down to see full list; previous
month's (April 2014) Viewpoint
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st May 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
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?
of cyber security breaches almost doubles.
The number of IT security breaches affecting
both small and large UK firms has decreased,
but the cost and impact of individual breaches
has risen significantly, according to The Information
Security Breaches Survey 2014. The survey, commissioned
by the Department for Business (BIS) and carried
out by PwC, revealed that 60% of small firms
reported a breach in 2013, down from 64% in
2012. However, the average cost of the worst
breach faced by small firms has almost doubled
in the last year, costing an average of between
£65,000 and £115,000 in 2013, up
from between £35,000 and £65,000
in 2012. (EnterpriseQuest)
of Britons to shun eBay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10852541/Half-of-Britons-less-likely-to-use-eBay-after-cyber-attack.html
eBay can only be fined £500,000 for its
data breach. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637259/Stolen-eBay-data-sale-warn-experts-compromised-site-struggles-cope-demand-change-passwords.html
mobile banking failure. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10851883/RBSNatwest-mobile-banking-failure.html
Ten nuisance call subjects named. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27540178#
you find freelance work online? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/23/can-you-find-freelance-work-online/
online shopping breaks £100 billion mark.
waste £100 on net goods. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/23/shoppers-waste-100-on-net-goods/
passport offices in chaos. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637819/Passport-chaos-threatens-ruin-half-term-getaway-overwhelmed-staff-struggle-issue-documents-time.html
Still more national benchmarking by The Queen
of Incompetence, Theresa May, and The Scrote
adds cocaine, prostitution and black market
alcohol to GDP figures. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/italy-includes-cocaine-prostitution-and-black-market-alcohol-to-gdp-figures-9424457.html
This could turn around the EU's finances
more stressed at home than we are at work.
All the more reason to add a 'home business'
to the mix. Well. According to 'weener' business
websites, that is.
bureaucrats force traditional English cheese-rolling
event to use a Dutch Gouda. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637944/Dutch-cheese-keeps-English-tradition-rolling-Competitors-chase-Gouda-hill-historic-race-British-makers-threatened-health-safety-zealots.html
being ripped off by resort shops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2637203/Holidaymakers-ripped-resort-shops-groceries-53-expensive-town-supermarkets.html
Would you have guessed it?!
tips for expanding your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25194/6-tips-expanding-business-2/
things the EU has done for the UK since the
last European elections. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm
The current government is expected to publish
its own list but is stuck at Number 1 for the
moment: 1a. Fagging for America. 1b. Fagging
for the banks. 1c. Fagging for Big Corp. American
Big Corp. 1d. Fagging for the Merdochs. 1e.
Fagging in general.
PM', 'Puppet Governor' Cameron sports another
American brand. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/will-the-curse-of-cameron-strike-again-pm-is-a-fan-of-uber-cool-beats-headphones-9429092.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/22/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
people to receive new, personal tax statements.
The Chancellor, George Osborne has announced
that new personal tax statements due to be introduced
from October 2014 will be received by a further
4 million people, bringing the total to 24 million.
The tax statements will show individuals how
much income tax and National Insurance they
paid in the previous year, and how their tax
has contributed to public spending. The additional
recipients are individuals who have been recently
contacted by HMRC to set out their tax calculation
for a previous year. Any taxpayer who does not
receive a statement will be able to use HMRC's
tax calculator app to find out how much tax
they have paid and how it has been spent.
political propaganda which will in no way benefit
the taxpaying public nor enlighten it in the
levels of government waste, incompetence and
corruption. (Latest scam news: a £100
million of taxpayers' money spent on child-murdering
American drones to protect Afghanistan's poppy
fields - which aren't ready to fly even after
four years. Get your noses up there, Ministry
of Death (MOD)! http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-100m-drones-may-not-fly-until-britain-has-left-afghanistan-9421136.html
be dole money and start-up loans for an awful
lot of idle, uneducated, unskilled Brits, that
be. Then multiply by 1000 all the contracts
which successive British governments have awarded
to the US - and a jolly good time could be had
by us all!)
news story: 5 reasons the UK is good for growing
businesses in Scotland. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/5-reasons-the-uk-is-good-for-growing-businesses-in-scotland
Well, the most significant reason of
course, is the recent announcement by the HMRC
that they will be allowed to arbitrarily thieve
money from businesses' bank accounts - so if
the Scots decide to do their own thing, that's
an awful lot of lost revenue to help sustain
Engerlandt's tax-avoiding Big Corp mates. Worrying
times for the Government, judging by the sheer
volume of anti-independence propaganda doing
the rounds. Just like all the anti-Kipper Separatist
Party tales and anecdotes which are appearing
in the media, as the country's real, 'snouts-already-in-the-trough-and-we're-going-to-keep-them-there'
Nazis show their grubby hands.
a pity Engerlandt's fagging duties for Nazi
American expansionism have caused a falling-out
with Vlad The Bad, in fact. He'd soon put all
these rebel terrorists in their place.
businesses maintain steady growth. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27520523#
rise in immigration to the UK of 20%. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/477557/Conservatives-failing-in-bid-to-cut-migration-as-it-RISES-20-per-cent
Very good propaganda for the Engerlish separatist
movement but once again, a bit short on fact.
The main problem the UK has with establishing
net immigration figures is that there are no
effective emigration procedures. Certainly
not for UK and EU nationals; and for non-EU,
methods and practices are notoriously haphazard.
