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LATEST! 30.06.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (May 2014) Viewpoint

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

30.06.2014: Copyright law to be updated. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-copyright-law The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has confirmed several changes to copyright law that will come into effect on 1st October 2014, under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014, the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 and the Copyright (Public Administration) Regulations 2014. These changes will update copyright law for the digital age by, for example, extending existing exceptions allowing literary works to be copied for educational or archiving purposes to artistic works, sound recordings and films. (EnterpriseQuest)

Flexible working rights extended to all. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28078690#

UK business optimism soars to 20-year high. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674484/UK-business-optimism-soars-20-year-high-Firms-country-expect-profits-sales-order-increase-six-months.html Looks like there's trouble ahead, then. (Based on previous, optimistic projections.)

Families' cost of living has risen by 48% since 2008. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/30/couple-two-children-earn-basic-needs

Beware the tax credit scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/16/tax-man-warning-over-scam-emails/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D274740

Mobile bill shock for 1-in-6 travellers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674434/Mobile-bill-shock-one-six-travellers-Which-warns-phone-companies-cash-holidaymakers-not-knowing-cost-using-handsets-holiday.html

Business idea: gourmet food truck for dogs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10932706/San-Francisco-where-dogs-have-their-day.html

Business opportunity: Britain facing a major sperm shortage. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/britain-is-facing-a-major-sperm-shortage-9569949.html It looks like the habits of male Twitterers and Facebookers might come in useful after all.

French to hike hotel tax by 500%. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2674495/French-hike-hotel-tax-500-cent-Controversial-set-add-8-cost-room.html It's the only way the present, intellectually as well as economically bankrupt ragbag of elitist scroungers know how to think. Make the peasants pay.

France could lose its culinary crown to Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2673895/How-France-lose-culinary-crown-Britain-thanks-Thatcher-says-chef-Michel-Roux.html France lost its 'culinary crown' a decade or more ago as, rather like British manufacturing, it spent all its time congratulating itself rather than keeping an eye on the rapidly evolving competition. Now, it's the Spanish, the Italians, even the Americans who set the pace - and certainly not the French. (And yes, the Brits are well up there, too.)

29.06.2014: Britain should stay in EU to protect economy, CBI says. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-28076876#

UK start-ups changing the world with open data. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10930868/Meet-the-UK-start-ups-changing-the-world-with-open-data.html

Happy campers. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jun/28/best-new-uk-campsites-glamping-pop-up-events

Trending: thousands of elderly left home and alone. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/lonely-britain-tens-of-thousands-of-elderly-men-and-women-are-left-home-and-alone-9570689.html This wouldn't be happening twenty years ago. Before the internet took over and people became 'clicks'. There has to be a window of opportunity here for local businesses and home businesses especially, to get over old folks' loneliness and make it pay.

6 ways to be a happier small business owner. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/fl/6-Ways-To-Be-A-Happier-Small-Business-Owner.htm?nl=1

28.06.2014: How to avoid roaming bill shocks. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/28/roaming-charges-how-avoid-smartphone-bill-shock-post-holiday

The devices quietly running up your energy bills. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10920520/The-devices-quietly-running-up-your-energy-bills.html

When is a smart home too smart? http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jun/27/-sp-the-nest-google-technology-future-homes

Obsessed by seaweed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25196870

Tough business. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27543548

27.06.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/27/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Probe by energy lapdog 'could' lead to major change. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28037567# Then again - perhaps it won't.

How to get cheapest home insurance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/contents/10898478/How-to-get-cheap-home-insurance.html

Finalists announced for Duke of York new entrepreneur of the year award. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25557/finalists-announced-duke-york-new-entrepreneur-year-award/

Six Top Tips to help boost UK exports. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25553/six-top-tips-boost-uk-exports/

Britain's 10 weirdest occupations. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/26/britains-10-weirdest-occupations/

eBay loophole: how you can exploit listing typos. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10920670/eBay-loophole-how-you-can-exploit-listing-typos-to-find-bargains.html

Google begins removing 'right to be forgotten' search links. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/26/google-removing-right-to-be-forgotten-links

Couple whose credit rating was destroyed by bad online review win £176,000 compensation. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/couple-whose-credit-rating-was-destroyed-by-bad-online-review-win-176000-compensation-9566492.html

Can you trust the website that promises to banish cowboy workmen? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2671559/Can-trust-website-claims-banish-cowboy-workmen.html

Are British passports the world's most powerful? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10928261/Britain-tops-list-of-worlds-most-powerful-passports.html

Scottish firm sells brioche to the French. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10926162/Scottish-firm-Genius-exports-brioche-to-France.html

26.06.2014: Tax avoidance industry condemned. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/26/tax-avoidance-industry-condemned/ However, HMRC has been telephoning its Big Corp US clients to give reassurances that everything remains bent business as usual.

HMRC issues new guidance on tax rules for agency workers. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/NEWS/agency-workers.pdf HMRC has published new guidance for the way in which agency workers, including those who are self employed, should be taxed when supplied through agencies. Under changes that came into effect in April 2014, most agency workers supplied by agencies will need to be treated as employees for tax purposes unless their work is not subject to supervision, direction or control by the firm that hires them, or someone else. The rules apply where there is a contract between an agency and a firm for the provision of services by an agency worker, and the agency worker provides the services personally. This prevents agencies from using 'substitution' clauses in their contracts, which previously meant agency workers could technically be treated as self-employed for tax purposes. (EnterpriseQuest)

Government paying US computer giant £140 million a month. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/us-computer-giant-hewlettpackard-rakes-in-140m-a-month-from-whitehall-9563397.html Not the sort of journalism you expect to see from Britain's US-aligned, rent-a-gob media - but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Wonga to pay £2.6 million in compensation. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/25/wonga-to-pay-2-6m-in-compensation/

Brits lose millions in World Cup land investment scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/25/brits-lose-millions-in-world-cup-land-investment-scam/ . . . and lose billions believing they had a world-class football team.

Beware the bargains! http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/25/beware-the-bargains/

Business travel gets high-tech facelift. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27975474#?foo=bar& Unfortunately, this does not include any transport movement during the summer months when French parasites fonctionnaires go on holiday prolongation strikes.

US government grounds Amazon drone delivery proposals. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/amazons-drone-delivery-grounded-by-the-faa-9561807.html The drones were considered unsuitable on the grounds of lacking civilian kill capacity.

The future of retail calls for personalisation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/business-reporter/10815479/Wirecard-consumers-mobile-payments.html?WT.mc_id=605791&source=TrafficDriver The future of retail doesn't call for personalisation at all - but there are a lot of commercial interests which will do nicely out of yet another superfluous trend for consumer plebs.

UK infrastructure increasingly at risk. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/26/uk-public-transport-threatened-climate-change

5 everyday ways to collaborate in your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/fl/5-Everyday-Ways-to-Collaborate-in-Your-Small-Business.htm?nl=1

Outdoor work: it's a wonderful life. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/25/outdoor-work-is-it-a-wonderful-life-in-pictures

Can your business really make you happy? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25538/can-business-really-make-happy/

Business department confirms plans to review frequency of rate revaluation. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmbis/189/18904.htm The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has outlined plans to review the way in which properties are revalued for business rates, although no changes will be introduced before the next revaluation, which is scheduled to take place in 2017. The plans were included in an official response to the BIS Select Committee's Retail Sector Inquiry Report, which recommended that before the next revaluation BIS should work towards "the complete reform of the revaluation system, one of the ambitions of which should be the annual review of Business Rates". BIS has confirmed it would consider ratepayers' responses to a discussion paper focusing on the issue, and would look at options for reform "including possible changes to valuation approaches and the frequency of revaluations." (EnterpriseQuest)

25.06.2014: Every tax enquiry centre to close for good from next week. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/24/every-tax-enquiry-centre-is-to-close-for-good-next-week/ This will allow HMRC to spend more time helping Big Corp plan its tax dodges. Especially American Big Corp.

eBay for a living: how to trade successfully online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10920308/How-to-set-up-a-successful-eBay-business.html

How to sell your house in 24 hours. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10911939/How-to-sell-your-house-in-24-hours.html

Ministers warn retailers to do more on slavery. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/25/government-uk-retailers-ordered-improve-human-rights We'll be seeing ties cut with Quatari-based Al Jazeera and its 'non-criminal' journalists, then? And Government Ministers themselves wearing ethically manufactured and sourced goods and products? From Britain?

25% of binned food unopened. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10921831/Quarter-of-food-thrown-away-each-year-is-never-opened-figures-show.html Not that this will make the slightest difference to the pursuit of agri-corp profits from the propagation of GM crops in the name of combating world food shortages. Now that they've got a lot of our politicians in their pockets. Bleating to order like the good little clockwork gobshites they are.

Bienvenue dans Le Yorkshire! http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/the-northerner/2014/jun/24/otley-pubs-translate-their-names-into-french-tour-de-france-yorkshire-2014

Exporting to Algeria. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16364

The kids are alright. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25525/kids-alright/

Half of non-serious crimes originate from social media websites. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-fail-to-cope-as-half-of-nonserious-crimes-now-originate-from-social-media-websites-9560836.html As do half of non-serious businesses.

Almost 50,000 bogus students in English test scam. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2667076/Almost-50-000-bogus-foreign-students-faked-English-language-tests-stay-Britain-Immigration-Minister-admits.html This has been going on for a very long time indeed and is a story of the same order as a solitary ex-editor of a Sunday tabloid wank-rag becoming the entire media's sole scapegoat to be convicted (so far) of the everyday and universal crime of hacking. Let alone lying, preaching hatred and endorsing and disseminating terrorist propaganda. In the meantime, English nationals who can't speak their own language are given GCSE passes and many of these gain overpaid employment working as media presenters and 'non-criminal' jounalists. Whereupon they can ply their equal lack of integrity, life and numeracy skills at the same time.

