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LATEST! 31.05.2015
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (April 2015) Viewpoint

Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st May 2015

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

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

31.05.2015: People 'naturally bad with money'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/29/people-not-naturally-money-savvy/

Beat record credit card interest rates. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/30/beat-record-credit-card-interest-rates/

Timeshare horrors: fresh hope for 100,000 people locked in costly contracts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11616223/Timeshare-horrors-fresh-hope-for-100000-people-locked-in-costly-contracts.html

How to tell if your business idea is viable. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/a/how-to-qualify-a-business-idea.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150530

3 reasons to slow down your start-up. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/slow-down-the-start-up-process.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150530

SMS platform lets freelancers without internet find work. http://www.springwise.com/sms-platform-lets-freelancers-internet-find-work/

Snap-on table legs create unique furniture on any surface, in seconds. http://www.springwise.com/snap-on-table-legs-create-unique-furniture-surface-seconds/

Dating site for mastermind groups. http://www.springwise.com/dating-site-mastermind-groups/

Plugin can find any digital file without knowing the title. http://www.springwise.com/plugin-find-file-knowing-title/

Startup guarantees best online prices, even after purchase. http://www.springwise.com/startup-guarantees-online-prices-purchase/

Picture tells a thousand words with location finding app. http://www.springwise.com/picture-tells-thousand-words-location-finding-app/

3 ways to protect your business from security hacks. https://www.tapp.com/101/3-ways-to-protect-your-biz-from-security-hacks

30.05.2015: Fines amnesty for late tax returns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11639907/Fines-amnesty-for-late-tax-returns.html

Packaged bank accounts: could you get a £1,500 refund? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11630332/Packaged-bank-accounts-could-you-get-a-1500-refund.html

The UK's mobile and tablet theft hotspots revealed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/28/the-uk-s-mobile-and-tablet-theft-hotspots-revealed/

Man beats hardship by turning home to skate park. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/11639030/Man-beats-hardship-by-turning-home-to-skate-park.html Now there's a novel idea for all those British home businesses cooped up in the country's battery-housing. Not.

Whatever happened to basic good manners? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/11633918/Whatever-happened-to-basic-good-manners.html Like intelligence, they got killed off by the internet.

The Home Business Summer Survival Guide. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/worklifebalanceathome/fl/Home-Business-Summer-Survival-Guide.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150527

4 Ways to Start a Business With No Money. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/becominganentrepreneur/tp/4-Ways-to-Start-a-Business-With-No-Money.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150525 Or, there's the 4 'Tory' (sheep-thieving) ways. 1. Mug a pensioner. 2. Do some shoplifting. 3. Recruit some immigrant slave labour, charge for their services but refuse to pay any wages. 4. Pretend to be a builder and ask for some money up front.

29.05.2015: Poor management skills hampering growth of UK SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/poor-management-skills-hampering-growth-of-uk-smes/ From what we regularly see of British SMEs, the majority of them would struggle to spell 'management' let alone exercise its good practice. Then again, if we were to believe all the happy clappy news about the confidence, performance and rosy futures in store for British SMEs, this article would appear to be a bit, err, misplaced as clearly, the pig ignorant, unskilled, stupid performance of small British businesses isn't holding them back at all!!

UK growth hit by trade deficit and services slowdown. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32911521 And so soon after the 24% minority regime had been elected. Obviously not the kind of writing which appeared on any bog walls in the run-up to the elections.

EU softening stance on TTIP. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32916750 The inevitable take-over of the EU marketplace by the Americans is rapidly approaching as the American Chamber of Commerce refers to the EU's "commitment to transparency and democratic principles as key elements". Or, code for America's guaranteed lack of "commitment to transparency and democratic principles as key elements". As normal. With reporting on these issues - in the true spirit of 'transparent' and 'democratic' media/propaganda owned and edited by US/Israeli terrorists - having failed to do any reporting on TTIP for over a year and only when it was absolutely forced to do so.

We could be wrong, of course. It is always possible that from tomorrow, the Americans will begin corruption investigations into all their Olympic sporting disciplines, sports authorities and sponsors. (Is it Nike who have already been caught with their sticky fingers in the jam jar? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/fifa-corruption-arrests-nike-reported-to-be-multinational-sportswear-company-at-centre-of-bribery-claims-over-brazil-shirt-deal-10282242.html) Pay reparations to the 30+ countries it has bombed since World War 2. And so on. Ad infinitum.

Finally, banks are lending to businesses again. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11635734/Finally-banks-are-lending-to-businesses-again.html Oh, good. Does this mean the taxpayer doesn't need to fund unskilled 'SME' start-ups any more?

Artisans food fans are heroes of the countryside. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3101800/Artisan-food-fans-heroes-countryside-says-Kate-Humble-Presenter-praises-middle-classes-supporting-producers-battle-against-supermarkets.html Yes, and as everyone knows, we've got a lot of those in England! Quaffing Australian beer while stuffing a packet of American crisps in the course of watching a game of criminal Euro-footie.

Three-quarters of fresh supermarket chickens carry deadly food poisoning bug that kills 100 people every year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3100589/Three-quarters-fresh-chickens-test-positive-food-poisoning-bug-campylobactor.html And which chickens would these be? The three-quarters which are imported but un-reported?

Amazon to launch own-brand range of food. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11637488/Amazon-to-launch-range-of-own-brand-food.html

Czech village toasts success of self-service pub. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/czech-village-toasts-success-of-self-service-pub I thought most British homes were that?

The surprising persuasiveness of a sticky note. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/the-surprising-persuasiveness-of-a-sticky-note/

28.05.2015: Incomes grow fastest in rural Scotland, says ONS. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32897773

Minister 'costing West Country tourism £87 million'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11632658/Michael-Gove-costing-West-Country-tourism-87million-a-year.html

Banks face fresh wave of PPI compensation claims after landmark ruling. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/banks-face-fresh-wave-of-ppi-compensation-claims-after-landmark-ruling-10279243.html

Credit card interest rates hit nine-year high. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3100169/Credit-card-rates-hit-nine-year-high-Average-charge-passes-20-providers-aim-recoup-cost-introductory-offers.html

Internet overtakes TV as most complained about advertising medium. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/advertising/internet-overtakes-tv-as-most-complained-about-advertising-medium-10279535.html

Cashpoint cons: how to spot a dodgy ATM. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11623618/Cashpoint-cons-how-to-spot-a-dodgy-ATM.html

How to protect your iPhone against text which will make it crash. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/11633176/This-text-will-make-your-friends-iPhone-crash-if-you-send-it-to-them-heres-how-to-protect-your-own-phone.html

The tablet explodes: over-50s and three-year-olds join the charge towards tech. http://www.theguardian. com/technology/2015/may/27/the-tablet-explodes-over-50s-and-three-year-olds-join-the-charge-towards-tech

Desperate French start-up firms appeal for ex-pats to come home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11634331/Desperate-French-firms-appeal-for-expats-to-return-home.html Sadly, a lot of the comments this article has prompted are true for once. Which means there is a lot of shit to shovel before it starts to get back the kind of people which can return the country to its feet again.

Naturally, much of it is also true of Britain.

British war criminal quits as Middle East 'peace envoy'. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/blundering-tony-blair-quits-as-middle-east-peace-envoy--only-israel-will-miss-him-10279906.html A 'Friend of Israeli' paedo-terrorists, 'Baby Butcher' Blair has finally seen the writing on the wall and quit as one of the greatest impediments to humanity (and the British economy) since history was first written. Coinciding with this country's recently announced export drive, the next logical step would appear to be the trial of this excrement, his governments of mass-murderers and the propagandists and the donors which supported him. Greece or Turkey would appear to be good venues, (with Iraq, the obvious choice, still under the control of American terrorists.) At least they had the guts to say 'No' to the Coalition of Evil - and they could do with a few bob from permanent international war crimes trials, anyway.

27.05.2015: UK retail sales bounding ahead, says CBI. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32880099 All financed by consumer debt. Luvverly jubbly. For the banks. On the other hand, the regime's Digital Dickhead gurus who predicted the collapse of conventional retailing because of the internet, continue to be wrong as always.

SME confidence in the economy rising. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/sme-confidence-in-the-economy-rising/ Findings from a respected source for once, instead of the usual Mickey Mouse, business weener websites. However, the results read as if they came from small, emloyee-based businesses and not the country's vast majority of self-employed, one-man/lady-shows. Time will tell as true business organisations such as the FSB, seem to be keeping very quiet at the moment.

New data shows Brits are biggest exporters in Europe. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/new-data-shows-brits-are-biggest-exporters-in-europe/ eBay exporters, to be precise, although this study does include some interesting findings.

Self-employed concerned they will never get a mortgage. http://www.ipse.co.uk/news/2015/two-five-self-employed-concerned-they%E2%80%99ll-never-get-mortgage Recent research carried out by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has revealed that 38% of self-employed people who are interested in taking out a mortgage are concerned that they will have difficulty doing so because of their employment status. The survey of 1,176 self-employed professionals also found that 45% of respondents believed that mortgage providers did not want them as customers and 63% believed that mortgage providers expected self-employed professionals to prove their financial means more than people in paid employment. Furthermore, 61% of respondents believed that mortgage advisers did not understand their financial situation and that it was more difficult to supply the required financial information if someone was new to self-employment. (EnterpriseQuest)

Not a story which is appearing in the regime's daily propaganda. Unsurprisingly.