Consequently, although adding up new NI registrations
is just one way of establishing a percentage
of new arrivals, (although NOT what they will
actually be doing in the country) there are
no comprehensive and accurate figures for establishing
the numbers of visitors to the UK who have subsequently
LEFT the country and thus for settled resident
or not that changes the perceived problems associated
with excessive and uncontrolled immigration
and whether or not that is having a beneficial
or negative effect on jobs and businesses, is
another matter. But to address the problems
- if real problems there are - it would be useful
to have facts to deal with rather than statistical
anecdotes, which in the case of 'Pisshead Britain'
tend to be used as a late-night drunk would
a lampost: more for support than illumination.
Close enough for filling Engerlandt's numerous
security - be safe, shop on the High Street,
says Minister. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10850665/eBay-security-Be-safe-shop-on-high-street-says-minister.html
Good for him. Sensible man.
handling of cyber-attack 'slipshod'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/10848594/eBays-handling-of-cyber-attack-slipshod.html
used by crooks, Paris government claims.
No probs. They will be most welcome in London.
face longer sentences if they target the elderly.
'Official' crooks excluded, naturally.
raises UK prices. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27523813#
reasons why your travel insurance won't pay
businesses in numbers. http://blog.postofficeshop.co.uk/small-businesses-numbers/
Russia and China sign huge trade (and gas) deal.
Buggrit. Another Coalition of Evil psycopath
business plan gone up the creek. The problem
with those Ruskies (and the Chinese) is that
they can defend themselves or we could send
in our 'heroes' to 'liberate' them from themselves
and nick all their resources. But now - how
are we going to keep warm while '8 million home-based
internet businesses' try to trade with them
makes their users change passwords after hack.
It's those Ruskies again. Islamist terrorists,
the lot of them.
Mail will deliver parcels and open offices on
'The additional services will be provided by
non-Christian Islamists to allow devout 'Christian
Britplebs' to stay at home repeating 'Oh, My
God' all day, while watching their favourite
religious service of endless repeats on the
telly', said a Royal Mail spokesthing. The
Prime Minister, David Cameron, of 'Hoody' Nation,
'The Big Society' Nation, 'Cornish Pasty' Nation,
'Start-Up' Nation and Christian Britain, is
officially reported to be 'delighted' with the
proposals. (If that's OK with the banks?)
most dangerous jobs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/10845754/Britains-most-dangerous-jobs.html
Builders have suffered the largest number
of casualties - greater than those of soldiers
serving in Afghanistan over the same period,
apparently. Happily, the builders were mainly
East Europeans - so the media won't need to
call them 'heroes' and the problem can be forgotten
boosts rural 4G. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10846143/EE-boosts-rural-4G.html
. . . leaving just the UK's towns having to
the Buffoon urges tax penalties for diesel cars.
More 'good' news for the country's businesses.
on household bills could save up to £240.
shopping in Paris. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/antiques/10841980/Antique-shopping-in-Paris-go-with-your-gut.html
Very trendy in the media at the moment, is Britplebs
shopping for bargains in France. Except that
Paris means Paris prices. Try brocantes in the
last remaining mud-horse fisherman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2635342/Stuck-mud-Amazing-pictures-Britains-remaining-mud-horse-fisherman-work-using-centuries-old-technique-despite-falling-profits.html
They should slap a preservation order on the
man. Rarer than an honest politician.
dairy home business sends its clotted cream
all around the world. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10846203/Roddas-another-day-another-dollop-at-the-Cornish-dairy.html
UK retail sales growth hits a ten year high
in April. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27498468#
Ah, well. The politicians, the gurus
and the media got it wrong. Again. So when's
this 'internet' boom going to happen, then?
(Apart from kiddy porn, trolling and saddos
than half a million face having their homes
That should help the country's shortfall
of 300,000 battery houses a year. (Estimated).
data sharing proposals under attack.
Government proposals to allow the sale of data
by HMRC to private companies have come under
attack from the Low Income Tax Reform Group
(LITRG), Big Brother Watch and the Chartered
Institute of Taxation. The proposals were originally
set out in an HMRC consultation that ran from
July to September 2013 and were confirmed in
the Chancellor's Autumn Statement in December
2013. HMRC has launched a pilot VAT registration
data release project with credit reference agencies
Experian, Equifax, and Dun & Bradstreet.
The project allows the agencies to be treated
as part of HMRC and allows them to share relevant
data if it is for the specific purpose of research.
translator costs double in a year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2634484/Court-translator-costs-double-year-Taxpayers-bill-15million-service-outsourced-branded-shambolic-MPs.html
Another nice little earner for Crapita at
the expense of the country's self-employed and
home businesses - although as its boss pointed
out six months ago, a few wars would be better
for business still. I'm sure that our Government's
very own Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May
and her serial-failure advisers at The Scrote
Office, will try to do their best. Now that
'the police' have become the new 'illegal immigrants'.
And the door has been opened to privatising
the country's police duties. Which have probably
already been sold to Blackwater - so no prospects
there for any British, home-based, self-employed
security firms. With ideas above their police
threat to shops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2634499/Showrooming-threat-shops-Half-consumers-admit-using-mobiles-browse-deals-online-looking-visiting-stores.html
victims get phone bills for hundreds of pounds.
Masterclass seminars at New Start, Scotland.
crash course in entrepreneurship. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/beyondstartup/fl/A-Crash-Course-in-Entrepreneurship.htm
loans pros and cons. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/20/secured-loans-pros-and-cons/
tips for steering clear of holiday car hire
French SNCF trains too wide for platforms.
That should give them the pedigree to be
awarded British rail franchises and contracts.
Charles likens Russia to the Nazis. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27497899
Very good for business, Charlie. If we take
these words as representative of a nation of
war criminals whose casualties in World War
Two amounted to less than one FIFTIETH of those
of the Russian resistance to Nazism; AND who
benefited from a conclusion to that conflict
mainly because of the Russian advance from the
East, then to the casual, independent observer
with an education, it would seem Charles should
stick to commenting on subjects he knows something
about. Farming. And architecture. And leave
British propaganda and disinformation to the
criminal media and bent politicians fagging
for American Nazism.
