31st October 2013
down to see full list; previous
month's (September 2013) Viewpoint;
down for: A Home and Small Business
Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st October 2013
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
Royal Mail workers' strike cancelled. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24749336#
warns buy-to-let landlords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/30/hmrc-warns-buy-to-let-landlords/
card data can be taken. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24743920#
let your accounts become a nightmare. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/21786/dont-let-accounts-become-nightmare/
the most from your website. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21789/getting-website/
Ministers defend business rates. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10412944/Ministers-defend-business-rates-despite-high-street-turmoil.html
And so we come to the real reason for the
demise and difficulties not only of the High
Street but the UK's small business sector generally.
Not the internet. Not the EU. But, as always,
our politicians. Not to worry. We'll get to
the bottom of these things eventually.
energy companies 'escape levies'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24741541#
I don't remember either the media or the
politicians pointing out such vast differences
in purchasing, billing and profitability between
the energy companies before? I wonder what's
held them back from identifying these significant
Post Office workers to strike. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24730673#
tax crackdown on landlords. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/10410791/Landlord-tax-crackdown-gets-serious.html
companies axe prompt payment discounts.
Hollande becomes most unpopular French president
While the infantile French media which clamoured
for his election with a barrage of far-fetched,
third-form propaganda, becomes Europe's least-credible
source of information - after that of Engerlandt,
cries foul over football packages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10412183/Which-cries-foul-over-Thomas-Cook-football-trip-mark-ups.html
Entirely in keeping with professional football's
of farmland rising faster than that of housing.
bicycle sales rising faster than those of cars.
Or it could just be an instinctive reaction
of disgust to the media drip-feed of football,
nothing but football and still more rubbish
about football? And even the orchestrated Armstrong
feeding frenzy which ultimately served to drive
even more spectators to watch bike racing and
onto bike seats themselves, than ever before.
to blame? Or a cultural shift? Whatever, for
those who jumped on the cycling bandwagon a
few years ago (like Sky), then big trader or
small trader, things are very much looking up.
Despite media-backed and USADA-approved #1 sport
for doping, American football this time, coming
of a removal man. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/movinghouse/10405468/Confessions-of-a-removal-man-We-emptied-the-wrong-house.html
How to claim on your house or car insurance
after a storm. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/28/how-to-claim-on-your-home-or-car-insurance-after-a-storm/
doubts about recovery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10408986/New-doubts-about-recovery-as-retail-sales-stall.html
Or, doubts which are 'new' to politicians
and the media. I don't think business professionals
have been fooled, although you very rarely get
to hear from people who know what they're talking
about these days - as they need more to express
themselves than a line and a hashtag on Twatter.
rules set out deadline for dealing with website
New rules outlining the process to be followed
by website publishers who receive complaints
about comments posted on their sites have been
drafted by the Government. Under the draft rules,
publishers would be required to contact comment
authors to inform them of a complaint, and give
them five days either to consent to the removal
of their comment, or provide the publisher with
their contact details to be passed to the complainant.
If there is no response from the author, or
they refuse to allow their details to be passed
on, the publisher will have 48 hours to remove
the comments from the site. The rules, which
are being drawn up under the new Defamation
Act, also give complainants the right to insist
that their identity remains concealed from the
author of the comment. (EnterpriseQuest)
consults on legal guidance for landlords.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is seeking
views about its new draft legal guidance for
the private rental sector. Lettings professionals,
tenants and other interested parties have been
invited to respond to a consultation on the
guidance, which outlines the OFT's views on
how the law applies to the sector's activities
and identifies practices that could be in breach
of legislation. The consultation will run until
10th December 2013. (EnterpriseQuest)
refusing to pick up phones because of intimidating
cold calls. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478660/Millions-scared-menace-intimidating-cold-calls-refuse-answer-phone.html
demand HMRC should take internet giants to court
over unpaid taxes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478462/MPs-fury-HMRC-failing-multi-nationals-court-amid-warning-35billion-uncollected-tax-just-tip-iceberg.html
Another bit of political show-boating which
won't change any final outcomes. The day Big
Corp starts paying its £ billions of dues
in the UK, is the day the present collective
installed at 'Wankminster' is out on its neck.
Fast-forward instead, to a much-publicised HMRC
list of Ten Ten small business tax-dodgers who
have fiddled the country out of a few bob.
accused of profiteering from nuisance call fee.
must be given the skills to compete with immigrants.
This has been a problem for almost a generation
yet politicians and educationalists have fiddled
while Rome burns. Even now, as the country's
school-leavers enter the jobs market without
even the most basic social skills let alone
any useful knowledge and experience, government
and the media find it easier - and more profitable
- to engage in rabble-rousing and hate preaching
rather than applying solutions which were blindingly
evident just twenty or thirty years ago. Notably,
parents who know how to parent; teachers who
teach; and yoof which accepts the need to learn.
Which is back to parenting and teaching again.
ironic that for all the tools which our 'leaders'
claim have improved the present generation's
lot in life - the internet, computers, smartphones,
101 t.v. (repeat) channels, modern housing,
German cars for everyone, benefits galore -
never have prospects been so limited and people
as individuals, so superfluous and isolated.
At which point, there's a very strong case for
chucking it all in the dubbo and going back
to the 'old' drawing board. Businesses included.
