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LATEST! 31.12.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (November 2014) Viewpoint

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

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

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

31.12.2014: Official release: Hancock: red tape drive saves business a record £10 billion. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hancock-red-tape-drive-saves-business-a-record-10-billion Call me a cynic if you will, but just how has this figure of £10 billion been arrived at? (Which is actually a very large amount of money; almost one eighth of the value of bungs this Government gives to American Big Corp every year.) The propaganda release does TRY to be educative; it actually gives one (just one) example of a saving of £1 million. But that's a long way short of £10 billion.

The problem with British 'red tape' - call it what you will - is and always has been the same. Within Europe, the Germans make the laws. The French (just) read them. The British put them into practice. Then add the same number again of their own.

Travel firms sue creator of cheap airfare site. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30634144# There used to be a time when the internet showed some promise.

The 7 best ways to waste time on the internet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11316037/The-7-best-ways-to-waste-time-on-the-internet.html And then of course, there's the '7 best ways to waste time' with the telly and the dummyphone.

25 ways to save thousands in 2015. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2891580/25-ways-save-thousands-2015-10-cashpoint-turn-central-heating-one-degree-learn-real-moaning-minnie.html

How eBay's confusing cashback guarantee cost us £6,000 and our dream of a home renovation for the new year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2891638/How-eBay-s-confusing-cashback-guarantee-cost-6-000-dream-home-renovation-new-year.html

How to stop cold calls. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/30/how-to-stop-cold-calls/

Nine convicted in boiler-room fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/05/nine-convicted-in-boiler-room-fraud/

Countryside to swell by half a million in ten years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2891999/Countryside-swell-half-million-ten-years-people-opt-leave-city-rural-idyll.html At which point it will no longer be 'the countryside'.

How does your tax rate compare to other countries? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/30/how-does-your-tax-rate-compare-to-other-countries/

Seven urgent challenges for your business in 2014. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/seven-urgent-challenges-business-2014/

The seven deadly sins of pitching. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/7-deadly-sins-pitching/

6 epic business naming fails. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/tp/5-Epic-Business-Naming-Fails-and-How-to-Avoid-Them.htm?nl=1

Stripe vs Paypal. Is Stripe better? http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/fl/Stripe-vs-PayPal-Is-Stripe-Better-than-PayPal.htm?nl=1

Top internet marketing trends for the year ahead. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/fl/Top-Internet-Marketing-Trends-in-the-New-Year-Ahead.htm?nl=1

Courier drones could make the postman a thing of the past. http://www.springwise.com/courier-drones-postman/

America's U.N aproves continued Israeli-USA Nazification of Middle East. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/un-rejects-palestinian-resolution-to-end-israels-occupation-9951031.html More 'good news' for anyone with exporting ambitions to this part of the world which doesn't involve murdering children. With Russia ruled out for the moment as well, it looks as if British exports in 2015, may continue to struggle. (Although Britain acquitted itself at the vote with its usual applomb. Proudly wearing a BBC 'Top Gear' medal for Outstanding Lies and Cowardice, our representative Friend of Israel, errr, abstained. In the country's 'best interests'.)

30.12.2014: Ten reasons to be optimistic about Britain in 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11315776/Ten-reasons-to-be-optimistic-about-Britain-in-2015.html

Third of listed UK oil and gas drillers face bankruptcy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11315956/Third-of-listed-UK-oil-and-gas-drillers-face-bankruptcy.html

No surge in Romanian and Bulgarian migrants. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/30/no-surge-romanian-bulgarian-migrants-controls-lifted Surely Engerlandt's hate-preaching, terrorist-supporting propaganda hasn't got it wrong? Again. Which is a shame really, because the construction sector is crying out for skilled tradesmen.

English builders not at work - again. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2890583/My-60-Minute-Makeover-nightmare-Widow-claims-TV-builder-popular-fronted-Peter-Andre-left-flat-mess-bombarded-demands-cash.html The cream of the country's hate-preaching tabloid readership, are English builders. Based on identical trading principles. Tell lies. Make money from doing so.

I was duped into paying £300 for a £145 a year TV licence. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11307823/I-was-duped-into-paying-300-for-a-TV-licence-that-should-cost-145.html The rest of the public meanwhile, continues to be regularly duped into paying £145 a year for multiple Israeli/American terrorist propaganda channels, repeats of repeats (even of American crap) and unheard-of celebrity X-listers spreading the BBC's daily, simpering mantra of 'Hi, guys, kids, awesome, like . . . Oh, my God'. No wonder the country's telly addicts are now so dumb they don't even know what a British TV licence is really worth. (£0.00)

It is of course, no coincidence that scam copycat websites target Government sites, especially since the official Digital Dickhead Initiative has left no scope for business to be transacted in any way other than online, and this with just another scammer's hooky internet connection and ubiquitous, crap American software. Consequently, this leaves an awful lot of punters who have been officially prepared for fleecing already.

Reasons to be cheerful about the prospects for small business finance. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/david-prosser-reasons-to-be-cheerful-about-the-prospects-for-small-business-finance-9947599.html

Is Microsoft about to kill off Internet Explorer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2890454/Is-Microsoft-set-kill-internet-explorer-Windows-10-set-come-new-Spartan-web-browser.html

Social media 2014: unsafe and boring. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/11310818/Social-media-in-2014-unsafe-and-boring.html Just like the people who use it, then.

Man sued for sharing cheap flight loophole online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11317074/Man-sued-for-sharing-cheap-flight-loophole.html

Selling your car online? Watch out for the crooks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2890328/Selling-car-online-Watch-crooks-message-details-use-hi-tech-fraud.html

7 of the most important things to focus on with your business in 2015. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/beyondstartup/tp/Top-Things-to-Pay-More-Attention-to-in-2015.htm?nl=1

US criticises proposal to recognise Palestinian statehood within three years. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/us-criticises-proposal-to-recoginse-palestinian-statehood-within-three-years-9949329.html The murderous American regime faced the same problem after the genocide of 8 million North American Indians. In translation, what really bothers Yank terrorists is puckering up their Middle East arsehole (Israel) through which they regularly and profitably dump their military surplus - especially anti-personnel mines. For the rest of the business community, the sooner world governments find some backbone to shovel out these layers of corrupt, kiddy-killing shite, the sooner we can be getting on with some honest, mutually-beneficial trade.

29.12.2014: UK business group warns of 'tawdry politics'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30615452# Very reserved language.

British ex-pat exodus feared as oil prices continue to remain low. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11315032/British-expat-exodus-feared-to-hit-Dubai-amid-oil-price-rout.html Ummm. This latest bit of fagging by 'Da P.M' for The Coalition of Evil doesn't seem to be going too well at all, at all. The last thing the NHS needs now, as it struggles to cope with Britain's pisshead culture, is another 150,000 ex-pat pissheads arriving from the Gulf. Mind you, it might be a bonus NHS selling point under TTIPox as the Government prepares its snout-in-trough TEAM to give away what remains of the country's assets to the Americans.

UK housing crisis as brick stocks hit record low. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/constructionandproperty/11312278/UK-housing-crisis-brick-stocks-hit-record-low.html

Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/millions-of-britons-struggling-to-feed-themselves-and-facing-malnourishment-9946627.html Never has one been so inspired by so many aspects of this country's oh so small business scene.

5 reasons your energy bills could rise in 2015. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11307607/Five-reasons-your-energy-bill-could-rise-in-2015-and-what-to-do-now.html

Rising seas threaten almost 7,000 UK homes and commercial properties. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/28/7000-uk-properties-sacrificed-rising-seas-coastal-erosion

Young people a 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11298927/Young-people-are-lost-generation-who-can-no-longer-fix-gadgets-warns-professor.html Yes, that's been the plan for over fifty years and young peoples' dumb parents were converted themselves a long time ago. The alternative of course, is living on conventional, centuries'-old wisdom - but that would put a lot of professors making banal observations, out of jobs.

The minefield of the 'out of office' email. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11310224/The-minefield-of-the-out-of-office-email.html

Surge in illegal sales of drugs using social media. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/28/drugs-medicines-sold-illegally-online-internet As we have seen from recent reporting, the Treasury and The Chancellor are absolutely delighted.

Official release: Millions wasted as people don’t spend gift vouchers. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-wasted-as-people-dont-spend-gift-vouchers What on earth does this have to do with the Government's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)?

Chaos in Alps as French riff-raff and British plebs seeking winter holidays all at the same time and in the same place, encounter snow. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11314946/Chaos-in-the-Alps-as-massive-snowfall-traps-15000-cars.html You can't even train people to be this stupid. Media footage shows the morons all peering at their dummyphones and blaming the police. Who in France, are only fonctionnaires after all, so no-one with any experience expects them to be effective, either. It's not as if this is a one-off. It happens every year. And in the summer, it's the same thing again, as the Mediterranean turns yellow from millions of Parisiens pissing in the sea. And this is supposed to be 'holidaying'?

28.12.2013: Boxing Day sales slump. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2888778/Boxing-Day-sales-slump-million-shoppers-stay-away-month-heavy-promotions.html

Train operators warn of more disruptions. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-30614195#

Tourists to UK to spend records levels in 2015. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30613957# Assuming their planes aren't brought down on the way here by CIA wigheads.

Typical British holiday in 2015 will be a ten-day trip to Spain at a cost of £1,220... but 32% of Britons plan to stay close to home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2888280/Typical-British-holiday-2015-ten-day-trip-Spain-cost-1-220-32-Britons-plan-stay-close-home.html

Cuts threaten survival of supermarket suppliers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11314806/Cuts-threaten-survival-of-supermarket-suppliers.html

Police force makes £270,000 selling seized goods on eBay http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11314648/Police-force-makes-270000-selling-seized-goods-on-eBay.html The Government and its cronies have already added the officers to their 'explosion' in the numbers of home-based business entrepreneurs. (Down half a million from two years ago.) In the meantime, will Theresa Mayhem and The Scrote Office see eBaying as 'moonlighting' by the police, whose resources are already at full stretch with regular TV shows and snouting for Britain's criminal media?