Study finds self-employed rates linked to prosperity. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/newsandevents?id=30482 Government spending to increase entrepreneurship in areas with low rates of self-employment has failed to make an impact, according to a review of census data in England and Wales by economists at the universities of Sussex and Sheffield. Analysis of the most recent 40-year period, in which successive governments have actively sought to increase self-employment and influence economic prosperity, revealed that almost all the local authority areas that had low self-employment rates in 1971 continued to have low rates forty years later. Researchers found that entrepreneurial activity rates among 18 to 65-year-olds, in all 384 local authorities in England and Wales, varied according to the underlying economic prosperity of the area, leading them to conclude that self-employment may be a response to prosperity, rather than its cause. (EnterpriseQuest)

And another story which isn't appearing in the regime's daily propaganda.

One in three struggle to make pay last month. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/27/o/ Or, they can turn their hands to being 'self-employed entrepreneurs' in which case, that 'pay' will have to stretch to three months. Nonetheless, as part of Da PM's plans to make this 'one country' he will shortly be announcing that criminal bankers' bonuses will be shared with the country's plebs to help their credit rating for borrowing extra money for the latest dummyphones.

New IHT band will exacerbate housing crisis. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/26/new-iht-band-will-exacerbate-housing-crisis/ I see the regime's cronies are raising questions already about its tenuous promise to increase the Inheritance Tax threshold to a level which isn't umbilically attached to feudal serfdom. But to venture that this would have an impact on the country's unemployed or underemployed youngsters and the affordable starter homes which aren't being built for them, suggests someone has been on the wacky baccy.

Support package for first-time exporters announced. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/programme-to-support-fledgling-exporters-launched-by-trade-minister and https://www.gov.uk/government/news/export-insurance-made-easy-new-toolkit-for-brokers Minister for Trade and Investment Francis Maude has announced a new programme of advice and support to assist firms to expand into overseas markets. Under the First Time Exporters initiative, 100 international trade advisers and 20 e-exporting/digital advisers will provide first-time exporters with support, training and advice about carrying out market research and participating in trade missions abroad. Firms can also access ExportSavvy, an online training tool designed for new exporters. In addition, UK Export Finance (UKEF) has published an online toolkit to clarify the application process for an export insurance policy (EXIP). (EnterpriseQuest)

Better decades late than never. Now all that remains to be seen is if the support is any use - or just another publicity stunt. In the meantime, keep paying your Chamber of Commerce subs.

Number of identity theft victims 'rises by a third'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32890979 The regime's American-led (by the nose) Digital Dickhead latest.

10 rules for making it as a writer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/11628972/10-rules-for-making-it-as-a-writer-by-Dennis-Lehane.html

The latest food trend coming from your back garden. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/11631686/Amaranth-the-new-quinoa-which-lives-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden.html I thought the 'latest food trend' was 'Portuguese'?

Driving abroad: can you ignore a holiday parking ticket? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/advice/can-you-ignore-a-holiday-parking-ticket/

CNET Community: Have your payment methods evolved with technology? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497

Swiss police have arrested a number of executives from football world governing body Fifa over US corruption charges. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32895048 How has the country's fawning, criminal media which has aided and abetted crooked, professional football for decades, allowed this story to slip out of the bag?

Is it because the Americans don't themselves do this particular version of sporting corruption? So, having spent so much time on the Armstrong snow-job, are we about to see them tackle their own bastions of sporting fraud, doping and cheating? American football, baseball, basketball, athletics, swimming and tennis plus the Olympics?

In the meantime, it will be amusing to watch the footballing world's bent media/propaganda squirm for a while before they try to bury this latest not-the-news under a foot of reinforced concrete. On the other hand, the inevitable move of major sponsors away from damaged goods will be good news not so much for other sports which don't cheat to some extent or the other - but which don't do so on such an arrogant, massive, criminal scale.

26.05.2015: Small Talk: It’s nothing new: cutting red tape is easy to promise but hard to deliver. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sme/small-talk-its-nothing-new-cutting-red-tape-is-easy-to-promise-but-hard-to-deliver-10275146.html What is also forgotten is that this regime - or any government - doesn't want to cut red tape, whatever it says. Red tape cuts mean significant job losses. Whereas 'red tape' when coming from the mouths of big businesses, is usually code for not being able to sell enough against the competition at sufficiently high profit margins. As in the recently publicised case of JCB, for example.

Lloyds to inject £1.2bn into UK companies over next three years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11624878/Lloyds-to-inject-1.2bn-into-UK-companies-over-next-three-years.html Another taxpayer bung in other words. Lloyds not being capable of running its own business, let alone anyone else's.

Housing association tenants to be offered 'significant discounts' to buy their homes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/housing-association-tenants-to-be-offered-significant-discounts-to-buy-their-homes-10274885.html Promising news for 'millions' of home businesses without sufficient turnover to otherwise buy their 'home business premises' by normal means. Despite the country's economy doing so well at the moment.

Premium phone costs 'will fall on bill changes'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32877289 Really?

MP Savid Javid tells O2 to 'sort it' over network signal problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32878936 The telecomms industry has been 'sorting' its network signal problems for twenty years. And it didn't vote for the minority, extremist regime recently, in order to have to actually do anything about these problems. Other than increase its charges for the country's plebs, ostensibly, to help pay for these problems to be sorted.

Ofgem to investigate 'forcibly installed' pre-pay meters. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32876422 Which will make a big difference. Not.

The world is drowning in debt, warns Goldman Sachs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11625406/The-world-is-drowning-in-debt-warns-Goldman-Sachs.html But not Britain, of course. As everyone who voted for the extremist, minority regime recently, knows.

Court fines and council tax turning into problem debt, says Citizens Advice. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/may/26/citizens-advice-council-tax-court-fine-problem-debt

Government should force supermarkets to give unsold food to the needy, say campaigners - with petition fetching over 100,000 signatures. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-should-force-supermarkets-to-give-unsold-food-to-the-needy-say-campaigners--with-petition-fetching-over-100000-signatures-10275113.html 100,000, eh? That's more votes than the present regime received at the last elections. On the other hand, it won't want to be upsetting its Friends of Israel.

French cop reveals top excuses for bad French driving. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/drunk-moi-traffic-cop-reveals-top-excuses-of-bad-french-drivers-10275008.html For Paris, anyway, which isn't proper French. In my experience, the worst examples of bad driving I have seen in France have come from the police and gendarmes themselves as well as driving school instructors.

25.05.2015: British SMEs growing & feeling very positive about business expansion. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/british-smes-growing-feeling-very-positive-about-business-expansion/ The UK's largest domain registrar has just concluded that 34% of the businesses it surveyed were more confident about their future if they had a strong web presence. Hopefully, obtained or about to be, from said company.

Whitbread chief calls on British business to speak out on Europe. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/leisure/11626481/Whitbread-chief-calls-on-British-business-to-speak-out-on-Europe.html Does this mean that all of those highly publicised appeals by the self-proclaimed voices of British business to vote for the present regime, weren't the voices of British businesses after all? Well, I never.

Apprenticeship system 'failing to help Britain's young'. http://www.bbc.com/news/education-32844164 Wot!!! Despite the appointment of one of the regime's favourite American micro-gurus and Dragons' Den panellists to re-invent Britain's apprenticeships (and raise the illusion of Britain Working Under The Conservative Government.)? And it's not just a case of the apprenticeship debacle failing Britain's young; it's also failing 99% of the business community of tomorrow. But as that's a sector which didn't vote for the present regime anyway, it's Ya! Boo! to them.

Dog walkers earn 20% more than the average UK salary. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11624564/Want-a-new-job-You-could-probably-earn-more-walking-dogs.html That will be 'self-employed entrepreneurs', thank you.

Millions leave banking details open to burglars. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/24/millions-leave-banking-details-open-to-burglars/

Five internet trolls a day convicted in UK as figures show ten-fold increase. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11627180/Five-internet-trolls-a-day-convicted-in-UK-as-figures-show-ten-fold-increase.html

Smart meters: will you pay more for 'peak electricity'? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11617413/Smart-meters-will-you-pay-more-for-peak-electricity.html

15 seasonal small business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/15-Seasonal-Business-Ideas.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150523

The Beginner's Guide To Owning A Restaurant. http://restaurants.about.com/od/beforeyouopen/fl/Beginners-Guide-to-Owning-a-Restaurant.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150523

29 ways to drive more traffic to your business website. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/onlinebusiness/fl/29-Ways-To-Drive-Traffic-To-Your-Business-Website.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150520

Digital missing pet posters get sent to every smartphone in the area. http://www.springwise.com/digital-missing-pet-posters-smartphone-area/

Sharing economy for water lets farmers lease excess resource to neighbors. http://www.springwise.com/sharing-economy-water-lets-farmers-lease-excess-resource-neighbors

Digital valet is laundry, storage and delivery service in one. http://www.springwise.com/digital-valet-collects-washes-repacks-stores-delivers-luggage/

Crowdsourced bicycle courier service in Amsterdam. http://www.springwise.com/crowdsourced-bicycle-courier-service-amsterdam/

Sales prospect platform lists thousands of restaurants before they open. http://www.springwise.com/sales-prospect-platform-lists-thousands-restaurants-open/

Perfumier lets customers try scents at home. http://www.springwise.com/perfumier-lets-customers-scents-home/

24.05.2015: Sweden wins Eurovision song contest. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/eurovision/11626796/Sweden-win-Eurovision-Song-Contest.html Sweden won with 365 points, while Russia, in second, got 303. The UK got just 5 points. So - as we all know that the contest is a political statement, does this mean no-one has been reading Ingerlandt's American/French/German hate-preaching, terrorist propaganda and that we can all go back to trading with Russia again? And apply sanctions against Ingerlandt - and France - and Germany - all wooden spoon holders in this year's contest - instead?

Is your middle-class lifestyle under threat? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11622867/How-middle-class-inflation-is-threatening-your-standard-of-living.html Well if it wasn't before, it certainly is now that a 24% extremist regime is in control of the country.

