31st January 2013
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Official release: Government business mentor
scheme hits 15,000 target. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-mentors-are-ready-and-waiting-to-support-smes
release: Business finance finder. https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support-finder
release: English business statistical survey
November 2012. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/english-business-survey-statistical-release-november-2012
to 2 million poorer households facing increases
in council tax bills. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21264773#
billions to be secretly funnelled into EdF.
And so EdF will have the funds to reconstruct
their neglected and crumbling infrastructure
in France - never mind Hinkley Point. Expect
continuing increases in fuel bills, too.
shun the English language. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/374550/Migrants-shun-the-English-language
Over 4 million migrants can't speak English
properly, according to this latest tabloid article.
Or, around the same kind of numbers as British
ex-pats who refuse to integrate and can't speak
the local language wherever they live. The Taxpayers'
Alliance are quoted as saying that a resistance
to integration results in increased expenditure
for translations, etc - a lead which is usually
taken by local authorities. Which should be
good news for all home-based and freelance language
professionals. Trouble is, I don't see any great
increase in this kind of work at all. Probably
because immigrant communities rapidly find their
own solutions to understanding what's needed
of them and if there is any marginal, increased
expenditure it's because of politically correct
decision-making by council administrations which
are barely part of local communities themselves.
What spare money there is would be better spent
on filling potholes. Staff should also be encouraged
to speak and write English properly themselves.
Along with 99.9% of contributors to media forums,
message boards and the Twitterati.
might even be allowed to attend the same English
language classes as American police officers
and their 3-word vocabularies of 'Oh, my God',
who, it has just been announced, will now start
taking over control of law, order and corruption
as part of England County's 'mission creep'
towards becoming a fully integrated annexe to
the good 'ole US of A.
Number of firms having assets seized rose in
HMRC doubled the use of its powers of 'distraint'
- a process which allows it to seize business
assets without warning to settle debts - over
the past year, research by Syscap has revealed.
The research found HMRC used its powers of distraint
against 10,557 firms in 2012, up from 5,520
in 2011. Historically, HMRC used distraint to
settle unpaid payroll tax bills but recently
began using its powers to recover a broader
range of business debts. Syscap said HMRC's
actions should serve as a warning to business
owners concerned about meeting their self-assessment
tax liabilities. (EnterpriseQuest)
food retailing advocate wins BBC national award.
release: new help for businesses and consumers
against price-fixing. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-help-for-consumers-and-businesses-to-take-action-against-price-fixing
overdraft charges forcing some customers to
take out payday loans. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cardsloans/article-2270230/REVEALED-How-sky-high-bank-overdraft-charges-worth-53MILLION-PER-CENT-force-borrowers-arms-payday-lenders.html
I was wondering how long it would take this
particular twist to develop. There's no doubt
that banks have been largely behind the negative
publicity payday loans have been getting when
they are no better - and here - far worse, themselves.
getting 15,000 complaints a week; two thirds
being upheld. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270297/Two-complaints-banks-upheld-record-15-000-complaints-week-lodged-angry-customers.html
Community: Would you subscribe to the new Microsoft
location maps. http://www.giveway.co.uk/
services can be spied on routinely by US authorities.
My local junk shop does loads of old biscuit
tins which are perfect for storing a bit of
cash and important paperwork. For security,
I keep mine in the bottom of one of the horses'
most valuable second-hand phones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/picture-galleries/9833979/Ten-most-valuable-second-hand-phones.html?utm_source=tmg&utm_medium=TD_2ndhandphone&utm_campaign=TechTD
Surge in business ventures for the over 55s.
The number of people starting up a business
in their late 50s or 60s (often described as
the 'baby boomer' generation) rose by nearly
90% over the past year, according to a survey
by freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour. The
survey revealed that 55+ was the fastest-growing
age category on the website and 64% of business
owners in this age group were starting their
first enterprise. The most popular start ups
among baby boomers were Internet-based, retail
and property firms. Chief Executive Officer
Xenios Thrasyvoulou said the surge in business
ventures among over 55s could be the result
of lower barriers to business start up and easier
access to online customers. (EnterpriseQuest)
again, the country's economic infantry identifies
itself. To be officially acknowledged and rewarded,
just like their mates from the forces, with
a kick in the bollox.
struggling with debts. http://www.stepchange.org/Mediacentre/Pressreleases/selfemployeddebtproblems.aspx
average debt of a self-employed person is over
18 times greater than their annual income, according
to a report by debt charity StepChange. Self-employed
people were found to be worse off than those
in full- and part-time employment, with significantly
higher levels of both mortgage and non-mortgage
borrowing. The report also revealed the average
self-employed person earned 14% less than those
in full- or part-time employment, and their
monthly outgoings exceeded their monthly income
by £211, compared with an average monthly
deficit of £74 for those in employment.
building up more debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/28/households-building-up-more-debt/
councils slap a levy (tax) on tourists.
Ah, yes. Someone has been taking a leaf from
the present socio-fascist French government.
No collective brain, same mantra: 'Increase
is one of the UK's largest sectors for home
business activity; from B&Bs, to mini-cab
drivers, to guides, to artisan-produced gifts
and souvenirs and their street vendors. For
many years now, the problems associated with
tourism to the UK have been more consistent
with the country's piss-poor international standing
on hospitality issues and a government attitude
to tourism which remains umbilically joined
to memories of The Boxer Rebellion. With Shitpit
London one of the most grotesquely overpriced
and disappointing destinations in the world
already, getting up visitor numbers to other
parts of Britain and giving tourist promotion
intiatives a decent budget would be good places
that end, the immediate sacking (or resignation)
of the UK's principal impediment to tourism
and controlled immigration, Home Office Minister
Theresa May and her inner circle of civil servants,
would seem an urgent and logical development.
Rather than yet another tax for local councils
to waste on junkets, consultants and flavour-of-the-month
friends. Usually property developers. Who are
all probably anticipating the pinch: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/374050/New-war-on-tax-cheat-town-halls
to cut tax advice call charges. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21237834#
laws 'influenced by big firms'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21229862#
And HMRC have units consisting of 'big firm'
advisers and its top management is drawn from
the ranks of tax evasion specialists to 'big
firms' and government is financed by 'big firms'
and so on and so on.
fastest time of day for broadband. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/28/revealed-the-fastest-time-for-broadband/
world's second largest social network and gaining
fast on Facebook. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/01/28/watch-out-facebook-google-is-now-the-world%e2%80%99s-second-largest-social-network-and-it%e2%80%99s-growing-fast/
wins prestigious French cheese award. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/how-an-englishman-proved-to-be-the-big-cheese-when-it-comes-to-fromage-8470606.html
I've been saying it for years; English artisan
cheeses have become the best in the world. Not
that you'd know it from the huge majority of
cooking programmes or supermarket shelves. Let
alone media food critics.
is totally bankrupt, claims Labour Minister.
Any Frenchman with a brain has known that
for a number of years. However, the country
is split in two on the issue. Half the country
which thinks the solution is more work, more
competitivity and less waste. The other half,
represented by the French media, socialist nano-intellectuals
and the government currently in power, which
thinks that the rest of the world will continue
to give them subs to live a life o'Riley.
payouts soar to 11,000 a week. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/ppi-payouts-to-soar-as-appeals-reach-11000-a-week-8471292.html
Vocus Conference for marketing and PR, June
20 - 21, 2013, Washington DC. http://now.eloqua.com/es.asp?s=1321&e=135704&elq=53df7be361204c13945eaad92667f6b2
training bulletin, School of Business and Management,
Essex University. http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/bmt/HTML/html_e-mail_wkly_bulletin_28_Feb.html
evidence in Operacion Puerto hearing delayed.
With up to 150 professional footballers and
tennis players implicated in a sophisticated
and sustained performance cheating campaign
by a Spanish doping guru, (and there are others
in Italy and Switzerland, too) the mainstream
media and the official doping agencies who have
been trying to keep the lid on their favourite
cash-cows must now wait just a little longer
to see who spills the beans about whom.
main reason why professional athletes - who
are in other words, 'professional contractors',
'freelancers' or 'home businesses' - 'dope'
is not surprisingly, to maximise on their 'seeding'
or earnings potential. With the exception of
professional football, performance is linked
to payout. And quite modest payouts, to boot.
It's always been the organisers, the promoters
and the sponsors who make the money. Let's hope
the shit hits the fan this time because the
only way doping in sport is ever going to come
under control is when the present layers of
hypocrites, cheats and liars get peeled off
the gravy train.
Vacuum cleaner scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/28/this-vacuum-cleaner-scam-will-cost-you/
launches Green Deal energy efficiency loan scheme.
CAUTIOUS of Green Deal, warns consumer watchdog,
to profit from a plummeting pound. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/9827477/How-to-profit-from-a-plummeting-pound.html
red tape has cost Britain £700 million
in 2 years. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/373768/EU-red-tape-cost-us-700m-in-2-years
Politician with nothing original to say =
this week's tabloid comment about red tape.
This would be the 'red tape' I suppose, which
has been gold-plated by the British Government?
Although valued before or after the slide in
the value of the pound?
3 weeks. 'Horseburger' trail 'probably' leads
to Poland. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269118/Horsemeat-burgers-British-supermarkets-imported-Poland.html
Does this mean that the EU's flagship regulation
and directives on food traceability haven't
been adopted by Britain because of its fight
against red tape? Despite EU food traceability
being claimed as the best in the world, employing
tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people
and pre-occupying everyone from UK farmers to
UK supermarket shelf-stackers? A system which
claims it can identify a contaminated source
in 24 hours?
after three weeks or so and probably years before
that of processed beef for plebs being loaded
with horsemeat, we have the tabloids, tipped
off by the Irish government, identifying its
favourite scapegoat, Poland, as the likely source?
When the Poles themselves are just as unlikely
to eat horsemeat as the Brits? When much closer
to home and therefore much cheaper for UK outlets,
are countries which are well into horsemeat,
from rearing to slaughter to logistics.
a few extra 'regulations' might help?
course, any consumers still unhappy about eating
horsemeat can always do what Polish consumers
do. Support their local butcher and farmers,
buy meat in its raw state, mince it themselves
(although the butcher will be happy to do that
for them) and make their own burgers - or meatballs.
For British consumers, you never know, there
might even be an app to do it for them.
explaining How To Be British. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/373827/Handbook-explains-how-to-be-British
Latest propaganda version, including a major
re-jigging of the official view of Margaret
Thatcher's contribution to the country's fine,
economic and social mess. The handbook will
be included with propaganda leaflet drops into
African target zones being prepared for Anglo-French
bombers, thus facilitating the subsequent absorption
of economic refugees into the UK after they
have been forced out of their own countries
for the cumulative profit of western arms companies
and their puppet governments.
a struggling, small business point of view,
it might be a good idea to wise up on these
latest contents to better prepare yourself for
quizzical questions from potential clients whose
education and knowledge of world events and
history hasn't been constrained by GCSEs and
a tabloid press.
facing legal action for invasion of privacy.