Farmed fish is now the UK's largest food export. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/scottish-salmon-sales-leap-as-asia-develops-a-taste-9946632.html

27.12.2014: Rural firms catching up, Environment Secretary says. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30610881# And Countryside to drive UK start-ups. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/27/countryside-uk-startups-beat-cities-superfast-internet These predictions are based on perpetual government lies of better broadband (internet down) and transport links (profiteering chaos). In which case nothing is going to change at all and we can heave a sigh of relief. But. Just in case the countryside IS likely to be invaded by riff-raff Tory hoodies and muggers, then it's time to sell up and move on to some rural location elsewhere. Probably to another country. Where there are decent internet and transport links already.

'Bongo Bongoland' Britain's rail and travel chaos. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11314389/Finsbury-Park-station-chaos-after-Network-Rail-closes-Kings-Cross.html And http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/27/travel-chaos-weather-snow-england-roads-airports-shut The Ruskies are very good at keeping trains running. And getting around in a tiny bit of snow. Although they're probably indisposed to lend a hand at the moment because they're too busy pissing themselves with laughter.

'Bongo Bongoland' Britain's power cuts helpline down until April 2016. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/27/power-cuts-helpline-not-operation-until-april-2016-labour

Disputes: how to complain about a company. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/27/disputes-how-to-complain-about-a-company/

Paved gardens massively increase risk of flooding in your neighbourhood. http://www.independent.co.uk/property/gardening/paved-gardens-massively-increase-risk-of-flooding-in-your-neighbourhood-9945596.html

A taste of honey: the mead maker. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/27/gosnells-london-mead-brewing-tom-gosnell-behind-the-scenes

Inflatable jacket enables wearers to adjust its warmness according to the weather. http://www.springwise.com/jacket-enables-wearers-customize-temperature-weather-colder/

French town installs anti-homeless cages around public benches. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11314081/French-city-installs-anti-homeless-cages-around-benches.html According to the mayor, the benches were "almost exclusively used by people who consume alcohol on a regular basis". In that case, he could have saved the local taxpayers a lot of money as well as avoided a public eyesore by bussing the hobos to the Palais du Luxembourg and/or the Palais Bourbon.

26.12.2014: Record £636 million spent online on Christmas Day. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boxing-day-snowfall-could-push-even-more-bargainhunters-online-for-christmas-sales-9945179.html

UK leapfrogs France in global wealth league - thanks to prostitution and illegal drugs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/prostitution-and-illegal-drugs-help-uk-overtake-france-in-global-wealth-league-9945007.html Good to see the terrorist invasion of Afghanistan and over 20,000 murdered civilians to restore poppy production to record levels, wasn't a waste of taxpayers' money after all. That's an awful lot of Tory hoody, 'home business entrepreneurs' on the streets, that is.

As milk price is cut, call to buy British products. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/548592/Brits-urged-to-buy-dairy-products-from-UK-farmers-after-milk-price-cut As in 'Apple'?

End of the cash machine rip-off. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887205/End-cash-machine-rip-Corner-shops-petrol-stations-axe-hated-fees.html

Can you trust the new contactless credit card? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887308/Hitting-shops-today-read-spend-bargained-trust-new-contactless-credit-cards.html

Refused a refund? Five shopping refund myths. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11302318/Refused-a-refund-Five-shopping-myths-debunked.html

People who got a drone for Christmas could face prosecution. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11313110/Safety-warning-for-drones-given-as-Christmas-gifts.html Assuming they don't get shot out of the sky first. Around here, anyway.

30% surge in home sales to first-time buyers. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/dec/26/first-home-buyers-post-crisis-high-november-sales

Rates will double by end of 2015, Treasury survey says. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/interest-rates/11313267/Rates-will-double-by-end-of-2015-Treasury-survey-says.html

40% of landlords plan to put up rents by 3% in 2015. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/landlords-plan-to-raise-rent-by-3-in-2015-9944861.html This landlord isn't. Good, long-term tenants are the objective these days (as they always have been) and not squeezing them until they squeak. And if profits aren't adequate then it's time to get rid of excess baggage like letting agents and buy-to-let mortgages. Do what landlords used to do and actually save up to buy their properties. So that owning property becomes a business of substance again - and not just a new playground for posers with RayBans and dummyphones, up to their necks in loans and mortgages and worth - Jack Shit. Which is why they need to scrape together every penny they can. Especially if rates are about to go up.

Consortium of big-name estate agents agents to take on Zoopla/Rightmove duopoly. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/25/zoopla-rightmove-duopoly-agencies-challenge

Corruption hampers efforts to rebuild Gaza. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/25/corruption-hampers-effort-to-rebuild-gaza Although UN officials plus the Israelis means corruption from the word 'go', I bet there are some English contractors and Wankminster 'Friends of Israel' in there, too. No wonder there are no calls by these corrupt, terrorist-supporting pigs for the same sanctions to be applied against Israel, as are illegally being applied against Russia.

'Made in Prison' handbags take off. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/25/egypt-prison-knitting-handbag-protest-asmaa-hamdy

How to enjoy a slice of country life. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887102/Want-leave-rat-race-enjoy-slice-country-life-secret-blending-spend-time-pub-dog-walk.html

25.12.2014: Beware tricks behind some Boxing Day sales, shoppers warned. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11311940/Beware-tricks-behind-some-Boxing-Day-sales-shoppers-are-warned.html

'Bongo Bongoland' Britain's Boxing Day transport chaos. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2885954/Travel-chaos-Boxing-Day-rail-lines-remain-shut-second-day-forcing-millions-roads.html

How to get your landlord to pay for home improvements. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11304208/Renters-How-to-get-your-landlord-to-pay-for-home-improvements.html

Police warn Chinese forgery gangs have near-perfected the £2 coin. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2886170/Chinese-criminal-gangs-master-ability-create-perfect-euro-2-coins-investigators-reveal-shipments-forgeries-arriving-Italy.html

France calls up 300 extra troops to fight 'enemy within'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11310330/Up-to-300-extra-soldiers-deployed-in-France-after-attacks.html A mere 300 troops, wandering aimlessly in groups of ten around railway stations, aren't going to do much against 5 million parasites fonctionnaires.

Man 'armed to the teeth' arrested in Cannes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/man-armed-to-the-teeth-arrested-in-cannes-market-as-france-deploys-300-more-soldiers-9944434.html Meanwhile, back in the French countryside, it would seem like just another weekend morning as chasseurs get ready for a hoody (vermin) hunt.

French unemployment at record levels. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30597756# Taking customers' money but not allowing them to collect their goods (like Russian warships) has been the socio-fascist Government's latest ruse for instilling foreign confidence in investing and placing contracts in the country. Unfortunately, it's always the wrong people who are officially termed 'unemployed' in France as the business community is forced instead, to support 5 million uneducated, untrained, bone-idle, social inadequates called fonctionnaires who do no work by default.

Facebook scams 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/24/facebook-scams-malware-naked-videos

Working a gap year on a pig farm. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/23/winters-tale-things-i-did-queen-country One of those home business reality checks which never make it into the Government's or its cronies' propaganda. I've got a friend who owns an intensive pig farm and it disgusts him so much, he won't even set foot in the place.

Kit lets anyone design their own smart home without coding skills. http://www.springwise.com/kit-lets-design-smart-home-coding-skills/

Age-adjustable childs’ bike is made from 100% recycled carpet. http://www.springwise.com/age-adjustable-kids-bike-100-recycled-carpet/

24.12.2014: UK home sales fall below 100,000 a month. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30587203# All part of the Government's sanctions to make the Russians suffer for their non-existent invasion of the Ukraine. More good news to come . . .

UK economic growth revised down. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30587203# That'll teach them Ruskies to go invading countries where they've not been invited.

Surge in numbers of retailers in significant financial distress. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11310360/Surge-in-number-of-retailers-in-significant-financial-distress.html The problem is all those Ruskies coming here spending their petro-roubles. Illegal immigrants, the lot of them. Going to countries where they're not welcome!

Rise in numbers of families 'illegally housed' in the UK. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/23/labour-highlights-rise-number-illegally-housed-families-uk

Poorest energy customers need debt holiday. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30589032#

Whiskey, toys and cheese - Britain's top exports. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11310911/Whiskey-toys-and-cheese-Britains-top-Christmas-exports.html What - even 'topper' than weapons of murder, torture and grief to the world's terrorist community?

The best banks for customer service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11299270/The-best-banks-for-customer-service-in-2015.html

Buy-to-let: is interest-only mortgage the best bet? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11307869/Buy-to-let-is-an-interest-only-mortgage-the-best-bet.html

10 secrets to living for less. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/22/10-secrets-to-living-for-less/ For recent home business start-ups which have been duped into believing that they have chosen a lo-cost route to entrepreneurial success.

Cameron stress his commitment to 'Christian values' in Christmas message. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-stresses-his-commitment-to-christian-values-in-christmas-message-9943495.html Somebody must have bought to his attention his earlier stated commitment to 'Jewish values' and supplying armaments to Israel's Nazi, paedo-terrorist, land-thieving regime. Will this mean a change in future Government policy? Will Cameron support his own country, its economy, its traditions and community, first? And will The Kippah Party follow suit? Or does this just mean walking around taking the Lord's name in vain and repeating 'Oh, my God' umpteen times a day?

23.12.2014: Crucial Christmas Run-Up Sees Strongest Retail Sales Growth Since 1988. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/crucial-christmas-run-sees-strongest-retail-sales-growth-since-1988/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=

Today's Digital Dickhead Britain latest: Online food shoppers hit by technical problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30574931# Vlad 'The Bad' doesn't need to resort to any reprisals against Britain for their illegal sanctions. He can just leave it to our Government and their cronies, instead. (Unless it's a bit of residual activity by CIA wigheads posing as North Korean hackers.)

Record £6 billion to fill 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain's 18 million potholes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2884360/Records-6billion-blitz-Britain-s-18million-potholes-Money-set-end-patch-mend-approach-councils.html £6 billion, eh? That's a lot of wonky handshakes going on at the local masonic lodge.