HMRC doubles use of debt-collectors. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/20/hmrc-doubles-use-of-debt-collectors-should-you-worry/
reveals cash-in-hand boom as tradesmen avoid
Two in five homeowners in the UK have been offered
a discount by a tradesman for paying cash, according
to a new survey commissioned by Confused.com.
More than half of those questioned in the survey
said they did not believe there is anything
wrong with paying tradesmen in cash. Just one
in ten respondents said they would report a
tradesman to HMRC for actively avoiding tax,
and nearly a third said they would rather not
know if a tradesman was doing this. Nearly four
in ten respondents also said a tradesman had
failed to provide an invoice for work they had
carried out for them. (EnterpriseQuest)
dream home revealed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/19/britains-dream-home-revealed/
adverts could be smart, not creepy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/10836859/Internet-adverts-could-be-smart-not-creepy.html
to have a hit on Kickstarter. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/19/kickstarter-yancey-strickler-interview
should you base your business? Just ask Wales.
common cold calling mistakes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/entrepreneur-interviews/25159/cold-calling-conundrums-7-common-mistakes/
are you wearing? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/25169/wearing/
One omission from this article is HMRC's
latest proposal to raid people's bank accounts;
official phishing, in other words.
Start-up trends from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-22449887
foreign tourists come to Britain. http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/05/06/foreign-tourists-love-britains-historic-towns-most-of-all/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl2%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D264952
clean your credit report. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/19/spring-clean-your-credit-report/
Rising house prices biggest threat to UK economic
After the Government, politicians, bankers
and Big Corp, that is. So, just as with the
last, nay, any previous crisis, nothing is going
to be done until after the event. With taxpayers'
sun prompts 17% sales jump. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/spring-sun-prompts-17-sales-jump/
prices - where in the world to buy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10827469/House-prices-countries-with-the-cheapest-and-most-expensive-property-markets.html
growing bizz-fizz. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/britains-growing-fizz-biz-our-bubble-beltway-of-vineyards-is-aiming-to-take-on-established-champagne-houses-9391319.html
HMRC investigations into self-employed quadruple
in one year. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/10837537/HMRC-investigations-into-savers-tax-affairs-double.html
house prices - a tale of two streets. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/may/16/uk-house-prices-tale-two-streets-carney-yorkshire-london-bank-england
firms must raise advertising standards.
firms struggling to afford IT and marketing
agency fees. http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/small-businesses-can%E2%80%99t-afford-uk-agency-fees
Over 50% of small firms cannot afford to use
design, IT, marketing or branding agencies,
according to a survey by Freelancer.co.uk. The
survey, which polled 2,500 small firms, found
that 30% of respondents who approached an agency
when starting up said the cost of using an agency
would have deterred them from starting their
business. The report also revealed that high
agency fees are leading small firms to use freelancers
for IT and marketing services. (EnterpriseQuest)
release. Simpler guidance on regulation means
less bureaucracy for childcare providers.
great days out in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/5453447/Fifty-great-days-out-in-the-UK.html
Alps one of the most polluted parts of France.
Common knowledge for years. It attracts far
too many dirty urban plebsheep. Like Paris.
Another filthy, stinking hole. Like London.
to be an Avon Representative? http://www.avon.uk.com/PRSuite/your_dream_opportunity.page?s=email&c=leadgen#.U3bzjWcU-P8
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
million now work from home - TUC. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/four-million-work-from-home-tuc/#!slide=aol_1260936
Really? The TUC has always been 'bullish'
about homeworking numbers and this 'study' is
much more optimistic than most other sources.
What makes me suspicious is that the Government
hasn't jumped on the bandwagon, as 4 million
'homeworkers' - effectively 'empoyees' - plus
an alleged 4.5 million 'self-employed' who would
also be businesses registered mainly from home
and all of a sudden, you're looking at almost
a third of the country's workforce operating
from a home base and that, is a game-changer.
impact of such a large number on public transport,
the utilities, the daily movement of the population
in general, would be pronounced and which I
for one, just don't see. What do you think?
Would you say that 1-in-3 of your friends and
neighbours work or run a business from home?
Take our bogus opinion poll HERE. (If
the link is slow as death, our apologies; we
are still waiting for the high speed broadband
which is the telecomms industry's mission to
help lay the foundations for flexible working.)
hit with £12 million penalty for mis-selling.
And that's it, is it? No jail sentences nor
months and months of being hounded in the press.
No bankruptcy, no job losses, no baliffs. Just
a self-imposed (as it turns out) slap on the
wrist from an ex-offender with form.
of £s meant for businesses unspent, say
million for women to start or grow their own
in 5 university graduates becomes a millionaire.
The statistic excludes 'household debt' however,
such as mortgages, credit cards, etc. So make
that 1 in 100. Or less than barrow boys made
of Brits support EU membership. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/matspersson/100027291/the-british-people-becoming-less-keen-on-leaving-the-eu/
prints its anti-immigration, anti-EU propaganda
leaflets in Germany - because it's cheaper.
Well, at least it's an improvement on the
present government which would have had them
printed in the USA, instead.
cash machines read the veins in your finger.
All the better to bleed you with.
you pay £12,000 to sell your house - or
buyers facing unexpected repair bils. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/16/house-buyers-face-repair-bills/#!slide=aol_2437298
Surely people aren't buying homes without
a surveyor's report?
flooded with removal requests. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/may/15/hundreds-google-wipe-details-search-index-right-forgotten
growing wasabi. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/the-first-farm-in-britain-to-grow-its-own-wasabi-is-producing-a-fiery-treat-for-the-tastebuds-9380687.html
To supply food trendies who haven't heard
of horse radish.