HMRC targets VAT cheats in Scotland and Northern
A new taskforce to crack down on individuals
and businesses making fraudulent VAT repayment
claims in Scotland and Northern Ireland has
been announced by HMRC. In
particular, firms set up for the sole purpose
of making false VAT repayment claims are being
targeted and HMRC expects to recover £7
million. The taskforce is part of an ongoing
campaign to tackle tax avoidance, evasion and
fraud in the UK, with £90 million collected
as a result of taskforce activities carried
out between 2011 and 2012, and a further £90
million expected to be recovered over the coming
three years. (EnterpriseQuest)
tax going to wrong homes. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/green-tax-goes-to-wrong-homes-says-think-tank-8906448.html
is back. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478077/Gazumping-house-prices-rise-Chronic-lack-properties-sale-driving-return-hijacking-tactics.html
does Internet Explorer warning mean? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/advice/10404772/What-does-this-Internet-Explorer-warning-message-mean.html
is broadband more expensive in the US? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24528383
best slow-cooked recipes. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/oct/26/10-best-slow-cooked-recipes
One of the many benefits of working from
home is that - if you are so inclined - growing
your own food and home cooking can make significant
contributions to the household economy as well
as providing much-needed mental breaks and adding
to the family's quality of life generally. Although
I wouldn't throw in a carrot to this pick of
ten 'best' slow-cooked recipes for Chelsea posers,
slow cookers, pressure cookers, even wood-burning
stoves and Agas with casseroles gently bubbling
away (assuming a traditional stove design) can
even help keep you warm while the meal chugs
away. Then, try to find just an average of an
hour a week or so to find, cut, split and store
your wood and the energy companies and the politicians
can go and shaft themselves.
the political and economic objectives of putting
people into battery housing are that all quality
of life options should be removed and, just
like battery hens with nothing more to do than
watching water pass by in their eye-level plastic
troughs, are left with nothing more to do than
watching plastic themselves.
it goes without saying. If you want to have
a successful home business, buying a house which
offers you more possibilities than a crap internet
connection, is no bad thing.
One-in-three people could be paying the wrong
your local economy is performing. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10403407/How-the-economy-is-performing-in-your-area.html
buying eBay data to target crime. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-buy-ebay-data-to-target-criminals-8906381.html
loans have new consumer champion. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/loans-credit/payday-loans-defended-by-new-consumer-champion-8906441.html
Ten Tips for landlords. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21604/ten-top-tips-landlords/
Larf: Royal Mail sale will help stamp out Britain's
debt culture. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/439266/Ask-the-boss-Royal-Mail-sale-will-help-stamp-out-Britain-s-debt-culture
It hopes to achieve this with ongoing, rabid
and profiteering price increases, driving the
public and small businesses in particular to
insolvency to pay for the cost of its services.
Branson announces launch of Virgin Startup for
UK's Young Entrepreneurs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21724/bransons-virgin-joins-start-loans-young-entrepreneurs-uk/
cheques without going to the bank. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10405808/Cash-cheques-without-going-near-a-bank.html
boom in home tuition. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/25/new-boom-home-tuition
or Ponzi scheme? Bitcoin. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/more-than-a-fad-or-just-a-ponzi-scheme-how-the-world-is-getting-used-to-bitcoin-8904987.html
Mail planning to swamp public with cold calls.
sort of networking animal are you? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/21712/sort-networking-animal/
Twitter business tips. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2013/oct/25/david-schneider-twitter-tips
world's cheapest and most expensive places for
energy prices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertynews/10404438/Energy-prices-the-worlds-cheapest-and-most-expensive-places.html
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/25/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
to meet 31st October paper self-assessment deadline.
penalties threat from HMRC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24654309#
publishers could be liable for defamatory reader
A new ruling by the European Court of Human
Rights (ECHR) has prompted warnings that website
operators could be held liable for defamatory
comments posted by their readers. The ECHR agreed
with the decision of a court in Estonia to hold
an online news publisher responsible for disparaging
comments made about the owner of a shipping
company featured in an article on the site.
The court ruled that the publisher could have
predicted the nature of the comments the article
was likely to attract and taken steps to prevent
them being made public. Under the UK's Defamation
Act, which came into force earlier this year,
website publishers could be held liable for
reader comments, but new regulations setting
out their responsibilities in full are yet to
be finalised. (EnterpriseQuest)
breaks banner ads promise. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/24/google-breaks-promise-banner-ads-search-results
to avoid cloned designer sites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2473425/Is-1-000-designer-bag-actually-fake-One-tricked-buying-cloned-designer-sites--heres-avoid-it.html
second only to Estonia for EU fuel poverty.
Good to see Britain up there, competing for
the top spot again, even if Estonian winters
are much, much colder.
switching energy providers pointless? http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/24/is-switching-energy-providers-pointless/
commuters spend over a year in traffic jams.
A lot of these jams recently being caused
by Brits making a daily trip in their BMWs and
SUVs down to the local food banks. Then driving
around the corner for a packet of fags, a case
of beer and a conversation in the supermarket
aisles with their dummyphones.
Official release. Government supports first
ever Small Business Saturday. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-supports-first-ever-small-business-saturday
Another piece of self-promoting bullshit
from the Government which, despite pointing
to the established importance of the British
small business community, offers a US example
for emphasising how much potential there is
in a Small Business Day. On the other hand,
the Minister responsible can't even be arsed
to get on his bike and tour some small businesses
to offer his support, and instead, will simply
appear on an Arsebook page and Twatter about
the subject for a few minutes in a week's time.
would be astonished if more than 10% of the
country's small businesses were even remotely
affected by Twitter or Facebook. Their currency
is footfall, bums on seats and hard cash. They've
got work to do. And not just loaf around behind
a screen in 'Wankminster' with a couple of open
tabs to social media and another half a dozen
to US porn sites.
perhaps some heart should be taken from the
fact that this time, there doesn't appear to
be a media mediocrity or Dragon endorsing the
initiative, and thus dooming it to failure before
the country's hacks even wake up to this latest
the meantime, we continue to support the country's
small businesses. Every single day, including
Small Business Saturday. And not just once a
year for a photo-shoot and a quick Twatter,
like our politicians and the media.
apprenticeships to stay-at-home mums'. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21702/cherie-blair-give-apprenticeships-stay-home-mums/
Not a new idea by a long shot; the HBA (the
organisation behind this website) was offering
an officially accredited work from home/home
business qualification as long as fifteen years
ago. So as far as we're concerned, it's a good
idea. Getting a reliable, ongoing commitment
from all parties involved is a problem, however.