Use of home tax deductions to be extended. http://www.att.org.uk/technical/newsdesk/141210-PR-equal-partner-sole-prop The 'use-of-home' deductions which are available to sole traders who use their home for business purposes will be extended to business partnerships under amendments to tax legislation in the Finance Bill 2015. The deductions allow business expenses incurred when using a home for business purposes to be offset against taxable income for 2015/16. The amendment has been welcomed by the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) as having the potential to make tax 'easier, quicker and simpler' for taxpayers running small firms. (EnterpriseQuest)

Italians fine TripAdvisor for fake and misleading reviews. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11309731/TripAdvisor-fined-over-misleading-reviews.html

Britain's - even the world's - most exclusive watchmaker. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/11307795/Meet-Britains-most-exclusive-watchmaker-whose-exquisite-timepieces-sell-for-up-to-250000.html Now let's be seeing a couple of these on the wrists of the Government's entrepreneur-guru success stories.

When is a bargain not a bargain. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/shopping-smart-at-the-sales-9938851.html

Refunds and returns: what to do when your online order fails to deliver. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/dec/22/refund-returns-online-orders-fail-deliver-christmas

More than 1 million families (in Bongo Bongoland Britain) now live in fuel poverty. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/more-than-one-million-british-families-now-live-in-fuel-poverty-9941033.html

Tenants reducing food to pay rent. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/dec/23/private-tenants-cut-back-food-rent-survey

Workers set for a pay boost, claims Bank of England economist. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2884392/Workers-set-pay-boost-Bank-England-economist-says-employees-look-forward-rises-squeeze-families-finances-eases.html Not the most reliable of sources, the Bank of England. I've lived with an economist for over twenty years. A proper one. Degree, highly salaried position with a household name multi-national corp, etc. But you can't even let her do the Saturday morning shopping. However much she puts in her purse it's never enough and the outing always takes twice as long to achieve just half a result. Trouble is - what do you do with them? Economists, I mean.

House prices falling in a third of the country. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2883451/House-prices-falling-country-sparking-fears-nationwide-slowdown.html

British Bropaganda Corporation (BBC) under threat from alternative global news services. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2884515/World-Service-outgunned-Russians-Chinese-Senior-MP-warns-cuts-mean-Britain-failing-counter-biased-information-superpowers.html It's been that way for a long time although Wankminster is too pre-occupied with trawling kiddy porn to have noticed. They are also good sources for learning proper English instead of the BBC's ubiquitous, American, trailer-trash talk. Much less getting alternative (more truthful and accurate) views to the usual American/Israeli terrorist slant on what's going on in the world. Consequently, obligatory reading and viewing for anyone who wants to trade with these regions.

Manuals for CIA wigheads released by Wikileaks. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2884195/CIA-manuals-advising-spies-maintain-cover-using-false-documents-airports-Wikleaks.html These were being spoofed fifty years ago before the internet even came along! So who said technolgy never moved backwards? (Then there's the CIA Wighead Assassination Manual, which is funnier still.) All obligatory reading for travelling businessmen worried about becoming another mistaken target. (Or a hostage, expecting to be rescued alive.)

Tiny kitchen on wheels aims to get kids cooking at school. http://www.springwise.com/mobile-kitchen-stimulates-food-education-classroom/ Then, hopefully, they can teach their waster-parents how to cook as well!

App lets diners rate their restaurant servers. http://www.springwise.com/app-lets-diners-rate-restaurant-servers/

The Entrepreneur's Last-Minute Wish-List. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/lifebalance/tp/The-Entrepreneurs-Last-Minute-Wish-List.htm?nl=1

22.12.2014: Be prepared to brave crowds in busiest shopping hour on the eve of Christmas Eve. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/be-prepared-to-brave-crowds-in-busiest-shopping-hour-on-the-eve-of-christmas-eve-9938362.html We've never come across that before! Is it something to do with the internet thinggy?

British shoppers are the meanest in the world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11306468/British-shoppers-are-the-meanest-in-the-world.html And you would have thought the morons would have cottoned on once it started costing them their jobs. But no . . . it's easier to find sucker in The Kippah Party instead.

British consumer confidence at 4-year high, claims research by Lloyds. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/dec/22/consumer-confidence-uk-lloyds-high-economy That's good news. For the banks.

Poorest UK households pay almost half their income in tax. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/dec/22/poorest-uk-households-pay-half-income-tax-campaigners

North Sea oil crisis meeting called. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-30569373# With 15,000 jobs threatened and most of those small businesses, sub-contractors and the self-employed, I guess it's time the Scots began to reflect on what might have been if they hadn't voted to remain with America's English fags next door.

Rise in gadget insurance complaints. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30568281#

Police force to spend money on bobbies-on-the-beat instead of CCTVs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11306606/Police-force-plans-to-drop-CCTV-for-bobbies-on-the-beat.html Careful, lads. This could mean your acting careers going up in cannabis smoke. Happily, this blindingly obvious development will almost certainly escape the gaze of Team Mayhem at The Scrote Office, who will be too busy twattering each other to notice what's going on and bring an end to it all. With a bit of luck though, insurance premiums might be coming down on shopfront plate glass windows.

2015 will be all change for publishing and content. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11303811/2015-will-be-all-change-for-publishing-and-content.html

Foie gras losing favour in France. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/21/force-fed-foie-gras-loses-favour-france Bad news for British restauranteurs, then.

22.12.2014: Official release: PM unites with business in call for ambitious EU - US trade deal. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-unites-with-business-in-call-for-ambitious-eu-us-trade-deal Translation: Britain's Prime Knob Polisher and Fag to US Big Corp, hunkers down with fellow EU corporate vassals, late-payers and tax dodgers to promote asset-stripping, extortion, blackmail, embargos, protectionism, the erosion of sovereignty and democracy, terrorism and propaganda at the personal expense of billions of taxpayers, with the lives of children deprived of food, water and medicine a speciality.

Life inside American Frankenfood processing plants. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/21/life-inside-america-food-processing-plants-cheap-meat And after TTIP, all the better to flood the European market with. 'Now THAT'S what I'm talking about,' gushed Da P.M excitedly.

(Modern American food processing plants run with cheap immigrant labour are an everyday occurrence since previous 'TTIP'-style agreements such as NAFTA which promised to generate 200,000 new jobs. In the event, it cost 870,000 US jobs. Identical lies are being peddled today.)

Border exit checks could result in chaos, warn MPs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11304524/Border-exit-checks-could-lead-to-queue-chaos-MPs-warn.html Better remove the root of the problem, then. Theresa Mayhem and her team of scrotes. It will be a far better punt for the country's future economic prosperity than any TTIPox deals.

Sending a signal to the countryside? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/11303334/Sending-a-signal-to-the-countryside.html

The young entrepreneur ready to make millions from broken phones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/privateequity/11305152/The-young-entrepreneur-ready-to-make-millions-from-broken-phones.html

England to produce a bumper Brussels sprout crop in time for Christmas. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/bumper-brussels-sprouts-set-to-be-biggest-in-10-years-after-nearperfect-growing-conditions-9937807.html Hooray for the East Europeans!

The UK's Top 10 dream jobs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/20/the-uks-top-10-dream-jobs/ Plenty in the self-employed category here which won't fit in with most plebs' definitions of 'jobs'. But - dream on, eh?

How do I get around my lost password? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/11304083/How-do-I-get-around-my-lost-password.html

The Kippah Party tells members not to Twatter. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/20/ukip-tells-members-dont-go-twitter-nigel-farage That should help them restore their increasingly flaccid reputations. Works wonders for weener businesses, too.

Being yourself online is a no-no. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/20/for-a-50-year-old-woman-being-yourself-online-is-a-no-no Especially if you've got a successful business to run, instead.

The taking of 'Great' out of Britain by an Israeli crook. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/camden-market-stall-holders-in-state-of-fear-over-development-plans-9936681.html Asked to comment on the daily sell-out of traditional Britain to grasping foreign investors, Da P.M. David Cameron, confirmed excitedly, 'THIS is the TTIP I'm talking about!'

How to sell your car online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/how-to/11305028/How-to-sell-your-car-online.html

9 drinks and dishes invented in London. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/11300885/Nine-drinks-dishes-and-treats-invented-in-London.html?frame=3142711 And that's the best we can do, is it? No wonder the French have been taking the piss for the past fifty years. Perhaps another look at the history books might prove helpful.

20.12.2014: Extra £11 per week per average household in Government's and energy companies' latest scam. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30545091#

Booking.com fraud network revealed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30555620#

Plans to tackle over-50s unemployment. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30559219# I thought the Government and its cronies had this problem cracked by turning them all into self-employed 'entrepreneurs'? (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-29067642)

High Street sales begin early. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/19/high-street-stores-sales-christmas

13 million Britons now living in poverty. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/two-nations-13m-brits-will-spend-12bn-on-panic-saturday-but-13m-others-across-the-country-will-spend-this-christmas-in-poverty-9937088.html There's a rosy 2015 prospect for the country's businessfolk.

Instagram culls millions of 'spammy' accounts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11303238/Instagram-culls-millions-of-spammy-accounts.html Are there any which aren't?

Camden Market stallholders in 'state of fear' over development plans. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/camden-market-stall-holders-in-state-of-fear-over-development-plans-9936681.html

Shoppers to be told how their meat has been killed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11305308/Halal-and-kosher-food-labelling-shoppers-will-be-told-how-their-meat-has-been-killed.html Not what the meat is, mind you. Or if it's American Frankenproduce.

Pensioners living in France miss out on payment after British officials 'manipulate' calculations. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11304858/Pensioners-living-in-France-miss-out-on-payment-after-officials-manipulate-calculations.html With the UK now the most heavily indebted country in Europe (yes, even more so than Greece) every penny - and propaganda point - counts.