Britain's self-preening, 'non-criminal' media launches new standard of ethical reporting. https://twitter.com/sunny_hundal/status/481142895052095488/photo/1 This should see off everything from supporting murderous incursions into countries which can't defend themselves ('wars'), non-reporting of inconvenient events (such as last Sunday's 50,000-strong National Austerity March), official and large, national and international scams, all the way through to misleading advertising. Let's hope the 'cover-ups' stick this time!

24.06.2014: Start Up Loans scheme: debts of £16 million could be written off. http://www.contractoruk.com/news/0011593start_loans_racks_gbp16m_debts.html The Government-backed Start Up Loan initiative, which provides loans to new business start ups, is facing up to £16 million of the loans it has made being at "at risk" of being written off, according to figures obtained by The Sunday Times. The newspaper found that the default rate for the scheme is expected to be as high as 40% by the time it finishes in 2018. The scheme's Chair, James Caan, commented that "Start Up Loans makes every effort to recover funds" but added that "clearly not every business proves successful". (EnterpriseQuest)

Competition launched to recognise best British high street. http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk A new competition has been launched to highlight the achievements of town centres in England, Wales and Scotland. The Great British High Street of The Year competition will accept applications from Town Teams or other recognised local partnerships, such as Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), under the following categories: London (for all high streets within Greater London Authority boroughs), City Location (with a population of more than 200,000), Town Centre (with a population of more than 50,000), Market Town, Coastal Community, Local Centre, and Village. The deadline for applications is 1st August 2014 and winners will be awarded a branding toolkit to help promote their high street. (EnterpriseQuest)

Three in five smaller firms do not accept card payments. http://www.newsroom.barclays.com/Press-releases/More-than-7-billion-
Just two fifths of the UK's small and medium-sized traders accept card payments, according to a survey commissioned by Barclaycard. The survey found that a quarter of those that do not accept cards said this had meant lost sales opportunities - around one per week on average. The survey found that the average value of the most recent lost sales opportunity was £182. Of those traders who do not currently accept card payments, more than a quarter choose not to because it would entail significant cost, and 11% choose not to because it would be too complicated. (EnterpriseQuest)

What should you include in your small business invoice template? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25513/include-small-business-invoice-template/

Latest banks' mis-selling scandal. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-new-bank-interest-rate-protection-scandal-as-big-as-ppi-9558029.html

Lloyds agrees £4 million for credit union grants. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/lloyds-agrees-4m-plan-for-credit-union-grants-9555616.html

How to avoid leaving your business wide open to mobile phone security breaches. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25518/avoid-leaving-business-wide-open-mobile-security-breaches/

Labour promises boost for small businesses. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/24/labour-rachel-reeves-government-contracts-outsourcing We've heard it all before. Hundreds of times.

Free energy efficiency measures. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2663470/The-energy-efficiency-measures-FOR-FREE-hold-them.html

Ireland is best country in the world. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ireland-is-the-best-country-in-the-world-according-to-good-country-index-9557358.html Inevitably, the countries at the opposite end of the spectrum are those 'liberated' by The Coalition of Evil - aka The Terrorist States of America and Fagging Britain.

Limited air traffic disruption in France. http://www.deplacementspros.com/La-DGAC-demande-une-reduction-des-vols-de-20-pour-ce-24-juin_a27845.html

23.06.2014: 24% more freelance mothers in UK. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/22/working-parents-freelance-poll

1-in-5 people cannot perform basic online tasks making them potential Kipper insurgents. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lack-of-digital-skills-leading-disconnected-voters-to-ukip-says-chuka-umunna-9555118.html So there is real life in the UK still.

Have you been duped at farmers' markets? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2665447/Have-duped-farmers-market-Homegrown-fare-locals-No-We-reveal-stalls-run-giant-firms-selling-EXACTLY-food-cheaper-supermarkets.html This has been going on for a long time and the practice isn't confined to just the markets. I popped into an 'organic' grocery in a posh part of London maybe ten years ago now and true enough, it was actually selling produce which looked home grown. In other words, it looked dog rough; the sort of veg I would give the pigs, normally although the reason it looked like that is because shoppers had already picked out what looked the nicest. A few years later I was in the area again and popped into the same shop out of curiosity, only to find the fruit and veg was much more uniform and much of it, non-local and out of season. I had a quiet word with one of the assistants and sure enough, it's all about dumb shoppers and takings.

How to save your business from a winding up order. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/25449/save-business-winding-order/

Buy a car and inherit a debt. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2665347/Buy-car-inherit-debt-Thousands-motorists-having-vehicles-seized-loan-arrears-racked-previous-owner.html

22.06.2014: Foreign language shortfall for businesses, CBI says. http://www.bbc.com/news/education-27948049# Business groups have been making this observation for decades and nothing changes. At the moment, the education system isn't even equal to teaching English. However, acquiring foreign language basics is only part of the process of doing business abroad. Cultural awareness, respect, manners, etiquette and protocol are just as high on the list. Only for British education to fall down yet again.

Job fears for untrained youths. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27960820# No probs. The Government and its lickspittles are turning them all into entrepreneurs.

"My parents' struggles and strains behind Bill to help small businesses." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10917431/Matthew-Hancock-My-parents-struggles-and-strains-behind-bill-to-help-small-business.html A propaganda statement from Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, promising everything which his predecessors have promised before, with a couple of knobs on.

'We saved £9000 by selling our home through friends on Facebook'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10912613/We-saved-9000-by-selling-our-home-through-friends-on-Facebook.html

Can you build your own home for £100,000? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/homebuildingandrenovatingawards/10911649/Can-you-build-a-house-for-100000.html Yes, as long as it's not in England and you don't use English builders. Not that I'm saying English builders have got a bad reputation . . .

Fancy buying an ex-Post Office? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/take-5-homes-that-are-former-post-offices/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt2%7Cdl9%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D273079

Business counts the cost of England's early World Cup exit. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/22/businesses-count-cost-england-early-world-cup-exit

Yorkshire Tour de France fever. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/22/yorkshire-infected-tour-de-france-fever-tim-lewis-stage-one-recce

The basics: how to start a small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/How-To-Start-A-Business.htm?nl=1

21.06.2014: French air traffic controller strike: your rights. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10915045/French-air-traffic-controller-strike-your-rights.html

The Passport Office scam: profit from chaos. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/20/passport-office-chaos-applications-profit-surplus

Half a million British passports given away to EU citizens by Hungary. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664229/Half-million-EU-passports-given-away-eastern-Europeans-Hungary-allow-live-Britain.html That's one way of dealing with British Passport Office backlogs. But half a million? Only in the world of tabloid propaganda.

VAT one-stop shop for suppliers of digital services. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/digital-services-suppliers-get-one-stop-eu-vat-service HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has set up a new one-stop shop to enable suppliers of digital services, such as apps and e-books, to pay VAT on all their EU sales in one place. Under new rules, set to come into force in the UK in January 2015, VAT is to be levied on sales of digital services in the country where the consumer makes the purchase, rather than where the seller is based. The new VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS) will remove the need for firms to register for VAT separately in every country where they make sales, and is expected to be used by between 27,000 and 42,000 UK suppliers.

Official release: closed consultation on alternative sources of SME finance. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/sme-finance-help-to-match-smes-rejected-for-finance-with-alternative-lenders

Ofgem to launch largest ever energy probe. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10916215/Ofgem-to-announce-largest-ever-energy-market-probe.html

EE to offer phone calls and text over wi-fi. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/10912212/EE-to-offer-phone-calls-and-texts-over-WiFi.html

The end of mobile phone blackspots? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664215/Is-end-mobile-phone-blackspots-Radical-shake-allow-users-swap-rival-networks-banish-poor-signals.html Or, we could totally eliminate blackspots by another, more traditional 'British' means. Red telephone kiosks.

Massive security hole in Google app store. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2664100/Researchers-reveal-massive-security-hole-Google-s-app-store-puts-millions-risk-secret-keys-discovered.html

Government U-turn on meat labelling. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664163/Ministers-meat-label-betrayal-Just-year-horsemeat-scandal-cave-industry-lobbying-wont-know-food-comes-from.html Every step this fagging Government takes is anti-consumer, anti-small business and anti-competition. Which is why we have been suggesting nothing would happen since the media first belatedly stumbled across normal food industry practice.

Potholes are the sign of a strong economy, claims Transport Minister. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664218/Potholes-Theyre-sign-strong-economy-says-transport-minister-people-using-car-work.html You couldn't make it up if you tried, could you?

The Government digital cock-up saga continues. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2663740/Shambolic-Government-IT-upgrade-leaves-civil-servants-struggling-work-sparking-crisis-talks-Prime-Minister.html It is not unusual for a government to be totally unfit for purpose - as the present bucket 'o swill has demonstrated over and over again. In which case, civil servants have traditionally been there to provide a safety net. However, with this Government's pledge to digitalise and move exclusively online, every aspect of every department, it means that in the near future, there will be no more safe pairs of hands. At which point, it will be time to give away what remains of 'Britain' to the Americans.

A skier who ignores France's rules? Or a national hero? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/is-simon-butler-a-national-hero--or-just-a-skier-who-ignores-frances-rules-9553142.html It's the height of irony that this man's support in Britain should come from the very same, much-publicised quarters which would want visitors to their own country to respect its 'Britishness' (while fagging for the USA). And the media lapses into debasing the term 'hero' again. Which in modern English can be translated as meaning anything from a British terrorist to someone who watches an over-hyped and obscenely overpaid bunch of underperforming fairies lose at the country's national sport of professional cheating to five wheelie-bins from some backwater Amazonian tribe. Unfortunately, when genuine self-employed folk from Britain do try to go about their business abroad in a legal and appropriate manner, they become subject to the many anecdotal (truer) versions around the world of 'being British' and find that their lives have suddenly become a lot harder.

