credit-card-swindles-making-foreign-trips-unaffordable-British-families.html Oh, here we go, just a few lines further down . . . The flip side. (After waiting 15 minutes for the page to load with trash advertising first.)

Holiday shopping VAT adds £62 to travellers' bills - research. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/12/holiday-shopping-vat-adds-62-to-travellers-bills--research/

How to cut your inheritance tax bill. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/13/how-to-cut-your-inheritance-tax-bill/

Scamwatch: British Gas fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/13/scamwatch-british-gas-fraud/

Bacon is back for breakfast as Brits shrug off processed meat fears. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/13/bacon-is-back-for-breakfast-as-brits-shrug-off-processed-meat-fe/

Treasure hunters resume search for alleged Nazi gold train. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/12/nazi-gold-train-treasure-hunters-resume-search-poland It's been a very welcome boost to the local tourist industry, on the other hand.

13.08.2016: Construction in recession even before Brexit vote, official figures show. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/construction-in-recession-even-before-brexit-vote-official-figures-show-a7186486.html

London’s night-time economy could be worth £43bn and an extra 115,000 jobs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/londons-night-time-economy-worth-43bn-extra-115000-jobs/ So we are all going to be mugging, whoring and drug-dealing 'entrepreneurs' now, are we?

More than 50pc of challenges against the taxman succeed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/news/more-than-50pc-of-challenges-against-the-taxman-succeed/

Royal Mint sees surge in demand for gold bars and coins. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37059941

33 Ways to Use Technology In Your Small Business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/ecommerce/a/how-to-use-technology-in-your-small-business.htm?utm_content=7340214&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

12 Low-Cost Technology Solutions for Small Business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/ecommerce/tp/techsolutions.htm?utm_content=7340214&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

How Cloud Computing Can Help Your Home Business. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/Technical-Tips/fl/How-Cloud-Computing-Can-Help-Your-Home-Business.htm?utm_content=7340214&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Taxis with salvaged parts promote organ donation. http://www.springwise.com/taxis-salvaged-parts-promote-organ-donation/?utm_campaign=478103_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A8WN,2V1FMX,Z7JF,1

Uber for delivery costs less than express couriers. http://www.springwise.com/belgium-uber-delivery-costs-less-express-couriers/?utm_campaign=478103_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A8WN,2V1FMX,Z7JF,1

Improved skincare via real-time air pollution checks. http://www.springwise.com/improved-skincare-via-real-time-air-pollution-checks/?utm_campaign=478103_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A8WN,2V1FMX,Z7JF,1

Dynamic furniture design doubles home living space. http://www.springwise.com/dynamic-furniture-design-doubles-home-living-space/?utm_campaign=479456_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-11&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A9Y8,2V1FMX,ZBQB,1

Connected shirts change color with air pollution. http://www.springwise.com/connected-shirts-change-color-air-pollution/?utm_campaign=479456_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-11&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A9Y8,2V1FMX,ZBQB,1

12.08.2016: HMRC takes £50m in credit card fees on tax payments. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/return/hmrc-takes-55m-in-credit-card-fees/ That should help towards the cost of US Big Corps' tax-evasion!

KFC told to stop using chicken treated with antibiotics. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37038166 Under TTIP, antibiotic-contaminated American chickens will be sold in the colonies like Little Ingerlandt (just off Texas), instead.

REC calls for greater protections for 'gig workers'. http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/%E2%80%98harness-gig-economy
The legal status of 'gig workers' must be clarified so that business owners and self-employed workers can thrive, according to a new report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. Gig workers are freelancers that work on short-term projects via digital marketplaces such as Task Rabbit and Freelancer.com. The report, 'Gig economy - the uberisation of work' makes a series of recommendations to policymakers to ensure that the gig economy is fair to self-employed workers and employers. The recommendations include clarifying the legal and tax status of gig workers to ensure they get the same protections as other self-employed workers, working with organisations such as the Low Pay Commission to determine fair pay, and ensuring that the rules governing the recruitment industry also apply to digital work platforms. (EnterpriseQuest)

Hoax sends Twitter into panic as rumours say site will shut in 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/aug/11/hoax-twitter-panic-rumour-shut-2017 OMG (x 50.) Just think. Millions and millions of social and literary refugees placing a further burden on the worlds' economies!

