down to see full list; previous
month's (January 2014) Viewpoint
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st February 2014
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,
For a current, multi-part
starting and running a
business from home,
go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/28/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
focus on stealing money from mobile banking.
ripped off by letting agents keeping deposits.
buying a flood-damaged car. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/how-to/10658622/How-to-avoid-buying-a-flood-damaged-car.html
Stricter mortgage lending rules for newly self
Newly self-employed individuals could find it
increasingly difficult to obtain a mortgage,
accountancy and tax adviser TaxAssist has warned.
Several industry experts have reported that
high street lenders are imposing strict rules
that make it difficult for the newly self employed
to obtain a mortgage, such as requiring at least
two years of accounts. TaxAssist revealed that
banks and building societies are no longer allowing
self-employed people to 'self certify' their
income without official verification in their
mortgage application. Daniel Bailey of mortgage
adviser Middleton Finance said: "Borrowers
going from employed to self employed do not
realise the implications this has on being able
to get a mortgage." (EnterpriseQuest)
rise in payday loan problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26354479#
urges taxpayers not to be fooled by phishing
HMRC has warned taxpayers to avoid being caught
out by e-mail phishing scams that claim to offer
tax rebates in return for bank account details.
In the three months to the 31st January 2014
tax return deadline, a total of 23,247 phishing
e-mails were reported to HMRC, a 47% increase
on the same period in 2013. HMRC has confirmed
that it never contacts taxpayers via e-mail
regarding a refund, and advised anyone who receives
an e-mail claiming to be from HMRC not to click
on any links or attachments, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
and then delete it permanently. HMRC has published
advice and examples of typical fake e-mails
worst bank for customer service. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/02/26/which-is-the-worst-bank-for-customer-service-its-britains-newest/
warning for internet trolls. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/27/arrest-warning-for-internet-trolls/
Makes you wonder why it's taken so long.
to extend TV licence fee to watching iPlayers.
Minister urges British businesses to forge 'special
relationship' with China. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10658983/Britain-must-build-special-relationship-with-China-says-Michael-Fallon.html
prefer Continental cheese. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10657606/English-cheeses-lose-out-as-Brits-go-continental.html
The Brits are renowned for their mongrel
consumer habits. From cars to holidays; telly
programmes to clothes; food to gadgets. And
for being the first to moan about furreners
taking their jobs.
in the case of British artisanal cheese, which
most experts consider to be now, the best in
the world, the problem is, where do you buy
it? Certainly not in the supermarkets.
Irish meat destined for burgers, finds Polish
report into horsemeat scandal. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/24/rotting-meat-irish-burgers-horsemeat-polish-report
Still nothing conclusive to report from EU
(and British) horsemeat investigations, then?
Not to worry. It will soon be back to business
knell for traditional, local branch banking
and cash transactions. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567117/Death-knell-traditional-local-bank-branch-HSBC-chief-warns-fewer-cash-transactions.html
Still more limitations for hopeful entrepreneurial
newbies to face.
powerless to stop junk emails. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567179/Watchdog-powerless-stop-junk-emails-Information-commissioner-says-companies-bombard-public-messages-escape-prosecution.html
Yes, we've noticed.
to snap up a cheap home with a memorable home
business address. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2567211/Want-snap-cheap-home-Look-no-Slag-Lane-Properties-rudely-named-streets-cheaper-people-embarrassed-live-there.html
roads and houses to prevent flood chaos, advises
Wasn't it similarly clever buggers who suggested
that building on flood plains didn't pose a
risk? And that extreme weather conditions were
a one-off? Fortunately, the country can't afford
these latest daft ideas. We've got to send £
billions in 'aid' to the Ukraine so that they
can buy defective GM seed from our Government's
agri-business mates again.
favourite ways to make money from home.
Here we go again.
- is this the end? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23758/bookkeeping-end/
The scandal of Europe's 11 million empty homes.
targets tax evaders with offshore accounts.
'savers' that cost you more. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10654358/The-energy-savers-that-cost-you-more.html
damage: why insurers won't clear away a fallen
RBS expands use of Post Offices. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26294010#
blunders: why HMRC won't pay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10654501/Why-wont-HMRC-pay-up-for-tax-blunders.html
influx of Romanians and Bulgarians, airline
and coach survey finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/no-influx-of-migrant-workers-from-romania-and-bulgaria-survey-of-airlines-and-coach-companies-finds-9146866.html
On the other hand, the stories helped sell
a lot of hate-preaching votes and copy. Job
police arrest 'thousands' of 'illegal British
immigrants' 'living off benefits' and 'stealing
French jobs'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2565661/Seven-British-ski-instructors-arrested-armed-police-France-giving-lessons-without-licence-Piste-War-breaks-slopes.html
the Imbys". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10656004/Forget-Nimbys-were-the-Imbys.html
jailed for selling fake mobile phone insurance.
to rent out your car. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/how-to/10624356/How-to-rent-out-your-car.html
Official guidance: flood support package for
homes and businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flood-support-package-for-homeowners-and-businesses
that slash your mobile phone bills. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10647200/How-to-get-a-cheaper-mobile-phone-contract.html
for under £50,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10649852/Homes-for-under-50000-for-sale.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/21/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
retail sales fall 1.5% in January. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26286706#
Yet another encouraging indicator from the
country's 'economic recovery'.
train users unaware of their rights. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26275394#
of UK users concerned about mobile security.
That being the half of the population with
Select: the best credit card ever? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/20/nationwide-select-the-best-credit-card-ever/
UK households financially optimistic for 2014.
swapping on the rise. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/feb/19/bedroom-tax-home-swap-website-surge-activity-house-exchange-homeswapper
electricity meter clocks could be leading to
Another 'technology' issue affecting the
consumers' pockets and this time, it's not the
public sector or banking, either. There is a
pattern, though. It's always 'big ticket' or
'big business' technology. Or, Big Scam. Small
businesses, berated though they may be for not
embracing 'technology', don't have these kinds
of problems. Nor do their customers.
repsonse to more Engerlish hate-preaching tabloid
bullshit about 'bankruptcy'. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm
advice: accounting and taxes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23654/start-advice-accounting-taxes-dont-need-maestro/
The financial toll of the floods. http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/the-financial-toll-of-the-floods-britain-is-second-most-economically-vulnerable-country-in-europe-to-extreme-weather-9136923.html
Britain is Europe's second-most vulnerable
country to extreme weather, the article claims.