Link-sharing platform aims to replace the annoying group email. http://www.springwise.com/link-sharing-platform-aims-replace-annoying-group-email/

Disposable drone turns into a pile of sugar when it’s finished flying. http://www.springwise.com/disposable-drone-turns-pile-sugar-finished-flying/ This is very good news for the CIA and the Pentagon. In future, they won't have to pretend memory-loss when their drones massacre villages full of helpless people. They will be able to say they were making food drops, instead.

19.12.2014: UK’s busiest Christmas shopping day – predictions from Experian FootFall/evolution of Christmas shopping. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/17238

Future High Street Summit to show that hope is not lost for our towns and cities. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/17245

The traditional weekly shop is in decline as shopping online for essentials becomes routine. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/17274

Numbers in debt to energy firms rises. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30538313# Ahhhh; that would explain yesterday's headline 'UK using less energy'. It's because growing numbers of consumers are simply being cut off!

Cdiscount launches a DIY specialty website, moncornerbrico.com. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/17248

Price comparison sites face probe. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/19/price-comparison-sites-face-probe/ At long last; with a bit of luck they'll move on afterwards to that great scam-in-the-sky called the internet.

Quality of UK management has failed to improve in more than a decade. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/quality-uk-management-failed-improve-decade/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk UK management can console itself that French management is even worse, not having shown any signs of improvement since the death of Napoleon.

10 Top Tips on how to be a better negotiator. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11294929/How-to-be-a-better-negotiator-10-top-tips.html

Cameron desperately trying to rally support for clandestine, anti-small business, anti-democratic, corrupt TTIP-pox. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-david-cameron-attempts-to-rally-support-for-controversial-international-trade-deal-9934330.html

France launches rearguard action to try and save what's left of the international reputation of its cuisine. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11303443/France-launches-campaign-against-British-plot-to-dethrone-it-as-worlds-food-capital.html Only twenty years too late. Plus the proposals look as if they are meant to reassure the French. But no-one else.

Design-your-own bikini brand lets women shop by body shape. http://www.springwise.com/design-your-own-bikini-brand-lets-women-shop-body-shape/

Marketplace helps patients find better healthcare abroad. http://www.springwise.com/marketplace-helps-patients-find-healthcare/

Site lets anyone commission their own portrait for under $500. http://www.springwise.com/site-lets-commission-portrait-500/

14 online business review sites you should be monitoring. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/ecommerce/tp/14-Online-Business-Review-Sites-You-Should-Be-Monitoring.htm?nl=1

18.12.2014: Retail sales boosted by Black Friday. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30530231# The retail sector needs more than single-day promotions to get out of the woods. Let's hope the Government doesn't use this as an excuse to further delay significant cuts to business rates - a much more universal and permanent method of boosting sales.

UK using less energy despite 'growing economy'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30518649# What 'growing economy'? Roughly translated, does that mean 'millions' of 'illegal immigrants' who know how to switch off the lights?

Official release: Guidance. Flood support package for homeowners and businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flood-support-package-for-homeowners-and-businesses

Retailer sells boxed cow pats on Black Friday - and 30,000 Americans buy them at $6 a poop. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11298461/Retailer-sells-cow-poo-in-a-box-on-Black-Friday-30000-people-buy-it.html Only in the USA could you find as dumb as this. It even beats the Red Bull award. No wonder Britain's even dumber politicians constantly look to the States for role models.

Where are Britain's biggest house price bargains? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/11298579/House-prices-Where-are-Britains-biggest-bargains.html

Database maps convicted landlords. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/17/new-database-names-maps-private-landlords-convicted-housing-act

Latest official mobile blackspot lie. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2878511/Mobile-signal-blackspots-halved-Deal-networks-Government-means-coverage-needs-85-2017.html

How I talked a scammer into a better life choice? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/17/talked-scammer-into-better-life-choice 'We'll' be picking up the phone to members of this Government, then?

Government scammer and second-rate shyster tries to silence critical blog with spurious legal threats. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-chairman-grant-shapps-accused-of-trying-to-silence-leftwing-blog-with-spurious-legal-threats-9931865.html

Home Office’s £30m immigration contract has led to ‘catalogue of chaos’. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/home-offices-30m-immigration-contract-has-led-to-catalogue-of-chaos-9931777.html Theresa Mayhem and The Scrote Office at it again. In fact, isn't it about time some auditors took a look at their really, really, really close relationship with favourite outsourcers, Crapita, whose 'catalogues of chaos' would stock a mobile library?

Pensions rip-offs will hit millions. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/547541/Pension-rip-off-affect-millions-savers-fees-annual-charges And the crooks responsible - the Government's mates just like the banks - won't even get a scolding.

Fly to Moscow to get some great deals as Russian economy 'tanks'. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/as-russian-economy-tanks-brits-stand-to-benefit-from-great-travel-deals-9931569.html These would be real Russian 'tanks'? Or Ukrainian tanks pretending to be Russian tanks? Anyway, the same could be said of Norway, Nigeria, Venezuala, the UK (oh, yes: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30525539#) and anywhere else affected by current US/Saudi manipulation of oil prices. But Russia is a beautiful country and its people are far more intelligent and welcoming than most westerners. Worth a puntin - if there's any money left in the kitty after the latest trip to the food bank.

The bogus bargains that will leave you out of pocket. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2878367/The-bogus-bargains-leave-pocket-Big-retailers-offering-huge-discounts-actually-selling-products-higher-makers-recommended-prices.html

Avon fined $135 million for China bribes. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30527520#

10 ways to improve your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/10-Ways-to-Improve-Your-Small-Business.htm?nl=1

Thousands of UK delivery drivers are now self-employed, 'lifestyle' couriers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2878481/Internet-gift-not-arrived-Pity-drivers-paid-just-45p-deliver-no-sick-pay-pension-holiday-sacked-moment-s-notice.html Nah. They're the Government's new breed of home-based ENTREPRENEURS doncha know.

This vending machine will deny you snacks based on medical records. http://www.springwise.com/vending-machine-deny-snacks-based-medical-records/

Fishing nets biodegrade so they don’t pollute the sea. http://www.springwise.com/fishing-nets-biodegrade-pollute-sea/

App lets authors tell their story through interactive text messaging. http://www.springwise.com/platform-authors-story-text-message/

10 worst places to live in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/17/the-ten-worst-places-to-live-in-the-uk/

'Benchmarking Business Ethics'. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jo-swinson/ethical-business_b_6340414.html?utm_hp_ref=uk&ir=UK Another lame propaganda exercise from the Government which won't include, one imagines, a ban on arms exports to paedo-terrorist Nazi regimes like Israel, nor an end to fagging for the world's #1 terrorist state, the USA, the banks and Big Corp.

17.12.2014: Post Office facing further Christmas strike action. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30507656#

Hundreds of thousands of Wordpress websites infected. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/11296080/Hundreds-of-thousands-of-Wordpress-websites-infected.html

Boy who claims he made $72 million in his lunch breaks, admits he made up the story. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mohammed-islam-boy-who-made-72m-in-his-lunch-break-admits-he-made-the-story-up-9927387.html Which says an awful lot, as usual, about the super-dumb media which fell hook, line and sinker for this nonsense. Still. His future being idolised as an American entrepreneur/guru by British politicians and the BBC, is assured. He'll probably even get his own sequel to The Apprentice or Dragons' Den. And if he's really lucky, he could also land a job as a senior member of government.

Why the rich don't choose fixed rate mortgages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11294414/Why-the-rich-dont-choose-fixed-rate-mortgages.html Is it because the rich don't need mortgages at all?

Official release: TTIP benefits and concerns. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip-benefits-and-concerns Latest Government rearguard propaganda release as until very recently indeed, TTIP negotiations were being conducted in secret. Anyway, just a few guidelines for anyone who doesn't believe everything that comes off the keyboards of professional liars, thieves and criminals. http://newint.org/features/2014/05/01/trojan-treaties/

Another food giant proposing unreasonable contracts and payment terms. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30509906#

How to live for free: 7 tips from an expert. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11271079/How-to-live-for-free-7-tips-from-an-expert.html All very well if you are next door to where the 'free' offers are available. Not so well if you live out in the sticks: in which case it's back to eating raw sugarbeet and mugging pensioners to pay the electricity, gas and rates bills.

L'Oreal millionaire takes on smelly chip kiosk owner. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/17/loreal-millionaire-sues-chip-stand-owner-for-stinking-up-his-ski-chalet You'd have thought people with a bit of money would have bought a chalet away from pleb-holes like the Val d'Isere. Especially millionaires who made their money from stinky products tested on live animals.

Latest Bent British politician news: British taxpayers ripped off by new train orders. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/17/trains-taxpayers-ripped-off-department-transport-rail

Will computers be wiped out on 19 January 2038? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2876127/Will-computers-wiped-19-January-2038-Outdated-PC-systems-not-able-cope-time-date-experts-warn.html Not if the Government's Digital Dickhead Britain initiative gets there first!

Next year's big trend? Anti-tech 2015. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2875997/Next-year-s-big-trend-ANTI-TECH-2015-set-year-people-forsake-gadgets-social-networks-simpler-life.html At least it will work.

Russian company to be the first to offer pizza delivery by drone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2876236/No-tip-needed-Russian-company-offer-pizza-delivery-DRONE-yes-arrive-30-minutes.html A perfect addition to the armoury of any home-based catering business? It will save on recruiting all those East Europeans who are now starting to demand over the minimum living wage even for cleaning toilets.

The hidden dangers lurking in your kitchen. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2876048/The-hidden-dangers-lurking-kitchen-Chopping-boards-harbour-200-faecal-bacteria-toilet-seats-potatoes-leeks-food-poisoning.html Once again, something which has been common knowledge for generations but which recent governments, educationalists and parents have seen fit to remove from youngsters' learning curves - and replaced by bacteria-ridden dummyphones in their pie-holes, instead.