5 Money Making, Recession Resistant Home Businesses. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/homebusinessprofiles/tp/recession-resistant-business.htm?utm_content=7312980&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

15 Great Businesses You Can Start While Keeping Your Day Job. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/New-and-Noteworthy/tp/15-Great-Businesses-You-Can-Start-While-Keeping-Your-Day-Job.htm?utm_content=7312980&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Top 8 Internet Business Ideas You Can Start Today. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/onlinehomebusinessideas/tp/itnernet-business-ideas.htm?utm_content=7312980&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

8 Ways to Make Your Business Look Like a Million Dollar Company. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/growing/fl/8-Ways-to-Make-Your-Business-Look-Like-a-Million-Dollar-Company.htm?utm_content=7312962&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

7 Tools You Need to Run Your Home Business In 2016. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/Home_Business_Toolbox/fl/7-Tools-You-Need-to-Run-Your-Home-Business-In-2016.htm?utm_content=7312962&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Graffiti course for elderly citizens beautify Lisbon. http://www.springwise.com/graffiti-course-elderly-citizens-beautify-lisbon/?utm_campaign=475103_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-08&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A6LB,2V1FMX,YX9Z,1

Wireless tags make any object a smart device. http://www.springwise.com/wireless-tags-make-object-smart-device/?utm_campaign=476759_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A7VB,2V1FMX,Z2ZM,1

Jukebox for kids doesn’t need screens. http://www.springwise.com/jukebox-kids-doesnt-need-screens/?utm_campaign=476759_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A7VB,2V1FMX,Z2ZM,1

11.08.2016: Facebook takes aim at ad-blocking software. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37026776 Feeling threatened by shite-blockers, are they?

Rural broadband customers receive less than a fifth of advertised speeds, local councils warn. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/10/rural-broadband-customers-receive-less-than-a-fifth-of-advertise/ This 'headline' has become like a stuck gramophone record. And as predictable as telecomms executives receiving Cameron-soiled knighthoods.

Brexit bonanza for property hunters: One in three homes for sale had its asking price slashed after EU vote. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-3732973/One-three-homes-sale-asking-price-slashed-EU-vote.html Funny. I've not seen any 'price-slashing' whatsoever so far and I receive property-for-sale updates on almost a daily basis.

UK is biggest online drug dealing country in Europe. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/uk-is-biggest-online-drug-dealing-country-in-europe Good to see all that increased opium production in British terrorist-occupied Afghanistan isn't going to waste.

The 4.2million Brits barred by banks from loans and mortgages. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/42million-brits-barred-banks-loans-8599079

Pyramid investment scheme worth £160 MILLION shut down after taking money from 162,000 people. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/pyramid-investment-scheme-worth-160million-8601621 Small fry - compared to the UK's MULTI-£TRILLION 'pyramid investment' schemes called 'pensions'.

Apple denies iPhone price-fixing. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37032249 And who is going to believe Apple?

Olympic swimming’s credibility in doubt after questions over entry times. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/aug/10/olympic-swimming-credibility-doubt-questions-entry-times Swimming and tennis are the least credible sports at the Olympics - or anywhere else, for that matter. (Other than in the criminal media.) However, with single athletes alone contributing a couple of dozen gold medals to the American terrorist propaganda locker, there is absolutely no chance that sportsmen from either of these disciplines will be subjected to a Lance Armstrong (career total Olympic medal haul = 1 bronze) style investigation and 'reasoned decison' by Big Corp/political toerags such as WADA or USADA.

Natural makeup and skincare: The rise of organic beauty products. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/natural-makeup-skincare-best-organic-beauty-products-deliciously-ella-neals-yard-remedies-a7169871.html

From £0 to £80,000: ‘How I make money from knitting faux taxidermy animal heads’. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/work-salary/news/from-0-to-80000-how-i-make-money-from-knitting-faux-taxidermy-an/

10.08.2016: Retail sales rose in July despite Brexit slump fears, report finds. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37016123 Probably because Little Ingerlandt's swinish multitude know not what they have done.

Brexit fears put spending on hold. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/brexit-fears-put-spending-on-hold-a7180146.html On the other hand . . .

Watchdog's banking tech reform 'not enough'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37014133 What 'banking watchdog'? Little Ingerlandt doesn't have a 'banking watchdog'. It does have a banking 'lapdog', though.

Eurostar staff to strike for seven days. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37031386 How unusual!! A service to France that isn't working again! Perhaps it would be easier for the transport industries on both sides of the Channel to circulate a press release advising the public when they WILL be working? (Assuming they know what the word 'work' means these days.)

