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LATEST! 30th April 2013
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Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st April 2012

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

HBA/BusinessesForSale joint SPECIAL OFFER: 25% discount on the website's service. Here are the details: Code: SELLABIZ-25
How to use: The user must email sellabusiness@businessesforsale.com with the subject line of “SELLABIZ-25” and their message will need to have their contact details (both an email address and phone number) for the discount to be applied. One of our account managers will then contact them and walk them through the set-up process.

30.04.2013: Non-bank business lending increases. http://www.cdfa.org.uk/2013/04/19/demand-for-non-bank-business-loans-increases/ The number of business loans provided by non-bank community lenders increased by 33% in Q1 of 2013 compared with the previous quarter, according to a survey by the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA). The CDFA said awareness of non-bank lending among firms was increasing, particularly as recent figures from the Bank of England showed falling demand for traditional bank loans. (EnterpriseQuest)

UK taxman's £4.5 billions'-worth of tax deals for just four corporations. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/29/sweetheart-tax-deals Nothing new here despite the story being labelled as an 'exclusive'. Nor is the situation going to change, no matter how much posturing Messrs Cameron and Osborne do at EU meetings or for publication in the UK's tabloid propaganda - which of course, tacitly promotes and helps the country's 'official' tax-evading culture for Big Corps. Being tax evaders themselves.

Mary Portas accuses ex-Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy of 'talking crap' over disappearance of butchers from British high streets. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/mary-portas-accuses-extesco-boss-sir-terry-leahy-of-talking-crap-over-disappearance-of-butchers-from-british-high-streets-8595620.html Unfortunately, the country is run by a ruling class with piss-poor special needs schooling who believe in crap.

E-learning is not regarded as an effective training method. http://www.workplacelaw.net/content/47112 Only 15% of organisations that currently use e-learning believe it is the most effective training option available, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Cornerstone OnDemand. Many of the survey respondents felt face-to-face training, such as coaching by line managers and in-house training, was more effective than e-learning. As a result, two fifths of respondents reported that e-learning accounted for less than 10% of total training time, while the majority believed it was more effective when combined with other types of learning. (EnterpriseQuest) E-learning or online support, never has been viewed by the professionals as 'effective'. Its only supporters and proponents are those people, businesses or organisations who stand to make a lot of money from pretending it is so. And sheep.

Non-qwerty keyboard gets the thumbs-down. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/29/qwerty-tablet-keyboard-touch-type

China overtakes US to become world's biggest PC market. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22346821#

Online upgrade airline tickets to business class gain in popularity. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/the-end-of-the-free-upgrade-the-great-airline-business-upgrade-auction-is-ready-for-takeoff-8595560.html

Print & Pack Show, Harrogate, 14th - 16th May 2013. http://www.printandpack.co.uk/

Our Home Association 'Back To The Garden' Project concludes memorandum of understanding with Polish Tourist Organisation. http://www.poland-convention.pl/en/service/news/%E2%80%9Cback-to-the-garden%E2%80%9D-with-the-our-home-association/

Card processing provider PaymentSense - free processing rate review. http://links.paymentsense.mkt5663.com/servlet/MailView?ms=NDEzOTYxNzES1&r=NDY4NDI1NjQzNjkS1&j=MTg2MTk0Mjg4S0&mt=1&rt=0

World's Top Twenty Restaurants 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkpicturegalleries/10025815/Worlds-Best-Restaurants-2013-top-20-in-pictures.html

29.04.2013: Lending to UK businesses will rise in 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22329277#

How to get a cheap flight. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/29/how-to-get-a-cheap-flight/

Chat-app messaging overtakes SMS texting for first time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22334338#

Facebook being deserted by millions of users. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/28/facebook-loses-users-biggest-markets

Increasing demand for rock samphire is a precarious business. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/life-on-the-edge-demand-for-tasty-clifftop-herb-piles-pressure-on-cornish-foragers-8591858.html

'Taste the nation'. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/travel/395467/Taste-the-nation A tiny selection of foodie breaks.

Don't waste your money on expensive supermarket steak. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316097/Why-shouldnt-waste-money-expensive-steak-Tesco-Asda-beat-Waitrose-M-S-taste-test.html Only once have I eaten a good-ish steak bought from a supermarket. Many, many years ago. That's why I use my local butcher who can tell me where his meat comes from, will hang it for me for as long as I want and lets me have bagfuls of bones for the dogs, too. Most of which get used to make stock or broth before I pass them on.

New law allows homeowners to defend their property against intruders. With exceptions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2316353/Now-CAN-bash-burglar--gardens-Law-allow-homeowners-defend-property-comes-force.html

28.04.2013: Official release: Regional Growth Guide for local SMEs. https://www.gov.uk/regional-growth-fund-a-guide-for-small-and-medium-enterprises-smes

Council tax pays for internet shopping loafers. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/395293/Council-tax-pays-for-internet-shopping-loafers Most of the 'loafing' being due to slow, crap internet connections and internet pages overflowing with jumping advertising and dummyphone-compatible formatting, especially on tabloid websites. It could all be solved of course, by paying public servants in shopping vouchers alone which could only be redeemed at local, 'High Street' shops. Unfortunately, that would stop the lucrative flow of advertising to the media and put them out of business. Oh, dear. What a shame.

The fightback against poor customer service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10021466/Join-the-fightback-against-customer-service-problems.html

Annoying out-of-office email replies. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315661/Im-leaving-Holiday-boasts-list-annoying-office-email-replies.html

The UK's boom in volunteering. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/special-report-britains-real-big-society-8591235.html For many years we have been urging home businesses to get involved in local volunteering and help sponsor a sports club or community group and I'm glad to see it's all becoming increasingly popular - despite all the emphasis on internet social media. It's good for the soul; I've never seen a politician or a hack getting involved, for example. And it's good for business.

Sinister new technology to take control of home appliances when power production falls. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315863/Big-brother-switch-fridge-Power-giants-make-millions--pay-sinister-technology.html That'll teach people to buy a fridge. When I was a lad . . . we had larders, pantries and cellars. Unfortunately, these are being sold nowadays as 'new homes'.

Stop the terror warnings, urges Richard Branson. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/stop-the-terror-warnings-urges-richard-branson-8591208.html As 'terror' is big business, especially for the USA, 'warnings' are extremely selective anyway. The biggest loss of thousands of innocent lives to terror bombings in recent years has been the result of American drones and on this issue, official, even media warnings are non-existent. Googling 'US drone strikes countries' or similar, will yield the necessary information about which parts of the world are currently being targetted and thus to avoid.

'Plebgate' bike goes for sale on eBay. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/395265/Plebgate-bike-goes-on-eBay To raise money for charity apparently, although the most popular story doing the rounds is the bike's owner felt it had become too recognisable, and as one would expect of a leading politician, didn't know how to simply change the front basket to make it look different. On the other hand, a good shopfront item like this, with all its history, in anticipation of the summer all-things-cycling boom seems worth a punt?

(Apologies to great American investigative journalism and the Watergate scandal - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal - which prompts English tabloids to invent terms like 'Plebgate' to impress their 'pleb' readerships that they are more than just a bunch of criminal, hate-preaching propaganda hacks.)

27.04.2013: Refund problems with debit cards. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22315496#

CNET Community: ready to donate my old cellphone but not my personal data. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/26/2013

The ghost spending in your home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/26/the-ghosts-in-your-home-spending-6p-an-hour/

The best Windows PC is a Mac. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10018698/Apples-MacBook-is-best-performing-Windows-laptop.html

Welcome to Wikidata. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2013/apr/26/wikidata-launch

Trolls, memes and spam; a guide to web words. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/10021175/Trolls-memes-and-spam-author-offers-guide-to-web-words.html

Beekeepers march on Parliament. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/10020968/Beekeepers-Parliament-protest-calls-for-pesticides-ban.html . . . there to try and influence a government with its head up Big Corp's arse.

China gives 'Hoody Hugger' Dave the bum's rush; greets Francois Hollande with open arms. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/26/blow-for-cameron-china-hollande A bit of good news for the French President for a change, who has had the hump ever since a starving African farmer ate the camel he was given as an official present by the French government after it had just finished bombing his country.

A totally predictable reaction to Cameron's proposed visit, on the other hand: Chief Fag and Accomplice to the US of A which has bombed, terrorised, starved, mutilated, ruined and robbed 33 countries since World War 2 alone (http://www.globalresearch.ca/list-of-countries-the-usa-has-bombed-since-the-end-of-world-war-ii/24626) - AND counting - AND including China itself a couple of times - destroying as many trade prospects as lives just so 'Butcher' Bush's 'haves' can 'have' still more. (With a few left-over scraps for Engerlandt's expired ruling classes who originally acquired their wealth and 'status' exactly the same way.)

Consequently, a total waste of taxpayer's money sending England County's Prime Ministerial monkey to anywhere in the world to conduct business, although the purpose of the exercise is of course, to impress the 'carrot-IQ', 'fuckin' plebs' back home and give the country's propaganda hacks something to write about.

Microsoft one of the Government's biggest contractors only pay peanuts in tax. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2315583/Tiny-tax-bills-IT-firms-paid-millions-state-Microsoft-Governments-biggest-contractors-make-1-8bn-paid-19million-tax.html No surprises here, then.

London's best cafes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/10020732/Londons-best-cafes.html

26.04.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/26/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Appentrepreneurs getting nowhere. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/22/young-appmakers-cant-job-life

Women hardest hit by the financial crisis. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/26/women-hardest-hit-by-the-financial-crisis/

HMRC too cosy with accounting's 'Big Four'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tax-avoidance-hmrc-too-cosy-with-accountancy-giants-8588945.html This has been common knowledge for oinks. Just as much as successive governments' deliberate failure to do anything about the situation. It's much, much easier to pick on small traders.

Another government IT balls-up. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/after-two-years-and-millions-of-pounds-police-computer-plan-is-still-in-limbo-8588845.html Theresa May and her inner scrotum of civil servants and advisers impeding the country's best economic interests YET again. Clearly on course for acquiring all the credentials and experience for continuing as a (criminal) media darling and becoming a future Prime Minister. Perhaps less time spent on poncing about with a solitary, supposed 'hate preacher' who hasn't broken the law and getting on with some efficient business instead, might be a better idea?

Families struggling with high living costs are throwing away £50 of food every month. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10019602/Families-wasting-50-a-month-throwing-away-food-says-minister.html I can well believe it. All those cooking programmes, a dozen years wasted at school, a government of bum politicians and economists and endless advertising; little wonder plebs can't do money sums. Or cook. Still, people running a business from home should be able to find a bit of extra time to economise although for all the 'home business' websites out there these days, almost without exception, the emphasis is always on making money. By hook, or by crook or by scam (95%). Yet, that's only half the equation. Learning how to hang on to your hard-earned, especially when times are hard, is even more important.

Cost-cutting home budget tips. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/394588/Live-life-for-half-the-price-Top-tips-for-cutting-costs Here we go; no sooner said than done. If you can wait long enough for all the advertising and cookies to download before the text appears.

19% of Britons have deliberately skipped a loan repayment. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/26/19-skip-loan-payments-on-purpose/ Yet another startling revelation.

The most hated man in France? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/edwy-plenel-is-the-journalist-detested-by-politicians-and-colleagues-alike-the-most-hated-man-in-france-8588747.html Most hated man in France because he is an investigative journalist, according to this English hack. 'In a country in which good investigative journalism is as rare as good English wine,' he continues, sniffily.