French Finance Minister tells the French to be 'nice' to tourists. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2663673/France-told-nicer-visitors-boost-tourism.html How about the French government leading by example and imprisoning members of French terrorist groups like the CGT who not only destroy the holidaying experience of millions of visitors every year, but also the day-to-day existences of their own compatriots, of their own economy - just to extend their annual summer holidays by a few days. Mind you, this is the elitist, socio-fascist dross which helped return the present government to power. The worst government France has ever suffered, whose foreign visitor policy is to bulldoze Roma and immigrant camps and beat to a pulp any teenagers for stealing a few euros, while passively assisting a tiny minority of French thugs who cost the country hundreds of millions every day, several times a year, year in, year out.

Glamping in Britain: a shepherd's hut. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/familyholidays/10909215/Glamping-in-Britain-a-shepherds-hut-in-adults-only-Crafty-Camping-Dorset.html

Britain's cycling revolutionaries: the artisans who hand-craft bikes. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/20/hand-built-bikes-cycles-sculpted-measure These things might be 'revolutionary' for today's media but artisans, local blacksmiths even, started hand-crafting bikes almost a couple of hundred years ago. Like so many artisanal skills however, there is a real comeback going on, giving homebusiness far more prospects than the crap internet connection and a dummyphone entrepreneurism envisaged by this Government's advisers and digital 'gurus' in general.

CNET Community: what are best practices for dealing with email spam? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=06/20/2014

20.06.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/20/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Global refugee figures highest since WWII. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-27921938 Haven't the West's murder industries, their politicians and their propaganda done well? With normal business activity, there would usually be some positive trickle-down to self-employed plebs like us. So what do we get? The Apprentice, The Dragons' Den and millions of dead potential clients and friends. Oh joy.

HMRC trade figures lose national statistics status. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27922192# Too busy running around brown-nosing Big Corp to concentrate on their jobs, no doubt. Extra lunches for senior HMRC staff all round!

Retail sales dip 0.5% in May - but remain 3.9% higher than for the same period last year. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27920900#

Minister's solution to passport fiasco - staycation in Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10913551/Tourism-minister-Helen-Grants-solution-to-the-passport-fiasco-Stay-here.html That would normally be a very patriotic solution from a member of this Government! Shame it's only intended to paper over just one of its examples of rank incompetence.

Yet another official cock-up. (The police). http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27911416#?foo=bar&

. . . and another! (The HMRC.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2663209/3-5million-Britons-pay-extra-tax-HMRC-officials-attempt-claw-payments-despite-300m-reforms-supposed-reduce-errors.html Is this National Cock-Up Day?

BT predicts huge growth in home smartphones. http://www.express.co.uk/news/science-technology/483464/BT-Home-Smartphone-S-is-now-outselling-traditional-handsets-by-THREE-to-one That'll be nice for BT.

BT Faces broadband fibre regulation. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/19/bt-faces-fibre-broadband-regulation/

Pay in cheque by emailing photo to bank. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2663174/Pay-cheque-emailing-photo-bank-Change-law-means-customers-able-transfer-funds-without-visiting-branch.html Photos of cheques have long been a favourite device used by scammers as supposed proof of earnings. How appropriate the method should now be adopted by banks.

From penniless mother on benefits to property millionaire. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/483651/Hard-graft-transforms-penniless-mother-into-buy-to-let-millionaire

Cornwall v champagne in battle of the bubblies. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/10912429/West-Country-vintner-nominated-for-top-sparkling-wine-award.html

Yorkshire town ordered to remove knitted bunting to celebrate Tour de France because officials are worried it will bend the lamposts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2662512/Town-ordered-remove-knitted-bunting-celebrate-Tour-France-bosses-worried-wool-bend-lamp-posts.html

Official release: research and analysis - the relevance of enterprise in education. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/enterprise-for-all-the-relevance-of-enterprise-in-education

19.06.2014: New watchdog re-issues guides to unfair contract rules. http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/unfair-contract-terms-materials-for-businesses The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has re-issued a range of guides to help traders understand and comply with the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999 (UTCCRs). Much of the material has been reproduced from documents originally created by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which was replaced by the CMA in April 2014. The guidance documents include 'UTCCRs explained', which provides a brief introduction to the CMA's view about contractual terms in consumer contracts that it would consider to be unfair under the UTCCRs. (EnterpriseQuest)

'Dear HMRC, our tax details should not be for sale'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/19/dear-hmrc-our-tax-details-should-not-be-for-sale/ Such protests of course, will make absolutely no difference as this Trojan horse Government scrapes below the barrel when it comes to fagging for Big Corp. It's part of our leadership's vision of 'being British'. US-style.

Top Ten Tips for protecting your business online. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/legal/25486/top-10-tips-protecting-business-online/

Three reasons for slowing down the start-up process. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/How-To-Start-A-Business.htm

Network Rail plans station pick-up points for online shoppers. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/18/network-rail-doddle-online-shoppers-pick-up-points Starting to turn the clock back to Red Star again, are we? Any chance of reverting to a decent rail service next?

Britain safe, prosperous and - lonely. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/wellbeing/10909524/Britain-the-loneliness-capital-of-Europe.html So much for social media, then. But 'safe' and 'prosperous'? Someone's been on the wacky baccy again.

Britain's level of poverty has doubled in 30 years. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/19/poverty-hits-twice-as-many-british-households

Casual dining stealing trade from restaurants. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2662003/Casual-dining-steals-trade-restaurants-Families-help-push-sales-chains-including-Nandos-Pizza-Express-12-five-years.html

Which airline is the cheapest in Europe? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2661130/Which-airline-cheapest-Europe-average-routes-costing-51-60-heres-clue-not-Ryanair.html

Entrepreneurship may be a French word but it is the British who put it into practice, claims French car boss. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2661898/Vive-LAngleterre-Entrepreneurship-French-word-British-practice-says-French-car-boss.html Like most things 'French', then. From the guillotine to champagne; haute couture to haute cuisine. It's a shame that the Brits are now pap-fed US crap, instead. Still - it's all part of our media and politicians' take on being 'British'. All-American British.

Meet Entrepreneur Barbie. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2661689/FIRST-LOOK-Entrepreneur-Barbie-armed-tiny-tech-tools-aims-break-plastic-ceiling.html It is understood that David Cameron and the BBC have already offered Barbie contracts as a government advisor and televised guru to help the vast majority of the UK's entrepreneurs escape the poverty trap. This comes on the latest statistics from the ONS which reveal an explosion of 4 million Barbie entrepreneurs in the past six months alone, all of whom are 4G enabled with at least two social media accounts and a dummyphone for taking selfies.

White man speaking fluent English in charge of murdering Kenya attack. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2661254/White-man-speaking-fluent-English-charge-Kenya-al-Shabaab-attacks-left-60-dea.html That will be another British public school psycopath fagging for the Americans, then. Because 'fluent English' is not the product of a normal, modern English education.

Staring at computer screens all day changes your eyes, scientists say. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/staring-at-computer-screens-all-day-changes-your-eyes-scientists-say-9543939.html You'd think scientists would have found gainful employment by now.

18.06.2014: Funding helps new businesses set up. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/17/funding-helps-new-businesses-set-up/#!slide=aol_1261867 Once again, the Government studiously avoids any mention of the survival rate of these start-ups which was a major criticism of the original Enterprise Allowance Scheme first set up by a Thatcher government way back in 1981 and which finally went on to be drawn by well over 300,000 claimants. Also intended to offset unemployment (statistics) at that time, it was eventually considered to be a failure as those who survived the scheme largely remained self-employed, rather than creating more jobs or stimulating further 'entrepreneurism'.

More than thirty years on, nothing has changed. The amount of business 'funding' on offer is just an alternative form of unemployment benefit which might be enough to buy a discounted ream of paper for a secondhand desktop printer - if the claimant is not adversely affected by the loss of other, qualifying benefits in the meantime. Whereas the quality of the Government's business mentoring and support arrangements are now truly 'second to none'.

Still. It provides more copy for Britain's dumb media - and there will always be some dummies who believe everything they hear or read.

Wide variations in internet speed, according to telecomms lapdog, Ofcon. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/18/wide-variations-in-internet-speed/#!slide=aol_2472714 Wow!!! Anyone out there who didn't know that? For the past twenty years?

Battery housing Britain sets record for smallest homes in Europe. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rabbithutch-britain-growing-health-concerns-as-uk-sets-record-for-smallest-properties-in-europe-9544450.html No surprises there, then.

Big Six energy firms hit by record numbers of complaints. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10907877/Big-Six-energy-firms-hit-by-record-number-of-complaints.html

'Crash for cash' insurance scams double in 2013. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27885289#

Google and social media 'legally' intercepted in the UK. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27887639

Heading into a contactless world for payment. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/25479/heading-contactless-world-payment/ Never! Don't pay up until you can see the whites of their eyes!

How to get great design for your business on the cheap. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/fl/Design-on-a-Dime.htm

17.06.2014: Government offers half-baked Chinese visa relaxation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10904141/Changes-to-visa-regime-for-Chinese-visitors-lack-substance.html Well lookee here. No sooner said than not-quite-done. Mr Cameron's Government is on a brown-noser to the Chinese now and all the old propaganda surrounding the Dalai Lama is forgotten. Just as they were brown-nosing the Russians not too long ago before reverting to type and brown-nosing the Americans instead, thus losing out on a huge trade deal which the Russians then went on to sign with the Chinese. Not that we should be complaining . . . even if it's taken decades to get around to some movement and cost the economy billions to satisfy a bit of Palmerstonian diplomatic posturing. (Minus the gunboat.)

Commission to report on barriers to rural growth. http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2014/05/lga-commission-to-examine-reforms-to-boost-rural-growth/ An independent commission has been set up by the Local Government Association (LGA), to review how rural areas in England can improve public services and stimulate local job creation and economic prosperity. According to the LGA, non-metropolitan areas such as Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset make up around half of England’s population, and their economies have growth potential equal to that of big cities. The commission will examine the views of business leaders, voluntary and community groups and public service leaders and will report in the autumn, recommending effective steps to reform and enhance the economic performance of rural areas.