Small firms struggling compared to large business.
Over a third of small firms reported a fall
in profits in the last quarter of 2012, compared
to just 7% of large businesses, according to
research by insolvency trade body R3. The research
also revealed almost a quarter of small firms
regularly reached their maximum overdraft limit,
compared to just 6% of medium-sized businesses.
R3 president Lee Manning said small enterprises
were likely to be struggling because they typically
have less access to capital and are more vulnerable
to changes in circumstance, such as the loss
of a major customer. (EnterpriseQuest)
with all the meaningful official support directed
at medium to large companies, this is pretty
much as expected and quite the normal state
of affairs. I'm a bit surprised these conditions
don't seem to have been reflected in the recent
statistics for self-employment though, which
officially, have shown a slight rise in numbers.
You know; the ones everyone is calling a pack
of lies. Which is a bit of a tradition, too.
awareness of energy bill help. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21205958#
gambling addiction soars. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/addiction-soars-as-online-gambling-hits-2bn-mark-8468376.html
We were warning about gambling addiction
on 17.01 below (as well as on numerous occasions
before that) as we get a lot of people looking
at gambling systems as part of their search
for a successful business opportunity - especially
online. As I keep saying, gambling is not a
business template; other than for promoters
and governments looking for punters to fleece.
Leaving behind a thousand addicts for every
half-a-winner. Good game. Good game.
make £139 a year on current accounts.
customers lacking choice. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21192053#
spend 10 - 20 minutes on hold when calling a
Very lucrative. Getting
as bad as waiting for pages to load as internet
connections struggle to cope with 'intelligent'
advertising. Especially online media pages.
one of the worst sites I have seen is MeteoFrance;
there is so much crap to try and navigate through
on this official site that it resembles a cloned
porn website more than a public service. Modern
'Merde in France' at its worst. Whereas on the
global scale, Arseholes On Line have got to
be well up there. Jeez.)
conference with eBay for charity. 13th and
14th February, Business Design Centre, London.
Official release: 'Best Councils To Do Business
With' contest. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/best-councils-to-do-business-with-contest
This is a good idea. Let's hope it doesn't
turn into another rigged, tabloid opinion poll.
National Trust membership can cut your tax bill.
blocking delay claims. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9826031/Airlines-blocking-claims-for-payouts-over-delays.html
Community: Should I consider upgrading to Windows
7 or 8 since XP support is ending soon?
million brightest Brits quit for abroad.
and Theresa May blocks moves to ease immigration
two headlines just about sum up the 'News
of the World' mentality of the present Government
and its bands of advisers and experts. When
it gets to the stage where Ministers are deliberately
fouling up the country's economic prospects
by playing to media reaction and the nation's
lumpenproletariat, then there's little
more to be done. As the UK's unwanted immigration
backlog continues to build despite the Minister's
public stance, the very simple phrase of 'quality
not quantity' springs to mind. Quality of
public service and its managers; quality of
education and the workforce; quality of reporting;
and above all, quality of political leadership.
Presently abysmally lacking on all counts.
the UK slides into a 'triple-dip recession'
or, to put it less dramatically, continues to
flatline at the same time as the global economy
shows encouraging signs of recovery to the detriment
of the £ sterling against the $ US and
the euro, we can see at first hand yet again,
just how pathetically incompetent the country's
main actors and commentators are. As media and
politicians focus on the same serial failures,
the same wasters, the same recipes for failure,
the country's backbone of 3.5 million home businesses,
family businesses, self employed and traders
continue to get the job done. As best they can.
Despite leadership reminiscent of the First
World War. Lions led by donkeys.
commercial licensing of drones in UK airspace.
So what's this got to do with us? How about
HMRC drones hovering over construction sites
and farmers' fields? Or car boot sales? And
that is just the start. (Not that I would want
to put anyone off watching Big Brother! But
where's Arny when you need him?)
release: detail guidance on UK import controls.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/25/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
criticises local authority debt collection methods.
rules for bailiffs. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/new-rules-for-bailiffs-industry-8466366.html
says significant changes are needed to current
Which is as about as far as these suggestions
will go as long as the banks continue to 'sponsor'
UK governments. (No wonder the Scots want their
worst for fraud refunds. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/9823190/Fraud-refunds-Barclays-bank-has-longest-delays.html
For a long time, the Barclays name has been
anathema to the small business community. It
is encouraging to see that that reputation has
not been undeserved.
hotels are the world's worst. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9824205/London-hotels-the-worlds-worst.html
Business as usual, then.
time for over-optimistic start-ups with business
loans. 'No work, no money, no pension, no future'
suicide note. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2267780/Private-pension-crisis-Raymond-Hollingsworth-wrote-suicide-note-threw-canal-bridge.html
Or even the falling-out with his wife of
a Dragons' Den 'personality': http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2267534/Dragons-Den-star-Duncan-Bannatyne-blames-gold-digging-family-making-staff-redundant-laments-finalisation-costly-divorce-Twitter.html
like this should go into the Terms & Conditions
of the Government's business start-up loan scam.
(Sorry, 'scheme'! I keep getting it wrong.)
used to be a time when a business adviser would
try to put off anyone who wanted to start their
own business. That's how risky it was considered
to be - even when the economy was in good shape
and people generally had some spare income.
Today, things are much worse, much tighter yet
professional business advisers are a rare breed,
having been replaced by thousands of self-serving
simplistic websites, official ones included,
banks, telecoms companies or insurance companies,
all selling The Big Lie. That starting a business
is simple, low-cost and risk-free. Whereas in
fact, the opposite is true. If you want a bullshit-free
zone on starting or running a home, or most
small business/es, we have prepared a (long)
feature on the subject here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
zone is also comment-free because I have never
seen any successful businesses which are run
by anonymous cowards.
burglary hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/24/where-are-britains-burglary-hotspots/
One of the main selling points for the area
where I live at the moment, is that it has a
very, very low crime rate. You can tell that
that is the case almost immediately, just by
driving through. No hoodies.
the many home business or homeworkers plodding
away at their workstations, glancing through
a window with a view every few minutes, the
sight of Conservative-voting hoody types bumming
around on street corners is a serious distraction
and a major anxiety and productivity issue.
And that's before a burglary or theft of any
sort, has even taken place! Local crime can
be as quick a road to ruin for many businesses
as your choice of business bank and so, come
the time you start putting together your ideal,
home business wish list, make sure a low-crime
area is as high up there as you can afford it
calls for 'global' action on tax avoidance.
'But we'll start with little businesses,
first, because they don't make any contributions
to political parties,' he added.
Larf: Does David Cameron understand business?
Report reveals survival strategies of rural
Rural micro-businesses have found various ways
to survive in challenging economic times, a
report by the Commission for Rural Communities
(CRC) has revealed. Survival strategies identified
in the report included establishing niche markets
for rural-focused products and adapting to meet
the specific needs of their local market, as
well as diversification. For example farmers
letting out accommodation for business use.
The report makes several recommendations to
Government, including introducing high-speed
broadband to rural areas within five years,
simplifying the planning application process
and encouraging LEPs to increase mentoring programmes
for small rural businesses. (EnterpriseQuest)
known as a 'self-justification' study rather
than a viability or activity report. No customer
footfall, no broadband, no significant roads
or rail links, often, no phone signal, technical
support miles and miles away plus all services
from post to schools a daily struggle - and
you're going to attract businesses to set up
in farm buildings!
at our desks, especially over a keyboard, 'is
disgusting' claims Minister. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/24/health-minister-eating-at-your-desk-is-disgusting/
I think watching the disgrace which passes
for the country's national sport while eating
a pie, is much more disgusting than that. Still,
will 'homeworkers' also, please take note. You
fraud refund delays revealed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/24/card-fraud-refund-delays-revealed/
Banks operating true to criminal form.
Eastern Europeans charged in the US with destructive
computer virus. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21174685#
Nothing new, again. The US are still world
champion spammers and having set up the internet,
they obviously don't want furreners horning
in on their own activities.
rise in government requests to Google for data.
Well, for those who haven't read Orwell's
1984 it might be prudent to stop and ask why
the US military bankrolled the internet and
its major players in the first place.
number of stay-at-home fathers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/9822271/Rise-in-stay-at-home-fathers-fuelled-by-growing-numbers-of-female-breadwinners.html
All contributing nicely to the Government's
ever-increasing numbers of self-employed and
home businesses, no doubt.
roll out the red carpet for British businesses
if their country leaves the EU', promises French
Propaganda points apart, this is a statement
from a non-working, French career-elitist leftie
which should strike fear into the heart of any
British business contemplating a move to France.
The average French mindset does NOT do 'business'
and the present government has yet to achieve
anything but the oppression of its own business
sectors - of all sizes. However, for a pocket-sized
phrase which sums up the French socio-fascist
attitude to business, the almost universal system
of P.A.Y.E (Pay As You Earn) comes to mind;
the French system on the other hand, is called
P.B.Y.E - Pay Before You Earn.
money is then used on funding layers of waste,
incompetence, corruption, crime, political favouritism,
the Arab Spring and now, terrorist intervention
in Mali. As we forecast. Just to show that France
is politically willing and able to polish Big
Corp and American military knobs as well as
its neighbours from across the Channel.
Business leaders 'see no growth'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21151920#
No-growth week this week, then? Our own view
for enquiry into construction industry blacklist.
Another piece of non-revelatory news about
a practice which has been going on since they
built Stonehenge. I guess the timing is to concide
with the present downturn in construction sector
activity and thus, not as critical as when things
from home: how to get a tax rebate. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/22/working-from-home-how-to-get-a-tax-rebate/
Best Antiques Fairs. http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/the-10-best-antiques-fairs-8462090.html
selling the creepiest retailing invention so
to spy on customers to offer targetted products
on internet accounts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-2266542/Banks-spy-sell-adverts.html
Everyone's at it! Trouble is, after the banks'
massive foul-up over the past decade, no-one's
got any money any more. Except the banks.
appoints group of 'big hitters' to advise on
'small business' bank. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/big-hitters-appointed-to-business-bank-advisory-group
in other words. And I don't mean the rock group
. . .
communication course, University of Essex Business
School, 12th February. http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/bmt/HTML/html_e-mail_Effective_communication.html
The Trainer' courses and certification, India.
Scottish Business Exhibition, 14/15 November,The
SECC, Glasgow. Free ticket registration.
Tennis Federation to introduce biological passports.
Well. Well. Well. So Djokovic hasn't had
a blood sample tested for 'six or seven months'.
