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LATEST! 31.07.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (June 2014) Viewpoint

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

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

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

31.07.2014: Defra announces funding worth £19 million to 2,500 rural firms. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defra-awards-19-million-to-help-rural-businesses More than 2,500 farms and forestry firms in England will be awarded funding under the third round of the Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS), part of the Rural Development Programme for England. The FFIS has provided a total of more than £34 million to nearly 5,000 rural firms since its launch in 2011. It is estimated that, in combination with industry funding, this will support around 10,000 jobs. The funding will be used by rural firms to purchase equipment or make improvements to their efficiency and profitability. (EnterpriseQuest)

Gatwick baggage chaos. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/11001614/Gatwick-airport-baggage-chaos-holiday-makers-face-flying-without-luggage.html So 'Yah, boo!' to the striking French. WE'VE got a country managed by David Cameron, Theresa May and The Scrote Office, who while on a photoshoot of a dawn raid by immigration officers, let in the jihadist, Ebola. (British border staff unprepared for Ebola: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/31/ebola-uk-border-airport_n_5636574.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D282503)

"We'll catch him and he'll be leaving without his Y-fronts", assured the Government's pro-terrorist policy unit, Tabloid Engerlandt.

Numbers of people taking in lodgers to supplement income has almost doubled in recent years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2711191/Number-people-taking-lodger-doubled-past-years-people-look-supplement-income.html

Are you too old for a credit card? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/30/are-you-too-old-for-a-credit-card/

New homes today are 700 square feet smaller than those in 1924. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2711257/The-space-age-long-way-How-family-homes-halved-size-700-square-feet-century.html So much for 'progress'.

Home buyers only really care about a good mobile signal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2710635/Forget-decent-schools-low-crime-rate-home-buyers-really-care-good-MOBILE-SIGNAL-claims-survey.html

Community volunteers could see £100 off their council tax. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/30/100-off-your-council-tax-bill-only-for-volunteers/

How to get into affiliate marketing. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/affiliatemarketing/fl/How-to-Get-Into-Affiliate-Marketing.htm?nl=1

Cameron calls for end to Israel's latest murder spree - and sends along pro-terrorist supporters at the same time. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/tory-mps-visit-israel-condemned-bad-timing Meanwhile, both Britain and the US continue to arm Israel as usual, while a pro-terrorist, Conservative swivel-eyed loon provokes international outrage by claiming that bombing children in Gaza is comparable to Britain defending itself during the Second World War. At the same time, the silence from supposedly 'decent' Jewish leaders from around the world, is deafening - although, I'm told, many now live in fear of reprisals from their own religious freaks and extremists if they step out of line. All very good news for British travellers, businesses and business prospects: just keep the passports as well-hidden as possible and pretend you're from the 'colonies'. (Except Australia, of course. Whose track record on thieving Abo land and resources makes them natural American/British/Israeli terrorist bedfellows.)

30.07.2014: British business is flush with cash and set for a spending spree. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10999143/British-business-is-flush-with-cash-and-set-for-a-welcome-spending-spree.html Let's hope this helps corporate Britain pay its smaller suppliers a little sooner. (Yes, yes, flying pigs and all that . . .)

Thousands of small firms on the brink of shutting. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/29/small-business-uk-brink-shutting-shop_n_5630339.html The benefits of supplying arms and propaganda services to Israeli and Ukrainian terrorists clearly haven't filtered through to the vast majority of the British business community, then? As usual.

Economic 'recovery' fails to halt SME closures. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25906/economic-recovery-fails-halt-potential-sme-closures/

Electricity bills to be cut by £12 a year. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28559772# Wow!

Strike at HM Revenue & Customs. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/30/strike-at-hm-revenue-and-customs

Outcry over thieving taxman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710278/Outcry-taxman-s-plan-settle-debts-delving-people-s-bank-accounts-help-money.html

HSBC closes some Muslim individuals' and groups' accounts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28553921# The bank gave the reason that these accounts were outside its 'risk appetite'. No announcement has been made yet, of the closure of accounts linked to Israeli terrorism or its supporters and the widespread consequences of the growing wave of anti-Semitism across the world. (However hard the pro-Israeli terrorist media and politicians try to suppress such events.)

Police crackdown on illegal pirating sites. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/29/police-crackdown-on-illegal-pirating-sites/

Court hamstrings watchdog's powers to fine spammers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710198/Ministers-drag-feet-law-halt-nuisance-marketing-texts-court-ruling-curbed-watchdog-s-powers-fine-spammers.html No English court is going to deal with online scam 'n spam; it might be coming from a Government Minister, after all!

DVLA raking in millions by colluding with cowboys. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710220/DVLA-rakes-millions-colluding-cowboys-Nearly-100-firms-trying-buy-drivers-details.html

A well-kept garden boosts property value by a tenth. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/29/a-well-kept-garden-boosts-property-value-by-a-tenth/

Britain's funniest-named homes for sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10983604/Britains-funniest-named-homes-for-sale.html

The latest trends influencing start-ups from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-22449887

The six subtle signals that could be damaging your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25891/six-subtle-signals-damaging-business/

Traditional PR is dead: long live engaging content. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25889/traditional-pr-dead-long-live-engaging-content/

Should I keep my diesel car? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/green-motoring/10997571/Should-I-keep-my-diesel-car.html

Top Ten tax-free destinations for British ex-pats. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2709414/REVEALED-The-ten-tax-free-destinations-expatriates-dont-hand-single-penny-exchequer.html

29.07.2014: Start ups receive free advice from family and friends worth £4,000. http://www.axa.co.uk/newsroom/media-releases/2014/little-things-mean-a-lot-to-start-ups-as-friends-and-family-offer-4000-pounds-worth-of-free-advice/ The average small business in its first year of trading receives free support and advice from family and friends equivalent to almost £4,000 in paid hours, according to a survey carried out by insurance provider AXA. The study of 260 small business owners found that two in five believed they would not have succeeded in starting up without the support of family and friends. The most frequently cited skills offered by family and friends included administrative support, IT support, and product or service sampling and feedback. The research also found that small business owners received on average £871 in investment from family members during their first year. (EnterpriseQuest)

£ is overvalued, warns IMF. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10996710/The-pound-is-overvalued-warns-the-IMF.html

Personal insolvencies in steepest rise for four years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28542792#

Too poor to go bust. 300,000 people cannot afford to declare themselves bankrupt. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2708325/Too-poor-bust-How-300-000-people-afford-525-fee-declare-bankrupt.html The Government will be giving them business start-up loans and retired bank managers to declare them 'entrepreneurs', instead.

Finance Act increases powers of HMRC. http://www.accountancyage.com/aa/news/2356240/finance-act-granted-royal-assent HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been granted controversial new powers under the Finance Act 2014, which received Royal Assent on 17th July. Under the Act, HMRC can force taxpayers to pay disputed tax in advance by applying new accelerated payment rules, and recover tax owed directly from taxpayers' bank accounts. Although restrictions apply, concerns have been voiced over empowering HMRC to recover tax directly. Commenting in May 2014, Treasury Committee Chairman Andrew Tyrie said: "This policy is highly dependent on HMRC's ability to accurately determine which taxpayers owe money and what amounts they owe, an ability not always demonstrated in the past." (EnterpriseQuest)

Treasury seeks views on the future of credit unions. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/british-credit-unions-at-50-call-for-evidence A new consultation has been launched by HM Treasury seeking views from individuals, business and representative bodies about the future of credit unions. The purpose of the consultation is to collect feedback about the credit union movement's own 'vision' for its future, how Government can help to achieve it, and what support can be offered to the movement from the private sector and wider society. In particular, the consultation focuses on the potential for credit unions to become more involved in providing finance for local small and micro-enterprises. The consultation will close on 1st September 2014. (EnterpriseQuest)

Mary, Queen of (fewer) Shops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2708500/Mary-Queen-fewer-Shops-Two-years-TV-guru-Portas-helped-12-towns-high-street-struggling.html

Hotels named and shamed over slow and costly wi-fi. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10995868/Hotels-named-and-shamed-over-slow-costly-Wi-Fi.html

British shoppers get a raw deal on fruit compared to the Continent. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2709089/British-shoppers-raw-deal-fruit-compared-continent-claims-campaigner-calls-probe-supermarket-pricing.html

A landlord's dos and don'ts. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140728-a-landlords-dos-and-donts

Most solar panels facing in the wrong direction. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/solarpower/10996273/Most-solar-panels-are-facing-the-wrong-direction-say-scientists.html

Boozy, intolerant, ignorant but very polite - how other countries see Brits. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/boozy-ignorant-intolerant-but-very-polite--britain-as-others-see-us-9633967.html

The 'hate America' list - and the Philippines love Americans the most. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2708531/No-not-Russia-Egypt-comes-Middle-East-heavy-list-countries-hate-U-S-theyre-loved-Philippines.html The Philippinos love the Americans, do they?!!! That would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.

Bankers must swear oath, says think tank. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28535001# They swear an oath already. To screw the public in pursuit of the blood-soaked shekel.

28.07.2014: Ditch your mobile phone to boost your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/running-your-business/25872/ditch-mobile-phone-boost-business/ Common knowledge amongst successful, professional and courteous business folk.

'Community banks' to help manage debt. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28518694# Credit unions tend to be a fairly global solution except in Britain, it seems. Because of legislation, they are "often unable to serve the poorest in society who would most benefit from them", concluded the report. Which we have known for years, of course. And given the composition of British governments as well as the media's revenue streams, that's the way it's going to stay while the spotlight is turned on payday loan companies, instead.

Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/28/fracking-expansion-uk-drilling-national-parks-safeguards That should help contain spiralling house prices!

Worst time to buy a home in three years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707944/The-worst-time-buy-home-three-years-High-prices-rate-fears-confidence-market-plunge.html

Passport Office on strike. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/28/passport-office-staff-strike-staff-shortages-backlog Latest development from Britain's Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May and The Scrote Office. And just a few days after The Scrote Office ditched its £350 million immigration computer system, too. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10980922/Home-Offices-flagship-350m-immigration-computer-system-ditched.html

Want to live longer? Stand up at your desk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2707680/Want-ahead-work-live-longer-Stand-desk-That-s-doctor-claims-series-just-change-life.html Or, do some proper work.