Another investigation into how all the better to milk rural England against the wishes of the local churls. Still, it all looks as positive as it is supposed to do and leading, I am sure, to yet another recommendation for enhanced rural broadband.

Online hub for social enterprise products and services launched. http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/news/businesses-urged-buy-sociala-with-launch-new-directory A new online directory listing products and services supplied by around 10,000 UK social enterprises has been launched by a partnership involving the City of London Corporation, Aspire Group, the Cabinet Office and Social Enterprise UK. The 'Buy Social' directory is free of charge for both buyers and suppliers, and will provide a central hub enabling users to search for goods and services by keywords and location. The directory, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, will also support social ventures to enter corporate supply chains by providing them with educational information and guidance. Future plans include developing the directory into a procurement portal that can enable the processing of electronic tendering requests. (EnterpriseQuest)

HMRC warnings over scam emails. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/16/tax-man-warning-over-scam-emails/

Auction website scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/16/10-most-common-scams-auction-websites/

Primary school children to be taught entrepreneurship. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/primaryeducation/10901995/Generation-of-primary-school-entrepreneurs.html Here we go; yet another politically correct initiative aimed at impressing the dumb media and its even dumber subscribers. Let's start the little winkles on a diet of manners and the 3Rs first, shall we? In fact, let's start with their teachers.

Primary school entrepreneur, aged 11: earning a profit from my classmates is ever so sweet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/10903199/Primary-school-entrepreneur-age-11-Earning-a-profit-from-my-classmates-is-ever-so-sweet.html What absolute drivel.

From shoplifter to multi-millionaire. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/10898703/Nasty-Gal-GirlBoss-founder-Its-not-about-fashion.-I-want-to-make-girls-smarter.html

Government secretly planning to enshrine fagging for US Big Corp in British law. http://rosalux.gr/sites/default/files/publications/ttip_web.pdf The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) report. All being kept very quiet by Britain's bent politicians. And the country's media.

Government accused of dragging its feet as only 24 Syrians are let into Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-accused-of-dragging-its-feet-as-only-24-syrian-refugees-allowed-to-enter-britain-9541733.html Par for the course. You won't find many Iraqis, Iranians, Afghans, Libyans, Egyptians, Tunisians and Palestinians in Britain either. Not any longer. But there are millions of them throughout Europe and the rest of the world, displacing other nationalities who do come across to the UK in large numbers. Still. As long as we don't hear their children crying from pain and hunger, that's OK. Let's post another pisshead selfie on Arsebook, shall we?

95% of Brits believe language is cornerstone of Britishness. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2659568/Immigrants-speak-English-access-benefits-restricted-say-Britons-Opinion-poll-finds-95-believe-language-cornerstone-Britishness.html Hi. Oh, my God! Awesome. Did you hear that, guys? Oh, my God. Better make sure the kids use their spellcheckers in future. Oh, my God. (Etc, etc.)

Unfortunately, when foreigners who have been taught proper English at school and university come to Britain to spend their money, this version of Britishness is what they get.

Illegal immigrant British ski instructor working on the black on the French Alps, faces £200,000 fine or 200 days in French jail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2659307/British-ski-instructor-51-ordered-pay-24-000-fine-serve-200-days-French-jail-teaching-Alps-without-paperwork.html Pay the fine, mate. French jails are VERY dodgy. You get a lot of suicides in French jails. Or in France generally. As the French Alps murders suspect found out recently.

Early Weekend Larf: flood defence funding 'a priority'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/17/flood-defence-funding-is-priority/#!slide=aol_1261447

Trending: self-employed freedom fighters to take up the cause in Iraq. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/06/16/iraq-crisis-britons-will-fight-alongside-isis-warns-hague_n_5499755.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D272334 This is to fill the vacuum created by over 5,000 Anglo-American terrorists on multi-billion 'security' contracts who suddenly did a runner when confronted with more than their usual targets of helpless children. Reports are coming in that the drive-by murdering goons made such a fast getaway they didn't even pause to run up their yellow flags of surrender.

16.06.2014: Bank 'puzzled' by productivity gap. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27857472# That will be down to '8 million' internet-based home businesses (eBayers) comprising uneducated, idle yoof and hardcore unemployed, officially press-ganged into 'entrepreneurshit' with a bank management failure for a business mentor. (Plus a crap internet connection, Twatter and Arsebook accounts and a dummyphone.)

Is your house earning more than you? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2656406/Is-house-earning-The-33-areas-increases-property-prices-outstripped-local-wages.html

Thousands more middle class families dragged into inheritance tax trap with rising house prices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2658442/Thousands-middle-class-families-dragged-inheritance-tax-trap-year-amid-soaring-house-prices.html Just 'thousands'? I'd say hundreds of thousands at the very least. Or so the Government is hoping, as the media talks up the 'soaring house price' frenzy.

Home energy checks urged to cut the need for fracking. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27858005# Fracking exploitation has nothing to do with home energy requirements and everything to do with energy companies making easier, bigger profits at a time when western governments have increasingly compromised (putting it delicately) their control of world energy supplies. I'm surprised a British trade union wouldn't know that. Or, perhaps not. Too busy trying to obfuscate the days of supporting the mass murderers and war criminals who caused todays' energy problems in the first place.

Switch gas and electricity suppliers in half the time. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2658647/Switch-gas-electricity-suppliers-half-time-Overhaul-means-time-takes-drop-two-half-weeks.html That will make a lot of difference as energy prices are set to soar anyway.

Smart tricks to help you uncover an eBay bargain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2657843/How-wheel-deal-online-marketplace-Learn-smart-tricks-help-uncover-eBay-bargain.html

'The truth' about Britain's black market traders. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2658325/The-truth-Britains-black-market-traders-Derelict-streets-rows-shops-hiding-hundreds-stores-selling-cheap-fake-designer-goods-pick-pair-knock-Jimmy-Choos-10.html I guess only politicians and the media won't have known about 'the truth' for the past fifty years or more. They don't get out much, bless 'em.

Passport Office scam makes £5 million out of traveller chaos. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/482496/Passport-office-accused-of-making-5million-through-travel-chaos And there you have more credentials from the Minister being tipped as a future British Prime Ministerperson.

Surge in migrants gaining British citizenship blamed for passport crisis. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/482383/Theresa-May-slammed-as-migrants-surge-adds-to-passport-crisis By comparison with the figures for the year 2000. Since which time Britain's terrorist activities and war criminal politicians have displaced millions of refugees. At least, those they haven't murdered. But more precisely, the issue of new British passports is a constant which is usually well under control. What we have at the moment is a holiday surge which every year since 2000 (for example) has become greater and greater because of more and more Brits being able to holiday cheaply to an increasing number of destinations on low-cost flights. These holiday surges are totally predictable and can easily be dealt with by effective management. A quality which is totally alien to TEAM Theresa May and The Scrote Office, who are more interested in arranging for their cut-back staff to appear in telly series, than doing their actual jobs.

The flip side is that low-cost travel has also brought a huge increase in the numbers of foreign tourists visiting Britain, which is a very good thing for small businesses, the self-employed and home businesses all around the country. The figures would be rosier still if prehistoric visa restrictions were relaxed to allow more visitors from leading economies such as China to spend their money in Britain. Yet there, once again, it's TEAM Theresa May and The Scrote Office who are barring progress and placing additional, unecessary strain on border controls.

Chinese put Britain in its place. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/15/chinese-put-britain-in-its-place-ahead-of-li-keqiang-visit

15.06.2014: Self-employment: first choice or last resort? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27397993

Construction output boost for economy. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27830521#

Clampdown call on rogue landlords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/14/clampdown-call-over-rogue-landlords/

Weekend Larf of the Century: Cameron calls for British values such as 'equality'. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/15/david-cameron-british-values-schools (A propaganda release by US Big Corp, the banks and The Assocociation of British Public Schools and Fagging Alumni.)

Police spend £50,000 on cardboard cut-out PCs to help beat shoplifters. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2647041/The-blue-line-Police-spend-50-000-cardboard-cut-PCs-scare-away-shoplifters-forces-dont-know-work.html Yes - another bright development from Theresa May and The Scrote Office. The idea is that it will give officers more time for filming their next multi-repeat series of driving around in foreign-built cars. Rather than beating shoplifters with truncheons, instead.

Britain's most preposterous con-woman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2657553/How-people-duped-Britains-preposterous-woman-Handed-millions-promised-Amazonian-witch-doctor-offer-cures.html

'King Con' fleeces wealthy investors of £12 million. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2657248/Business-tycoon-boasted-friends-billionaire-Hinduja-brothers-fleeced-wealthy-investors-12million.html The crook has now been offered an executive position by a High Street bank.

Call to end car-hire rip-off. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/14/call-to-end-to-car-hire-rip-off/

The surprising downside to being debt-free. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140523-the-downside-of-living-debt-free

14.06.2014: Can you do construction work from home? http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-27722974 Even the BBC is now questioning the recent ONS so-called 'homeworking' statistics! See 05.06.2014 below.

Working from home: the good and the bad. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/481801/Working-from-home-The-good-and-the-bad

Cash flow is king for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/25422/cash-flow-king-smes/

Government scheme aims to back older workers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/13/scheme-aims-to-back-older-workers/#!slide=aol_1260936 Does this mean that the much-trumpeted 'silverpreneur' phenomenon isn't producing the desired statistical results?

CNET Community: what is it that makes a computer fast? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=06/13/2014

UK's top businessmen are more savvy than their foreign counterparts when it comes to cybercrime. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/482297/Ernst-Young-says-that-businessman-are-savvy-online Well, they would be, wouldn't they. The UK's top businesses have serious form.

13.06.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/13/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Government (Theresa May and The Scrote Office) to drop fast-track passport fee scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/12/fast-track-passport-fees-dropped/

Bank hints at rate rise sooner rather than later. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27825643# You may be the most diligent, the most professional home business in the world but there are two factors which will now have a considerable impact on your activities and over which you will have no control. Interest rate rises; and a significant hike in energy and fuel prices as a direct legacy of the Coalition of Evil's (aka the US and fagging Britain's) terrorist interventions in the Middle East, South America, Africa, the Ukraine and above all, Iraq. Plan what you can.

