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LATEST! 31.10.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (September 2014) Viewpoint

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

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

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

31.10.2014: Rail ticket rip-off. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11175688/Rail-ticket-rip-off-passengers-routinely-denied-cheapest-fares.html

The biggest sales opportunity for small businesses of 2015. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27110/biggest-sales-opportunity-small-business-2015/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_

Five financial nightmares - and how to avoid them. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/31/five-financial-nightmares/ They should have added or included in this list 'Setting Up In Business.' It's every bit as much a possible nightmare scenario as the five which have been listed.

The best business names. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/30/the-best-business-names/

Learning a foreign language: 10 things you need to know. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/oct/30/learning-another-language-ten-tips Oh, my giddy aunt. It's like yesterday's story about the 10 highest-paid jobs you can do from home. Or, just forum fodder. My tips are that if you want to learn a foreign language, be taught by people who are native and current speakers of that language, in the country where that language is spoken. 'Live' that language on a daily basis. Children make the best teachers; followed by listening to local radio and the tv. Avoid classes and courses. That way, you should be able to get by after three months or so and enjoy the experience at the same time. Sounds impractical? It's all about time management and just how serious you are about learning a foreign language,

What do I know? I'm considered, officially, to be tri-lingual, although I can get by with five languages in total. I ran a successful, leading technical translation agency for a number of years followed by personalised, commercial English tuition to a number of East European clients after that. And so on.

'Wasting Time On The Internet' is now a university course. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/wasting-time-on-the-internet-course-to-be-taught-at-university-of-pennsylvania-9829120.html Tut, tut. And there I was thinking it was just a pre-requisite for becoming one of this Government's 'millions' of unemployed 'entrepreneurs' continuing their missed education.

Middle class shoppers more likely to seek out bargains than the lower-paid. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2815108/Why-love-bargain-Middle-class-shoppers-likely-seek-offers-lower-incomes.html Or, because they don't receive as much money as people on benefits?

15 seasonal business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/15-Seasonal-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1

The importance of mentoring. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/25944/importance-mentoring/ Whereas I agree entirely with the philosophy, the subject of mentoring has become a cheap, mediatised placebo for this Government's vision of lo-cost business support. Unfortunately, as with all sticking plaster solutions, it's not about the principle - but the quality of its application. That is why every time I see a small and especially, a home business at work, they are firstly, unlikely to have a mentor. And secondly, as has always been the case, it's their peer group, their friends and family who are the first and often, the only port of call for advice and support. This Government and its cronies preferring to back the propaganda approach, instead, of boasting it has 30,000 mentors yet in reality, only 1,000 are any good.

30.10.2014: Official release: Government and industry join together to tackle late payment. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-and-industry-join-together-to-tackle-late-payment Latest bit of propaganda, giving the almost daily announcement of cutting red tape, a short rest. Not that this release is any the more original, having been made several hundred times already and even prompting new legislation in the not-too-distant past. Unfortunately, the problem always remains. If industry was to pay its suppliers promptly, the bean counters would have less money to move around, up to, and including, politicans' arses. Which is why Captains of Industry and their sycophants are given so many gongs.

Insolvency rate falls to 8-year low. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29816814#

Stealth taxes rise by 50% in a decade. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11193444/Stealth-taxes-rise-by-50pc-in-a-decade.html

The 10 highest-paid jobs you can do from home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11195243/The-10-highest-paid-jobs-you-can-do-from-home.html Funny, that. Just over a year ago, it was '8 million' home businesses trading on eBay. Which is just one example why no professional has taken seriously any statistics or assertions about home businesses or working from home for several years now.

Are we ready for winter blackouts and freezing homes? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/muslims-immigration-and-teenage-pregnancy-british-people-are-ignorant-about-almost-everything-9825116.html

The Armstrong Theatre Group paves way for a London, £100 million, doped-up US football franchise. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/american-football/29813017 As we were saying - when the orchestrated Armstrong doping outcry was first aired by the United States Approved Dopers' Agency (USADA) and the media. Both of whom are remaining very subdued about their double standards on doping in American athletics, in the meantime. And swimming. And tennis. And any other spectator-captive stadium sport.

So - 'franchise' means no more little entrepreneurs setting up 'by the roadside' to make a few honest bob out of the crowds and the passers-by. Instead, it will be 'official' Pakistani, child-labour shirts to thicken the wads of big business and a bunch of prancing, diving, drugged-up fairies. And the lumpenproletariat, egged on by the criminal media will go, 'Oooo'.

Israeli Nazi war criminal dubbed 'chickenshit' by Americans. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/29/binyamin-netanyahu-a-chickenshit-say-us-officials-in-explosive-interview Or, a paedo-terrorist who enjoys the Trojan Horse support of three quarters of Britain's political traitors and cowards (and media). In preference to supporting their own country, their own economy, their own voters' businesses.

Do you know if YOUR local politician is a chickenshit, paedo-terrorist supporter? It's something every voter should know. Even American voters and their 'chickenshit' politicians who have equipped and financed Israeli Nazi genocide and crimes against humanity over the past fifty+ years. Who now have the hump that after all those years of investment, the Israelis aren't following chickenshit Pentagon orders.

Soda Stream to move factory from West Bank settlement. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/29/sodastream-move-factory-west-bank-israel-slash-forecast So. Unlike reporting in Israeli terrorist media sources that the collapse in Soda Stream's revenue was due to changing public taste, it looks as if the anti-Israel business boycott might have worked after all. And this is just one case.

American firm receives fitness for work assessment contract. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29815425# If Wankminster's bent ones aren't fagging for the Israelis they will almost certainly be fagging for the Americans!

UK pretends to join world's fastest internet club. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/30/uk-joins-worlds-fastest-mobile-internet-club-with-next-generation-4g-rollout Which makes it OK for the remaining 90% of the country to continue to suffer from crap internet connections.

Britons are ignorant about almost everything. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/muslims-immigration-and-teenage-pregnancy-british-people-are-ignorant-about-almost-everything-9825116.html OH MY GOD! x 60. Haven't governments and the media done a good job? (Mind you. It could be worse. They could be Americans.)

29.10.2014: National Grid in winter power warning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29794632#

House prices in biggest monthly fall in a year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29799937#

The 10 countries where properties are cheapest. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/11189674/The-10-countries-where-property-is-cheapest.html

How to build your own house. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/renovatinganddiy/11190162/Grand-designs-how-to-build-your-own-house.html

Number spoofing scam nets millions for fraudsters. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29805002# Long live digital!