Don't waste your money on organic food, Government says. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2705918/Don-t-waste-money-organic-food-Government-says-frozen-vegetables-just-nutritious.html A statement which of course, has nothing to do with the interests of political party donors and the strong growth in organic food sales, at all, at all. Organic food (which should also be GM and pesticide-free if it's to justify being called that) can be bought cheaply from allotment owners or directly from local farmers or best of all, grow your own. But it's not just about nutritional value. It's also about lifestyle, about freedom of choice, of moral values, of supporting small-scale local business activity. Even if the country's plebs do finally choose a McDonalds steroid chickenburkha because there are similar diners about to watch each other holding their dummyphones.

Supermarkets lose £100 million a year from online delivery services. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2707071/Supermarket-giants-lose-100million-year-online-delivery-services-Cost-delivery-means-effectively-paying-customers-shop-them.html Now there's a coincidence. Not to worry. Our politicians are already onto it.

Scammers cashing in on airline tragedies. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/28/scammers-cashing-in-on-airline-tragedies/ That was obvious the moment western media got hold of the stories - and then conspired a few dozen of their own.

Ex-pats' favourite city? http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140721-is-this-the-best-city-for-expats

27.07.2014: Heatwave boosts UK staycations. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jul/25/july-heatwave-boosts-uk-holiday-bookings Or perhaps the UK's world-leading economic recovery hasn't filtered down to the plebs yet?

UK's debt hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/11/regions-top-personal-debt-league/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D280919

UK's first Social Saturday announced. http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/news/politicians-unite-launch-uka-first-social-saturday The UK's first Social Saturday will take place on 13th September 2014, in an attempt to promote social enterprise and increase awareness amongst consumers. In addition, anyone running a social enterprise can access a campaign pack that provides a range of materials to promote the event and their own venture. Social Saturday is being led by Social Enterprise UK and is part of the nationwide Buy Social campaign. According to the Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK: "The UK's social enterprise movement is growing fast because people do care about how their spending affects the wider world. The Buy Social campaign is about giving them the opportunity to identify the businesses that will help them change the world for good". (EnterpriseQuest)

Another ideal opportunity to extend the boycott of Israeli businesses (http://www.boycottisrael.org.uk/) and the cowardly, double-standard governments, corporations and media which support and invest in terrorists and murderers. Notably the US, Little Britain, France, Holland . . .

Is it smart to make your finances an open book? http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/26/personal-finance-apps-ontrees-yodlee-privacy

End of the line for quiet carriages on trains. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2706201/End-line-quiet-carriages-trains-Rail-operators-axe-designated-areas-cause-rows-passengers.html So much for using the 'train to take the strain', then. Carriages are already full of dumbwalkers and ignorant pigs who need two seats each to accommodate their travelling home cinema, dangling wires and 5lb handbags with three foot handles - while old folk and pregnant women are forced to stand. Now, one isn't even going to be able to think in peace. Way to go, Engerlandt.

The ultimate tax-efficient company car - a van. http://www.taxinsider.co.uk/4415-The_Ultimate_Tax_Efficient_Company_Car_A_Van.html?utm_source=TaxationWeb+Newsletter&utm_campaign=9d46c044d9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_61c9b1a4f1-9d46c044d9-413695005#options Couldn't agree more; and if you get an Astra van you'll be able to see off a Ferrari, too.

Trending: rent-a-pooch. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2706860/Rent-pooch-Dog-need-walking-Want-borrow-furry-friend-LIZ-JONES-tries-barking-website-bring-together.html As I keep promising Fish, Chips and Perky ('cos he ain't), I'll find them a job in the end - and this looks promising.

26.07.2014: Employment Minister encourages people to start their own business - but her own is in debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/25/esther-mcvey-suggests-starting-a-business-but-her-own-is-in-deb/ Are we surprised? She's probably been advised by one of the Government's army of ex-bank manager business mentors plus a tabloid 'personality' business column.

English councils propose 'Tesco tax'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28495631# I have seen taxes like these working very well indeed in other parts of the world, including Northern Ireland and Scotland. But that requires the will on the part of the local council to use that money for the common good, instead of feathering the nests of their local networks of cronies and property developers. And a government of course, which isn't in thrall to the big supermarkets.

Allotment holders march on High Court with home-grown vegetables. http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/492029/Allotment-Holders-London-High-Court-Home-Grown-Vegetables As we have just been saying.

Police warning over chalk markings on homes. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/490569/Police-warn-residents-to-watch-out-for-markings-on-their-homes-used-by-burglars

Plans to protect smallest firms in food supply chain. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-831_en.htm The European Commission has adopted a communication setting out ways of protecting small food producers and retailers against the unfair trading practices of their larger trading partners. According to the Commission, unfair practices include refusing to put commercial terms in writing and terminating contracts without notice or justification. Rather than moving to legislate at European Union (EU) level, the communication calls on individual EU Member States to take action at a national level to enforce minimum standards and encourage food business operators to sign up to the Supply Chain Initiative, a voluntary code of conduct. (EnterpriseQuest)

Top Seven free business name generators. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/tp/Free-Business-Name-Generators.htm?nl=1

Trending: loom band clothing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2705489/A-fashion-revolution-looming-Ebay-inundated-hundreds-clothing-items-guessed-loom-bands.html

Top Ten things Brits can't do without while on holiday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2705366/A-nation-homebodies-Nearly-half-Britons-miss-bed-theyre-holiday-fifty-four-cent-leave-without-teabags.html Whereas most overseas tourist destinations popular with the Brits generally have shops with at least a small section of home country favourites, teabags for a proper cuppa invariably seem to be missing. Consequently, if there is one thing above all which even after fifty years of travelling, I take with me to this day, then it's British teabags. After that, make sure you buy fresh local milk and not some UHT muck out of a box. Otherwise there's no point in having boiled the kettle in the first place.

25.07.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/25/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Study reveals increase in compliance costs. https://www.fpb.org/press/july-2014/cost-compliance-continues-rise-small-firms-forum-research-shows Micro, small and medium-sized firms are facing an average increase of £713 to their annual compliance costs, according to a new study from the Forum of Private Business (FPB). The study found that taxation was the most expensive compliance cost, followed by employment law and health and safety regulation. Spending on external compliance advisers rose by 6%, twice as high as the increase in firms' internal compliance costs. FPB Chief Executive Phil Orford suggested that the introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) could have contributed to the increase, as small firms have paid specialists to handle PAYE. "In addition we have seen the increasing need to employ specialists to advise ahead of pensions auto-enrolment," he added. (EnterpriseQuest)

Yet just a few days ago, the Government was claiming its (alleged) red tape cuts were saving British businesses £1.5 billion a year! https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fallon-cuts-in-red-tape-now-saving-business-15-billion-per-year Surely the Government hasn't been lying? Again.

UK has fastest-growing economy, says IMF. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10988849/UK-has-fastest-growing-economy-International-Monetary-Fund-says.html Let's hope they've got it right for once.

Russia threatens to hit back at British companies in retaliation against sanctions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10989627/Russia-threatens-to-hit-British-companies-in-retaliation-for-sanctions.html No surprises there, then.

Google's tiny tax bill from bent British government. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704927/Google-pays-just-20m-3-3bn-UK-revenue-Fresh-outrage-internet-giant-s-tiny-bill-Government.html

Green Deal cashback scheme shuts down with immediate effect. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/10989815/Green-Deal-cashback-scheme-shuts-with-immediate-effect-as-homeowners-exhaust-120m-fund.html

Carbon concerns over burning wood. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-28457104# Common knowledge. Just as it's no surprise that official quarters are admitting to being surprised by the facts. But for the socially responsible, on-message home business, it is time to chuck out the wood stove; search for an alternative to Russian energy supplies; stop eating beef; avoid supermarket chicken; boycott all things associated with Israel; and replace the computer with a typewriter. Wow! A jolly good time is about to be had by all.

Telephone Preference Service fails to stop cold calls. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28463523# Yet another stunning revelation. Did you know that? I didn't. (Snort!)

Top regions for buy-to-let returns. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10984888/Top-regions-for-buy-to-let-returns.html

Kickstart Young Entrepreneur Awards details announced. http://www.baldwinsaccountants.co.uk/index.php/news/286-kickstart-finals-details-released

Made In Britain: Silk Fred. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/made-in-britain/25847/made-britain-silkfred/

Business start-up success stories from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-15870435

24.07.2014: Retail sales volumes continue to grow. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28460232#

PayPal to advance cash to small businesses. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28438843#

Risk of debt peril when interest rates rise. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28442848# That's what Boris Johnson's water cannon are for.

Government urged to act on mortgage defaults. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jul/24/mortgage-defaults-government-action-urged It has acted. It's bought water cannons.

One-in-three workers will end up paying higher rate of tax. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/10987326/One-in-three-will-end-up-paying-higher-rate-tax-Office-for-Budget-Responsibility-analysis-suggests.html

Power cut compensation to be increased to a minimum of £70. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/24/power-cut-compensation-increased-to-a-minimum-of-70/ Absolutely derisory.

Websites frozen in pension campaign. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28449534#

Pro-Israel MPs urge stronger business sanctions against Russia. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/23/calls-tory-mp-charles-hendry-stand-down-russian-trade-links-mh17 And no sanctions whatsoever against the terrorist state of Israel and its regular murder-fests which kill at least ten times as many defenceless civilians as the number of MH-17 casualties? Let alone pressing for a bombing campaign and an invasion of the country to contain the threat of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear capability? And the supine UN (US controlled, admittedly) suggests that Israel just 'may' have committed war crimes? Not to worry. Fagging Britain will change its laws to allow Israeli terrorists and murderers safe passage, regardless. Just as it has in the past. There is after all, a great fraternity amongst war criminals.

But geopolitics apart, when all the posing is over it will be us 'fuckin' plebs' who have to pick up the tab. Yet again. (If we're not too cold to sign the cheque.) Although if there is one comfort - it's that we're not paying with our lives.