Muted World Cup consumer response. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/12/muted-world-cup-consumer-response/ Nothing but a rip-off frenzy for dumb plebs fronted by the world's #1 game of cheating. (Yes - even more so than WADA/USADA-approved American national, girly, doper sports.) If consumer reaction is 'muted' then it's a sign that the public isn't yet quite as stupid as Big Corp, its wide boys and its sycophants would like it to be.

New protection for online shoppers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/13/new-protections-for-online-shoppers/#!slide=aol_1260692

Watch out for football cyber-scams over the next month. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/12/world-cup-football-cybercrime-phishing-cristiano-ronaldo In addition to the official World Cup scam itself.

Surge in online crowdfunding platforms. http://www.nesta.org.uk/news/uk-crowdfunding-platforms-50-cent-2013 The number of crowdfunding platforms operating in the UK increased by more than 50% during 2013 to reach a total of 80, according to new figures from innovation charity Nesta. A further seven platforms have been launched so far during 2014. Liam Collins, Senior Researcher at Nesta, commented: "We've seen phenomenal growth in the number of platforms over the last five years, across every type from reward-based crowdfunding to peer-to-peer lending." (EnterpriseQuest)

Taxi drivers are only angry at Uber because it's ending their gravy train. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10895711/Taxi-drivers-are-only-angry-at-Uber-because-its-ending-their-gravy-train.html Who'd have thought it? Still, if that's all, then we can expect Big Corp, the banks, professional football, the media and politicians to go the same way, eh? Followed by anyone else on 'a gravy train'. So why should just taxi drivers have the finger pointed at them?

GM crops in Engerlandt County as soon as next year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2656717/GM-crops-England-soon-year-Outrage-ministers-commercial-planting.html And so, the end of another traditional aspect of Britain - rural life - as the real 'Trojan horses' in our society, public school fags, continue to bend over for Big Corp. Preferably American Big Corp.

Impact of Windows XP rundown on SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/25396/impact-windows-xp-rundown-small-medium-businesses/

Have business cards had their day? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10894916/Are-business-cards-on-the-way-out.html

Which bank should I switch to? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10894229/Which-bank-should-I-switch-to-Best-current-acocunts-for-perks-interest-and-customer-service.html

Kipper separatist party leader claims £205,000 for free office space. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/12/nigel-farage-europe-expenses-ukip Clearly arming himself with the pedigree necessary to become an accepted part of the UK political scene. Next step: on the payroll for US Big Corp.

12.06.2014: HMRC issues new guidance on tax rules for agency workers. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/NEWS/agency-workers.pdf HMRC has published new guidance for the way in which agency workers, including those who are self employed, should be taxed when supplied through agencies. Under changes that came into effect in April 2014, most agency workers supplied by agencies will need to be treated as employees for tax purposes unless their work is not subject to supervision, direction or control by the firm that hires them, or someone else. The rules apply where there is a contract between an agency and a firm for the provision of services by an agency worker, and the agency worker provides the services personally. This prevents agencies from using 'substitution' clauses in their contracts, which previously meant agency workers could technically be treated as self-employed for tax purposes. (EnterpriseQuest)

Rules for visitors to Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10891466/How-should-tourists-behave-Rules-for-Britains-visitors.html

London visitors hit in the pocket. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/12/london-visitors-hit-in-the-pocket/#!slide=aol_2138432

Kipper leader wants to lure anglers to Britain to boost tourism. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10892253/Nigel-Farage-wants-to-lure-anglers-to-Britain.html By not terribly 'eco' means, it appears. On the other hand, since when has angling been an eco pursuit, anyway? Perhaps a bit of Tory hoody-hunting, instead?

Flight delays could lead to payouts after High Court victory. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/aviation/10892360/Flight-delays-could-lead-to-payouts-after-High-Court-victory-for-passenger.html

Online shopping: do you know your rights? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/12/online-shopping-do-you-know-your-rights/ The research has identified many retailers breaking the law. Hardly surprising as many sources of so-called business information and advice these days, don't themselves know of, or care for consumer-orientated regulations. Which in this Government's eyes makes them perfect, of course, for delivering the nation's 'business support'. Especially if they've got an Arsebook page and do a lot of Twattering.

Restaurant owners win libel damages after scathing review. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10891881/Restaurant-owners-win-libel-damages-over-scathing-review-after-11-year-legal-battle.html It's increasingly going to become a feature of business reputation management, even survival, that so-called reviews which are no more than moronic trolling and insults, will no longer be allowed to get off scot-free. The media of course, (Australian for the moment) is whining as it always does, about freedom of the press, about the fear of being sued. This being the garbage that spawned tabloid, arsewipe propaganda whose hacks get their jollies from preaching hatred and lies, and in any post-world war period not stage-managed by that Anglo-US Rod & Gun Club, the United Nations, would find themselves in the dock for crimes against humanity.

Sadly, being sued is unlikely to make enough of a difference and one is inclined towards the solution proposed by a leading political figure not too long ago, for dealing with bankers. Hang two a week until they up their game.

The art of deceptive advertising. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2655351/The-art-deceptive-advertising-From-brown-shoe-polish-burgers-hairspray-brighter-ingredients-commercials-trick-buying-products.html

Predictive typing software goes free. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2655750/The-app-know-thinking-Predictive-typing-software-Swiftkey-goes-free-prepares-come-iPhone.html

Millions of Twitter users left exposed to account hijack. http://www.express.co.uk/news/science-technology/481799/Twitter-users-hit-by-Tweetdeck-cyber-attack

Late payment - what is the Government proposing and is it enough? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25388/late-payment-government-proposing-enough/

MLM Startup Conference, Oct 23 and 24, 2014, Las Vegas. http://www.mlmlegal.com/srs2.html

Feedback and Negotiation Skills course to manage difficult people. http://www.healthcourses.co.uk/html/Managing_Difficult_People.html

Could you live in a houseboat? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/11/the-floating-home-could-you-live-in-a-house-like-this/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk-news%7Cdl6%7Csec3_lnk4%26pLid%3D271117

11.06.2014: Government promise bills to benefit small business. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/queens-speech-2014-
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill and the National Insurance Contributions Bill, which were announced in the Queens Speech, will be passed into UK law during Parliament's 2014/15 session. Specific measures that will be introduced under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill include increased access to finance, improved payment practices, and making it easier for small firms to expand overseas. The National Insurance Contributions Bill will enable Class 2 NICs to be paid via self-assessment from 6th April 2016. (EnterpriseQuest)

UK most desirable market in Europe for business expansion. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16286

£ 'soars' above the euro. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/481559/Pound-soars-above-euro-as-UK-s-industry-booms (When the euro coinage and notes were introduced on Jan. 1st. 2002 the £ was worth 1.57 euros. Currently, the £ is worth around 1.23.)

Debt problems are rising, charity says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27775613#

Minister blames surge in passport applications on economic recovery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10890791/Minister-blames-surge-in-passport-applications-on-economic-recovery.html Not anticipating demand in the business world is called crap management. Or what Theresa May's Scrote Office calls 'normal'.

Families being held to ransom with fees for fast-tracked passport applications. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/families-being-held-to-ransom-by-fees-for-fasttracked-passport-applications-9525161.html On the other hand, if there's a scam to be had, The Scrote Office is right in there; fast-tracking immigration procedures, as well; next, fast-tracking a police response for £50 if you have just been mugged by a Tory-voting hoody. Just as soon as the local rapid response unit has finished filming.

London braced for anti-Uber protests. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27783218# There is a Europe-wide protest by taxi drivers today but with French parasites fonctionnaires about to start their annual holiday prolongation strikes as well, it's looking like yet another summer of discontent.

Energy bosses refuse to cut bills after wholesale energy prices halve in six months. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/greedy-energy-bosses-refuse-slash-3672488

Payday loans 'not competitive'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27790924# Probabaly because plebs use to them to try and keep up with the bills from 'uncompetitive', privatised Britain, from the utilities to transport. Which wouldn't be so bad if all these resources hadn't belonged to the taxpayer in the first place, only to be thieved by successive governments and civil servants to help balance the country's uncompetitive books.

The latest 'not-in-the-media' proposed sell-off is The Land Registry as the Government continues to whore its voters' assets. There is a petition here - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-land-registry-from-privatisation - although sadly, it's unlikely to have any effect.

Slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/supermarket-prawns-thailand-produced-slave-labour All the better to impress 'prawn' media food critics. In fact most of the west's consumption is tainted by slave labour somewhere or the other along the line. If not blood. Or starvation. Or disease. Or extreme poverty. But hey. What's to worry. Let's post a selfie on Facebook and blame Brussels or immigration while we await our turn to be the slave labour of tomorrow.

Home visits by banks for interest-only mortgages. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2654565/Home-visits-banks-mortgages-Staff-going-homes-check-borrowers-finances-order.html

Elderly told to start using internet as Government plans online services only. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2654276/Elderly-told-start-using-internet-ministers-plan-web-revolution-Government-services.html With the Government's digital delivery a catastrophic failure already, it's clear the Minister wants to finish the job.