GPS technology for a bicycle. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2629527/Is-safest-bicycle-Smartbike-brings-GPS-directions-handlebars-blind-spot-detector.html
Or, you could do what experienced cyclists
have been doing successfully for years - look
at what's going on around you, listen (without
wires dangling out of your ears) and read road
signs. For the longer trip, a homing pigeon
can come in useful although they're not as fast
as my plasterer, on a promise, going home for
the weekend. Same principle, though. The pull
of the hen. Still. Business is business, even
HMRC launches Second Incomes tax recovery campaign.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched
a campaign to recover tax from anyone who carries
out freelance work in addition to their main
occupation, but who has so far failed to declare
their additional untaxed income. Examples of
potentially untaxed freelance activities include
income from consultancy, training, taxi driving
or hairdressing, or profits from spare-time
activities such as making craft items or regularly
selling items at car boot sales. HMRC is inviting
individuals to make voluntary disclosures as
this will lead to lighter penalties. Current
legislation enables HMRC to investigate arrears
of tax over a period of up to 20 years, and
in some cases, to carry out a criminal investigation
if tax evasion is suspected. (EnterpriseQuest)
Ooooo. '8 million' online, home-based businesses
scams cost victims £3.7 million. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27419369#
2032 less than half of us will own our own home.
warnings were wrong. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10832220/Bulgarian-and-Romanian-migrants-down-after-open-door-as-Tories-admit-missing-target-for-net-migration.html
What, again? Nor were they exactly 'warnings'.
Rabble-rousing, hate-preaching, political cynicism
and exploitation would be more appropriate descriptions.
Carbon copies of the rise of Nazism in the 1930s.
Now perhaps the Government and its agencies
can start tackling the everyday problem of British
crooks and scammers targetting the gullible
and the vulnerable, instead. Perhaps make a
start with Britain's sell-out to US Big Corp
which never gets a mention? Followed by the
media's tax avoidance schemes.
agent wall of shame. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/14/estate-agent-wall-of-shame/
Growing numbers of self-employed behind a further
fall in unemployment to 6.8%. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27406457#
Except that we all know (well - apart
from the Government and its criminal propaganda
services, apparently) the plight of the self-employed
has become increasingly precarious at the same
time, as the latest statistics also confirm
that growth in earnings has remained unchanged.
the recovery takes hold, more people are able
to get a job or set up their own business and
become the employers of tomorrow," said
Minister for Employment Esther McVey in her
latest propaganda statement, blithely ignoring
the fact that being 'self-employed' means being,
errr, self-employed. Not employing others.
Still. Close enough for the country's dummyphone
denial over mortgage repayment problems.
being asked by anxious homeowners. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/article-2627563/Is-house-bubble-burst-Anxiety-builds-uncertainty-tumultuous-housing-market.html
from worst bank to best bank?
must delete your data if you ask, EU rules.
to allow taxpayers to file VAT returns by phone.
A forthcoming change to VAT rules mean business
owners will be able to file VAT returns by telephone,
providing they can prove that it is not reasonably
practicable to file their returns online due
to their age, disability, or remoteness of location.
If for any reason it is not 'reasonably practicable'
for business owners to file VAT returns online
or by telephone, they can file a paper return.
Prior to the change, which follows a consultation
into filing of VAT returns, all returns needed
to be filed online unless the taxpayer is exempt
due to insolvency or religion. Anthony Thomas,
Chairman of the Low Incomes Tax Reforms Group
(LITRG), said: "This is a good outcome
to an open consultation and we are pleased that
HMRC have listened to those who responded."
5 Basics of Networking. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25055/5-basics-of-networking/
Much is written about business networking
but a major problem which I and many of my 'older'
friends and colleagues have remarked upon in
recent years, is the disappearance of basic,
good manners. Or simple politeness. For years,
one has heard of youngsters or the unemployed
complaining of their job applications not even
receiving a reply, reflecting a pig ignorance
among many businesses which has become all too
commonplace. Given this widespread communication
and social etiquette disorder (compounded by
the internet) - let alone best practice - then
quite frankly, there is little point in recommending
networking techniques when for many, a clip
around the ear and a kick up the backside would
be a more appropriate starting point.
wood is least likely to rot? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/10824999/Jeff-Howell-what-type-of-wood-is-least-likely-to-rot.html
hotel in the UK only costs £38 a night.
This comes into line with one of my favourite
B&Bs when I stay in the UK, notably a two
generation, family-run business which charges
just £35 a night for an en suite room
with all the facilities, a huge, good-quality
breakfast with plenty of choice (excluding industrial
sausages made with neddy eyeballs) and free
wi-fi. There is ample, private parking, fresh
laundry every day and although some of the rooms
are a bit tight, the acommodation and the service
is immaculate. Without wasting your time with
Tripadvisor, you can tell it's worth staying
there just by glancing at all the cars and vans
parked outside at night and the need to book
well in advance to guarantee a room. Naturally,
it's not in Shitpit London.
Self employed facing increased financial insecurity.
A study by the Resolution Foundation, based
on a survey of 1,000 self-employed people, has
found that the pace of growth of self employment
in the UK has accelerated rapidly since the
onset of the economic downturn, but that the
self employed (who now make up 15% of the workforce),
are facing increasing financial insecurity.