Singapore tops world ease of business ranking for 9th year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29813383#

Women twice as likely to feel isolated when they start their own business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/27065/women-twice-likely-feel-isolated-starting-business/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

28.10.2014: 1-in-5 would pay more for house with fast internet connection. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/11189823/One-in-five-would-pay-more-for-house-with-fast-internet.html

Lords vote in favour of health and safety exemptions for the self employed. http://www.shponline.co.uk/deregulation-bill-safety-exemptions-voted/ The House of Lords has voted in favour of Clause 1 of the Government's Deregulation Bill, which includes plans to make certain categories of the self-employed exempt from health and safety law. The proposed exemption will apply to the self-employed unless they are undertaking 'prescribed activities', such as high risk work carried out in sectors including agriculture and construction. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has claimed that the proposed clause could lead to confusion, a decline in safety standards and an increased risk of injury and illness at work. The Deregulation Bill has passed through the House of Commons and will continue to be debated in the House of Lords as it progresses through Parliament. (EnterpriseQuest)

Top 25 rags-to-riches entrepreneurs. (Advertorial.) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-2809685/Top-25-self-entrepreneurs-started-small-sums-money.html More Government propaganda. What is certainly true of all these rags-to-riches stories is that none of them got going with a government hand-out. Nor did any of them get going with a crap internet connection; social media; a piss-poor education; lying in bed until mid-day; and advice from bogus government gurus.

What might be much more pertinent is to see how many current success stories there are of start-ups which have had an official start-up loan.

5 ways to use the cloud in your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/ecommerce/a/use-the-cloud-in-your-small-business.htm?nl=1

9 entrepreneur horror stories. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/entrepreneursinaction/tp/9-Spine-tingling-Entrepreneur-Horror-Stories.htm?nl=1

27.10.2014: Victoria Beckham, worth £210 million, named Britain's top entrepreneur. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/people/11188510/Victoria-Beckham-named-UKs-top-entrepreneur-worth-210m.html That can't be right. She's not been on Dragons' Den. Nor is she a Government or a media business 'guru'. Nor has her connection to hubby, David Beckham and his huge, professional marketing machine, been quantified, either.

Desperate taxman pays out record £400,000 to informants. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11186869/Informants-given-record-400000-by-desperate-taxman.html

I quit work to sell my crafts online - and now I net £20,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11166974/I-quit-work-to-sell-my-crafts-online-and-net-20000-salary.html

Letterbox scam almost cost me £20,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11180418/Letter-box-scam-almost-cost-me-20000.html The Government's sale of Royal Mail, is this?

DIY in decline because todays' men are too soft. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11186150/DIY-is-in-decline-because-todays-men-are-too-soft.html It's the same story as the dramatic decline of home business activity in the UK. Not so long ago, the rite of passage for business success was a market stall and getting out of bed at 4 in the morning, every day. Today, it's maybe waking up at 10 in the morning to gaze at a piece of plastic while still feeling bladdered from the night before.

Britain's looming energy crisis could force a winter of 'brown-outs'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2808992/Twilight-Britain-looming-energy-crisis-winter-force-power-giants-dim-lights-called-brown-outs-devastating-results.html

Global warming will double risk of harsher winters, research finds. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/26/global-warming-has-doubled-risk-harsh-winters-eurasia-research-finds We were warning of this fifteen (15) years ago. Climate change and energy planning and management are significant considerations for home businesses and need to be addressed as far in advance as possible - especially as business success may mean moving to a larger home which in turn, is already going to cost more money.

New study claims wind turbines are expensive and deeply inefficient. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2808868/Wind-farms-never-lights-Study-claims-turbines-expensive-deeply-inefficient.html Respectable studies have been making these valid observations for decades. On the other hand - wind turbines have been an extremely lucrative scam for a handful of people. Just like the banks. Wars and terrorism. Or the internet.

26.10.2014: Britain has more long-term, low-paid workers than ever before. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/millions-face-years-on-the-breadline-britain-has-more-longterm-lowpaid-workers-than-ever-9818694.html A fact which applies equally to the self-employed. And which never receives a mention by the 'SME-entrepreneur-friendly' Government or its cronies.

EU membership is critical for UK exports. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11186515/EU-membership-is-critical-for-British-exports.html

How to find cheap petrol. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/oct/25/how-find-cheap-petrol-prices

How to boost your chances of success when starting a business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/small-business-success.htm?nl=1

25.10.2014: UK relaxes tough China visa rules. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/ukti/11185710/UK-Government-relaxes-tough-Chinese-visa-rules.html After years of resistance to fierce lobbying by all walks of the British business community, Theresa Mayhem, Minister for The Scrote Office and Police Filming and Tabloid Snouting Duties, has relented, after earlier making comments for consumption and circulation by the UK's hate-propaganda that the relaxation of Chinese visa controls would pose a national security risk. David Cameron, on the other hand (Prime Minister for The Banks, U.S. Big Corp, Hoodies and Friend of Israel), has observed that Britain and China had "deep complementary economies."

So we'll be seeing visa retrictions imposed on terrorist regimes, thieves and wasters such as America and Israel from now on?

Credit card providers failing on rights advice. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29766834#

New crackdown on nuisance calls. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2807284/New-crackdown-nuisance-calls-firms-face-fines-500-000-simply-causing-annoyance-PPI-adverts.html

Crackdown on 'wild west' landlords. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/24/cowboy-landlords-council-crackdown

Best current bank account freebies and incentives. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/24/get-something-back-from-your-bank-best-current-account-freebies/

How shops make you spend. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/how-shops-make-you-spend-the-subtle-art-of-the-savvy-retailer-revealed-9817529.html

Price-steering by e-commerce websites. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2806941/The-sneaky-practice-price-steering-e-commerce-websites-charge-customers-item.html

CNET community: trading-in/selling my phone; how can I be sure my data is wiped completely clean? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/24/2014

12 gadgets for business travellers. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/BusinessBuyingGuide/tp/business-traveler-gift-ideas.htm?nl=1

Ukraine and Russia reach gas 'consensus'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29764260# So that just leaves small EU businesses suffering from the effects of tit-for-tat sanctions against Russia. Well done again, Mr Cameron, et al. Plonkers.

24.10.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/24/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-the-week-s-best-freebies/

HMRC demands £250 million from tax avoiders. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/23/hmrc-demands-more-than-250m-from-tax-avoiders/ The government hopes this will go some way at least, towards the £85 BILLION it bungs the way of Big Corp every year and who, once again, it will NOT be chasing for a contribution to the country's coffers.

Almost half of Britain's renters may never be able to afford to buy a home. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/almost-half-of-british-renters-might-never-be-able-to-afford-to-buy-a-home-9814211.html Still more 'good' news for the huge collapse in numbers of home businesses since this Government and its cronies came along.

Brussels showers Britain with 1,000 bits of new red tape. http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/526687/More-red-tape-for-British-business-despite-Brussels-vow So what has this Government - which has promised to cut back red tape (Red Tape Challenge and assorted, associated propaganda) - been doing about it? Apart from blaming the EU while creating and embracing still more red tape. As we have been saying. For decades.

Best five freebie sites. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11084907/Freebie-websites-our-pick-of-the-best-five.html

Do you leach off your neighbour's wi-fi? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/11182707/Poll-do-you-leach-off-your-neighbours-WiFi.html

How to create a mobile office for your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/office/tp/mobile-office-for-small-business.htm?nl=1

Official release: Small firms urged to take steps to combat cyber-crime. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/small-firms-urged-to-take-steps-to-combat-cyber-crime

Official release: £3 million Government cash boost to help tackle online piracy and fake goods. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/3-million-government-cash-boost-to-tackle-digital-piracy-and-fake-goods

23.10.2014: UK government one of the most SME-friendly in the world. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26981/uk-government-one-sme-friendly-world/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk Well. From an accountant's point of view, it seems. And we all know what 'accountants' have done to the UK's small business community over the past fifty years, don't we? Thus giving rise to the popular small business adage that accountants, like dogs and small children, should be seen but not heard. (Which is not a point of view to which we would subscribe, may I hasten to add. There's no point in seeking an accountant's opinion if you're not going to listen to what he/she might have to say.)