Firstly, England DOES actually produce world-class and championship-winning wine and has done now for a number of years; (also World's Best Vodka in 2010; as well as various best beers, cheeses, meats, etc, etc.) All modest, home-based family businesses rather than the media's usual sources of corporate crooks, usurers and terrorists and their endless streams of press releases and advertorials. So WHEN was the last time a British rag produced a good, 'investigative' story? (Apart from Private Eye, of course.) Hillsborough? Iraq? Afghanistan? Libya? The banks? Still, as the whole world knows, musn't let facts get in the way of propaganda, hate-preaching, Big Corp profits and fairy tales. Or lickspittle hacks' six-figure salaries.

If there is a 'most hated man' in France it is probably still Sarkozy although Francois Hollande, with just a very short term in office, is likely to be pressing hard for that accolade. However, these are very much media-created (mis)perceptions just as those which are peddled in the UK. Good, individual, investigative journalists in France on the other hand, are still very much in evidence and very much appreciated, even if they don't receive the same fanfare every day as unknown, inconsequential, English micro-shite 'celebrities' or doped-up, cheating footballers.

Exhibitor update from the Society of Event Organisers: http://www.eou.org.uk/ ORGANISER'S COMPANY BLOCKED FROM WINDING UP. The compulsory winding up of exhibition organising company Business Exhibitions UK Ltd (No. 07429159), whose director David Woods tried to organise business to business exhibitions in Sheffield and Bournemouth, has been blocked after objections from creditors.The firm was incorporated 4/11/2010.

The company is the forth one run by Norwich-based exhibition organiser Woods to fail. Business Events UK Ltd (No.06849634) was incorporated 17/3/2009 and dissolved, having never filed accounts, on 5/7/2011. Bizotunity Ltd (No. 07834347) was incorporated 3/11/2011 and dissolved, having never filed accounts, on 26th February this year And the very similar sounding Bizotunity UK Ltd (No.07832347) was incorporated 2/11/2011 and is currently, having never filed accounts, the subject of a proposal to strike off.

One or both of Wood's Bizotunity companies organised and then postponed the Bizotunity B2B North East exhibition due to take place at the Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC) grounds in March last year, with some of the exhibitors left to find out about the postponement, to a new date in May, when they turned up to exhibit in March. One of them, business networking association Network North, stepped in and paid the remainder of the deposit due to the venue, around £1,000, took over the event for the May date and gave all the other exhibitors who had paid Woods any money a free stand at the show, the first of a number of events now run by Network North.

Interestingly one exhibitor who had paid Woods money for a stand at his aborted Sheffield event, printing.com, and only found out about the cancellation when their director, Sarah Simpkins phoned the venue, had a full refund after they posted adverse comments about Woods and his events on a business forum, 4Networking. (See Exhibition News March and April 2012 for useful editorial covering some of the above)

Exhibitor Update recommends that exhibitors wanting information about organisers get to know their way around the information held by Companies House, and be aware that some directors listed there have multiple entries, which could be accidental or deliberate, that can obscure their prevoius company failures from those making a cursory search. In the case of Woods his date of birth is given as 6/10/1960 for his first to fail Business Events UK and Business Exhibitions UK companies and as 1/10/1960 for his Bizotunity companies, making it look, to the inexperienced carrying out the checks, as though there are two different directors and therefore no connection between the companies. Accordingly Newcastle United Football Club told Exhibition News " The apprpriate checks were carried out, which gave us no cause for concern that the company we were dealing with was anything other than legitimate" Apparently Woods used Bizotunity references to make the booking and the link with his previous company failures was missed by the NUFC "appropriate checks".

It is also a good idea to check at Companies House what other companies are run by the same individual, and that could be used in the future. In the case of Woods he formed another firm. West Connects East Ltd (No.08067248), giving his date of birth as 6/10/1960, on 14th May last year, so it will be interesting to see if this one organises an exhibition.

Note. Exhibitor Update is happy to carry out Companies House checks on organisers, free of charge, for any exhibitor with reason to be concerned, ideally before spending money. Just email us: mailto:peter.cotterell@eou.org.uk

25.04.2013: Crowdfunding site Seedrs passes £1m milestone. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/crowdfunding-site-seedrs-passes-%C2%A31m-milestone-20139711

Helping youngsters gain financial skills. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/04/24/helping-youngsters-to-gain-financial-skills-will-help-us-all/ Which doesn't mean taking out a Government business start-up loan.

Plans to turn offices into homes “will put London’s economic growth at risk”. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/plans-turn-offices-homes-%E2%80%9Cwill-put-london%E2%80%99s-economic-growth-risk%E2%80%9D-20139714 As the take-up for this scheme so far has been zilch, there isn't too much threat to London's economic growth just yet.

From eBay with love. http://www.enforbusiness.com/feature/ebay-love. Oak Furniture Land owner Jason Bannister tells Kirsty Hewitt how he turned an eBay business into a multi-million company.

The Co-op launches 'Save Our Stilton' campaign. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314408/Stiltons-boost-cheese-war-Village-aims-win-right-make-famous-blue-bears-name.html It's the old, old story again of the Brits ignoring (blame the younger generation) their employment-creating, traditional produce, while Johnny Furruner can't get enough of the stuff and is even prepared to pay up to three times UK shop prices.

So when is the last time our patriotic British media and its micro-celebrities (chefs, food critics and cooking programmes especially) were caught using and eating British cheese? Which only happens to be the best in the world nowadays.

160,000 sign independent shops' petition to make Amazon pay its UK taxes. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/bringing-amazon-to-book-160000-sign-independent-shops-petition-amid-tax-anger-8586674.html As if that will make a gnat's-worth of a difference. In the meantime, 'We know where you all live', said Amazon's CEO.

'The ethical one'; 'giant parasites', Google. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2314375/A-gigantic-parasite-Forget-touchy-feely-posturing-Googles-tiny-tax-shows-greedy-ruthless-really-is.html

Early Weekend Larf: EU court jester, 'Hoody-Hugger' Cameron, calls for crackdown on tax evasion. (Except by his Big Corp mates and political party donors, especially those from the U.S.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2314397/David-Cameron-calls-EU-tax-evasion-crackdown-bid-boost-economy.html

Almost half of pensioners use Facebook. http://www.express.co.uk/news/retirement/394437/Almost-half-of-pensioners-use-Facebook Well, 41% to be precise, but what's a few million either way in an English tabloid? Nonetheless, I'm surprised by this number. I do a lot of work with pensioners and the majority I know don't have the internet, don't understand the internet and aren't interested in the internet; and so, who would not even have been party to this piece of research.

Still, mine is a subjective point of view, I agree. It's a bit like asking 'benefit-claiming' Labour Party voters if 'Butcher' Blair, his M.P.s (Murdering Pigs) and fascist goons should be arrested and tried for crimes against humanity. In this country's economic interests.

Ryanair fined by Italian authorities for less-than-transparent website and 'unclear' fares. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10014836/Ryanair-fined-over-unclear-fares.html No priceless quote from Moikal O'Lary this time. Sorry.

Government seeks views on a new 'superfast' patent service. http://www.ipo.gov.uk/about/press/press-release/press-release-2013/press-release-20130417.htm A consultation on plans for a new 'superfast' patent processing service has been published by the Government. This follows confirmation by Lord Younger that plans for the new streamlined service, which will be able to grant patents in 90 days, is to go ahead this year. The consultation will seek views on how the service should work. Lord Younger said: "Government is committed to making it easy for innovators to turn their ideas into business growth. I am sure this will help to create a streamlined and flexible patent service and bring more choice for those who use it." The consultation closes on 12th June 2013.

As any inventor knows, there will remain two, historical problems. If the invention is worthwhile, a) the French will claim it is they wot invented it and b) the Americans and one of their kangaroo courts, will steal it. Patent or no patent. This new service will merely speed up and facilitate that process.

How to pronounce foreign languages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/10012325/How-to-pronounce-foreign-languages.html Oh, dear. More potted tips for dummyphone users.

10 popular myths (tabloid and fascist lies) debunked. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/24/10-great-urban-myths-debunked

UK has seen a 'substantial and sustained fall in violent crime' over the past decade. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/394363/Is-the-UK-more-peaceful-Substantial-fall-in-violent-crime The week's news is getting even worse for hate-preaching tabloids and politicians (see below, 23.04.). So despite the massive influx of 'illegal' and 'criminal' East European immigrants (and Moldavian grandmothers arriving through the back door), actual crime levels are in fact, falling. Or is it because millions of British criminal types have buggered off to somewhere in the sun? Anyway, all clear now for '5 million' home businesses to go off and do their post every day. At their illegal-immigrant-owned, local, sub-Post Offices/24-hour/7 day week 'home-run- business' stores.

Comprehensive car insurance premiums falling; third party premiums, rising. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/25/car-insurance-premiums-falling/

24.04.2013: The worst car hire charges and catches. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/24/the-worst-car-hire-charges-and-catches/

Demand increases for local content online. http://www.nesta.org.uk/news_and_features/news/assets/features/up_your_street_the_rise_of_hyperlocal_media Rising demand for access to very local content (termed 'hyperlocal content') has been driven by the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, according to a survey by Nesta. The survey revealed close to a third of those who accessed hyperlocal content via their smartphone did so on a daily basis, while 56% accessed it via search results, with local weather, timely news and local entertainment the most popular hyperlocal media searches. The survey also revealed users would be put off if they had to pay to access hyperlocal content. (EnterpriseQuest)

UK construction output falls, according to ONS figures. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/construction/output-in-the-construction
Construction output in the UK was 7% lower in February 2013 than in February 2012, according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Figures for the period from December 2012 to February 2013 also revealed the volume of construction output fell by almost 9% when compared with the same period a year earlier. New work, both private and public sector (excluding housing and infrastructure, but including factories, warehouses, schools and offices) also fell by almost 11% between December 2012 and February 2013.

Report urges £1 billion a year investment to boost levels of cycling. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/24/invest-cycling-tenfold-report Lots of business opportunities here.

Ofsted attacks companies which subvert children's educational standards by using promotional mis-spelling. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/apr/23/businesses-use-english-children-ofsted They're quick off the mark! They'll be noting next that children accessing online porn is a problem, too. Or the near-total illiteracy, even lack of social standards of the internet in general. Which is why Microsoft are advising the Government on school curriculum content. To guarantee a large pool of dumb, future voters and consumers.

350,000 people a year now rely on food banks. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/350000-people-now-rely-on-food-banks-8585266.html As we have been suggesting for a couple of years now AND it's a trend which is going to grow and grow. Local home businesses should be in there lending a helping hand.

Postal unions plannning largest protests for six years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10013586/Tens-of-millions-of-bills-and-credit-statements-could-go-undelivered-in-biggest-mail-stoppage-for-six-years.html

'Rural life is so boring there is little to do but watch television'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countryside/10013208/Sir-Ian-McKellen-is-wrong-by-a-country-mile.html So says a British micro-'celebrity'. You carry on believing it, mate. One of the main benefits of the countryside being that it attracts a less superficial, more hard-working class of person. Even if the suggestion that watching endless repeats, advertising, propaganda, American pulp and £0.00 budget 'reality' shite on television sums up just how desperate city folk must be themselves to identify something which isn't 'boring'. (Or is this another advertorial for Sky?)

Very English places to stay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10012045/Very-English-places-to-stay.html

Trending: wine snobbery causing decanter boom. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/394225/Wine-snobs-cause-decanter-boom Get in there, eBayers! Although for all my travels through all the main wine-producing countries of Europe, NEVER have I seen a wine decanter on a table other than in a couple of hotels. Still. It might impress dumb city dwellers.