Now there's a surprise. Not. Although he did
have the temerity to criticise Armstrong just
a few days ago.
anyone would like to read our comments over
the past few weeks and ponder on why, suddenly,
five years after the biological passport was
introduced and adopted by professional cycling
ONLY, all of a sudden the ITF decides to follow
suit? Although I've not read any reports by
media gonads yet, bullying and badgering tennis
players to admit they've lied, cheated and doped.
are rumours in the press however, that the
discipline of cycling in the Olympics is to
be replaced with another endurance event, darts.
According to the World Association of Doping
Agencies, WADA, approval will depend upon darts
commentator, retired and disabled ex-champion
Bobby George, being given a lifelong competition
ban for encouraging darts players to 'bully'
their opponents; the centre of the dartboard
being renamed 'the Armstrong'; and competitors'
doping limits set to 15 pints of beer and 40
fags a night.
the meantime, HMRC have confirmed tabloid reports
that they are chasing for tax evasion, non-UK
domiciled professional athletes registered as
freelancers or 'home businesses' who derive
all their income from racing abroad. N.B.
Note to junior scrote. Story to be verified.
Maybe confirm this later but don't hold up publication.
So. Football and swimming next. The darlings
of the US doping agencies. Then, the IOC's list
of Top Fifty dirty Olympic sports. Followed
by all the lying, cheating hypocrites who have
been on the doping cover-up gravy train for
the past fifty years.
might just be hanging onto my local sports club
sponsorship funds for 2013 for a little longer.
And I'm sure my co-sponsoring business colleagues
and friends will be doing the same.
PANIC in the ranks of local councils and
political parties. Could this be a threat to
a traditional source of cash suppositories?
to enter the home to check on pot-plants and
fridges still remain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9819561/Powers-to-enter-home-to-check-on-pot-plants-and-fridges-still-in-place-despite-pledge-to-cut-snooping.html
Now, tongue-in-cheek but where do you go
for the best locally-grown 'pot-plants' these
days? The police. (No, officer, no. It's an
Australian joke. No harm meant.)
Best Regional Hotspots to make money from property.
testimonials and virtual tours for your website.
printing supply offers. http://www.ghstationers.com/offers/info.html
release: providing better information and protection
for consumers policy. https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/providing-better-information-and-protection-for-consumers
Also, a couple of releases on providing military
goods for export, dated 18.01. Coincidence or
Disabled people to get business start up support.
Disabled people looking to start a business
will be able to apply for grants to cover the
costs of specialist equipment, travel and support
workers, the Department for Work and Pensions
(DWP) has announced. The Access to Work grants
are available to people with a disability or
health condition that affects their ability
to work or leads to work-related costs, and
who are already enrolled on the New Enterprise
Allowance (NEA) scheme. Minister for disabled
people Esther McVey explained: "We've
opened up our flagship programme so that disabled
people have the same choice to start up their
own business as everyone else." (EnterpriseQuest)
to sell online for less. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/21/ebay-amazon-play-com-where-to-sell-online-for-less/
to make money online. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/372247/How-to-make-money-online
What a load of crap. Which unsurprisingly
fails to mentions its owner's principal claim
to earnings fame and which remains to this day,
one of 'online's' biggest money-spinners. Porn.
crackdown on tax evasion to accelerate.
As expected. The Government needs a lot of
money now to sub its 'next decade' of terrorist
expansion plans for Africa and it certainly
doesn't want to be asking its corporate chums
to be paying their fair share. So, as plebs
are all on benefits, it's left to the shrinking,
business middle classes still capable of making
a bit of money, to shoulder the burden.
for those of you who think we 'exaggerate' all
the time, here is the latest mainstream 'news';
or, what we were saying a few days - nay, even
months - ago. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/terror-in-north-africa-are-westerners-pulling-the-strings-8460832.html
On a specific point, though, how would an Arab
be able to tell the difference between a 'Canadian'
accent and an American one? Because even I often
struggle and I'm a native-English speaker with
fifty years of professional experience in languages.
which is NOT carrying this latest story, no
more so than the arrests of lying, cheating,
criminal journalists, have suddenly managed
to get their hands on loads of propaganda about
a member of the royal family killing the Taleban.
Not that the Prince would know a member of the
Taleban from any other Afghan; just as I would
question the wisdom of the Palace in approving
this story. Traditionalism apart, the principle
reason for supporting the Royal Family is that
it's good for business. Very good for business,
in fact. Worth ten Chancellors at a time of
any political shade. However, although it's
OK to project a member of the Royal Family as
mucking in with the troops, publicising an admission
that he killed the locals, is a serious gaffe.
NOT GOOD for business at all.
the other hand, for The Sun in particular and
it's 'monkey see, monkey doodoo' mates - who
are the largest thorns of all in the sides of
Britain's trading prospects as well as being
the current focus of much police attention -
the timing is perfect.
rise of the 'vegilante'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/allotment-thefts-digging-up-the-dirt-on-allotment-vegilantes-8460749.html
fraud on the rise. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21124389#
loan customers duped in online scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/21/payday-loan-customers-duped-in-email-scam/
roaming refunds in sight? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/21/data-roaming-refunds-on-the-cards/
delays: your consumer rights. http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/jan/21/travel-delays-snow-disruption-your-consumer-rights
press described as 'most unruly and irreverent
in the world'. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/jan/21/leveson-chief-inquisitor-uk-press
Not what its victims would describe it as
but now that the police have started arresting
the scum, let it continue.
rated as worst energy supplier for second year
in a row. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/customers-slate-npower-as-worst-energy-supplier-for-second-year-in-a-row-8461013.html
accused of covering up football and tennis doping.
More bullshit. Once again and AS WE HAVE
BEEN SAYING, these scandals have been common
knowledge for years and the cover-up has been
by EVERYONE and not just the Spanish, where
calls for the sports of football and tennis
to be investigated have been widespread. Ditto
for the Italians and the Germans and their professional
football, etc, doping scandals. In fact, lest
the point be missed, the clients of this particular
Spanish doping guru, came from all over the
of the principal architects of cover-up have
been - wait for it - the UK's media - the reason
for which, as with the Hillsborough tragedy,
can be seen from the most casual glance at the
country's so-called sports coverage. Hundreds
and hundreds of hacks and hackettes making a
fortune for their tax-evading rags by plagiarising
each others' stories about athletic and social
mediocrity, keeping the lid on their sordid
sports cash-cows which make the mafia billions.
A month. Never mind the vastly exaggerated
figures of a few tens of millions attributed
to Armstrong's entire career.
I was saying yesterday, for the small business
community which likes to put some money
into sponsoring clean, local and national sports
activity, let's hope all of this precipitates
a serious and professional investigation. Which,
by definition, excludes the principal architects
of doping in sports cover-ups - the US-influenced
centres of the Olympics, and its assorted 'pretend'
in this day-and-age especially, are we eventually
going to see the fattest turkeys in the farmyard
voting for Christmas? What do you think? Vote
here on our non-working message board
if you think other sports are guilty of doping.
tyre test. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motoringvideo/9715518/Winter-tyres-put-to-the-test.html
poll shows that majority of Brits want to stay
in EU. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2265867/More-people-want-STAY-Europe-leave-says-shock-poll-PM-reveals-big-EU-speech-Wednesday.html
The tabloids are pretending this is a shockingly
surprising result as they have been suggesting
the contrary for years and years. Perhaps it's
just because the plebs are revolting and have
stopped believing what they have been reading
in the tabloids in the first place? As we keep
saying. If you ever want to know what really
is happening, take a tabloid storyline, turn
it on its head and there you have the truth.
UK sees fall in number of shoppers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/21/uk-sees-fall-in-number-of-shoppers/
call to refurbish derelict homes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/call-to-refurbish-derelict-homes-8459296.html
We and plenty of other common-sense groups
have been calling for this for DECADES. But
a quick look at any New Year's Honours list
and media advertising, explains all.
speed rail will bring broadband to rural areas,
claims Minister. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/9814679/HS2-will-bring-fast-broadband-to-rural-areas-says-minister.html
This is the first time I've heard of high speed
trains being dragged into the rural broadband
shaggy dog story although I've seriously missed
not reading about the subject with the same
frequency lately, as multiple repeats of fifty-year-old
World War II films. Question is: will the country's
projected high speed rail network make UK rural
broadband speeds faster and more reliable than
the current racing pigeon service?
way of dealing with home flooding: let the water
As our members will know, our European base
in France is a 12th century water mill, so this
concept is not exactly new. Will it make any
difference to the UK's flooding crises? What
do you think? Click here for our latest rigged
media opinion poll.
and girls hit hardest by global recession.
has damaged all sports, suggests Federer.
If the outcome of the Armstrong affair is
a level playing field of doping control for
ALL sports, then that will finally be a very
good thing indeed.
a minor co-sponsor of sports activities at a
local level - an option which affects a large
number of businesses - it gives me no pleasure
at all to put my money into a tennis club for
example, a sport about which doping claims are
as rife currently, as they are about football
and swimming, when the ONLY sport which introduced
the biological passport, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_passport
five years ago in a demonstrable effort
to clean up is - professional cycling. Despite
repeated calls for a biological passport to
be introduced to all Olympic disciplines.
A non-result for which we have to thank the
US doping agencies and the IOC. And of course,
the media. Natch.
I speak to other sponsors and everyone is of
the same opinion. Cycling is currently
the cleanest performance sport of all. By a
long way and then some. The problem faced by
sponsors is media management. Or dealing with
the public's perception of various sports, created
and maintained by one of the biggest collections
of liars, cheats, bullies and criminals on the
face of the planet. Who Are? Vote Here: 1) Is
it the media? 2) Or, the media? 3) Or do you
think it's, The MEDIA?
need 'explicit customer consent' under new plans.
Marketers will not be able to
use pre-ticked boxes to gain customer consent
to use their personal data when targeting them
in campaigns, under proposals published by the
European Parliament. A report detailing amendments
to the EU's Data Protection Directive states
that "specific, informed, and explicit
consent" would be required if the recipient
is not already a customer, and that pre-ticked
boxes do not "express free consent".