Or roughly in proportion to the country's numbers
of bent councillors.
victim 'too close to river' to claim. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/buildingsandcontent/10646093/Ive-paid-premiums-for-28-years-but-at-the-first-flood-my-insurer-wont-pay.html
things your bank doesn't want you to know.
credit cards for bad credit histories. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/18/best-credit-cards-if-you-have-a-bad-credit-history/
overpaid energy debit rights. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10644182/Overpaid-energy-direct-debits-your-rights-explained.html
best (and worst) cities to live in the world.
How you can make money from your spare bed.
policeman arrested for Alps murders. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/18/alps-murders-former-policeman-arrested-village-shootings
For a country which has reportedly suffered
more than its fair share of murdered tourists,
it is a great shame that the local, small business
community has been so hard hit by such a conspicuously
bumbling and dilatory, if not overtly suspicious,
investigative performance by its 'fonctionnaires'.
The Public Prosecutor in particular, whose televised
performances could at best, be described as
unprofessional (OK, so French fonctionnaires
don't know the meaning of 'professional') should
now take his turn at facing some serious questioning.
For the next eighteen months. On zero salary.
Calls for new business rate system. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26236385#
VAT will not be cut despite cross-party support.
A cross-party call by 28 MPs for the VAT rate
on hotel accommodation and visitor attractions
to be cut from 20% to 5% has been rejected by
Treasury Minister David Gauke. During a Commons
debate, MPs argued for the reduction in VAT
on the basis that it would create employment
opportunities and boost tourism in areas that
had been hit hard since 2008. Speaking after
the debate, Stephen McCall of the InterContinental
Hotel Group (IHG) said VAT rates on visitor
accommodation were preventing the sector from
competing and a cut in the rate of VAT would
encourage more UK residents to take short breaks
and more foreign travellers to visit the UK.
What floods? VisitBritain launches £2.5m
TV ad. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelvideo/10636514/Floods-What-floods-VisitBritain-launches-2.5m-TV-ad.html
Smooth move. Appeal to selfie-saddos as well
as normal tourists.
risks could remain high for several months.
and local firms 'should engage with enterprise
Businesses should be encouraged through tax
reliefs and other incentives to be more actively
involved in enterprise and entrepreneurship
education, a report by the All-Party Group for
Micro Businesses has recommended. Other measures
recommended in the report, 'An Education System
Fit for an Entrepreneur', include requiring
LEPs to have at least two board members who
run a small or micro business, and requiring
LEPs to demonstrate engagement with enterprise
education, in order to qualify for Government
funding, for example, through the Regional Growth
Fund (RGF). (EnterpriseQuest)
'calls' have been going on, in principle, for
decades; for almost as long as calls to end
'red tape'. And nothing actually ever happens.
What's needed is an All-Party Group to investigate
what's happening up its arse. While it's got
its head there.
charges see one-in-four travellers switch off.
prefer TV sets over mobile devices. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26221364#
savings claims 'misleading'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/18/energy-savings-claims-misleading/
Tut. Tut. Who'd have thought it?
Business Awards. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/china-business-awards/9535494/uk-business-enterprise-awards.html?WT.mc_id=605455&source=TrafficDriver
you run your own pub? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/18/could-you-run-your-own-pub-what-you-need-to-consider-before-tak/
Retailers reveal new business rates options.
A bit of nitty gritty at last, accompanied
by (hopefully) the welcome disappearance of
'celebrity' minutiae posing for Government
offers £10 million lifeline to flood-hit
less than 0.1% of the amount of money the Government
simply wastes every year.
TV viewing time fell in 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26221364#
That should bring down the cost of TV advertising.
Mind you, by the same logic, it should also
bring down the cost of a TV licence. As most
of the content these days was originally screened
in 1975 and has been repeated every year since.
Perhaps pay TV licences in future with 30-year-old
- friend or foe of the small business? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10639645/Facebook-friend-or-foe-of-the-small-business.html
And here we have a current piece of American
jargon revealing its head - the 'SMB'. ('SME'
in Europe.) Same destination as 'SoHo', no doubt.
Cue: hundreds of dopey UK politicians create
a Twitter SMB bandwagon to appear 'with it'.
Back on Earth, and once again, the comments
are more illuminating than the written piece
itself and reflect what we have been saying
I buy a car through my business? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/10614830/Should-I-buy-a-car-through-my-business.html
industry eligible for government subsidies.
'Wankminster' spreading its frou-frou?
dissatisfaction with train firms. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/17/private-train-operators-passengers-dissatisfied
and Best and worst train companies
in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/17/rail-passenger-satisfaction-below-50/
reforms hiding true numbers of unemployed.
Sure. Like Britain's start-up 'entrepreneurs'
who upon trying to find paying customers, discover
that everyone else is an 'unemployed' entrepreneur,
too. And they ain't got no shekels because
the country is in the grip of an 'economic revival'.
can you do if you're refused credit? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/17/what-can-you-do-if-youre-refused-credit/
the time you spend on email. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23520/limit-time-spend-email/
Small business growth hampered by fears about
technology risk. http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240213924/Technological-risks-could-undermine-SME-business-confidence
Smaller business owners identified online marketing
and e-commerce as key opportunities for future
growth, but 39% were concerned about the risks
associated with the use of technology, according
to the latest SME Risk Index by Zurich Insurance.
main technology risks cited by respondents were
failure of local network systems, cyber attacks
and damage to their social media reputation.
Richard Coleman, Director of SMEs at Zurich
Insurance, commented that while it was important
for firms to take the opportunity to grow, it
is also "important that they plan sufficiently
ahead for the long-term risks on the horizon,
such as the significant changes underway in
so-called 'growth' benefits from so-called 'technology'
yet to be proven, one can only assume that small
businesses have learned from the Government's
(taxpayers') £ multi-billion 'technology'
serial lash-ups and decided not to go there.
Americans do not know Earth revolves around
The Sun. http://guardianlv.com/2014/02/earth-revolves-around-sun-unknown-to-one-in-four-americans/
Neither do our politicians, which is why
they keep using American business models, American
technology and American slapper-vocabulary such
as, 'Oh, my God', 'Hi' and 'awesome'. It's a
mindset which allows them to feel within their
own comfort zone. And keep the Merdochs
continue to earmark more homes to be built on
land currently under water. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10641488/Flood-hit-areas-earmarked-for-more-homes.html
Dutch solution to flooding. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/16/flooding-netherlands
There is already a very good 'English' example
of how to cope with flooding. It's in a region
called The Fens. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fens#Draining_the_Fens
Managed by Dutch engineers, financed by forward-thinking
English businessmen and achieved by thousands
of Irish 'illegal immigrants'. But that was
almost 400 years ago. Before brown-nosed politicians,
the media and American 'technology' came along.
buyers having regrets. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/15/first-time-buyers-having-regrets/
No surprises. Any attempt or publicity for meeting
the UK's so-called housing crisis is just the
next phase in a Ponzi scheme by another name.