3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/may/23/vietnam-children-trafficking-nail-bar-cannabis All employed by the present regime's high profile business backers and contributing to the country's record numbers of people in work statistics. Mind you. It could be worse. They could all have arrived as body parts for Ingerlandt's botoxed slappers, instead.

EE voted UK's worst shop. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/22/cosmetics-firm-top-of-the-shops/

The smartphone is disrupting the way small businesses are run. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/technology/11624785/The-smartphone-is-disrupting-the-way-small-businesses-are-run.html And out with cash at the same time. Just what Big Corp ordered.

The UK has the world's second highest spend-per child on toys. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11624459/The-UK-has-the-worlds-second-highest-spend-per-child-on-toys.html As dummyphone sales have suggested for quite a while now.

Trending: women are buying more sex than ever before. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/women-are-buying-more-sex-than-ever-before-new-research-claims-10272103.html Judging by appearances, I'm not surprised. An opening, on the other hand, for the country's home-based, male 'entrepreneurs' trawling porn all day.

Councils' cuts to CCTV creating a 'worrying situation'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/council-spending/11625723/Councils-cuts-to-CCTV-creating-a-worrying-situation.html Why should councils suddenly start worrying about another massive waste of taxpayers' money? Is it the fact that they're pretending to worry that's worrying?

Billing glitches for first customers of £11bn smart meter roll-out. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11622798/Billing-glitches-for-first-customers-of-11bn-smart-meter-roll-out.html The regime's Digital Dickhead Ten Year Plan running as predicted, we see.

Jamie Oliver targets family home. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/may/24/jamie-oliver-youtube-launch Or, buy-to-let investment, if the country's Tory-voting spivs have their way.

Could you be a buy-to-let landlord? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/23/could-you-be-a-buy-to-let-landlord/ (Before interest rates go up.)

23.05.2015: Only one in 5 ‘mumpreneurs’ are saving into a pension pot. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3093652/Only-one-5-mumpreneurs-saving-pension-pot-Thousands-run-fledgling-businesses-facing-poverty-retire-warns-think-tank.html Welcome to the Brave New World of 'Entrepreneurial' Britain which isn't so much 'new' as the increasingly growing setback of working for oneself under the present regime. In fact, I am surprised these figures are even as high as they are.

Millions missing out on £600 free bank cash. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11625407/Millions-missing-out-on-600-free-bank-cash.html

How has Britain created jobs while France and Italy have struggled? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11624366/How-has-Britain-created-jobs-while-France-and-Italy-have-struggled.html 1. The French and the Italians don't want to work. 2. 'Work' or 'jobs' outside Britain are not classed as slave labour and/or below minimum wage, zero-hour contracts or 'self-employed entrepreneurs' on grants. 3. Who believes that the UK has actually created a significant number of jobs? Other than a 24% extremist minority of the country's electorate.

TTIP controversy: EU drops pesticide laws because US says it should. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ttip-controversy-eu-drops-pesticide-laws-because-us-says-it-should-10270199.html This is not news but merely an aspect of the ongoing relationship Europe's political fags and pimps now have with the US. Furthermore, with Texas becoming the latest American 'no-go' area, pressure is on to complete the colonisation of Europe as soon as possible.

How 126 investors bought this £212,900 property – in 35 minutes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11622843/How-126-investors-bought-this-212900-property-in-35-minutes.html

Makeshift mechanics benefit from French economic weakness. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/mechanics-black-market-economy-france Just France? I thought 'makeshift' mechanics were beavering away all around the world? Like 'makeshift' journalists who don't get out much. Although they don't do any beavering at all. Just Twattering.

'I get paid to test pubs'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11621268/Dream-student-job-Get-paid-to-test-pubs.html

Australian 'backpacker tax' to hit British travellers from next year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11620295/Australian-backpacker-tax-to-hit-British-travellers-from-next-year.html

Is Portuguse food the next big trend? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11622804/More-than-sardines-is-Portuguese-food-the-next-big-trend.html And what is the current 'big trend' then? Muckdonalds?

Amazon to begin paying corporation tax on UK retail sales. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/23/amazon-to-begin-paying-corporation-tax-on-uk-retail-sales We'll take a look at their accounts in a year's time, then. Yes?

Best foreign cheeses are made in UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3093671/Best-foreign-cheeses-UK.html

Privacy storm as parcel couriers for ASOS and Amazon are told to take photos of YOUR home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3093473/Privacy-storm-parcel-couriers-ASOS-Amazon-told-photos-home.html

Pickpockets close the Eiffel Tower. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32849813 Not quite. Eiffel Tower staff walked out on strike because this is the time of year for every sheep in France to go on strike and they didn't want to miss out on the nice weather. Other than that, they have been tolerating excessive pickpocket activity at the Tower for decades and the absence of the local police and gendarmes, strolling around elsewhere, ten at a time, suggests there isn't currently a problem. Never one to miss an opportunity, the American migrant Mayor of London, Boris LeBerc, suggested that visitors to Paris and the Eiffel Tower should come and visit London instead, to see it's working Bicycle-Wheel-by-Le-Taymis.

22.05.2015: Cost of rent 'up 4.6% in a year'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32834541 More good news for home businesses from the present regime.

Housing crisis will halve number of young homeowners in five years. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/22/housing-crisis-halve-young-homeowners Even despite the regime's start-up loans?

Independent shops beating the big, household names. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3091859/Independent-shops-beating-big-High-Street-names-Personal-service-trusted-advice-help-stores-named-nation-s-favourite-retailers.html

New Conciliation Service will do little to solve late payment problem. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/new-conciliation-service-will-do-little-to-solve-late-payment-problem/ Over the years there have been numerous political gimmicks supposedly aimed at ending the problem of late payment which affects up to 99% of the country's small businesses. This is just the latest version.

The free service that could kill off cowboy builders. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/shopping-and-consumer-news/11618438/The-free-service-that-could-kill-off-cowboy-builders.html Literally?

I bought a £265 car from eBay – and I’m still smiling. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/columnists/alex-robbins/buying-a-cheap-car-from-ebay.html

Pub landlords are getting younger, new research shows. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/pub-landlords-are-getting-younger-new-research-shows-10268218.html

Man wins £1,500 payout from Sky after BILLING them £25 an hour for the time he wasted over two YEARS trying to get his service cancelled. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3091022/Man-wins-1-500-payout-Sky-BILLING-25-hour-time-wasted-two-YEARS-trying-service-cancelled.html Is this going to set a precedent? If everyone who has had their time wasted by telecomms companies, the banks, energy suppliers, even government departments was to successfully charge £25 an hour, it could turn around the economy and get dozens of official wasters off their gravy trains. Mind you, it would probably bring the country to a standstill as well.

France to force big supermarkets to give away unsold food to charity. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/22/france-to-force-big-supermarkets-to-give-away-unsold-food-to-charity The only decent thing the present French government has achieved so far. It will now be trying to negotiate additional EU subsidies to compensate their supermarket friends for losses they never incurred.

21.05.2015: Cashless payments overtake the use of notes and coins. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32778196 The inevitable by-product of plebs not having any cash to spend and just about the final nail in the coffin of human rights and personal freedom.

Landlords 'earn £5.6bn a year from unsafe homes'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32815226 'Entrepreneurs' I'll have you know; and Conservative-voting spivs each and every one of them.

A plumber with a pilot's licence and three pensioners are among the eight men charged over the jewellery raid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11619697/Hatton-Garden-heist-Eight-men-charged-with-conspiracy-to-burgle.html No, no. no. That's a 'self-employed entrepreneur' and three 'silverpreneurs', please!

Income poverty affects one third of UK population. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/20/income-poverty-third-uk-population

Illegal migrants to have wages seized, vows David Cameron. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/11619065/Illegal-migrant-workers-will-have-wages-seized-vows-David-Cameron.html These being migrants otherwise known as 'slave labour' and employed by Dave's corporate, tax-dodging mates? I don't think there will be much in the way of wages to seize there. Or is 'Da P.M.' referring to illegal migrants from British shores currently engaged in murdering the locals in far-off fields?

Hundreds of tech companies line up to oppose TPP trade agreement. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/20/hundreds-tech-companies-oppose-tpp-trade-agreement As not being reported in the Government's pro-US/Israeli terrorist propaganda.

The Great British Sell-Off. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3089837/George-Osborne-sell-government-assets-like-Eurostar-Student-Loans.html Otherwise known as Tory fags and pimps doing what they have been bred for.

Another 38 bent, Wankminster fags. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3090127/38-MPs-enjoy-freebies-worth-60-000-tobacco-giant-Politicians-attended-sporting-entertainment-events-time-company-battling-plans-plain-packaging.html

Worst call centres named. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3090161/Worst-call-centres-named-shamed-BT-TalkTalk-Scottish-Power-firms-waiting-times-staff-knowledge-phone-menus-rated-poorly.html

Here's why you should delete AdBlock right now. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/heres-why-you-should-delete-adblock-right-now-10264083.html . . . and get rid of the internet altogether.

Are you breaking the law by not putting right details on website, letters & emails? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/toolbox/guides/breaking-law-not-putting-right-details-website-letters-emails/ It might be an idea to circulate this information to the country's weener business websites which the present regime substituted for a credible business support service a few years ago.

20.05.2015: Official speech. Support for small business: government plans. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/support-for-small-business-government-plans

EU membership is in UK's national interest - CBI. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32805539 And 'the country's national interest' was being borne in mind when CBI members urged the country to return the Conservative regime to power?

UK house price rises accelerate, says ONS. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32795016 'I'm all right, Jack' - but pity the country's youth!

