down to see full list; previous
month's (May 2014) Viewpoint
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st June 2014
way of explanation. The
term 'home business' consists of two words.
'Business' is the second one; it's there to
qualify and support the word 'home' and all
that goes with it - and not vice versa. Consequently,
we also list below, items which are of interest
and value to the home. Whether in its context
as an office or as a part of your family and
lifestyle but always
directed at the improved prospects and enjoyment
that running a business from home, in its entirety,
For a current, multi-part
starting and running a
business from home,
go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
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)
working rights extended to all. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28078690#
business optimism soars to 20-year high.
Looks like there's trouble ahead, then. (Based
on previous, optimistic projections.)
cost of living has risen by 48% since 2008.
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
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
idea: gourmet food truck for dogs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10932706/San-Francisco-where-dogs-have-their-day.html
opportunity: Britain facing a major sperm shortage.
It looks like the habits of male Twitterers
and Facebookers might come in useful after all.
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
could lose its culinary crown to Britain.
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.)
Britain should stay in EU to protect economy,
CBI says. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-28076876#
start-ups changing the world with open data.
thousands of elderly left home and alone.
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.
ways to be a happier small business owner.
How to avoid roaming bill shocks. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/28/roaming-charges-how-avoid-smartphone-bill-shock-post-holiday
devices quietly running up your energy bills.
is a smart home too smart? http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jun/27/-sp-the-nest-google-technology-future-homes
by seaweed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-25196870
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/27/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
by energy lapdog 'could' lead to major change.
Then again - perhaps it won't.
to get cheapest home insurance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/contents/10898478/How-to-get-cheap-home-insurance.html
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/
Top Tips to help boost UK exports. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25553/six-top-tips-boost-uk-exports/
10 weirdest occupations. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/26/britains-10-weirdest-occupations/
loophole: how you can exploit listing typos.
begins removing 'right to be forgotten' search
whose credit rating was destroyed by bad online
review win £176,000 compensation.
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
British passports the world's most powerful?
firm sells brioche to the French. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10926162/Scottish-firm-Genius-exports-brioche-to-France.html
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.
issues new guidance on tax rules for agency
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)
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.
to pay £2.6 million in compensation.
lose millions in World Cup land investment scam.
. . . and lose billions believing they had
a world-class football team.
the bargains! http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/25/beware-the-bargains/
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.
government grounds Amazon drone delivery proposals.
The drones were considered unsuitable on
the grounds of lacking civilian kill capacity.
future of retail calls for personalisation.
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.
infrastructure increasingly at risk. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/26/uk-public-transport-threatened-climate-change
everyday ways to collaborate in your small business.
work: it's a wonderful life. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/25/outdoor-work-is-it-a-wonderful-life-in-pictures
your business really make you happy? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25538/can-business-really-make-happy/
department confirms plans to review frequency
of rate revaluation.
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
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
for a living: how to trade successfully online.
to sell your house in 24 hours. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10911939/How-to-sell-your-house-in-24-hours.html
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?
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
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
to Algeria. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16364
kids are alright. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/25525/kids-alright/
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.
50,000 bogus students in English test scam.
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.
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!
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".
launched to recognise best British high street.
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)
in five smaller firms do not accept card payments.
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.
should you include in your small business invoice
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
agrees £4 million for credit union grants.
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/
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.
energy efficiency measures. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-2663470/The-energy-efficiency-measures-FOR-FREE-hold-them.html
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.
air traffic disruption in France. http://www.deplacementspros.com/La-DGAC-demande-une-reduction-des-vols-de-20-pour-ce-24-juin_a27845.html
24% more freelance mothers in UK. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/22/working-parents-freelance-poll
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.
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.
to save your business from a winding up order.
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
Foreign language shortfall for businesses, CBI
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.
fears for untrained youths. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27960820#
No probs. The Government and its lickspittles
are turning them all into entrepreneurs.
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
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
you build your own home for £100,000?
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 .