According to the report, there are now around
4.5 million self-employed people in the UK,
a rise of 650,000 since 2008, but on average
their earnings have fallen around 20% since
2006-07. The report also found that only 30%
of self-employed people are contributing to
a pension, compared with 51% of people in paid
employment. Some survey respondents also reported
difficulties in accessing mortgages, loans,
and tenancies, specifically because they were
self employed. (EnterpriseQuest)
there's a surprise! Perhaps another rash of
'weener' business start-up websites run by brown-nosed
'trendies' who couldn't make enough money to
buy a pot to piss in; add a couple more Government
propaganda messages from unheard-of business
'celebrities' and maybe the situation can be
turned around? After all, warnings from
business support professionals have only been
ignored for the past three years!
of self employed seek debt advice. http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/press_20140506
Thousands of self-employed people across the
UK are seeking help from the Citizens Advice
Bureau, with a third seeking help due to debt
problems. Findings published by the Citizens
Advice Bureau revealed that 60% of those seeking
help have resorted to credit cards, personal
loans, and overdrafts in attempt to save their
business from closure. Gillian Guy, Chief Executive
of the Citizens Advice Bureau, said: "It
is clear that for some people, self-employment
is not offering financial security. People are
desperately turning to personal credit to keep
their companies afloat. Banks must start listening
to those small and medium-sized businesses that
drive the economy and help them with the vital
support they need." (EnterpriseQuest)
barrel o' laughs from the Government's Seeds
Of Entreprenerial Failure Programme. Perhaps
a two-hour refresher course with tea and biscuits
for its army of ex-bank manager business mentors?
in small firms in financial distress. http://www.begbies-traynorgroup.com/begbies-traynor/news/14-04-16/no_respite_for_smes_despite_economic_recovery.aspx
Increasing numbers of smaller firms in the UK
are in 'significant' financial distress despite
the improving economy, according to the Q1 2014
Red Flag Alert report published by business
recovery experts, Begbies Traynor. The report
found that more than 200,000 smaller firms were
dealing with financial problems during Q1 2014,
an increase of 22% when compared with the same
period last year, while there was a 14% fall
in financial distress levels suffered by larger
firms over the same period. In addition, smaller
firms now account for 92% of the UK firms experiencing
significant financial distress, compared with
89% at the end of Q1 2013. The report found
that many smaller firms do not know how to access
alternative sources of finance such as venture
capital and peer-to-peer loans.
- still more bad news? The Government's propagandashitewriters
will have to be doing a lot of phoning around
to ensure their favourite tabloid and media
disinformation sources ignore all this. Then,
happily, back to trawling for porn. Or perhaps,
writing another self-congratulatory Twatter
message for the Minister, drooling over unemployment
statistics (covered up by the country's entrepreneurial/self-employed
customers face bill chaos. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27374580#
Britain's food markets make a comeback?
hedge fund trader to chutney maker. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626673/From-hedge-fund-trader-chutney-making-champion-A-business-Oscar-thanks-mums-recipes.html
- 'nice little earners': squirrel pie. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626743/How-earn-crust-squirrels-Customers-nuts-pies-using-animals-meat.html
We have been doing that in Engerlandt for
some time now. The 'human punchbags' are called
pensioners. Or the self-employed.
garden fence panels. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/12/britain-runs-short-of-garden-fence-panels-thieves-cash-in/
With one of the fundamental objectives of
the latest British co-invasion of Afghanistan
being to restore its historical alternative
'economy' of heroin production after those pesky
Taliban resistance fighters kept burning the
poppy fields, all is now well after guard duties
by the Coalition of Evil have successfully seen
a fourfold increase in output. Once the Government
has nabbed the bulk of production for its own
nefarious purposes, there should be enough dross
left over for any enterprising dealer to broker
the continuity of leisure supplies to 'Wankminster'
and its environs.
Ten Best Villages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertypicturegalleries/10820045/Escape-London-Britains-10-best-villages.html
Or - where bent politicians, councillors,
developers and planners haven't yet prevailed.
More than half of shops helped by Government
propaganda micro-celebrity Portas, have now
homeowners aren't doing vital repair work because
of a shortage of tradesmen they can trust.
Just like trying to find a politician you
can trust? Then, put politicians and the building
industry together and you also get . . .
. . New Builders Finance Fund excludes small
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has
warned that smaller builders will be excluded
from a new £525 million Builders Finance
Fund, launched by the Department for Communities
and Local Government (DCLG), and the Homes and
Communities Agency (HCA). The new Fund will
help developers access finance to speed up or
re-start viable housing developments of between
15 and 250 units that have stalled due to lack
of funding. The aim of the Fund is to accelerate
the construction of 15,000 homes on smaller
sites, creating one job for every home built.
However, the FMB has said that the minimum unit
threshold is too high as most of their members
build fewer than 15 homes, so will be excluded
from the Fund, which will be open for the submission
of expressions of interest from 14th May until
25th June 2014.
becomes billionaire capital of the world.
But they're nearly all foreigners! Send 'em
back home where they belong. (If that's OK with
'Burke On A Wire' Boris and UKIP.)
billion lost in 'zombie' accounts. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/10/4-3bn-lost-in-zombie-accounts/
Which is twice the amount HMRC and the Government
recently claimed is lost to so-called 'black
market' activity. Otherwise known as honest
people paying their dues in cash. So. Are we
going to see Government propagandashitewriters
issue a series of media releases hounding and
threatening the banks for not dealing with this
money in the best public interest? What do you
think? Vote HERE in our bogus opinion
poll. (If link is not working, please contact
your tax-avoiding telecoms provider.)
impose 'lawn mowing' tax. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/475211/Now-even-lawn-mowing-is-taxed-but-councils-impose-new-annual-charge
in your ability to start a business. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/carole-ann-rice/475325/Believe-in-your-ability-to-start-a-business
UK GDP 'close' to 'pre-crisis' level, say economists.