The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain's biggest tax dodgers - with HMRC's blessing. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/the-tory-donor-whose-firm-is-one-of-britainss-biggest-tax-avoiders--with-hmrcs-blessing-9624358.html

Record 80% of older people own their own home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2703521/Record-80-older-people-home-Official-figures-reveal-huge-gulf-pensioners-aged-24-35.html 'The Government is addressing the problem however, and hopes to transfer this wealth to its donors by 2020,' stated an official spokesneuterthing and digitally-enabled GREAT TEAM government member.

Stores accused of 'fake' offers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10984087/Supermarkets-accused-of-misleading-shoppers-with-fake-special-offers.html Like 'fake' news, in other words?

Warning over Asian super-ants invading your electrics. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10987301/Warning-over-Asian-super-ant-colonies-invading-your-electrics.html

Reprieve for Devon eco-home built without planning permission. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/reprieve-for-devon-eco-home-built-without-planning-permission-9624696.html

The poultry industry's dirty secret. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/23/-sp-revealed-dirty-secret-uk-poultry-industry-chicken-campylobacter This is no secret. Just shite modern 'reporting' which spends all its time copying each others' crap stories, writing about non-entity celebrities, cheatball, circulating propaganda and not offending advertisers. At the end of the day, there's no time left for 'journalism' and 'dirty little secrets' simply morph into status quo.

Britons pay highest airline tax in the world. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2702590/Britons-pay-highest-airline-tax-world-25-times-MORE-French.html

Immigration Street residents tell Channel 4 producers to go back where they came from. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/immigration-street-meeting-sees-local-residents-demand-producers-go-away-and-channel-4-scrap-planned-series-9623130.html Good for them! (Trouble is, that particular shithole is already full.)

Irish cafe bans 'loud Americans'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2702750/No-loud-Americans-Irish-cafe-sparks-outrage-banning-US-visitors.html In defence of Americans (as opposed to their governments), I travel a great deal and very, very rarely do I come across 'loud' Americans. Generally speaking they are perfect travellers, courteous and considerate and capable of holding down a measured, intelligent and interesting conversation.

However, given the British media's propensity for talking 'slapper' American and being aped by a nation of loud-mouthed, drunken dummies, I am wondering whether or not our Irish cafe owner may be confusing his nationalities?

23.07.2014: Employment Minister tells pupils: be your own boss. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10984595/Be-your-own-boss-employment-minister-tells-pupils.html Inevitable advice when there aren't any 'proper' jobs going around. As for the self-employed being awarded 'respect', I don't think they were doing too badly until the present Government came along and flooded the start-up marketplace with watered-down businesses-on-the-dole (entrepreneurs) just to massage its unemployment statistics. Well. At least the self-employed had a better reputation than the criminal, hate-preaching, pro-American/Israeli terrorist media. And bankers; and politicians, of course.

There's never been a better time to start a business, claims co-founder of Innocent drinks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/enterprise-awards/9735553/business-young-entrepreneurs-vital-britains-economy.html?WT.mc_id=605788&source=TrafficDriver Nor for 90% of those start-ups to bite the dust.

Commonwealth Games get up-and-running. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/commonwealth-games-2014-glasgow-takes-baton-as-tournament-gets-up-and-running-9622066.html And the very best of luck to them - despite an online media poll I saw recently which showed that 70% of respondents couldn't see the point of the Games. Then again, it was Arsholes On Line, a notable distributor of American and Israeli terrorist propaganda and leading proponent of conspiracy theories. And an online community which shares the same brain cell. A predicament which fortunately, won't be shared by Scottish businesses.

The best of Glasgow. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destination/uk/scotland/131532/Glasgow-city-break-guide.html

Business lessons from the Tour de France. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25831/staying-ahead-peloton-business-lessons-tour-de-france/ Yes - there are an awful lot of hacks who don't see the point of the Tour de France, either. Instead, they prefer to glorify cheating while waiting for an English football squad to kick a ball into a net.

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/tour-de-france-effect-brings-hollywood-blockbusters-to-yorkshire-9623943.html

No Kremlin link to downing of MH-17, admit American wigheads. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10984739/MH17-no-link-to-Kremlin-in-plane-downing-US-intelligence.html Well that particular fact has been worldwide knowledge for days and so, I guess, the Americans had no choice but to own up. Now all we have to do is quickly answer the real questions behind this latest tragedy, bring the murderers to justice and get back to business. Rather than posturing and positioning while thousands continue to be murdered elsewhere in the world - not least of all, around America's arsehole in the Middle East - Israel.

None of which of course, is going to happen any time soon. There's too much money at stake.

France jails pro-Palestinian protesters as a sop to Israeli terrorists. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28439988 Hiding behind the shield of abuse loosely termed 'anti-Semitism', I pity the decent Jewish business community in France which has no truck with Israeli terrorists, yet will be the target of the very public backlash which the 'collabo' French government pretends it is trying to avoid. Perhaps it is time for the country's real socialists and Jewry to stand up and be counted? Because when the French have a 'manif' and Molotov cocktails begin to fly, it won't just be local Jewish owned-and-run businesses which will be going up in flames.

Five facts your bank doesn't want you to know. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/22/five-facts-your-bank-doesnt-want-you-know/

RBS bosses being wilfully obtuse over mistreatment of small firms, allege MPs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/rbs/10983707/RBS-bosses-wilfully-obtuse-over-alleged-mistreatment-of-small-firms-say-MPs.html We don't need MPs to tell us what has been common knowledge of standard banking practice since Shylock first appeared in The Merchant of Venice. What we do need from MPs, are integrity and balls. (I am reliably informed that 'modern' women have those too, so lady politicians, please note. Surely you can do better than the past generation of ex-public school fags?)

How advertisers watch you online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10982252/The-new-technology-which-advertisers-use-to-track-your-every-movement-online-canvas-fingerprinting.html

Cameron's Big Society Network lottery-funded scam. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-failed-charity-three-grants-and-tory-connections-what-became-of-camerons-big-society-network-9622039.html

The entrepreneurs targeting senior citizens. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28207946

From orphanage to entrepreneur. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28409603

The French flash-sales website that grew by word-of-mouth. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28197332

Trending: Typewriter sales in Germany. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2701392/Typewriter-sales-boom-Germany-thousands-basics-bid-avoid-U-S-spies-wake-NSA-allegations.html

Trending: British murder industry doing well out of Israeli and Ukrainian terrorism. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/malaysia-airlines-mh17-crash-exclusive-massive-rise-in-sale-of-british-arms-to-moscow-9622025.html Proceeds to filter down to the benefit of 'millions' of home-based entrepreneurs turning 'war' parts on hobby lathes in their garden sheds.

Trending: Dumb British tourists spend 22 million hours lost every year while abroad. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2701149/British-tourists-spend-22-MILLION-hours-year-lost-holiday.html There has to be a profit in there somewhere.

First village in Britain to fight off fracking. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/wisborough-green-becomes-the-first-village-in-britain-to-fight-off-fracking-9621857.html Our bent, fagging Government will be most upset. Time to amend the laws on terrorism again. (Assuming they don't fit the bill already.)

22.07.2014: Details of National Insurance reform published. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/class-2-national-insurance-contributions The Government has published more information about reforms that will enable Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) to be paid via self-assessment from 6th April 2016. From April 2015, Class 2 NICs will need to be paid at the end of each year, rather than twice a year, and individuals with earnings below the new Small Profits Threshold (equivalent to the current Small Earnings Exception level) will have the option to pay Class 2 NICs voluntarily at the end of the year, rather than having to apply in advance for an exception. (EnterpriseQuest)

HMRC updates IR35 guidance. http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4562.shtml HMRC has released a new set of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) to help freelancers understand IR35 and assess whether it applies to their particular working arrangements. IR35 rules apply in certain circumstances when freelancers are engaged by clients via an intermediary organisation and are intended to ensure the appropriate payment of National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and tax. The new FAQs include updated advice on how to assess if IR35 rules apply, what action to take if they do apply, and how to handle disputes with the IR35 Contract Review Service. (EnterpriseQuest)

What they don't tell you about being an entrepreneur. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25805/dont-tell-entrepreneur/

Is freelancing a lonely business? http://www.theguardian.com/money/work-blog/2014/jul/22/freelancing-lonely-business

Getting started. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/u/Getting-Started.htm?nl=1

PPI dominates complaints data. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28402409#

How banks pulled off the most cycnical scam of all time. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2700760/How-banks-pulled-cynical-scam-time-We-know-millions-fell-victim-banks-selling-insurance-didn-t-need-But-gripping-inside-account-reveals-greed-obscene-ll-make-jaw-drop.html

ISPs soft on illegal downloading. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10979918/Illegal-downloading-four-strikes-and-then...-nothing.html

You'd be crazy to buy a home right now. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/constructionandproperty/10974069/Youd-be-crazy-to-buy-a-home-right-now.html

Mobile phones biggest cause of road fatalities. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/490393/Mobile-phone-use-the-biggest-cause-of-road-fatalities With 10 times as many deaths as those caused by knackered washing-machine parts 'raining down' on Israel every day (allegedly), should we expect this story to run to 1.183 column-miles of Israeli propaganda, justifying another mass-murdering campaign to teach mobile phone users a lesson?

Britons paying hundreds of pounds more for the same products as Americans. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2700758/The-great-gadget-price-rip-How-Britons-paying-hundreds-pounds-products-American-customers.html Buy them on eBay, then. Obviously, you'll be sticking to smaller items and even for those, shipping costs can be horrific. But shop around . . . (I thought that was one of the plus points of the internet, anyway?)

Business is booming for Britain's only deckchair maker. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2699982/Business-booming-Britains-deckchair-maker-teams-Fred-Perry-new-range.html

21.07.2014: New pensioners to get independent advice. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28396953# So they will not be persuaded to become just 'silverpreneurs' forced to wear two pairs of socks to keep warm?

Nationwide Building Society resolves online banking problems. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28395297#

'Buy British' hospitals and schools are told. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2699367/Buy-British-hospitals-schools-told-Public-bodies-spending-400million-year-produce-overseas-grown-UK.html This is something which hospitals and schools should have been doing habitually since the year oink. So why haven't they? Because previous governments have told them otherwise, perhaps?