Sadly, it's one which has so many beneficiaries
that an accurate 'spin' on what is really going
on, is never going to come out into the open.
is especially saddening is the increased emphasis
on credit consumerism (growth) at the same time
and which, under the present regime, has even
spilt over into starting and running your own
business. The objective here has nothing to
do with an 'entrepreneurial' Britain but everything
to do with screwing people who are already barely
capable of fending for themselves. Just as with
The Great Thatcher Auction Of Public Assets,
the pay-off will come in a generation's time,
when today's poor saps start thinking about
drawing a pension.
growth gathers speed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26185159#
Ummm. That can't be right. Not according
to Engerlish tabloids and politicians, anyway.
Just look at Greece. And Ireland. And Spain.
And Portugal. And Italy. Which haven't degenerated
into 'London-style' rioting yet.
bosses pledge millions will get refunds.
Government fails to collect over £22 billion
in debt. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/14/uk-government-debt-uncollected_n_4786955.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt3%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk7%26pLid%3D243416
For which reason, the Government feels
it is qualified to promote an 'entrepreneurial'
Britain. To paper over its own
miserable failings while encouraging the country's
debt culture at the same time.
boosts UK construction sector. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26188523#
more homes to be flooded. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10635142/Floods-Met-Office-predicts-terrible-day-of-storms-live.html
money-saving solar panels actually increased
my heating bills by 220%." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2559902/How-money-saving-solar-panels-actually-INCREASED-heating-bills-220-cent.html
Play: what to avoid when starting a business.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/14/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
fined £30 million for mis-selling to 70,000
complaints soar to 5.6 million. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/energy-complaints-soar-to-56m-9126605.html
savings could pay bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/14/insulation-saving-could-pay-bills/
The 'insulation' story has been running longer
than the one about 'red tape' and one is left
wondering why, after so much exposure in the
media, is there still a problem? Perhaps it
makes politcians doing nothing, look as if they
are at least trying something?
dating scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/14/online-dating-scams-how-to-spot-fraudsters/
£5000 grants available to flood victims.
and Council tax suspended for flood victims.
UK's 281 walk-in tax offices to close. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/13/threatened-tax-offices-a-lifeline/
Ah, that's part of 'digital' progress for
you; unless you're Big Corp, in which case HMRC
staff will be pleased to 'walk in' to your company
premises and be taken out to lunch in exchange
for a 'sweetheart' deal. Or, 'Brown Nose
In The Ring' as the song goes.
impact on British lives revealed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10634968/European-Unions-impact-on-British-lives-revealed.html
evictions reach highest level ever recorded.
by debt collectors? What are your rights?
could drop off the economy as storms continue.
Billions already have dropped off the economy,
despite the Prime Minister's retarded visit
a la George Bush to the country's floodlands,
with the promise of unlimited funds after a
Government adviser suddenly realised there were
a lot of Conservative Hoody Party voters down
100 years of 'conflict'. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/ng-interactive/2014/feb/11/britain-100-years-of-conflict
Let's be generous and say that the word 'conflict'
is a euphemism. However, it does help to show
where 'fuckin' plebs' taxes have gone, together
with Britain's global trading prospects.
Car tax disc to be scrapped. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25223631
for 710,000 missed tax returns. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26138227#
urges taxpayers not to be fooled by phishing
HMRC has warned taxpayers to avoid being
caught out by e-mail phishing scams that claim
to offer tax rebates in return for bank account
details. In the three months to the 31st January
2014 tax return deadline, a total of 23,247
phishing e-mails were reported to HMRC, a 47%
increase on the same period in 2013. HMRC has
confirmed that it never contacts taxpayers via
e-mail regarding a refund, and advised anyone
who receives an e-mail claiming to be from HMRC
not to click on any links or attachments, forward
it to email@example.com and then delete
it permanently. HMRC has published advice and
examples of typical fake e-mails at www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/index.htm.
make £1000 a month from Mumsnet".
tax wrongly levied on thousands of homes.
breaks for flood victims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/12/mortgage-breaks-for-flood-victims/
households face premium hike to pay for insurance
company flood losses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2557265/We-pay-1bn-clear-insurers-raise-premiums-Homeowners-face-19-year-hike-firms-look-claw-losses-floods.html
snubs Britain and cosies up to France. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2557189/Obama-snubs-Britain-cozies-French-saying-picking-best-ally-like-picking-favorite-daughter.html
The diplomatic meanderings of France's most
unpopular President ever should not be seen
as representative of the country's unanimous
disdain for all things American. Worth a couple
of 'selfies', though.
Single tax code for homeworkers recommended.
A number of measures to simplify the expenses
and benefits system for home-based workers have
been proposed by the Office of Tax Simplification
(OTS). In its 'Review of Employee Benefits and
Expenses' report, the OTS recommends the introduction
of a single tax code for homeworkers (including
freelancers), which distinguishes between individuals
who work from home because they can, and those
who have a genuine business need to do so. In
addition, the OTS proposes that the facility
that allows homeworkers to claim the cost of
expenses not covered by employers or clients
(such as telephone, Internet and utility bills)
be scrapped and replaced by a homeworking allowance
(for example, £10 per week), which would
be payable free of tax or NICs, provided the
individual meets HMRC';s definition of a homeworker.
will get the media (and a lot of 'weener' websites)
confused, who can't tell the difference between
a 'homeworker' a 'home business' and a smoked
kipper. Some HMRC employment status definitions
credit set to rise by 3.1%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/11/consumer-credit-set-to-rise-by-3-1/
UK transport networks cope with the floods.
No. But I presume all the politicians and
tabloids who have been pooh-poohing climate
change and encouraging home-buying in flood-risk
areas, will be setting up a Victim Aid &
homeowners knew flooding risk, claims Environment
Agency boss. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10629749/UK-flooding-homeowners-knew-the-risk-says-Environment-Agency-chairman.html
Ah, yes. Now there's an honest, pro-active approach
oblivious to children being targeted online.
The same 'morons', one presumes, who buy houses
in flood-risk areas. Encouraged by the media
and the government.
work harder than Britons, claims EU chief.
Yes, we all know that. Which is why British
bosses hire migrant workers, causing them to
come over looking for work in the first place.
There not being many vacancies in the real world
for dummyphone porters, trolls and granny-mugging
customer complaint every second in 2013.