16.12.2014: Reasons to be concerned by the rise of self-employment. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/david-blanchflower/david-blanchflower-reasons-to-be-concerned-by-the-rise-of-selfemployment-9924635.html As we, and numerous professionals have been saying for years. On the other hand, competence, social responsibility, economic performance or even honesty - are not in this Government's vocabulary. Nor of its cronies. Consequently, even the current definition and usage of the term 'self-employment' wouldn't withstand closer scrutiny, much less any historical comparisons - and that's before we even address the downsides of self-employment in recent years and under this Government in particular.

Half of small firms lack access to superfast broadband. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/december/small-businesses-worst-off-for-superfast-broadband-according-to-ofcom/ Around half (44%) of small and medium-sized firms in the UK do not have access to superfast broadband, compared to 25% of the general population, according to figures released by Ofcom. In urban areas, around a third (33%) of small and medium-sized firms lacked access, compared to 17% of the urban population as a whole. The findings were published in Ofcom's 2014 Infrastructure Report, which also reveals that broadband users as a whole were downloading 77% more data in 2014 than in 2013. Ofcom has developed an interactive mapping tool to help consumers and business owners to check digital coverage in their local area. Further research on the availability, choice and quality of communications services for small firms is due to be published by Ofcom in Spring 2015. (EnterpriseQuest)

One In Ten New Year’s Resolutions Focus on Starting Own Business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27676/one-ten-new-years-resolutions-focus-starting-business/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk Although one always takes such 'research' (marketing exercises) with a large pinch of salt, I'd be worried by a result like this. Bearing in mind that 1 in 6 of the country's working population is running a business already and some surveys I have seen have shown as many as 1 in 6, even 1 in 4 wanting to start their own business, does this mean that the Government's incessant propaganda about 'entrepreneurial' Britain hasn't fooled the plebs after all?

Portas criticises Government over 'token' High Street gestures. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30480438# 'Token' gestures of which she was a part.

Rise of online food business. http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/dec/15/food-box-schemes-busy-professionals

Why the larder is trendy once more. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/11290781/Why-the-larder-is-trendy-once-more.html

6 epic business naming fails - and how to avoid them. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/tp/5-Epic-Business-Naming-Fails-and-How-to-Avoid-Them.htm?nl=1

Google's top searches for 2014. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/16/world-cup-ebola-iphone-google-searches-2014 Clearly not a 'business tool', then?

15.12.2014: Amazon pricing glitch threatens small traders with bankruptcy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11292999/Amazon-glitch-leads-to-rush-over-1p-bargains.html Today's latest from Digital Dickhead Britain - the Government's compulsory way-to-go. Under.

Rochdale slashes business rates by 80% to help boost town centre businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11293125/Rochdale-slashes-business-rates-to-boost-town-centre.html Now all we need is for those businesses to receive Amazon-style tax breaks and we'll be getting somewhere. Of course, the rest of the country's councils continue to maintain that such cuts in business rates, are impossible.

House prices fall by as much as £30,000 in some parts of UK following stamp duty cuts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/11293494/House-prices-fall-by-30000-in-just-four-weeks-in-some-parts-of-UK.html

Deal reached on basic, fee-free bank accounts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30456219#

Community shop opens to sell surplus food from supermarkets to the poor. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/community-shop-opens-to-sell-surplus-food-from-supermarkets-to-the-poor-9924606.html

I complained about poor mobile phone signal and was told 'move to China'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11291123/I-complained-about-poor-mobile-phone-signal-and-was-told-move-to-China.html

14.12.2014: Huge surge in low paid and zero hours contract work. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/13/zero-hours-contracts-low-pay-figures-rise The Government and it web-based cronies will be pleased. However, a happy clappy press release is not anticipated at this stage.

Tax Helplines not good enough, Government admits. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30466149# Yes, and it's today's latest news for the Government's Digital Dickhead drive to bring the entire country to a standstill.

20% increase in footfall for Small Business Saturday 2014. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27644/16-5million-shoppers-hit-local-high-street-small-business-saturday/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_
A bit of good news for a change (apparently) even if the initiative appears to be driven by credit card shopping rather than developing a stable, year-long shopper-supplier relationship with small, local businesses. However, that drift has already been been commented upon sooner and elsewhere and so let's hope it's a trend which has come to stay. Despite this Government's attempts to hamstring meaningful business rate reforms.

How to start a successful business in the countryside. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/11290562/How-to-start-a-successful-business-in-the-countryside.html And there will be people who will actually think this is how it is - the advertorial element apart.

Councils fight to limit right-to-buy home sales. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/14/councils-fight-limit-right-to-buy-losses-social-housing

Trending: the book is back. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/14/book-revival-james-daunt-waterstones

How to create your own micro-brew. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/how-to-create-your-own-microbrew-craft-beer-is-staging-a-resurgence-this-time-without-the-explosions-9920470.html

Best-paid UK jobs 2014. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2868911/Best-paid-UK-jobs-2014-Compare-pay-national-average.html Worth a larf, as usual.

Another bent British politician story. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/tory-backbench-mp-jacob-reesmogg-failed-to-declare-interests-9923362.html

13.12.2014: UK flights hit by computer failure. http://www.aol.co.uk/article/2014/12/12/london-airspace-closed-after-it-failure/21115495/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D314962 And it's all the latest news for the Government's Digital Dickhead Initiative as it provides yet another unique response to imaginary attacks by terrorists. Destroy the country's infastructure and small business community before they can be destroyed by anyone else.

Compensation due to millions after pension mis-selling by insurance firms. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2870850/Pension-firms-pay-price-duping-savers.html

Rise of the 'silver' skier. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2870412/Rise-silver-skier-s-gramping-ski-season-83-families-grandparents-slopes.html It just had to come, following on the arrival of the silver surfer and the silverpreneur.

House price increases earn more in a year than the average worker. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2871018/Houses-earn-year-average-worker-Prices-soar-29-000-past-12-months.html Also known as an official Ponzi scheme.

Top buy-to-let hotspots in Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/11282921/Top-buy-to-let-hot-spots-in-Britain.html?WT.mc_id=e_3754229&WT.tsrc=email&etype=expat&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Exp_New_2014_12_12&utm_campaign=3754229

Postcode lottery of water bill cuts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2871226/UK-households-save-20-year-water-bills-firms-told-cut-charges-5-five-years.html

Official release: Cyber security: a guide for business. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-security-skills-a-guide-for-business

'I spot and exploit pricing errors for a living.' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11288449/I-spot-and-exploit-pricing-errors-for-a-living.html

Steampunk machine helps anyone make their own cooking oil at home. http://www.springwise.com/steampunk-machine-helps-cooking-oil-home/

Fashion company lets customers wear their neighborhood on their sleeve. http://www.springwise.com/fashion-company-lets-customers-wear-neighborhood-sleeve/

Interest-based social network connects likeminded locals. http://www.springwise.com/interest-based-social-networks-connect-likeminded-locals/

12.12.2014: Christmas deliveries face delay. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/11/amazon-yodel-christmas-parcel-delivery-backlog

UK construction output fell in October. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30444853# Again?! Although this time, it's probably due to all those East Europeans returning home to start preparing for Christmas.

Surging construction sector boosts growth. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11289375/Surging-construction-sector-provides-boost-to-growth.html Good, innit? Who to believe? Except this 'surge' is an estimate and not an actuality. (Like most modern 'news', really.) Back to the porridge and gruel, chaps.

House prices: The real impact of stamp duty on your property. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11286667/House-prices-The-real-impact-of-stamp-duty-on-your-property.html

Britain pays highest property taxes in the world. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2867861/We-pay-highest-property-taxes-world-without-mansion-tax-1-8-paid-duty-levied-people-s-homes-business-premises.html We've been saying it for years.

Rocketing food prices mean we eat less – but still pay 20pc more. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11289005/Rocketing-food-prices-mean-we-eat-less-but-still-pay-20pc-more.html

Food banks: Don’t you people know how to make a banquet out of bugger all? http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/food-banks-dont-you-people-know-how-to-make-a-banquet-out-of-bugger-all-9918910.html Perhaps the Government and one of its business weener website cronies will issue a Christmas Cheer press release applauding the growing numbers of home businesses using food banks? (And Government mentors who can show them how to cook porridge.)

Mobile payments about to grip UK mass market. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27628/mobile-payments-grip-uk-mass-market/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk. 'Our research reveals that over 23 million people would like to use mobile payments', claims the article. That's one hell of a piece of research which has just quietly taken place. More like a National Census instead of the usual statistical 'samples' of 500 - 1000 which even the Government seems to find adequate.

Fashion company’s cruelty-free fur only uses roadkill. http://www.springwise.com/fashion-companys-cruelty-free-fur-roadkill/

Smart whiteboard syncs meeting notes to any device in real time. http://www.springwise.com/smart-whiteboard-syncs-meeting-notes-device-real-time/

11.12.2014: Britons are living beyond their means, says Government's fiscal watchdog. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11285507/Britons-are-living-beyond-their-means-says-OBR.html Inspired by the Government itself, no doubt.

Government claims businesses are 'divided' on business rate reform. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11286299/Government-claims-businesses-are-divided-on-reform-of-business-rates.html (The Government had recently conducted a poll on Twitter.)

1-in-5 suppliers has been bullied by a large company. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11286218/One-in-five-suppliers-has-been-bullied-by-large-company.html I'm surprised that's all it is.

Scammers target savers' pension pots. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/546053/Scammers-target-savers-pension-liberation-scheme-savings-pensioner-fraud A Government TEAM spokesneutergendertranspersonguy was unavailable for comment.

App acts as an auto-correct for those with speech disorders. http://www.springwise.com/app-acts-auto-correct-speech-disorders/

Dutch home sends prospective buyers around on a rollercoaster. http://www.springwise.com/dutch-home-sends-prospective-buyers-rollercoaster/

Social paywall lets readers share articles instead of paying. http://www.springwise.com/social-paywall-lets-readers-share-articles-paying/

Bakery allowed 'oldest pasty' claim. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/10/bakery-allowed-oldest-pasty-claim/

10.12.2014: Energy customers given further ways to reclaim cash. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30401932#

Website for claiming back your energy credit. http://www.myenergycredit.com/

Government too trusting of big firm suppliers claim MPs. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-30399245# Feigning disapproval and surprise, perhaps our MPs should be replace themselves with politicians who are supposedly less naive (I don't think) and more capable of serving the public interest? After all (just like CIA-wighead torturers and assassins and their media-propaganda) this has only been common knowledge for generations.