Survey: British support for EU at highest since 1991; most Brits want to stay in. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/support-for-eu-membership-at-highest-level-since-1991-with-most-brits-wanting-to-stay-in-9811096.html Another fact about to be consigned to obscurity by Engerlandt's hate-media, then?

1-in-5 homes now owned by landlords. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11179073/Buy-to-let-boom-one-in-five-homes-now-owned-by-landlords.html

The best place in Britain to raise a family. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/st-bees-in-cumbria-named-best-place-to-raise-a-family-in-the-uk-9810855.html

Where can I afford to live? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-23234033

Why you could be missing out on £100 compensation from your energy firm. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11178633/Why-you-could-be-missing-out-on-100-compensation-from-your-energy-firm.html

PayPal launches loan service for SMEs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/26978/paypal-launches-loan-service-smes/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Worries for those denied payday loans. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29713779#

UK publishes most books per capita. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/22/uk-publishes-more-books-per-capita-million-report

Fake goats' cheese found in supermarkets. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/fake-goats-cheese-found-in-supermarkets-9811817.html Another reminder that if you want genuine farm produce, you should go to a farmers' market or a farm shop. And not to Waitrose, for example, where apparently, 'farm produce' sales are soaring. Except the plebs don't know how to cook the stuff. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkadvice/11179560/How-to-cook-a-feast-fit-for-a-farmers-market.html That will be down to all those celebrity chefs and food critics, then.

Supermarket food is too cheap to support farmers, self-styled food critic tells MPs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2803763/Supermarket-food-cheap-British-families-far-used-paying-little-Masterchef-judge-tells-MPs.html This being the same food critic who infamously urged plebs to buy supermarket chicken in preference to 'farm'/organic/bio chicken because it was cheaper and tasted just as good. Days before 'breaking news' discovered the fifty-year-old fact that intensive chicken rearing for supermarkets was a major, potential health risk. In the meantime, anyone who has tasted the alternative to battery-reared, steroid and antibiotic haemorrages, was left wondering where this food critic had cut his teeth.

Furthermore, the first step should be to encourage supermarkets to buy British, buy local and buy seasonal. And not some obscure crop cultivated by starving farmers from the other side of the planet; or potatoes and carrots from some paedo-terrorist Nazi regime like Israel, whose blood-soaked products grown on stolen land are already partially funded by the British taxpayer. (Down at your local Tesco - surprise, surprise; Sainsburys; Asda; Waitrose; Marks & Spencer; Morrisons; even the 'ethical' Co-op!) But MPs know all this. As 80% of the traitors work for Israel and America anyway, and posing on the subject of British business interests is just another exercise in propaganda and 'Clarksonian' cowardice.

Meanwhile, isn't it just a coincidence that these very stores, after a growing tide of boycotts, are posting increasingly significant losses? Despite the best efforts of the country's pro-Israeli (and American) terrorist media to ignore public opinion?

How to boost your mobile phone's battery life. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2803006/how-boost-mobile-phone-s-battery-life-interactive-guide-gives-tailor-steps-individual-handsets.html Errr. Don't make so many worthless phone calls? (Just an idea.)

Woman destroys ATM with her bare hands. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/22/woman-destroys-atm-with-her-bare-hands/ Someone who won't be short of job offers from now on, I'll bet. That would have taken a local British council, armed with a JCB, a flat-loader, two jackhammers, a compressor, a crane and wrecking ball, two consultants, three technicians and two firms of sub-contractors with thirty men each, over two weeks. Just to decide what to do. Impressive.

22.10.2014: Claims advice after Bank of England's payment shutdown. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29702986# Only in the world of finance and the internet would entire nations be led by the nose to subscribe to technology with no wheels, no legs and no brain, as digital meltdowns now take place on a daily basis. If this is the future, God help the next generation!

Online banking glitch at Nationwide. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29708208# How unusual.

CNET community: can a phone replace your wallet? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/21/2014 It's what governments and banks are hoping and aiming for. It will allow them to thieve the contents of your wallet in exchange for a crap, tuppeny ha'penny internet connection.

Cut in winter temperature recommendation. (Includes living in just one room.) http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29708207# Or, there ain't going to be enough winter fuel to go around. And now that's official. (Especially as pensioners are a soft target, having been duped into paying fifty years of contributions into an official mega-scam called a pension.)

'Move out of your big homes and help society,' Minister urges older people. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/11176899/Move-out-of-your-big-homes-and-help-society-minister-tells-over-55s.html 'Because we don't do society-helping,' he added. Anyway, I thought the growing trend of '3G' (multi-generational) home occupancy where older folks' larger properties come into their own, was helping society. It's certainly very helpful if you want to run a home business, too. Raise children while younger 'uns go to work. Economise. But these are the kinds of help which aren't on this Government's radar of things. Nonetheless. We look forward to the Right Honourable gentleman and his fellow-members of government, leading by example.

The death of the landline? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801450/one-three-ignore-home-phone-rings.html I thought the reason people didn't pick up their home phones any more was because of the endless sales calls? Or, their equivalent on mobiles - spam 'n scam. But we won't go there at the moment, or it will put a lot of spammers and scammers out of business.

Which passports are most common in London? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/11176363/Which-foreign-passports-are-most-common-in-London.html The greatest number shown here are 156,500 Polish passports. Curious. As there are supposed to be 400,000 Frenchies living in London. Not that you ever see them, of course. A bit like reliable and credible reporting.

Frugal UK using leftovers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2802399/we-using-leftovers-frugal-uk-half-families-recycling-food-cost-living-squeeze.html

More than half of employers have rejected an applicant due to social media posts. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26889/half-employers-rejected-applicant-due-social-media-posts/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk This practice of online vetting has become just as common for screening potential, new business partners or suppliers, especially small, young businesses. The guidance in this article is equally relevant.

Six ways to get and stay motivated in your small business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/get-motivated.htm?nl=1

21.10.2014: EU referendum would end uncertainty for businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11174727/Public-vote-on-EU-membership-would-resolve-uncertainty-for-business-say-Conservatives.html

Switching sites hiding best deals. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29665221#

'Buy Russian' campaign defies US/EU sanctions. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29657783# No surprises there. In fact there has been much comment that the Buy Russian campaign has been very good for Russian business, including China and Russia signing a further 40 trade deals as recently as a week ago; yet another development which has been studiously ignored by our propaganda sources, as the west becomes more and more isolated, its businesses become poorer and its plebs become hungrier.

Britain facing agricultural crisis. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-facing-agricultural-crisis-as-scientists-warn-there-are-only-100-harvests-left-in-our-farm-soil-9806353.html The Ukraine has got a lot of fertile land.