Business optimism at its highest for 22 years.
shop rate lowest for four years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26107287#
'scheme' to get long-term 'sick' back to work.
Like errant MPs not turning up for duty at
'Wankminster' and local surgeries, for example?
Alliance warns of £120 billion of government
Ummm. That be a lot of flood defences, that
to force Brits to publish details of wills and
refusenik: why I don't tweet. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26066325
Scarcely a 'refusenik'. 'Joe Average' would
be a more accurate description. On the other
hand, the media does have the unfortunate habit
of offering its own disconnected values as a
model for the whole world.
dream of a robot in every home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/a-robot-in-every-home-dyson-enters-race-to-provide-advanced-household-androids-for-all-9117372.html
Pre-programmed by HMRC and the NSA. So does
this mean more jobs for the UK? Or Indonesia?
And will they still be eligible for a business
is the new Mandarin. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/get-coding-people-its-the-new-mandarin-and-its-not-just-children-who-can-learn-how-to-do-it-9117071.html
Get the home robot to do it and prepare the
next generation of school-leavers and makeshift
'entrepreneurs' for life without work, instead.
No wonder the 'educationalists' are all for
tricks supermarkets use to get you to spend
trading v. insolvent trading. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/legal/
Barclays customer data stolen and sold.
mobile will become your debit card. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10584682/Five-reasons-why-2014-is-the-year-your-mobile-becomes-your-debit-card.html
of industrial trade in fake paintings. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/10626318/Warning-of-industrial-trade-in-fake-paintings.html
Let's just call it a 'reminder', shall we?
organic food back in vogue. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/09/organic-produce-sales-increase
re-birth of Britain's crap towns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/10623781/Crap-towns-reborn.html
communities generating their own electricity.
HMRC warns of bogus rebate emails. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/07/hmrc-warns-of-bogus-rebate-emails/
insolvencies at lowest level for eight years.
card borrowing grows by 4.7%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/08/credit-card-borrowing-grows-by-4-7/
over 'copycat' websites. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26082913#
licence renewal texts scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/20/driving-licence-renewal-texts-are-not-what-they-seem/?ncid=webmail2
hit with hidden fees and commissions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10622667/Buy-to-let-landlords-hit-with-hidden-fees-and-commissions.html
best property apps. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10617302/The-30-best-property-apps.html
way to profit from property without owning it.
fake-food scandal revealed in Britain. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/07/fake-food-scandal-revealed-tests-products-mislabelled
This is long established common practice,
not news. What would be news is 'public bodies'
and 'reporting' going about the work the public,
somewhat naively, believes it's paying them
to make your own bacon. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/08/make-your-own-bacon-recipe
Coca Cola. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2553893/So-secret-recipe-Coca-cola-start-letting-people-make-soda-home.html
Not news again. Cola syrups have been available
for as long as 'stressed' jeans and are - absolutely
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/07/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
compromises on trading standards inspections.
The draft Consumer Rights Bill is to be amended
to allow trading standards officers to carry
out unannounced inspections, provided an officer
reasonably considers that to give notice would
defeat the purpose of the inspection. As originally
drafted, the Bill required two days notice to
be provided to business owners before a routine
inspection could be carried out. The amendment
results from lobbying by the Local Government
Association (LGA) and the Trading Standards
Institute (TSI), and has been welcomed by both
these organisations. Councillor Nick Worth,
LGA regulation spokesman, said: "We are
pleased that the Government has responded to
council concerns and amended the draft Bill.
These proposals would have severely restricted
the ability of trading standards officers to
undertake unannounced inspections even where
they had a good reason for undertaking one."
employed may lose out on state pension.
Increasing numbers of self-employed people in
the UK may not qualify for a full state pension
when they retire, the Association of Chartered
Certified Accountants (ACCA) has warned. ACCA
has stated that self-employed people who reached
state pension age on or after 6th April 2010
will need to have 30 years of National Insurance
Contributions (NICs) to be eligible for the
full basic state pension. Proposed changes to
the state pension could increase this to 35
years for those reaching state pension age from
April 2016. Other groups that may not qualify
for the full state pension include self-employed
people who do not have to pay Class 2 NICs,
because they have been issued a CA6812 Small
Earnings Exception certificate or are living
abroad. Chas Roy-Chowdhury, ACCA Head of Taxation,
advised anyone falling into these categories
to contact HMRC to request a NICs statement.
always the self-employed who contribute the
most, yet receive the least. That is why this
Government is trying to get so many people to
in ten rely on personal credit to pay bills.
18 to 24 year-old now owes £5,446 not
including student loans."
Good news for the Government but it hopes to
increase this level of debt substantially by
the aggressive promotion of its business start-up
shock using digital payments. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/07/bills-shock-over-digital-payments/
It's what the internet is really for, doncha
most broke towns in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/12/18/uk-debt-hotspots-revealed-where-do-we-owe-the-most/?ncid=webmail6
police staff to join tube workers on strike.
They must have heard there was going to be
a film crew about.
Ways the tube strikes are great for business.
Or, The Best Of British Bollox.
issues warning over flood-stricken 4x4s.
Nowt more ironic than townies getting stuck
with 4x4s. Although I don't live in an area
which is prone to flooding, I hoik half a dozen
per winter, on average, out of the ditches around
here, often without four wheel drive engaged
and/or on town tyres and/or, driven on the premise
that a 4x4 can somehow cope with 'stupid'.
well for £1 a day. http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/458349/Quid-Queen-mum-feeds-herself-for-1-a-day-with-budget-recipes-to-eat-well-for-less
Anyone noticed how there are more and more
'budget' recipes doing the rounds since Britain's
alleged 'economic recovery' took hold?
network expands to UK. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/458198/Good-will-network-who-cheer-up-people-on-the-streets-with-acts-of-kindness-expanding-to-UK
will not tolerate tax avoidance, says '3 Villas'
'Work avoidance, oui; but tax avoidance,
non,' he added.
French thieves target hortensias for cheap highs.
Avon family success story. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2553059/The-Avon-family-Mr-Mrs-Shaw-daughters-fund-lavish-lifestyle-foreign-holidays-property-cars-shoes-bags-ALL-working-beauty-firm.html
stories: show us your home. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/52b303b1e4b01bb767886c9f?INTCMP=mic_231930
You would have thought that with all the comment
Iran has attracted in recent western propaganda,
they would have had at least some pics of Iranian
homes by now? (That haven't come from video
games or Photoshop or CIA wigheads.)
tea-drinking chimp makes her view clear: 'Fcuk
the EU'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/f-the-eu-bugged-us-diplomat-makes-her-position-clear-9113380.html
A minority view admittedly, by comparison with
the rest of the world (Engerlandt County excepted)
which would heartily endorse the statement,
'Fuck the USA', instead.