A third of Brits claim memories of a camping trip beats holidays abroad. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2697365/Simple-pleasures-Camping-trips-beat-luxury-breaks-adults-quizzed-favourite-summer-memories-child.html Of course, that was before this Government sold all the camping sites for battery housing development and shitfaced Britsheep, copying their politicians, needed to fly to Magaluf for their daily puke. In the meantime, a lot of British businesses (mainly home and family businesses) have gone bust; and hundreds of thousands of jobs, have been lost.

The Great British Motorcycle comeback. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/10979194/The-Great-British-motorcycle-comeback.html YAY!!!

Home buyers face £7500 stamp duty by 2016. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2699389/Home-buyers-face-paying-7-500-stamp-duty-2016-Boom-prices-means-average-cost-home-pass-3-threshold-two-years.html There are still plenty of countries where home buying charges are greater than in Britain. Although the cost of the home itself will usually be much less than those in the UK's Ponzi-scheme marketplace.

A buyer's Tour de France. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/internationalproperty/10974307/Top-20-places-to-buy-a-home-in-France.html

Should The Guardian - a socially responsible newspaper - be promoting online gambling. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/20/guardian-promotion-online-gambling Having promoted and defended British war criminals like 'Baby Butcher Blair' and his cohorts (plus the Americans and the Israelis) what's a bit of online gambling by comparison? But at least they make an effort to rhetorically pose the question, unlike the majority of the country's criminal media which simpy takes anyone's filthy lucre no matter what the consequences. (Pro-Israeli terrorist hacks for example, currently keeping a low profile after their Ukrainian Kipper covers get blown: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/20/sky-news-reporter-colin-brazier-luggage-mh17-_n_5603781.html and http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jul/20/sky-news-presenter-brazier-mh17-luggage-crash)

But the most difficult issue for us is dealing with the amazing numbers of gullible punters who still believe that gambling is a 'business opportunity'. Which it is, of course. For those who promote it.

FedEx on drug trafficking charges after its relationship with online pharmaceuticals. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/fedex-facing-drugtrafficking-charges-over-illicit-pharmaceuticals-9616936.html

20.07.2014: HSE seeks views about exempting the self employed from health and safety rules. http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/proposals-to-exempt-certain-self-employed-people-from-health-and-safety-law/ The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on plans to exempt certain self-employed people from their current obligations, under health and safety legislation. The consultation is seeking views about the 'prescribed activities' that will still require self-employed people to be subject to health and safety law. Currently, the HSE is proposing that these prescribed activities should include those that have high rates of injuries and/or fatalities, those where there is a significant risk to the public, those where there is potential for mass fatalities, and those where there is an EU obligation to retain the general duty to comply with health and safety law for self-employed persons, for example on temporary construction sites. The consultation will close on 31st August 2014. (EnterpriseQuest)

Foreign firms create 66,000 jobs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28389231# If you look at the list of some of the 'big jobs', they are all taxpayer-funded and once upon a time would automatically have gone to British companies. For THIS Government however, we are looking at something truly EPIC.

Busy roads to get lanes for dumbwalkers. http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/07/19/busy-city-road-gets-mobile-phone-lane-washington-dc/

Gardeners face Government plans to build on their allotments. http://www.independent.co.uk/property/gardening/gardeners-fight-government-plans-to-build-on-their-allotments-9616924.html

Computer stores overcharging and failing to deliver on repairs, says watchdog. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/computer-stores-overcharging-and-failing-to-deliver-on-repairs-says-watchdog-9616974.html

Where in the world can you pay less tax? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/10974021/Where-in-the-world-can-you-pay-the-least-tax.html

Brits get more euros for their £s. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/142975/Brits-euros-from-strong-pound 'Rocketed by 9%' the article claims. The change on the year is in fact, errr, + 0.10%.

Meet the millionaire loom band business owner. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/489913/Meet-the-millionaire-loom-band-business-owner-content-with-modest-house-and-old-banger

19.07.2014: BIS publishes Eighth Statement of New Regulation. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/
On 9th July 2014, the Department for Business (BIS) published its Eighth Statement of New Regulation. This statement lists the legislation to be passed between July 2014 and December 2014. Forthcoming legislation includes regulations introducing shared parental leave and pay; simplifying how company names must be displayed on premises, websites and letters; removing the cap on the dividend amount Community Interest Company (CIC) shareholders can receive and increasing the interest cap for performance related interest loans; and amending the law on design ownership. (EnterpriseQuest)

Sounds like an amendment to the American constitution. Nothing like a bit of forward planning, though.

UK wastes billions through energy inefficiency. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/18/uk-wastes-billions-through-energy-inefficiency/ Musn't upset energy company profits, must we now? Or there won't be as much money to go around for bent politicians' pockets.

5 things to get right before selling to overseas customers. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25791/5-things-get-right-start-selling-overseas-customers/

5 ways to wind up a journalist. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25788/five-ways-wind-journalist/ What, there are 'real' journalists still around?

French government bans pro-Palestinian protest marches. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2697194/Outrage-France-country-world-ban-pro-Palestine-demos.html On the grounds of them 'being a threat to public order', claimed a Minister For Solidarity with Israeli Terrorism. 'A threat to public order' like the national strikes by 'trade unionist' thugs and goons every few weeks, disrupting peoples' lives and incurring massive losses to businesses, families and the country's mismanaged economy? On the other hand, it's understandable that the present French government doesn't want to upset its backers either, and so pro-Israeli terrorist brownshirts will be allowed to roam the streets at will.

Recent events at Wankminster demonstrate that the UK government, in full fag mode, is also fully up to speed with American/Israeli directives.

(Good job those American-armed, sponsored and advised Ukrainian terrorists shot down that airplane or our propagandascheisewriters would be getting embarassed by not reporting true body counts any longer. Or not. Thus obfuscating for a few more days, another mass-murdering push by the Coalition of Evil. No wonder the price of gold has suddenly jumped. Worth putting to your customers. Can they pay in gold.)

The Spanish are Europe's #1 saddos. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2696187/The-tech-addicted-country-SPAIN-Spanish-use-devices-9-hours-day-OUTSIDE-work.html High levels of unemployment and catering for hordes of shitfaced Brits are being blamed.

18.07.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/18/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

2014 National Business Awards announced. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25771/2014-national-business-award-finalists-announced/

Farmworker builds own house for just £3000. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/17/farmworker-builds-his-own-house-for-just-3-000/

How to avoid big broadband bills. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/17/the-fixer-big-broadband-bills/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl2%7Csec3_lnk4%26pLid%3D279572

Should you turn your wi-fi off at night to save money? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/10953517/Wireless-internet-router-is-expensive-on-standby-but-is-it-wise-to-turn-off-at-night.html

Scottish Power to be re-investigated over mis-selling claims. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-28357578#

A boom in British cheese. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10971106/British-cheese-has-never-tasted-so-good.html British cheese has been 'booming' for the past ten years.

Restaurants that 'double up'. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jul/16/restaurants-double-as-hair-salons-bike-shops-books

One-in-ten pensioners now worth seven figures as a result of property boom. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2696632/March-millionaire-pensioners-strike-rich-property-boom-One-ten-65s-worth-seven-figures.html Sure. If they want to sell their homes and live in cardboard boxes afterwards. In the meantime, the other 90% will lose every penny in care charges or paying energy bills and what may be left after that, will be erased by inheritance tax.

Raise your prices without losing customers. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/beyondstartup/fl/Pricing-Strategy-Raise-Your-Prices-Without-Losing-Customers.htm?nl=1

Weekend Larf: Banks to face competition probe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28361778# I'm sure they are absolutely shaking in their boots.

17.07.2014: Construction firms apologise over blacklisting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28331392#

Scotland's economy outgrows the UK's. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10972237/Scotlands-economy-outgrows-UK-amid-manufacturing-surge.html

LLoyds accused of misleading customers over debt collection. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/17/lloyds-accused-of-misleading-customers-over-debt-collection/ Wot, like payday loan companies? (The Church of England was unavailable for comment.)

Six ways banks make money out of you. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/16/six-ways-banks-make-money-off-you/

French blogger fined over review. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28331598

'I'm not a f**kin' pleb' MP invested in tax avoidance scheme, claims taxman. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28331818#

French supermarket introduces ugly fruit and veg at a 30% discount to combat food waste. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-2693000/Forget-ugli-fruit-meet-ugly-fruit-bowl-French-supermarket-introduces-lumpy-misshapen-fruit-vegetables-sold-30-discount-combat-food-waste.html It's a commendable enough idea. Now all they have to do is find French shoppers who know how to peel and cook the stuff.

We need a driving lesson from the French. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/10969389/We-need-a-driving-lesson-from-the-French.html This particular correspondent's articles about France are worth a larf a minute.

Tour proponents want Armstrong wins to stand. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/tour-de-france/10972429/Lance-Armstrongs-Tour-de-France-victories-should-stand-say-former-champions.html Good to see some honest input from actual participants instead of the internet's anonymous keyboard champions plus scammers and media hypocrites making £ billions out of fleecing the public with games of cheating with balls. Now that the truth overtly begins to out - despite it being common knowledge among the educated since the beginning of time - perhaps more sponsors still will be found to endorse the only professional sport which has at least gone through the motions of containing doping at the highest level. Despite all the posing by sham organisations like the IOC, WADA and USADA.

15 British phrases that confuse Americans. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/16/british-phrases-that-confuse-americans_n_5591520.html Oh. My God. Hey, guys. Didnyallknow we can't count to 15? Which is why we just do 'math' and not maths. Oh, my God. Awesome. And aintyall speakin good 'ole American these days, anyways? Oh. My God. Awesome. LOLLIPOP.

16.07.2014: HMRC publishes list of suspect tax avoidance schemes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28311047#

Why payday loans are cheaper than bank overdrafts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2693414/Why-payday-loans-cheaper-bank-overdrafts.html

UK unemployment falls to 2.12 million. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28325361# Despite all those millions of illegal immigrants working for half-wages? Or, worse still, signing on for benefits. Shorely shum mishtake.