Office managers to take industrial action.
top level web domains announced. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24637673#
users win penalty-free switch. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24636682#
acknowledges 'contactless' card problems by
changing rules. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/10398813/Bank-acknowledges-contactless-card-problems-by-changing-rules.html
all about the 'work club'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/10397701/Women-forget-private-members-clubs-its-all-about-the-work-club.html
Once again, nothing new. There seemed to
be scores of these dotted around the country
even twenty years ago, centred on the themes
of 'homeworking, 'teleworking' or running a
business from home and inspired to a greater
or lesser extent, by just one or two people
in each location. However, once the driving
force/s move on, retire, what-have-you and the
'energy' leaves the group, then just as with
charities and voluntary groups everywhere, the
club's days become numbered.
with the added prominence of virtual networking
and socialising (supposedly), I do wonder how
much steam there is in 'work clubs'. The more's
best place to live in the UK. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/23/the-best-place-to-live-in-the-uk/
Insolvency rate falls for fifth consecutive
of UK energy suppliers, including the 'independents'.
best and the worst online shops. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/22/which-are-the-best-and-worst-online-shops/
University of London sells study-free MBA.
Designed for the modern, 7-word American
vocabulary of 'Oh my God', 'Hi', 'awesome',
'cool' and 'kids', no doubt. And Britsheep,
of course. Theses made up of up to 48 of these
words plus two hashtags will guarantee a Phd
(Twatter) and help secure a glittering future
as a politician, a tabloid journalist or a government
saves us £20,000 a year'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/10390016/Sharing-saves-us-20000-a-year.html
digital advertising work? http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=732&m=745&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=24508&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/marketing/21671/digital-ads-work-knows/
Livewire Conference and Network Event 2013 (21st
November) ticket registration. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8386655713?ref=ebtnebregn
baking and breadmaking courses. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/oct/22/great-british-bake-off-baking-holidays
Nice little 'home businesses', these. Especially
if you live in attractive surroundings and can
throw in a bit of accommodation as well.
High Street giants avoiding millions in tax.
'connoiseurs' duped into paying up to £7000
a bottle of French wine, for years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2471704/Fake-Romanee-Conti-wine-sold-UK-years-police-reveal.html
Micro-firms struggle to cope with online tax
Micro-business owners and self-employed people
are struggling to cope with the online tax system,
according to a survey by the Association of
Accounting Technicians (AAT). Two thirds of
survey respondents said they thought the tax
system was becoming more digitally focused.
In addition, 20% said the tax return process
is too complicated and four in ten respondents
said they lacked the resources and technical
knowledge to keep up. Adam Harper of the AAT
said: "If we want an 'entrepreneurial UK'
in which start ups thrive, then we need to simplify
the process and offer more support to those
that need it, and ensure that tax isn't taxing."
business owners win case against Fascist HMRC's
insistence on online-only VAT returns. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2470227/Christian-beekeepers-win-case-HMRC-post-VAT-return.html
900,000 businesses missing out on opportunity
to export. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=731&m=744&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=24478&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21662/almost-900000-uk-businesses-missing-opportunities-export/
for smaller online retailers to attract overseas
The Government has launched a new package of
measures to help small and medium-sized online
retailers to expand and attract more overseas
customers. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
will provide training and support for businesses
already exporting and those aspiring to do so,
as well as support to help 600 UK retail firms
list their products on global marketplaces such
as Alibaba. Launching the new campaign, Business
Secretary Vince Cable said: "Britain's
220,000 online retailers export more than the
rest of Europe's e-retailers combined, but other
countries are catching up fast. UK companies
need to stay ahead of the game". (EnterpriseQuest)
numbers in decline. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/21/shopper-numbers-suffer-decline/
optimism accelerates. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/21/consumer-optimism-accelerates/
slumps against the euro. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2471291/British-holidaymakers-face-crunch-spending-abroad-pound-slumps-euro.html
Errrm. Not quite. Official rate: £
against the euro change on week: none. Change
on month: none. Change on year, admittedly,
minus 0.05. But hey. The country's enjoying
an economic revival so what do you expect!
start for bank switching plan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24611864#
5 Tips to cut down food waste. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10395018/Chutney-makers-top-five-tips-to-cut-down-on-food-waste.html
entrepreneurs have the net advantage. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/21/summly-founder-teen-entrepreneurs-nick-daloisio
Judging by the media interviews I've been
listening to recently, the real concern with
today's yoof is that they are anything but internet
savvy - and their parents and teachers are even
worse. Groomed by marketing companies and an
education system to believe that their futures
lie in fummin, wearing headphones and carrying
talking plastic, the chances of becoming a successful
internet entrepreneur these days are about as
likely as a major win on the lottery.
the other hand, there really are well-paid 'proper'
jobs and business opportunities aplenty for
the vast majority; those who want to learn and
work, that is.
Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to tally
with modern British values: http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/21/recruiter-advertises-50-jobs-no-one-applies/
Now, if the ad had appeared on Facebook for
a piss-up and a house trashing, half the country's
students and unemployed would have turned up.
Facebook freeze blamed on technical glitch.
This country knows all about American technical
goon wagons axed - after they persuade only
1 - ONE - illegal immigrant to return home.
Yet another runaway 'success' story from
the Queen of Incompetence, Theresa May. Still,
it helped sell a few extra copies for the Minister's
natural allies - hate-preaching, offshore registered
Nazi tabloids. While tarring the country yet
again with a Brownshirt image just before the
Commonwealth Games; next year's Tour de France;
etc; etc; and
further compromising business prospects in general.
many Englishmen does it take to change a lightbulb?
(Answer: 7) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2470051/It-takes-SEVEN-road-workers-change-lightbulb--climb-ladder-watch.html
Most people have been targetted by online crime.
spending power at a six-month low as UK sees
weakest wage growth on record. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/14709
A foregone conclusion if only because the
politicians, the analysts and economists and
the tabloids have been hailing a recovery.
'recovery' under threat. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/oct/21/energy-bills-low-wages-rises-economic-recovery
launches Christmas dinner for dogs. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/14707
After which there will be plenty of fat dogs
to feed 'Food Bank' Britain.
French fleeing their country for Britain.
On the other hand, there are still far more
Brits living in France than vice versa.
A comprehensive and well-written piece, though.
moves to France to create hit with low-cal champagne.
do I stop Google targetting me with ads?
Quit the internet? Get a life?