Banks halve fees on overdraft accounts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/06/banks-halve-fees-on-overdraft-accounts/
shops cut prices at record rate. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26047360#
retail sales fall sharply in December. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26050608#
of the 'nil-bill' home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/greenproperty/10614549/Energy-efficient-property-the-lure-of-the-nil-bill-home.html
solar panels really beat your pension? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10620322/Can-solar-panels-really-beat-your-pension.html
This argument supposes that the Government
- any government - will continue to pay homes
a profitable feed-in tariff. Or, the same sort
of premise that endorses money games, Ponzi
schemes and bankers.
ripped off by builders builds her own home.
number of women facing bankruptcy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10617940/Bankruptcy-shame-saved-me-and-my-children-how-I-coped.html
your way around Britain. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/06/eat-way-around-britain-food-do-something
Good to see the media supporting their own
country for a change.
tea-drinking murder-monkeys frown on French
trade delegation to Iran. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/05/us-warns-france-business-iran-trade-tehran
ban French railway company which transported
Jews during World War 2, from bidding on contract.
As opposed to American Big Corp which was
making money out of the death camps instead,
and with Britain, refused to do anything about
the death camps during the war, and finally,
conscripted Nazi scientists and technicians
into its own murder industry as the war ended.
Never mind what has happened since.
UK service sector slowed in January. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26049461#
firms ripping off cash payers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26030212#
facing new mis-selling scandal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551949/Lloyds-facing-new-mis-selling-scandal-Bill-worthless-card-insurance-millions.html
fights for new bank customers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/05/co-op-fights-for-new-bank-customers/
Although the bank's reputation has been sullied
(reportedly) in recent months, we have used
the Co-op for business banking for nigh-on twenty
years and to this day, not experienced the slightest
wobble. That's our tuppence worth, anyway.
crisis 'will last ten years'. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/04/housing-crisis-george-osborne
Just what the country's political party donors
loophole means flood risk properties will be
barred from insurance cover. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2551804/Our-village-paid-765-000-flood-defences-insured.html
increase in overseas online shoppers. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/23424/huge-increase-overseas-internet-shoppers/
The greatest supporters of Britain and British
goods have, for a long time, been - furreners.
should be working less for a better quality
of life. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/04/work-more-less-quality-of-life
A formula which doesn't appear to have done
much for either quality of life or output so
far? Then again, there does seem to be a popular
view that 'quality of life' means getting bladdered
while watching telly for eight hours a day and
looking at a dummyphone for another two.
who's king of the surf. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551902/Plumber-whos-king-surf-JANE-FRYER-talks-Britains-new-world-record-holder-wife-whos-terrified-waves.html
Now we know where they've all got to!
Twitter making you stupid? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2551578/Is-Twitter-making-STUPID-Social-networking-sites-making-hard-people-think-themselves.html
Like asking obvious, rhetorical questions, for
example. And publishing inconsequential quotes
from Twitter non-entities?
to find the best deal on tyres. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/how-to/10599661/How-to-find-the-best-deal-on-tyres.html
Card-cover mis-selling claims invited. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/04/card-plan-mis-sale-claims-invited/
rules to cut down on tax avoidance by LLP members.
Members of a Limited Liability Partnership
(LLP) face being treated as employees for income
tax purposes from 6th April 2014 if provisions
included in the draft Finance Bill 2014 are
approved. Currently, members of an LLP are treated
as self employed for income tax purposes. Under
the new provisions, an LLP member will be defined
as an employee if they meet the following statutory
criteria: they receive a 'disguised salary';
they do not have a significant influence over
the affairs of the partnership; and their contribution
to the LLP is less than 25% of their disguised
salary. Commenting on the proposals, George
Bull, National Chairman of Baker Tilly's Professional
Practices Group, said: "HMRC have ignored
profession-wide requests not to apply such a
'broad brush' approach, which has, as predicted,
caught so many genuine partnership businesses
using the structures to accumulate profits for
internal investment. This now gives the partnership
model a very real disadvantage in comparison
to the traditional corporate model." (EnterpriseQuest)
reveals just 30% of smaller firms advertise.
Only 30% of UK small and medium-sized businesses
advertise, according to a Deloitte report commissioned
by the Advertising Association. The main reasons
smaller firms gave for not advertising included
cash flow problems and believing it to be too
expensive. However, Deloitte claims that every
£1 smaller firms spent on advertising
had eight times the relative impact on growth
as every £1 spent on advertising by larger
firms. Tim Lefroy, Chief Executive Officer of
the Advertising Association, said: "Advertising
pays, no matter the size of the business. There
are sharp lessons here for entrepreneurs, policymakers
and, crucially, for advertising itself."
So the internet and social media haven't
been much use then? Again.
Helpline rip-off to be scrapped. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/03/flooding-helpline-to-be-scrapped/
Agency chief admits he has not visited flood
He'll be getting Amazon and food voucher
performance bonuses, then.
panels better than a pension, says Minister.
A UK pension, he means. All that pensioners
will need then, is a bit of sunshine.
compensation: thousands owe tax on payouts.
tax return website shut down. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10615055/Copycat-tax-return-website-shuts-amid-scandal.html
The site was charging £500 to submit
self-assessment tax returns. Whatever next?
Self-employed people doing the work of tax collectors
sales slow amid calls for UK boycott.
avoids fine over 3G lies. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10611209/Vodafone-avoids-fine-over-3G-failings.html
scam sees cell phone users charged if they call
back numbers they don't recognise. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550952/Missed-call-unknown-number-Phishing-scam-sees-cell-phone-users-charged-call-numbers-dont-recognise.html
by Directory Enquiries. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551220/Fleeced-directory-enquiries-BT-fined-overcharging-2-40-minute-line.html
crony welfare-to-work scheme admits to swindling
the taxpayer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2551242/Four-former-staff-scandal-hit-dole-jobs-firm-A4E-admit-swindling-taxpayers.html
Merely the tip of the iceberg.
to the bonfire of the quangos?
Or the bonfire of 'red tape'? Or as we keep
to fly to Romania to recruit unfilled vacancy
for £16,000 a year sales job. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550917/Businessman-fly-Romania-recruit-new-staff-failing-16-000-year-sales-job-Britain.html
I was passing by a shop window in a market
town recently and saw an ad for leek pullers,
offering the rate of £12 an hour. Not
a bad crack; certainly more than the Government's
favourites, Amazon, pay their basic operatives.