The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) criticised
the proposals, saying the measures would "severely
restrict direct marketing". (EnterpriseQuest)
rate-swap scam bill set to grow. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/rate-swap-scandal/9813576/Rate-swap-scandal-mis-selling-bill-to-top-1.5bn.html
to end business nuisance calls. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/9811542/Ask-Rick-How-do-I-get-rid-of-these-nuisance-callers.html
self-employed face tax hike to pay for larger
To be on the safe side, one should just think
of this as a tax rise. Educated opinion is that
there will be no more pensions by 2050 no matter
what you might think you have contributed to
your pension pot in the meantime. Plus, there
aren't 4.2 million people in Britain who are
self-employed. That's just the latest
piece of official bullshit which has already
been challenged even in other tabloids.
weather musings: sales of 4x4s leap as winter
weather sets in. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/19/snow-prompts-rush-of-4x4-buyers/
I pull between a couple and half a dozen
cars out of the ditches around where I live
during the winter months each year and quite
often, these are 4x4s! I usually manage the
job very quickly with my own 4x4, a diesel Samurai,
which unlike Chelsea poser-tractors is nice
and basic and permanently used for the job it
was built for, rather than clogging up the streets
with short school runs four times a day.
the vast majority of cases, the 4x4s I pull
out have one thing in common; they are still
in 2-wheel drive as their owners never go
seriously off-road and rarely even know what
their gearbox options are for. Plus, they are
always on ordinary 'town' - not winter - tyres.
Nor on snow chains.
other thing I have noticed this year is a pretty
sick video doing the rounds, which shows
dozens of people falling over at a slippery
blackspot in Norwich. http://travel.aol.co.uk/2013/01/18/video-icy-pavement-proves-a-problem-for-pedestrians-in-norwich-duke-street-hazard/
The video has been taken and posted by a
WANKER (please excuse my language) who sits
at home amusedly watching people falling over,
congratulating himself on the number of hits
it has attracted from similarly minded WANKERS
on the internet.
first seeing this video on the East of England
newspot, the MEDIA WANKER of a presenter found
the thing sufficiently funny to recommend it
and similar clips on the programme's regional
remember when in the 70s and 80s, Jimmy Savile
and friends were supposed to be funny. Very
'BBC'; very 'British'. Gurning, making imbecilic
noises and chasing 'teenage totty'. It didn't
do anything for me then and today I find it
even less funny seeing people falling over hurting
themselves, breaking a leg perhaps, maybe stunning
themselves on the edge of a hard pavement, old
folk with limited movement carrying a bit of
shopping struggling home or mothers with babies
and young children having to move into the path
of slipping and sliding traffic.
course, it comes as no surprise that a modern
local council doesn't feel it's their responsibility
to look after the wellbeing of their ratepayers.
And if you don't like it, they'll run up a £100,000
legal bill and send the bailiffs around to help
you change your mind.
a world without wankers, the solution is very
simple and consists of a bit of scattered salt
(I even carry a 5kg bag of cheap, 'brining'
salt in the car at all times during winter -
together with a second-hand set of snow chains
I bought on eBay for £8 as part of my
winter recovery kit, below), thirty seconds
of community spirit and it's job done.
you happen to be a local business then whatever
your legal obligations are as well, it pays
in every way.
only other reflection concerns tradesmen or
frequent winter road-users who might get stuck
while out and about. Firstly, you should
be on winter tyres. But just in case, or if
you find yourself playing a Good Samaritan to
help someone else, then in addition to a supply
of salt and/or snow chains, a hand-puller winch
is an invaluable bit of kit. If you haven't
already got one, 4 ton models can bought on
eBay for under £20 these days and although
for these prices they aren't designed for repeated,
professional use, I've carried a 'cheapo' for
twelve years now and it's saved my and other
peoples' bacon on a number of occasions. Also
get about 25 metres of 8mm+ winch cable or 5
ton webbing or rope (no need for kinetic; ordinary
will do), chain or any combination thereof,
a hook, something called a snatch-block (for
cable or rope only) and a couple of shackles
(altogether another £30 - £40 for
decent second-hand kit; £50 - £60
total) and you should be able to pull yourself
quickly out of the vast majority of situations
without having to wait hours for a recovery
truck. (Assuming you are lucky enough to be
in a part of the world where you can expect
a recovery truck; or you don't want a several
hour wait this time of year, freezing off (your
vehicle's) nuts 'n nipples; and you can cover
the cost of getting yourself recovered.)
reason you are going to need such long lengths
of cable or rope when you self-recover is that
you may have to take a short walk to the nearest
tree or barrier, something seriously solid to
anchor yourself to; unless you're in luck there
won't be anyone around to back up to you. (My
personal preference is a strong chain of
about 3 metres to loop around the 'motor' then
attach (shackle) that to the winch; I then use
light and very manageable webbing to give me
the length I need to attach the handpull to
something imovable. I HATE wire cable. It's
as difficult to pack away as it is to pull straight,
it frays easily to produce strands which puncture
your hands, even through gloves, whereas with
webbing you can even tie a knot in it if need
be and pack a decent length, rolled-up, in your
glovebox, if you have to. If you're starting
from scratch, webbing is also the cheapest to
buy - as I'm not proposing a £250 recovery
that, there are plenty of videos on YouTube
about self-recovery techniques and I would advise
a couple of practice runs before you get into
trouble so that you know at the very least,
where the anchor points are on your vehicle.
you've got the money, then buy a Tirfor from
army surplus or similar (they're often on eBay
as well) but although I've got a couple which
I use for pulling trees, they are heavy bits
of kit (too heavy for most ladies, I'd say),
quite expensive and not really necessary for
99% of peoples' needs. The only other item I
carry is a Hi Lift (jack) but to date, I have
never needed to use one for a recovery. They're
very reassuring, though!
bundle up your kit with a square of old carpet
to kneel on, a stout pair of gloves, a rag to
wipe your hands, a towel, dry socks and sweat-shirt,
stuff it all into a sports bag with a bottle
of mineral water and some Mars bars and there
you go. If you want to take a thermos as
well, may I suggest avoiding hot coffee or tea.
They're diuretics so instead of keeping heat
in your body, you will very quickly be doing
an impression of a radiator being drained of
hot water just as it's needed to warm up the
room. I always take soup which will double up
as a hot food, as well. Scotch broth, borscht,
Jewish chicken broth, tomato, minestrone, mushroom,
whatever you fancy, is quick and simple to prepare
regularly and bulk-freeze in portion-batches
to be heated up just before you leave. At a
push, even a Cuppa Soup although that's just
hot water and flavoured powder.
You're ready for anything. Safe driving! And
for high-mileage drivers, don't forget to keep
your recovery kit in your motor ALL year round.
How to get your online self assessment return
banks calling for PPI time limits. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21080468#
Sure. No surprises. They'll be making banking
an Olympic sport, next. It's got all the credentials.
scheme to give corporations greater access to
Well, lookee here, now. As if this hasn't been
going on for a couple of decades already. Still
no Oprah Winfrey show, though? So much for the
publicised lie of smaller businesses accessing
government tendering, then.
accused of 'burying bad news' to cover for US-sanctioned
Algeria/Mali cock-up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/9811577/Burying-bad-news-claim-after-ministers-say-who-got-1.2million-worth-of-free-London-2012-tickets.html
This story about free Olympic tickets really
doesn't carry much weight; it's barely noticeable
in the media. What has been far more prominent
as one of the most comprehensive snow-jobs I
have ever seen is the Armstrong story, characterised
by its TOTAL lack of knowledgeable, professional
comment yet sporting yards of moronic insults
either from clueless and anonymous cowards -
or, as is much more likely - the usual staffers
doubling up as posters, repeating the same couple
of aspects of the original mis-reporting with
tit-bits of incomplete opinion thrown in from
other dopers, no-hopers and actor-hacks with
slow-moving books to sell.
it does confirm just how manipulative the media,
official agencies and the government are with
the truth, especially anything involving the
Olympics. Just like Hitler's Berlin Olympics,
in fact. Who was backed by US corporate interests,
too. (It's also allowed the media to snuff out
overnight the latest tennis doping scandal.
You know. The one which has been going on for
the past decade or so. Still. Musn't compromise
advertising revenue, one's free tickets to Wimbledon,
strawberries and cream and sitting next to a
micro-celeb media creation looking at their
dummyphone. Who, with a bit of luck, will be
the next 'Jimmy Savile'. )
the other hand, the major upside to all this
is that an escalation in the lucrative bombing
of kiddies can now be justified while the attention
of plebs is shifted significantly away from
the detail of yet another major US military
f**k-up at best, or, according to many observers,
deliberate strategy. Loads more 'killer copy'
for the media, is also assured. Meanwhile, back
at home, pleb businesses and old plebs are dying
faster than they can be buried.
all round, chaps!!! Arf, arf.
reflection, I'm surprised the media ran even
one story of just how badly the London Olympics
did affect small businesses.)
heightening retail woes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/9812147/Snow-heightens-retail-woes-after-December-sales-dip.html
First the Olympics, followed by widespread flooding,
now the snow. Pity the poor sods with market
stalls. Buy something from them if you're out
and you see any about; they're home businesses
Consumer's latest boycott targets. http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/boycotts.aspx
Not the usual sort of thing one would find
in the media; ethically-based boycotts.
prefer a life on benefits. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2264873/UK-workless-households-rate-highest-EU-Britons-appear-prefer-life-benefits.html
That's the global view of Brits, certainly.
Not quite sure how it fits in with Da PM's depiction
of Britain as the most enterprising country
in the world, though.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/18/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
prefer to buy groceries and homeware on high
Consumers prefer to shop on the high street
for most of their retail needs, a survey by
Steria has revealed. The majority of respondents
said they were more likely to shop on the high
street for items including groceries, DIY equipment,
health and beauty products, and homewares. However,
the research also revealed consumers were more
likely to shop online for certain goods and
services, including travel, insurance, music
and electronics. Geraint Evans of Steria said:
"Despite a number of high-profile casualties,
today's findings indicate that there is plenty
of life left in the British high street."
keeps reading these surveys recently, all with
similar findings that shoppers prefer the High
Street. Makes one wonder just why there are
so many High Street closures in that case.
to return to its roots with a market stall.
Makes me smile. If ever I were to devise an
'apprenticeship' for small businesses - and
home businesses in particular - it would include
a few months at least, of running a market stall.
sales of dried lavender flower. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/9595
Something you could even do over the internet.
etc, business leasing. http://www.emlb2b.co.uk/04/display.php?M=1945226&C=700e193c9449bf8fad303c2a0a52d555&S=1068&L=141&N=472
Tour de France leg revealed. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/17/tour-de-france-yorkshire
Loads of lovely jubbly to be anticipated
by local businesses; the much smaller Tour of
Britain brought an extra £4 million to
the eastern region alone last year. Expect at
least four times that amount from the Tour de
France most of which will head into the pockets
of small local businesses and not the pockets
of the bent IOC, its organisers and doping agencies.
listening to details of the route on telly last
night, the football-orientated presenters expressed
surprised that the popularity of the Tour appears
to have been unaffected by recent negative media
coverage around the Armstrong 'scandal'. That
will be because followers of the sport, mostly
from Europe, know there has probably NEVER been
a winner, even a participating team in the Tour
de France who or which didn't take a cocktail
of substances of some kind. Any French papy,
munching on his baguette by the side of the
road, could have told you that a hundred years
ago. The Tour de France is after all, by far
and the most demanding and extreme endurance
sporting event on the calendar and not about
some Twittering fairies diving and prancing
about for 45 minutes before going off for a
tea break. So, hypocritical, uninformed and
contrived media coverage, which is always viewed
through the eyes of the old adage, 'Never
believe what you read in the newspapers',
will have made no difference at all to what
is not just a sporting event but a huge spectacle,
social event and business windfall. That
- and not a fleeting glance of the peleton
is what draws the crowds. In their millions.