Home owners using their properties to fund retirement. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11175896/Home-owners-use-properties-as-cash-machines-to-fund-retirement.html

Increase in take up of business support reported. http://www.nationalenterprisenetwork.org/news/2014/10/new-figures-show-continued-take-enterprise-support-services/ According to figures published by the National Enterprise Network (NEN), the take up of business support is continuing to grow. The network's members provided advice, support and training to over 128,000 individuals between April 2013 and March 2014, of which over 80,000 were considering starting a business, a rise of almost 60% compared to the same period in 2012/13. In addition, the network supported 26,148 new business start ups in 2013/14, a rise of 80% when compared to the 14,540 start ups supported in the previous 12 months. (EnterpriseQuest)

Passwords need to be changed every two months. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11175542/Now-change-internet-passwords-every-two-months.html

Are you using your thermostat correctly? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11171016/Are-you-using-your-thermostat-wrongly-Five-home-heating-errors-pushing-up-energy-bills.html

5 minute guide to making easy money with online surveys. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11042019/Five-minute-guide-to-making-easy-money-with-online-surveys.html

How to turn £1 into £100 in 1 day. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/money/11174924/How-to-turn-1-into-100-in-one-day.html

Salisbury ranked #7 in world's best tourist cities. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/salisbury-ranked-seventh-in-worlds-best-tourist-cities-9807298.html

20.10.2014: Three ways young people can become entrepreneurs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/11171700/Virtual-fitting-room-Metail-firm-raises-7.5m-as-consumers-find-new-ways-to-shop-online.html So - what 'three ways' would these be, then? The article conspicuously failing to identify any. The media - and politicians - always pursue the same 'I'm a celebrity self-made millionaire' storyline, featuring the usual handful of in-vogue personalities. In the meantime, there are hundreds of thousands of young people who simply want to make a few bob, by whatever method. Becoming a successful 'entrepreneur' is just one - and extremely remote - method. In the meantime, after twelve years or so of abject failure by parents, politicians and educationalists, the majority don't even know how to talk, to dress, to interact socially, manage money, perform basic tasks, sustain a working day, even get out of bed in many cases. So let them have role-models, by all means. But let's not kid them that becoming a successful entrepreneur can somehow make up for years of 'stupid' or 'useless' or 'bone-idle' and involves no more than a crap internet connection.

Cameron vows to create 3 million apprenticeships. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/oct/20/3m-apprenticeships-david-cameron-welfare-cuts Absolute rubbish - even by Conservative Party, American-advised propagandascheisen standards. Although this will thin out all the 'millions' of youngsters who were about to become successful entrepreneurs, obviously. And allow the continuing trend of forced apprenticeships for pensioners who ain't got no money: 34,000 'oldies' in the past year alone.

Mind you, the definition of 'apprentice/ship' has been changed by this Government, just as have the definitions of 'employed' and 'unemployed', 'entrepreneur', 'business', etc. This could just mean that schoolchildren in future, will receive an education. At the same time, allowing the Government to sustain its bogus economic recovery with real-time wage suppression for a significant chunk of the not-working population. (Who said Little Engerlandt can't compete with Eastern European and Third World wages?)

As for us'n 'self-employed' facing competition from unskilled yoofs, well, it's back to the good 'ole days of Margaret Thatcher and YTS. The destruction of 'proper' apprenticeships. And laying the foundations of the 'Dumb, Broke and Broken Britain' of today.

Which nationalities travel the most? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11169710/Which-countries-travel-the-most.html

The real stars of the kitchen: patissiers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11164802/Patissiers-meet-the-real-stars-of-the-kitchen.html#disqus_thread I couldn't agree more. Which is why they almost never get a look-in on mediatised, celebrity chef programmes.

Buying a home: is it worth paying for a Homebuyer Report. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/11164242/Buying-a-home-is-it-worth-paying-for-a-Homebuyer-Report.html It certainly is; and what I have found increasingly relevant in recent years, is a detailed environmental report. It saved me from buying a property earlier this year which became totally flooded after heavy rainfall, just months later.

19.10.2014: Under-30s being priced out of the UK. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/oct/18/under-30s-priced-out-of-uk-alan-milburn No probs. The Government is going to make them all 'entrepreneurs' on benefits.

The £56,000 buy-to-let nightmare. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11163913/Buy-to-let-nightmare-56000-of-damage-and-my-insurer-wont-pay.html My property alerts are revealing that an increasing number of homes coming up for sale are from casual buy-to-let landlords being forced to sell as tenants with less and less money to spend, struggle and fail to pay the rent. Whereas tenants on (cut-back) benefits of course, have become an absolute 'no-no' as even the most honest and needy, simply can't put together enough money for decent accommodation. Consequently, finding good tenants has become more difficult than many ersatz landlords first thought. (Another government and media 'get-rich-quick' fad starting to go belly up?)

'I've had a horrendous experience with eBay'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11161041/Ive-had-a-horrendous-experience-with-eBays-Money-Back-Guarantee.html

From a posting: 'Here, take your pick from a stream of eBay's unscrupulous activities ... The ugly reality of eBay Inc.:
eBay’s calculated ongoing facilitation of massive fraud on its auctions marketplace ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas
eBay Motors (UK sampling): Auction Fraud Galore ... http://bit.ly/I2gTEU
eBay Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Redirect Phishing Scams ... http://wp.me/p4zfF4-2tw
eBay XSS infected listings still on the site ... http://tamebay.com/2014/09/eba...
eBay under pressure as hacks continue ... http://www.bbc.com/news/techno...
Barclays Bank–eBay/Gumtree Motors Scams … http://bit.ly/1c9Uwck
Retail Payments (and PayPal)—The Reality ... http://bit.ly/1nSA1Zl
More on eBay's clunky "PreyPal" operation ... http://bit.ly/UVXx53
The ongoing joke of eBay Inc. ... http://bit.ly/YvxFEg
Fun quotes from the eBay executive suite ... http://bit.ly/12xvzyA
Johnny Ho’s “Thought Leader Forum” transcript … http://bit.ly/16McqO1
Johnny Ho—Obituary ... http://www.ecommercebytes.com/...

With eBay you are dealing with ill-thought out policies implemented via poorly written algorithms: I doubt even anyone at eBay knows what is going on; eBay is a "machine" being driven by a bunch of incompetent, disingenuous sociopaths that care not one iota about anyone but themselves ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

The difference between eBay and the Mafia is that some eBay employees are unaware that they are working for a demonstrably criminal organisation … http://bit.ly/11F2eas

The eBay executive suite — where the incompetent mingle with the disingenuous, the malevolent and the outright criminal, and the just plain stupid ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

It's inevitable that an operation the size of eBay (and PayPal) will annoy some of its clients. Even in our experience - and contrary to the overwhelming number of complaints in this article and its links that eBay always favours the buyer - its decisions and conclusions can also favour the unscrupulous seller, even if that flies in the face of UK law and regulations. Then again, since when have American corporations ever shown any respect for laws? Unless it suits them, of course.