ASA to crackdown on copycat Government websites. http://www.marketingweek.co.uk/sectors/technology-and-telecoms/news/ad-watchdog-launches-high-priority-crackdown-on-copycat-government-websites/4011043.article The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is cracking down on 'copycat' Government websites. Copycat websites typically charge consumers for access to services that are otherwise freely available, such as booking a practical driving test. The crackdown will involve the ASA contacting all website owners that it has received complaints about or has identified as potentially misleading. The ASA is expecting to adjudicate on a "precedent-setting" case shortly, and will then update the relevant guidance. (EnterpriseQuest)

Insurance price comparison sites failing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28323228#

Winners and losers of the current account switch. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/16/the-winners-and-losers-of-the-current-account-switch/

Official release: Government sale to help Constructionline exploit growing markets. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sale-to-help-constructionline-exploit-growing-markets This Government's propensity for selling everything which belongs to the country is like an alcoholic or a gambling addict selling anything of value in the family home to fund their habitual inadequacy.

CNET Community: are start-ups doing whatever it takes to make a buck? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=07/15/2014

Germany to combat American snoopers with typewriters. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10968316/Germanys-plan-to-take-on-NSA-Block-eavesdroppers-with-classical-music-and-use-typewriters.html Germany knows perfectly well that using typewriters won't make any difference to official American psycopathic tendencies to 'snoop', but this story coincides with the start-up history of the first issue of The BOARD - The Business Opportunities Advertisers Report and Directory - a tad over 21 years ago which evolved in turn, our umbrella organisation, the HBA.

I was unemployed at the time, getting divorced, at one of life's crossroads and extremely short of money. However, I needed a means to set out and to format a series of reports I had been asked to do and so I looked up a 'local' (around ten miles away) typewriter repairman in Yellow Pages, went along to see what he had going 'cheap' and was offered a German electric typewriter. It was an old Imperial - but a truly beautiful piece of engineering and in perfect working order. It weighed an absolute ton and the only means I had of getting it home was to tie it to the underside of my bike's crossbar with some string and then, walk it back to base. From there, armed with a bottle of Snopake and a ream of paper, The BOARD and subsequently, the HBA were born.

How much has changed in that short time.

The new sign on French menus. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28313666 Or, a sign of the French coming to grips with increasingly crap gastronomy. Boring, repetitive, undercooked industrial muck in nine cases out ten. Just as eating out in Britain was thirty years ago, they will be delighted to learn. Which is why, thirty or fourty years ago, nobody in Britain ate out. And which is why the French now, have a massive problem. Whereas all we have to do now, is bring the British media, celebrity chefs and food critics up to speed.

7 stress killing tips. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25740/7-stress-killing-tips/

15.07.2014: Enterprise Minister announces streamlining of business support. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/federation-of-small-businesses-fsb-summit Business support services provided by the Department for Business (BIS) are to be consolidated under the GREAT Business brand and website, with schemes that fail to deliver value for money facing closure by the end of the year, according to an announcement by Enterprise and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. Addressing the annual conference of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Mr Hancock said the GREATbusiness.gov.uk website would be enhanced to bring business advice and guidance together in one place, with a new online tool to help firms find the most relevant support. He said all the Government's business support services would be rolled into three clear offers, with the GREAT Business brand sitting alongside UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), covering export help, and the British Business Bank, covering financial support. (EnterpriseQuest)

A digital version of Business Links, then? Wrapped up by Peppa Pig Marketing Ltd (of GREAT Danish bacon fame.)

Government fails to collect £22 billion it is owed. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/15/public-accounts-committee-government-failed-collect-22-billion-debt Oh. My. God. Awesome. Innit. Despite an army of retired bank managers as business mentors lying in wait for the country's entrepreneurial hopefuls. EPIC.

Official release: Land Registry consultation now closed. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/land-registry-new-service-delivery-company The Government has been persuaded - for the time being - not to sell the Land Registry. A result - despite the country's media studiously ignoring this latest attempt by government to filch another taxpayer asset.

GCHQ's toolkit for manipulating information online. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/gchqs-spy-toolkit-leaked-documents-reveal-how-uk-manipulates-information-online-9606043.html For all the tools who believe what they see or read online.

Majority of British women still responsible for shopping and food cooking. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/majority-of-british-women-are-still-responsible-for-cooking-and-food-shopping-research-finds-9605815.html As plastic consumption and food waste reach their highest levels yet. So Big Corp have clearly had this latest piece of 'research' sussed for quite some time.

Pensioners got richer during recession while young were hardest hit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/young-adults-income-has-suffered-the-most-from-the-uk-recession-latest-report-shows-9605971.html These findings may well have escaped the country's pensioners while they sit shivering during the winter months because they can't pay their rising energy scam bills; while the country's yoof on the other hand, finds the means to get bladdered every day. Especially if they're on benefits. In any case, I don't think I'll be putting up my prices in the hope my older clients will be able to pay all the more easily these days.

The rise and rise of the boomerang generation. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692264/The-rise-rise-boomerang-generation-Record-number-young-people-live-parents-struggle-buy-home.html Home businesses with workforces ready-to-go. Or - old folk who have worked and saved for a lifetime supporting a modern generation of dumbwalkers getting shitfaced every day.

Celebrities advised to pay tax. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/14/celebrities-advised-to-pay-disputed-tax/ However, if they are US Big Corp, they will be advised by senior ex-HMRC staff poached by international beancounters to pay as little tax as possible. Which is REALLY different to self-employed achievers trying to do the same thing. Except when it comes to cash suppositories for political parties.

Payday loan costs cut in crackdown. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/15/payday-loan-costs-cut-in-crackdown/

The Money Shop to refund thousands of payday loan customers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28294758#

Trending: sales of venison. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-2691316/Back-game-Sales-venison-soar-400-cent-families-turn-low-fat-meat-roasts-BBQs.html

Where 5 million (illegal immigrant) Brits live abroad. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2690347/Revealed-Where-5million-Brits-live-abroad-1-3million-Australia-four-emigrated-San-Marino.html I know my eyesight is failing these days but I couldn't see any mention of France as a significant destination for expat Brits. Musht be another tabloid mishtake.

Market research: essential free resources for your business. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/fl/Market-Research-Essential-Free-Resources-for-Building-Your-Business.htm?nl=1

14.07.2014: UK companies face a late payment burden of £46.1 billion. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25715/uk-companies-face-late-payment-burden-46-1-billion/

UK broadband not fit for purpose, says FSB. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28232142# Which we - and others - have been saying for 15 years. The problem is, the UK's broadband scam is fully backed by government and the media, so what is goling to happen? Take our broadband digital referendum HERE. (Connection not working? Follow this link.)
Do you think British broadband is 'unfit for purpose'?
Are you happy with British broadband?
(Expats only)
What is the purpose of British broadband?
Don't know
Connection not working?
Fallen asleep?


Energy complaints soar, says Energy Ombudsman. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28286260# Another bunch of scammers.

Power grab for taxman criticised as sinister. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10964965/Power-grab-for-taxman-criticised-as-sinister.html Something else small businesses and the self-employed have known about for decades. Is this a new, non-multiple-repeat version of 'Not The Nine O'Clock News'?

Digital bank gets backing from current account holders. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/14/digital-bank-gets-backing-from-current-account-holders/ With the escalating closure of local branches, the choice was digital banking or no banking at all.

North East leads way in economic recovery. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2691003/North-East-leads-way-economic-recovery-Region-fastest-growing-country.html

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tenants-face-eviction-as-landlords-capitalise-on-rising-house-prices-9603520.html

Half of Green Deal cashbacks gone in a month. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/10962196/Households-clear-out-new-7600-per-home-Green-Deal-cashback.html

Why don't people respect gardeners? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/10960065/Alan-Titchmarsh-why-dont-people-respect-gardeners.html I'm not aware that gardeners had a 'respect' problem? With 'people'? Or does 'people' mean the media again? Whom nobody respects. Deservedly so.

MPs need ethics lessons. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/14/mps-course-seven-principles-public-life-report Now here is a group which really doesn't enjoy any public respect. Which is why they want an all-digital political future so that their popularity as much as the fallout from their crimes, can be digitally manipulated at will.

English youths Europe's worst at foreign languages. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2690879/English-youths-Europes-worst-languages-Just-9-pupils-basic-mastery-French-compared-42-elsewhere.html They'll be getting Government start-up loans to help them export then?

The Scots of Corby vote against independence. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/scottish-independence-scots-of-corby-take-matters-into-their-own-hands-in-mock-referendum--and-deliver-overwhelming-verdict-9603607.html Buggrit. There could have been some interesting little business opportunities here if they had voted the other way.

Britain's first zero-waste restaurant to open. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/first-zerowaste-restaurant-to-open-in-brighton-9602432.html An interesting theme for Supper Clubs perhaps?

13.07.2014: Construction in 'surprise' dip. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/12/construction-output-in-surprise-dip/ What - another economic 'surprise'? (It was manufacturing just a few days ago.) The media really should have learned by now not to believe anything it publishes. Then it won't need to pretend it's 'surprised' any more!

Let small banks lend more, says Bank of England. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10963748/Let-small-banks-lend-more-says-Bank-of-England.html Haven't they been saying that for the past eternity?

Britain's debt hotspots. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cardsloans/article-2689021/Britain-s-debt-hotspots-revealed-Survey-exposes-postcodes-residents-biggest-personal-loans.html

Technology and data: trends changing the world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10962326/Technology-and-data-the-trends-changing-the-world.html

Commission on Digital Democracy. https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/digital-democracy-poll All the better for the elected ones at Wankminster to trawl kiddy porn with.

BT re-enter mobile phone market with deal for business owners. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/488500/BT-re-enter-mobile-phone-market-with-deal-for-business-owners

Dramatic rise in crash-for-cash scams. http://hotsearch.aol.co.uk/2014/07/11/protect-yourself-from-crash-for-cash-scams/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl6%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D277487

Untaxed foreign cars on UK roads are costing £ milllions. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/untaxed-foreign-cars-cost-uk-millions-and-agencies-are-too-slow-to-crack-down-rac-says-9601945.html A view which is also held by all the countries favoured by Brit ex-pats who deliberately avoid paying their taxes by the same method.