Then, everyone yells for their favourite or
someone who is of the same nationality or because
everyone else is yelling. And just for a few
hours, a lying, cheating, bullying, crooked
media, its hangers-on and the daily, miserable
consequences of these grubbing cowards, can
put the issue of doping in professional cycling
into perspective for dummyphone users impressed
by media coverage for plebs (where arrests of
lying, cheating, criminal tabloid hacks are
finally starting http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/arrest-of-suns-crime-correspondent-sends-shockwaves-through-news-international-8455157.html),
Wikipedia (would you believe it?), has a basic
but fairly well balanced assessment of the history
of doping in sport. It includes the infamous
questionnaire put to Olympic competitors back
in 1984, I think, in which two thirds of the
athletes admitted to using performance enhancing
No action was subsequently taken by the IOC
as a result of these, or any other findings,
despite a near-exponential climb in world records
since that time. No more so than any action
being taken in the discipline of swimming, which
is the sport with by far the most incredulous
Olympic and world championship results. The
fact that swimming was on the watch of a Mr
Tygart before he became the mouthpiece of the
US doping agency which has orchestrated the
unique investigation and media coverage of the
Armstrong affair, is, no doubt, purely a coincidence.
Just as the totally improbable US medal yields
from swimming, track and field are of far greater
interest to corporate sponsors.
of these facts and plenty of others are well
known to followers of the Tour de France and
so support for the event continues. Generating
loadsa money for us plebs to share. For a change.
out sector expected to grow in 2013. http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/General-News/Eating-out-spend-to-rise-in-2013
Consumer spending on eating out will increase
over the coming year, leading to growth for
the sector in 2013, a report by Horizons has
predicted. The report claimed the eating out
sector was badly affected in 2012 by low consumer
confidence and spending, which led to restaurants
increasingly using vouchers and discounts to
attract customers. Horizons has predicted that,
although the industry would remain highly competitive
- particularly in the mid-market - consumer
confidence would return in 2013 leading to increased
spending on eating out. (EnterpriseQuest)
men work the most hours among the EU countries.
I'm not sure if the Baltic countries would
agree with this finding; or the British bosses
who hire from them. Still. It's the kind of
news I can live with.
course: director duties under The Companies
complaints surge. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9806110/App-complaints-surge.html
Larf #2: UK has more debt than the eurozone.
and sterling weakens against the euro.
and more wealthy Brits set to flee. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/04/16/more-wealthy-britons-set-to-flee/
Just like doping in sport. There are people
who know what's happening; and there are people
who believe what they've read in the tabloids.
on forums for morons.)
HMRC issues warning to firms filing late VAT
Around 50,000 businesses with at least one outstanding
VAT return have been warned by HMRC that their
tax affairs will be more closely scrutinised
unless they pay any tax owed by 28 February.
Firms that come forward voluntarily by this
date face lower penalties and may be treated
more leniently than those that do not come forward.
Head of HMRC Campaigns Marian Wilson warned:
"If HMRC has sent you a VAT return and
you have not yet taken any action, this campaign
is a reminder to bring your tax affairs up to
date. But time is running out."
up with the Jones's' on bill comparisons could
bring down costs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/17/comparing-bills-could-cut-costs/
Not another think tank at work here, perchance?
true cost of an overdraft. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/16/the-true-cost-of-an-overdraft/
says it will use debt collectors to chase customers
who don't pay up. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263659/Wonga-warns-ready-use-debt-collectors-chase-customers-fail-pay-out.html
Wow. Not like anyone else who is persistently
owed money, then? Especially the criminal banks.
clearly don't like successful newcomers like
payday lenders appearing on the scene and 'stealing'
their revenue. A bit like Armstrong and professional
cycling. Can't be having the greater liars and
cheats (Olympics, football, etc) being financially
threatened by minor liars and cheats. Time to
call on another sector of liars and cheats -
the media - to lend a hand. (Plus bent 'policing'
agencies under whose watch other sports deteriorated
into total chaos: performance drug-abuse pitch
deaths; public violence, manslaughter and murder;
GBH; rape; paedophilia and under-age sex; financial
fraud and tax evasion; organised crime sponsorship;
such a barrel of laughs that even the media
struggles to keep a lid on it all.)
is much more worrying than payday lending in
my view, reflecting many of the characteristics
above - and just as noticeable in recent years
- is online betting or gambling. Our site statistics
show more and more interest in betting systems
as well as more and more people searching to
avoid betting scams - and I would include online
casinos and poker in those definitions. Lest
anyone needs reminding, even though betting,
like alcohol consumption - has official approval
if only because they are revenue generators
- the practice can all-too-easily become addictive
and far from providing solutions, can actually
create and exacerbate financial problems which
unfortunately, are the main motive for people
starting their own businesses these days.
all my years, I have NEVER seen anyone with
a successful 'system' which almost by definition,
any inventor would keep to themselves to make
money, rather than sell the idea for nominal
amounts to 'suckers' living in hope. At best,
I have seen some successful poker players but
one man's win is the loss of thousands of others.
But gambling schemes have nothing to do with
starting or running a business, where a successful
business plan or template will usually work
even if someone has four legs, three arms, one
eye and half a brain. The typical profile, in
other words, of American Olympic athletes and
swimmers who despite historically always receiving
a 'clean' slate from their four-faced doping
agencies, still manage to win twice as many
medals as their nearest 'cheating' furren rivals.
such schemes are entirely commensurate with
the moral as well as economic bankruptcy of
governments today and sadly, when the wolf is
at one's own door, even the lariest prospects
seem worth a punt. The winners then, are the
promoters and the licencing and taxation authorities;
or, governments, if you prefer. And the media,
of course, in the usual form of advertising
revenue. Leaving just one loser. You.
service too slow and lacks business acumen.
Another highly original comment for media
consumption repeating an old chestnut in the
hope of impressing the Dummyphone Twatterati.
The performance of any 'civil service' is a
product of its government; ultimately, the buck
stops at the feet of politicians. Having said
that and witnessed at first hand the performance
of both the 'civil service' and Big Corp, this
country's public servants out-perform big business
every time and have done so since Margaret Thatcher
sold the taxpayers' silver to a collection of
money-grubbing cockroaches. The consequences,
from the collapse of banking to the ever-increasing
cost of public transport, the destruction of
manufacturing to debilitating poverty levels
are what happens when lab technicians get ideas
above their station and the message, 'For Queen
and Country' becomes replaced by, 'For Satanic
Larf: Burke On A Wire, Lord Mayor of London,
'Boris The Buffoon', off to sell London business
hub to China and South America. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-to-make-move-from-zip-wire-to-high-finance-in-effort-to-boost-economic-credentials-8454502.html
Boris will be promoting London as the world's
leading money-laundering centre, whether it
takes the form of buying a cheating football
club or registering a tax evasion scheme in
the London Borough of Luxembourg. He is expected
to explain that the Chinese will have to wait
three months for their 24 hour visas to be processed;
while The Sun didn't really mean to insult the
South American continent with it's Falklands
ad, which was just another example of killer
Australian humour meant to earn them a few bob
from English plebs. A further visit to Russia
is also planned where Boris will be able to
draw on ample personal experience to advise
Vlad the Bad on Pussy and Rioting.
will be accompanied by an economic guru who
apparently predicted the difficulties of the
euro over twenty years ago. The prediction did
not include anything about the euro continuing
to survive and the continuing slide against
the euro, of the pound sterling.
is hoping his latest junket will contribute
to his form as a possible future Prime Minister
of England County.
worst covert apps. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2263475/Revealed-10-worst-apps-taking-personal-details-letting-know.html
Phone payment transfer scheme set for 2014.
construction industry faces years of pain.
Just as well the Canadians are taking
on 'Polish plumbers', then. Pretty much the
feedback we have been getting in general though,
despite all the more optimistic projections
for the coming year from other business associations.
The construction industry, we have found over
the years, is one of the best litmus tests of
home business activity - rather than stay-at-home
mums playing with a (crap) internet connection,
as the telecomms companies and the media prefer
us to imagine.
Will we start seeing multiple repeats on 93
channels of Auf
then? (Link here for the youngsters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auf_Wiedersehen,_Pet)
The government could pretend it's part of its
guru-inspired Entrepreneurial Britain policy,
though. Trouble is, there are already more 'Polish
plumbers' in Germany than anywhere else in the
face £1 million legal bill after losing
fight in court over credit rating. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/15/couple-lose-fight-over-credit-reference-1m-legal-bill/
Barclays Bank again. So when are we going
to see the Government take the High Street banks
to court for mis-selling, professional delinquency
and assorted scams at a £1 million pop
Funding For Lending scam. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/9804322/Banks-using-Funding-for-Lending-Scheme-to-rip-off-customers.html
Ooops. There's another one.
banks are suddenly offering cash bribes to open
new accounts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-2262873/Why-banks-suddenly-offering-cash-bribes-open-new-accounts.html
support network for Welsh micro-business.
A new network of 'one stop shops' providing
information and support for Welsh micro- businesses
has been launched in 11 locations throughout
Wales. The £6.5 million service was a
key recommendation in the independently-produced
Micro Business Report for Wales, commissioned
by Business Minister Edwina Hart. Ms Hart said
the report identified a need for clear, simple
and easily-accessible support for micro-businesses,
adding that she believes the service will support
firms to achieve sustainable growth.
other words, we are in re-wind mode to the old
Business Links system which the Government deliberately
destroyed on the advice of a couple of flavour-of-the-day
bogus gurus and ministerial tabloid wank-rag
obsessives. Interim result? The obstruction
of several hundred thousand business prospects
and general waste of hundreds of millions of
pounds of public money. Not
that any half-arsed solution is going to be
plain sailing; a few weeks ago, libraries in
England were being suggested as part of a return
to the 'one stop shop' concept; yet, the very
existence of libraries is being threatened by
cuts in public spending. Or, to put it another
way, ensuring there is enough money in the kitty
instead, for bankers' bonuses, bombing kiddies
in Africa and maintaining the astronomic salary
levels of England's discredited, lying and cheating
machine savings calculator. http://www.savemoneyonpostage.co.uk/free-trial-calc1/
Community: do you use your smartphone while
schemes v. cashback websites. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/15/rewards-schemes-versus-cashback-websites/
EU publishes action plan for entrepreneurship.