UK industrial output grows strongly. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37021008 a.k.a. 'Little Ingerlandt steps up terrorist attacks and bombings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Plus a few other targets the swinish multitude haven't even heard of, thrown in for good measure. Murder industry order books swell again.'

Putin offers Turkey's Erdogan closer ties. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37018562 Ooops! Another fiasco by American terrorists. Lose a strategic Middle East ally to the Ruskies, just as the Ukrainians and even the French (now that they are going to lose Britain as a major contributor to their subvention-scrounging economy) seem anxious to water down US (terrorist)-inspired sanctions against Russia.

All we need now is another 'sexed-up' report from WADA to disclose that this time, all American athletes are the product of US Big Corp-sponsored doping, and then, everyone might end up getting a slice of the action for a change.

Vodafone 'removes' broadband line rental charges. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37021766 What 'broadband'? Surely they mean 512k with pop-ups, advertising and cookies. So, will this mean the country is about to enjoy a PPI moment with telecomms' and bent politicians' fraudulent claims for broadband leading to massive public compensation?

Many families could not afford a month's rent if they lost job - Shelter. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-37017254 I know many families which can't afford their rents even while they are working. Why not? Because they're not regime 'entrepreneurs' in which case, they wouldn't be able to afford to pay any of their bills. (They can afford big screen tellies and dummyphones, though.)

How did Facebook get my number? And why is it giving my name out to strangers? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/08/09/how-did-facebook-get-my-number-and-why-is-it-giving-my-name-out/ Because you're a moron who uses Facebook?

China refers to Australia as a 'second-class citizen' in the West and a former home to unwanted criminals, as Olympics drug row escalates. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympics/2016/08/09/china-refers-to-australia-as-a-second-class-citizen-in-the-west/ Very true. As are the Americans. And what happened to that story about 'state-sponsored' Australian doping which broke wind a couple of years ago? And then went as quiet as the story about the 150+ British athletes who were recently fingered for doping? As well as all the tennis players and footballers?

Mind you, Little Ingerlandt's post-Brexit fags need to tread carefully here, as both China and Australia are rumoured to figure heavily in new, future trade talks. As are the Americans.

London’s top coworking spaces. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/londons-top-coworking-spaces/

How SMEs can make the most of niche marketing to improve business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/smes-niche-marketing-improve-business/

5 surprising things that will boost the value of your home. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/5-surprising-things-that-will-boost-the-value-of-your-home-a7169621.html

09.08.2016: UK tourism boosted by fall in pound. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37009735

Android bug fear in 900 million phones. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37005226

HMRC to roll out 2-Step Verification. http://www.att.org.uk/technical/newsdesk/rollout-2-step-verification-business-customers-enrolled-self-assessment-only Following a successful trial of its 2-Step Verification (2SV) service, HMRC is to roll out the service and will require all business taxpayers enrolled for tax self-assessment to use it in future. 2SV provides an extra layer of security when logging in to HMRC's online services by requiring users to key in a code that HMRC has sent to their mobile phone or landline via an automated message. The service is similar to that used by many online banking services and is free to use. HMRC has reported that the system is proving to be popular, as around 600,000 personal tax account customers opted to use the service in January 2016. (EnterpriseQuest)

Increase in winding-up petitions in 2015. http://economia.icaew.com/news/august-2016/hmrc-filed-13-per-cent-more-winding-up-petitions-last-year HMRC filed almost 3,500 winding-up petitions in 2015, an increase of 13% on 2014, according to new research by Funding Options. Winding-up petitions involve HMRC closing firms in order to liquidate their assets to cover unpaid tax bills. Funding Options believes the sharp increase in the number of winding-up petitions filed is due to the difficulties small business owners have in managing their cash flow to pay tax bills throughout the year. Conrad Ford, Chief Executive at Funding Options, said: "A petition to wind up a business is often one of the last tools in HMRC's arsenal, but the increasing numbers of petitions filed is evidence that growing numbers of small businesses are unable to resolve their issue with HMRC." (EnterpriseQuest)

New service to help compare business bank accounts. HM Treasury has announced that the new and improved Business Banking Insight (BBI) website has been launched to help business owners identify which bank is best for them. The BBI service compiles the results of a survey of 10,000 business current account customers who were asked to rate their bank on a variety of factors, as well as indicate how likely they would be to recommend their business bank account. Business owners can use the BBI service to assess how their bank and the services it provides compares to its competitors. The service also enables business owners to search for the best business bank account according to location, turnover, number of employees, sector, and whether it trades domestically or overseas. (EnterpriseQuest)

For further information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-banking-insight-website-seeks-to-enhance-competition-and-transparency-in-the-banking-sector

To access the BBI website, go to: http://www.businessbankinginsight.co.uk

Survival guide to PPI. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/survival-guide-to-ppi-a7169581.html

08.08.2016: Trading standards institute: consumers are no longer protected. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/aug/07/trading-standards-institute-consumers-are-no-longer-protected Just as American Big Corp ordered. TTIP or no TTIP.