Battery-hen-home Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313417/Battery-hen-Britain-UK-homes-cramped-Europe-average-bed-new-build-size-tube-carriage.html I see that the tabloids have finally started using some of our terminology as British homes are identified as the most cramped in Europe. That's not to say they will stop helping to promote the battery-housing scam justified by a 'desperate need for housing', 'boosting the economy', helping youngsters get their 'foot on the housing ladder' and other assorted bullshit excuses for corruption, greed and rank profiteering.

The next thing the country will be forced to admit to, are the cramped and unsafe travelling conditions on British trains. Illegal for cattle. OK for the British public. There used to be a time when 'the train would take the strain', especially for businessfolk who wanted to work while they travelled. Now, the train IS the strain. Still. Just another component of the Thatcher/Butcher Blair vision of the future.

British businessman sells fake bomb detectors to Iraq. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/23/uk-government-helped-fake-bomb-detector-fraudster Someone who clearly took Butcher Blair's recommendations to heart. Although he looks a bit like that chap who also sold Iraq its 'weapons of mass destruction'. And 'communications equipment' to Tunisian, Egyptian, Syrian and Libyan insurgents. Intercontinental bollistick missiles to Iran and North Korea. And even a Nobel Peace Prize submission for Condo Ricin.

Still. As British businesses knows all too well; get the Government on your side and you can get away with murder. While the rest of the world shuns anything British which has been granted an official export licence.

23.04.2013: Hundreds interested in £1 homes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/23/hundreds-apply-for-1-houses/

Businesses plan to increase marketing spend. http://www.ipa.co.uk/news/q1-2013-bellwether-report-reveals-marginal-rise-in-spend Over a third of businesses plan to increase their spend on marketing activities in 2013, compared with 23% that plan to spend less, according to the latest IPA Bellwether report. The report also revealed that, despite a slight increase in marketing budgets in Q1 of 2013, they were yet to return to pre-recession levels and, in 2012, spending fell for the fifth successive year. Spending on Internet advertising saw the fastest rate of growth, while budgets for direct marketing fell sharply. (EnterpriseQuest)

Small firms in Scotland awarded more public contracts. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/04/Small-businesses-16042013 The Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) portal, set up in 2008, helped small firms across all industries in Scotland secure 68% of public sector contracts in 2012, a 12% increase since 2010, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. Nicola Sturgeon said: "Last year saw substantial changes to Public Contracts Scotland that will further improve and simplify the ways businesses deal with the public sector. It is testament to the improvements made that we are now in a position where more small companies in Scotland than ever before are winning business with the Scottish public sector." (EnterpriseQuest)

Google pays almost no taxes because its ads empower 'literally billions of pounds of start-ups'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/you-should-be-glad-we-pay-so-little-tax-says-google-boss-eric-schmidt--but-mps-call-to-have-his-role-as-government-adviser-revoked-8582605.html The average consumer empowers 'literally billions of pounds of start-ups', too. On that basis, they shouldn't pay any taxes, either.

Iraqi wins Froggy Business Woman of the Year Award. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/top-architect-dame-zaha-hadid-wins-veuve-clicquot-business-woman-of-the-year-award-8583628.html Not a good week for British Big Corp Fascism and their tabloid Brownshirts at all, at all. East European immigrant tops British Rich List; Froggy grub chain creates hundreds of jobs specifically for dumbed-down British yoofs - while Big Fave US-owned company admits to employing mainly immigrants; invasion of North Korea put on back-burner because they haven't got anything worth thieving and they (and the Chinese) can defend themselves; plus the Chinese have seen through it all and told the US to piss off. Now this. (AND she's a woman.) The world's full of pinko, long-haired ragheads.

'Ice cream vans could be wiped out after council tells vendors to get a new van every five years'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313027/Ice-cream-vans-wiped-council-tells-vendors-new-van-years.html#ixzz2RG9EVt3F The destruction of small and home businesses by the country's local councils, continues.

Warning on black market fat-burning drug. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/wada-issues-warning-on-black-market-fat-burning-drug I've already heard of 'independent distributors' and athletes selling and using these drugs, all of which will inevitably be ignored of course, as long as the abuse is by media and doping agencies' favourite, mafia-controlled, major revenue-generating sports. Notably: rounders, netball, rugby-with-body-armour, athletics, swimming, soccer (football) and tennis. Minority sports however, should beware. (Even after twenty years' time when you've put your feet up and started drawing a pension.)

22.04.2013: Business lobby group backs government on new EU deal. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22242968#

'Anyone in business knows that it is almost always possible to get a better deal'. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/393718/Anyone-in-business-knows-that-it-is-almost-always-possible-to-get-a-better-deal

BBC polls suggest no huge influx of immigration. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22221841# Bad news for Fascist tabloid and political business.

Britons are overworked and underpaid. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/393728/Britons-are-over-worked-and-under-paid How's that possible? What are all those 'illegal' immigrants for?

Warning over changes to energy bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/22/warning-over-energy-bill-changes/

Disillusionment comes home to la France profonde. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyinfrance/10009131/Disillusionment-comes-home-to-la-France-profonde.html I'm afraid la France profonde had already been 'disillusioned' for a very long time indeed and is only on the British media radar because so many Brits 'disillusioned' with their own country and duped by media fairy tales of lo-cost properties, now live there. For the average Parisite however, the region, which equates roughly to the centre of France, simply doesn't exist.

HOWEVER. Contrary to the populist French view that Brits only settle in their country for cheap property and healthcare, the following recent article confirms there are other, even more important reasons for expats to make a move. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/04/16/more-wealthy-britons-set-to-flee/ Hoody-huggin' Dave and Baby Butcher Blair's goons and apologists to take note.

One man and 33 jobs in 33 different countries. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312405/From-radio-DJ-shark-tank-cleaner-One-mans-quest-33-jobs-33-countries.html It's ironic that for someone from France where the C19th view that one man, one job, for life, still prevails, this gentleman is also an engineer. And he gets off his arse to find and go to work rather than wallowing in self-pity and the declaration, 'But I've got a degree'. The French could do with this guy as their President or Prime Minister. Mind you, so could Britain.

High Court victory against internet troll businessman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2312495/Oxo-Mum-wins-High-Court-battle-internet-troll-businessman-attacked-property-business.html It looks like the Government might have found itself another internet 'guru' and small business ambassador.

How to avoid being conned when recycling old mobile phones. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/12/how-to-avoid-being-conned-when-recycling-old-mobile-phones/ Don't buy a mobile phone in the first place?

21.04.2013: Official release: Best of British business Queen's Enterprise Award winners. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/best-of-british-business-receive-queens-awards-for-enterprise--2

Santander may compensate 30,000 former Abbey mortgage holders. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22217850#

Osborne's new(est) bid (pretence) to help SMEs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10008093/Osbornes-new-bid-to-help-SMEs.html However, for the avoidance of any confusion, the Government's reaction to Europe's financial transaction tax has been as immediate as it is unilateral. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22227019#

One poster puts it: 'Peoples distaste for our financial sector is unfounded. It constitutes 12% of our tax revenue, employs over 2 million people and leads internationally. (Is that all? This is just one official paper which shows that SMEs dwarf the banking sector. http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/sn06078.pdf Ed.) The blame for the financial crisis should be put on the politicians for not implementing proper regulation, but of course they would much rather you believe greedy bankers are responsible.' Posted by Lloyd 'Le Man'.

In other words - and by comparison with the much greater economic and social value of the country's SMEs - the Government continues to fag flat out for criminal, incestuous, minority interests first. When as it's not too busy with fagging duties for the Pentagon's terrorist activities.

Private sector can help small firms play a bigger role. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/10006849/Private-sector-can-help-small-firms-play-bigger-role.html Yes, of course they can. Like paying their invoices on time. Or allowing the small business sector effective representation in policy-making. Even giving them space in the media to make themselves heard would be a good start. Instead of just using an occasional article from the voices of Big Corp and appointing one or two minor celebrity monkeys as 'ambassadors' for a bit of cheap propaganda.

Trending: Online brain training becomes big business. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2013/apr/21/brain-training-online-neuroscience-elizabeth-day There's certainly no shortage of potential customers on Facebook, Twitter and media forums.

Neighbours will be able to veto unsightly home extensions after all. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10006946/Neighbours-CAN-veto-unsightly-extensions-and-conservatories-after-all-Eric-Pickles-says.html

Raymond Blanc 'I was a gardener long before I was a chef' launches garden design competition. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardenprojects/10001614/Raymond-Blanc-I-was-a-gardener-long-before-I-cooked.html I've got a lot of time for Raymond Blanc, who, unlike many of his peers (and when he isn't 'massaging his pork'), is an outspoken supporter of good, traditional British produce and thus the country's small home businesses. Historically, all the best, most famous French chefs were. A great shame the British media and politicians don't seem able to follow suit.

NHS using dial-up American translation company. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/393459/NHS-use-dial-up-translator-company-who-earned-12million-last-year-from-UK-operations Of course; why not? Let's remain in thrall to taxpayer-funded American wasters despite a long history of US-originated contractual mega-cock-ups while fewer and fewer jobs become available to highly qualified, professional Brits, the vast majority of whom are self-employed freelancers or home businesses and the very 'small businesses which the private sector should be helping'. (Above.) But that's NOT part of the Thatcher/'Butcher' Blair or even the present Government's vision. Of course, was this a European translation company, questions would be asked in the House of Many Windows. As it isn't, continue to work to plan by 'default' to Brown-Nose Britain or, the 'special relationship'.

As the latest Conservative Party propaganda broadcasts point out, 'We're bringing down the country's deficit'. America's deficit.

National Express £500 Ticketmaster competition. http://surv.cheetahmail.com/s?n=97&aid=225529829&o=1

East European 'illegal' immigrant on 'benefits' and 'stealing British jobs', tops Rich List. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/apr/21/alisher-usmanov-britain-wealthiest-person So what would the UKIP Daily and other British hate-preaching forums suggest? Send him back?

20.04.2013: Another Weekend Larf: 'We must put the heart back into our High Streets', says former Tesco Chief Executive. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/reinvent-the-high-street/10003792/Sir-Terry-Leahy-we-must-put-the-heart-back-into-our-high-streets.html Looks like the cause celebre of the month with a lot of jumping on the High Street bandwagon going on at the moment. I wonder how long this noble cause will last for? The demise of the High Street having started thirty years ago when politicians, local councils, national supermarket chains and the media began conspiring to promote the rot.

Lending to businesses falls by £4.8 billion. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22213682#

Home ownership falls for first time in a century. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10005586/Home-ownership-falls-for-first-time-in-a-century.html There's obviously more to being a Thatcherite than appearing in the national propaganda shedding a few crocodile tears and uttering a couple of platitudes. The only problem is, there's very little of the taxpayers' silver left to sell to support the same economic lies.

Austerity guidelines for Irish homeowners filing for bankruptcy. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311607/Give-satellite-TV-dont-foreign-holidays-Irish-homeowners-filing-bankruptcy-told.html The future of all Britain, I suspect.

New national price caps on petrol and diesel. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11865 Although this obviously doesn't include any price caps on government taxes on fuel which are a huge source of official revenue. Which of course, is why the 'average' car of today still has around the same fuel consumption as cars of fifty years ago; why alternative fuel technologies and transport infrastructures are repeatedly strangled at birth; and 'petrol-head' media coverage and entertainment persuading dumb plebs to drive around in circles or just around the corner to the supermarket, are grist to the daily mill.