Why we are eating the wrong kind of apples. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthyeating/11171530/Why-we-are-eating-the-wrong-kind-of-apples.html With this article comes further confirmation that 80% of apples consumed in Britain are imported. And the myth that the consumer is responsible for what he or she chooses within the larger retail environment. To a certain extent that is true, insofar as the consumer will chose from what is laid before them. But the consumer has almost zero influence over the initial selection, which is predetermined entirely by retailers' wishes to make profits. Out of that selection, clear consumer favourites will obviously emerge - but even those choices are heavily influenced by advertising, POS techniques, consumer perception and budgets and so on.

It's like so-called 'reality' or crap tv programmes. Survey after survey shows that 70% - 80% of the public don't want to watch or do not watch what passes for 'popular' tv viewing. But that doesn't stop it appearing and relentlessly being thrust into your face by the media, leaving the viewer with nothing more than the choice of which crap they leave switched on, even if it's only for background noise.

English wine: why 2014 might be a year to remember. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/11164690/English-wine-why-2014-might-be-a-year-to-remember.html And another case in point of the consumer not wagging the dog. Anyone care to name any English supermarket which stocks (excellent) English wine?

Bacon made of salmon to be launched in UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798603/bacon-salmon-launched-uk-supermarkets-ideas-don-t-rasher.html And . . . yet another example of 'consumer-led' choice. Not. Perhaps closer to the truth in this case - of farmed salmon shit being moved in a fashion which tries to disguise its appalling reputation.

Parisian 'vandals' destroy a 24 foot 'art sculpture' by American 'artist'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2798285/sacre-bleu-parisian-vandals-destroy-24ft-art-sculpture-resembled-giant-sex-toy-claims-humiliated-city.html Despite the object's popularity with sex tourists, it's short life was hastened by world-wide derision that Parisians, like a lot of Americans, are just inflated arseholes. (And a socio-fascist administration so pretentiously stupid and accustomed to shafting the country, that it doesn't recognise when it has just been shafted itself.)

How to boost your chances of success when starting a business. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/startingabusiness/a/small-business-success.htm?nl=1

18.10.2014: My Top Ten Tips for buy-to-let success. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11161497/Buy-to-let-my-top-ten-tips.html

How traditional London is under threat. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/11169329/How-traditional-London-is-under-threat.html

Bring the harvest home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningequipment/11164371/Bring-the-harvest-home-great-conserving-kit-for-gardeners.html

5 ways small businesses can beat the big boys. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/sme-home/11164704/competing-in-business.html?WT.mc_id=605654&source=TrafficDriver At least the principles make sense even if the language used is Impressapleb Bollockspeak.

5 best writers' sheds. http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/gallery/2014/oct/17/five-best-writers-sheds-in-pictures

Commercial gangs stripping New Forest of wild mushrooms. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/fungusforaging-gangs-stripping-new-forest-of-wild-mushrooms-9802111.html £2,500 of wild mushrooms a day? Is this another Government press release? i.e. more than prone to exaggeration?

1-in-10 of us make our hobbies pay. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2797718/one-ten-make-hobbies-pay-time-ventures-boost-uk-economy-8billion-year-design-entrepreneurs-contributing.html Local sperm banks are now full to capacity, concluded the report. Official sources have also seized on the findings and announced that the Prime Minister will shortly be making a statement, together with selfies, to confirm the Government's continuing entrepreneurial success story. ONS quarterly labour statistics showing there are now 'minus' 2.5 million unemployed, are to follow.

How to use visual aids effectively and creatively when giving a presentation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26759/use-visual-aids-effectively-creatively-giving-presentation/

How to follow up a great business idea. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26708/hitting-great-business-idea-follow-2/

The £56k a year pooper-scooper business. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/524032/man-dog-poo-56-0000

CNET community: Do PC clean-up utilities work or are they just a scam? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=10/17/2014

17.10.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/17/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Millions of pensioners living in poverty. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29647781# And millions of self-employed owe their livelihoods to pensioners. No wonder self employment has fallen by 76,000 in the past three months and the numbers of home businesses in turn, recently crashed below the 3 million watershed for the first time in twenty years.

Energy bill crisis looms. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/17/britain-energy-bill-crisis-gas-electricity This reminds me of a documentary I watched not too long ago about three young lads on benefits, sharing a flat. They appeared to be living hand-to-mouth with literally just a few pennies left on the gas meter. But. They all had mobile phones. A telly and - one presumes, graciously - a telly licence. They all smoked. And when one of them unexpectedly found a £10 note, they spent it on a takeaway. Then, they all went to a hole-in-the-wall at midnight to see if their next benefit payment had arrived. This Government's 'Entrepreneurial' Britain, in other words. Enjoying an 'economic recovery'. And it does make you wonder just how the entire planet managed to successfully get by without any of this baggage for thousands of years - until very recently indeed.

League table: the banks winning customers and why. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11005213/League-table-the-banks-winning-and-losing-customers.html

EU digital chief boasts he goes online every day. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/11166936/EU-digital-chief-boasts-he-goes-online-every-day-and-can-use-an-iPhone.html Just think. Any of our MPs could have had his job, too.

Scamwatch: social media fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/15/scamwatch-social-media-fraud/

Vinyl sales continue to break records. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2796510/return-record-vinyl-set-sales-1996-sales-expected-past-one-million-mark.html

Seven in ten online shoppers want Sunday delivery. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2796523/seven-ten-online-shoppers-want-sunday-delivery-firms-interested-idea-despite-thousands-missing-parcels-work.html A nice little earner to be had here?

Co-op offers first no-profit warranty. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/14/co-op-offers-first-no-profit-warranty/

Official release: street trading and pedlary laws to be modernised. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/street-trading-and-pedlary-laws-to-be-modernised

Duchess of Cornwall praises credit unions. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29651287#

The myth of France's 35-hour working week. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140312-frances-mythic-35-hour-week This will be a very disappointing story for British workers, from politicians to the media to builders, who work no hours at all and regularly use the French as an example for their own lack of achievement.

Chinese villagers burn four construction workers to death in property development dispute. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/16/china-construction-workers-burn-to-death-land-dispute A salutory tale for bent, English politicians, property developers, local councillors and cowboy builders?

16.10.2014: Unemployment reaches 8-year low - but self-employment for past 3 months falls by 76,000. http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/523157/David-Cameron-Unemployment-Jobless-Job-Centre#comments All to be taken with a huge pinch of salt, especially as elections approach. In addition, what is particularly 'amusing' about current official employment/unemployment statistics is what, precisely, are the various definitions in use these days? Which is just as well. For this Government.

HMRC prosecutions up by a third - with more to come. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26798/hmrc-prosecutions-third-come/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Current bank account switching reaches 1.2 million. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29628765#

Families to spark £6 billion boom in extensions and home improvements as young adults are forced to stay at home due to high cost of living. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2794376/families-spark-6billion-boom-extensions-home-improvements-young-adults-forced-stay-home-high-cost-living.html Plenty of work for East European builders, then?

O2 invests £20M to help Britain’s small businesses go digital. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/tech/26783/o2-invests-20m-help-britains-small-businesses-go-digital/?utm_source=Business+Matters+Daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+News+update&utm_content=info%40homebusiness.org.uk

Britain's 20 best councils. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/luxuryhomes/11148432/Britains-20-best-councils.html

Flat-pack cardboard police pop up in Cornish shop windows. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2794834/on-duty-s-cardboard-cop-flatpack-pcs-pop-shop-windows-cornish-town-battle-against-crime.html 'This initiative will give police officers more time to concentrate on their filming duties,' confirmed Ms Theresa May, Minister of Things from The Scrote Office and Homeland Lawlessness and Insecurity.