Missed appointments cost SMEs millions each year. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/missed-appointments-cost-smes-millions-each-year/ A phenomenon which seems to be linked to the evolution of the internet and at the same time, the online business community's decline into total pig ignorance.

Building trade firms saying ‘No’ to new business as skills shortage bites. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/building-trade-firms-saying-no-to-new-business-as-skills-shortage-bites/ The construction sector's infamous skills shortages don't seem to be suffering from any contraction amongst cowboy builders, if all the exposure they are getting on telly these days is anything to go by. Still. If it wasn't for cowboy builders and their official newsletter, The Sun, the present Government wouldn't have been returned to power. On the other hand, where have all the 'Polish plumbers' gone then? ('Self-employed entrepreneurs'.) Are they getting paid more money elsewhere these days?

BT challenges Ofcon over broadband prices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/11616798/BT-challenges-Ofcom-over-broadband-prices.html

The truth about work-at-home men. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/goodlife/11605865/Hes-a-sex-pest-the-truth-about-work-at-home-men.html

London's local markets under threat from gentrification – readers' stories. http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/may/19/london-local-markets-threat-gentrification-stories-brixton

7 harsh truths that will make you a better entrepreneur. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/7-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-a-better-entrepreneur/

The eternal SME problem – selling to a large corporate. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/the-eternal-sme-problem-selling-to-a-large-corporate/ There is another and very traditional point of view on small businesses selling to large corporates. Don't.

19.05.2015: New Business Secretary Sajid Javid to cut £10bn of red-tape to help small business thrive. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11613336/New-Business-Secretary-Sajid-Javid-to-cut-10bn-of-red-tape-to-help-small-business-thrive.html What again?! So what happened to all that red tape cutting under the last regime?

'We're proud to be a shopkeeping nation', says new Business Secretary. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3087004/We-proud-shopkeeping-nation-says-Javid-Business-Secretary-unveil-new-enterprise-bill-target-10bn-reduction-red-tape.html 'Even if all our shops are owned and staffed by foreigners,' he added.

Business is split on the future of the UK in Europe. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11612838/Business-is-split-on-the-future-of-the-UK-in-Europe.html And how would the British media know that?

Five EU reforms that British businesses should demand. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11614164/Five-EU-reforms-that-British-businesses-should-demand.html Yet another piece of pontificating crap which completely ignores what the country's 99% business majority might want. Which is hardly surprising given that the media, as with its view of the electorate and the public-at-large, has no connection with reality whatsoever.

Housing crisis just got worse. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/18/london-new-builds-to-be-auctioned-online-for-first-time/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl20%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D351913

The best places to invest in buy-to-let property. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/18/the-best-places-to-invest-in-buy-to-let-property/ Or, anywhere in the world apart from Britain or any country or region being 'democratised' by the Coalition of Evil.

ASA publishes guide to comparative advertising. http://www.cap.org.uk/News-reports/Media-Centre/2015/Insight-A-quick-guide-to-comparative-advertising.aspx The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a quick guide to the rules about using comparative advertising. The guide lists key points to consider, including whether the ad makes a comparison with an identifiable competitor, whether the products or services compared meet the same need, and whether the comparison is verifiable. According to the ASA, although comparative ads can help consumers decide which product or service to buy, they can also generate complaints both from competitors and the public. (EnterpriseQuest)

Firms must clarify calling charges under new rules. http://www.ukcalling.info/industry The communications regulator, Ofcom has produced a guide to the new ‘UK Calling’ charges which will be introduced in the UK on 1st July 2015. Research by Ofcom has found that the current charging system for calls to non-geographic telephone service numbers is confusing consumers. The new ‘UK Calling’ charging system will require firms to clarify how much calls to them will cost. From July, the cost of calling a service number starting with 08, 09 or 118 will be made up of an access charge and a service charge. The access charge will be paid to the caller’s phone company and charged as pence per minute. Firms are advised to check the service charge with their telephone service provider. They must make sure that this information is clearly displayed on all materials promoting the number. (EnterpriseQuest)

The 10 worst reasons for filing late tax returns. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/18/the-ten-worst-reasons-for-filing-late-tax-returns/ Almost as amusing as the single worst reason for HMRC not collecting revenue from the country's corporate tax dodgers. 'We are only following orders.' Yeah. Just like the SS during the Second World War.

Thousands duped by goat meat sold as lamb. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3087039/Thousands-duped-goat-meat-sold-lamb-Bosses-appear-court-vast-number-carcasses-labelled-shanks-mutton.html Perhaps they were studying their dummyphones at the time?

Burglars use drone helicopters to target homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11613568/Burglars-use-drone-helicopters-to-identify-targe-homes.html I suppose we should be thankful they aren't bombing homes, as well. Yet.

Rogue roofer jailed for 27 months. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3086172/Rogue-roofer-jailed-conning-94-year-old-woman-500-gutter-repair-scam.html

Forget the kettle: $90 Water heater fits inside your mug and boils your cuppa. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3087043/Forget-kettle-90-Water-heater-fits-inside-mug-boils-cuppa.html#ixzz3aYmvhrLq Cup-heating elements like this have been around and in frequent use, since the First World War. But hey, this is British journalism in the age of the internet, after all.

We Offer Pay Monthly Ecommerce Websites From £19.95 A Month. 14 day free trial. http://www.shopwired-ecommerce.co.uk/

18.05.2015: It's time for Britain to become a nation of exporters. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11611560/Its-time-for-Britain-to-become-a-nation-of-exporters.html Here we go again. New Minister, new slogan. So Britain is going to stop fagging exclusively for America and Israel now, is it? Or does this mean becoming a nation of pro-American and Israeli exporters as Canada's Fascist government has just suggested that boycotting goods coming out of the terrorist state of Israel, should become a hate crime. (http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-canadas-support-of-israel-is-dangerous-10256597.html)

OK. Let's boycott Canadian goods as well then. That should help our exporters, too. (Although in Canada's instance, not a lot.)

India and China sign £22 billion in deals. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32762930 Perhaps they hadn't been told that Britain was about to become 'a nation of exporters'? Or that there was a subsidised flight on the way, offering homegrown British businesses 'unprecedented opportunities'? Or is it just a case of The (old) Empire Strikes Back? Ungrateful bastards.

Why we're going back to the corner shop. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085707/Why-going-cornershop-Average-number-items-bought-convenience-shops-increase.html Or, it could just be because the Government's digital dickhead gurus predicted the total demise of 'the corner shop' and - as we all know, so far - they have been right about absolutely nothing at all.

Living and working in paradise: the rise of the 'digital nomad'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/11597145/Living-and-working-in-paradise-the-rise-of-the-digital-nomad.html We've only been doing this ourselves for twenty years - but hey, this is only British journalism, after all.

Online flight bookings: 'The £20 add-on that cost me £7,800'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11605791/Online-flight-bookings-The-20-add-on-that-cost-me-7800.html And they don't even give you a parachute!

Revealed: Grocery watchdog's fury at lack of powers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/revealed-grocery-watchdogs-fury-at-lack-of-powers-10256969.html Let's grow up, shall we? Governments of any description only appoint 'watchdogs' to impress the media (ostensibly) and the plebs while essentially, maintaining staus quo. Heavens forbid. Otherwise, can you imagine the state of the telecoms industry? Or banking? Or the media? They would never be out of court.

26 ways to make London a better place. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/11606616/26-ways-to-make-London-a-better-place.html Why hasn't London's American mayor, Boris Buffoon, come up with any of this?

Strawberry sales to boom. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085741/Sweet-success-summer-s-strawberries-cream-crop-Sunniest-winter-86-years-warm-spring-means-sales-rise-50m.html That will go down well at Wimbledon while watching one of the biggest collection of dopers in the sporting world. Plenty of work for East European slaves, as well. (Sorry. 'Self-employed entrepreneurs'.)

Return of the booze cruise. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085408/Return-booze-cruise-lower-French-taxes-weakened-Euro-boosts-cross-Channel-drink-shopping.html I thought the media had done this story several times already?

1-in-10 of us now eat Polish cuisine. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085585/One-ten-eat-Polish-cuisine.html Really? You have to go some to find genuine Polish cuisine. And you won't find it in a British supermarket, as this article suggests.

Front gardens by the million are being concreted over by plebs for their cars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085672/How-gardens-million-concreted-cars-Number-entirely-concreted-paved-gravelled-tripled-2005.html Often the same people who can't find work and are among the increasing numbers using foodbanks at the moment. But they have all got cars. And dummyphones. And big tellies. And go abroad on holiday twice a year.

2015 Shed of the Year finalists. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085490/A-tree-house-big-ten-guests-distillery-built-hen-house-weird-wonderful-designs-battling-glory-Shed-Year.html This is obviously in response to widespread calls for the Government to address the nation's housing shortage and home businesses which don't have homes to work from.

17.05.2015: British SMEs say UK must stay in EU. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/british-smes-say-uk-must-stay-in-eu/ Without looking too closely at the detail from yet another self-appointed representative of the British small business community, it seems that this particular client sample, with the exception of the construction sector, has suffered from a slowing-down across the board. In other words, there could be a number of problems here, none of which has anything to do with the EU. In fact, it might be more enlightening to ask how many British SMEs were included in the mere 26% of the electorate which irresponsibly helped return the present regime to power.

Why Sunday trading restrictions must go. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/17/why-sunday-trading-restrictions-must-go/ It's interesting to note that neither this piece, nor the article above, suggest that the internet and the usual crap about faster broadband speeds is going to have anything to do with improving the lot of the country's small businesses and consequently, the economy.