Royal Mail's stealth tax on small parcels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311908/Royal-Mails-stealth-tax-posting-parcels-Small-businesses-despair-packaging-bills-double.html

French holidays losing appeal for Britons. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/apr/19/french-holidays-britons

'Minor' bloggers exempt from 'exemplary' charges. ('Trolls' Charter'): http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/apr/19/press-regulation-bloggers-exempt Apparently, a 'micro-business' is one with a turnover of less than £2 million. A definition which may have escaped 99.999% of the world's real micro-businesses which have to get by on well under 50k. If they're lucky. Then again, since when has a political joint-party ever had a grip on reality? Whether deliberate or otherwise.

Official release: The Queen's Awards for Enterprise Promotion - guidance notes for nominations. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-queens-awards-for-enterprise-promotion-guidance-notes

CNET Community: What is Java? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/19/2013

19.04.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/19/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

TalkTalk fined for silent calls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22199699#

The holiday scams leaving British travellers £1.5 million out of pocket. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/holiday-scams-leave-british-travellers-15m-out-of-pocket-8579177.html

EuropeRail's summer booking offer window now open. http://newsletter.raileurope.co.uk/public/read_message.jsp;jsessionid=0;apw72?sigreq=832549951

Amazon accused of making bogus savings claims of up to 300%. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311082/Amazon-accused-misleading-shoppers-bogus-savings-claims-exaggerated-300.html

Shell Livewire 'what makes a successful entrepreneur?' survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/shell-livewire

Can I downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7? http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/askjack/2013/apr/18/windows-8-downgrade-to-windows-7

Weekend Larf: UK 'basket case' economy as bad as the worst in the Eurozone, says bank chief. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2311397/Crisis-economy-UK-Youre-bad-state-eurozone-says-new-Bank-chief-IMF-urges-Osborne-ditch-austerity-package.html Echoing the sentiments of the IMF, it seems the UK's American bosses, official thieves, parasites and criminals are still feeling the pinch then? Mind you - squealing by the usual pigs with their snouts always in the trough is potentially good news for the rest of the farmyard.

UK's 'buy-to-let' hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/19/cities-named-buy-to-let-hotspots/

18.04.2013: The used car scam and how to beat it. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/the-used-car-scam-and-how-to-beat-it/

Five places to get an overdraft for free. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/five-places-where-you-can-get-an-overdraft-for-free/

Banks' overdraft fees set to soar. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/banks-overdraft-fees-set-to-soar/

Consumers being misled over quick house sales, warns OFT. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22185163#

Banks' failure to lend to SMEs 'holding back economy'. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/banks-failure-lend-smes-holding-back-economy-20139699

John Lewis to offer broadband. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10001983/John-Lewis-to-offer-broadband-to-customers.html

Former banker turn master baker. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/former-banker-turns-master-baker-20139695

Beware bogus Boston Marathon charity websites. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/392629/Well-wishers-warned-of-donating-to-bogus-Boston-Marathon-charity-websites

Google users in loss of access to emails and storage. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2310509/Google-goes-Users-twitter-complain-mail-apps-disrupted.html

Scams targetting Facebook double in a year. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/18/scams-targeting-facebook-double-in-a-year/

17.04.2013: Homes to be used as security against tax bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/17/government-seeks-to-secure-debts-against-homes/ No surprises here. Dave and George working to order. You can add official business start-up loans to this in due course. And why not unemployment benefit, as well?

Credit unions could save consumers (and businesses. Ed.) £1 billion. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/17/credit-unions-could-save-1bn/ And more. Which is why the banks, aided and abetted by successive governments of all political shades, have done everything possible to impede any significant growth by credit unions in the UK. Time to kick Dave's kennel again and remind him who he's fagging for.

EU tightens up bank lending rules. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22164384#

How much does a phone call cost? http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/04/16/how-much-does-a-phone-call-cost-heres-how-we-could-know-when-dialling/

What happens in an internet hour? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2309884/What-happens-internet-minute-New-researcher-reveals-REALLY-spend-online-time.html

Gov.uk named world's best website design. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2310191/And-award-goes-boring-com-Government-website-beats-100-named-worlds-best-design.html

CNET Community: Which is to blame for declining PC sales? Hardware or software? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/16/2013

Energy companies not paying taxes despite huge profits. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/apr/16/big-six-energy-suppliers-tax

MLM Startup Conference, May 16-17, 2013, Las Vegas. http://www.mlmlegal.com/

'There are still some spaces left on next week’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings course, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April. This course is held at a leading UK University and is open to all. This course is also part of the Energy Efficiency Consultancy Expert Pathway, with an exam to gain the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate.

Energy Efficiency in Buildings course, main topics include:

· Energy Savings
· Assessing Efficiency
· Energy Reduction and Improvement Plan
· The latest legislation
· Innovation and solutions

Please follow this link to view the full programme, or register, at http://www.euenergycentre.org/training/144-energy-auditing Funding opportunities and more renewable energy courses coming up at Winchester University, Coventry and Edinburgh Napier University can be found at http://www.euenergycentre.org/training

The European Energy Centre works with the United Nations on a series of events: for a map and information about the Global Round Tables organised by the United Nations UNEP with the European Energy Centre EEC visit http://www.euenergycentre.org/conferences/unep-global-round-tables

Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Kind regards, Deborah, Course Advisor
European Energy Centre (EEC)

Associations Congress on Technologies. 3rd - 4th July 2013, London. http://www.associationcongress.com/technology/

16.04.2013: Builder 'blacklist' indefensible. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/16/builder-blacklist-indefensible/ It might be 'indefensible' but it's been going on since man started living in caves. What's even worse are tendering, contracts and sites controlled by construction industry 'mafia'.

Experts in 'shoebox' homes warning. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/16/experts-in-shoebox-homes-warning/ These would be the same 'experts' who designed 'shoebox' homes in the first place, wouldn't it? (Or what we've been calling 'battery' housing.) Or, the same 'experts' who designed all those blocks of flats which are being torn down everywhere. In fact, if it wasn't for these 'experts' there wouldn't be a shortage of homes at all. Anywhere. Let alone homes posing as 'home-business-friendly', boasting just a socket screwed to the wall for a fictitious high speed broadband connection; and not even a mini-garden for a bit of grow-your-own.

'Sleeping' partners to pay National Insurance. http://www.ion.icaew.com/TaxFaculty/26608 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) must be paid by all inactive or 'sleeping' business partners, following a change in the view of the law by HMRC. From 6th April 2013, HMRC will treat sleeping partners as self-employed earners and will require them to arrange to pay NICs or, if appropriate, apply for exception or deferment of payments, even if they are not actively involved in running the business. (EnterpriseQuest)

Number of HMRC VAT investigations rises. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/april/more-vat-
VAT refund investigations by HMRC have increased by 44% during the past year as part of an extended verification process (EVP), according to research by Pinsent Masons. EVP is used by HMRC to investigate if a VAT refund claim is fraudulent. The rise in VAT to 20% has led to some firms finding ways to exploit European VAT loopholes in the UK and not paying the correct amount of VAT. Jason Collins of Pinsent Masons said: "VAT refunds can be quite sizeable, so delays in receiving them can hit a business' bottom line. In the case of genuine businesses that aren't committing fraud, these VAT refunds belong with them, not HMRC."

Free tax advice available in new HMRC webinars. http://hmrc.presscentre.com/Press-Releases/HMRC-offers-new-set-of-online-tax-guidance-68a96.aspx A new set of free tax advice webinars have been launched by HMRC. The live webinars are led by HMRC staff and include time for participants to ask questions online. Some webinars are also pre-recorded and can be watched at any time. The webinars cover subjects including employer annual returns, record keeping and tax advice for childminders. To participate, interested parties must register for their chosen webinar on the HMRC website. (EnterpriseQuest)

Clearer phone charges on the way. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22154487#

Freephone numbers must be free from all phones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9994915/Freephone-numbers-to-be-free-from-all-phones.html

PPI complaints start to decline. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22152331#

Britain's most complained about financial firms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/9995030/Britains-most-complained-about-financial-firms.html

Bankers accused of serial-doping. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9993266/Financial-crisis-caused-by-too-many-bankers-taking-cocaine-says-former-drugs-tsar.html Another story of systematic lying, cheating and bullying which has slipped through the US doping agency net, then? So. No lifelong ban. No double Oprah Winfrey show. No millions of hate posts, artificial or otherwise, flooding the forums. Let alone any convictions: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9995972/Andrew-Bailey-its-odd-UK-bank-bosses-have-avoided-formal-charges.html That's what a public school education can do for you; when your old school chums, too stupid to get proper jobs, drift into politics and government instead. To be aided and abetted by the public school 'waster run' which overflows these days, into the mainstream media.

New EU tax threats to expats. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/392030/New-EU-tax-threat-to-expats As we've been saying for at least a couple of years. Will that modify UK TV programmes and media articles about buying properties abroad? Oh, no. Of course not. Keep the advertising revenue. Blame the EU. Default to caveat emptor (look the other way and let the buyer assume all consequences) instead.

America's forbidden foods. From other countries. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/apr/15/illegal-food-cheese-us-mimolette Free trade. US-style. Now that's what I'm talking about.

Another translation joke from GoogleTranslate. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309630/Cuddle-Rape-IKEA-left-red-faced-online-translator-gives-pillow-unfortunate-name.html Unfortunately, the average pleb who can't even speak their own language these days, wouldn't normally be any the wiser.

Minimum wage to increase to £6.31. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22153007# An increase of a mere 12p and hour for adults and a ludicrous 5p an hour for yoofs. Barely worth noting. About 40% less than just across the Channel in France so it certainly won't be a main draw for illegal East Europeans looking for work AND benefits. Still. It all helps to keep doped-up, lying, cheating, thieving, cowardly, criminal, Satanic bankers in multi-million pound bonus rewards for abject failure.

15.04.2014: Royal Mail increase business postal rates. http://postandparcel.info/54790/news/companies/uk-small-businesses-confused-about-rate-changes-claims-poll/ More than 60% of small firms do not understand the changes to Royal Mail postal rates that came into effect on 2 April, according to research by Pitney Bowes. Despite retail stamp prices remaining the same, metered mail rates have risen for both First and Second Class letters. In addition, prices charged for medium and small parcels will now be based on volume rather than weight. The research revealed some 42% of small firms would be changing the format of their mail in light of the changes. (EnterpriseQuest)

UK businesses want to stay in Europe but with a different relationship. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2309159/Firms-tell-PM-curb-Brussels-red-tape-Business-bosses-say-EU-beast-gone-completely-control.html This would be the view of the 90% of the UK's firms which have nothing whatsoever to do with business with the EU (or anywhere else, for that matter) and so have plenty of time to waste formulating opinions based on what they've seen and heard in the UK's lying, criminal media. I suppose.

25% of UK bank customers experience problems. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9990852/25pc-of-UK-bank-customers-experience-problems-with-accounts.html

Boom in shopping from desks. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/391913/Shopping-from-our-desks-booms

French re-brand Calais as 'Britain's New Gateway'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/9993785/French-rebrand-Calais-in-new-cross-Channel-trade-battle.html Strikes, l'administration, religion, the colour of your skin and the clothes you wear, state visits by terrorists and war criminals and propaganda day trips on the train by 'Mr Normal' politicians permitting.