Pity the poor writers. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/13/earn-11k-author-top-writers

Three things that guarantee that someone won't buy from you. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25711/three-things-guarantee-someone-wont-buy/

5000 A5 Full colour single sided leaflets including delivery to 1 UK mainland address £49. Or double sided for £69 delivered within 5-7 working days. http://www.premierprint.co.uk/print/special-offers/5000-leaflets-130gsm-gloss-single-sided/?utm_source=MailingList&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5000+Full+colour+leaflets+%C2%A349+inc+delivery+-+text+only

DEAD SOON. Could the current trend of companies begging for positive reviews on social media, and offering financial inducements for them be the (welcome?) death of it all any time soon? After all anyone with more than one brain cell must realise that such bought recommendations are really not worth spit, like all those pathetic celebrity endorsements. Or is there a huge and lucrative market of otherwise savvy followers out there that we don’t know about, who really believe stuff on social media, as well as in Santa Claus? Do tell. (http://www.ezinematters.com)

Finally. With another murderous holocaust under way by religious, beardy-raghead terrorists (and illegal immigrants), here is a 'business' response to a perpetual Middle-East crisis which wouldn't of course, receive any mention in our usual hate-preaching, Nazi media. http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21595948-israels-politicians-sound-rattled-campaign-isolate-their-country . . . for the average western pleb who actually believes in old washing-machine parts 'raining' down on Israel every day.

12.07.2014: Official release. Fallon: Cuts in red tape now saving business £1.5 billion per year. And how, pray, has Mr Fallon's department made that calculation?

Regions with highest levels of personal debt. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/11/regions-top-personal-debt-league/

More young women becoming insolvent. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/11/more-young-women-becoming-insolvent/

Most 28-year-olds are broke. http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/she-said/2014/jul/11/im-28-and-broke-so-dont-talk-to-me-about-payday-treats

How Britain lost its artisan class. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689425/Lord-Sugars-advisers-claim-sense-entitlement-lack-work-ethic-stopping-young-adults-finding-work.html Nothing to do of course, with wall-to-wall wanabee 'celebrity' monkey shows for dumb plebs toying with mass-produced bits of plastic.

Church of England cuts ties with Wonga. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28257351# But ties with RBS and manufacturers of weapons of mass destruction are OK.

Stop buying big fridges, middle class families told. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10962434/Stop-buying-big-fridges-middle-class-families-told.html

You're too old for a home loan at 40. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689539/Youre-old-home-loan-40-Banks-want-proof-pay-retirement.html

Organic food benefits identified. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/organic-food-more-antioxidants-study

Remote village's DIY broadband solution. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2689496/Remote-villages-DIY-broadband-Frustrated-residents-dig-trenches-lay-new-cables-BT-refuse-cost.html

Time to ditch hi-tech baggage? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10962186/Airport-security-Why-now-is-the-time-to-switch-off-on-holiday.html Oh, dear! What are the world's zombie posers going to do? Add a ban on luggage-on-wheels and passenger overcrowding will be solved overnight.

Amazon seeks permission for drones. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/11/amazon-prime-air-delivery-drones

11.07.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/11/freebie-friday-your-guide-to-the-weeks-best-freebies/

Entrepreneur visa scheme closed down after Scrote Office discovers new scam. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10960403/Entrepreneur-visa-scheme-tightened-after-new-scam-uncovered.html 'Immigration officials uncovered the scam after comparing their files with tax records which showed many of the so-called "entrepreneurs" had been working full-time for employers after obtaining their visas, sometimes in low-skilled jobs.' Like many Enterprise Allowance claimants, then?

Royal Mail sale lost taxpayer £1 billion. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28250963# Who needs a black market when Britain's Trojan horse, public school fags can be relied upon for the country's economic damage. Or, you could take the more accurate view that they did precisely what they are paid to do and f**k the plebs.

Made in Britain shirts - from India. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2688099/Made-Britain-shirt-India-Angry-shoppers-accuse-Peacocks-deceiving-T-shirt-bearing-Union-Flag.html Not so much 'black market' as common practice. Still. Musn't upset British consumer-sheep.

Ageing Britain means future generations will work longer to pay off the country's debt. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10960560/Future-generations-will-work-longer-to-pay-off-Britains-debt.html Good innit, how politicians and their advisers are 'the country' when it's time to pay the piper? Although they are not 'the country' when swivel-eyed extremists conjure up fantasies that they are worth £100k a year.

Online patent renewal service goes live. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-faster-online-patent-renewal-service-goes-live Renewing a patent is now simpler, quicker and cheaper, following the launch of an online patent renewal service. 'Renew a patent' went live on 1st July 2014 as part of an Intellectual Property Office (IPO) reform programme to simplify and improve its processes. Commenting on the launch, Minister for Intellectual Property Lord Younger said: "More than 400,000 patents are renewed every year and more than a quarter of paper submissions have errors. A renewal request can be completed using the new service in under four minutes, saving valuable time and money for both IP specialists and businesses." (EnterpriseQuest)

The Trojan Treaties threatening home businesses around the world. http://newint.org/features/2014/05/01/trojan-treaties/

Creative re-use of garages. https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/53be659ee4b0376f817c65c6?INTCMP=mic_231930

Council spent £10,000 on CD showing 'tenants' how to change a lightbulb. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2687698/Council-spent-10K-DVD-showing-tenants-change-lightbulb-never-released.html Oh, yeah? Tenants, eh. And not council executives?

10.07.2014: Official earnings data excluded squeeze on self-employed. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/official-earnings-data-excluded-squeeze-on-the-selfemployed-new-study-claims-9596105.html No surprise. The Government and its lickspittle limpets don't want to scare off the country's pleb fodder for its assorted 'entrepreneur' start-up scams.

Fall in wages could be 20% more than estimated, thinktank claims. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jul/09/average-wages-fallen-further-britain-thinktank-claims More of the same. You don't need to be a thinktank to have worked that out; it's common knowledge within the business community.

Britain's black market is a multi-million pound industry. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/10/britains-black-market-trade-uncovered/ I didn't know that . . . Did you know that? Wow. That's almost as much as one of those shitloads of British weapons of mass destruction for Iraq; or Iran; or Libya; or Syria, etc, etc. Oh, my God. Awesome. EPIC investigative journalism again.

Shirtless builder (but no bum crack) just inches from death on roof. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/487823/shirtless-builder-inches-from-death-balances-roof-edge-London-building 'Tabloid hacks come to grips with someone working'. Wow. EPIC!!! Oh, my God! (x 50). I bet he's on the 'black market'. AND an illegal East European immigrant. AND probably a jihadist as well. With paedo tendencies. Oh, my God. Awesome.

Britain's buy-to-let king: it's time to sell up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/10953082/Britains-200m-buy-to-let-king-Time-to-sell.html I reckon he's a bit late. But with that much property, what's a few million here or there?

Insurers forced to provide clearer renewal quotes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28229282#

Beckam among 33,000 to receive new tax demand. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28227865# All good PR for HMRC - while it continues to fag for the really serious tax dodgers. Big Corp.

Power prices could double in next 20 years, warns National Grid. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/10/price-electricity-double-next-20-years-national-grid

4G inherently less secure than 3G. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10951812/4G-inherently-less-secure-than-3G.html

How can businesses ensure cashless customer payments are secure? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25698/can-businesses-ensure-cashless-customer-payments-secure/

Cameron says phone and email surveillance is essential. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/10/david-cameron-snoopers-charter_n_5573147.html?ncid=webmail1 That's not been in dispute (politically) nor hampered in any way since God invented ears, Bell the telephone and the US military launched the internet. The problem lies with criminal snouts like the media getting stuck into the same activity with the tacit approval of the country's 'essential' security services. OK, so governments and their police and military need to maintain a luvvy relationship with their propaganda services. Turn a blind eye here and there. The trouble is, when one bunch of crooks can get at your livelihoods, there's no stopping the next bunch of crooks doing the same thing. Over and over again. 'Essential' security, my arse.

Manners as important as grades for teenagers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10953484/Tatler-editor-manners-as-important-as-grades-for-teenagers.html It isn't just teenagers AND teachers AND parents at which fingers should be pointed. The business community in general has also suffered a marked decline in good manners in recent years. Roughly commensurate with the spread of the internet.

The one thing that trumps drive when it comes to business success. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25675/one-thing-trumps-drive-comes-business-success/ I've heard this suggestion quite a few times and I'm sorry, I just don't agree with it. I know far too many successful businesses which are precise, clinical, profit-making machines driven by bosses who just want the material benefits and kudos of business success. (Not that I personally would subscribe to their philosophy for one minute.)

How customer focused is your business? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/19281/how-customer-focused-is-your-business/

Libraries should be set up in pubs, suggests Government adviser. http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/first-features/-/journal_content/56/10180/6287803/NEWS Pubs and shops could be used to deliver library services in future, according to William Sieghart, the Chair of an independent panel commissioned earlier this year to carry out a review of England's public library service. In an article for the Local Government Association (LGA) magazine 'First', Mr Sieghart argues that the library service could be strengthened through a digital network for libraries, including a single management system, and a single library card that would be valid in every library in the country. Mr Sieghart suggests that this would enable better procurement, the sharing of best practice, and allow library services to be delivered from non-traditional premises. (EnterpriseQuest)

I'm saying nothing . . .

09.07.2014: Millions are unaware of flood risk to their homes, report says. http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/millions-are-unaware-of-flood-risk-to-their-homes-report-says-9593109.html

Millions of consumers losing money because they are unclear on their rights. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/09/consumers-unclear-over-rights/

Banks are coining it in by trying to make everyone go cashless. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2685123/How-banks-coining-trying-make-cashless.html

Savvy British shoppers force down prices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10955281/Savvy-British-shoppers-and-discount-stores-force-down-retail-prices.html Or, money is tight.

20 years of sustained immigration has not harmed Briton's employment prospects, claim Government advisers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sustained-immigration-has-not-harmed-britons-employment-say-government-advisers-9592892.html Where has this figure of just 20 years come from? Even by the late1960s/early1970s there had been a significant influx of Commonwealth (including Irish) immigrants and an anti-immigration outcry was well under way. It pays well. As today's continuing and equally uninformed debate, confirms.