However, to point at trading restrictions being lifted during the Olympics isn't relevant to 'normal' times, when there is no longer the same footfall of huge numbers of visitors actively looking to spend and consume beyond the normal call of duty.

Well before lifting Sunday trading restrictions, it might be more relevant to look at shops opening earlier and staying open until later, so that employed folk can access them easily outside working hours. I also regularly visit a couple of so-called 'tourist' spots in the UK and there's nowhere to sit down for a coffee and some toast before 9 in the morning - let alone a good, English breakfast. Ridiculous.

Call me old-fashioned but running a business should also be about a work/life balance and the closure of premises for at least one day a week for maintenance, repairs, stock and administration issues is a welcome breather, if it's needed. After that, the family and friends deserve some time. That is what the point of running a business is all about. It is supposed to serve you. Not the other way around.

Concern over increase in pension cold calls. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32756605

Third of workers on brink of retirement would struggle to spot a pension scam. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/pensions/article-3084233/Third-workers-brink-retirement-struggle-spot-pensions-scam.html Perhaps the Government can address this shortfall in their next Budget?

Lloyds & KPMG accused over SME insolvency. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/lloyds-kpmg-accused-over-sme-insolvency/ Nothing new here. It's standard banking policy.

Smartwatches are 'a dead end’; smartphones targeting women are the future. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/technology/11608731/Smartwatches-are-a-dead-end-smartphones-targeting-women-are-the-future.html As per the universal, marketing principle of targeting women if you want to sell useless, over-priced crap.

Tory energy promises 'will lower bills by £65' – how? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11599334/Tory-energy-promises-will-lower-bills-by-65-how.html But don't hold them to it.

Scotland sees a sharp increase in SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/scotland-sees-a-sharp-increase-in-smes/ Well. Just 4.1% actually, which is well within the realms of statistical error. Of which there seems to be a lot going on the past few years.

Increasing privacy fears ‘slowing the rise of wearable technology’. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/increasing-privacy-fears-slowing-the-rise-of-wearable-technology/ It's what brought about the demise of the codpiece, after all.

SMEs welcome telecoms watchdog sinking its teeth into BT. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/smes-welcome-telecoms-watchdog-sinking-its-teeth-into-bt/ I've missed this one. What SMEs? Which appointed voice of SMEs says so?

The fight is on to save our green and pleasant allotments. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/may/17/allotments-threat-housing-cities-green-spaces Have the Government and local authorities been told about this?

Meet the South African billionaire buying Britain’s high street. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/meet-the-south-african-billionaire-buying-britains-high-street/ So it's not a Government propaganda micro-guru, Dragons' Den panellist or online scammer, then?

From market trader to multi-millionaire. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3083814/Market-trader-multi-millionaire-Owner-budget-emporium-Poundworld-pockets-75million-takeover-230-stores-50-bargain-outlets-grew-single-stall.html And just think: he managed that without a Government start-up loan, a retired bank manager for a business mentor, Arsebook, Twatter and taking selfies.

How we turned our Punjabi home cooking into a thriving business. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11608723/How-we-turned-our-Punjabi-home-cooking-into-a-thriving-business.html

16.05.2015: Home repossessions down by 52%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/15/home-repossessions-down-by-52/ With interest rates at a historic and sustained low, this is hardly surprising news. Once interest rates return to more typical levels, the story will change. Dramatically.

UK construction sector rebounds in March. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32748432 I'm always bemused by how many times the construction sector 'rebounds' yet has no visible impact - or so it seems - on the country's housing supply.

'Fraudsters hacked emails to my solicitor and stole £340,000 from my property sale'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11605010/Fraudsters-hacked-emails-to-my-solicitor-and-stole-340000-from-my-property-sale.html The Government, was it?

Cashback loophole: 'I earn £30 an hour without spending a penny'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11585759/Cashback-loophole-I-earn-30-an-hour-without-spending-a-penny.html I bet you don't.

The extra £61 cost of using a mobile phone in Europe. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3084057/The-extra-61-cost-using-mobile-phone-Europe-Holiday-makers-stung-surprise-bills-despite-EU-wide-cap-data-roaming-charges.html

Schoolboy entrepreneur dreams up money-spinning windscreen reminder to profit from the death of the tax disc. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-3081815/Schoolboy-entrepreneur-dreams-Tax-Disc-Reminder-money-spinner.html#ixzz3aGmjTd92 Yes, but there will be Inheritance Tax to pay on that.

Self-employed? Six ways to boost your pension. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/special-reports/11599141/Self-employed-Six-ways-to-boost-your-pension.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM17539&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Pfi_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Pfi_New_2015_05_15&utm_campaign=DM17539

Slow computer? Why your PC or Mac is sluggish and how to fix it. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/slow-computer-why-your-pc-or-mac-is-sluggish-and-how-to-fix-it-10253943.html

Buy a house in gorgeous Italian countryside for just ONE POUND. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3078943/Buy-house-gorgeous-Italian-countryside-just-1-Village-homes-given-away-stop-blight-ghost-towns-ll-need-promise-18-000-up.html The answer to British entrepreneurs' home business housing shortage?

Trending: Magnificent palaces, stunning scenery and ancient ruins: How Iran could become next tourist destination after boom in bookings. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3081381/Magnificent-palaces-stunning-scenery-great-value-money-not-mention-tourists-perfect-time-book-holiday-Iran.html#ixzz3aGo0SW85 Let's hope they can keep American and Israeli terrorists at bay so that the country remains as beautiful as it is.

Four Questions to Ask Before Turning a Hobby into a Business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/Four-Questions-to-Ask-Before-Turning-a-Hobby-into-a-Business.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150509

10 ways to grow word-of-mouth for your business. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/marketing/a/Grow-Positive-Word-Of-Mouth.htm?utm_term=AT_1&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150513

Top 5 outsourcing disadvantages. http://operationstech.about.com/od/outsourcing/fl/Top-5-Outsourcing-Disadvantages.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150513

Furniture farm grows chairs and tables. http://www.springwise.com/furniture-farm-grows-chairs-tables/

Seaweed pasta is crowdharvested from the Irish coast. http://www.springwise.com/seaweed-pasta-crowdharvested-irish-coast/

Micro-roaster lets coffee lovers make their perfect cup at home. http://www.springwise.com/micro-roaster-lets-coffee-lovers-perfect-cup-home/

Subletting service pays the rent on users’ apartments. http://www.springwise.com/subletting-service-pays-rent-users-apartments/

Personal wellness coach via app, text and video chat. http://www.springwise.com/personal-wellness-coach-text-video-chat/

Smart alarm clock only wakes up one side of the bed. http://www.springwise.com/smart-alarm-clock-wakes-side-bed/ Really? You can use an air raid siren in our house and it won't wake up 'er indoors' side of the bed.

Shoe-swap community helps users trade new and used pairs. http://www.springwise.com/shoe-swap-community-helps-users-trade-pairs/

Beautiful stained glass window generates solar power. http://www.springwise.com/beautiful-stained-glass-window-generates-solar-power

Navigation app shows nocturnal walkers the best-lit route home. http://www.springwise.com/navigation-app-shows-late-night-walkers-best-lit-route-home

Dutch startup puts adverts in people’s front windows. http://www.springwise.com/dutch-startup-puts-adverts-peoples-front-windows/

Platform lets small traders profit from sharing their investments. http://www.springwise.com/platform-lets-small-traders-profit-sharing-investments/

Mobile chapel is a tiny, affordable wedding venue. http://www.springwise.com/mobile-chapel-tiny-affordable-wedding-venue

Platform creates automated, personalized product emails for online shops. http://www.springwise.com/platform-creates-automated-personalized-product-emails-online-retailers/

Listening table makes sense of conversations that happen around it. http://www.springwise.com/listening-table-sense-conversations-happen

15.05.2015: Rail workers to strike on Bank Holday Monday. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32748029

Brexit – what would happen if Britain left the EU? http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/14/brexit-what-would-happen-if-britain-left-eu-european-union-referendum-uk

Threat of leaving EU is fuelling business uncertainty. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3081282/Threat-EU-referendum-causing-business-uncertainty-says-Bank-England-governor-Mark-Carney.html So voting for the Conservative Party recently hasn't resulted in the stability which 1% of the highly-publicised, business community's tax dodgers claimed they were after?

More small Post Offices face closure. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3082382/More-small-Post-Offices-face-closure-officials-cut-costs-Hundreds-set-moved-supermarkets-shops.html Still more consequences of having re-elected a 'business-friendly' regime.

Entrepreneurs invited to subsidised trade mission with China. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/entrepreneurs-invited-to-subsidised-trade-mission-with-china/ “Exploring the Chinese market is an unprecedented opportunity" claims ex-HBA member, Emma Jones, who will be leading the group. Scarcely 'unprecedented' even by the exaggerated claims usually made online these days. I was actively involved with the emerging Chinese marketplace over 30 years ago - together with scores of other home-grown British, German and Italian businesses. From then until now, Chambers of Commerce, import/export clubs, individual companies and the tiny handful of self-employed, home-based Mandarin interpreters and translators who had to cope with a huge, technical learning curve, all need to be given the credit they are due - minus all the crap one sees on the internet which has very belatedly come along in the meantime.

If self-appointed representatives want to do something more meaningful than a self-promoting marketing exercise, perhaps they should persuade the British regime to remove insulting Chinese tourist visa restrictions so that this country can finally come up to speed with the rest of Europe to take advantage of all those £ billions waiting to be spent? Instead of the mere £400,000 which Emma's similar publicity stunt to the US last year allegedly produced.

After that of course, the biggest impediment to developing successful trade and diplomatic relations with the Chinese, has been decades of war criminal British governments fagging for American and Israeli terrorism.