The European Union (EU) has published an Entrepreneurship
Action Plan and invited member states to take
steps to remove barriers to 'entrepreneurial
potential' in Europe. The Action Plan encourages
member states to increase access to alternative
sources of finance such as crowd funding and
business angel investment for start ups and
small businesses. Other measures include simplifying
tax reporting procedures and providing more
support for online start ups and increasing
small firms' access to public procurement opportunities.
and gas 'jobs boom' for North Sea forecast.
Twenty property trends for 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/9800361/Top-20-property-trends-for-2013.html
UK loses 600,000 users in December. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/14/facebook-loses-uk-users-december
Things are looking up!
large banks have a 'no' attitude to small business
hotel wins global accolade; 4 British B&Bs
in World's Top Ten. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/15/global-accolade-for-welsh-hotel/
That's the way to do it! Shame we
don't have a matching Top Government which encourages
tourists to come into the country to hand over
their shekels to stay in our home business hostelries.
Too busy fagging for the French at the moment,
Large firms improving on late payments. http://press.experian.com/United-Kingdom/Press-Release/prompt-payment-code.aspx
Large firms pay their suppliers an average
of nine days faster than they did in 2008 when
the Prompt Payment Code (PPC) was launched,
according to research by Experian. Prior to
the launch of the PPC, larger businesses were
paying on average 25 days slower than smaller
firms. The research also revealed firms that
signed up to the PPC paid five days earlier
on average than those that didnt. Max
Firth, managing director of Experian's business
information services division, said small firms
could further improve payment times of large
firms they supply to by issuing invoices on
an improvement since 2008, has there? If that's
the case, why all the fuss about late payment
in the media the past few months? I know the
media is generally a few years out of touch
but even so . . .
account fees could be next PPI scandal.
seek to boost tourism with a whisky trail.
I just do not believe that canny businessfolk
like the Scots do not yet have a whisky trail.
You have got one of the best restaurants in
the world, Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck, giving
their ultra-well-heeled diners whisky gums stuck
onto a map as an after-dinner treat - and there
is no whisky trail. Absolutely unbelievable.
How has this not happened?
spike in snooping by the taxman. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-tax-man-is-watching-you-hmrc-snoops-on-public-14000-times-in-a-year-8449862.html
Made all the easier by the internet and social
networking sites in particular.
sales fall for first time in 5 years as Windows
8 fails to excite. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9796963/PC-sales-down-as-Windows-8-fails-to-excite.html
Excite!? Windows 8, in the opinion of everyone
I talk to as well as myself, is absolute rubbish
for professional use.
course: starting your own fashion business.
Even by the standards of a tabloid owned by
a porn baron, this piece is 'slack' and doesn't
address a single specific issue facing anyone
who wants to start a fashion business as such;
but it does make a reference to Charlie Mullins
of Pimlico Plumbers - who has become as ubiquitous
in the tabloids as Richard Branson used to be
- and a couple of generalisations about self
employment. Such as, 'Recent
figures show almost 4.2 million people in Britain
are registered as self-employed, the highest
number since 1992.'
figures are not considered to be reliable and
have already been challenged as nothing more
than another official PR exercise. Or they could
just be another adding error as from the previous
year. Nor way back in 1992, was there any official
support for people who wanted to become self
employed. Very little training or official information
and certainly no official grants or loans. Consequently,
self employed numbers at that time were restricted
mainly to the trades. Since that time and under
the present government particularly, there has
been a massive push in the media to encourage
people to become self-employed (for statistical
reasons) but precious little support once they
have taken the plunge. Finally, since 1992,
a greater proportion of immigrant arrivals has
signed on as self employed than Brits themselves.
So, if you are minded to believe other stories
in the tabloid media, that means that becoming
self-employed nowadays is an absolute Bob Hoper.
The Sunday Telegraph joins late payment campaign.
As we last said on 07.01 and for decades
before that, they're all trying to come out
of the late payment scandal smelling of shit
'n roses now, although it's precisely 'papers
like The Telegraph who glorify big business
and its amoral leaders, who are more guilty
than most of keeping this ages-old habit going.
put matters into perspective however, only 7
of the FTSE's Top 350 companies have so far
signed a statement of intent to review their
late payment practices. Which is around about
where it will stay. Unless the public starts
to boycott firms which are notorious late payers.
Which isn't going to happen either, because
the public these days doesn't care. Much more
important than safeguarding employment, their
own futures, is the next episode of Big Brother.
Sunday Express 'reveals' another HMRC tax-dodging
I think I read about this particular HMRC
scam in Private Eye first. (http://www.private-eye.co.uk/)
About 150 years ago.
construction blacklist scandal. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jan/12/mcalpine-blacklist-court-claim
Once again, a 'scandal' which has been going
on for decades and which has been common knowledge
in the sector but only now has the media woken
up. It'll all be the fault of the police, no
food waste findings. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2013/01/11/31502/
increasingly topical subject which as this blog
points out, very often avoids the increasing
problem of food shortages in the west now, every
bit as much as those in the developing world.
I know at least one farmer for example, (and
there are surprisingly many), who has to get
his groceries from the Red Cross because he
just wouldn't be able to survive otherwise.
Yet that same EU farmer's beef can be bought
more cheaply on a Senagalese market than the
Senagalese can produce it themselves.
waste and selective food distribution is very,
very big money and the recent push for GM foods
in the name of helping combat (enforced) world
starvation through organised food waste, is
one of Big Corp's most transparent and sinister
money-grubbing ploys to ensure every possible
profit can be eked out of the world's 'fuckin'
plebs'. From the wind-born genetic contamination
of your home-grown veg to the hikes in the cost
of GM seeds and foods when there are no more
choices. And who are the grubby, corrupt scammers
who are making it that way? Step forward again,
our politicians and the media.
as we have been predicting for months, it's
all off to invade Mali now, where the majority
of the population would consider itself lucky
to find a cupful of clean water. To fight terrorism
again, supposedly. Our governments can't ensure
the public's safety on the streets of Birmingham,
London or above all, Marseille, yet they've
got plenty of resources and money in their pockets
to murder a few thousand civilians again in
a far-flung part of the world which most plebs
haven't even heard of. Having created the conditions
for 'extremism' to thrive in the first place;
followed by the actions which are then needed
to contain that extremism. A perpetual 'double
whammy' in English bollock-speak. Then, in ten
years' time, some iconic, mediatised multi-millionaire
political slime-ball will be berating the smaller
business community for not investing in those
countries which he has helped to 'liberate'.
good for business. The business of the usual
half a dozen Big Corps which own our governments
today. (Although it's more than likely that
the bumbling, oafish French government of today
is having a Margaret Thatcher/Falkland Islands
moment in an attempt just to boost popularity
ratings. Worth a few thousand defenceless lives
Sunday Smile: a list of tenant's rules.
OFT warning on solar panel firms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/9793066/OFT-warns-on-solar-panel-firms.html
centre loans scam. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261142/1-000-Britons-day-hit-Indian-centre-swindle-Police-believe-fraudsters-10million-UK-victims.html
over debt pursuit by RBS. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20984732#
few people know bank compensation limits.
million face threat of driving licence fine.
offering free digital copies of CDs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20972027#
people are happier than those who are poor.
Who would believe it?
'Race The Sun' 2013. http://action4charity.co.uk/interface/external_view_email.php?C9182008908828911054415366363015
Charities & Associations Exhibition, 12th
and 13th February, London. Registration
EU renewable energy courses and training.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/11/this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
T-Mobile and credit union scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/10/new-t-mobile-and-credit-union-lottery-scams/
credit cards for worst credit record borrowers.
internet anonymity - the debate widens.
Internet anonymity or cowardice is very much
a product of current western society - i.e.
'What do you call 50 drunken English thugs who
kick over a mother's pram with a baby in it?
Fans.' Or, 'What do you call someone who drops
bombs on children from 10,000 feet? A hero.'
what always strikes me about anonymous posters
on business matters (pathetic insult followed
by groundless opinion) is that it goes completely
against the grain of what a real business individual
would do. Yet I see that even on moderate and
quite serious business forums, it's rare for
someone to post using their proper name or company
when in fact, that is precisely what they should
be doing. You need every bit of publicity going
these days and it doesn't matter that much if
you go with the flow or not; whether you are
wrong or right. Just make a noise; stand out.
Be recognised. In fact, it's a pretty safe bet
that anyone who posts anonymously, isn't a business
professional or expert in any shape or form
but just another 'carrot-IQ', 'fuckin' pleb'.
ordered to change way it presents European search
politician pleads for an end to French-bashing.
As someone who has lived in France for 15 years
and around much of the world for the rest of
the time, I would agree that France is a wonderful
country and the French people, like the Americans,
are great. Absolutely great. (I know I take
the Mickey out of them both but it's without
malice and always a reaction to what I have
the politicians and the media, who as always,
cause the problems by appealing to the lowest
common denominators in society to earn a few
extra cheap bucks or harvest that extra sordid
vote; and it's their projection of France -
or the States, or Germany, or China, or Russia
or Argentina or Britain - depending on where
you live and what you read - which causes the
emotive backlash. Especially if you really believe
the quart-yards of contrived shite in criminal
English tabloids. In fact, according to Pleb
News English tabloids, the whole planet is fcuked
except for it's own war criminal regime. Fast
forward to the other side of the planet and
it's the US and Little England who are, justifiably,
the world's pariahs.
on a one-on-one basis, it's quite noticeable
that when given a free choice, when it's time
to vote with one's purse and one's feet, there
are FAR more Brits who have chosen and would
choose, to live and retire in France, than vice
versa. Or almost anywhere in the world other
than England. (And I must emphasise England;
not Scotland, not Wales and not Ireland.) Which
is why there are currently around five million
British expats; and perhaps, just half a million
French folk in Britain, nearly all of whom work
and bring wealth to the country's coffers. And
who will all be happily buggering back off to
France when their work is done. (Just like Polish
'plumbers', etc. Going back to Poland; where
there is now a very significant British ex-pat
community as well.)
reality we need all these countries to trade
with in order to improve our lot; but above
all, we need to be able to trade on friendly
terms, starting with our immediate neighbours
and although that already goes on, every bit
of extra understanding, helps. An understanding
which doesn't come, I'm afraid, from those old
foes and traitors to the national cause - Australian
tabloid clones with ideas above their radio
station; and fagging, corrupt politicians and
public servants lining up cushty corporate jobs
to move into after their taxpayer funded careers
come to an end.
having said all that and returning to France
once more, it would be true to say that under
its present, pathetic government of buck-passing,
it is a country divided straight down the middle
at a time when it needs more than ever, to stand
united. If the world's vision of France today,
borders on parody then that certainly has a
lot to do with its view of the country's leaders.