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
counts the cost of England's early World Cup
Tour de France fever. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/22/yorkshire-infected-tour-de-france-fever-tim-lewis-stage-one-recce
basics: how to start a small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/How-To-Start-A-Business.htm?nl=1
French air traffic controller strike: your rights.
Passport Office scam: profit from chaos. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/20/passport-office-chaos-applications-profit-surplus
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.
one-stop shop for suppliers of digital services.
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.
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
to launch largest ever energy probe. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10916215/Ofgem-to-announce-largest-ever-energy-market-probe.html
to offer phone calls and text over wi-fi.
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.
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
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.
are the sign of a strong economy, claims Transport
You couldn't make it up if you tried, could
Government digital cock-up saga continues.
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.
skier who ignores France's rules? Or a national
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.
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.
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
cycling revolutionaries: the artisans who hand-craft
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.
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
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/20/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
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.
trade figures lose national statistics status.
Too busy running around brown-nosing Big
Corp to concentrate on their jobs, no doubt.
Extra lunches for senior HMRC staff all round!
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#
solution to passport fiasco - staycation in
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.
another official cock-up. (The police).
. . 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?
predicts huge growth in home smartphones.
That'll be nice for BT.
Faces broadband fibre regulation. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/19/bt-faces-fibre-broadband-regulation/
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.
penniless mother on benefits to property millionaire.
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
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
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
New watchdog re-issues guides to unfair contract
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)
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.
Ten Tips for protecting your business online.
reasons for slowing down the start-up process.
Rail plans station pick-up points for online
Starting to turn the clock back to Red Star
again, are we? Any chance of reverting to a
decent rail service next?
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
level of poverty has doubled in 30 years.
dining stealing trade from restaurants.
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
may be a French word but it is the British who
put it into practice, claims French car boss.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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'.
It provides more copy for Britain's dumb media
- and there will always be some dummies who
believe everything they hear or read.
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?
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.
Six energy firms hit by record numbers of complaints.
for cash' insurance scams double in 2013.
and social media 'legally' intercepted in the
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!
to get great design for your business on the
Government offers half-baked Chinese visa relaxation.
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.)
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 Englands
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.
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
hub for social enterprise products and services
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)
warnings over scam emails. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/16/tax-man-warning-over-scam-emails/
website scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/16/10-most-common-scams-auction-websites/
school children to be taught entrepreneurship.
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.
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.
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
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
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?
of Brits believe language is cornerstone of
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.
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.
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.
Weekend Larf: flood defence funding 'a priority'.
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.
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.)
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
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'
energy checks urged to cut the need for fracking.
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.
gas and electricity suppliers in half the time.
That will make a lot of difference as energy
prices are set to soar anyway.
tricks to help you uncover an eBay bargain.
truth' about Britain's black market traders.
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
Office scam makes £5 million out of traveller
And there you have more credentials from the
Minister being tipped as a future British Prime
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.
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.
put Britain in its place. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/15/chinese-put-britain-in-its-place-ahead-of-li-keqiang-visit
Self-employment: first choice or last resort?
output boost for economy. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27830521#
call on rogue landlords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/14/clampdown-call-over-rogue-landlords/
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.)
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.
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
Con' fleeces wealthy investors of £12
The crook has now been offered an executive
position by a High Street bank.
to end car-hire rip-off. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/14/call-to-end-to-car-hire-rip-off/
surprising downside to being debt-free.
Can you do construction work from home?
Even the BBC is now questioning the recent
ONS so-called 'homeworking' statistics! See
from home: the good and the bad. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/481801/Working-from-home-The-good-and-the-bad
flow is king for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/25422/cash-flow-king-smes/
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
Community: what is it that makes a computer
top businessmen are more savvy than their foreign
counterparts when it comes to cybercrime.
Well, they would be, wouldn't they. The UK's
top businesses have serious form.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/13/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
(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/
hints at rate rise sooner rather than later.
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.
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.
protection for online shoppers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/13/new-protections-for-online-shoppers/#!slide=aol_1260692
out for football cyber-scams over the next month.
In addition to the official World Cup scam itself.
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)
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?
crops in Engerlandt County as soon as next year.