'Close', eh? Or, still in crisis, in other
board to review digital high street initiatives.
A new advisory board has been launched by the
Department for Communities and Local Government
(DCLG) to review how the sustainability of high
streets can be improved through the use of digital
technology. The board will not only develop
an approach to introducing technology to ensure
high streets remain viable, but will also create
a best practice guide by building examples of
successful digital high street initiatives into
a national digital strategy. High Streets Minister
Brandon Lewis said: "The rise of online
retail means Britain's shoppers are changing
their habits and high streets need to adapt
to continue to prosper". (EnterpriseQuest)
How about cutting rates and introducing some
town centre facilities, instead?
stars could face multi-million tax bill.
Unlike Big Corp, their tax evasion scheme
clearly didn't include suitably-sized cash suppositories
for the country's politicians.
public wrong about nearly everything, survey
Hardly surprising. Big Corp, politicians and
the media have spent billions making it that
way. And the Americans of course, know nothing
whatsoever. Oh. My. God. Awesome.
ThickBrit Self-Assessment Test (Geography).
opportunity: cybercrime boss offers a Ferrari
to hacker who can dream up the biggest ever
Only a Ferrari? Anyone who can dream up a scam
on that scale will be able to do a lot better
for themselves than a Ferrari! Even I've got
one of those. (For rotavating the garden.)
to be a successful franchisee. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/25018/successful-franchisee/
Franchising is a massive subject of which
the media, as usual, makes light. Go to our
Features page, franchising, http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm
for some initial pointers on where to begin
Top Twenty Places To Retire. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/retirementproperty/10819154/Worlds-top-20-places-to-retire.html
Cameron: taxes will rise unless HMRC can raid
bank accounts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/10819885/David-Cameron-Taxes-will-rise-unless-we-can-raid-bank-accounts.html
This will be just fu*kin' plebs' bank accounts,
UK pays just £4.2 million in tax after
sales of £4.3 billion. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/may/09/margaret-hodge-urges-boycott-amazon-uk-tax-starbucks
Ten UK business schools. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/student-life/10817144/Student-life-top-ten-UK-business-schools.html
global warming 'a huge business opportunity'.
travellers think France is 'excessively expensive'.
Even if they've never been there. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2624835/British-travellers-think-France-excessively-expensive-theyve-never-there.html
Which just about sums up British opinion
of most things. On the other hand, it's only
fair we all contribute to the country's black
market economy of 5 million parasite-fonctionnaires
claiming salaries for no work, instead of leaving
it to the French small business community all
the time. (Or, just like Britain, really.)
after bankruptcy. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/08/the-fixer-getting-over-bankruptcy/
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/09/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/
Rights Bill not law until end of 2015. http://www.eversheds.com/global/en/what/articles/index.page?
The Consumer Rights Bill is not likely to become
law until at least the end of 2015, according
to law firm Eversheds. Once in force, the provisions
of the Bill will affect virtually every piece
of consumer rights legislation in the UK, impacting
on key trading issues such as the provision
of pre-contractual information, a default maximum
delivery time of 30 days, and consumers' right
to reject goods. The 2015 changes to consumer
law will be in addition to the changes that
come into force on 13th June 2014 under the
Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation
and Additional Payments) Regulations 2013, which
implement various provisions of the European
Consumer Rights Directive. (EnterpriseQuest)
employs East Europeans to hand out their anti-immigration,
anti-EU propaganda. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/08/ukip-leaflets-eastern-europeans-cheap_n_5288745.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D263256
'Because they're cheap', apparently. And
the leaflets don't just become 'floaters' in
the nearest ditch. AND they are contributing
to the country's growing numbers of self-employed
'entrepreneurs' AND helping keep unemployment
down. So let's hear it for UKIP - and all the
morons who believe what they hear and read in
best-value destination for unpatriotic, Britsheep
(and UKIP voters) who want to get bladdered.
That's 'Bulgaria' as not in Great Britain. Or
admit they pay workmen cash-in-hand.
Just £2 billion a year? Assuming the
figure is accurate, a fraction then, of inherent
government inefficiency, corruption and Big
Corp tax avoidance. HUNDREDS of billions which
never re-enter the country's economy, manipulated
by and for the benefit of skivers and wasters
who haven't done an honest day's work in their
entire lives and who every so often, prompt
their political and media quislings to come
up with stories like this.
being held hostage by Tripadvisor blackmailers.
Hasn't this been common practice and knowledge
since Day One?
cabbies plan severe disruption in protest against
taxi app. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/londons-black-cabs-plan-severe-chaos-for-capital-in-protest-against-taxi-app-uber-9339404.html
victim gets his own back. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/aug/29/cold-call-victim-gets-own-back
threats hit 10-year high. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/may/08/threat-tenant-evictions-highest-10-years-repossessions
house price map. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10812771/House-price-heatmap-its-still-winter-in-the-regions.html
So, unlike the screaming headlines one normally
sees in the media, there are actually many areas
in the country where house prices have been
best homes for sale for under £200,000.
must get better at networking, new research
Young Entrepreneur Awards now open for registration.
Thousands face tax raids on accounts, says HMRC.
call for improved support for smaller firms.