Firms forced to take on migrants because British school-leavers don't even have basic skills. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2685356/Firms-forced-migrants-school-leavers-dont-basic-skills.html I don't think that's a fair observation. Young British goats these days can obtain GCSEs in Fummin; Dummyfone Carryin'; Takin' Selfies; Gobbin'; Gettin' Bladdered; VideoGamin'; Telly Watchin'; 0 Timekeepin'; Effin' . . . the list is endless.

Passport chaos has got worse. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2684738/Passport-chaos-got-WORSE-MPs-told-backlog-jumps-25-000-half-MILLION-applications.html

Post Office to enter mobile phone market. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/10952012/Post-Office-to-dial-into-mobile-phone-market.html

Typical writer earns '£11,000 a year'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28207444#

Retired banker turns pot entrepreneur. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financevideo/10952213/The-retired-banker-turned-pot-entrepreneur.html

What every tenant should know about renting. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jul/08/renting-home-every-tenant-should-know-uk-private-rental-sector

Top tips to decorate your home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/10935480/Why-are-these-Britains-most-influential-female-designers.html

3 things only people who have failed understand. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/fl/3-Things-Only-People-Who-Have-Failed-Understand.htm?nl=1

08.07.2014: 'Apprenticeships best route to a job'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/08/apprenticeships-best-route-to-job/ Or a business, in many cases. (How many self-employed tradesmen or 'artisans' do you know who haven't served an apprenticeship?)

UK manufacturing output in 'surprise' fall. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/28209578# A surprise to whom? Not us. And not to the greater small business community, either. Then again, as we keep reminding everyone - anything circulated by the British media is (usually) diametrically opposed to reality.

6 million homes at risk. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/07/six-million-homes-at-risk/

Councils demand half a million new homes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28192586#

House prices forcing families to desert cities. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10950266/Nation-divided-as-families-desert-cities.html

Deadline extended in 2014 Natwest everywoman awards. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25658/deadline-extended-2014-natwest-everywoman-awards/

Community-owned stores on the increase. www.thenews.coop/87017/news/general/community-shops-sector-continues-to-grow/ The number of community-owned village shops in the UK increased from 292 to 309 during 2013, representing a volume increase of around 6%, and a further 18 are predicted to open in 2014, according to the Plunkett Foundation report 'Community Shops 2014: A Better Form of Business'. The report also highlighted that the 5-year survival rate for community-owned shops is 99%. Community shops are owned and run by members of the local community on a co-operative basis. (EnterpriseQuest)

150k rural fund to help innovative businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/angels/25650/150k-rural-fund-help-local-businesses-innovation/

Why you shouldn't keep checking your email. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/marketing/18898/3-classic-follow-up-mistakes-most-people-make-with-their-sales-calls/

Payday complaints double in two years. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28199841#

Investing in property - with £1000. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27606802

07.07.2014: EU goes to war against US digital giants. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/06/google-amazon-europe-goes-to-war-power-digital-giants#start-of-comments . . . while Britain continues to fag as usual. It's all far too late, though. Simpering politicians and bureaucrats allowed not only US digital giants but business giants of all descriptions to establish footholds in the much-favoured 'Trojan Horse' style, not just in the EU but across the whole world, fifty years ago. Now that the consequences are being felt, it's time to panic!

Of course, there is another, very simple solution. Chuck your plastic abortions in the bin and start to live a little. Make some money. Have a jolly good time.

Copycat government websites targeted in crackdown on hoaxers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/copycat-government-websites-targeted-in-crackdown-on-hoaxers-9588213.html How do you recognise a copycat official website? It works.

The rising tide of vishing fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/07/couple-conned-out-of-42-000-in-new-fraud-trend/

Children aged eight can have their own Mastercard. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2682659/Children-aged-eight-Mastercard-Debit-cards-topped-parents-offspring-use.html

How you will deal with your money in 2024. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/10946277/The-tech-breakthroughs-that-will-transform-your-personal-finances.html And everyone will be a digitally-rewarded unemployed entrepreneur.

Businessman wins landmark victory over costs of cancelling flight. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2682156/Millions-passengers-claim-unreasonable-fees-businessman-wins-landmark-victory-costs-cancelling-easyJet-flight.html

Kickstarter user raises $4000 just to make a potato salad. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/kickstarter-user-raises-over-4000-just-so-he-can-make-a-potato-salad-9587881.html Yes, but these are Yanks, bless 'em. Collective national IQ of 4. Still. It'll get the Government's advisers thinking about a new roll-out for its business start-up unemployment programme.

House with its own working train station goes for sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertynews/10949594/Country-house-with-its-own-railway-station-where-residents-can-flag-down-trains-goes-on-sale-for-425000.html

Can my elderly printer work under Windows 7? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10944005/Can-my-elderly-printer-be-made-to-work-under-Windows-7.html We've got some 'elderly' postscript laser printers still running on dedicated Windows 98 platforms! And they work extremely well indeed.

Fancy working from home in a tree house? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renovatinganddiy/10945952/Fancy-working-from-home-in-a-treehouse.html I do it all the time. Very good for spotting and shooting trespassers.

Future houses built of rubbish. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jul/07/future-housing-rubbish-architecture-waste-sustainable-homes Aren't Britain's battery houses rubbish-built already?

Italian Alpine village for sale on eBay for £195,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10949895/For-sale-Italian-alpine-village-for-195000.html

Welcome to the Internet Of The Home: IoTH. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10946417/Welcome-to-IoTH-The-Internet-of-the-Home.html Wow! That'll get Wankminster's followers of digital fashion drooling at their pornstations; and another inconsequential abbreviation for the media to ape.

Vacancies for high-altitude window cleaners. Pay: £390 a week. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/487103/Shard-needs-window-cleaners-with-a-head-for-heights My plasterer will be interested in that; he gets ideas above his station every time he puts on his stilts to do a ceiling. But £390 A WEEK? That's shurely shome mishtake? An HOUR . . (which is what he charges.)

Cold-calling phone fraudsters cashing in on new pension rules. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/487030/Fraudsters-cash-in-on-new-pension-rules

06.07.2014: UK's economy to overtake that of France. (By 2020.) http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jul/05/britain-economy-forecast-global-a-list

Yorkshire's Tour de France does Britain proud. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/yorkshire-puts-on-a-show The stage winner may not have been a Manxman but the people of Yorkshire put on a display yesterday, which drew the admiration of the entire world. (Not that you'd know it from the British media, whose reporting revolves around cheatball, its own non-entity-celebrities-to-become-paedos nobody has yet heard of, and circulating American and Israeli propaganda.)

Cameron announces £ billions for local growth. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10949066/David-Cameron-to-announce-billions-for-local-growth.html To be delivered by the same collective of underperforming, unimaginative, gravytrain wasters who have impeded local growth to date.

Fixed rate mortgage costs soar. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jul/06/fixed-rate-mortgage-costs-soar-biggest-deposits That should start thinning out Britain's supposed 8 million, home-based internet entrepreneurs.

£200 smart meters which every household must pay for. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681954/Unveiled-New-200-smart-meters-household-pay-not-work.html Latest officially approved scam from the energy industry.

Faster wi-fi for trains. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28166639# At a cost of £70 million. Which could go a long way towards helping trains run on time, instead. There might even be a few bob left over to clean out the pigstys they call railway carriages, as well. Still, it's all the rage with mis-managed UK services thieved from the taxpayer, pretending to be businesses. Issue a press release containing the word 'broadband' (or wi-fi). Put up prices.

TSB allowed £35,000 to be taken from my account - then blamed me. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/10945413/TSB-allowed-35000-to-be-taken-from-my-account-then-blamed-me.html

The era of the traditional bank branch is dead, says BBA. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10948204/The-era-of-the-traditional-bank-branch-is-dead-says-BBA.html That's one way of explaining the banking industry's current lack of operational functionality.

Credit unions to offer instant, online approvals. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/loans-credit/credit-unions-to-offer-instant-online-approvals-as-ministers-clamp-down-on-payday-loans-industry-9587242.html

The law on renting needs changing: it's far too easy for landlords to evict. http://www.theguardian.com/money/blog/2014/jul/05/change-law-on-renting-and-evictions Another case of a hack using a personal experience as a lesson for all to behold. (Hacks are usually embedded these days so this is EPIC journalism.) However patchy and often, unrepresentative the conclusions might be. I've always wondered why modern journalism doesn't express itself while ambling about under terrorist drones flying overhead; or sipping a coffee adjacent to areas of 'precision bombing'; conduct some interviews in Palestine, Libya, Syria or Iraq; muck in with the locals digging a well in Central Africa. Then again, as we all know, they do have their 'non-criminal' reputations to preserve, don't they?

As for it being too easy for landlords to evict, then tenants come in two forms. Those who are respectful of the law and who, I would agree, can often be abused by the law - although that abuse applies to all manner of activities and not just to being a tenant; and those who will simply ignore an eviction notice until they are physically bundled out of a property to be provided with emergency accommodation by the local authority, all at the ratepayers', taxpayers' and landlord's expense. Together with a couple of young goats, two cars, three very big tellies, latest smartphones, two notebooks, a trophy pit-bull, tickets for a two-week holiday in Spain, letters from the benefits office - and six months of rent arrears.

The Great Stamp Duty rip-off. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/20/average-lifetime-stamp-duty-costs/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl3%7Csec3_lnk4%26pLid%3D276174 A case in point. Official abuse of law.

Theresa May's Scrote Office 'loses' Wankminster paedo dossiers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10949117/Whitehall-child-sex-inquiry-the-114-files-lost.html Which is precisely of course, why they are in charge of such delicate responsibilities; and policing 'cock-ups'; and border, immigration and passport cock-ups; and court cock-ups. So our hacks won't be insisting - the law needs changing. Or worse still, LOTS of laws, need changing. And that would be very bad for 'big' business and its well-groomed platoons of public school fags.

05.07.2014: Dell study shows UK is top for supporting women businesses. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/486743/Women-businesses-are-growing

App glitch hits banking customers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/05/app-glitch-hits-banking-customers/

Customers complain after Barclays system failure. http://www.cityam.com/1404494696/customers-complain-after-barclays-system-failure The choice of a suitable bank nowadays appears to be guided by which one is the least fit for purpose . . .