14.04.2013: Smalls firms under attack from malicious malware. http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240180816/Malware-
Advanced cyber attacks bypass the security defences of businesses 20 times an hour, on average, according to research by security firm Firefly.
The research also found that malicious malware is delivered in ZIP format in 92% of cases, while Spear Phishing emails - a tactic used to acquire sensitive information, including passwords and credit card details - remained the most common means of infiltration. It was also revealed that traditional defences such as fire walls, anti-virus and security gateways and intrusion prevention systems provide little protection against advanced malware. (EnterpriseQuest)

Which? criticises bank complaint handling. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22140404#

STILL SCAMMING. Currently targeting organisations in the events sector with very expensive and arguably useless entries in a very general internet business directory is the Hamburg-based publisher TVV.

This stands for Tele Verzeichnis Verlag GmbH, a scam operation that makes its money from gullible business types who don’t read small print carefully enough. The firm are currently supported by our own Royal Mail, which makes money from the mailings TVV send out, mailings worded to trap the unwary into thinking they are helping to update TVV's database "The UK Corporate Portal" to comply with European VAT legislation. Those daft enough to sign the form and fax it back (or send it post-paid and give our helpful Royal Mail another little earner) find out, when the invoices arrive by Royal Mail, and threatening letters if they don’t cough up, that they have committed their organisation to pay £797 every year for three years, or a total of £2,391. If they forget to cancel the order three months from the end of the three year term the nice people at TVV will bill them for another year at £797, or £3,188 in total, and TVV reserve the right to design the entry, charge for this not stated.

It is truly surprising that organisations still fall for this one but they obviously still do, and keep TVV, Royal Mail, and TVV's caring UK solicitors in funds, the last by chasing up those who don’t pay and all of them living off people's mistakes.

Don’t let them live off yours. (Society of Event Organisers, http://www.eou.org.uk)

Ever considered gardening as a job? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/9987297/Why-dont-young-people-consider-a-gardening-job.html Although this article suggests gardening as an employment option for youngsters, the majority of gardeners I know are actually running their own businesses. You can find a market synopsis at this link: http://www.scavenger.net/gardening-garden-services

The future of High Street fashion stores lies with landlords. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/391764/Future-of-high-street-fashion-stores-lies-with-landlords And let's not be forgetting local councils.

Too much texting can make you shallow, obsessed with bling and have low self-esteem. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308423/Texting-make-shallow-low-self-esteem-issues-according-university-study.html

13.04.2013: Card charges complaints continue. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22128692#

Call for clampdown on letting agents. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22095712#

Web games get Office of Fair Trading scrutiny. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22109188#

Town Halls join rush to use snoopers' charter. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/council-spending/9991351/Town-halls-join-rush-to-use-the-snoopers-charter.html

CNET Community: Google Chromebook vs. traditional laptops? What's the difference? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=04/12/2013

Coastal Communities Fund now open for applicants. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/successful-coastal-communities-fund-round-2-now-open Seaside towns in England can now apply for the second round of the Coastal Communities Fund, with a total funding pot of over £27 million, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced. The Fund will support a variety of economic development projects including regenerating heritage and leisure facilities, providing skills training and advice, and support for businesses to invest in digital technology. The closing date for applications for the fund is 13 May.

12.04.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/12/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Never mind the official propaganda. 'Payment terms ignored as suppliers to the retail and distribution sector wait eight weeks for money.' http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11759 Or. Business as usual for major political party donors. Almost certain to be a few knighthoods in it, too.

Weekend Larf: Students told to start a business with a tenner. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9988196/Students-told-to-start-a-business-with-a-tenner.html You can see now why British employers don't want to employ British students! In fact, why nobody wants to employ British students.

UK shock statistics on personal debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/12/debt-by-numbers-the-shocking-statistics-of-personal-debt/

Official release: £300 million boost for SME lending. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/300-million-boost-for-sme-lending

Accounting changes could impact on access to finance. http://www.icaew.com/en/about-icaew/newsroom/press-releases/2013-press-releases/bis-micro-proposals-may-sacrifice-market-confidence-for-marginal-cost-savings Proposed Government changes to accounting requirements for small firms could impact their ability to access finance, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The changes, aimed at reducing costs and regulatory burdens, follow an EU decision to allow Member States flexibility on imposing reporting requirements for small firms. Dr Nigel Sleigh-Johnson of the ICAEW said: "We have a number of concerns about the suggested changes, as they may result in less transparency and less useful financial information. This, in turn, can over time have a negative impact on market confidence and on micro businesses' ability to access finance." (EnterpriseQuest)

Panic selling forces Bitcoin crash. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22105322#

Europe gets serious over tax-dodging. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/europe-gets-serious-over-tax-dodging-8569534.html

Brits spend 62 million hours a day on Facebook and Twitter. http://www.express.co.uk/news/science-technology/391063/Britons-spend-62-MILLION-hours-a-day-on-Facebook-and-Twitter In other words, 'Britain isn't working'.

How to avoid being conned when recycling old mobile phones. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/12/how-to-avoid-being-conned-when-recycling-old-mobile-phones/

11.04.2013: The Rise of The Oldpreneur http://edition.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/world/2013/04/08/soares-uk-olderpreneurs.cnn Since the start of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, there's been an 84% jump in the number of businesses started up by the over-50. According to the Daily Express, 70% of employees in the UK will have to work well into their 70s, but still face a retirement of poverty, surviving on the paltry £102.50 a week state pension.

And a new global study by HSBC shows that the global retirement savings shortfall is estimated at 44%, with the British the worst off. This means that, on average, people across the world expect their savings to run out just 10 years into their 18-year retirement. (http://www.laptopmillionaire.tv)

Post Office to offer current accounts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22094308#

Where to earn most interest on your cash. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/10/where-to-earn-most-interest-on-your-cash/

'Scam City'; new TV series on how to deal with scammers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/9603939/Scam-City-how-to-see-off-the-worlds-swindlers.html Sure. Speaking of scammers . . .

5 million UK homes in debt to energy firms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9979785/Five-million-households-in-debt-to-energy-firms.html

Pictographs: the death of foreign language learning. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/9982248/Pictographs-the-death-of-foreign-language-learning.html Less and less work for home-based translators and interpreters, then; the favourite 'home business' occupation of 'proof-reading' having already died a death with the arrival of the internet. Cue: another 100-word article in a dummyphone-friendly, hate-preaching tabloid on exporting as the life-blood of Britain's economic recovery. To countries which only speak, 'Oh. My. God.' and 'Click on pop-up'.

UK children's prospects are the worst in Europe, warn UNICEF. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9982175/British-children-facing-bleaker-future-than-rest-of-Europe-warns-Unicef.html Looks like the trend of illegal British economic emigration in search of free Sky TV and benefits is going to increase by 'millions' a day. Unfortunately, with the death of foreign language learning, will they even be able to fill out their claims forms?

The world's friendliest countries. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2306868/Worlds-friendliest-country-Head-Iceland-avoid-Bolivia-costs.html With the UK and the USA well down in the charts, it seems as if 'the death of foreign language learning' might become problematic. None of the Top Ten countries speak 'Oh. My. God.'

PC sales worldwide have tumbled. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22103079#

10.04.2013: Official release: The search is on for the UK’s most enterprising places: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-search-is-on-for-the-uk-s-most-enterprising-places--2

North-west SMEs owed twice as much in late payments as their southern counterparts. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/nw-smes-owed-twice-much-late-payments-their-southern-counterparts-20139665

New debt rules threaten thousands of homes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/09/new-debt-rules-threaten-homes-of-thousands/

Smalls firms under attack from malicious malware. http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240180816/Malware-
Advanced cyber attacks bypass the security defences of businesses 20 times an hour, on average, according to research by security firm Firefly. The research also found that malicious malware is delivered in ZIP format in 92% of cases, while Spear Phishing emails - a tactic used to acquire sensitive information, including passwords and credit card details - remained the most common means of infiltration. It was also revealed that traditional defences such as fire walls, anti-virus and security gateways and intrusion prevention systems provide little protection against advanced malware. (EnterpriseQuest)

An Englishman's home is his chateau. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/an-englishmans-home-is-his-chateau-potential-bargains-for-brits-as-bottom-falls-out-of-french-second-home-market-8566497.html Given that the author of this article (advertorial) doesn't even know his basic French geography, I would urge caution to anyone with 'dreamy' aspirations of buying historical French properties which beautiful though they may be, were built by the rich, for the rich, to be lived in and maintained by the rich and to this day, none of that has changed. If the French can no longer afford to own imposing, even second homes at all, it's unlikely that the vast majority of clueless Brits flashing a couple of wads of a down-valued currency are going to manage any better. Even supposing that the present French government doesn't place a hefty tax on secondary properties, whether they are owned by Brits or anyone else for that matter. Then, once you are judged to be residential for tax purposes don't forget that the government also has designs on 75% of your hard-earned - assuming you fall into the potential chateau-buyer category.

Buying a home abroad - and especially in France - is like starting a business. Take the capital you think you will need. Then double it. After that, make sure you have a sustainable source of revenue to keep you going. DON'T rely on being able to find work (or benefits) abroad even if you are language fluent. (And THAT would be a super-rarity.) Jobs do exist although very rarely indeed in the picturesque, rural destinations favoured by naive Brits; and other countries usually hire their own nationals wherever work is available. Plus Brits abroad have a crap reputation for the standards of their work as much as their reliability and affordability, so it's a climb up a greasy monkey tree from the very start. (Although don't expect the majority of French tradesmen who collectively refer to themselves as 'artisans' to be any better. It's not so much a term which denotes professional competence - but rather someone who is a target for excessive demands from the taxman.)

Consequently, with the un-retired that will usually mean relying on clients 'back home'. Which sooner or later, means good transport links - however much your business or employment might be 'internet-based'. In this day-and-age that tends to be synonymous with living close to an airport as French rail travel is blighted with too many strikes to be viewed as reliable or time-and-cost-effective. Car drivers can also be adversely affected by strikes and this is generally the most expensive, long-winded and tiring form of travel, anyway. Long-haul, national coach services are non-existent. However, lo-cost carriers or not, the expenses of international travel add up. So whatever you are earning, don't expect it to necessarily be enough.

All of which, is just for starters.

Trending: condom slingshot. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2306218/Terrifying-condom-slingshot-hoping-win-100-000-Bill-Gates-YOU-try-it.html I can just see millions of these being sold.

Technology in business event, 24th April. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/pc-world-business/9912680/small-business-event.html?WT.mc_id=605554&source=TrafficDriver

In debt? Know your rights. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/02/13/in-debt-know-your-rights/

09.04.2013: Six dangerous ways to borrow. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/09/six-dangerous-ways-to-borrow/

Banks reject small business funding applications. http://www.creditman.biz/uk/members/news-view.asp?news
Over 50% of small firms applied for a bank loan or overdraft in the past six months and were refused any lending, with a third being given no reason for the decision, according to a survey by commercial finance broker Touch Financial. The research also revealed 80% of businesses whose finance applications were rejected by banks said they were not given any information about alternative funding sources, and over 40% had never heard of any Government or bank-led funding initiatives. Simon Carter of Touch Financial said small businesses simply aren't getting the information and support they need to be the primary engine for growth. (EnterpriseQuest)

PPI claims management firms face stricter rules. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22064779#

Failure to upgrade from Windows XP is putting businesses at risk. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/9975224/Windows-XP-putting-businesses-at-risk.html

Neighbourhood stores SPAR now offering online ordering. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/1162

Trending: haberdashery sales at John Lewis buzzing following new TV series. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11609 Nice little number for someone with an online shop, I'd have thought?

Shoppers are leading the nation's recovery. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/390088/Shoppers-are-leading-the-nation-s-recovery That will be all those illegal immigrants spending their benefits, then. Or if you prefer, 'March a mixed bag for retailers'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/09/march-a-mixed-bag-for-retailers/

Mortgage application fraud up 9%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/09/mortgage-application-fraud-up-9/ Would that explain the recent housing market 'activity' (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22068429#)?