French economy grows twice as fast as UK. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/french-economy-grows-twice-as-fast-as-uk/ Quite an achievement when you consider that the country has been on strike since Christmas, is now entering its annual 3-month, summer holiday shutdown and has to permanently support a black market economy of 5 million, taxpayer-spongeing 'fonctionnaires'.

Holiday money: the ultimate guide to buying. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11570463/Holiday-money-the-ultimate-guide-to-buying.html

Real Junk Food revolution. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-real-junk-food-revolution-growing-daybyday-social-cafe-movement-fed-more-people-in-first-three-months-of-2015-than-all-of-last-year-10250151.html

Too scared to personalise. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/too-scared-to-personalise/

14.05.2015: House prices pushed up by lack of supply, say surveyors. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32721408 So much for home businesses being a cheap entrepreneurial option.

Foreigners applying for jobs online keeping UK wages down. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11603878/Foreigners-applying-for-jobs-online-keeping-UK-wages-down.html In other words - and as we keep saying - it's immygrunts who are fuelling the country's employment statistics and not British dumbwalkers who can't even tork or rite their own langwidge. Especially the country's start-up entrepreneurs on zero-hour contracts and benefits. Still, it's all good stuff for the Government's letter-writers to The Telegraph who claim to represent just 1% of the business community.

Workers over the age of 50 have a better work ethic - so why are so many out of work? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/13/workers-over-the-age-of-50-are-more-reliable/ This is very norty reporting and not in line with Government propaganda at all, at all. Workers over the age of 50 are NOT out of work. They are 'silverpreneurs'.

Interest rates set to rise next year even as Bank of England cuts growth forecasts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/bank-of-england/11601269/Interest-rates-set-to-rise-next-year-as-Bank-of-England-cuts-growth-forecasts.html Still more endorsements by the country's 1% of the business community (and just 26% of the electorate) about to come to fruition.

TTIP - curiously absent from the election agenda. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/what-is-ttip-and-why-does-cameron-want-to-sign-the-biggest-trade-agreement-in-history-10247456.html Nothing 'curious' about it at all: just par for the course for a government of brown-nosing fags who would sell their own grannies, let alone the country. (Fortunately, the Top Gear saga came along just at the right time to distract plebs and dumbwalkers from real election issues.)

The UK's best and worst broadband providers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/13/the-uks-best-and-worst-broadband-providers/

The UK's worst mobile phone provider. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/13/the-uks-worst-mobile-phone-provider/

Companies blaming customers for failures. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/13/companies-blaming-customers-for-failures/ The Government is already onto this and has started work on abolishing the Human Rights Act. (Must keep the party donors happy.)

Why bees are invading our High Streets: You can blame trendy middle-class urban beekeepers! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3080826/Why-bees-invading-High-Streets-blame-trendy-middle-class-urban-beekeepers.html#ixzz3a5J7zMc4 Or, it could be because the countryside is too full of pesticides these days, brought about by a dumb public and media not knowing what is going on around them.

'If I give keys to my builder, am I covered if anything is stolen?' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/contents/11582800/If-I-give-keys-to-my-builder-am-I-covered-if-anything-is-stolen.html It depends upon whether or not he buys The Sun and voted Conservative.

13.05.2015: Retailers suffer post-Easter sales slowdown. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/retailers-suffer-post-easter-sales-slowdown/

Steady growth for independent retail. http://www.bira.co.uk/news/50/50-for-independents-in-2015 According to British Retail Consortium (BRC) figures, the UK's independent retail sector experienced an increase in turnover of 1.43% between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015, the third consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth. However, around 50% of retailers had a lower turnover during the first three months of 2015 than during the corresponding months of 2014. Growth also varied significantly between retailer types. For example, garden retailers' turnover during Q1 2015 was around 9% higher than in Q1 2014, while book, toy and music retailers experienced a 6% fall in turnover during the same period. (EnterpriseQuest)

European Commission considers EU-wide VAT threshold. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4920_en.htm The European Commission has announced proposals to introduce an EU-wide VAT threshold to make it easier for start-up online retailers. The level and type of VAT threshold will be considered as part of an impact assessment. Since 1st January 2015, the supply of digital services (such as apps and e-books) to consumers has been subject to VAT in the country where the consumer lives. Many small firms have suggested that this change to VAT rules has prevented them from trading in Europe. The proposal was included in the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy and isn't expected to be introduced until 2016. (EnterpriseQuest)

Insolvency levels for England and Wales released. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/insolvency-statistics-january-to-march-2015 More construction firms went into liquidation during 2014 than any other type of business, official statistics from the Insolvency Service have revealed. Almost 2,320 construction firms in England and Wales became insolvent last year, as well as around 1,900 wholesalers and retailers, almost 1,360 administrative and support services, and nearly 1,400 food and accommodation providers. However, the overall number of company insolvencies fell by almost 9% between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015 to reach the lowest level since Q4 2007. (EnterpriseQuest)

British holidaymakers 130 euros worse off now than 15 years ago despite current strength of £. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11599399/British-holidaymakers-130-worse-off-than-when-euro-introduced.html

First a garden centre, now a coffee shop: Haggerston Espresso Room owner applies 10% 'Tory Tax' to Conservative voting drinkers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/first-a-garden-centre-now-a-coffee-shop-haggerston-espresso-room-owner-applies-10-tory-tax-to-conservative-voting-drinkers-10244629.html The slightest signs that 99% of the country's businesses are anything but delighted with the present 'business'friendly' Government (and its cronies) are ignored - as is this story, which despite its interest value, gets no mention at all in the majority of the country's tax-dodging, criminal media-propaganda.

Nationwide rail strike on track. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-rail-strikes-rmt-union-to-vote-on-most-disruptive-industrial-action-in-living-memory-10243787.html Still more good news for the country's travelling 'entrepreneurs'. Perhaps our new Government of 'the people' will be able to talk the strikers out of it?

Skype launches online translator that lets you converse in any language. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3078687/How-Bien-gracias-Skype-launches-online-translator-let-converse-text-language.html Let's hope it's better than Google Translate, then. Which of course, it won't be. Close enough for dummyphone zombies who can't even speak their own language, though.

Trending: lingerie made for Conservative-voting men. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/features/lingerie-made-for-men-underwear-retailer-tailors-racy-briefs-and-gstrings-for-the-male-body-10244475.html

Are giant solar farms the income opportunity you have been looking for? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-3078529/Are-giant-solar-farms-income-opportunity-ve-looking-for.html

12.05.2015: 'At last, we now have a Business Secretary who supports free enterprise. ' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11598445/At-last-we-now-have-a-Business-Secretary-who-supports-free-enterprise.html The new Business Secretary is an ex-investment banker and has been involved in TTIP negotiations (to sell off the rest of the British taxpayers' assets to American Big Corp.) Right. Say no more.

Are knives being sharpened for the Business Department? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/are-knives-being-sharpened-for-the-business-department-10243069.html

London homeowners £3500 a year worse off since Cameron took office. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/london-homeowners-3500-worse-off-a-year-since-cameron-took-office-10242210.html

UK internet use doubles in a decade. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/11596841/UK-internet-use-doubles-in-a-decade.html Just about consistent with the increase in crap repeats of repeats on the telly.

Windows 10 will be final version of Windows. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/11597114/Windows-10-will-be-final-version-of-Windows.html

Whistl suspends post delivery service putting 2,000 jobs at risk. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32686828

Hidden costs of direct debit insurers don't tell you about. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3077491/Hidden-costs-direct-debit-insurers-don-t-tell-customers-paying-75-extra-premium-choosing-pay-monthly.html

What food manufacturers don't tell us. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3073544/What-food-manufacturers-DON-T-tell-cheese-isn-t-cheese-olive-oil-s-rancid-tricks-mean-no-idea-eating.html And the criminal media's excuse for journalism, usually ignores.

English wines' record year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3077505/English-wine-production-soars-6-3million-bottles.html

11.05.2015: British profits sink to a seven-year low thanks to surging pound and falling oil price. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/british-profits-sink-to-a-sevenyear-low-thanks-to-surging-pound-and-falling-oil-price-10240266.html Let's talk about a drop in profits across the board, shall we, as the self-employed and small businesses see their margins screwed by everything from unchecked, cheap immigrant labour to start-up mania competing for a limited and finite amount of work to traditional customer bases such as pensioners, struggling just to pay their energy bills, let alone having any money left over to employ local tradesmen. Then again, why should the British media be any more representative of the country's vast majority of businesses (99% of which are small or micro-businesses) when they can't even get their heads around who the country has just voted for.

Chinese firm sends 6,400 employees on French holiday. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32677965 With this group alone expected to spend 13 million euros, wouldn't it have been nice if they had made their trip to the UK, instead? Fortunately for the French, they don't have major impediments to tourism in the form of The Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May and her re-elected Conservative government which, its propaganda has claimed, is 'good for business'!

Tackling the Scotch whisky imitators. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-32500059

Summer danger of red-hot eco-homes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3076091/Summer-danger-red-hot-eco-homes-Insulation-used-buildings-warm-winter-traps-heat-potentially-putting-residents-risk.html

The art of tolerating your neighbours. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/garden/576280/Garden-wars Or, if you are running a home business, it could be more a case of the art of getting your neighbours to tolerate you.

10.05.2015: General Election 2015: The winners and losers in the business world. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/general-election-2015-the-winners-and-losers-in-the-business-world-10238938.html That's it, is it? I see that once again the media's perception of 'the business world' is restricted to the country's most publicised 2 or 3%, while totally ignoring the massive, remaining 'silent majority'. So we'll just lump that 95% into General Election 2015 'losers' for them.