'Sky-high' rental hotspots across England revealed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36794222

UK house price growth shows signs of slowing, says Halifax. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36984686

Research suggests being lazy is a sign of high intelligence. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/research-suggests-being-lazy-is-a-sign-of-high-intelligence-a7176136.html A US study - so no surprises there. By scrounging academics who have never done a stroke of work of in their waster-lives.

The app that lets you order cheap food from restaurants that would be thrown in the bin. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/too-good-to-go-app-cheap-food-supermarkets-poverty-a7177461.html Or, you could ask a local bin-diver who doesn't need an app because he or she can't afford a dummyphone.

Scamwatch: theme park fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/07/scamwatch-theme-park-fraud/

Four ways to help in your struggle to save for a home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/07/four-ways-to-help-in-your-struggle-to-save-for-a-home/ 1. Watch Dragons' Den. 2. Think like a regime 'entrepreneur'. 3. Get a regime start-up loan. 4. Stop eating.

Where older people can get a mortgage. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/07/where-older-people-can-get-a-mortgage/ From their parents. If they're still alive and haven't had 40% of their estates thieved by the Treasury.

07.08.2016: Local people to get cash payments from fracking. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/06/fracking-local-people-payments-theresa-may

Falling growth and low interest rates are good for Brexit Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/brexit-britain-interest-rates-falling-growth-vote-to-leave-hit-the-economy-good-for-us-a7171796.html

Cost of groceries has increased due to the weaker pound following Brexit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/brexit-pasta-groceries-more-expensive-sterling-fall-imports-a7176156.html On the other hand the cost of exports has decreased. Britain sees a huge tourist boom from continent due to cheaper pound. Farmers face less competition from cheap imports. Fewer food imports means fewer food miles means less CO2 emissions. Therefore, as long as you don't want to own your own house, make a few bob to save and expect to live off your pension when you retire, this is just so great for the UK!

Older freemasons told to smile and stop criticising in bid to attract millennials. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/freemasons-masons-decline-freemasonry-millennial-masons-united-grand-lodge-of-england-conspiracy-a7175966.html

The Two Main Problems of Starting a Small Business. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startingadvice/a/2probssmallbiz.htm?utm_content=7296326&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Start Your Home Business in a Month: Week One. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/beforeyoubegin/fl/Start-Your-Home-Business-in-a-Month.htm?utm_content=7296326&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Beautiful zero waste lamp is built from its own packaging. http://www.springwise.com/beautiful-zero-waste-lamp-built-packaging/?utm_campaign=473834_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A5M2,2V1FMX,YSYQ,1

Chatbot chef plans meals via emoji. http://www.springwise.com/chatbot-chef-plans-meals-via-emoji/?utm_campaign=473834_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A5M2,2V1FMX,YSYQ,1

Handheld device makes sure sunscreen is applied evenly. http://www.springwise.com/handheld-device-checks-sunscreen-application/?utm_campaign=473834_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-05&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A5M2,2V1FMX,YSYQ,1

06.08.2016: 1.3 million small business owners’ health under threat due to excessive hours. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/small-business-owner-hours/

How a ‘rent to buy’ scheme is making home ownership a reality. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/aug/06/rent-to-buy-scheme-home-ownership-rentplus

Hate cold callers? Be inspired by 7 imaginative people who turned the tables on them beautifully. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/hate-cold-callers-inspired-7-8566903

Halal supermarket in Paris told to sell pork and alcohol or face closure. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/halal-supermarket-paris-pork-alcohol-closure-threat-islam-a7173286.html This would be French pork and alcohol, would it? As opposed to the universal ban on British produce in French shops and supermarkets?