Residential landlords given chance to settle
unpaid tax. http://hmrc.presscentre.com/Press-Releases/Tax-opportunity-for-landlords-to-put-house-in-order-6938b.aspx
Residential landlords who fail to disclose all
their rental income to HMRC are being given
the opportunity to come forward and settle any
unpaid tax, including any penalties and interest
due. The Let Property Campaign will run for
at least 18 months and covers all residential
landlords including those with single or multiple
properties, holiday lettings and student or
workforce rentals. Advice and support will be
available to landlords, and those declaring
unpaid tax voluntarily would receive the best
possible terms. Marian Wilson, Head of HMRC
Campaigns, said: "The message for all landlords
owing tax is simple - it is better to come to
us before we come to you."
Blind entrepreneur launches app for reading
menus for the visually impaired. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/a-menu-that-speaks-for-itself-blind-entrepreneur-launches-app-to-revolutionise-eating-out-for-britains-visually-impaired-8891783.html
most wasteful towns. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2467041/Revealed-Britains-wasteful-towns-emerges-15-1billion-worth-food-ends-bins-year.html
record 28.5 million hits on Arsebook. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2460485/Facebook-Waitrose-shopping-searching-homes-RightMove-What-MPs-online-office.html
Must be seen as identifying with the country's
modern voters - granny-mugging hoodies, trolls
and video game heroes.
Community: Is the Google era making me dumber?
and Facebook's terms & conditions more difficult
to understand than an Anglo-Saxon saga.
business accounts hit by online scam. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-2465839/Bankline-fraud-NatWest-business-accounts-hit-online-scam.html
iPads for pensioners (to stop them getting lonely).
Unofficial reason: to help trace where all
the pensioners are so that the Government can
exhaustively tax them to early deaths.
ways you should never describe yourself.
making a will is essential for the future of
your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/legal/21551/making-will-essential-future-business/
Credit union offering payday loans. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24581395#
guide to Islamic finance in the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-islamic-finance-in-the-uk
A new 64-page guide to Islamic finance in the
UK has been published jointly by UK Trade and
Investment (UKTI), the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office (FCO) and the Treasury. The guide covers
the operation and history of Islamic finance,
as well as details of Islamic finance courses
available in the UK and profiles of firms offering
Islamic finance services. (EnterpriseQuest)
in ladies going it alone in business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21643/sisters-business/
for buy-to-let as rent prices soar. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/10389722/Boost-for-buy-to-let-landlords-as-rents-and-prices-soar.html
best city to live in the UK. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10386993/Bristol-is-best-city-to-live-in-the-UK.html
More than 50% of SMEs feel at risk
due to high cost legal advice. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/21628/50-smes-feel-risk-due-high-cost-legal-advice/
are Britons buying? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10385639/Retail-sales-What-are-Britons-buying.html
record sales at highest level for ten years.
girl shuns university and buys a shop. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2465071/Teenager-Molly-Clegg-uses-savings-buy-shop-used-work-Saturday-girl.html
a website in a weekend. http://www.theguardian.com/guardian-masterclasses/building-websites-html5-course-june?INTCMP=mic_231204
food swapping the future of grocery shopping?
Warning of future UK power shortages. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24560196#
keeps budding entrepreneurs awake at night?
Top Tips for landlords. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/21604/ten-top-tips-landlords/
metal dealers require a licence under new laws.
New rules that require scrap metal dealers to
be licensed to operate by their local authority
came into effect on 1st October 2013. Under
the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, councils now
have the power to refuse or revoke scrap metal
licences, police have new powers to enter and
inspect premises suspected of illegal activity,
and the maximum fine for non-compliance has
increased to £5,000. The Act, which was
introduced to crack down on rogue traders and
reduce metal theft, extends the ban on cash
payments, introduced in December 2012, to mobile
scrap metal collectors, and requires all dealers
to keep transaction records. (EnterpriseQuest)
of Essex Business School November training courses.
EU response to latest, UK tabloid 'red tape'
in five small firms admits forgetting to invoice.
A fifth of small and medium-sized firms admit
to having forgotten to invoice customers at
least once, according to a new survey. Of the
450 firms surveyed, 12% said the overlooked
invoice was worth between £5,000 and £10,000,
while in 6% of cases it was worth more than
£10,000. The survey also found that just
over half of business owners and managers trust
their accountant on business matters more than
anyone else. Commenting on the figures, Hartmut
Wagner of financial management software provider
Exact said: "We don't want to blow this
issue out of proportion, but these findings
do highlight that many small and medium-sized
enterprises who are eager to grow are not doing
themselves any favours, particularly with so
many of them expressing concern over their cash
for company names relaxed. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/list-of-restrictive-company-names-to-be-reduced
The list of 'sensitive' words requiring approval
before they can be used in company names has
been shortened by around a third, following
a Government consultation. From next year, firms
will be free to use terms such as 'authority',
'data protection' and 'watchdog' in their company
name, but others such as 'association', 'inspectorate'
and 'regulator' have been retained in the list
of those requiring the approval of Companies
House. The Government will also relax the rules
to make it easier for companies operating as
part of a group to swap names. (EnterpriseQuest)
years of stamp price rises on the way. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2462071/Royal-Mail-Three-years-stamp-price-rises-way.html
Mail likely to face strike. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24545517#
relying on food banks triple in last year.
companies that are consistently cheap. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/household-bills/10373765/The-energy-companies-that-are-consistently-cheap.html
on rogue landlords. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-cracks-down-on-rogue-landlords-8882281.html
a new village life. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buyingsellingandmoving/10377262/Housing-developments-building-a-new-village-life.html
celery first English vegetable to gain protected
big companies can learn from the start-up world.
your ideal office - with up to 2 months free
Training Services. http://www.doncastertraining.co.uk/
'Britain must become a nation of self-builders'.
At least once a week, politicians must come
up with a statement which reflects the fact
that they watch telly-for-plebs. (It used to
be football club scarves once upon a time.)
In this case, it looks as if the Minister himself
would benefit from some hard work on a self-build.
Give him less time to mull over endless repeats
of the same programme and help shed a few useless
pounds. (Or blow himself up: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2460037/BBC-DIY-programme-shows-renovator-cutting-gas-canister-light-fitting.html)
homeowner survives on just $5000 a year.