Accountants reporting to the Treasury Select
Committee's inquiry into lending to small and
medium-sized firms have urged the Government
to improve support for smaller firms and publicise
financial support schemes more widely. According
to Peter Hollis of accountancy firm Hollis &
Co, and Chris Lane, partner at Kingston Smith,
banks often cancel loans or impose higher rates
of interest on small firms if they had reported
a downturn in sales, or due to changes in asset
valuations by risk-averse bank surveyors, for
example relating to family homes provided as
security. It was also reported that some Government
initiatives are under publicised, such as the
Better Business Finance appeal process, which
helps smaller firms that have had an application
for bank funding turned down. The accountants
have also called for the Government to introduce
a capital lending scheme for smaller firms at
preferenti al long-term interest rates. (EnterpriseQuest)
CAP schemes information published. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/countryside-gets-set-to-claim-15bn-under-cap-reform
Information about the new CAP schemes for England
has been published by Defra and the Rural Payments
Agency (RPA). The information includes details
of the Basic Payment Scheme, the new Rural Development
Programme, and timescales for when the new schemes
will be introduced. Farming Minister George
Eustice said: "We are determined to implement
the CAP in a way that is as simple, affordable
and effective as possible and are working together
across Defra to help people understand how the
reforms will affect them, what they need to
do and when, and how to get more information."
increase by 6,4000. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/08/repossessions-increase-by-6-400/
Tesco credit card for people with bad credit.
release: UK floods 2014; Government response
and recovery. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-floods-2014-government-response
shopper appetite for digital marketing initiatives.
betting conman jailed. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/07/gambler-jailed-for-1-3m-ponzi-scam/
Ten Commandments of Social Media. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/24950/10-commandments-social-media/
Late payments to smaller firms on the increase.
Nearly one in four smaller firms experienced
an increase in the number of late payments during
2013, according to the Forum of Private Business
(FPB) latest banking and finance survey. Around
one in three firms surveyed reported an increase
in the average number of days beyond the payment
deadline that payments were made. Almost one
in five experienced an increase in both the
number of late payments and the days taken to
pay. FPB Chief Executive Phil Orford commented
that more than £30 billion still remains
'tied up in late payments'. (EnterpriseQuest)
release: 'We are building Britain'. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/we-are-building-britain
UK Assisted Area Status Map announced. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/manufacturing-and-growth-hotspots-targeted-for-extra-business-investment
The Department for Business (BIS) has announced
that a number of additional locations in the
UK have been granted Assisted Area Status, making
them eligible to bid for funding and to be granted
tax breaks for investment in new premises, machinery,
and job creation. Areas including parts of Derby,
Huddersfield, Portsmouth, Scunthorpe, Leeds,
Manchester, Arbroath, Blackpool, Hastings and
Lowestoft have been added to the new Assisted
Areas Status Map, which is due to take effect
from 1 July 2014, subject to formal approval
by the European Commission. Firms in assisted
areas are eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances
(ECA) in some Enterprise Zones, and from Business
Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA) to bring
derelict properties back into use. They can
also benefit from regional aid via Regional
Growth Fund initiatives in England, Regional
Selective Assistance in Scotland, Welsh Government
Business Finance, and Se lective Financial Assistance
in Northern Ireland. (EnterpriseQuest)
scheme for childcare start ups extended.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport
(DCMS) has announced that the Childcare Business
Grant Scheme in England that was due to end
in March 2014 has been extended until 31st December
2014. The grant scheme provides grants of up
to £500 to start up a nursery or childminding
service, in order to cover the cost of training,
equipment, insurance, criminal record checks
and adaptations to premises. (EnterpriseQuest)
Hairdressing Championships. http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2014/may/05/world-hairdressing-championships-in-pictures
cars top list of those most likely to pass MOT
first time. (But they're all Japanese.)
people have 'more to spend'. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/07/older-people-have-more-to-spend/#!slide=aol_1260449
Even if that were to be true, the Government
and the media are working hard to ensure any
money worked for and saved up by the older generation,
is taken away to finance the lifestyles of workshy,
pisshead Tory hoodies. It is already officially
acknowledged that British retirees are the second
poorest in Europe so for us business folk who
once looked to them as the best customers to
have of all, I'm afraid that the future is unlikely
to bring about any dramatic changes.
I've chosen to live on just £1 a day.
Self-employment surge hides true story behind
upbeat employment figures. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/06/self-employment-uk-job-figures-analysis
One of the report conclusions is that a typical
self-employed person is being paid 40% less
than the average employee - all of which we
have been maintaining for the past couple of
years. I guess that's why we're not 'economists'.
a 13% pay rise? Become a farmer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2618805/Want-13-pay-rise-Become-FARMER-How-working-land-lucrative-happier-too.html
Sure. Farmers are all on 'salaries', aren't
they? Another piece of tabloid bullshit to amuse
my land-working neighbours. When they finally
come in to sit down at the end of a sixteen-hour
day. Or return from their latest visit to the
local bank to plead for another overdraft extension.
Or even the local food bank in some cases.
weather helps to boost High Street sales.
budget shopping on the rise. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/05/online-budget-shopping-on-the-rise/
energy too cheap, says study. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/may/06/uk-energy-too-cheap-newcastle-university
thieves can use your mobile to empty your bank
Which is why the banks have been so keen
on rolling out mobile banking.
of Britain are poorer than Poland. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2617938/Revealed-How-parts-Britain-poorer-POLAND-families-Wales-Cornwall-Europes-worst-off.html
Once again, it's been that way for quite a while.
Still. We musn't compromise the usual hate-preaching
propaganda of media scrotes on six-figure salaries.
of ex-pat Brits in Portugal may lose their homes.
Two thirds of self employed are not paying into
Perfect. Just what the Government ordered.
Let's have some more 'self-employed/entrepreneur
start-up' scams. (Sorry. 'Schemes'.)
rip-off rescue plans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/10803996/Pension-rip-off-rescue-plan-with-help-from-Isas.html
With the help of ISAs?????
trade benefits are 'imaginary' claims new report.