Professional material and salvage auctions. http://www.proauction.ltd.uk/

'Can't lose' holiday property development scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/08/the-cant-lose-holiday-property-development-scam-that-will-cos/

Is modern life making us lonely? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22012957 Not just 'homeworking' or running a business from home, then? Both of which are classic subject fodder for idle hacks. However, keeping people 'lonely' and glued to their telly, computer and smartphone screens is much more than a consequence of 'modern life'. It's a deliberate corporate and political strategy. How much of a personal and business success you want to be will depend upon how well you can break the mould.

08.04.2013: Twatter gatecrashers trash home - again; some key lessons. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/08/twitter-gatecrashers-destroy-home-key-lessons/

HMRC staff to strike over job cuts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22057721#

Apprentices 'more employable'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22058648# 'Than graduates', the findings go on to say. Hardly surprising. Apprentices are also much better business start-up material.

Migrants get jobs because they work harder than us, says Boris. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9977793/Migrants-get-jobs-because-were-not-prepared-to-work-as-hard.html True, but unfortunately the country's (and Boris's) role models remain idle, lying, thieving, criminal Satanic bankers and potty-mouthed, talentless, micro-celebrity media creations. With a few doped-up professional divers thrown in at the weekends. Not the best social templates for our younger generation on whose shoulders it will fall to turn the country around. If it's not already too late.

Labour pledges to help councils change the present face of the High Street. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/payday-lenders-targetedin-labour-offensive-8563670.html This would be the High Street of 'payday lenders, pawnbrokers, bookmakers and fast-food outlets' which the Labour (W.C.) Party created, is it? Still. It's a step in the right direction. They might even begin to arrest, try and execute their own Fascist war criminals, next.

Brits keener on saving in jam jars than in banks. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/389888/Brits-more-interested-in-svaing-in-jars-than-banks

Cost of sending letter to reach £1 within a few years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-mail/9977658/Cost-of-sending-a-first-class-letter-to-hit-1-within-a-few-years.html Or, unless it's a letter from a bank, in which case it will cost £50.

British farming's frontline: tales of disaster. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/farmings-frontline-tales-of-hardship-and-resolve-8563590.html

Trending: thatching. http://www.express.co.uk/news/property/389991/Why-thatching-is-no-longer-the-last-straw A very nice home business, indeed. Thatchers are as rare as gold dust although it's hard work, too.

France is losing patience with its 'Mr Normal' president. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/france-is-losing-patience-with-its-mr-normal-president-and-his-antiausterity-policies-8563294.html That should really read that less-than-half of the French electorate has ceased to believe the lie they were sold by the media, depicting the President as 'Mr Normal' because for the purposes of winning the election, the man and his entourage were broadcast travelling around for a couple of days in a railway carriage instead of a chauffeur-driven car. This ridiculously childish propaganda even impressed the British tabloids - who like to imagine themselves as 'kingmakers' every bit as much as their French counterparts. Unfortunately, persuading the media to change its 'normal' ways is even more difficult than getting a hobo to change his underwear while the 'other half' of the electorate - and the small business community above all - which never believes what it reads anyway, still has to foot the bill.

07.04.2013: Chef Raymond Blanc says, 'Grow your own!' http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/grow-your-own-chef-raymond-blanc-says-britain-needs-to-reconnect-with-the-land-8563100.html I'm sure a lot of people would if they could. Unfortunately, there are millions of homeowners who have been conned into buying properties without even enough space for a window box, let alone a small garden. Which would leave allotments. Most of which scratting councils have now sold for battery housing and those which are left have five light-year waiting lists. Which is essentially, all part of being 'connected with the land' anyway. It's called 'pleb-milking'.

Negativity apart, I've seen some wonderful community growing schemes all around the world and if you're a local home business, you should be right in there lending a helping hand, networking and establishing yourself, even if you already grow your own. Never mind wasting time with fake friends on Facebook.

Council tenants could get a £20,000 handout to move abroad under plans to make more homes available. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/389967/20-000-bribe-to-quit-UK-council-homes#comments Just as millions of British ex-pats are heading back to the UK because the value of sterling has nose-dived so much in recent years they can't afford to live abroad any more. Still, we can't expect British councillors to be in touch with reality any more than the rest of our present generation of inbred politicians.

Advertorial: James Caan backs young entrpreneur in music workshop scheme. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/389941/James-Caan-backs-young-entrpreneur-in-music-workshop-scheme I hope Britain's tabloid propaganda is keeping tabs on all our young, hopeful entrepreneurs to give us progress reports in one, two and three years' time. Because if they're still around and doing really well, THAT would be truly inspirational.

06.04.2013: New insurance law to help protect claimants against payout refusals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/06/new-insurance-law-protects-claimants/

Facebook's 'home' app could destroy privacy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22025729# This has been predicted for years and is precisely what 'Big Brother' governments have ordered.

A trader's tale of his battle against Amazon. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/05/love-amazon-hate-necessary-evil

No more excessive credit card surcharges. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22042309#

Official release: Red tape 'freedom day'. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/freedom-day-for-business-as-cuts-to-red-tape-come-into-force Yawnnnn. A leftover strapline from North Korea's Department Of Propaganda, perhaps?

Official release: Royal Mail: Myth-Busters. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/royal-mail-myth-busters

Fairytale thatched cottages for sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buyingsellingandmoving/9969621/Fairytale-thatched-cottages-for-sale.html

Official release: Business Secretary launches new Anglia £3 million growing business fund. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-launches-new-anglia-3-million-growing-business-fund

Trek Uganda Challenge. 13 - 23rd October 2014. http://www.actionforcharity.co.uk/eventdetailsnew2.php/urlsearch/Trek-Uganda-Group-3

Weekend Larf (almost): Expat Brits' pensions hammered in recent years. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/05/expat-pensioners-income-decimated/ Clearly, despite the visionary economic predictions of tabloid economists and my Tesco checkout lady, bogroll sterling continues to freefall, signalling the return of 5 million British ex-pats to Ole Blighty to live off benefits or, worse still, pick up their old tools again to pose a threat to the millions of illegal immigrants from Eastern Europe, also coming over to live off benefits while stealing our work at the same time. Either which way, the future looks increasingly bleak. Perhaps send them all to look for jobs or start businesses in Yugoslavia? Or Iraq? Or Afghanistan? Libya, maybe? Or even Syria? I hear that Iran has a lot of possibilities. Even Palestine. Then of course, there's always Argentina.

(Increasingly) Little Englandt. Land-a-plenty for war criminals and homosexual bankers, though.

05.04.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/05/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Virtual currency Bitcoin hit by hack attack. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22026961#

How to delete your digital life. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/04/delete-your-digital-life-advice

Britain resisting 'right to be forgotten' social media privacy laws. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/04/britain-opt-out-right-to-be-forgotten-law That'll be Englandt County's fagging classes' nose-jerk reaction of keeping in with America's corporate arses.

Counting the cost of counterfeit goods. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11509

Ticket machine skimming threat. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/04/ticket-machine-skimming-fraud-threat/

RailEurope summer promotions. http://newsletter.raileurope.co.uk/public/read_message.jsp;jsessionid=0;apw69?sigreq=-1426588768

World's Seven Most Intelligent Cities named - and #1 is Tallinn, Estonia. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303962/Most-intelligent-cities-Worlds-seven-smartest-cities-named-vie-title-Intelligent-Community-Year.html That would be Estonia in Eastern Europe, would it? I thought the country's entire population was in Englandt, claiming benefits? And unsurprisingly, not a single British town or city on the list, either.

04.04.2013: The number of IR35 investigations triples. http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4272.shtml The number of IR35 investigations carried out by HMRC tripled in the seven months to April 2012, according to research by legal publisher Bloomsbury Professional. The research revealed that enquiries into contractors suspected of disguised employment activity increased from 59 in the previous tax year to 193 in the first half of the current tax year. However, the research also found HMRC has been unable to find any compliance failures. Martin Casimir, Managing Director of Bloomsbury Professional, said IR35 was an example of an out-of-date tax system that assumes all taxpayers work in the same job for a long period of time. (EnterpriseQuest)

Mentoring and support available for high-street retailers. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-body-to-focus-on-future-high-street-renewal The Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) will be responsible for providing advice and training to help regenerate high streets, as well as guiding Portas Pilot projects for the next two years, it has been announced by local growth minister Mark Prisk. The ATCM will also lead a £1 million package of mentoring and support for retailers, which will include regionally-based workshops, webinar training and one-to-one guidance. To date, 27 Portas Pilots and 330 Town Centre Partners have been created across the UK. Mr Prisk said the Government had worked hard to boost the high street by simplifying planning, reducing business rates and reviving local markets. (EnterpriseQuest)

Record mis-selling fine imposed on electricity company; consumers urged to seek compensation. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/apr/03/sse-customers-compensation-ofgem-fine

Investors launch £4 billion compensation claim against RBS. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-22013724#

Bitcoin: is virtual currency set to become the new gold standard? http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/bitcoin-is-the-virtual-currency-the-new-gold-standard-8558945.html I can't see my plumber accepting 'virtual' money; he's only taking gold bars at the moment.

How to cut the cost of your rail fares video. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/video/2013/apr/02/cut-cost-rail-tickets-video

Why can't Britain have roads like France? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/9959524/Germaine-Greer-Why-cant-Britain-have-roads-like-the-French.html Depends where in France; the peripherique around Paris isn't anything to crow about. Nor are holiday periods when Parisian lemmings migrate collectively to the mountains or the coast and back all at the same time. Then again, the French also try to provide a decent rail network, so trains do take a lot of the strain which in turn, results in far less traffic on the roads. When they're not on strike.

03.04.2013: 40 years of VAT and £1639 billion raised. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11437

Rising cost of owning and running a home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/04/03/cost-of-owning-and-running-home-up/ And the same goes for running a business from home.

Scheme helps small construction firms secure credit. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/building-trade-given-30m-boost-to-get-projects-off-the-ground A £30 million Government scheme to enable small building firms to secure credit from B&Q and ScrewFix stores has been announced by business minister Michael Fallon. Under the scheme, small construction firms can apply for a credit account of up to £25,000 from these stores via the TradeUK credit scheme, while existing B&Q and ScrewFix trade customers can extend their credit accounts up to £50,000. The initiative provides an alternative to bank lending and makes it easier for firms to take on work without worrying about the upfront costs of materials. The scheme will run for nine months. (EnterpriseQuest)

Cold callers are UK's #1 complaint. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/campaigners-are-calling-for-action-against-rogue-operators-8557383.html

Vince Cable hires 'two resident entrepreneurs'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9968044/Vince-Cable-hires-resident-entrepreneurs.html Another piece of ImpressAPleb propaganda for the media; there are dozens of business organisations across the country which reflect very accurately indeed, what the business community and the small business community above all, needs. Unfortunately, that means politicians and bureaucrats having to deal with the real world. And that is too much of a pain in the arse.

UK manufacturing shrinks again in March. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/9966029/UK-manufacturing-shrinks-again-in-March.html

Border Force staff to stage walk-out on Monday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303006/Families-returning-Easter-holidays-face-travel-chaos-militant-Border-union-votes-strike-ports-airports.html

British expats in France caught up in drive to boost country's tax revenue. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/9948899/British-expats-caught-in-drive-to-boost-French-taxes.html That will be good news for all the French artisans, boulangeries, tabacs and epiceries in struggling rural France, then? As the Brits stay away to look for less traditional countries to retire to and Eastern Europe, as we keep saying, becomes the 'new' France. Still. That is just a minor consequence of the present government's policy - and sole policy - of 'envy thy neighbour'.