This will cause another huge influx of illegal
immigrants into the US. Especially of UK business
start-ups with an official loan and a failed
ex-bank manager as a business mentor. $5000
a year, eh? Streets paved with gold for 'Food
Bank' Britain and the country's homeless. Now
THAT'S what I'm talking about!
gardens compulsory'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/10376558/Make-a-garden-compulsory-for-everyone-urges-gardener-Don.html
It always amuses me how much of a fuss people
make about earning a few extra pounds a week
working from home - then blow it all on plastic-wrapped
rubbish from the supermarket. Even a modest
garden on the other hand, can save a family
more than it will often earn from a secondary
gardens take up the place of gold-plated bricks
'n mortar, so for housing developers and local
authorities, there isn't much money in them.
(Anyone ever heard of a bent councillor's arse
stuffed full of banknotes from an allotment
solution to Britain's housing crisis. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/14/solution-housing-crisis-flatpack
tax: how the rich get richer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/14/council-tax-how-the-rich-get-richer/
to promote business leaders' red tape concerns;
British migrant statistics questioned. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-will-promote-business-leaders-plan-to-slash-brussels-red-tape-8880054.html
There is little doubt that if David Cameron
is taking up a cause, it's as bent as a nine-bob
for UK migrant statistics then bearing in mind
they come from the same source which claimed
until just a couple of months ago that relaxing
Chinese visa restrictions would pose a threat
to national security, then it goes without saying
that they're not worth a carrot.
rise of US debt shutdown deal. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/15/hopes-rise-over-debt-shutdown-deal/
Not before time, as Mr Cameron will clearly
be carrying US interests closest to his heart
at his next round of EU negotiations. Quite
why the American government is wasting so much
time in discussions with the country's tea-drinking
traitors and anarchist Reds, though, I don't
know. I'd have sent in the drones by now.
on filing annual returns. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/form-filling-for-companies-ditched-in-red-tape-cut
Proposals to reduce the filing requirements
for UK companies have been published in a new
consultation document. The proposals include
removing the requirement to fill in a mandatory
annual return providing details such as the
company address, type, names of directors and
financial information. Rather than submitting
a full return annually, the Government has suggested
allowing firms either to confirm that the details
held by Companies House are still correct or
update them if necessary. Business Minister
Jo Swinson said: "We're taking steps that
will mean that businesses, pushed for time and
money, are not simply filing paperwork for the
sake of it." The consultation is open until
22nd November 2013. (EnterpriseQuest)
over Google endorsed ads. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24519300#
to close its French operations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24522756#
best friend, the scammer. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/14/my-best-friend-the-scammer/
making a will is essential to the future of
your business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/legal/21551/making-will-essential-future-business/
Online-only VAT returns deemed unlawful.
Three small business owners have won an appeal
against HMRC's requirement that all VAT returns
are filed online. The requirement was deemed
to breach their human rights and EU law. The
business owners were unable to file the returns
online due to disability and lack of any computer
skills. According to the Low Incomes Tax Reform
Group (LITRG), which supported the case, all
three had previously filed their returns accurately
and on time. Anthony Thomas, Chairman of the
LITRG, said HMRC must give older and disabled
people an alternative means of complying with
their tax obligations, such as paper-based filing.
to relax visa requirements for Chinese visitors.
So after a hundred years of playing silly
buggers, a UK government eventually wakes up
to organise a humiliating about-face and a grovelling
twin trade-mission to China to admit the arrival
of the 21st century! In the meantime, this country
has lost £ billions in revenue just in
recent years to its European neighbours alone.
Well done, chaps! Arf, arf.
payment scheme not working. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/24497762#
Yet another surprise. Not. We've known this
since the scheme was introduced. It's why the
small business community uses devices such as
the Late Payment Hall of Shame: http://www.fpb.org/page/531
£2000 tax cut for small businesses.
Cold call blocks 'not working'. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24493732#
and media firms 'mislead' to drive up prices.
It's a barrel 'o larfs a day with all these
latest 'revelations'! At this rate, it'll soon
be time to warm up the story of 'bent' politicians.
output falls in August. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24489982#
withdraws free shopping offer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24494683#
billion a year wasted on internet purchases
which shoppers could have sent back. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2457031/2billion-year-wasted-web-goods-shoppers-sent-knew-rights.html
men turn to secretarial work to enhance their
business prospects. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/13/jobless-male-graduates-secretarial-work-pa
It is essential that men learn how to do
everything that women traditionally do - or
did. That way, men can ensure that women are
performing their tasks to a satisfactory standard.
Unfortunately, standards have slipped enormously
and all that means today, is looking down at
a dummyphone while walking along the street.
considers Sunday trading. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/12/france-sunday-trading-debate
EU red tape to save billions advise business
I thought this Government had cut masses
of red tape already, according to their regular
propaganda. So what's this all about? Or are
'red tape' and 'savings' just being used as
Big Company euphemisms for irresponsible profiteering?
entrepreneurs showing signs of life. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/13/irish-entrepreneurs-growth-forecasts-austerity-economy
That's another economic prediction all the analysts
got wrong, then? Like Greece, Spain and Portugal.
Even the UK.
best restaurant is a pub. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/michelinn-star-britains-best-restaurant-is-a-pub-8876472.html
Deals from Hungary; newsletter subscription
forestry and agricultural machinery manufacturer
looking for dealers. http://www.afa-machinery.lt/
Mobile phone bills to quadruple? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2454305/Ofcom-plans-raise-fee-charges-mobile-phone-operators.html
Ah, the good ole Borstal School of Business
Management ploy of 'First, hook 'em; then, skin
'em!' As per public transport, utilities and
telecomms; Royal Mail next.
phone operators deny 4G has slowed 3G speeds.
tourism generates £2.2 billion. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/12/music-tourism-generates-2-2bn/
. . . for the Government and the HMRC to
piss up the wall . . .
continues to fail to collect tax from Big Corp.
working on cookie replacement. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/10371906/Microsoft-working-on-cookie-replacement.html
They'll be asking their starving millions
to 'eat cake', instead.