And of course, its media. (Just like England,
CNET Community: will voice recognition make
touch obsolete? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=01/08/2013
today's computer hard drives simply junk?
They certainly are as far as I'm concerned.
So is Windows 8 and Live Mail. Lovely jubbly.
For the manufacturers.
Ten foreign language faux pas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationpicturegalleries/9767598/Top-10-foreign-language-faux-pas-in-pictures.html
using low-paid workers to categorise hashtags.
shuts down as VAT tax loophole is closed.
weekend larf (#2): Government launches traineeship
scheme for fick yoof. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/10/trainee-scheme-to-help-young-work/
So how is this going to work after a dozen
years of failed schooling? Still, all grist
to the mill for Da P.M's plans for England County
being The World's #1 Nation of Entrepreneurs.
(If dat's OK with the US.)
weekend larf: Governor Cameron receives his
US orders to stay in the EU. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9791484/US-publicly-voices-concerns-over-Britain-leaving-EU.html
Highly amusing, this, especially for followers
of England County's offshore registered, ex-pat-owned
tabloid hate forums and UKIP message boards.
The US is normally projected as England's natural
historical ally and trading partner and a major
justification for being able to pull out of
Europe and actually 'thrive'. Naturally, this
is not a point of view subscribed to by the
UK's business interests, especially the CBI,
who don't usually read the tabloids and whose
reasoning is based on overall facts and not
just a romantic vision of Margaret Thatcher's
'special relationship' - a political and media
euphemism for knob-polishing the US military
and nowt else.
a highly unfortunate development for the EU
where the general wish to see the UK exit their
'club' is much greater than is commonly reported.
(Well, reported in England, anyway.) Governor
Cameron's repeated wrecking tactics for the
benefit of American interests have been counter-productive
to the general commonality of purpose on economic
and manufacturing recovery. However, increasing
media pressure back at home - and this Government
is anything if not a slave to the media - was
showing signs of wobble. Now, for the avoidance
of any doubt, the US has put our Born To Fag
ruling classes firmly in their place.
The Viscount Younger of Leckie appointed as
Business Minister. http://news.bis.gov.uk/Press-Releases/The-Viscount-Younger-of-Leckie-appointed-as-Business-Minister-685cf.aspx
online business bank account switching service.
stops for touring Yorkshire on bike in readiness
for start of Tour de France 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/9788055/Cycling-in-Yorkshire-the-new-home-of-the-Tour-de-France.html
Home-based busineses, most of them. My only
concern is that will they be able to cope with
the sheer weight of numbers, especially furreners,
which a Tour de France start always brings?
This coming year being particularly reactionary,
I suspect, as the conduct of the American doping
agencies WADA ('world' in name only, as per
the US baseball series), USADA and even the
IOC come under increasingly hostile scrutiny
for their misconduct and double standards in
the Armstrong affair. Time for a truly independent
investigation into the matter, conducted by
investigation professionals - without vested
interests in sports politics, status quo and
revenue. As a professional investigator (retired)
myself, my 'reasoned decision' based upon evidence
as well as qualified heresay, would suggest
that testimony obtained by coercion can then
be produced to give the prescribed results.
again - will the US public vote for the country
to send back all its Olympic medals, especially
those 'won' by multiple medallists, breaking
simultaneously, a world record every time they
competed? (Armstrong only ever won one Olympic
medal; a bronze.) No. There is no Father Christmas;
and pigs don't fly. Not even drone-assisted
US pigs. And everyone - except carrot-IQ subscribers
to unsubstantiated reporting from a lying, cheating,
tax-dodging, criminal and discredited media
- knows it.
I'll be going up to have a poke-around Yorkshire
in March, April-time, I think. When it's a bit
warmer. Pay homage to Yorkshire friendliness,
grub and the greatest female athlete who ever
lived. Beryl Burton. (By default. Normally,
it should be the prolific French woman, Jeannie
Longo, although she's embroiled in a doping
scandal at the moment. Not that she has been
asked to relinquish any of her titles or medals,
mind you. No more so than any other professional
cyclists or athletes who have confessed to doping.
Or even those who are known beyond any shadow
of doubt to have doped; let alone those inferior
sportsmen who managed to beat them yet claim
they are and were, 'clean'.)
sales calls doubled in 2012. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259025/Ofcom-boosts-efforts-trace-nuisance-callers-study-finds-numbers-DOUBLED-year.html
Still nothing like as bad as email spam or
increasingly, website pop-up advertising. Advertising
has got to a stage now that it's leaving people
indifferent even angry with the sales message
and the exercise has become self-defeating.
If you really want to sell something, it's time
to take to a market stall again, I reckon.
minister quits job. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259275/Another-blow-Cameron-second-peer-steps-Business-minister-Lord-Marland-quits-frustrated-grind-Whitehall.html
wins Golden Spoon Award for country's worst
customer service. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2259215/WOODEN-SPOON-AWARDS-You-branded-HMRCs-service-hopeless-tax-boss-Lin-Homer-wouldnt-collect-award.html
TalkTalk came second; Santander Bank came
third. (No surprises.) So it looks as if we
already have the Government's short list for
next year's New Year Honours list.
while working could boost creativity. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2259312/Being-bored-work-boost-creativity-study-shows.html
Nah. People are too busy to do daydreaming
these days. Textin'.
Start-Up conference, Las Vegas, Feb 21-22, 2013.
British Chambers of Commerce quarterly economic
survey challenges 'triple dip' fears. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/08/survey-challenges-triple-dip-fears/
As we've said already, let's hope they're
right - and we're wrong. The problem is that
it's businesses' markets which have to be feeling
optimistic and not the services or the manufacturers
and producers themselves. On the basis of the
people we speak to - consumers, customers, w.h.y.
- the only feedback we keep getting is that
belts are going to be tightened further still.
Let alone all the business headlines for Europe
and most of the countries our businesses would
like to export to; unless they want to concentrate
on that money game which got the world into
its current mess, of selling to themselves?
Federation welcomes 'Small Business Saturday'.
A new Labour-backed campaign to promote
small, independent shops has been welcomed by
the National Federation of Retail Newsagents
(NFRN). 'Small Business Saturday' would be based
on a similar initiative launched by American
Express in the US in 2010 to encourage shoppers
to visit independent shops. Shadow Business
Secretary Chuka Umunna suggested 7 December
2013 should be the first 'Small Business Saturday'
in the UK to coincide with the Christmas rush.
Alan Smith, National President of the NFRN,
said he welcomed any initiative that recognised
the important role independent shops play on
the high street. (EnterpriseQuest)
made our comments regarding this American-inspired
proposal further down this page on 02.01.2013.
Still, as Alan Smith says, any initiative
online retailers expect improved sales in 2013.
Two thirds of small and medium-sized online
retailers predict increased sales over the coming
year, according to research by Royal Mail. The
research has found that, in 2012, over half
of smaller online retailers saw a rise in sales
and many expect this trend to continue. A third
said they are planning to develop mobile apps
in 2013, in response to the growth in shopping
via mobile devices. (EnterpriseQuest)
urges Government to end broadband subsidies.
We're not a think-tank but this is precisely
what we have been urging for years. The problem
is that making a big noise about multi-G connectivity
is good PR and good for business; telecomms
company business. From tax avoidance sweetheart
deals with HMRC through to mooning coverage
in the UK's dumb media. Were
a small business to try and profit from the
grace and favour governments past and present
have bestowed on the telecomms companies, they
would peering out at the world through a set
of iron bars. What
surprises me here is that it's a Conservative-leaning
think-tank which has managed to get a grip on
Law - free service connecting small businesses
with local solicitors. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/contact-law/?WT.mc_id=605520&source=TrafficDriver
of French Artisans service and website.
long overdue and much-needed service for those
living in or needing tradesmen in France, if
it works. (Assuming there is anyone willing
to invest in works in France while the present
robber-baron government remains in power.)
French 'Artisan' network is quasi-official and
membership is just about obligatory for anyone
who wishes to be seen by French folk as a serious
and professional tradesman. However, engaging
a French artisan isn't always a gratifying experience.
The French as a nation do not understand or
subscribe to 'professionalism' as we know it
and work and customer care can often be of a
standard far below the quality you would normally
get in other countries. Prices, too, can range
from fanciful to out of this world - although
it is has to be said in their defence that every
single French artisan is required to financially
support ten French parasite-fonctionnaires.
That's why on bigger jobs and in the cities,
Polish 'plumbers' are very much in evidence;
or, black labour is rife, even on official contracts.
hope this register works; afterwards, the UK
too, could benefit from a meaningful listing
of good tradesmen. Once again, like our amateur
business 'support' websites, there are a lot
about but not one, single benchmark service.
'whine' list. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/369325/Shopping-whine-list
to do in Hungary. For business or pleasure or
the best decade for British inventions.
All too true. Whatever we have seen
in more recent years has been nothing but sharp
marketing of 1001 varieties on a plastic screen,
where the real art of witchcraft has been to
persuade the punters they are being clever with
UK consumer spending for December fell overall.
in Scottish small business confidence. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20926609#
and shame threat to expose serial late-payers
causing payment policy re-think. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/9784094/Name-and-shame-threat-from-government-prompts-FTSE-giants-to-consider-new-supplier-payment-rules.html
I see the Government is trying to take the
credit for this although nothing has been done
about the country's major contributors to errr,
'political party wellbeing' at the expense of
small business precarity and insolvency, since
the Stone Age. It was in fact The Forum of Private
Business which took the lead a couple of years
ago in 'naming and shaming' - http://www.fpb.org/page/531
- while the Government and the media, (the latter
not wishing to compromise its advertisers' revenues),
looked on with total apathy. What's happening
now is that 'Dave's mates' have increasingly
been caught in an unfavourable spotlight and
it's hurting business. Consequently, all guilty
parties are starting to try and come out of
the affair smelling of shit 'n roses.
of stay-at-home dads. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/dads-fear-the-social-stigma-of-staying-at-home-8439821.html
Even if they try to claim they are also running
a business from home, I'd say. Despite all the
hoo-ha in the media, the numbers of people working
from home in recent years have actually gone
down, according to official figures. The majority
view, especially among employers, is that 'bums
on seats' or 'clocking in' remains the preferred
state of affairs. Even then, government employment
statistics have been challenged by the most
recent of surveys, for being over-optimistic.
that, running a business from home doesn't come
out a great deal better. (See my introduction
word added to American vocabulary - #. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258071/Hashtag-named-word-year-2012-winning.html
Not another religious blasphemy or taking
the Lord's name in vain as the vocabulary's
current three words of 'Oh, my God', the
official addition of the word 'hashtag' has
been approved for not being too taxing for the
country with the lowest average IQ in the world,
Facebookers and Twatterers.
off the Eastern seaboard in England County,
Governor Cameron, wearing his all-American (Third
World manufactured) Nike t-shirt, confirmed
that the addition of a '#' to a business plan
will guarantee approval of a government start-up
loan and thus help keep his mates' tank of 'gas'
nice and full.