French 75% tax will apply to footballers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9966692/France-says-75-per-cent-tax-will-apply-to-footballers.html As deserving a target for the taxman as the country's black market economy of 5 million fonctionnaires who are also paid to do no more than put in an appearance. Unfortunately, as it's the vote of the fonctionnaires which returned the present government to power, there are no tax proposals for them to shoulder their fair share of the country's economic burden.

A nation of DIY thickos. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/388879/DIY-dunces-who-can-t-wire-a-plug Pretty much what we were saying when a similar article appeared in another tabloid a couple of weeks ago. The question one has to ask is - yet again - just what are the country's parents and education system doing? I suppose one could always find a couple of hours on the telly amongst endless repeats and advertising to offer something suitable - but that would be contrary to the spirit of continuing to dumb down the public.

For home businesses, especially those just setting up or expanding, DIY can become a major issue and significant savings are to be had for businesses which can turn their hands to more than just fummin' and social media. If not, I'm sure that out of thousands of fake friends and followers, there will be someone who can lend a free hand.

Otherwise, you're a fan of Dragons' Den, a regular, anonymous contributor to all the business forums, you've read all the free official guides and you're making so much money you can afford to employ a highly-qualified East European tradesman (illegal immigrant on benefits) who charges half as much as a self-employed Brit. Yeah. Right.

02.04.2013: Chambers of Commerce warn Chancellor that growth policies are 'not good enough'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9964151/George-Osbornes-growth-policies-not-good-enough.html

US tourists helping fuel Easter sales figures. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/388594/US-tourists-fuel-Easter-high-street-sales-boost Upper end sales especially, it seems. Mainly of French-produced goods if these figures are taken from London shops.

More Post Office strikes planned over branch closures. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/388628/More-Post-Office-strikes-planned-over-brach-closures

Family's 1786 shop saved for the village. http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/388575/Family-s-1786-shop-saved-for-village

Brits tired of fake 'cold caller' chumminess. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9965333/Brits-tired-of-cold-caller-chumminess.html What we've been suggesting for years in other words, especially when holding a business conversation. The only downside is that once people all start talking 'proper' English again, it will mean the loss of an easy-to-use dipstick for immediately recognising society's 'Oh. My. God.' carrot-IQ plebs and religious blasphemers.

Phone payment system means the end of train tickets. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/phone-payment-system-spells-end-of-the-line-for-train-tickets-8556200.html

01.04.2013: New rules for banks' packaged accounts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21988514#

Retail sales 'expected to pick up' in April. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/retail-sales-expected-pick-april-20139648

'My children have to share a bedroom' claims Conservative Party Chairman in defence of 'bedroom tax'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9963625/Grant-Shapps-defends-bedroom-tax-by-saying-his-children-share-a-room.html Not much money in being a bogus internet guru, then?

More families shunning full house surveys. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21965535#

TalkTalk calls for regulator to take action on broadband. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/9964248/TalkTalk-calls-for-regulator-to-take-action-on-broadband.html

Why Shakespeare was a tax-dodger. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/william-shakespeare/9963602/Shakespeare-was-a-tax-evading-food-hoarder-study-claims.html Or, if you prefer, 'Shakespeare was a hard-headed businessman'. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/shakespeare-the-hardheaded-businessman-uncovered-8555996.html

Why has Facebook Translate stopped working? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/9952947/Why-has-Facebook-Translate-stopped-working.html

31.03.2013: Trending: 'petworking'. The UK's booming pet business. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/03/31/barking-blondes-doggy-apps-lost-pooches-and-petworking/

Britain's Top 20 Foodie Hotspots. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/9959167/Britains-top-20-foodie-hotspots.html As the preamble points out, a foodie hotspot can add value to your home; or to your home business. Take them very seriously.

How to pay for DIY home improvements. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/30/how-to-pay-for-diy-home-improvements/

Watchdog supports first iPhone mobile payment provider. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/388281/Watchdog-backs-iPhone-pay-plan

30.03.2013: Why government 'mentoring' and the Department for Business are failing. http://www.cobwebinfo.com/why-mentoring-and-the-department-for-business-are-failing/

Start up market stall competition for young traders launched. http://www.nmtf.co.uk/index.php?id_cpg=151 A competition to help young traders set up a market stall has been launched by the National Market Traders' Federation (NMTF). The First Pitch scheme is open to young people aged 16 and over who are new to market trading. Applicants will be able to trade from their local market rent free for five days during May 2013, and from these, a shortlist of 100 young people will continue to trade for 12 months at a discounted rent, receiving business support and mentoring during this time. At the end of the year a winner will be chosen and will be awarded £2,000 to help kick start their business. (EnterpriseQuest)

CNET Community: growing numbers of emails being sent but not received. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=03/29/2013 Although the comments suggest the obvious - that overly aggressive spam filters are the main culprit - the problem remains that 99% of messages are spam 'n scam. And recipients know it. Add to that the huge volumes of spam 'n scam which even individuals have to deal with - let alone businesses - and the bottom line is, who cares about your messages? Who actually reads the vast bulk of the emails which arrive in their inboxes? Assuming there hasn't been a cyber attack along the way; or Microshite isn't suffering another software or security glitch; or a crap internet connection isn't flatlining again and your messages have simply got lost in space.

Add to that the idle and ignorant habit of modern plebs sending out messages identifying themselves by just a christian name and nothing else whatsoever; the high risk attached to clicking on blind links only - so no-one does it; plus recipients/businesses who are too illiterate, stupid, lazy and unprofessional to reply to their emails anyway; and all of a sudden one is inclined to ask, why is anyone bothering with emails? Scratching a message on a piece of tree bark and sending it down the road attached to the hind leg of a donkey going walkabouts would be faster and more reliable. Or, as Churchill put it, 'Never have so many dummies been fooled by so few conmen over such a long period of time'.

'Stop moaning, Amazon traders, you can always find another marketplace'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/jim-armitage-stop-moaning-amazon-traders-you-can-always-find-another-marketplace-8554670.html Media comments on business matters are now up to several laughs a day. One could say one should find another 'read'. Trouble is, finding one in the UK with a columnist (as opposed to a self-publicising 'celebrity entrepreneur') who knows anything about running a business is nigh-on impossible and pages are filled instead with the latest lifts from Twitter and Facebook, football reports and which social non-entity went shopping today. Leading by example on how to spiv money-for-nothing.

How do I contact Amazon? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/9952943/How-do-I-contact-Amazon.html 'They don't like it up 'em', don't these big companies online. Despite what the law says about addresses and contact details.

Six-fold increase in the seizure of counterfeit electrical goods. http://money-news.money.aol.co.uk/article/2013/03/29/rise_in_seized_counterfeit_goods

Jeff Babener's MLM Start-Up Conference, May 16-17, 2013, Las Vegas. http://www.mlmlegal.com/

29.03.2013: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/29/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/

Got a business idea? Then do it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/small-business-network/2013/mar/29/idea-for-business More media bullshit about starting and running a business. On the other hand, some of the posts following this article are as enlightening as they are amusing.

Amazon fee hike facing revolt from small traders. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/mar/28/amazon-fees-hike-third-party

Orange worst for broadband customer service in Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2300494/Broadband-speed-Orange-tops-table-customer-service-complaints.html 'Ze French touch'. Orange join EDF as the country's worst providers for customer satisfaction. Now Brits will start to understand what the French have had to put up with for decades and why they are so glum all the time: trying to cope with the world's worst management.

UK internet users face postcode lottery over connection speeds. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300332/UK-internet-surfers-face-wildly-varying-broadband-speeds--city.html

Official release: English business statistical survey January 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-business-survey-statistical-release-january-2013

Britons could save £195 million a year by buying annual travel insurance. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11358

UK services sector grew in January. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21964070#

Rising popularity in 'glamping' in the UK over travelling abroad. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/holidays/article-2301114/Rise-popularity-caravan-camping-breaks-holidaymakers-choose-glamping-UK-travelling-abroad.html So there's a bit of good 'home business' news for you which hasn't been ruined by Theresa May and the Home Office. Yet.

Weekend Larf #1: The UK has already returned to growth, claims forecaster OECD. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9959264/UK-has-already-returned-to-growth-says-OECD.html 'Not like that. Just like that.'

Weekend Larf #2: 'I did it to save the High Street', claims Dragon's Den panellist. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300404/Dragons-Den-star-Peter-Jones-takes-5m-High-Street-gamble-relaunching-collapsed-camera-chain-Jessops.html So that's the new template for any contestants' future Dragon's Den success, is it? 'I want to be a philanthropist and save the High Street.' I thought we were talking 'business', not charity. And even then, I would be very worried indeed by the bona fides of any 'entrepreneur' pretending they were 'saving' the British High Street by re-opening just a couple of stores over the weekend and up to thirty or so in the future. At some stage. Other than as a profitable PR exercise, of course which hopefully, will go some way to salvaging the man's car crash of a reputation after his recommended closure of Britain's Business Links network and for it to be replaced by a piss-poor website because he had persuaded our dumb government that the future was the internet and nothing but the internet. So let's hope that our Dragons' Den 'star' has better luck with his officially commissioned report into the country's apprenticeship structure - destroyed over 30 years ago by Margaret Thatcher and her mediatised visionary 'stars' of the time.

UK and EU immigrant 'welfare magnet' challenged by latest research. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/28/immigrants-eu-benefits-welfare-magnet These findings don't prove anything new. Agencies, researchers, even government departments have known 'the truth' for a long time. Trouble is, that doesn't make for convenient political capital nor the stuff of daily lies sold by hate-preaching tabloid propaganda.

(Although according to the latest news, it's now the police who were responsible for the 'black propaganda' which broke wind as a result of the Hillsborough tragedy. So. It was the police, was it, who wrote the newspaper stories after interviewing everyone involved; verified them; edited them; proofed them; distributed them; sold them; and continued to do so for the next twenty years despite an official report which challenged the initial stories within twelve months of the event taking place? I see. 'Investigative reporting' is that called? In the name of 'freedom of the press'?)

Fun on a budget. 9 things to do for £9. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/29/fun-on-a-budget-nine-things-to-do-for-9/

28.03.2013: Why does Chancellor George Osborne hate self-employed women? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/28/why-does-george-osborne-hate-self-employed-women/ The Chancellor, as do most 'modern' politicians, hate ALL self-employed people and not just women. The self-employed are the very antithesis of the sheep which politicians want for gullible voting fodder: awkward to manage; independent; sceptical; self-starters; grafters; self-made. Can't be having it. Which is why the HMRC for example, is on a permanent war footing against all self-employed, whereas 'George's or Dave's Mates' evade their taxes and their social and moral responsibilities with total impunity.

It could be worse, though. You could try being self-employed in France if you like your kick in the teeth on a daily basis.

Sir Richard Branson looking for Britain's best start-up. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/sir-richard-branson-looking-britain%E2%80%99s-best-start-20139647

SMEs risking livelihoods with fraudulent insurance claims. http://www.enforbusiness.com/news/smes-%E2%80%9Crisking-livelihoods%E2%80%9D-fraudulent-insurance-claims-20139639

Government suppliers to benefit from simpler tender process. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-single-registration-system-
A new, simplified, supplier registration system will make it cheaper and easier for smaller firms to compete for Government contracts. The Single Supplier Registration platform launched by Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude only requires suppliers to register once, and complete a single Pre-Qualification Questionnaire on a centralised system, in order to view, access and tender for a range of Government contracts. Currently, suppliers have to register separately on several systems. The new platform will be available for the health sector from April 2013 and for other sectors later this year. (EnterpriseQuest)

Can banks take your savings? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/27/can-banks-take-your-savings/ What's in a definition? Whether UK savers think their money is safe or not, when it comes to bailing out the banks everyone has to and will pay. All taxpayers. And the cost per household is infinitely greater than the recent Cypriot bank grab. As UK pensioners with UK savings already know to their cost.