How lopsided can comparison sites get before watchdogs wake up? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/james-moore-how-lopsided-can-comparison-sites-get-before-the-watchdogs-wake-up-9911418.html I thought the criminal media were the public's 'watchdogs' these days? Although I can understand their inhibitions as advertising for comparison websites takes up so much space and time and generates so much revenue that it wouldn't be reasonable to bite the hand that feeds it.

Scamwatch: Christmas loan fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/10/scamwatch-christmas-loan-fraud/ A bit late to be alerting shoppers to what passes for a Christmas tradition?!

Amazon to let shoppers haggle. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11283504/Amazon-lets-shoppers-haggle-with-Make-an-Offer-button.html

Calls to save pubs from conversion to supermarkets. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/10/call-to-save-pubs-from-supermarkets/ Oh, yes. Another nice little, grubby, official earner. And another nail which hasn't been put in the coffins of pubs by Muslim teetototallers. According to English Nazi peers.

Organic farming can feed the world if done correctly, scientists claim. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/organic-farming-can-feed-the-world-if-done-right-scientists-claim-9913651.html This has been known for a long time. The biggest obstacle is Big Corp. Usually, American Big Corp. And gutlesss politicians. And the media. Like those who are now pretending that they didn't know what the CIA was for or what it was doing. Although the pretence continues to include the lucrative spectre of terrorist threat again, so job done, job done. They'll be able to go off now and whip up the next pretext for another murderous bombing spree killing tens of thousands more defenceless civilians. Before pretending they didn't do that, either. And so it goes on. Backed by the American, British and European public who also pretend they didn't - and don't - know anything. Despite the planet being littered with more dead bodies in the past fifty years than the Second World War ever produced. And despite this being the age of mass communication. Information technology. Social media. And political 'correctness'.

Facebook to develop an artificial intelligence assistant for its users. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2867524/Facebook-developing-artificial-intelligence-assistant-monitor-social-network-warn-make-embarrassing-post.html Says it all, really.

Lance Corporal used army compensation payout to set up loan shark business to junior soliders. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2866798/Lance-Corporal-used-army-compensation-payout-set-loan-shark-business-charging-40-junior-soldiers-threatening-punishment-duty-failed-pay-back.html Now that's what I'm talking about! A REAL entrepreneur. Get that man signed up with the IoD.

09.12.2014: Nuisance calls out of control, says taskforce. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30375084# I couldn't agree more and it's been that way for years. I have an elderly mother who simply refuses to pick up the phone any more when she hears it ringing, because she is convinced it will be a nuisance call. And I almost never pick up a domestic phone when I'm in the UK for precisely the same reason. Business email addresses are just as bad, so one is left with just a very limited private email address for matters of importance.

Of course, the problem, like bent, crooked, thieving, lying, psycopath bankers, could be solved overnight. There's regular, corrective hangings. Or, a genuine Government could always appoint a telecomms regulator with teeth and balls, to take the place of Ofcon. Unfortunately, the telecomms industry, scams included, has its own Minister these days, so that isn't likely to happen any time soon.

Annoyed by sales calls? Have you tried growing up? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11280295/Annoyed-by-sales-calls-Have-you-tried-growing-up.html What a *anker! There are a significant number of people out there who do have lives to be getting on with and entering into repeat conversations on the telephone with wasters, is not on their daily 'to do' list. And then of course, you have more and more automated calls these days which you can't instruct to get lost, anyway. People shouldn't have to be plagued by telecomms lice, no more so than online pop-ups which you can't get rid of; there really are better things in life to be getting on with.

UK broadband still patchy, Ofcon reveals. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30375854# Latest joke from Ofcon. As if we haven't known that for the past twenty years. So how many £ billions is all this costing the UK economy?

Third of shopping now done online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11281318/Shoppers-are-sold-on-the-online-revolution.html So that's only a third. As in 33%. Or less.

Black Friday helps lift online retailers out of November lull. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/09/black-friday-retailers-lifted-christmas-spending-sales However, one hears that a third of purchases have been returned for refunds. One imagines that the real picture therefore, is not quite so rosy.

Frustrated online shoppers head for the High Street. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27609/online-shoppers-frustrated-choice-limited-search-head-high-st/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk Still more of the 'real' picture.

Poor go hungry because they can't cook, says Tory peer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11279839/Poor-going-hungry-because-they-cant-cook-says-Tory-peer.html And they can't cook because they have received a Tory, swivel-eyed vision of education and spent all their money instead, on plastic crap and services thrust down their throats by Tory donors. Mainly US Big Corp. There is plenty of cheap food available, on the other hand. But supermarkets prefer to bin £ millions every day rather than help feed the needy. Also in line with Tory shibboleths. Finally, cooking usually requires a regular and reliable supply of gas or electricity. The prices of which have gone through the roof under this Government. Finally, taken together, it's all the fault of parents anyway.

HMRC targets solicitors in latest tax crackdown. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11279353/HMRC-targets-solicitors-in-latest-tax-crackdown.html Larf?! I almost fell off me perch.

Is Scottish Power Britain's worst firm for service? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11241696/Is-Scottish-Power-Britains-worst-firm-for-service.html

The £1000-a week bricklayers. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/09/bricklayers-shortage-skilled-workers-uk-construction You'd have thought the Government's Digital Dickheads Initiative would have introduced an app for that. Getting a £1000 a week. Although they won't be bothering with any apps for getting out of bed in the morning; nor a full working day; nor a 5 or 6-day working week; nor getting to work. Nor even, working itself.

How to make money selling T-shirts online. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/onlinebusiness101/fl/How-to-Make-Money-Selling-T-shirts-Online.htm?nl=1 I bet no-one's thought of that before.

Flatpack, solar-powered biofuel stove for Africa could save lives. http://www.springwise.com/flatpack-solar-powered-biofuel-stove-africa-save-lives/

08.12.2014: Retail ombudsman set up to help with consumer disputes. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30368193#

Overdraft fees fuel watchdog concerns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11277829/Overdraft-fees-fuel-watchdog-concerns.html

Bank of England warning over mortgage arrears. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/08/bank-of-england-half-a-million-housebuyers-face-mortgage-arrears

Householders offered £5600 for home improvements. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11277587/Householders-offered-5600-cash-for-home-improvements.html

Cheapest gas and electricity tariffs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/08/cheapest-gas-and-electricity-tariffs/

Task force urges firms to act on plague of nuisance phone calls. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/call-for-firms-to-act-on-plague-of-nuisance-phone-calls-9909320.html

Body launched to represent creative industries. http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4654.shtml The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has been launched as a new independent body to represent the creative industries, public arts and cultural education in the UK. Founder members of the CIF include the BBC, Google, Facebook and Virgin Media, as well as smaller firms, and existing creative sector representatives such as Nesta and Creative SkillSet. CIF responsibilities will include setting up an advisory council to represent the interests of the creative industries sector to Government; providing guidance to help creative organisations develop; and drawing up a report to assess the industry. The CIF will operate under eight key mission statements, which include bringing together public and private creative sectors; ensuring creativity has a central place in the education system; and defending intellectual property rights. (EnterpriseQuest)

How China is 'ripping off' our iconic designs and selling them for a fraction of the price. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2864799/The-great-Chinese-fakeaway-China-s-ripping-iconic-designs-flogging-fraction-price.html At least they're not sending in jackbooted illegal immigrants and terrorists to bomb and kill before they steal the country's resources. It also begs the question whether or not the cost of original 'iconic' designs are viable in the first place. We all like to make - or save - a bob or two. But there's a difference between a healthy profit and slavering greed.

The hunger stalking Britain. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/dec/08/tories-avert-rift-church-food-bank-report So who is supposed to be imposing sanctions on whom? Perhaps if we asked them nicely, the Russians could send Little Engerlandt some food parcels?

Ethnic Foods Europe trade show. 12-15 January 2015, Amsterdam. http://www.ethnicfoodseurope.com/Pages/default.aspx

The MLM Startup Conference. Starting and Running the Successful MLM Company. February 26-27, 2015, Las Vegas (USA). http://www.mlmlegal.com/srs2.html

Why is there condensation on the inside of my windows? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/11269987/Why-is-there-condensation-on-the-inside-of-my-windows.html

How many Englishmen does it take to fix this road sign? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2863983/How-people-does-fix-road-sign-22-two-years.html

Calais ferry workers set to strike again. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2864177/Calais-ferry-workers-set-strike-again.html Well, you certainly can't accuse French strikers of not being boringly predictable. For the rest of the time, Calais has long been a ferry shithole anyway, and I never use the place. Far too many loud-mouthed thug-type immigrants with tattoos. Speaking English.

07.12.2014: Post Office workers set to strike. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/06/post-office-workers-set-to-stage-one-day-strike

Letting agent tricks that shrink buy-to-let returns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11272485/Four-letting-agent-tricks-that-can-shrink-buy-to-let-returns.html

Sporting organisations join forces against Government and rise of bedroom ticket touts. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/dec/06/battle-bedroom-ticket-touts-house-of-lords Not good news once again, for the Government's 'growing tide' of home-based 'entrepreneurs'.

Official release: Proposals to change the Prompt Payment Code. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/proposals-to-change-the-prompt-payment-code

Build your own home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/homebuildingandrenovatingawards/11271155/Build-your-own-home-could-you-design-a-house-as-good-as-this.html

Britain's best Christmas markets. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/dec/06/best-christmas-markets-shopping-uk

Mum who makes cakes for Fortnum & Mason started cooking after losing her council job. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/543972/Mum-Of-Two-Council-Job-Redundancy-Fortnum-and-Masons-Parliament

Shoppers reject imported Christmas trees in favour of homegrown ones. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-branches-out-shoppers-reject-imported-christmas-trees-in-favour-of-homegrown-ones-9908486.html

Christmas: meet the modern-day mistletoe harvesters. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/11270114/Christmas-meet-the-modern-day-mistletoe-harvesters.html

Farmers call in the gleaners. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/smart-farmers-call-in-the-gleaners-volunteers-are-salvaging-crops-that-supermarkets-refuse-to-take--and-giving-them-to-food-charities-9908492.html It looks as if both the supermarkets and their customers still have too much money.