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.
of Windows XP rundown on SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/25396/impact-windows-xp-rundown-small-medium-businesses/
business cards had their day? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/10894916/Are-business-cards-on-the-way-out.html
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
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.
HMRC issues new guidance on tax rules for agency
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)
for visitors to Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10891466/How-should-tourists-behave-Rules-for-Britains-visitors.html
visitors hit in the pocket. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/12/london-visitors-hit-in-the-pocket/#!slide=aol_2138432
leader wants to lure anglers to Britain to boost
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
delays could lead to payouts after High Court
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.
owners win libel damages after scathing review.
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.
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.
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
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
of Twitter users left exposed to account hijack.
payment - what is the Government proposing and
is it enough? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25388/late-payment-government-proposing-enough/
Startup Conference, Oct 23 and 24, 2014, Las
and Negotiation Skills course to manage difficult
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
Government promise bills to benefit small business.
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)
most desirable market in Europe for business
'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
problems are rising, charity says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27775613#
blames surge in passport applications on economic
Not anticipating demand in the business world
is called crap management. Or what Theresa May's
Scrote Office calls 'normal'.
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
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.
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
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
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
labour producing prawns for supermarkets.
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.
visits by banks for interest-only mortgages.
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.
constructing more and more homes for three-generation
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/
RSA publishes new research into self employment.
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)
spend in Scotland up by 20%. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-27762182
retailers eyeing bright prospects abroad.
takes on PayPal in online payments battle.
enters current account market. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27769605#
farmers' markets are for snobs, says food critic.
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.
and offal illegally being mixed into British
products and being sold in High Street supermarkets.
That's more up a British food critic's street.
'wasting millions' ignoring Government IT cloud.
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.
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
latest country to assess sex workers for GDP.
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.
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.
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.
business ready for The Internet of Things?
sale websites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2652370/Sales-gone-flash-Special-websites-offer-huge-savings-handbags-homeware-But-youll-quick.html
venture with friends failed. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/08/going-into-business-with-friends-driven-us-apart-mariella-frostrup
A step-by-step guide to starting a small business.
on bogus accident claims. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/07/crackdown-on-bogus-accident-claims/
search: 15 hidden features. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10346736/Google-search-15-hidden-features.html
tales from people who have started their own
sex pay. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3068827.stm
ACCA calls for checks on accountants qualifications.
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 accountants 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.
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
numbers take to the train. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27734598#
Yet another contradiction to the myth that there
are 'record numbers' homeworking?
trade deficit wider than expected in April.
Not 'wider than expected' at all. Just the exact
opposite of expert, media and political predictions
so, bang on, in other words.
immigrant supermarket voted nation's favourite.
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!".
to shopping and shipping from online US retailers.
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'.
underestimating repayments by £500 per
laws to stop claims firms giving away gifts.
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/06/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
issues warning on logbook loans. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/05/fca-issues-warning-on-logbook-loans/
billion PPI compensation shortfall. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27679311#
shopping has changed in 70 years. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/05/how-shopping-has-changed-in-50-years/
transfer credit card can top up your current
you got what it takes to be a millionaire?
In which case, you won't need to be completing
any stupid questionnaires.
self-employed are working longer and 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,
- for example) so it's the old story of you
pays your money and you makes your choice.
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.
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.
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.
useful tips to help your start-up go global.
release: new scheme to help British businesses
defend against cyber attack, goes live.
It's a shame the Government hasn't launched
a scheme defending British businesses against
Tory hoodies yet.
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).
'huge' rise in 'homeworking'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/huge-rise-in-home-working-revealed/
Bearing in mind the media's historic inability
to tell the difference between 'home working'
and 'home business', this latest story contains
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.
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.
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
And of homeworking here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/payerti/exb/a-z/h/homeworking.htm
Assuming anyone is really bothered.
pertinent additional article here: The
myth of working from home. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21588760
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.
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?