18 Pet Business Ideas. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/businessideas/a/petbusinessideas.htm?utm_content=7296305&utm_medium=email&utm_source=

Business Plan Outline. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/cs/businessplans/a/bizplanoutline.htm?utm_content=7296305&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Peer-to-peer delivery service brings unique items right to the door. http://www.springwise.com/peer-peer-delivery-service-brings-unique-items-right-door/?utm_campaign=471014_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A3FQ,2V1FMX,YJZ5,1

In London, one-hour book delivery from local, independent stores. http://www.springwise.com/one-hour-book-delivery-local-independent-stores/?utm_campaign=467654_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A0UE,2V1FMX,Y8P7,1

The keyboard joins the Internet of Things. http://www.springwise.com/keyboard-joins-internet-things/?utm_campaign=467654_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A0UE,2V1FMX,Y8P7,1

Beautiful minimalism in Alps hotel without walls. http://www.springwise.com/beautiful-minimalism-alps-hotel-without-walls/?utm_campaign=469529_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-08-02&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,A2AH,2V1FMX,YF4X,1

05.08.2016: What's the best way to help small businesses? Forget about Brexit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/whats-the-best-way-to-help-small-businesses-forget-about-brexit-a7172256.html

Environment minister accused of conflict of interest over farm subsidies. Lord Gardiner, who will be involved in reforming EU farming support post-Brexit, receives £49,000 a year in payments, it has been revealed. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/04/environment-minister-accused-of-conflict-of-interest-over-farm-subsidies Hands up anyone who's surprised (and also believes in Father Christmas.)

IR35 reforms set to decimate public sector according to new research. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/ir35-public-sector/

Net overload 'sparks digital detox for millions of Britons'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36964081 They've been able to get internet connections, have they? And been able to waste half-a-day at a time waiting for a Jumping Jack Shite page to load with endless advertising, pop-ups and cookies designed for mentally-retarded Americans?

Labour urges PM to drop plans to delete company records. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/labour-urges-pm-drop-plans-delete-company-records/

Passwords protect your business, but who is protecting them? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/passwords-protect-business-smes/

Overseas property bargains from £20K: Where British buyers can still snap up a cheap home even after the pound's fall. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-3719868/Overseas-PROPERTY-bargains-20K-British-buyers-snap-cheap-holiday-home.html Sure - after the treatment they have had to suffer at the hands of Little Ingerlandt's hate-preaching propaganda, I'm sure Romanians, Hungarians and Bulgarians will be falling over themselves to greet 'millions' of illegal, British terrorists/economic migrants. Fortunately for the locals, these property hotspots - which were being tipped by the dumb media years ago - aren't on the usual paths trodden by English pissheads who believe what they read in the 'papers.

How I made thousands - by buying LEGO. http://www.mirror.co.uk/money/how-made-thousands-buying-lego-8562064

Street food chef stunned after his hawker stall becomes world's first to earn Michelin star. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/street-food-chef-speaks-amazement-8561995 Michelin must be hoping to sell an awful lot of tyres in Singapore.

How to Convert Landing Page Visits: Three Steps to Success. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/online-business/how-to-convert-landing-page-visits-three-steps-to-success/

Top 5 Small Business Trends. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/management/a/businesstrendsdecade.htm?utm_content=7268150&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=

How to Pick a Profitable Niche for Your Online Business. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/onlinebusiness101/fl/How-to-Pick-a-Profitable-Niche-for-Your-Online-Business.htm?utm_content=7268150&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

04.08.2016: PM seeks view of small businesses on Brexit talks objectives. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/pm-seeks-view-of-small-businesses-on-brexit-talks-objectives/

UK business activity suffers biggest ever month-on-month decline. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/08/03/ftse-100-to-open-lower-hsbc-gets-pummelled-and-next-faces-higher/

Family finances get a boost in spending power. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/family-finances-get-a-boost-in-spending-power-a7160851.html

59% of us are hooked on our internet devices, Ofcom says. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/59-of-us-are-hooked-on-our-internet-devices-ofcom-says/

How to Start a Home-Based Business That Will Succeed. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/homebusinessidea/ss/How-to-Start-a-Home-Based-Business-That-Will-Succeed.htm?utm_content=7268121&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

The 5 Best Ways to Get Free Website Promotion. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/promotion/a/bestwebsiteprom.htm?utm_content=7268121&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

03.08.2016: Construction industry sees loss of momentum, PMI survey says. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36950738

Home ownership falling in major English cities, says think tank. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/home-ownership-falling-major-english-cities-says-think-tank/

Owen Smith pledges to outlaw 'bogus self-employment'. http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/08/02/owen-smith-pledges-to-outlaw-bogus-selfemployment/ Oooops! That will make a few substantial holes in the regime's bogus 'self-employed/start-up and entrepreneur' statistics.