06.12.2014: Official release: Small Business Saturday 2014: Nick Clegg message. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-business-saturday-2014-nick-clegg-message To be consigned to the same public urinal wall as the Government's Digital Dickhead initiative, Black Friday and Cyber Monday propaganda. (Latest news for Black Friday and Cyber Monday just below, 05.12.2014.)

In the meantime, a few politicians will be photograped buying a lamb chop at their local butcher today; followed by 364 days of ready-made meals from Israeli terrorist-supporting Marks & Spencer.

'Bongo Bongoland' Britain suffers biggest real-time wage drop of the G20. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/04/british-workers-suffered-biggest-real-wage-fall-major-g20-countries Wankminsters' donors will be absolutely delighted. Hands-free orgasms and gongs all round. Arf, arf!

We'll end scandal of £40bn owed to small firms by larger customers, pledge Tories. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2863115/We-ll-end-scandal-40bn-owed-small-firms-larger-customers-pledge-Tories.html All politicians, not just the Tories, have been making this pledge for as long as I can remember. But as the principal offenders also happen to be major political party donors, the likelihood of any changes to what is basically, business culture, are just about zero.

TTIP: European fears over American Frankenfood imports. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/chlorine-chicken-hormone-beef-european-fears-over-american-frankenfood-imports-9906889.html There's already a lot more of it going on than the media-misinformed public realises. How else do you think people deteriorate into watching Big Brother?

Official release: Business support helpline evaluation. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/business-support-helpline-and-govuk-evaluation What 'business support helpline'?

American Winter now joined by slave-workers, extends to 190 cities. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30339438# Putin, take note! 'Now THAT'S we're talking about.' (Says arboreal American Fux propaganda junky.)

Nation's debt hotspots revealed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cardsloans/article-2862405/Britain-s-biggest-debt-hotspots-revealed-Charity-names-areas-make-cries-help.html

Prove you have blackspot signal problems seven times a day before you get a refund. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11276730/T-Mobile-prove-you-suffer-blackspots-seven-times-a-day-for-refund.html Apparently, 'up to a million' customers suffer connection problems. The other 5 million can't get through to complain.

Cheque photo payments to be extended. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30343678#

Which film posters are worth the most? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11266055/Investing-in-film-posters-which-have-made-the-most-money.html

Trending: flip 'n brick mobile phones making a comeback. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2862040/Hold-oversized-retro-phone-Flip-brick-mobile-making-comeback-thanks-popularity-celebrities.html Amongst airhead celebrities it seems.

Strap with a display turns any analog watch into a smart one. http://www.springwise.com/strap-display-turns-analog-watches-smart/

Printed fitness tracker uses chemical sweat analysis. http://www.springwise.com/printed-fitness-tracker-chemical-sweat-analysis/

App lets users trawl hundreds of local businesses at once. http://www.springwise.com/app-lets-users-trawl-hundreds-local-businesses/

05.12.2014: Peer blames pub closures on teetotal Muslims. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11274374/Teetotal-Muslims-partly-to-blame-for-decline-of-pubs-Tory-peer-says.html The pub industry on the other hand, blames another piss-poor World Cup performance by the Engerlandt football squad. Plus the massive increase in sales of cheap booze by supermarkets for home consumption over the past few decades. A state of affairs which has been endorsed by successive governments of swivel-eyed, Tory loons on the take from the retail industry.

A million have already signed petition against clandestine EU/US TTIP trade talks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30316819# Isn't it cute how the US, Little Engerlandt and their mediatised arch-villains, the EU, can all come together whenever there are any prospects for their bent politicians? (With a total of 1 'Like' and 2 'Shares'.) Irrespective of democracy, massive public outcry, the public interest and good, old-fashioned stewardship.

British Government's first TTIP snout-in-trough. https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/david-cameron-force-stephen-dorrell-mp-to-pick-a-job-now#petition Hands up anyone who is surprised?

Premier Foods writes to suppliers requesting an 'investment payment'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11274575/Premier-Foods-tells-suppliers-Give-us-money-or-face-losing-our-business.html Like a bung to a bent politician, they mean.

A third of Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases returned. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/05/a-third-of-online-purchases-set-to-be-returned-this-christmas/ Like everything which emanates from the States. Conceived by wasters to appeal to wasters. With Engerlandt's fagging little politicians in full tow.

Empty homes investors could face jail. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/04/property-investors-islington-london-homes-empty-jail

TaxationWeb newsletter, November 2014. http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=20130af8d76b06160470ee741&id=02d01bc95c&e=45c941d6f6

Ex-pats to keep their tax break. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/11272572/Expats-will-keep-their-tax-break.html?WT.mc_id=e_3735452&WT.tsrc=email&etype=expat&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Exp_New_2014_12_5&utm_campaign=3735452 I can imagine that the vast majority of ex-pats who have faithfully paid their taxes for decades yet don't get anything in return for all their hard work and honesty, don't view this as any kind of 'tax break'.

'The 50 signs a couple has made it' list. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/have-you-been-ticking-things-off-the-50-signs-a-couple-has-made-it-list-then-youre-dooming-yourself-to-permanent-unhappiness-9904549.html Sounds like living in the French countryside.

Christmas e-card fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/05/scamwatch-christmas-e-card-fraud/

A third of British expats would like to move back to the UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2860523/Expat-research-British-expats-homesick.html Happily, immigrants from other parts of the world are made of sterner stuff, even if the majority too, would like to return home. Or what's left of it after years of bombing by the Coalition of Evil.

Hands-free tablet which is designed for the kitchen. http://www.springwise.com/rugged-hands-free-tablet-designed-kitchen/

App which shows if you like a new beer or wine before you try it. http://www.springwise.com/app-beer-wine/

Smart garments measure customers’ exact body shape to avoid online clothes returns. http://www.springwise.com/smart-garments-measure-customers-exact-body-shape-avoid-online-clothes-returns/

04.12.2014: BAD News. For the better informed business adviser.

4 December 2014: Autumn Statement 2014 Special

Welcome to this special edition of BAD News (Business Advisers' News), bringing you a summary of the most relevant and important measures announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement. Key points included in the Chancellor's statement were:


The Connection Voucher scheme will be extended until March 2016, and the number of cities covered by the scheme will be increased in April 2015. In particular, the number of northern cities included in the scheme is set to double.

The Childcare Business Grant scheme in England will be extended for the 2015/16 financial year following a £2 million increase in funding. This will support the creation of new childcare places.


A further £400 million will be provided to support venture capital through the British Business Bank's Enterprise Capital Funds programme.


Eligibility conditions will be tightened for those claiming tax credits on the basis of self-employment, including a new test to assess whether work being carried out is genuine and effective. Claimants will need to register as self-employed with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and provide a Unique Tax Reference number in order to claim.

A digital calculator will be introduced by HMRC to help with calculating Capital Gains Tax.


The New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme will be extended from January 2015, to support new business start ups.

A support package totalling an additional £20 million will be provided to help firms which are exporting for the first time. The increased support will include expansion of the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) regional network, tailored support to help firms access new markets online, and funding for a global events programme.


The Government will allocate £1 billion of the £12 billion Local Growth Fund to support a second wave of Growth Deals between 2015 and 2021.

Business Rates

A review of the future structure of business rates will be carried out, and findings will be reported by the time the 2016 Budget is announced.

The doubling of Small Business Rate Relief is being extended to April 2016, which will allow some of the smallest firms to continue to receive 100% relief from business rates, and others to receive partial relief.

The business rate discount for retail food and drink premises with a rateable value of £50,000 or less will be increased from £1,000 to £1,500 for one year from 1st April 2015.


A simplification programme is planned for business licences, with the aim of local authorities in England offering a single online application process by 2018, so a business only need to register its details once.

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement is available in full at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/autumn-statement-documents

The Shadow Chancellor's response to the Autumn Statement is available at: http://press.labour.org.uk/post/104247806064/ed-balls-response-to-the-autumn-statement

London continues to miss out on benefits of Chinese tourism. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2857889/Chinese-tourists-skip-London-favour-LA-Paris-Moscow-New-York-named-favourite-long-haul-holiday-spot.html Who can blame them? If it's not medieval visa restrictions, it's 'dog-end' terrorist politicians and their propaganda, criticising the Chinese for protecting their country against Anglo-American saboteurs.

Celebrity chefs' retaurants amongst the most overpriced and worst for food. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11272075/Celebrity-chefs-restaurants-among-most-overpriced-and-worst-food.html It's like viewers of The Apprentice or Dragons' Den thinking they're watching a couple of business shows. Anyway, none of this is news.

The ultimate garden shed as a gift for Christmas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/11260301/Christmas-gift-guide-the-ultimate-garden-sheds.html

Business response to The Autumn Staement 2014. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27578/business-response-autumn-statement-2014/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

03.12.2014: 500,000 at risk of losing their home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/03/500-000-at-risk-of-losing-their-home/ No probs. They can take their 'millions' of dummyphone and eBay home businesses with them and simply set up elsewhere. In cardboard boxes under Chiswick flyover, perhaps?

Chancellor to deliver near-£1 billion for small businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/autumn-statement/11269348/George-Osborne-to-deliver-near-1bn-package-for-small-business.html And another £85 billion for US Big Corp.

Help for High Street shopping in fight against online retailers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11269523/Autumn-Statement-Help-for-High-Street-shopping-in-fight-with-online-retailers.html We and other business groups, have only been urging this for years but the Government has preferred to go down the path of Z-lister, tv micro-entrepreneur, propaganda roadshows. Now all we need is the support of some small-business-friendly, patriotic politicians instead of Wankminster's usual rag-bag of Fags for America or Friends of Israel or both. Then we can tackle issues which go way beyond the media-mis-reported problems caused by online retailing.