Can you be a shy entrepreneur? http://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2014/oct/16/challenge-introverted-entrepreneur

Sewing is a dying skill. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/523187/Sewing-is-a-dying-skill Unless it's plebs being stitched up by government, Big Corp, the banks, the media and so on. In which case, it's not a dying skill at all. It's simply called status quo, instead.

A third of homeowners admit to being nosey neighbours. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/523124/A-THIRD-of-homeowners-nosy-neighbours Not very good news for home businesses trying to run their affairs discreetly, in other words.

15.10.2014: Inheritance tax threshold could rise from next April. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11163036/Inheritance-tax-threshold-could-rise-to-1m-next-April-Cameron-hints.html

November is Will Aid month. http://www.willaid.org.uk/will-makers/find-solicitor?utm_source=2014_WA_2011_Prev_Enqs&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Email2

Water firms pose as debt collectors. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29599359#

How to get a buy-to-let home at a 60% discount. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11151149/How-to-get-60-off-buy-to-let-homes-at-auction-with-lifetime-tenancies.html

How to get back money sent to the wrong bank account. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11149121/I-lost-28000-mortgage-deposit-How-to-get-back-money-sent-to-the-wrong-bank-account.html

How I could take advantage of 'renewable heating' (with the help of a loophole). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11151596/How-I-could-take-advantage-of-renewable-heating-with-the-help-of-a-loophole.html

Turning off appliances would save UK households £1.7 billion a year. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2793358/how-tvs-games-consoles-left-standby-add-80-bills-turning-appliances-save-uk-households-1-7bn-year.html

Every two seconds someone in Britain loses out to a new breed of conman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2792976/every-two-minutes-britain-loses-savings-sophisticated-new-breed-conman.html

Being ruthlessly focused: the key to entrepreneurship. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/26739/ruthlessly-focused-key-entrepreneurship/

Entrepreneur tries to sell ebola.com for $150,000. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11162779/Entrepreneur-tries-to-sell-Ebola.com-for-150000.html

14.10.2014: Recruiters reluctant to take on self-employed contractors. http://www.recruiter.co.uk/news/2014/10/half-of-recruiters-no-longer-happy Half of recruitment firms say they are unwilling to take on self-employed contractors since the introduction of new rules designed to tackle disguised employment, according to research published by Anderson Group and Recruiter magazine. The new rules, which were introduced in April 2014, mean that recruitment firms are liable for tax and National Insurance contributions if workers they are responsible for are falsely operating on a self-employed basis. Despite this, 69% of recruiters said that the new rules had not had a negative impact on their business, and 22% said that it had made an impact but wasn't as bad as expected. Only 8% of recruiters surveyed said that the impact on their business had been significant. (EnterpriseQuest)

Less than half of Wankminster's bent ones vote for historic recognition of Palestine. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/palestine-vote-mps-take-historic-decision-to-recognise-palestinian-state-9792485.html So the country's 'Trojan horse' Friends of Israel are finally forced to show their blood-stained, clandestine hands, are they? Without even the guts to stand up and express their allegiance to Israeli paedo-terrorism openly, they will exercise no such restraint, I am sure, when they continue to take their bungs from the Israeli murder and property industry, spend British taxpayers' money on bombing children in schools and hospitals and favouring Israeli business over Britain's. (While, in the style of media 'hero', Jeremy Clarkson, hiding under the bed at the same time.)

Shows like The Apprentice and Dragons' Den have 'soured' a generation against business. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/11159993/Shows-like-The-Apprentice-have-soured-a-generation-against-business.html We have been criticising this so-called 'reality' (anything but, in fact) rubbish ever since it first appeared on the box but as always, there are plenty of political and media sheep, the followers of fashion, posers within the business community included, who will ape and make gurgling noises at anything new they see. In fact, the only irrelevance these shows don't have (yet?) is a pair of scruffy, babbling lesbian presenters cracking smutty, un-amusing schoolgirl jokes.

Jail for masterminds of £21 million pyramid scheme. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/jail-for-masterminds-of-21m-pyramid-scheme-with-10000-victims-9792099.html So is it too much to hope that we will also have jail for this Government's administration of state pensions?

Most will do Christmas shopping on the phone. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/13/nine-in-10-will-do-christmas-shopping-on-phone/ Assuming this research is even remotely accurate, of course. Otherwise, it does go to show how 'sad' and broke the British consumer has become.

New tax recovery campaign for credit card sales. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/credit-card-sales-campaign-your-guide-to-making-a-disclosure A tax recovery campaign has been launched aimed at traders that accept credit or debit card payments but have failed to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), as required when accepting card payments, or have under-paid their tax. Making a voluntary disclosure under the Credit Card Sales tax campaign will lead to lighter penalties than if disclosure has not been made. (EnterpriseQuest)

Farmers' fury at supermarket milk prices. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791646/farmers-fury-89p-supermarket-milk-blockade-threat-price-four-pints-slashed.html

Smartphone battery charger which runs off movement. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/never-run-out-of-battery-on-your-smartphone-again-with-this-charger-that-runs-off-movement-9791770.html

Just 25 minutes is the average time taken to decide to buy a home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791683/25-minutes-time-buy-home-house-hunters-spend-half-hour-making-decision-don-t-visit-property-want.html

Village pubs are considered to be worth £120,000 to the local community. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791657/120-000-toast-village-pub-local-worth-rural-communities.html

Why France is better than Britain. (By an Englishman.) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/11160663/Why-France-is-better-than-Britain.html There will be around half a million Brits living in France who agree - although not entirely.

Is now a good time to buy a French property? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11158356/French-house-prices-Is-now-a-good-time-to-buy-property-in-France.html#disqus_thread

Car tax discs selling for up to £50 on eBay. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-2790755/sell-tax-disc-ebay-50-it.html

Bob the Builder gets a digital rebuild which makes him look as if he overcharged for his work. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2791757/bob-builder-gets-computer-generated-rebuild-viewers-say-makes-look-like-overcharged-work.html The Government will be appointing him as a celebrity business guru then?

13.10.2014: Millions of bank customers vulnerable to fraud. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29597870# Luvverly jubberly. Just what the banks and their governments ordered. Long live digital!

Income tax target set to be missed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29587711# It's not being 'missed' at all. It remains fully compliant with this bent Government's wishes that Big Corp simply don't pay their dues and that millions of plebs continue to be hounded to make up the fiscal shortfall.

UK Government set to pimp taxpayers' profitable Eurostar rail stake. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29588412# Anything goes to raise more £ billions for the Government's Big Bung for Big Corp Kitty.

Foreign buyers snapping up UK starter homes because of booming property market. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2790403/how-foreign-buyers-snapping-starter-homes-uk-advantage-booming-property-market.html No political party - least of all the self-styled 'separatist' and 'patriotic' to 'JudaeoChristian values', Kippah Party, - are proposing any restrictions on foreign profiteering at the expense of British homebuyers. And, one would hope, British home businesses - with numbers having slumped dramatically from '8 million' to a mere 2.9 million in just over a year - as buying a home in the UK becomes increasingly unaffordable for the majority of the population. On the other hand, it does expose yet another media and weener business myth - that starting and running a business from home is a 'cheap' option.