Mortgage rate rise would make buy-to-let 'unviable' in 7 out of 10 regions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11591986/Mortgage-rate-rise-would-make-buy-to-let-unviable-in-7-out-of-10-regions.html Oh, dear. We are absolutely gutted. This is not what Tory spivs, scammers, shafters, hoodies and Friends of Israel's Terrorists have just voted for. Could this also herald an end to other, numerous Fake 'entrepreneurial' Britain phenomena?

Can a bold new scheme aimed at young women smash the gender imbalance in construction? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11593420/Can-a-bold-new-scheme-aimed-at-young-women-smash-the-gender-imbalance-in-construction.html Will the ladies also pose a threat to Ingerlandt's cowboy builders? We hope so.

09.05.2015: House prices in Britain climb £100 a day in April - just the start of a new spike. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/11591792/House-prices-in-Britain-climb-100-a-day-in-April.html In other words, the country's youth with any property-owning aspirations, is doomed. Unless they move abroad.

Start preparing for possible EU exit following Cameron's victory, businesses warned. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/start-preparing-for-possible-eu-exit-following-camerons-victory-businesses-warned-10237717.html This will be in preparation for Ingerlandt's first American Governor-PM, Boris Buffoon, and a final, political and economic takeover by American Big Corp under TTIP and TISA.

Private investors pour money into build-to-let property after Conservative win. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/private-investors-pour-money-into-buildtolet-property-after-conservative-win-10236282.html Cue: Ingerlandt - a nation of renter entrepreneurs.

How did I end up on so many suckers lists? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/11592138/How-did-I-end-up-on-so-many-suckers-lists.html You bought a dummyphone.

Report your lost property on a website for £4, say police. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3074276/Report-lost-property-website-4-say-police-Private-firm-cashing-rising-number-forces-refuse-handle-misplaced-objects.html 'We're too busy filming', added the spokesman.

Grocery drivers to become guardian angels to the elderly. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3074314/How-grocery-drivers-guardian-angels-elderly-New-scheme-allow-alert-relatives-customer-does-not-answer-door.html This latest Government scheme is designed to see the elderly placed in a residential home for final milking before handing over what's left in the form of inheritance tax.

Initial reaction to General Election result from business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/election/initial-reaction-to-general-election-result-from-business/ Errr. That's just one - as in 1 - business reaction. Down at the local pub on the other hand, the very vocal and general mood amongst dozens of local traders and the self-employed is that the country is now well and truly fcuked and that it's high time to move to Australia.

Businesses relying on automated menus can lose over half of potential customers. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/businesses-relying-on-automated-menus-can-lose-over-half-of-potential-customers/

HSBC launches £8bn fund to help UK SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/hsbc-launches-8bn-fund-to-help-uk-smes/ Is this the same HSBC which is rumoured to be quitting Ingerlandt with the loss of tens of thousands of jobs? No wonder they're going to have a few bob to spare.

UK’s first peer-to-peer delivery service Nimber launches. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/uks-first-peer-to-peer-delivery-service-nimber-launches/

TechHub announces Boston opening to further boost startup growth. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/techhub-announces-boston-opening-to-further-boost-startup-growth/ Is this Boston as in Lincolnshire, Ingerlandt? Or the American Nazi, no-go city of Boston? So this is a further step towards the colonisation of Ingerlandt at British taxpayers' expense, then?

08.05.2015: Boost for holidaymakers as pound soars. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11590543/Holidaymakers-face-currency-chaos-after-election.html Or, still more bad news for exports and manufacturing and holidaymakers who want to come to Britain.

Does £25 a year really get you 'your own lawyer'? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/11588397/Does-25-a-year-really-get-you-your-own-lawyer.html

Deal hunter spots loophole in Amazon £20 minimum order. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/07/deal-hunter-spots-loophole-in-amazon-20-minimum-order/

How to deter burglars. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/07/how-to-deter-burglars-advice-from-burglars-themselves/

The 8 unbreakable rules of good customer service. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/customerservice/ss/8-Rules-for-Good-Customer-Service.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150506

13 ways to market a small, local business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/fl/13-Ways-to-Market-a-Local-Small-Business.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150506

07.05.2015: UK service sector growth at eight-month high. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32606661 But, as this article points out, 'Similar surveys had suggested growth in the manufacturing and construction sectors, slowed last month.'

Bank of England reveals UK debt data have been wrong for two months. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/gilts/11587787/General-election-2015-investors-snap-up-UK-debt-at-record-pace.html In other words, just like the rest of the country's statistics?

Average Briton now spends two days a week on mobile phone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3070725/Has-phone-addiction-gone-far-Average-person-spends-equivalent-TWO-working-days-week-mobile.html And statisticians are expressing surprise at the slump in manufacturing.

Investment in digital capabilities by UK SMEs set to increase by £53 Billion. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/investment-in-digital-capabilities-by-uk-smes-set-to-increase-by-53-billion/ This is reminiscent of the predictions which were being made about the 'home office' or SoHo marketplace around twenty years ago. So today, we have a dramatic decline in home business (in the UK) instead.

Majority of exporters predict growth. http://www.fedex.com/gb/small-business/epicentres-report.html Eight in ten exporters expect export revenue to increase over the next twelve months, according to a FedEx survey of 2,500 business owners located in 26 UK cities. Nearly two thirds think exporting has improved their financial performance, around four in ten think it has helped them develop new products or services or employ more people, and more than a quarter believe it helps them compete with larger firms. (EnterpriseQuest)

That could be good news for Fedex. Another self-fulfilling prophesy, hopefully. Like SoHo predictions (above), especially when the internet came along and promised everyone the world would be their oyster. And all we've got so far are scammers, sicko porn, Arsebook, Twatter and selfies.

The one place in Europe where cash machines aren't working. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11585295/Welcome-to-the-one-place-in-Europe-where-the-cash-machines-arent-working.html Perhaps the Greeks should take a leaf out of Germany's books and default on their loans, as well?

DIY dentistry sales soaring. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3070824/Ouch-shocking-rise-DIY-dentistry-Sales-fillings-kits-soaring-theres-painful-price.html

Can a £2,500 'solar box' power your house at night? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11567977/Can-a-2500-solar-box-power-your-house-at-night.html

Why typefaces still matter in the digital age. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/they-came-in-with-william-caxtons-printing-press-but-typefaces-still-matter-in-the-digital-age-10230301.html

06.05.2015: UK construction growth falls to 22-month low. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32591875

Number of self employed professionals continues to rise. https://www.ipse.co.uk/news/2015/independent-professional-numbers-hit-188-million The number of self-employed professionals rose by almost 9% over the last year to reach 1.88 million, according to the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). Research commissioned by IPSE also found that the proportion of professionals working independently has increased by 35% since 2008. The number of young professionals (16- to 29-year-olds) choosing self-employment has increased by 26% over the last six years. The numbers of self-employed mothers and self-employed professionals aged over 60 have also increased by 60% and 47% respectively over the same period. (EnterpriseQuest)

With major sector employers of the self-employed such as manufacturing and construction in significant decline, I am wondering just how this overall growth in the numbers of 'self-employed professionals' is taking place?

On the other hand, this is a piece of academic research, so - say no more.

UK economic growth predicted to slow as construction industry struggles. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/06/uk-economic-growth-slow-recovery

Britain among worst in health service rankings. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11583856/Britain-ranked-28th-out-of-30-countries-in-health-rankings.html That will be all those 'self-employed, professional' consultants which have brought the country's health service to its knees. Not to worry. Under the present Government's plans to pimp the NHS to American Big Corp, there soon won't be a health service for plebs at all.

The birth of a new age of corporate landlordism. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/the-birth-of-a-new-age-of-corporate-landlordism-10227632.html And still fewer 'self-employed professionals' in future.

Eurozone economic growth picking up, EU report says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32587604

Richard Branson for Prime Minister with Sugar as deputy, Brits say. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/richard-branson-for-prime-minister-with-sugar-as-deputy-brits-say/ Which just goes to show how effectively the British 'public' has been dumbed down in recent years.

Tom Kerridge: the new Government needs to help British farmers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11583003/Tom-Kerridge-the-new-Government-needs-to-help-British-farmers.html I think we can rest assured that any British government can be relied upon to think of the farmers - as their heads up Big Agri-corps' arses testifies.

How eBay left us out of pocket. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-3069278/How-eBay-left-pocket-Goods-never-arrive-buyers-turn-fraudsters-customer-disputes-settled-computers.html

Young renters aged in their 20s or 30s at top risk of ID theft. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3069559/Young-renters-aged-20s-30s-risk-ID-theft-Nearly-one-five-cases-past-year-involved-tenants-group.html#ixzz3ZKnv53yT This also happens to be the group most prone to spending all their lives looking at dummyphones.

Cyclists racing into debt to own top bikes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3069534/Cyclists-racing-debt-bikes.html That's only been happening since Fred Flintstone invented the first bike. 13 'shares', though. So another tabloid rag story with its finger on the country's pulse. But everything cycling is booming as even 'Da P.M.', 'my values are Jewish values' and recently re-confirmed supporter of Israeli terrorism demonstrated a few days ago, when he put in an appearance at the Tour de Yorkshire. A much safer PR bet than pretending to be a football club or Top Gear supporter, which only interests about 5% of the population - albeit 90% of the media's hacks.

05.05.2015: Could I set up a company and slash my tax bill? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11577936/Could-I-set-up-as-a-company-and-slash-my-tax-bill.html Apparently, 600,000 people are doing it. Or, in other words, take that number off the Government's statistics for 'entrepreneurs' and 'start-ups' who are not really entrepreneurs and start-ups, plus all the country's unemployed self-employed on benefits (in all but name) and what have we got? As we keep saying?