Builders constructing more and more homes for three-generation households. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2654575/Two-doors-houses-built-room-granny-Builders-predict-rise-three-generation-households-properties-adapted-homers-privacy.html

Three key things to consider when deciding to buy an existing business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25379/three-key-things-consider-deciding-buy-existing-business/

10.06.2014: RSA publishes new research into self employment. http://www.thersa.org/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1543855/RSA_Salvation_In_A_Start_Up_Report_June_14.pdf The RSA and online craft marketplace Etsy have published the results of recent research into self employment. The findings in the 'Salvation in a Start Up?' report found that 27% of those who had become self employed in the last five years did so to avoid unemployment, while 60% were motivated by a desire for more freedom. The report concludes that whilst the self employed are on average £74 a week worse off than those in employment, they are more satisfied with their working lives. (EnterpriseQuest)

Tourist spend in Scotland up by 20%. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27762182

Small retailers eyeing bright prospects abroad. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27543547

Amazon takes on PayPal in online payments battle. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2653193/Amazon-PayPal-new-online-payment-service.html

Tesco enters current account market. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27769605#

Costly farmers' markets are for snobs, says food critic. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2653493/Costly-farmers-markets-snobs-says-food-critic-Jay-Rayner-praises-cheaper-supermarket-produce-dismisses-spending-15-chicken-similar-buying-Chanel-handbag.html There has long been a question-mark over the entertainment value of food critics and this latest piece of reporting is a prime example. I use nothing but farmers' markets or buy direct from the farm (other than what I grow or produce myself), and I don't pay anywhere near £15 for a healthily-raised and slaughtered, non-water-and-hormone-injected, hemorrhage-free chicken. Perhaps the £15 price tag Jay Rayner pays has more to do with living and shopping in an area of clueless snobs, rather than his ability to discern good, value-for-money British produce? After that of course, a few basic cooking skills come in handy. But one wouldn't expect a grotesquely overpaid, media food critic to know anything about those, either.

Blood and offal illegally being mixed into British products and being sold in High Street supermarkets. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2652878/Blood-offal-illegally-mixed-meat-products-sold-supermarkets-British-high-streets.html That's more up a British food critic's street.

Councils 'wasting millions' ignoring Government IT cloud. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27618218 Or perhaps they are just being cautious in view of successive governments' track records of IT cock-ups? Although I doubt that would be their motive. More a case of one bunch of wasters refusing to do business with another bunch of wasters.

Britain gets simpler .uk address from today. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2653513/Now-web-users-ditch-uk-Major-firms-set-change-suffixes-Britain-gets-simpler-new-uk-address-today.html

Spain latest country to assess sex workers for GDP. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/09/spain-prostitution-gdp-estimate

Paedophile blackmail scam warning. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/10/paedophile-blackmail-scam-warning/#!slide=aol_1913207 I'm amazed it's taken so long for someone to think this up, although just as with the most corrupt game of cheating in the world - professional football - the media has been carefully keeping the lid on any developments which might impact on their own involvement.

09.06.2014: Foreign tourists swarming to London. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/09/foreign-tourists-swarm-to-london/#!slide=aol_2138432 And if it wasn't for Theresa May and The Scrote Office, we would be enjoying the benefits of mass Chinese tourism, too.

Passport backlog threatens summer chaos. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10885195/Passport-backlog-threatens-summer-holiday-chaos-for-thousands.html Still more underachievement from Theresa May's Scrote Office, constantly unable to do its job, hampering the country's economy but always ready for filming, a photo-shoot or a propaganda release. No wonder May is being tipped (in 'swivel-eyed loon' quarters), as a future British Prime Ministerperson.

Is business ready for The Internet of Things? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10880765/Is-business-ready-for-the-Internet-of-Things.html

Flash sale websites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2652370/Sales-gone-flash-Special-websites-offer-huge-savings-handbags-homeware-But-youll-quick.html

Business venture with friends failed. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/08/going-into-business-with-friends-driven-us-apart-mariella-frostrup

08.06.2014: A step-by-step guide to starting a small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/How-To-Start-A-Business.htm

Crackdown on bogus accident claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/07/crackdown-on-bogus-accident-claims/

Google search: 15 hidden features. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10346736/Google-search-15-hidden-features.html

Personal tales from people who have started their own business. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-22449886

Making sex pay. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3068827.stm

07.06.2014: ACCA calls for checks on accountants qualifications. http://dofonline.co.uk/index.php/accounting/12217-acca-check-accountant-qualifications-434543 The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is urging small business owners to verify the qualifications of accountants before engaging their services. Just 8% of small firms considered an accountant’s qualifications, according to research by accounting software provider ClearBooks. ACCA warned that ‘accountant’ is not a title protected by law, which puts small firms in danger of paying someone with minimal or no formal accountancy training. Sarah Hathaway, Head of ACCA UK, said: “those with minimal training in book-keeping or just one aspect of accountancy, will not always have the same rigorous qualifications and insurance as a chartered certified accountant.”

5 myths about working from home. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/06/five-myths-about-working-from-home/ Clearly written by somebody who doesn't confuse 'homeworking' with running a 'home business'. A much better-than-average article from the mainstream media.

Record numbers take to the train. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27734598# Yet another contradiction to the myth that there are 'record numbers' homeworking?

UK trade deficit wider than expected in April. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27734877# Not 'wider than expected' at all. Just the exact opposite of expert, media and political predictions so, bang on, in other words.

Illegal immigrant supermarket voted nation's favourite. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/02/18/budget-supermarket-aldi-voted-best-supermarket/?icid=money|editor_picks#!slide=aol_2448735 How could this possibly be with the nation in such a patriotic mood at the moment? It begs the question: do Kipper separatists shop at foreign stores, thus undermining the nation's independence and economy? In fact, I even saw a couple of well-known local BNP insurgents at an immigrant store recently. "Just steaking out the joint," they replied shiftily when asked. Followed by, "F.ck off where you belong, you 'n'unt!".

Guide to shopping and shipping from online US retailers. http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG10878515/Your-guide-to-shopping-and-shipping-from-US-retailers.html

Victim loses £17,000 in 'vishing' scam - because she didn't watch The One Show. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10882193/I-lost-17500-in-vishing-scam-because-I-didnt-watch-The-One-Show.html According to the Nationwide Building Society. Which means, I suppose, that there is so much dumbed-down crap on telly and on the internet these days, that it's never been easier for scammers to make a dishonest living. Especially as the finance industry's own security measures are becoming increasingly slack and irresponsible. So stick to cash whenever you can. Get rid of the phone and the internet. And treat all financial products as potential criminal activity. Remember. It's what once made Britain 'Great'.

Homebuyers underestimating repayments by £500 per month. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/10880632/Homebuyers-underestimate-mortgage-repayments-by-500-a-month.html

New laws to stop claims firms giving away gifts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27733576#

06.06.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/06/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

FCA issues warning on logbook loans. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/05/fca-issues-warning-on-logbook-loans/

£1 billion PPI compensation shortfall. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27679311#

How shopping has changed in 70 years. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/05/how-shopping-has-changed-in-50-years/

New transfer credit card can top up your current account. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/creditcards/10874209/Novel-new-transfer-credit-card-can-top-up-your-current-account.html

Have you got what it takes to be a millionaire? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/10875600/Have-you-got-what-it-takes-to-be-a-millionaire.html In which case, you won't need to be completing any stupid questionnaires.

UK's self-employed are working longer and earning more. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25318/uks-self-employed-working-longer-earning/ It goes without saying that if you do more hours, you will earn more money. Even if it's just the National Minimum Wage. However, these findings do not square with some other current reports, (http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25294/anxiety-depression-banks-behaving-sme-slaughterhouses/ - for example) so it's the old story of you pays your money and you makes your choice.

Retiring abroad no longer an option with weak £ and rising costs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2649567/Retirees-warned-emigrating-abroad-no-longer-cut-price-paradise.html So Britain has a 'weak' pound has it? Well, that's news for the tabloids. Even if it's several years old. Again. And of course, it still won't prevent the media from screening programmes and writing articles encouraging dumb, clueless Brits to buy properties abroad.

Amazing British log cabins. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/10877410/British-log-cabins-four-of-the-best.html I have a neighbour who many years ago, bought himself a small carp lake and a bit of surrounding woodland and built himself there, a lovely little log cabin. Everyone who passed by, including myself, found the spot quite delightful. Then, an English couple came along and offered him quite a lot of money for the retreat. As he was getting on and spending less and less time taking advantage of his idyll, he agreed to sell. Within a month, the new owners had drained the lake; demolished the cabin; allowed grass and weeds to overgrow everything; and stuck unsightly pallets across the entrance. Objective: to obtain planning permission to build a house. Which, seven years on, still hasn't been granted. And isn't going to be. So the land is now worth almost nothing. True story, that.

Driving ex-soldiers back to work. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27315145 A good little business number, this. Placing ex-military personnel is notoriously difficult; the country (the media) likes to call them 'heroes' but come the time to offer a chance, some realtime help, opportunities are far and few between. The best of luck to them.

3 useful tips to help your start-up go global. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25334/three-useful-tips-help-startup-go-global/

Official release: new scheme to help British businesses defend against cyber attack, goes live. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-scheme-to-help-businesses-defend-against-cyber-threats-goes-live--2 It's a shame the Government hasn't launched a scheme defending British businesses against Tory hoodies yet.

05.06.2014: Business boost in Queen's Speech. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27692404# Sure. A couple of mentions of the Government's favourite shaggy dog stories - red tape and public procurement. And an extra tax. 5p on plastic carrier bags. And British Parliament's - not the EU's - legislation to finally destroy the myth that an Englishman's home is his castle. Or, fagging for American Big Corp (continued).

A 'huge' rise in 'homeworking'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/huge-rise-in-home-working-revealed/ and http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27694938# Bearing in mind the media's historic inability to tell the difference between 'home working' and 'home business', this latest story contains no surprises.

'Around 1.5 million actually worked from home while the rest used their house as a base.' So - just 1.5 million are 'officially' homeworkers and of the rest - 'around two thirds were self-employed' or, 'home businesses'. (3 million-ish.) In other words, nothing much has changed at all. The only difference seems to be that the Office for National Statistics has jumped on the media homeworking bandwagon by claiming that the total number of 'homeworkers' had increased by 1.3 million since records began in 1998. In other words, there were officially only 200,000 'homeworkers' in 1998. And that currently, there are around 2 million fewer self-employed than there were 15 years ago. Yeah. Right.

We were also around even before 1998 and we weren't aware of the ONS including self-employed, home businesses amongst 'homeworkers' - employees working from home in other words - at that time? Although bonkers predictions, especially from the telecoms industry, were certainly already doing the rounds.