Post Office pay strikes spark fears for Christmas parcels. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/521588/Post-Office-pay-strikes-could-effect-Christmas

Number of UK wine producers continues to grow. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29591393

The lenders who won't damage your credit score. http://money.aol.co.uk/2013/05/13/the-lenders-who-wont-damage-your-credit-score/

6 signs that it is time to raise your rates. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/fl/6-Signs-That-It-Is-Time-to-Raise-Your-Rates.htm?nl=1

12.10.2014: Apprentices to drive growth in UK small firms. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/11155096/Apprentices-to-drive-growth-in-UK-small-firms.html As they could also inevitably drive the growth of successful self-employment. Rather than the Government's and its cronies' present offerings of debt and benefits fodder with a retired bank manager to help lead them astray. Unfortunately, why that isn't going to happen, is an old story. Abject failure by recent governments to produce educational standards and awareness capable of supporting apprenticeships; a lack of funding; and the lack of cross-party political fibre to produce a long-term strategy. And so it goes without saying - despite (or because of) the Government allocating one of its ubiquitous, under-achieving, American nano-gurus to the problem.

Business Improvement Districts: another bent political instrument swallowing £100 million a year. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/business-improvement-districts-local-firms-charged-with-funding-bids-say-they-are-unaccountable--and-are-fighting-back-9789270.html

British pay slump at its worst since the 1860s/1870s. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/11/british-pay-squeeze-worst-150-years-tuc-study There are of course, notable exceptions. Politicians, Big Corp executives, media scrotes, wasters playing with balls, wasters talking balls, local authority and government advisers, etc, etc. Which is why it isn't a 'pay slump' but an 'economic success story'.

Government to clamp down on nuisance calls and spam. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/government-to-clamp-down-on-nuisance-calls-and-spam-9789287.html So what happened to the last 100 'clampdowns'?

Thousands of families still awaiting 'fast' flood payouts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2789517/thousands-waiting-fast-flood-payouts-families-homes-damaged-nine-months-ago-receive-money.html

Red Bull compensation website crashes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2788998/over-4-6-million-claimants-red-bull-s-website-24-hours-hoping-gain-10-red-bull-doesn-t-wings-crashed-website-getting-just-3.html OH. MY. GOD. Awesome! Of course, only in America, with the lowest educational standards and the tiniest vocabulary in the world, would anyone, let alone millions, have believed that Red Bull would actually have given them wings; which wouldn't fool even a Fux News devotee. What is staggering, is that a court made an award on the basis that the American public was so demonstrably stupid. American politicians, the media and sponsoring Big Corp on the other hand, are reported to be delighted with this latest proof of How Dumb Is Amerikka (OMG)? and are already planning another murderous invasion of a defenceless country with energy reserves (democratisation and counter-resistance/'terrorism'), further trade sanctions (overseas aid), free trade (protectionism), embargos (emergency relief) and the continuing sponsorship of terrorist groups such as IS. (Israeli Settlers.)

1 million Wonga customers face confusion over whether or not they will have their debts written off. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2789043/wonga-customers-face-anxious-wait-one-333-000-borrowers-loans-written-controversial-payday-lender.html

How websites spy on us. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet-security/11155151/How-websites-spy-on-us.html

Rip-Off Britain: 10 regular, astonishingly bad deals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/17/rip-off-britain-10-astonishingly-bad-deals/?icid=money|editor_picks

British Street Foods Awards winners 2014. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/british-street-food-awards-winners-2014-9784863.html

Bookshop that tests recipes for you. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/11/books-for-cooks-notting-hill-eric-treuille-behind-the-scenes

Porn job advertised on Government website. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/12/13/porn-job-advertised-on-government-website/ The advertiser was later found to be the BBC which is currently recruiting for its latest reality TV series, Aid Street, and following the successful national screening of yesterday's trailer for what will be Aid Street's sequel, Ebolaenders.

11.10.2014: Concerns rise over US-EU trade talks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29572475# TTIP again and eventually, even the British Bropaganda Corporation (BBC) has now given the issue a mention - albeit with the usual, skewed and simplistic reporting which one now associates with this once-great broadcasting institution.

UK start-ups risk falling behind rest of the world. http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29568866 Falling behind? They were never up there in the first place. Other than in Government propaganda. And if you take away the 'bribes' or substitute unemployment benefits which this Government offers its start-ups, the UK wouldn't even register alongside other countries.

UK economy will overtake that of France next year, predicts IMF. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2788664/uk-economy-overtake-france-second-biggest-economy-europe-year-imf-predicts.html Given the parlous state of the French economy that is a sure sign this country will remain deep in recession. Which the IMF has also predicted.

Global migration: which are the most wanted professions? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-21938085

How localism toppled Tesco. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/epic/tsco/11152902/How-localism-toppled-Tesco.html

Residents asked to repair potholes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11155213/Residents-asked-to-repair-potholes.html

EU property price growth index. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/houseprices/11153770/House-prices-which-EU-countries-have-performed-best.html

Peterborough is UK's #1 debt hotspot. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cardsloans/article-2788135/peterborough-britain-s-number-one-debt-hotspot-map-reveals-postcodes-residents-owe-money.html

'I blog about my baking and make £250 a day.' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11145366/I-blog-about-my-baking-and-make-250-a-day.html

Saving the world the DIY way. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/10/soldering-iron-solar-power-saving-world-diy

French say au revoir to France. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-say-au-revoir-to-france-over-two-million-french-people-now-live-abroad-and-most-are-crossing-the-channel-and-heading-to-london-9788348.html Two million French now live abroad - so what's the fuss? Compared to 5 million Brits.

Official release: £80 million boost for leasing finance as British Business Bank focuses on alternative lending for small business. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/80-million-boost-for-leasing-finance-as-british-business-bank-focuses-on-alternative-lending-for-small-business

10.10.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/10/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

US firms could make billions from British taxpayers in secret tribunals. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/us-firms-could-make-billions-from-uk-via-secret-tribunals-9785924.html Another bit of ultra-rare national reporting on the most dangerous invasion this country has faced since the Second World War. And of course, US firms have already fleeced the UK out of billions with the help of our bent, supine politicians. They simply want the gravy train to roll on.

Calls to block HMRC from raiding bank accounts after latest errors. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11152822/Block-HMRC-from-raiding-bank-accounts-after-errors.html

Young entrepreneurs set out plans to save High Street. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/10/young-entrpreneurs-set-out-plans-to-save-high-street/ It's not the best time to be trying this kind of initiative especially as, contrary to uninformed opinion widely circulated by the media, it's not 'the internet' which is entirely responsible for shop closures in the High Street but the simple fact that plebs simply ain't got no money at the moment - just as 'old' shopping habits are changing, too. A fact which is reflected in every economic activity from the slowdown in house prices through to falling exports. Twenty or thirty years ago, a few extra bob in shoppers' pockets would buy a nice bit of shmatter or the latest LP by Sid Snot and The Bogeymen. All good for British business. Today, it's a bit of useless but expensive plastic made by child labour in some far-off part of the world, followed by a selfie of the daily puke after too many Australian lagers and a takeaway vindaloo. The next morning, it's off to the betting shop (or payday loan company) to try and make or find a few bob to pay for it all. Until next week.