Later in the week, I saw a work van picking
up pullers to take them to work. I didn't hear
a single, English voice. The 'locals' were obviously
too busy drawing their dole money that day and
posting comments on Nazi, hate-preaching tabloid
forums about furreners stealing their jobs.
could grow bigger than sheep. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/03/rats-could-grow-bigger-than-sheep/
A phenomenon which observers of 'Wankminster'
have already noted; and which continues to 'Back
Britain' in its own, inimitable way. Not. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/04/spending-on-mps-chairs-criticised/
Scrote Office slaps exclusion order on anti-establishment,
self-employed French comedian.
To receive an exclusion order from a regime
which openly welcomes, endorses and promotes
the world's and its own leading thieves, murderers,
terrorists and war criminals, is akin to a badge
of honour. Consequently, there are thousands
of exclusion orders in existence and for obvious
'national security' reasons, they never receive
a mention. The question is, why has The Scrote
Office conveyed this ruling to the media and
asked it to continue whipping up this particular
storm in a teacup? The clue is in the language:
the moment you hear politicians and the media
peddling the words 'terrorism', 'patriotism'
and 'anti-semitism', you can guarantee that
flatpack barn for £50,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/investmentinproperty/10609762/Build-your-own-flat-pack-barn-for-50000.html
Sure. Plus £100,000 for some land to stick
it on. Then another £50,000 to make it
habitable; and £5,000 a year to run. And
that's just for the ambinules.
Energy companies continue back-billing scam.
reasons why cheques are better than online banking.
your money dying in a zombie account? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/02/are-your-savings-dying-in-a-zombie-account/
cross-border VAT pilot extended for extra year.
The European Commission (EC) has extended the
cross-border VAT dispute resolution pilot project
until 31st December 2014. The pilot, which has
14 member state participants including the UK,
Spain and France, is aimed at improving certainty
for businesses planning cross-border transactions.
It allows businesses in participating states
that are intending to sell goods to customers
in another participating state to request a
ruling on their VAT liability from the tax authority
in their home state in advance of the transaction.
bubble forming in London warning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26006214#
target flood victims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/03/thieves-target-levels-flood-victims/
across EU 'breath-taking'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26014387#
It's good to see 'we're' not alone.
of fraud? How to reclaim your identity.
investment scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/03/beware-this-bamboo-investment-scam/
Tourism spend in Britain reaches record high.
Overseas visitors spent a record high of £19.3
billion between January and November 2013, up
by 12% compared with the same period in 2012,
figures published by the Office for National
Statistics (ONS) have revealed. Sandie Dawe,
Chief Executive of VisitBritain, said the increase
was partly due to Government investment in the
GREAT Britain campaign to encourage overseas
visitors. VisitBritain predicted that 2014 would
see total tourist spend rise to £21.5
foreigners buying homes. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/feb/01/rich-overseas-investors-uk-eu-housing-market
older entrepreneurs less innovative? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/sme-home/business-tips/10606999/innovation-in-business-does-age-matter.html?WT.mc_id=605654&source=TrafficDriver
lost everything gambling on shares."
scam burglaries pushing up insurance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/contents/10610809/Sticker-scam-burglaries-push-up-insurance-costs.html
American football about to become a British
It's what the paid cards are marked to do
- as we suggested when the Armstrong Theatre
Group first made its exaggerated and protracted
media appearance. 'Fu*kin' plebs' watching a
doped-up sport in a stadium is much more lucrative
than letting them watch one freely from the
roadside. Much less allowing smaller businesses
a living at the expense of Big Corp and their
brown-nosed criminal media.
lose to France in Six Nations. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/england/10612324/France-26-England-24-Six-Nations-2014-match-report.html
That will serve the English right for all their
murdering, thieving, illegal immigrants who
invaded France during the One Hundred and Sixteen
Years War! (Or 100 Years War, according to the
Minister for Thick Britain and Historical Propaganda.)
And pity the poor English businessman who had
wagered with a French rugby player that he would
sing La Marseillaise in front of an entire conference
if the English lost. Fortunately, the French
can't sing like the Welsh or the Italians, so
he should get away with it.
good game, though. Proper sport. Unlike WADA/USADA-approved
doped-up American fairy games.
card terminal quote: http://www.card-terminal-quotes.co.uk/?a=eNoNxzEOgCAMAMAPEaClCLg6OvsArBiJmBAD4ft6212t1VmpMYasifsTc5GpC4vJeXd6hGDonznYRUYgJAEmADhrcRJcMt9iW5c3AWkAvdMH9CIXEQ==
Fines loom on tax return deadline. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25977671#
release: English business statistical survey
November 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-business-survey-statistical-release-november-2013
homebuilding at its highest since 2007.
wage fall trend longest for 50 years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25977678#
call for powers to curb blight of betting shops.
Always the sign of a morally and ideologically
bankrupt government, is the spread of betting
and gambling. It comes as no surprise therefore,
that betting and gambling have spread like wildfire
under the present regime in exchange for an
extra few pieces of silver for the Treasury.
problem for us is that it encourages more and
more punters to ask which betting schemes or
systems 'work' - a sure sign of just how effectively
the media and the internet have dumbed down
the public in recent years. So let's be clear.
The only thing that 'works' about betting are
the odds which are calculated to be heavily
in the promoters' favour. If that wasn't the
case, there wouldn't be any betting shops or
online sites. And there wouldn't be so many
people in debt, or thieving, or cases of broken
homes or wife or childbeating - which the habit
encourages. Or, par for the course for our 'hoody'
the meantime - good for the councils for once.
Ridding the country's High Streets of the dross
will only serve to promote the arrival - and
survival - of 'proper' businesses.
credit card trick that earns banks £1.4
billion a year in interest. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549863/The-credit-card-trick-earns-banks-1-4bn-year-Shrinking-minimum-cardholders-pay-back.html
you been ripped off by tax return copycat websites?
of payday loans paid on time. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/01/65-of-payday-loans-paid-in-time/
I wonder what the record is on the Government's
Business Start-Up Loan scheme? In the absence
of any monitoring of official business support
provision (taxpayers' money) these days?
artificial lawns. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549382/Boom-time-artificial-lawn-makers-Californians-encouraged-install-cut-water-use-midst-worst-drought-record.html
uses for Microsoft Excel. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/jan/31/7-ways-microsoft-excel-could-change-the-world
Let's keep it clean, shall we?