Amazon dragged into EU tax crackdown. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10945010/Amazon-dragged-into-EU-tax-crackdown.html Well it wouldn't be a British crackdown on Big Corp tax avoidance, would it now?

CNET forum: my email account was hacked but is changing my password good enough? http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6132_102-622139/email-account-hacked-is-changing-my-password-good-enough/?tag=nl.e497&s_cid=e497&ttag=e497&ftag=CAD5920658

Quiz: what do you know about energy? http://www.theguardian.com/big-energy-debate/quiz/energy-quiz-how-much-do-you-know

04.07.2014: Don't let corporations sue Governments. (You have just 24 hours to be heard.) https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/tell-ttip-negotiators-not-to-let-corporations-sue-governments#petition

Construction blacklist compensation scheme opens. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28155936#

Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/04/freebie-friday-get-your-hands-on-the-weeks-best-freebies/

HMRC apologises for getting its sums wrong. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/03/tax-officials-wrongly-claimed-brining-in-billions It's what Big Corp pays HMRC to do. (And I don't mean 'apologising'.)

The Scrote Office massively wastes taxpayers' money again. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10944951/340000-taxpayer-bill-for-hotel-rooms-booked-for-London-Olympics-and-never-used.html

Banks send Wonga-style letters to customers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2680068/Fury-banks-send-Wonga-style-legal-threats-customers-MPs-condemn-dishonest-distressing-tactic.html Or, 'Wonga sent bank-style letters to customers'. I don't see any proposals to change the law to penalise the banks, though?

SMEs want rules to force banks to refer rejected firms to alternative lenders. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/24859/smes-want-rules-force-banks-refer-rejected-firms-alternative-lenders/

British Gas staff mis-sold deals. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28159968# Which means they will be getting off scot-free, just like the rest of the official crooks doing the rounds these days.

Home movers warned of fraud risk. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/04/home-movers-warned-of-fraud-risk/

Scammers posing as bankers and police con old woman out of £100,000. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/04/scammers-con-woman-out-of-100-000/ Are we sure they were 'posing'?

Cameron's date with a banker. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/04/camerons-tennis-date-with-banker/ So all of that effort which went into recruiting a criminal, tabloid wank-rag snoop to become Da P.M's personal plebwhisperer has fallen by the wayside, has it?

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna doesn't know his Worcester from his Wichita. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/shadow-business-secretary-chuka-umunna-doesnt-know-his-worcester-from-his-wichita-9583130.html He'll be more knowledgeable than the British media, then.

Yorkshire folk set to profit by £100 million from Tour de France. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2680020/Peddle-power-Yorkshire-folk-cash-tTour-County-prepares-Le-grand-Depart-economy-set-100m-boost.html Traditional snouts in troughs pause for thought.

Business Secretary claims that efforts to slow down immigration are harming business. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2679480/Cable-slapped-No-10-claiming-efforts-limit-imigration-damaging-British-business.html I'm quite sure there is no meaningful or official effort to slow down immigration at all. Like an English football squad, it's all about posing for dumb plebs while taking them to the cleaners.

Preparation is key when expanding your business abroad. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25596/preparation-key-expanding-business-abroad/

Government cuts export funding for small firms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/sales/10926035/Small-firms-sidelined-for-export-funding.html Match funding for various UKTI schemes, including Passport to Export, Gateway to Growth and the Export Communications Review (ECR) programme has been reduced or withdrawn by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), according to a report in the Telegraph. The affected schemes help firms build international operations or overcome language barriers, and provide training and support for firms targeting new markets abroad. Around £1.5 million was spent on Passport to Export by UKTI last year, but this funding is reportedly to be re-allocated to schemes that target medium-sized rather than small firms. (EnterpriseQuest)

Reality-check time. "It is not this Government's policy to endorse or support any UK export activity which is not approved by the Pentagon", stated a spokesneuterperson. "Consequently, only official suppliers of weapons of mass destruction and chemical warfare products will qualify for future match funding. Non-Pentagon approved businesses will be categorised as terrorist activity and its owners rendered to the US for trial by kangaroo court (and a war-chimp) before being imprisoned for eternity." Notes to editors:The US Haggis Ban (and sheep products) has been in force since 1971. Haggis has resurfaced as a 'credible threat' to US national security since French gastro-restaurants became the world's leading consumers of cheeseburkhas, thus leading to a shortage of American processed foodstuffs for export as weapons of mass destruction.

33 ways to use technology in your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/ecommerce/a/how-to-use-technology-in-your-small-business.htm?nl=1 So the Pentagon and HMRC can keep an eye on you more easily.

September 1-2 The Venue Expo. EventCity, Manchester. http://www.thevenueexpo.co.uk

September 17-18 Square Meal Venues and Events Live. Old Billingsgate, London. http://www.venuesandevents.co.uk

Celebrate Entrepreneurial Independence this 4th of July. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/beyondstartup/fl/Celebrate-Entrepreneurial-Independence-This-Fourth-of-July.htm?nl=1

03.07.2014: Don't let corporations sue Governments. (You have just 48 hours to be heard.) https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/tell-ttip-negotiators-not-to-let-corporations-sue-governments#petition

House prices biggest risk to UK economy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28140588#

Gumtree hit by 250 fraud claims a week. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2678728/Gumtree-hit-250-fraud-claims-week-Consumers-warned-criminals-using-small-ads-site-steal-millions.html

10 ways to improve your cash flow. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/fl/10-Ways-to-Improve-Your-Small-Business-Cash-Flow.htm?nl=1

How NOT to pitch. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25586/pitch-real-life-mistakes-people-make-pitching/

Britain's Top Ten irritations. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/03/britains-top-ten-irritations-revealed-money-comes-third/ No surprises to see technology, the internet and its associated scams well up there.

More airport delays in response to 'credible threat' warning from USA. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/03/british-airport-security_n_5553866.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D276109 What latest American 'credible threat' is this, then? Gun-totin', Bible Belt murder-freaks travelling the world to work for 'security' forces in countries bombed and de-stabilised by their own terrorists? Of which no word ever appears in British 'non-criminal' reporting, naturally.

So - an even jollier time to be had by all essential travellers and businesses adding to the normal, seasonal misery of air traffic non-controllers, railway and underground non-workers, Scrote Office Daily Incompetence, Three 'Oh, My Gods' and a Hail Mary plus patriotic politicians, Kippers and the unemployed all holidaying abroad at the same time. (At EU taxpayers' expense.)

Pickles aiming to put 'fraud felons' in a jam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/03/pickles-battling-fraud-felons/ He's been reading eBOSS again, has he?

WC (War Criminal) Party leader outlines business policies. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/03/miliband-outlines-business-policies/ In short, declension of the verb 'to fag'. For the Americans. As per 'New' party values.

02.07.2014: Ministers warned of decrease in house building. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28114463# Yet another 'warning'? So all the other previous 'warnings' haven't had any effect then? Perhaps the construction industry should do a cost-benefit analysis of all its lobbying and political party sponsorship then?

Housebuilding boosts UK construction again in June. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28123613# Shorely shum mishtake?

Energy bills to rise to prevent UK blackouts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10936948/Consumer-energy-bills-to-rise-to-keep-power-plants-open.html Now there's a novel excuse. I've not heard that one before. Nothing to do with rubbing the Russians up the wrong way, either.

£440 penalty for not paying online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2677245/440-penalty-not-paying-online-Millions-Britons-paying-choose-buy-goods-services-high-street.html

Dealing with negative online reviews. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25599/dealing-negative-online-reviews/

Games springboard for Scottish tourism. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-28107359# Plus the Tour de France springboard in a few days' time and it's good to see the benefits of sport for all escaping the usual corrupt, grasping clutches of the elitist world of professional 'cheat'ball. And other much-mediatised games of balls.

New rules to curb powers of payday lenders. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/02/new-rules-curb-powers-of-payday-lenders/ That's taken the banking industry long enough - making sure that any new rules don't curb their own abuse of powers.

Builders conned people out of £1 million. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/07/02/builders-conned-people-out-of-1m/

01.07.2014: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill presented to Parliament. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-businesses-at-the-heart-of-the-legislative-agenda On 25th June 2014, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill was presented to Parliament and it is expected to become law in early 2015. There are various specific measures included in the Bill that are aimed at benefitting small firms. These include improving access to finance by increasing the availability of investment sources and increasing trade credit availability by up to £1.8 billion by enabling HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to share data about VAT registrations. Commenting on the Bill, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "The government is working hard to improve the environment for small businesses. Better access to finance for SMEs, measures to boost trust and transparency in British business and increasing fairness in the workplace are key issues that this bill aims to address." (EnterpriseQuest)

The scammers that call themselves Mr Gold and Mr Silver. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/30/the-scammers-that-called-themselves-mr-gold-and-mr-silver/

How to become a millionaire in 1000 days. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10935334/How-to-become-a-millionaire-in-1000-days.html

Is Herbalife a pyramid scheme? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10935129/Herbalife-boasts-big-rewards-for-sellers-but-is-it-a-pyramid-scheme.html Interesting how much misinformed media debate still surrounds MLM or supposed 'pyramid selling' schemes; of course, the same could be said of the UK housing market and a lot of financial products in general. Then again, we shouldn't expect our propaganda-peddling, 'non-criminal' journalists to jeopardise their own livelehoods, should we now?

Britain buying in fruit and vegetables that could be produced at home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/britains-food-selfsufficiency-at-risk-from-reliance-on-overseas-imports-of-fruit-and-vegetables-that-could-be-produced-at-home-9574238.html

Brits waste £14 billion a year on unused direct debits. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2675878/We-waste-14bn-unused-direct-debits-Typical-family-spends-70-month-items-no-longer-need-use.html

B&B trips top all-inclusive deals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/30/bandb-trips-top-all-inclusive-deals/

A man's lunch from up North. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674815/A-man-work-wrap-Lancastrian-creates-ultimate-oop-North-lunch-7-pie-stuffed-steak-chips-peas-gravy-served-extra-chips.html

Collecting unpaid invoices. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/managingfinances/fl/Collecting-Unpaid-Invoices.htm?nl=1


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

Len Tondel



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