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
bids to cut mobile phone costs. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/ofcom-bids-to-cut-mobile-call-costs/
broadband launched. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/landline-free-broadband-launched/
that are former Post Offices. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/06/04/take-5-homes-that-are-former-post-offices/
could save the UK £24 billion by 2020.
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.
private firms make quick killing from PFI.
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.
release: Game Over Zeus / Cryptolocker
cyber threat: advice for businesses. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/advice-for-businesses-game-over-zeuscryptolocker-cyber-threat
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
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.
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)
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
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%
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
to ditch the 9-5 life; a Five Year Plan.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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,
steps to an optimal shopping cart. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/online-business/25286/4-steps-optimal-shopping-cart-will-bring-customers-back/
EU urges UK council tax overhaul. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-27675294#
depression and banks behaving as '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
website rates banks by business satisfaction
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)
true cost of online car fraud. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/10869408/Online-fraud-costs-car-buyers-17.8million-a-year.html
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
from . . .' market expands 50% in 2 years.
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
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
world's best homes for under £50,000.
greeting styles. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/hay-festival/10870240/What-to-do-without-how-do-you-do.html
to consider drone licences for film and TV.
to get great design for your business on the
HMRC letters of interrogation to grill self-assessment
Well they certainly wouldn't be asking these
questions of tax-dodging US Big Corp, would
offers 'right to forget' form after EU ruling.
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
of 'consent' clarified in new guide to marketing
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
education: a debate worth having. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10862703/Enterprise-education-a-debate-worth-having.html
is the debate they've been 'having' for fifty
years now, is it?
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
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/30/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
groups hail brighter UK economy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27624429#
lending to small businesses falls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27620732#
in 'overcrowded' homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10863346/Figures-show-surge-in-overcrowded-homes.html
car crashes behind record levels of insurance
fraud - and rise in insurance premiums.
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.
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
debt collection attacked. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/30/hmrc-using-a-dozen-tax-collectors-to-reclaim-overpaid-tax-credits
and prostitution to be included in UK GDP.
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.
. . . 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.
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
sells seaweed . . . http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10859920/Atlantic-Kitchen-selling-seaweed-from-the-seashore.html
Wonka world enterprise boot camp for dumb, idle
Customers continue to abandon banks for building
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.)
fined for climbing ladder on top of van.
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.
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
customer focused is your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/19281/how-customer-focused-is-your-business/
will soon translate foreign languages in real
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.
Wine Challenge, Great Value Awards 2014.
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?
fruit and vegetable market facts. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16210
TV show to offer SME advice as a publicity exercise
to an unknown 'celebrity' entrepreneur.
Let's hope the victims fare better than their
predecessors who have received unknown 'celebrity'
Financial advice to be available in church.
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!
approvals fall for third month running.
to provide online tax training for landlords.
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.
around the world frozen by hackers seeking ransom.
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
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.
American lass builds herself a £7,000
That would go for £750,000 in London.
And it looks better-built.
daydreaming is an essential skill for business
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?
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.
would you be prepared to give up for a home?
courses in Italy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-advice/10856235/Cookery-courses-in-Italy-booking-advice.html
should offer the elderly lessons in the internet
to combat loneliness by making fake friends.
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.
groups more efficient than Google at processing
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.
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.
invents holiday beach locker that screws into
Ah, yes. Screws in the sand . . .
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
numbers of families remortgage homes. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/record-number-of-families-remortgage-homes-9434201.html
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.
data security flaws highlighted in new report.
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)
face expense if they cut down garden trees.
snap up cut-price Spanish property. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10851976/The-retirees-snapping-up-cut-price-Spanish-property.html
in a domain name? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/24489/whats-domain-name/
Scotland needs 500,000 migrants, says Treasury.
Is this the green light for another murdering,
thieving, rapacious invasion by illegal Engerlish
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
(Link not working.)
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.
fish farms may put Cornish trout on the menu.
Propaganda cue: 'Da PM' buys a Cornish trout
at a railway station. 'Vote trout, not Kipper!',
urges Mr Cameron.
eats humble pie after visit to a food bank.
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.
rubbish bins on the way in Brussels recycling
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?
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