The great online delivery scandal. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/ios-investigation-the-great-online-delivery-scandal-8439855.html
to work in the UK becoming an unaffordable luxury.
More and more 'home businesses' on the way?
More 'flexible working or homeworking'? Trouble
is, with energy bills going up even faster,
working from home ain't no soft economic touch,
threatening to teach money subjects in schools.
I thought failure was already on the school
curriculum in the form of playing football?
But talk about cheap publicity for the country's
criminal classes; it'll be drug dealers and
pimps next. Followed by retired bank employees
mentoring the country's next generation of business
names and shames top tax dodgers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20912346#
This list does not include bearers of stiff
envelopes to members of government; official
HMRC sweetheart deals with Big Corps; losses
directly incurred by the City; incompetence
and unethical behaviour by HMRC management;
£1 trillion plus national debt incurred
by incompetent and crooked politicians.
(for those who may have forgotten) David
Cameron, has promised he will make 'damn sure'
pay their taxes.
Once more, he hasn't specified when he
is going to make sure but . . . .
should do more to support female entrepreneurs.
dawn for Made In Britain. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/368772/New-dawn-for-Made-in-Britain
The tendency for manufacturing to re-patriate
back to Europe generally has been evident for
a few years now and for the reasons mentioned
in the article. It's not all good news, though,
as it means the export markets the British companies
need to sell their goods to, will inevitably
shrink. Nonetheless, short-term it's good news,
home-based sub-contractors and outworkers included.
insurance claims procedure criticised. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20910130#
food price hikes on the way, says Waitrose boss.
property tycoon works as a street cleaner six
days a week to teach children hard work values.
Meanwhile, back in Little England, it's a
dummyphone, an Arsebook account and a government
Bank fined for stalling PPI claims. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20909763#
of printed books slump in 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20908048#
UK service sector; construction, continue to
fall and contract. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20909508#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa
Oh, dear. What a surprise. The IoD, the FSB,
the CBI, the Government, its think tanks and
economists, the tabloids and millions of Twatterati
and forum experts have got it all wrong. Again.
(It's a good job successful home businesses
aren't made by following the crowd.)
Year? Time to de-clutter your home for a fresh
Funding For Lending scheme still not helping
small businesses. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256923/80bn-lifeline-STILL-helping-small-firms-frozen-attempt-kick-start-economy.html
Which will be why of course, the banks' poodle,
'Da P.M' is dipping still further into the public
purse to fund young start-ups. The banks certainly
weren't going to because of the high failure
rate and risk factor attached to this kind of
lending. Yet I heard on telly last night that
the official expectation for the survival rate,
not the failure rate, of the start-up loans
scheme was a staggering 2 out of 3. It seems
the effects of the UK being the world's #1 user
of cocaine are becoming increasingly manifest.
Or I need to airline my ears.
Awards winner turns to brothel-keeping as economic
downturn bites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2256712/Property-developer-won-award-ethical-landlord-ran-BROTHEL-flat.html
Well, they are 'home businesses' after all.
home' story - with a difference. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2256642/Rent-free-solar-powered-movie-room-The-couple-turned-school-bus-home-sleeps-TEN.html
Now, can you imagine turning up for a client
meeting in your home? That's one hell of a calling
Steps to Software Freedom. http://www.newint.org/features/2012/12/01/ten-steps-software-freedom/?utm_medium=ni-email&utm_source=message&utm_campaign=intl-enews-2013-01-03
training ideas for 2013, School of Business
Management, Essex University. http://www.essex.ac.uk/ebs/bmt/HTML/html_e-mail_Spring.html
TSB Commercial survey points to business confidence
for a strong start to 2013. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/9359
That should encourage a bit of over-optimistic
named as top consumer grocery money-saving site.
media boost to New Year thieving. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/9323
million Brits struggling to keep their homes.
So, despite both the FSB and the IoD seeing
promising business signs for 2013, those prospects
will be restricted to families living on park
benches. And the country is supposed to be coming
out of its THIRD economic dip in twelve months?
I didn't know our venerable business associations
could count that fast.
larf: the French try to lay claim to the invention
of the 'frite'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-battle-belgians-over-invention-of-les-frites-8437398.html
You can always tell when a country is in
serious economic trouble when this kind of topic
becomes 'news'. The French are notorious for
laying claim to things which don't belong to
them and under the present government, matters
have very much taken a turn for the worse. Next
thing you know they'll be laying claim to international
actors like the Russian, Gerard Depardieu, just
because he's got a French name!
there is little point in claiming who invented
frite, as the French don't grow a decent
'frying' potato and so a decent frite
in France is quasi-unobtainable. Ditto for the
Belgians, for that matter. Which just
leaves the Yanks - and us.
Fair deal for telecomms consumers proposed.
What, another one!
of finance and information hold start ups back.
A quarter of people in Britain want to start
their own firm but lack the necessary information
and finance to do so, according to a survey
by Sage. The survey revealed that just 4.2%
of Britons are in the process of starting up
a business and only 3.4% currently run one.
Respondents said difficulty obtaining finance
was the main barrier to starting up, particularly
among those aged between 33 and 44. Young people,
aged between 18 and 25, said they lacked knowledge
and information of how to start up and run a
loans scheme expanded. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20892658#
Take-up for the scheme has been such a flop
so far (thankfully) that increasing the qualifying
age from 18 - 24 to 30 is expected to offer
a solution to the Government's latest embarrassment.
In the meantime our warning to any naive newcomer
to the world of business is that if you can
possibly get going without a loan, then do so.
The combination of trading inexperience, the
current economic climate, lack of official business
support and often, lack of saleable and social
skills apparent in young people, is almost a
guarantee of failure.
a Government perspective however, this scheme
will remove yoofs without jobs from the great,
unwashed unemployed statistics and provide them
with a sum of money equivalent to the dole -
which they subsequently have to pay back, with
interest. At the same time, government propaganda
will sell the scam (sorry, 'scheme') as evidence
of an Enterprising Britain. Yikes!!! Treble
whammy. Doubles and a snort all round.
apart, there is another sobering thought. The
numbers of self-employed, home businesses, micro-businesses,
SMEs, call them what you will, have been around
the same for decades, with dips and blips obviously.
Consequently, it's fairly safe to ignore surveys
and reports based on statistical numbers of
typically around 250 or so, which suggest anything
to the contrary. They are just publicity-seeking
exercises invariably produced by or for, either
the telecomms industry or the financial sector
- insurance, banking, etc.
reason the numbers have remained much the same
is because the marketplace can only naturally
absorb and sustain a certain amount of new activity
at any given time; AND because it takes a very
special kind of person to run a business, ESPECIALLY
a home business, successfully. Don't let anyone
be under any illusions that any
'official' business support scheme, whichever
micro-personality it's badged by, is going to
change that in any way whatsoever.
food for thought here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm#1
fees 'harmful' to the economy, claims think-tank.
Oh, to be a member of a think-tank.
save their shop by working there for free.
Shadow Business Secretary suggests Britain should
adopt US initiative of just ONE day supporting
small, local shops. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/02/plea-for-small-shops-weekend-push/
There is an unfortunate tendency amongst
British politicians looking for a fresh soundbite,
to try and find something from across the pond
which they can ape. This has been particularly
prevalent since the present Government came
to power and ranges from destroying existing
and perfectly adequate British methods of working
just to replace them with untried and untested
modern takes on improvements; awarding public
contracts to totally incompetent American firms
instead of their British counterparts; and even
'Da P.M' appearing on Christmas TV doing a bit
of jogging PR, wearing a Nike child-labour top.
for the benefit of our chillaxing PM and his
PR team (noted for advising the erection of
a windmill atop the PM's London apartment and
persuading him to 'ride' a chauffeur-driven
bike), here is just one link to British sports
clothing manufacturers, most of whom employ
British, adult home-based outworkers:
Whereas for all politicians, perhaps some
time out REGULARLY buying at local grocery stores
instead of pissing about in a jungle somewhere
and posting their daily drivel on Twitter to
cynically improve their 'carrot-IQ', 'fuckin'
pleb' approval ratings, might be a first step
towards doing something and not just talking,
for the local business community.
we can turn BACK our very own, non-American
clock to 1968 and the original 'I'm Backing
Britain' campaign which was as successful as
it was short-lived - until political icons Margaret
Thatcher and subsequently 'Baby Butcher' Blair
AND the media, decided to convert the country
to the 'I'm Backing US Manufacturers Of Weapons
Of Mass Destruction and Their Banks' campaign,
instead. (Or, 'special relationship' according
to the sanitised bollock-speak version.) Because
what the British small business community wants
and needs is constant support - and not just
1 day out of 365 of political bandstanding.
online sales will close 5,000 shops and put
50,000 on the dole. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255677/Booming-internet-sales-close-5-000-High-Street-stores-cost-50-000-jobs.html
This isn't news but obviously 'pleb' Britain
just doesn't give a fcuk. Until it's one of
them. Then, an illiterate, anonymous post on
a tabloid hate forum to blame immigration.
with their i-phone.) While
blithely ignoring the fact that the traditional
British corner shop has been kept alive for
the past generation largely by the Asian community.
sales will break £1 billion barrier.
has the dearest trains in Europe. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/england-has-the-priciest-train-tickets-in-europe-8434671.html
owners raise stake in homes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20874553#
of free debt advice. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/01/02/where-to-get-free-debt-advice/
A Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year
Inbox nirvana. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/oliver-burkemans-blog/2012/dec/31/definitive-eight-point-guide-email-inbox
email scams of 2012. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/12/31/worst-email-scams-of-2012/
to launch January sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/9772908/Eurostar-to-sell-150000-seats-from-59-return.html
tax bills can now be paid over 12 months instead
of just 10. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2255514/Council-tax-bills-paid-12-months-10-rules-overhaul.html
attracting 11 applicants for every vacancy with
business amongst the most popular. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/12/31/11-apply-for-every-apprenticeship/
Encouraging news and the stuff of the country's
business army of the future. It certainly seems
our plebs aren't falling for the Government's
quick-fix scheme, 'There's A Business In
Everyone'. Probably because it sounds like
the world's first carpenters? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2255383/The-carpenters-7-000-year-old-German-water-wells-reveal-earliest-known-use-wood-construction.html
Nah. These remains are to be found in a part
of Germany which once belonged to the old Polish
commonwealth. Before the rest of Europe thieved
large parts of it under what were called The
Polish Partitions. So nothing changes. And when
it comes to construction, Poles always were,
still are and always will be, #1.
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