One in three streets in Britain has at least one property that has been empty for six months or more - report. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/one-in-three-streets-in-britain-has-at-least-one-property-that-has-been-empty-for-six-months-or-more--report-10224685.html The problem is that once anyone starts seriously tackling the country's empty house crisis, there will no longer be a house supply shortage and all the usual scammers - from developers to councils to politicians - will be losing out. Massively.

RBS and NatWest open for bank holiday for first time in 140 years after increasing demand from customers short on time. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3068058/RBS-NatWest-open-bank-holiday-time-140-years-increasing-demand-customers-short-time.html#ixzz3ZEhFHhXs

Scrapping car tax discs triggers '£38m double-charging windfall' official scam. http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-3067185/Scrapping-car-tax-discs-delivers-38m-double-charging-windfall.html#ixzz3ZEirnbnb

£5,000 green car grant could go after Government says it will review subsidy to avoid 'exhausting the budget too quickly'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3068009/5-000-green-car-grant-phased-out.html#ixzz3ZEhqbMty

Best Business Car. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/awards/2015/best-business-car/

How do you start a blog? http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/Technology/tp/How-Do-You-Start-a-Blog.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_entrepreneurs&utm_campaign=list_entrepreneurs&utm_content=20150504

04.05.2015: Internet 'rationing' needed as UK cannot keep up with demand. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11580307/Internet-rationing-needed-as-UK-cannot-keep-up-with-demand.html Is this going to reduce the number of scams and put Government Ministers out of work?

Business leaders issue last-ditch warning against Labour. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/11580794/Business-leaders-issue-last-ditch-warning-against-Labour.html Is this a 'real' warning this time or another Government scam?

How does an Avon lady earn £170,000 on a 20-hour week? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3066608/How-DOES-Avon-lady-earn-170-000-20-hour-week-Answer-2-500-underlings-special-Avon-man.html It's very unusual for a tabloid rag to be homing in on a business success story which doesn't involve a scammer.

7 businesses you SHOULDN'T start. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/businessideas/fl/7-small-businesses-you-dont-want-to-start.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150502 Oooops! That's knocked out 90% of the UK Governments' weener 'entrepreneurs' on benefits and start-up loans.

A step-by-step guide to starting an office. http://operationstech.about.com/od/officespaceessentials/ss/A-Guide-for-Starting-an-Office_5.htm?utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_sbinformation&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150502#step-heading

4 Ways the Apple Watch Will Change Business and Marketing. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/dailyoperations/fl/4-Ways-the-Apple-Watch-Will-Change-Business-and-Marketing.htm?utm_source=exp_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=list_onlinebusiness&utm_campaign=list_onlinebusiness&utm_content=20150503

A bank for beggars. http://www.springwise.com/india-bank-beggars-run-members/ Or, 'entrepreneurs' as they're known in the UK. Although appearances are often very deceptive.

DJ community can make and watch live-streamed videos of their sets. http://www.springwise.com/dj-community-watch-live-streamed-videos-sets/

The pepper grinder that turns off phones at dinner time. http://www.springwise.com/pepper-grinder-turns-phones-dinner-time/ They could do with one of those at the World Snooker Chamionships where it seems to be the fashion that a once-gentleman's (and occasional gentlelady's) game of studious silence, is now interrupted by ringing dummyphones, morons taking pics with their dummyphones and dummies and yobs rustling crisp packets, cheering and whistling. What an example to set for our country's mis-spent youth! They might as well go into politics.

Platform makes sure companies keep their promise to reduce deforestation. http://www.springwise.com/platform-companies-promises-reduce-deforestation/

Healthy eating platform provides one-to-one nutrition coaching via video. http://www.springwise.com/healthy-eating-platform-one-to-one-nutrition-coaching-video/

Latest from the EU on Britain's criminal, hate-preaching propaganda bullshit. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

03.05.2015: The stealth taxes that have risen by up to 80%. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11576146/The-stealth-taxes-that-have-risen-by-up-to-80pc.html They are only 'stealth' taxes because the country's criminal, tax-dodging media (Government propaganda) never report them.

Could fracking destroy the value of your home? http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/03/could-fracking-destroy-the-value-of-your-home/ Yes, of course, if the present fagging Government have anything to do with it. They can then add that to destroying home values by building wind farms; erecting telephone masts; letting in too many immigrants after having caused the problems of mass migration in the first place; wannabe 'Prime Minister' hoodies living in the area; destroying the education system and decent local schools. In fact the list is so long, it just makes you wonder how even by official Ponzi scheme standards, house prices aren't plummeting.

Traditional crooks including violent offenders turn to cyber crime. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11579044/Traditional-crooks-including-violent-offenders-turn-to-cyber-crime.html It's why politicians now 'do' social media. Even if they only get 2 'lies' and 1 'share' all the time, it's a good front.

Sharia-compliant savings and bank accounts rocket in popularity across Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/shariacompliant-savings-and-bank-accounts-rocket-in-popularity-across-britain-10220992.html Looks like another payday-loan-style witch hunt to add to the usual media hate-preaching, will be called for.

Couple's house wrecked after renting it out to 'drug-taking partygoers' on Airbnb. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/canada/11579154/Couples-house-wrecked-after-renting-it-out-to-drug-taking-partygoers-on-Airbnb.html

Crowd-to-let: How crowdfunding sites can give investors a slice of the property market for £500. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/crowdtolet-how-crowdfunding-sites-can-give-investors-a-slice-of-the-property-market-for-500-10221133.html

Be authentic, spend three hours a day on social media and ignore the critics: Food blogger Deliciously Ella reveals how YOU can build a global brand from your bedroom. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-3064116/Deliciously-Ella-build-global-blogging-brand-bedroom.html Or, you can get a life and some proper work instead. If there is any.

How to make your home famous: Almost any property can find a role as a film set - and earn up to £3,000 a day. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3065344/How-make-home-famous-property-role-film-set-earn-3-000-day.html Like in Benefits Street?

Amazon doubles minimum spend for free home delivery. http://money.aol.co.uk/2015/05/02/amazon-raises-minimum-spend-for-home-delivery/ That's the way to do it; hook all the dummies, first. Milk 'em afterwards.

Honda top of the class with most reliable used cars. http://cars.aol.co.uk/2015/04/16/honda-top-of-the-class-with-most-reliable-used-cars/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D347711 I'm pleased to see that Suzuki are up there in joint-second place. Unfortunately, I bought and run mine in France, where finding a garage with the competence, honesty and professionalism to perform even the most basic servicing, is a major problem. I have heard German management confiding exactly the same reservations when it comes to finding dealers suitable for their own marques.

(Mind you, finding anyone in France who is a competent professional is a major achievement - especially anyone labelling themselves an 'artisan'. Which is echoed by another article we posted below just a couple of days ago - Why Le Good Life isn't all it's cracked up to be. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11570848/Why-Le-Good-Life-isnt-all-its-cracked-up-to-be.html)

02.05.2015: Sterling slides as manufacturing slows. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32548327 So - another British economic 'boom' which didn't even last as long as the last one which didn't last long if at all.

Consumer borrowing in biggest surge since 2008. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32551740

Labour threaten a purge of Whitehall senior business advisers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3064935/Labour-threat-purge-senior-business-advisers-Whitehall-Shake-rid-civil-service-industry-leaders-brought-Tories.html Normal practice when a new government has been elected, as we have been saying. And the present bunch of 'gurus' and advisers is long overdue for a purge, as their catastrophic results clearly show. The only problem is, will the next bunch of gurus and advisers be an improvement? History suggests that they will not.

Work from home? Do it without going crazy. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150423-work-from-home-without-the-crazy Yawnnn. How original.

CNET Community. How can I safeguard my computer's data when it is out for repair? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497

Is the internet on the brink of collapse? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3064915/Is-internet-brink-collapse-web-reach-limit-just-eight-years-warn-engineers.html Has its three wheels, a steam engine and scammer-promoters even got the thing off the ground yet, one has to ask.

Suitcases to be fitted with microchips for blind-drunk and dumb-walking Brit travellers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3064769/No-nail-biting-waits-luggage-carousel-Suitcases-fitted-microchips-tell-owners-are.html

50 great days out in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/5453447/Fifty-great-days-out-in-the-UK.html

01.05.2015: Fuel poverty killed 15,000 people last winter. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fuel-poverty-killed-15000-people-last-winter-10217215.html No wonder the country's youth are escaping to fight in the Middle East. It's a lot safer. So. Are we to expect an infographic on how many of those who died were also 'entrepreneurs' running home businesses? Or the Government and the energy companies being charged with terrorism?

Tesla set to reveal its home battery. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3063262/Tesla-set-reveal-home-battery-Elon-Musk-unveil-power-pack-tonight-slash-electricity-bills.html

Britain needs immigrants to drive growth says former Goldman Sachs chief. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/britain-needs-immigrants-to-drive-growth/ Nothing like a 'reliable' source of catastrophic incompetence for an opinion. I'd have thought a couple of loud-mouthed British pissheads on their way to a one-week spewing holiday in Spain would have had more credibility.

Top Ten start-up mistakes you don't want to make. http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/startup/a/Top-10-Business-Mistakes-When-Starting-A-Business.htm?utm_term=AT_3&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=smbmoney&utm_content=20150425

14 'best' home businesses for stay-at-home parents. http://homebusiness.about.com/od/homebusinessprofiles/fl/Best-Home-Businesses-for-Moms-or-Dads.htm?utm_term=AT_2&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=smbmoney&utm_content=20150425

How to create a work-life balance with your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/How-to-Create-a-Work-Life-Balance-in-Your-Small-Business.htm?utm_term=AT_2&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_content=20150429

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

Len Tondel



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