A mirror vision of industrial failure – the UK lorry trade. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/02/industrial-failure-uk-lorry-trade-truck-driver-squalor-low-pay-no-unions

Research shows SMEs are more likely to survive outside of London. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/small-business-likely-survive-outside-london/

Farmers and rural business in limbo amid Brexit cash freeze. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/02/farmers-and-rural-business-in-limbo-amid-brexit-cash-freeze/ Unless they are regime donors, of course.

PPI claim deadline proposed for June 2019. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36950803

Britons lose £40 a year through informal cash loans. http://money.aol.co.uk/2016/08/02/britons-lose-40-a-year-through-informal-cash-loans/

Google AdWords – is it all that it’s cracked up to be? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/google-adwords-cracked/

NatWest opens entries for Social Business Awards 2016/17. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/natwest-opens-entries-social-business-awards-201617/

5 top tips for working from home. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/5-top-tips-for-working-from-home/

Dealing in or developing UK land? Make sure you’re aware of the new tax implications. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/dealing-developing-uk-land-make-sure-youre-aware-new-tax-implications/

Landlord installs Faraday cage to block phone signals because social media is ruining British pubs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/08/02/landlord-installs-faraday-cage-to-block-phone-signals-because-so/

02.08.2016: Companies House urges firms to register for e-mail reminders. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/email-reminders-help-companies-file-on-time Companies House is encouraging firms to register for its e-mail reminder service to help them file their accounts and confirmation statement (annual return) on time, and so avoid penalties. According to Companies House analysis, paper reminders (which will be phased out in future) are less effective than e-mails in prompting firms to file their documents. The e-mail reminder service is free and quick, and messages can be sent to up to four recipients including an agent such as a company's accountant. Documents can also be filed directly from a link within the message, enabling an immediate response to be made to a reminder.

Banks turning to voice recognition. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36939709 Showing dummyphone morons how to write code not been all that successful then?

Top Nigerian 'cyber scammer' allegedly involved in worldwide scams worth £45m arrested. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/nigerian-cyber-scammer-worldwide-scams-45m-arrested-interpol-a7166531.html Another Tory minister and party chairman in waiting?

How rural crime is costing farmers millions of pounds. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36939379

The Olympic legacy: which housing areas have won gold? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy/the-olympic-legacy-which-housing-areas-have-won-gold/

EE customers furious after roaming problems stop them making calls or sending texts abroad. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/ee-customers-furious-after-roaming-8539715

Salt ’n’ condiment? The fishy tale of fake vinegar in chip shops. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2016/aug/01/non-brewed-condiment-vinegar-fish-and-chip-shops

01.08.2016: Poverty costs UK £78bn a year, Joseph Rowntree Foundation says. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36937516 As largely funded by the country's elderly and self-employed. Or, in other words, another Big Corp socio-economic and political success story.

EU does u-turn on attempt to fast-track ‘toxic’ trade deal. http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/news/2016/jul/5/eu-does-u-turn-attempt-fast-track-toxic-trade-deal

Brexiteers Would Pocket Millions In Farming Subsidies After Leadsom Plan. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/brexiteers-would-pocket-millions-in-farming-subsidies-under-leadsom-plan_uk_5799cc77e4b02508de483968?cps=gravity_7566_6840028674885445584 And - they'll be getting knighthoods as well. You can always tell when there's a political party donor around. By the farmyard smells.

Bank account you can access using voice. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3717385/Bank-account-access-using-voice-Barclays-telephone-service-use-voice-recognition-technology-allow-customers-clear-security.html

Door closes on barn conversions as builders are put off by Grand Designs horror stories. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/31/door-closes-on-barn-conversions-as-builders-are-put-off-by-grand/

8 Tips for Naming Your Business

6 Popular Styles of Business Names. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/Business-Name-Styles.htm?utm_content=7234575&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_term=

Drivers get free bodywork quotes by snapping the damage. http://www.springwise.com/drivers-get-free-bodywork-quotes-snapping-damage/?utm_campaign=463785_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-07-27&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,9XUX,2V1FMX,XVQS,1

AI for marketers to leverage cognitive advertising. http://www.springwise.com/ai-for-marketers-leverage-cognitive-advertising/?utm_campaign=463785_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202016-07-27&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,9XUX,2V1FMX,XVQS,1

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

Len Tondel



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