Larf #3: UK/France Summit 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-france-summit-2014
"The UK-France Summit 2014 will focus on
co-operation on foreign affairs, defence and
security, nuclear energy and space."
and France seal armed drone tie-up.
The summit will allow the countrys' psycopaths
to reflect on the good 'ole days of the Crusades,
Empire, slavery, terrorism and recent successes
at de-stabilising North Africa and the Middle
East and creating a fresh wave of blood 'n tears
economic immigration which we, the fu*kin' plebs
will have to pay for.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/31/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
living standards squeeze continues. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25966075#
and No sign of living standard recovery.
That be an English 'economic recovery', that
in five prefers to go cashless. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549115/One-five-prefers-cashless-Study-finds-interested-using-mobile-phones-make-payments.html
So despite all the marketing bull about mobile
payments, 80% of the population still prefers
cash. Whereas the real reason why the remaining
20% of the population doesn't prefer cash, is
because they haven't got any.
most bankrupt town. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/11/25/the-uks-worst-bankruptcy-hotspots-revealed/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D240210
the laziest place in Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/where-is-britains-reallife-lazytown-manchester-is-most-inactive-place-in-the-country-study-finds-9097705.html
investment in France plunges by 77%. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549140/Foreign-investment-France-plunges-77-cent-Hollandes-socialist-policies-drive-businesses-away.html
As we suggested when the present clutch of
'cons' took over office.
Mr Big behind copycat websites. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jan/30/tax-return-passport-health-copycat-websites
confusing airports for British travellers.
As British travellers are universally considered
to be the thickest in the world, it comes as
little surprise that one of the suggestions
contained in this article is a pre-programmed
satnav (the beep-beep kind) and a book of local
rules. Which really pre-empts the question:
how many British travellers these days can actually
Larf #1: Official release: Understanding
start-up loans in England's South-West.
Quote. ". . . the programme has
indeed supported the creation of businesses
that would not otherwise have been progressed."
Who would have believed that a 'start-up
loan' could have achieved that? But sarcasm
apart, the report, which is written in pure
bollock-speak, sums up what has become more
and more apparent with the present Government's
delivery of business support. A Heath Robinson
infrastructure where worthwhile and cost-effective
delivery is of secondary importance to policy
dogma, cronyism and a waste of taxpayers' money.
Larf #2: Official release: The Fiver Challenge.
This is a model for a potentially successful
business start-up, is it? Borrow a mere £5
from a bankrupt government? That's some template
for success, that is. I'd have thought that
even today's yoof would have enough nouse to
actually go out into the Big World and earn
a fiver. Just to put them in the frame of mind
that running a business is about earning money
and not going on the dole.
Tax return deadline looms for 1.6 million. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/30/tax-return-deadline-looms-for-1-6m/
Wow. Pretty impressive reduction in numbers
from 2.5 million just the day before yesterday.
(Scroll down to 28th.)
I get an IVA? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/29/the-fixer-should-i-get-an-iva/
to find a free overdraft. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/30/where-to-find-a-free-overdraft/
report reveals true extent of mobile Britain.
probe into 'misleading' free apps. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/video-game-news/9987568/OFT-launches-probe-into-misleading-free-apps.html
has secret plans for police to 'remote stop'
you build a £6500 flatpack house?
Or, a very expensive garden shed, if you
French comic has over £500,000 in cash
(allegedly) removed under money-laundering
A dangerous escalation in minority persecution
by the present socio-fascist French government,
whose close relationship with Israeli extremists
is a far more worrying sign of the country's
lack of moral direction than the President's
recently, much-reported emotional instability.
Watch this space for another Coluche or Lady
Di 'development' - and high time to reflect
on more than just the government's rapacious,
anti-small business philosophy.
do make allowances for the tone of this tabloid
article which falls into pretty much the same
category as the rest of the puppet media.)
Seven Deadly Sins of pitching. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/23219/7-deadly-sins-pitching/
hidden dangers of apps. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/23211/hidden-dangers-apps/
180,000 building jobs in the pipeline. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/29/180-000-building-jobs-in-pipeline/
release: Small business, big support confirms
Prime Minister. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-business-big-support-confirmed-by-prime-minister
Adding up the multiple business support
'apps' which this Government has dreamt up so
far, isn't it all costing significantly more
than the country's ex-one-stop business support
shop, Business Links, which was closed down
not so long ago to save the taxpayer money?
'A load of apps' which are providing fewer and
fewer solutions because fewer and fewer businesses
can keep up with what's 'trending'? Or who is
delivering what? Other than loadsa money for
the latest, rapidly expanding, business support
public votes online shopping and internet banking
biggest technological developments of 21st century.
firms betrayed as Lloyds culls advisers.
in packaged account complaints. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/29/hike-in-packaged-account-complaints/
regional entrepreneurial hotspots. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/23321/new-figures-reveal-uks-regional-entrepreneurial-hotspots/
heated to 4 degrees warmer than in 1970. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10603400/Homes-heated-at-least-4C-warmer-than-in-1970-study-finds.html
insurance scheme 'must include more properties'.
Millions of private rental properties will be
excluded from the Government's 'Flood Re' plans
unless 'urgent amendments' are made to the Water
Bill, the British Property Federation (BPF)
and Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) have warned.
The scheme, which will provide owners of properties
in high-risk flood areas with affordable insurance,
is not available to non-domestic properties.
It has been estimated that nine million properties
are classed as non-domestic, including the majority
of leasehold properties, as well as small and
medium-sized business premises. Ian Fletcher,
Director of Policy at the BPF, said "at
a time when Government is taking so many positive
steps to encourage investment in the private
rented sector and promote responsibility in
the sector, it seems extremely contradictory
to exclude these properties from possible essential
flood cover." (EnterpriseQuest)
are 'burnt out' study finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/life-easy-in-land-of-the-35hour-week-generous-holidays-and-long-lunches-non-say-burntout-french-9091678.html
Or, you could substitute 'English' for 'French'
and the study would be equally true. Or rubbish.
for selling over the phone. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/23254/tips-selling-phone/
the power of customer feedback. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/23295/harnessing-power-customer-feedback/
reasons you are not making money on your property
'Real' economic recovery under way. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10600424/Economy-growing-at-fastest-pace-since-
awaits further 2.5 million self-assessment returns.
All awaiting the country's 'real economic
recovery' to be able to pay their taxes, no
asset seizures hit record levels.