Community: Printer ink cartridge prices: A rip-off
or what? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/11/2013
does your food come from? https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/525802eae4b0c2414348fa37
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/11/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
face 'eat or heat' dimemna as energy bills soar.
Anyone still fancy running a business from
home? Still, there will be an app for it before
to 450,000 face court over council tax arrears.
Britain's economic revival continues.
H Smith to open more Post Offices. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/10/wh-smith-to-open-more-post-offices/
Will these employ all the workers who are going
to get the sack after privatisation?
the French air traffic emerdeurs' strike
means for you.
What it should mean is, don't bother travelling
to and via France by air as this is an all-too-regular
the changes to defamation law mean to your business.
are the biggest barriers to customer service?
in the front line for reparation for its major
role in slavery, (the forerunner of illegal
Looks like more 'home' taxes on the way to
foot the bill, then? Now that bedrooms have
been done, perhaps a Window Tax? However, all
is not lost yet as the Government and Nazi tabloid
propaganda are claiming that the slavers were
in fact, 'liberating heroes' and that the British
population didn't know what was happening.
France, were unavailable for comment, as they
are still engaged in a 'manif' and a 'mouvement
anti-social' from Spring. However, an Opposition
Spokesman, Mr Collabo stated, 'Puk, puk, puk,
puk, puk. Squawk. Puk. Puk, puk, puk.'
publishes list of surplus properties for business
Cabinet Office has published a list of unoccupied
Government property in England that will be
made available to charities, social enterprises
and business incubation providers under the
Space for Growth initiative. Spaces
in 40 locations will be available for sole occupancy
with no rent or rates, but occupants will generally
be responsible for paying service and utility
charges for the property. The spaces will typically
be offered for a 6- or 12-month occupancy, with
a maximum occupancy of 23 months. Organisations
have until 15th October to apply. In addition,
desks and meeting rooms in 23 locations will
be available to book on an ad-hoc basis via
the 'epims' online portal. (EnterpriseQuest)
taxi driver receives key to £1 home.
Green Deal so complex, it is deterring homeowners
from signing up. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/exclusive-governments-green-deal-energy-efficiency-scheme-is-so-complex-it-deters-homeowners-from-signing-up-8869770.html
propaganda release: $40 billion to support 'smart'
UK cities. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-initiative-to-support-40-billion-smart-cities-in-the-uk
Lots of business potential here for American
drones and dummyphones.
and driving licenses to be used to help in crackdown
on foreign immigrants. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451567/Banks-help-police-crack-immigrants-Managers-check-database-foreigners-living-illegally-stop-opening-accounts.html
The best place to start with a crackdown
on illegal immigration would be to sack the
incongruously incompetent, publicity-seeking
Minister, Theresa May and her entourage of public
service failures. Re-badging, TV series, a couple
of goon wagons, more proven crap American technology
and ludicrously exaggerated stories in the country's
hate-preaching tabloids may enhance Ms May's
future prospects as another Prime Ministerial
dummy but what this country needs at the moment,
is someone who can actually do the business.
already nigh-on impossible for any non-UK resident
to open a new bank account - even if they bear
a full, British passport; whereas EU driving
licences are within the grasp of the majority
of UK visitors and residents alike, immigrant
or not, and that isn't going to change one little
instead of depriving the country of potential
business and sniggering about it on TV, Ms May
could simply instruct 'immigration officers'
to do their jobs, followed by making sure they
have the numbers to do just that!
British snail farms. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2450954/Aylesbury-Escargot-Snail-farms-rise-Britain-snail-meat-eggs-latest-food-trend.html
A taste for eating snails was originally
forced on starving French peasants before it
morphed into a culinary delicacy for idle rich
fops, looking for a new gastronomic dimension.
Now that the French themselves can (mostly)
afford proper food and the consumption of snails
is reserved for a very occasional larf, it's
'Food Bank' Britain which is turning to this
fresh source of protein in the wake of the donkey,
horse meat and mad cow scandals.
what else is new? Badger steaks? Given
DEFRA's latest confirmation of its consummate
inability to do anything right, badger will
at least have great rarity value, up there with
caviar, saffron and truffles.
Weekend Larf: Continued deathly silence from
IMF and BelowStandard & PissPoors on U.S.
Red tape cut for business improvement districts.
From 7th October changes to rules governing
'business improvement districts' will make it
easier to set them up across local authority
proposed business improvement districts that
crossed local authority boundaries had to be
approved by a separate ballot in each local
authority. The new rules remove this requirement
and business improvement districts will now
be approved by a single ballot. There are currently
150 business improvement districts in the UK
working on initiatives to support local traders
by providing parking for shoppers and improving
town centre safety. Their potential role in
revitalising high streets is currently being
tested by some of the towns participating in
the Portas Pilot scheme. Later this year the
Government will launch a £500,000 scheme
to help fund the start up costs of new business
improvement districts. (EnterpriseQuest)
is bad for start-ups and sourcing funding.
creates £25,000 loans for start-up entrepreneurs.
Google Translate isn't enough. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/shortcuts/2013/oct/08/google-translate-no-match-learning-language
Ten internet business ideas. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/08/ten-internet-business-ideas-to-help-you-make-money-on-the-side/
If it was so easy it makes me wonder why
there has been such a dramatic increase in the
numbers of people using food banks over the
past couple of years - during the period leading
up to this country's 'economic revival'. Still.
The business opportunity world has never been
short of 'suckers'.
Chambers of Commerce claim UK upturn is gathering
fund helps libraries support local business
Ten libraries in England will receive a share
of £450,000 to help local people start
up in business, under the Enterprising Library
scheme run by Arts Council England (ACE), the
British Library and the Department for Communities
and Local Government (DCLG). The funding will
help libraries, including the London Borough
of Enfield, Portsmouth Central and Northamptonshire,
provide coaching, advice, meeting spaces and
IT support to help local people wanting to develop
their business ideas. Communities Secretary
Eric Pickles said: "Enterprising Libraries
will ensure that the immense potential that
exists in communities is tapped into and that
local economic growth is supported across the
no endorsement by an unheard-of media 'celebrity',
accompanied by column-yards of 50-word 'articles'
and Twatter links in the tabloid propaganda?