Official release: Allocation of EU structural funding across the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/allocation-of-eu-structural-funding-across-the-uk

What do farmers and executives have in common? Crippling debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/27/what-do-farmers-and-executives-have-in-common-crippling-debt/

Online traders click on the High Street. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/387191/Online-traders-click-on-the-high-street This should be a natural progression; from trading online to trading in town although both are mutually compatible. Unfortunately, there are two, major obstacles. Governments and local councils.

Rural postboxes saved from threat of the axe. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300284/Rural-postboxes-rescued-threat-axe.html

Metro Cash & Carry Romania, wins award for its sustainable business franchise models and support of self-employed, local producers. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11338 Our own supermarkets will not be taking note, I'm sure.

Internet speeds slowed down worldwide by cyber-attacks. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/biggest-cyberattack-in-history-slows-down-internet-worldwide-after-quarrel-between-webhosting-company-and-antispam-group-8551815.html Silly me. There I was thinking it was just the normal state of affairs.

French port strike threatening Easter getaway. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9957337/French-port-strike-threatens-Easter-getaway.html Another normal state of affairs. More overpaid and idle French fonctionnaires get off the mark with their annual, holiday extension programme, pushing the country still further into bankruptcy - and confirming to the whole world that investment in the laziest country in the world is an absolute no-brainer. Sadly for the few French folk who are among the hardest-working people I have met in my life.

Flipboard allows users to create own magazines. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9956671/Flipboard-2.0-lets-users-create-their-own-magazines.html

27.03.2013: Online dispute resolution system introduced for traders. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2013/march/new-eu-online-and-alternative-dispute-resolution-rules-to-be-introduced-/ Online traders will find it easier to resolve disputes with consumers based in other EU countries, after a new Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Regulation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive were approved by the European Parliament. The regulations will lead to the creation of a new online platform that enables traders to resolve contract disputes regarding online transactions out of court. Consumers will submit complaints on the platform, which the trader is then notified about. The consumer and trader will then agree on which ADR entity - such as a mediator, ombudsman or complaints board - to use to resolve their dispute. (EnterpriseQuest)

Official release: Building trade given £30m boost to get projects off the ground. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/building-trade-given-30m-boost-to-get-projects-off-the-ground

Official release: Information for businesses trading with or in Cyprus. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/information-for-businesses-trading-with-or-in-cyprus

Resurgence of entrepreneurial activity in UK and Ireland. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/11283

£286 green tax on energy bills by 2020. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299652/286-green-tax-energy-bills-But-ministers-insist-efficient-appliances-SAVE-money.html All designed to save us money.

Electric cars could overload grid, warns French energy chief. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299396/Rise-electric-car-ownership-leave-France-facing-power-cuts-drivers-recharge-batteries-dinnertime.html Switching on your electric oven to cook Sunday lunch will overload the French national grid. A wind blowing at 30kph will bring down the electricity supply to 30,000 homes. That's why French energy (EDF) are so big in England County. Milking Britplebs for the capital they need to bring their own country's energy infrastructure into the 21st century.

Couple ordered to pull down eco home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299297/Inside-Hobbit-house-straw-wood-facing-demolition-built-planning-permission.html Judging by the pics, it looks as if these people didn't have the wherewithal for a suitably placed cash suppository.

New Internationalist ethical Spring garden sale. http://shop.newint.org/uk/home-accessories/in-the-garden.html

Hic 'n clic online shopping, under the influence of. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299683/Hic-click-shopping-How-buy-online-wine.html

Digital Britain: a risk worth taking. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/9954379/Digital-Britain-a-risk-worth-taking.html How about an 'educated' Britain, first?

Save money on your postage. http://www.savemoneyonpostage.co.uk/intdatf/index.php

Croatia gets green light to become 28th country in the EU. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299368/Croatia-given-green-light-join-EU--despite-warnings-corruption-organised-crime.html Another chunk of bullshit for the tabloids and the politicians to get their teeth into: 'more waves of organised crime' to cope with. Add another '20 million immigrants' to the roll-call. Perfect timing for the UK Border Agency to be broken up, years after it first started showing signs of operational strain from being used as a political football.

Once upon a time, the government minister responsible for this debacle would have resigned. Today, it's become fashionable for politicians to stick like shit to a blanket and blame their civil servants. Then, go into training for several months for an appearance in 'I'm A Celebrity Monkey'. Plus one other, increasingly commonplace solution. Sell off the operation to an American arms manufacturer. Splitting the UK Border Agency in two will help that process. And make no difference whatsoever to immigration problems. Because the root cause of the problem is, always has been and will always remain - the politicians.

Consequently, although the minister responsible in this case also has 'form' for incompetence in the issue of tourist visas to cash-spending holidaymakers as well as a courtroom translator/interpreter debacle, the country's media seems to find her eminently suitable for a future role as Prime Minister.

University of Essex, Business and Management Training Centre, April/May courses. http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/html_emails/html_e-mail_Spring.html

Taxman hits stay-at-home mothers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9956005/Taxman-hits-stay-at-home-mothers.html

26.03.2013: Small firms say politicians do not understand their needs. http://www.freelancingmatters.co.uk/topics/smes-not-impressed-politics Over 40% of small business owners employing fewer than five staff believe no UK political party really understands their needs, according to a survey by YouGov on behalf of accounting provider FreeAgent. However, the poll revealed 25% of small business owners think the Conservative party is most supportive of small firms. UKIP and Labour were each rated as most supportive by 9% of respondents, and just 3% saw Liberal Democrats this way. Ed Molyneux, Chief Executive Officer of FreeAgent, said the small business sector is vital to the UK's overall economy and all political parties should commit to nurturing businesses and providing them with support to help them grow. (EnterpriseQuest)

The 60% of businesses which did not correspond to these findings consisted of bankers, property developers and American arms manufacturers. Such as the UK helicopter search-and-rescue contract having just been awarded to a US company. Or what's known as England County's 'special relationship' with the US. It'll be the police next. While the tabloids continue to lay down plenty of smoke and blame the EU.

'Turn your home office into a coffee shop'. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/turn-your-home-office-into-a-coffee-shop-kind-of-with-website-that-produces-that-starbucks-ambience-8548952.html

Trending: wool spinning back into fashion. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/fashion-beauty/386791/Why-wool-is-spinning-back-into-fashion

Bedroom tax will hit poorest hardest. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/housing-benefit-bill-mps-warn-that-bedroom-tax-will-hit-poorest-8549132.html That's the general idea, isn't it? To take any pressure off politicians' main sources of bungs. And to bolster the argument that more social housing is needed. At £150 k min. per jerry-built rabbit hutch, going into negative equity and generating crippling, lifelong debt upon purchase.

Further £200 shock rise in fuel bills. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gas-crisis-consumers-face-shock-200-rise-in-bills-as-cold-weather-and-snow-lead-to-low-fuel-reserves-8549048.html

French bottled water contains pesticides or drugs. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/25/french-bottled-waters-contaminated-brands No surprises again. I remember seeing a French documentary a few years ago, claiming that over 90% of the country's tap water was contaminated, usually with excessive quantities of nitrates. Still, Britain is chasing hard to catch up and even has a Big Corp Minister for the Pollution and Destruction of Nature.

Influx of wealthy French into London causing homes shortage. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299152/Housing-woe-1m-Bank-England-chiefs-wife-blames-influx-wealthy-french-London-struggle-home-despite-5-000-week-allowance.html You've got to smile; it's normally the French who blame British buyers for causing housing shortages in France. Well, apart from segregation shitholes around the main cities.

France has lost 1 million jobs because of oppressive tax regime. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298936/France-lost-million-jobs-repressive-tax-regime-report-claims.html As with any tabloid reporting, this story should be taken with a big bag of salt. The primary cause of job losses and small business failure in France are the country's trade union barons, their Brownshirt goons and their puppet ministers. Simple as. The French tax regime has been 'oppressive' for generations and I'm surprised to read there were more than 6, let alone '60,000' wealthy French businessmen who moved out of the country just because of the latest government. However, evil, nasty and divisive it might be.

Facebook users risking identity theft, says celebrity conman. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/mar/20/facebook-risks-identity-theft-frank-abagnale?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487 I'm not sure why it needs the views of an American conman to state the obvious. We've got plenty of celebrity conmen ourselves. Perhaps they're just a bit busy at the moment, though. Working for the Government as advisers and gurus.

Tests confirm public fears on 'dirty' money. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/26/tests-confirm-dirty-money-fears/ Yet another looming pretext to get rid of cash altogether.

25.03.2013: Self-employed are facing disaster. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/25/self-employed-are-facing-disaster/ At long last. An article from the mainstream media which tries to say it as it is.

Government urged to do more to save the High Street. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9951201/Government-urged-to-do-more-to-save-the-high-street.html

Ponzi fraudster ordered to pay just £1. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/03/25/ponzi-fraudster-ordered-to-pay-1/

Mobile spending will double. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9949610/Mobile-spending-to-double.html

New guidance on protecting data on personal devices. http://www.ico.gov.uk/news/latest_news/2013/survey-guidance-on-byod-personal-devices-07032013.aspx New guidance explaining how employers can ensure staff protect business data and information and comply with the Data Protection Act when using their personal devices, has been published by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The guidance provides key recommendations, including using encryption to store data securely and installing a facility that remotely wipes the device if it is lost. The guidance follows research by YouGov, which revealed almost half of adults use personal devices for work purposes, but fewer than three in ten receive relevant guidance from their employer. The most common work-related activities carried out by staff on their personal devices that were most likely to be covered by the Data Protection Act included sending e-mail, editing and storing documents. (EnterpriseQuest)

Laura Ashley accused over squeezing suppliers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21916657#

Britain's ten most affordable cities. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/9949217/Britains-10-most-affordable-cities.html

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

Len Tondel

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eBOSS April 2013 contents:

Introduction: 25% HBA Member discount from Businesses For Sale.

AIMS for Home Business Alliance members:

Pick of the News:
Business Bank to be operational in April; Treasury and BIS accept most of Heseltine's recommendations; BIS seeks evidence for inquiry into retail industry; 'Gold plating' EU laws restricted; Company and Commercial Law red tape to be cut; One-to-one advice to replace HMRC Enquiry Centres; Firms refused loans are unaware of right to appeal; Small construction firms unable to secure funding; Young people worried about career prospects; Coastal communities funding boost announced; App developers breaching EU data protection laws

'Gone to India . . .' by Rachael Ross and the 'How To Work Successfully From Home Guide'.
Rachael's April Guest Article: What It Takes To Make A Successful Female Entrepreneur, Part 3

Tax and VAT News
FREE! 101 Insider Business Tax Tips

Tax cheats - where are we now?; HMRC guidance - can it be relied on?
Tax Relief For Home To Work Travel - article

HMRC VAT car and van update; HMRC help business cash flow; 'HMRC launch online tax help for small businesses'; Making money from a hobby; etc, etc
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The Eighth Commandment by Colin Edwards

5 Quick Ways To Boost Your Bottom Line.

11 Resources For Staring A Small Business.

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