Happily, one of the comments following the article
is somewhat better informed. 'Would
have been a much more convincing report if it
had used values instead of percentages. If you
look at last years figures, the UK exports to
Germany rose 20%. Trade between UK and Germany
stands at over 160 billion per year. In fact
the UK exports more goods and services to North
Rhine Westphalia alone than to India and China
put together. Over 2,500 German companies have
invested in the UK, totaling almost €100billion,
sustaining 400,000 British jobs. I don't see
that amount of money coming from the likes of
Vietnam and Qatar. Of course exports to places
will increase dramatically if you start ate
a very low baseline. Not a convincing report
at all really, a C-grade to Civitas.'
than a little outside the comfort zone of tabloid
propaganda hacks, is the subject of 'business'.
Their priority is writing the usual crap for
American terrorism - currently mis-reporting
on Syria and the Ukraine. Plus
doped-up football. And micro-celebrity slappers
no-one with a life has ever heard of.
specifically, it is interesting to note that
the British media has been taking a closer look
at the German property market recently as well
as business prospects in general. Prices are
much lower, it's a beautiful country and although
Germany had a problem with 'millions' of back-door,
'illegal' British immigrants 'stealing' their
jobs a while ago (Auf
etc), all is now forgiven as British labour
prefers signing on these days, to working. Part
of the modern 'Go East, Young Man' phenomenon,
Germany is a country well worth a closer look.
dumping indentikit 'crap' homes across Britain.
Errr. They've been doing that for fifty years.
my tenants have to pay for damage? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/propertyclinic/10801039/Property-clinic-do-my-tenants-have-to-pay-for-flat-damage.html
of bosses admit to making calls while on the
bee-hive raids. http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/473925/Bees-stolen-by-keepers-in-hive-raids
Cameron thanks FTSE 100 bosses for reviving
Oh, they are paying taxes now, are they?
firms and homeowners help RBS to double profit.
giants line up for UK tax breaks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businesslatestnews/10805995/Multinational-giants-line-up-for-UK-tax-breaks.html
slaps ban on all British cheese. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619697/Grate-Wall-China-Beijing-slaps-ban-ALL-British-cheese-visit-just-one-dairy-doesnt-import-there.html
I suppose British consumers could retaliate
by refusing to buy all Chinese goods - but that
would totally change the appearance of Pleb
Britain as we know it.
credit unions. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/473929/Banking-on-the-community-Understanding-credit-unions
rising young antique dealers. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2014/may/02/interiors-homes
French chateau or a Surbiton semi? Which would
you choose? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619599/An-Englishmans-home-chauteau-A-magnifique-mansion-France-semi-Surbiton-prices-tumbling-Channel-YOU-choose.html
It's articles like this which are behind
the tens of thousands of disillusioned, ex-pat
Brits abandoning their property dreams in Spain
and to a lesser extent, certain areas of France.
essential tips to improve your home for a move.
500,000 property millionaires by end of 2014.
5 tips for business cards. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/24731/top-5-tips-business-cards/
ways to make your marketing stick. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/24492/3-ways-make-marketing-stick/
books every aspiring entrepreneur must read.
Events Company. http://ukimages.gmimage3.com/new/viewnewsletter2.aspx?SiteID=17147&SID=6&NewsletterID=467650
What housing bubble? Boom turns to bust.
numbers at six month low. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/05/01/mortgage-numbers-at-six-month-low/
XP users get Explorer fix. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27249695#
publishes response to company filing consultation.
The Department for Business (BIS) has published
a response to the company filing requirements
consultation it carried out last year. The consultation
asked for feedback on proposed changes to the
annual filing requirements for UK companies
that were intended to simplify filing processes
and reduce duplication. The response to the
consultation includes changes to the process
of filing annual returns and information about
a joint filing tool for submitting information
to Companies House and HMRC.
shouldn't be grammar Nazis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10801507/We-shouldnt-be-grammar-Nazis.html
An unfortunate choice of words for a country
which promotes war criminal vermin but from
a business perspective, especially for internauts
who believe the world is their English-speaking
oyster, making contact with a wider world which
appreciates at least the basics of the English
language while giving the impression that one
is an idle, thick, illiterate moron, isn't very
I owe tax if I sell my annexe? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/capital-gains-tax/10784933/Will-I-owe-capital-gains-tax-if-I-sell-the-annexe-next-to-my-house.html
European migrants really taxed just £1
a week? http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/may/01/are-150000-eastern-european-migrants-really-paying-just-1-a-week-in-tax
Or more, pro rata, than US Big Corp.
kitchen-made drink to be sold across the country.
first lady of football's Big Goal: help for
small firms. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/karren-brady-interview-the-first-lady-of-footballs-big-goal-help-for-small-firms-9309132.html
Does this mean she is going to stop football
supporter thugs from trashing small business
premises and scaring off paying customers?
steroid use. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/10796402/Steroids-supersizing-the-man-in-the-mirror.html
We've been warning of this for a few years
but of course, one doesn't expect the media
to be on the ball, however much they might like
to write on the subject. A development which
is very much a child of the internet - just
like abusive pornography or online gambling
- and is all about in-your-face availability.
However, unlike copycat websites of government
agencies which get taken down in a matter of
weeks, I am sure the authorities will take no
action whatsoever with this rapidly growing
social danger as they remain in denial that
even their national sports are doped up to the
builder jailed for £2 million fraud.
Alarming new twist on payday loans. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/04/30/alarming-new-twist-on-payday-loans/
release: Information Security Breaches Survey
to place ads in other apps. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27230468#
French manners put us to shame? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/10797731/Do-French-manners-put-the-British-to-shame.html
hotels among the worst for wi-fi charges.
chaos after immigration computer failure.
great airport rip-off; travellers waste £21
million a year buying last-minute cash.
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