Government 'gurus' expect a low take-up of the
scheme as school-leavers armed with GCSEs in
Textin and Fummin are unlikely to be able to
read a word as long as 'library'.
spend one in twelve minutes online. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/07/btitons-online-ad-spemd.
Plus more than five hours a day watching
telly, two hours a day driving around in circles,
another hour looking at plastic in the supermarket,
then, the weekends getting bladdered, followed
by Mondays sobering up - and it's little wonder
bosses are employing immigrants to do any work.
wasting broadband because of the way home connections
are set up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/10360602/Britons-waste-enough-broadband-to-power-BBC-iPlayer-for-59-years.html
Looks like a good excuse for the ex-BT boss,
now Government Minister, to propose another
tax on homes to help pay for internet connections
to be set up.
20 thrifty tips for your home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/interiorsandshopping/10355977/Interior-design-top-20-thrifty-tips-for-your-home.html
Grid claims power supplies will be 'fine' for
The prediction is based upon such hefty increases
in energy tariffs that no-one will be able to
afford to switch on. For example:
increases prices by 8.2%. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/10/sse-increases-prices-by-8-2/
is the major French and European natural event
for professionals in the organic, health food
and ecological sector. It will be held on Sunday
20th, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October in
the new HQE (High Environmental Quality) Hall
7 of the Exhibition Centre, Paris-Nord Villepinte.
Pilot project to encourage small firms to recruit
international staff. http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2013/september/43-pilot-sme
UK Visas & Immigration and the Greater
London Authority (GLA) have launched a three-month
pilot project providing online support and advice
for small and medium-sized firms seeking to
recruit employees from overseas. The
GLA has published an online toolkit, which includes
an overview of the process of sponsoring employees
from abroad, a best practice guide, frequently
asked questions and a facility allowing queries
about recruiting from overseas to be submitted
to the Home Office.
I say. What will Theresa May's propagandshitewriters
and Little Engerlandt's hate-preaching, Nazi
tabloids make of that?
might also be a good idea for The Scrote Office
to write a guide for small firms and suitably
qualified individuals to seek business abroad
by trading, rather than just sending over thousands
of illegal British immigrants for a whole lotta
bombing, murdering and thieving, as is usually
fraudsters in 24-hour Surrey spree. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-24418872#
surcharge companies named. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/07/rip-off-surcharge-companies-named/
rip-offs; firms are too close to Ministers.
It has to be the ultimate indictment of the
British media that common knowledge such as
this, is projected as 'news'. Now what would
be newsworthy would be proposals by any political
leader for measures designed to prevent Ministers
from being affected by corporate interests.
Especially serial-failing, tax-dodging U.S.
corporate interests. Trouble is, there's no
money in it.
risk this winter highest for a decade, warns
National Grid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/10360751/Blackout-risk-this-winter-highest-in-a-decade-warns-National-Grid.html
Now there's 'economic recovery' for you.
buy now, regret later? http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/04/brighthouse-consumer-poverty-high-street
Crap Towns. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2013/oct/05/crap-towns-returns-in-pictures
Help To Buy homebuyers could be hit with back-door
of homes installing woodburners increases to
175,000 a year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2447251/Forget-Aga-todays-hot-stove-woodburner-Number-homes-installing-burners-increases-175-000-year.html
Let the pseudo-knowleadgeable bullshit about
woodburners begin with this article.
Bedroom tax will increase evictions. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/05/bedroom-tax-means-more-evictions-housing-boss
rises in energy bills. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/434453/Huge-rise-in-energy-bills-Cost-to-soar-as-firms-axe-cheap-fuel-tariffs
what you need to know. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/04/bitcoin-what-you-need-to-know-silk-road
rise of artisan baking. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/feeling-kneady-the-rise-of-artisan-baking-8861304.html
revealed for 2013 National Sales Awards.
LiveWire 2013 open for registration. http://pnemailer.org/lt.php?c=1185&m=1229&nl=344&s=c3e5a9cf5164f34dafd051c5e0549c49&lid=13339&l=-http--www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8386655713--Q-ref--E-ebtnebregn
Small firms warned to encrypt data after business
owner fined. http://www.ico.org.uk/news/latest_news/2013/small-businesses-warned-about-importance-of-encryption-after-London-sole-trader-fined-5000-26093013
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
has warned small firms to ensure electronic
copies of customer information is encrypted
after the owner of a loans company was fined
the registered data controller the business
owner was penalised after a hard drive holding
the personal and financial details of all 250
of the company's customers was stolen from his
car. The hard drive was password protected,
but crucially, was not encrypted. ICO Head of
Enforcement Stephen Eckersley warned business
owners that they "must encrypt any personal
data stored on portable devices, where the loss
of the information could cause clear damage
and distress to the customers affected."
card fraud highest since 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24399181#
con threat to consumers. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/05/low-tech-con-threat-to-consumers/
for employment phone scam. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24382457#
Community: Why does my laptop take so long to
shut down? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/04/2013
Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/04/freebie-friday-this-weeks-discounts-deals-and-freebies/
has one of fastest-growing economies in developed
rise of the 'mumpreneur'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2443232/After-benefit-axe-rise-mumpreneur-20-increase-number-mothers-young-children-doing-direct-selling-jobs.html
to go. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/homecooking-to-go-new-website-cookisto-matches-hungry-londoners-with-home-chefs-8857130.html
children owning mobile phones. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24384814#
wins bedroom tax appeal in UN-monitored 'Bongo
Bogoland' Britain. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/04/woman-wins-bedroom-tax-appeal/
British freedom fighters are reported to
have drawn fresh encouragement from the ruling
and are to continue with their battle against
standing-only, cattle-wagon rail transport,
HMRC persecution and monitoring by drone of
the self-employed, and food bank subsistence
for honest, hard-working families and small
Larf: 'Food banks can become a habit among poor
would limit the Government's resources to provide
free food, allowances, rebates and grants financed
by poor taxpayers and small businesses, yet
traditionally enjoyed the Conservative Party's
landed gentry, corporate crooks, bankers, granny-mugging
hoodies and other, assorted, swivel-eyed loons,'
Strong growth in UK housebuilding. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24368089#
waste over £500 a year by not shopping
around for most competitive prices. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=707&m=722&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=23781&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/21318/smes-waste-500-year-shopping-around-competitive-prices/
lenders face new curbs. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/oct/02/payday-lenders-financial-conduct-authority
there a clever way of working out which emails
are worth reading? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/impotent-email-is-there-a-clever-way-to-work-out-whats-worth-reading-8854483.html
proposes wi-fi revolution to take traffic off
digital currencies the money of tomorrow?
passport No. 1 for visa-free travel. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/access-almost-all-areas-the-british-passport-is-no1-for-visafree-travel-8854369.html
Sure. Just don't flash it around in most
parts of the world.