Seizures of assets by HMRC from self-assessed
taxpayers (including many self-employed individuals)
who could not pay the tax they owed reached
record levels during the last tax year, according
to research by IT finance provider Syscap. Researchers
found that in 2012/13, asset seizures under
HMRCs power of distraint rose by 8% to
1,488 compared with 2011/12, and were double
the number carried out in 2010/11. Under the
power of distraint, HMRC can make unannounced
visits to business premises to recover unpaid
taxes and can then remove and sell business
equipment such as computers without a court
order if tax bills are not paid within five
minister to blame for red tape, not EU.
for-red-tape-not-EU.html It makes a welcome
change for a politician to tell the truth; and
an even more welcome change for the media to
print the truth, as well. Or, you could just
watch this space on a regular basis.
many of the comments from anonymouse 'Ministers'
and 'senior EU officials' which follow this
article, would seem to suggest that someone
who knows what he's talking about, has got it
identity thief's ten most desirable items.
it time to cash in on booming house prices?
game enjoys a revival. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10598638/Game-enjoys-a-revival-in-British-kitchens.html
French-speaking plumbers for weathy French tax
Sure. The vast majority of wealthy French
folk have received a good education and will
be able to speak English. Not well, mind you.
But speak it they will. Just like any university-educated
Englishman, in other words.
of the world's best-known home businesses -
the Queen - down to her last million. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/
I know the feeling.
Cameron pledges action to cut red tape.
I'm amazed that this story continues to run.
Surely, even this Government's advisers have
realised the public and the business community
have heard this promise hundreds of times already.
Let alone the same promises made by previous
governments. It's as bad as turning on
the telly and being confronted by a choice of
repeats of repeats.
your pension by up to £25 a week.
claims card problems are now fixed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25907000#
best places to keep your tax bill money.
under homes without owners' permission could
be allowed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fracking/10598473/Fracking-could-be-
home business selling bits 'n bobs on eBay.
leavers don't know how to dress and lack literacy
and numeracy skills, say bosses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2545907/School-leavers-dont-know-dress-say-bosses.html
And that's just our yoof's parents and teachers.
launches fast track visa application for foreign
to the French, then. And instead of blaming
them, let this country get rid of it's Queen
of Incompetence, Theresa May and her band of
goons and do the same.
raises charges by up to 25% for existing customers.
Expensive business, sponsoring doped-up sports.
Someone's got to foot the bill.
the most of your marketing budget. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/marketing/23250/making-marketing-budget/
secrets to maximising ecommerce checkout success.
UK confirmed as Western Europe's fastest-growing
abused by IT suppliers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25884915#
Par for the course. It's why bent politicians,
ministers, even Prime Ministers regularly have
meetings with 'captains of industry'. While
to appear even-handed, Downing Street's propagandascheisewriters
regularly circulate the promise of improving
public procurement prospects for SMEs. And the
country's equally corrupt media goes, 'Coooo'.
all-round credit card. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/26/the-best-all-round-credit-card-just-got-better/
could destroy the euro. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10596755/France-could-destroy-the-euro-says-Christopher-Pissarides.html
Britons can't have 40 year fixed rate mortgages.
the Big Six energy companies and make your own
Sure. Another derisory gesture (£10
million) by government to address a multi-£
billion problem. Collectively switching providers
is the most realistic sugggestion in this article
but getting people to act together even in their
own common interest, is never straightforward.
Way before then, the easiest and most effective
way of 'beating the energy companies' is just
to switch off in the home - and designate talk
of wind turbines and photovoltaic panels to
the same promisory tub 'o crap as the internet.
wind turbines take £ thousands off the
value of your home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546042/Proof-wind-turbines-thousands-home-value-homes-1-2-miles-wind-farms-slashed-11-cent-study-finds.html
school leavers are putting country'es economic
recovery at risk, says FSB. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546053/Firms-slam-illiterate-school-leavers-putting-Britains-economic-recovery-risk.html
Good to see the media publishing an increasingly
rare comment from a real business organisation,
rather than a handful of its terminally moronic,
anonymous posts or Twitter comments. Still.
That's what publishing social media reaction
is all about. It can be moulded to suit. Unlike
representative observations from genuine people
who know what they are talking about. Inconveniently
release: English Business Survey cessation notice.
Ah. Here we go. What a surprise.
to ban e-cigarettes. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/26/electronic-cigarette-ban_n_4667962.html?1390722625&icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D239136
This will put a lot of internet businesses'
noses out of joint. But, the Minister for Public
Fatness claimed, "We
must do all we can to help children lead a healthy
be seeing a ban on 'real' cigarettes, alcohol,
cars, aeroplanes, junk food, sugary drinks,
plastics, dummyphones, the internet, the telly
and most currently in the news, drug-addict
teachers then? Oh - and not forgetting that
'special relationship' with the world's leading,
Official release: consumers and businesses 1
step closer to new Bill of Rights. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/consumers-and-businesses-1-step-closer-to-new-bill-of-rights
push up energy bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/25/websites-push-up-energy-bills/
If dumb politicians and an even dumber media
didn't spend all their time promoting the internet,
we wouldn't have these problems - and a much
jollier time could be had by all.
trust online reviews. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2545336/Dont-trust-online-reviews-A-fifth-left-people-NEVER-tried-product.html
Is there anybody who ever has? Well. Apart
from politicians and the media.
much storage space does your 16GB REALLY have?
Apart from politicians and the media, who
ever believed that dummyphones did have such
a capacity? (Index card rotundas are much more
powerful; and a lot cheaper.)
outage hits millions. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/25/gmail-outage-hits-millions-india-us-uk
drivers could get 5p duty cut. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/24/rural-drivers-could-get-5p-duty-cut/
imposes restrictions on large cash withdrawals.
police force wants to sell advertising on the
side of its squad cars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545696/Cash-strapped-police-force-wants-sell-advertisements-squad-cars.html
'Adult' party planners take note! Strap-on
advertising would be an organic fit.
'too late' to help businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10595626/Fracking-too-late-to-help-businesses-facing-rising-green-energy-costs-manufacturers-tell-Prime-Minister.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/24/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
Cameron's new business ambassadors. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/10593476/David-Camerons-new-business-ambassadors-in-pictures.html?frame=2800728
Or, all about politics and posing.
cleared of using excessive force in defending
his property against vicious thugs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544671/Cleared-20-minutes-Businessman-defended-property-fuel-burglars-fighting-against-fence-post.html
burglary hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/01/24/where-are-you-most-likely-to-be-a-victim-of-burglary/
Unsurprisingly, London, already officially
acknowledged as the country's #1 shithole, comes
in at #1 spot in these rankings as well.
best websites for flight deals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/8250012/Travel-advice-the-best-flight-comparison-websites.html
Happy, Healthy and Wealthy New Year to you all.
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