Anyway. A brief round-up of employment categories on our own website here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm#10 Which are partially taken from HMRC's traditional and official definitions of self-employment here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/employment-status/ And of homeworking here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/payerti/exb/a-z/h/homeworking.htm Assuming anyone is really bothered.

A pertinent additional article here: The myth of working from home. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21588760

Finally, we leave it to The Kipper separatist Party to identify just how many of these numbers are down to mass illegal immigration; and the TUC and the Labour (War Criminal) Party to put their finger on the remainder, who are undoubtedly the long term unemployed moved across the radar to become home-based entrepreneurs. (eBayers.) As ONS methodology in obtaining these latest statistics, remains a bit of a mystery.

Flexible working: a new right to request. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/national-business-awards/25308/flexible-working-new-right-request/ A bit of a coincidence?

Kipper insurgent employed hundreds of illegal immigrants and kept them in slave conditions. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-mep-nathan-gill-employed-dozens-of-immigrants-and-kept-them-in-bunkhouses-9485018.html

Ofcon bids to cut mobile phone costs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/ofcom-bids-to-cut-mobile-call-costs/ Really?

Landline-free broadband launched. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/landline-free-broadband-launched/

Homes that are former Post Offices. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/take-5-homes-that-are-former-post-offices/

Technology could save the UK £24 billion by 2020. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10874175/UK-could-save-24bn-a-year-through-better-use-of-technology.html Or, the value of taxpayer-funded technology contracts already promised to serial-failure US Big Corp, which have been behind every technology lash-up in the UK to date.

How private firms make quick killing from PFI. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-how-private-firms-make-quick-killing-from-pfi-9488351.html This has been common knowledge for a long time - other than in Government-approved propaganda sources. Still, it all helps promote the lie of 'economic recovery' today; a 'healthy' economy tomorrow. And consultancies, directorships and rolls of notes for bent civil servants and politicians.

Official release: ‘Game Over Zeus / Cryptolocker’ cyber threat: advice for businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/advice-for-businesses-game-over-zeuscryptolocker-cyber-threat

04.06.2014: Report predicts the future of work lies in the health and social care sector. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/britains-workforce-in-2022-from-a-nation-of-penpushers-to-an-army-of-carers-9481526.html

Future High Street Forum finds that good leadership leads to great High Streets. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25292/future-high-street-forum-finds-good-leadership-leads-great-high-streets/ Wow! High-powered stuff, eh? They should be on telly.

Consumers local shopping habits revealed. http://www.talkingretail.com/category-news/convenience/consumers-shunning-big-business-shop-local-research-finds/ Over 40% of consumers are ‘shopping local’ and opting to spend with three or more small retailers in their local area rather than spending online or with national retail chains, according to research from small business lender Everline. The research revealed that consumers in Northern Ireland were more likely to use local retailers, with a third buying from more than four of their local small retailers regularly. Consumers in the East Midlands and South East were least likely to shop locally, with 24% of respondents not spending at any local shops on a regular basis. A quarter of consumers surveyed claimed that a better range and quality of product would encourage them to shop more regularly with local retailers, while 19% said that better trained staff or customer service would make them more likely to shop locally. (EnterpriseQuest)

Numbers of hackers trying to break into bank accounts is rocketing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-2647498/Heres-protect-cash-bank-hacking-crime-wave.html

Unlock the cash under your roof. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2647431/Unlock-cash-roof-Make-house-price-rises.html Add to the value of your estate - and 40% inheritance tax.

Buyers must now be told by sellers of anything that could affect the value of a home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10864514/Failed-property-survey-Now-sellers-must-disclose-all.html Like an obtrusive 'home business', for example. And of course, estate agents won't be happy either.

How to ditch the 9-5 life; a Five Year Plan. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140602-how-to-ditch-the-9-to-5-life Once upon a time, business start-up planning was all about a medium to long-term goal. I think it was around eight years in my father's case. He already had plenty of experience but World War Two unfortunately, put paid to his early aspirations, just as it did to most of the family and their assets. Yet starting again from scratch after that conflict was a challenge faced by millions of successful future 'businessmen' and skill, hard work, single-mindedness, saving every penny and a long term objective laid the foundations of many of todays' household names.

Unlike today's 'entrepreneurial' ragbag of a rubbish internet connection, fake social media, no skills or knowledge, a tuppeny ha'penny start-up loan, pig ignorance, illiteracy and bone idleness to help bend the Government's unemployment statistics and provide plenty of dead wood for all the professionals who make their money from debt, failure and misery.

So it's good to see an all-too-rare article like this in these 'modern' times of a 75% plus start-up failure rate. With a bit of luck, someone might read it and actually take note!

Blogs that make the most money - and how to set up your own. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10865063/Blogs-that-make-the-most-money-and-how-to-set-up-your-own.html A blog that is a good earner typically makes just over £1000 a year, does it? So much for the power of the internet and the 'clout' of blogs. An early morning newspaper round would be worth more than that and if you cancel the internet sub and remember to 'switch off!' regularly as well, you will be positively rolling in it.

Breed for Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2647280/Breed-Britain-Without-immigrants-women-need-lot-children-save-economy-claims-Labour-MP-Stella-Creasy.html There seem to be a lot of mothers doing that already. Especially those on benefits. A bit of statistical tweaking here and there and we could look on them as the 'new' home business, entrepreneurial start-up.

Four steps to an optimal shopping cart. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/online-business/25286/4-steps-optimal-shopping-cart-will-bring-customers-back/

03.06.2014: EU urges UK council tax overhaul. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-27675294#

Anxiety, depression and banks behaving as 'SME slaughterhouses'. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25294/anxiety-depression-banks-behaving-sme-slaughterhouses/ A non-Government-propaganda view of things from a group of professionals who do actually have their fingers on the pulse of the UK's small business community. As opposed to unheard-of micro-celebrities.

New website rates banks by business satisfaction levels. http://www.fsb.org.uk/policy/assets/bbi-pr.pdf A new Government-commissioned website has been launched to indicate how individual banks are rated by their business customers, based on the results of a survey of more than 5,000 sole traders and small and medium-sized firms. The survey revealed that over half of sole traders only gave banks a 3 star rating for approachability. Firms with fewer than nine employees wanted more tailored services and over half of firms gave banks a value rating of 3.5 stars or less. Value is defined as interest rates on savings and deposits and charges, fees and penalties. The average overall current account satisfaction level among both sole traders and small firms was 60%. (EnterpriseQuest)

The true cost of online car fraud. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/10869408/Online-fraud-costs-car-buyers-17.8million-a-year.html

Warnings of new computer virus. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2646537/Powerful-computer-virus-start-emptying-bank-accounts-fortnight-unless-Britons-protect-against-attack-National-Crime-Agency-warns.html

'Free from . . .' market expands 50% in 2 years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2646709/Intolerance-foods-wheat-dairy-nuts-fuels-360m-sales-boom-The-free-market-expanded-50-just-two-years.html

The future of the micro-home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2646405/Is-future-micro-home-Virtual-projections-windowless-rooms-aim-help-dwellers-cope-confinement.html Just the ticket for the Government's new army of micro-achieving home business, internet 'entrepreneurs'.

Empty homes in England on the rise. http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/jun/02/empty-homes-in-england-get-the-data-by-local-authority

The world's best homes for under £50,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10864394/Worlds-best-homes-under-50000.html

Alternative greeting styles. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/10870240/What-to-do-without-how-do-you-do.html

US to consider drone licences for film and TV. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27674131#

How to get great design for your business on the cheap. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/gettingstarted/fl/Design-on-a-Dime.htm

31.05.2014: HMRC letters of interrogation to grill self-assessment taxpayers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10863069/HMRC-bullying-letters-ask-why-self-assessment-taxpayers-pay-less-than-average.html Well they certainly wouldn't be asking these questions of tax-dodging US Big Corp, would they now?

Google offers 'right to forget' form after EU ruling. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27631001#

Is the EU demanding an extra £500 million from the UK? (Not the UK's serial-lying, criminal media version). http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm

Meaning of 'consent' clarified in new guide to marketing law. http://www.dma.org.uk/news/brands-told-what-counts-consent-dma-clarifies-icos-confusing-guidance-marketing-rules The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has published new guidelines to help businesses understand and comply with the rules for obtaining consumer consent for marketing purposes. The DMA produced the guidelines after raising concerns that separate advice issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in 2013 was unclear and confusing, particularly around the issue of consent. The new DMA guidelines, produced in consultation with the ICO, address the ten issues identified as causing the most concern, such as if pre-ticked opt-in boxes can be used to obtain consent, and clarifying time limits on how long consent applies. (EnterpriseQuest)

Enterprise education: a debate worth having. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10862703/Enterprise-education-a-debate-worth-having.html This is the debate they've been 'having' for fifty years now, is it?

CNET Community: how do you safely clean inside your desktop computer? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=05/30/2014

30.05.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/30/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Business groups hail brighter UK economy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27624429#

Bank lending to small businesses falls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27620732#

Surge in 'overcrowded' homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10863346/Figures-show-surge-in-overcrowded-homes.html

Fake car crashes behind record levels of insurance fraud - and rise in insurance premiums. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27608316#

UK's richest can save £18,680 a year. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/29/richest-uk-save-poorest-spend-crisis-post-office-data And that defines the UK's rich, does it? There used to be a time when a good tradesman could trouser that in a month.

Debt collectors hound the poorest. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pursuit-of-tax-credit-overpayments-turns-nasty-as-debt-collectors-hound-the-poorest-9456875.html

HMRC debt collection attacked. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/30/hmrc-using-a-dozen-tax-collectors-to-reclaim-overpaid-tax-credits

Drugs and prostitution to be included in UK GDP. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/29/drugs-prostitution-uk-national-accounts The first time that 'Wankminster' is to be seen as making a 'positive' contribution to the national economy, then? And the fourfold increase in Afghanistan's poppy production under Coalition of Evil guardianship won't be kept under the counter any longer.