Brady named Government's new Small Business
Who? Another official appointment
which is as far removed from the world of business
as the Prime Minister's awareness of the price
of a loaf of bread.
'Profit' is no longer a dirty word, says Cameron.
NO British government has ever had a problem
with 'profit' - as long as the big businesses
who make it, divvy up generously into political
party funds and ministers' pockets. What
would make a difference is for Cameron The Home
Breadmaker to persuade his propagandashitewriters
to pitch him and his government as Home Businessmakers.
But for politicians, there's no 'profit' in
could be jailed under new law. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24359097#
Bankers could also be jailed under existing
laws. If governments, policing agencies and
the courts were so minded.
launches energy prices comparer http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/02/e-on-launches-energy-use-comparer/
and withdraws over-60s tariff:
All part of the Thatcherite smoke 'n mirrors
scam of selling off public utilities for the
bogus promise of increased competitivy driving
down prices and improving service. And there
are people out there who, after thirty years,
are still peddling the same lies. On
the other hand, just like Ponzi schemes for
example, the oldest scams always work best.
firms to benefit from cuts to accounting red
Business Minister Jo Swinson has announced changes
to accounting rules for the smallest UK limited
companies (classified as micro-entities). These
micro-entities will have the option of drawing
up abridged profit and loss accounts and balance
sheets for financial years ending on, or after,
30th September 2013. The changes bring into
force the EU 'Micros Directive' which is the
first deregulatory directive to recognise micro-entities.
A micro-entity is defined by the EU as a limited
company meeting two out of three criteria, including
having a balance sheet of less than £316,000,
a turnover of less than £632,000 and ten
or fewer employees. There are around 1.5 million
micro-entities in the UK, which are part of
around 2.8 million companies registered in the
UK in total. (EnterpriseQuest)
official 'red tape' propaganda. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cuts-to-red-tape-mark-freedom-day-for-uk-businesses
Red tape 'Freedom Day' my arse. How
about Small business owners spend 12
days a year on tax administration, instead?
And just take it from there?
increase in UK insolvency rate for twelve months
the gap over cash flow crises. http://postman.cbmeg.co.uk/lt.php?c=706&m=721&nl=9&s=3be78aab1efba36abcc2e8d459ad1ac6&lid=23746&l=-http--www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/21294/bridging-gap-cash-flow-crises/
mobile phones are changing the way we travel.
How about 'back to the future' of affordable
travel and a good, punctual, reliable and friendly
hidden Google features. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10346736/Google-search-15-hidden-features.html
Official press release: National Minimum
Wage to rise from 1 October 2013. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-minimum-wage-to-rise-from-1-october-2013
worst broadband provider. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/10/01/the-uks-worst-broadband-provider/
bemoans cheap, 'wrong kind' of customers.
Sort of sums up the riff-raff born out of
the 'free' internet culture generally, I'd say;
and as promoted by Mr Bannatyne's micro-celeb
mates to the present government.
mobile internet speeds set to get faster in
That will come in very handy when the train's
running late. Or in the case of the Eurostar,
not moving at all. Especially in the Chunnel.
Marketing Matters ezine, a warning:
'Subscribers to your excellent on-line periodical
should ensure that, when ordering goods using
any of the Amazon companies, monies are paid
directly to Amazon, and not (as sometimes instructed)
to market traders sponsored by Amazon..
the market trader I used was skydvd co.uk, my
credit card payment was made to C.W.Marketing.
goods were found to be unplayable, and the packaging
and labelling suggested that they were probably
were returned to Media Monster in Canada at
my expense (as suggested by skydvd co.uk) but
returned by the Canadian Post Office as the
addressee had 'Gone Away' leaving no forwarding
then, neither skydvd co.uk, C.W.Marketing, or
Media Monster, has been traced - either by me
or by any of the agencies I have asked, although
the search continues.
has refused to acknowledge any responsibility
for their supplier's action - despite being
the sponsors of the website - and will not make
my fellow subscribers be warned, therefore,
that when buying books, CDs or DVDs, or anything
else, you will only be protected if your payment
is made to the credit of Amazon.
hope you will publish this as a timely warning,
9 dirty truths experts wont tell you about
starting your own business. http://www.free-range-humans.com/starting/the-9-truths-about-starting-your-own-business/
behind headlines' ('lies' - Ed.) at EU
red tape. http://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/blog/index_en.htm
free university courses online. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/09/30/futurelearn-get-free-university-courses-online/
idea in its infancy. http://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/vanessa-feltz/433535/Business-idea-in-its-infancy
our usual gratitude and thanks to BAD News and
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for Home Business Alliance members:
of the News:
owners spend 12 days a year on tax administration;
Compliance investigations increase HMRC revenue;
Residential landlords given chance to settle
unpaid tax; M-commerce driving growth in online
retail; England to introduce single-use carrier
bag levy; Town teams to be trained to adapt
to a new era; Coastal Communities Fund extended
until 2016; New-build rate relief for empty
commercial properties; A third of small firms
do their own online advertising; Online Apprenticeship
applications jump by a third; HSE launches unannounced
inspections on building sites; Grant
scheme for childcare start ups; Funding announced
for small-scale digital firms; Export scheme
to help indie labels promote artists abroad;
Government scraps plans for 'superfast' patent
service; Scottish Government extends rural schemes.
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