Shoppers spurn supermarkets for local stores. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2858329/Christmas-bargains-food-prices-fall-time-eight-years-shoppers-spurn-supermarkets-local-stores.html

5 reasons why markets are heading for a crash. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/jeremy-warner/11269329/Five-reasons-why-markets-are-heading-for-a-crash.html Not just the Russian economy, then?

EU's #1 destination for migrants is - Germany! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-revealed-as-main-destination-of-eu-migrants-as-poland-vows-to-veto-uk-9897327.html Bloody Krauts win again! No wonder Engerlandt's Israeli-American hate-preaching media isn't circulating this story. Next thing you know, British tradesmen will be off to Germany again just like the years of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Government crackdown on insurance fraud will bring down premiums. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11268256/Crackdown-on-insurance-fraud-will-bring-down-premiums.html Bring down premiums?! Someone's not on message here.

Which firms drove you mad in 2014? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2857977/WOODEN-SPOON-AWARDS-Sent-crackers-call-centres-wits-end-wrong-bills-firm-drove-raving-mad-2014.html

UK government could build and sell new homes on public sector land. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/02/government-build-new-homes-danny-alexander

Flat owners should be given new rights. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30294353#

Household spending through the roof. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/dec/02/british-households-spend-less-entertainment-bills-rent-survey And that's before setting up anything like a home business.

Royal Mail's rural services not under threat, promises Ofcon. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/supportservices/11267132/Ofcom-Royal-Mails-rural-services-not-under-threat.html

Microsoft kills off clip art. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/11268290/Microsoft-kills-off-Clip-Art.html Now where will our media get all its propaganda photos of terrorists and Russian invasions from? Although it must be said, pics of Russians actually doing invading do seem to be as rare as tits on goldfish.

Are these Britain's prettiest market towns? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/11265281/Are-these-Britains-prettiest-market-towns.html

'Victory' for UK micro-firms as HMRC re-examines interpretation of VAT ruling. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/11268706/Victory-for-UK-micro-firms-as-HMRC-tweaks-EU-VAT-MOSS-rule.html So it's not all down to the EU, as the previous, venom-spitting article claimed? One could suggest that the media and its so-called 'experts' take a little more time looking at the facts before going to print - but that would be too much of a seismic culture shift.

For $5 a month, eAngel will get a human to proofread your emails. http://www.springwise.com/5-month-eangel-human-proofread-emails/ Which pre-supposes that people who compose emails these days actually know they are illiterate. That's a big ask.

In-ear nutritionist tells diners when they’re eating too fast. http://www.springwise.com/in-ear-nutritionist-tells-diners-eating-fast/

Site offers users cash for their travel reviews. http://www.springwise.com/site-offers-users-cash-travel-reviews/

02.12.2014: Families spending less than in 2006. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30290451# And if they're the Government's new breed of self-employed 'entrepreneurs', they're spending less than they were in 1806.

Anti-Amazon campaign gathers weight. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/01/amazon-christmas-boycott-campaign-amazon-anonymous

Show your customers some appreciation at Christmas. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/27525/show-customers-appreciation-christmas/

Keeping Business Overheads Low With the Help from Public Spaces. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27538/keeping-business-overheads-low-help-public-spaces/

Late payment still commonplace in construction sector. http://www.fmb.org.uk/news-publications/newsroom/press-releases/2014/
Research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) has identified Tier 2 sub-contractors as net providers of trade credit within the construction industry, with many providing more credit to Tier 1 contractors and clients than they receive from their own suppliers. Despite the majority (92%) of FMB and NSCC members surveyed agreeing terms that require their clients to pay within 45 days, only 57% actually receive payment during this period. In contrast, 84% of members who agree to pay their suppliers within 45 days actually do so. Commenting on the findings, FMB Chief Executive Brian Berry said: "This clearly shows that, although contractual payment terms are improving, late payment is still rife within the supply chain and much more needs to be done to ensure payments are made within terms." (EnterpriseQuest) Late payment is far more universal than just the construction sector.

What you need to know about web hosting. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/27412/web-hosting-bugs-backups-need-know/

Annuity mis-selling may affect hundreds of thousands. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/01/annuity-mis-selling-may-affect-hundreds-of-thousands/ I see the Government's mates and donors are going to have their skid-marks washed and aired again?

Phone scammers net £23.9 million in one year. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30279582# So company profits are much lower than usual, then?

Shoppers who fought over big screen televisions during Black Friday's day of huge discounts are now struggling to sell them on internet. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2856308/Black-Friday-shoppers-fought-big-screen-televisions-Asda-Tesco-struggling-sell-internet.html It doesn't matter; they will still be officially classed as 'entrepreneurs'.

PayPal loophole allows Barclaycard to refuse credit card refund. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/jessicainvestigates/11258422/PayPal-loophole-allows-Barclaycard-to-refuse-credit-card-refund.html

Retailers face £100 million bill to get vending machines ready for new, 12-sided £1 coin. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2855731/Retailers-count-cost-adapting-automatic-till-parking-meter-vending-machine-country-ahead-new-threepenny-bit-style-1-coin.html

Britain's best Christmas markets. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11176161/UK-Christmas-markets.html

Panic button app helps teens with depression reach out for support. http://www.springwise.com/panic-button-app-helps-teens-depression-reach-support/ I would have thought the last thing teens with depression need is anything connected with apps.

Orwell-inspired clothing stops phones being hacked. http://www.springwise.com/orwell-inspired-clothing-stops-phones-hacked/

Wanted: experienced farmer to join the space race. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11266256/Wanted-experienced-farmer-to-join-the-space-race.html

The most annoying business buzzwords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/01/the-most-annoying-business-buzzwords/ 'Buzzwords'? Most of these 'buzzwords' were being bandied about by trend sheep a decade ago! Still. One musn't expect too much of the media. They don't get out much. Oh, my God. Hi. Guys. Awesome.

01.12.2014: Sorry, but this is no entrepreneurial revolution. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/david-blanchflower/sorry-but-this-is-no-entrepreneurial-revolution-9894517.html I see the media is starting to wake up - or perhaps, just weighing up the truth rather than parrot-fashion, simply repeating lying Government propaganda; just as it did eventually, on TTIP (with the Government already promising to pump-prime the NHS with £ billions - before handing it over to US Big Corp); the contaminated supermarket food chain; tax-dodging US Big Corp; the annual £85 billion taxpayer's subsidy to US Big Corp . . . and so on.

Government accused of playing numbers game with apprentices. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/30/hundreds-thousands-apprentices-in-uk-paid-little-2-73 The Government can be accused of playing numbers games with everything it has been crowing about. Especially anything to do with 'entrepreneurism', labour market statistics and the economy. And that's being rather more polite than foul-mouthed politicians having their say.

78% of public want more government action on empty homes. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/dec/01/more-action-wanted-empty-homes-halifax-survey There are far fewer prospects for cash suppositories for bent politicians and local councillors in empty homes because the land they stand on, has already been sold. Consequently, the public, whether it's 78% or even 100%, can get stuffed.

Banks remove 'red tape' making it easier to get business loans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11263731/Banks-remove-barriers-to-business-loans.html You mean - this wasn't 'EU' red tape?! Anyway, we'll believe it when we see it.

£15 billion to be spent on road-funding for England. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30269231# Plenty of EU-susbsidised work for French corporations and East European workers, then. Although whether or not this is just more Government propaganda, remains to be seen.

Landlines get pricier as callers hang up on old technology. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30251029#

1-in-4 people would not trust their neighbours to take a parcel delivery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11263831/One-in-four-Britons-would-not-trust-a-neighbour-to-take-a-parcel.html

The 'schoolboy entrepreneur' cashes in. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/01/tommie-rose-the-schoolboy-business-man-cashes-in/ I think there are an awful lot of schoolboy businesses making a lot more money than this young man but what they don't have is asinine media exposure and a bunch of Government cronies doing a velcro act. Whether or not that will be the death of him, remains to be seen.

Can I get new drivers for my printer? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/11260785/Can-I-get-new-drivers-for-my-printer.html

Rent-a-chef to impress your guests. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-2853260/The-rent-chef-goes-grocery-shopping-cooks-gourmet-meal-washes-just-35.html

8 worst things about dining out in Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11143148/The-8-worst-things-about-dining-out-in-Britain.html I don't usually agree with the observations of tabloid hacks if only in principle, but this time, the man's absolutely right. Personally, I have found good, supper clubs a rewarding experience; on the other hand, I could equally say the same of 'good' restaurants.

Are water supply pipe repairs free? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/11258592/Are-water-supply-pipe-repairs-free.html

UK politicians likely to be refused entry to Hong Kong. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/30/mps-refused-entry-hong-kong Not a group of terrorist-supporting Friends of Israel who were about to book the wrong flight, by any chance? Still, this does bode well for the future of trade relations with China even if it is only the Chinese who appear willing to keep the situation under control. In the meantime, if our brown-nosers want to do some good, I would have thought a destination like Ferguson, USA, and The American Winter uprisings against their country's terrorist regime, would have been more appropriate? The Pentagon permitting, of course!

Bent 'Bongo Bongoland' Britain: 11 peers gave £14 million to political parties before being appointed to House of Lords. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2854988/How-eleven-peers-gave-14m-political-parties-joining-House-Lords.html

DVLA pockets £25 million in 5 years from pimping its data to parking enforcement firms. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2855464/DVLA-pockets-25m-five-years-selling-personal-details-millions-motorists-parking-enforcement-firms.html All part of the Government's digital enablement programme for milking dumb plebs.

Petrol sales fall despite price cut. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/12/01/petrol-sales-fall-despite-price-cut/ Oh, dear! Is The Coalition of Evil's plan to wreck the Russian economy and sabotage Iraqi and Syrian oil production, going to meet with an untimely end?

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

Len Tondel



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