AND . . . Drugs and vice are worth more than construction to the UK economy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/drugs-and-prostitution-worth-10bn-to-uk-economy-9454250.html No surprises then, and little wonder there is (supposedly) a housing supply crisis. The Government is simply prioritising.

UK growth fastest since 2003. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/30/uk-growth-fastest-since-2003/ Yup. All that Afghan heroine and whoring politicians are certainly starting to make their contributions felt.

She sells seaweed . . . http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10859920/Atlantic-Kitchen-selling-seaweed-from-the-seashore.html

Willy Wonka world enterprise boot camp for dumb, idle graduates. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25265/willy-wonka-world-enterprise-bootcamp/

29.05.2014: Customers continue to abandon banks for building societies. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2642226/430-000-quit-banks-building-society-More-1-000-people-day-reject-scandal-hit-firms-open-current-accounts-Nationwide.html

British drivers choosing German-made cars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2641966/British-drivers-choose-German-cars-favourites-theyre-best-drive-comfortable-cheapest.html Well, who would have noticed? (Cars made by immigrants, incidentally.)

Roofer fined for climbing ladder on top of van. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2641726/Wheres-health-safety-need-Roofer-balances-20-foot-ladder-ON-TOP-van-paint-guttering.html Another story of a passing dummyphone user photographing and reporting a worker for fairly normal practice. Beats wacking off at a computer terminal, I guess; and allows media scrotes to pass comment on yet another activity they know nothing about.

Segregation is also identified as an issue. As a dummyphone zombie shown in the pic, walks by underneath peering at his plastic without paying attention to his surroundings, yet who wasn't reported or fined.

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

Skype will soon translate foreign languages in real time. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2641653/Dont-bother-learning-foreign-language-Skype-soon-let-translate-spoken-foreign-words-real-time.html Does this mean that the media will soon be able to communicate in English and not mid-Atlantic slapper-language such as 'Hi', 'kids', 'Oh, my God' and 'guys'? Still, I'm sure it will quickly become the latest accessory for our stereotype, spiky-haired international business travellers, tripping everyone up with their 1lb wheelycases on the end of 6 foot handles, dummyphones in hand.

International Wine Challenge, Great Value Awards 2014. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16152

'Wankminster' spends £1.4 million on alcohol. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/29/commons-spends-1-4m-on-alcohol/ Does this appear on HMRC's new, propaganda paperwork, our personal tax statements?

UK fruit and vegetable market facts. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16210

New TV show to offer SME advice as a publicity exercise to an unknown 'celebrity' entrepreneur. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/25218/sme-dilemma-new-tv-show-offering-advice-world-renowned-expert-help/ Let's hope the victims fare better than their predecessors who have received unknown 'celebrity' advice.

28.05.2014: Financial advice to be available in church. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27589517# This should fit in perfectly with Da P.M's visions of 'Hoody Nation' and 'Christian Britain' and government advisors are already drafting proposals for monks to be recruited as business mentors. Hands-free PR orgasms all round, chaps!

Buy-to-let hotspots. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/28/buy-to-let-hotspots-revealed/

Mortgage approvals fall for third month running. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27587181#

HMRC to provide online tax training for landlords. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landlords-get-online-tax-training Online tax training aimed at anyone who rents out residential property but has failed to register to pay tax, or has under-paid tax, is being provided by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), as part of its Let Property campaign. Bite-sized modules covering topics such as the different types of property income and how they are taxed, record-keeping, and the correct treatment of income and expenditure, should enable landlords to understand their tax obligations better. Various professional associations will also make the training available to their members, and landlords are being encouraged to contact HMRC on a voluntary basis so they can sort out any tax irregularities under the best terms. (EnterpriseQuest)

iPhones around the world frozen by hackers seeking ransom. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/10857715/iPhones-frozen-by-hackers-demanding-ransom.html

Iraq and Afgan murder sprees by British illegal immigrants costs taxpayers £30 billion. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/costly-failures-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan-cost-uk-taxpayers-30bn-9442640.html I presume this is the propaganda-shortened version of terrorist activity in those countries, excluding 13 years of crime against humanity sanctions against Iraq as well as the so-called Gulf War.

As for 'costly failures' then I don't think the Coalition of Evil's murder, petro-chemical, construction and banking industries would agree, however costly it has been in financial and business terms for the West's taxpaying plebs. Which is par for the course even as 'earnings opportunities' in Central and North Africa, the Middle East, and now, the Ukraine, continue to be explored. But as for 5 million Iraqi and Afghan (and Libyan) dead plus the injured, mutilated and stillborn, then let's not go there at all; let's discuss some crap posted by saddo sheep on Twatter, instead.

14-year-old American lass builds herself a £7,000 house. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2640847/Home-sweet-home-Girl-14-builds-tiny-10-000-house-tribute-late-father.html That would go for £750,000 in London. And it looks better-built.

Why daydreaming is an essential skill for business owners. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25244/day-dreaming-essential-skill-business-owners/

27.05.2014: HMRC crackdown yields record £23.9 billion in additional tax. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27576626# 'HMRC said of the total amount it had raised, more than £8bn came from large business, £1bn from criminals and £2.7bn from tackling avoidance schemes in courts.' So that explains half of previously un-recovered revenue; where did the other half come from? A revised 'sweetheart' deal with just one US corporation?

Business leaders say Government must re-negotiate EU membership to avoid further voter drift to the separatist Kipper Party. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10857292/Business-leaders-say-politicians-must-act-to-deliver-reform-of-EU.html 'After the Lib Dems, we can't afford still more cash suppositories to bring a fresh batch of politicians around to our way of thinking,' said a spokesman.

What would you be prepared to give up for a home? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/26/what-would-you-be-prepared-to-give-up-for-a-home/

Cookery courses in Italy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/10856235/Cookery-courses-in-Italy-booking-advice.html

Government should offer the elderly lessons in the internet to combat loneliness by making fake friends. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/government-should-offer-elderly-lessons-in-the-internet-to-encourage-them-to-discover-life-online-9436544.html Another nice little earner being dreamed up by our academic friends and to be paid for again, by real-life taxpayers. I would have thought the money could be better spent by topping up their pensions so that they can pay their heating bills, instead.

Ant groups more efficient than Google at processing data. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/ant-groups-more-efficient-than-google-in-processing-data-new-study-finds-9436322.html My grand-daughter's wardrobe village shop and Post Office are more efficient at processing data than Google! Still. It does help our politicians find their daily dose of porn.

Trending: rise of the retro-phone. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2639542/Rise-retro-phone-Trend-app-free-bulky-mobiles-means-1990s-models-fetching-800.html Time to flash my 15-year-old app-free Nokia then! And my 50-year-old 'show us yer crack, mate!' builder's jeans won't feel so lonely any more. Still. If it wasn't for fashion sheep, a lot of people wouldn't be in business.

Entrepreneur invents holiday beach locker that screws into the sand. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2639541/Could-finally-end-hiding-valuables-towel-Entrepreneur-invents-ULTIMATE-beach-gadget.html Ah, yes. Screws in the sand . . .

26.05.2014: Council tax tops credit cards for pushing Brits into the red. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/council-tax-tops-credit-cards-for-pushing-britons-into-the-red-9434192.html

Record numbers of families remortgage homes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/record-number-of-families-remortgage-homes-9434201.html

SMEs claim that moving to online accounting sees them paid 23 days faster. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/running-your-business/25209/smes-say-moving-online-accounting-gets-paid-23-days-faster/ Well, according to an accounting software firm, that is.

Common data security flaws highlighted in new report. http://ico.org.uk/news/latest_news/2014/~/media/documents/library/Data_Protection/Research_
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a new report to help organisations meet their responsibilities to safeguard personal information under the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The report outlines several common computer security issues, along with guidance on good practice to guard against them. The issues covered in the report include: software updates, unnecessary services, decommissioning of software or services, and password storage. The ICO claims that many data breaches could be prevented if simple measures were in place. (EnterpriseQuest)

Homeowners face expense if they cut down garden trees. http://www.express.co.uk/news/property/478171/Homeowners-face-costly-bill-if-they-cut-down-existing-trees

Retirees snap up cut-price Spanish property. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10851976/The-retirees-snapping-up-cut-price-Spanish-property.html

What's in a domain name? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/24489/whats-domain-name/

25.05.2014: Scotland needs 500,000 migrants, says Treasury. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/24/500-000-migrants-needed-treasury/ Is this the green light for another murdering, thieving, rapacious invasion by illegal Engerlish immigrants?

'Da PM', resplendent in his 'I'm Backing Co. Britain, Texas' Nike t-shirt and Beats headphones, draws up immigration laws to foil the separatist Kipper Party. (Link not working.)

Banks to be told to increase lending to small businesses; new comparison website. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10854724/Osborne-to-tell-banks-increase-SME-lending.html YAWNNNNN! As long-running (almost) as the red tape fairy tale.

Offshore fish farms may put Cornish trout on the menu. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/offshore-fish-farms-may-put-cornish-trout-on-the-menu-9432158.html Propaganda cue: 'Da PM' buys a Cornish trout at a railway station. 'Vote trout, not Kipper!', urges Mr Cameron.

Tebbit eats humble pie after visit to a food bank. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/norman-tebbit-eats-humble-pie-after-visit-to-food-bank-9432140.html As an ex-pilot, Tebbit always had his head in the clouds. Still. At least he helped launch the careers of some of the best bike-riders in the world.

More rubbish bins on the way in Brussels recycling drive. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637958/More-bins-way-recycling-drive-Every-home-country-forced-compulsory-rubbish-scheme-desperate-bid-meet-Brussels-targets.html Another tabloid fairy tale, perhaps? Travel all around Europe and the absence of more than just one, rubbish bin outside most peoples' homes, is quite noticeable. (That's all we and our neighbours have.) By comparison with the three wheelie bins outside most UK homes. Now why would that be? To provide more subject matter for the British media?


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

Len Tondel



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