As this group of youngsters realise, the High Street's greatest enemies remain government and local authorities - and it's not just about business rates. Then, there's the dumb media, of course. Not forgetting all the Government's mediatised, business guru-dwarves who were going to 'save' the High Street.

Amazon to open first shop in time for Christmas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/amazon/11152745/Amazon-to-open-first-shop-in-time-for-Christmas.html Ironic isn't it, that an internet giant which has reputedly contributed to the demise of the High Street, is opening up in the High Street?

UK construction slump is worse than any economist imagined. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11153348/UK-construction-slump-is-worse-than-any-economist-imagined.html The opinion of any economist is about as much use as an unemployed youngster going along to a job interview armed with nothing but a reference from a borstal.

The companies that treat their customers best (and worst). http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/08/the-companies-that-treat-their-customers-best-and-worst/

Rural business boom: no planning for success. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/26710/rural-businesses-boom-planning-success/

Government's six-month allowance leaves women entrepreneurs behind. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/mark-leftly-governments-sixmonth-allowance-leaves-women-entrepreneurs-behind-9786276.html

My five tips for earning a living from eBay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11146704/My-five-tips-for-earning-a-living-by-selling-on-eBay.html

Meet the baked bean entrepreneur. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/the-man-whos-hoping-that-beans-dont-always-mean-heinz-9785936.html

Millions miss out on free home improvements, British Gas reveals. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/millions-miss-out-on-free-home-improvements-british-gas-survey-reveals-9785727.html

House prices will rise by 30% in 5 years. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/10/rightmove-house-prices-rise-30-per-cent-five-years-outside-london

The essential guide for first-time landlords. http://money.aol.co.uk/2012/03/15/the-essential-guide-for-first-time-landlords/

09.10.2014: Chancellor warns of UK slowdown. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29551536# An even 'slower'down than the one the country has been suffering from for the past twenty years? Since the internet came along? No matter, let's blame the eurozone instead. Even when it was outperforming the UK economy.

5 million UK workers face uncertainty in yet another HMRC tax blunder. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11150266/Five-million-UK-workers-face-uncertainty-after-tax-bills-wrongly-calculated-twice-in-HMRC-blunder.html Oooo, look. Another official, digital cock-up.

HMRC transactions to be fully automated from 2018. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hmrc-digital-strategy-2014/hmrc-digital-strategy-2014 Most of the transactions and communication between HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and taxpayers will be fully automated from 2018, according to HMRC's digital strategy for 2014. A key part of the strategy is the introduction of 'digital tax accounts' for individual and business taxpayers from 2014/2015, enabling taxpayers to access information about all the taxes they pay to HMRC in one place. (EnterpriseQuest)

Number of UK High Street shops falls sharply. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29546101#

Business costs rising 3.1% above inflation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26694/business-costs-rising-3-1-ahead-inflation/

Why internet shopping is making us a little lonelier. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/520359/Internet-shopping-make-us-lonelier

Small firms lack awareness of their credit scores. http://press.experian.com/United-Kingdom/Press-Release/over-19-
Experian's SME Reputation Index has revealed that the majority of decision-makers in smaller firms are unaware of what factors can affect the credit score of their business. The survey of over 500 financial decision-makers in small and medium-sized firms indicated that only 13% are aware of all the key factors that influence credit scores. It also revealed that only 41% have ever checked their business credit score, with 44% of those doing so more than six months ago. Two main factors that have a negative effect on credit scores are a history of bankruptcy and numerous applications for credit accounts over a short period of time. However, only 46% of small business owners were aware of the impact of these factors on their business credit score. The survey also revealed that smaller firms in the UK were unaware of factors that can have a positive effect on the credit score of a business, such as paying suppliers promptly. (EnterpriseQuest)

Foreign drivers' tax loophole to close. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11149851/Foreign-drivers-tax-loophole-to-close.html

Six adverts so misleading they had to be banned. http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/six-adverts-that-were-so-misleading-they-had-to-be-banned--e16xpiGpSx

Six degrees of recommendations. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26696/six-degrees-recommendations/

The power of customer engagement for business growth. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/26701/power-customer-engagement-business-growth/

Business location maps. http://www.custom-maps.co.uk/

Bent MPs looking for anonymity: petition for transparency. https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/keep-mps-expenses-public#petition

08.10.2014: Problem debt costs UK economy £8.3 billion. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29524628#

Lord Young: Brits 'invented' entrepreneurship. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/11146846/Lord-Young-Brits-invented-entrepreneurship-in-the-1760s-and-its-back-in-vogue.html Another Government adviser who's not too strong either on history or today's real world, talking total rubbish. Mind you, the Brits invented football, too. And they can't play that successfully against other countries, either. Despite hundreds of thousands of fat, young slugs and granny-mugging, Conservative hoodies bumming around in Engerandt cheatball shirts. This Government's 'new' generation of internet entrepreneurs ('illegal immigrants', hard-core unemployed youth, dumbwalkers and past-retirement-age pensioners) fall into pretty much the same category.

IMF: no return to economic growth. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/07/imf-economic-growth-forecasts-downgraded-crisis Not even if the IMF bankrolls a few more civil wars?

London fears construction crunch. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/07/record-luxury-london-homes-construction

Homeowners offered £100 million for cheap new boilers and double glazing in Government drive to slash energy bills. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2783945/Homeowners-offered-100-million-cheap-new-boilers-double-glazing-Government-drive-slash-energy-bills.html

'Refurbish-to-let': the new buy-to-let trend. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11135533/Refurbish-to-let-the-new-route-into-buy-to-let.html

'I quit the 9 to 5 and now gross £1m a year selling on eBay'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11143794/I-quit-the-9-to-5-and-now-gross-1m-a-year-selling-on-eBay.html

SME Of The Year Award entries. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/business-sme-of-the-year/11128880/hello-fresh-recipe-delivery-service.html?WT.mc_id=605860&source=TrafficDriver

Voted Best Restaurant UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/best-restaurant-uk-midsummer-house-beats-le-gavroche-and-the-fat-duck-in-tripadvisors-travellers-choice-awards-9779724.html

Women in business don't need short skirts to get ahead. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2783846/Brady-hits-short-skirts-order-Women-business-don-t-need-wear-short-skirts-says-Apprentice-star-Karren-Brady.html Clearly a comment deserving of Government ' business guru' status. And a knighthood.

Why see it, feel it, touch it leads to buy it. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/26686/see-feel-touch-leads-buy/

SodaStream shares collapse after company warns of weak results as consumers ditch fizzy drinks for healthier options. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/sodastream-shares-collapse-after-company-warns-of-weak-results-as-consumers-ditch-fizzy-drinks-for-healthier-options-9780293.html On the other hand, there is the view that SodaStream shares have collapsed because of the boycott of Israeli businesses and goods by conscientious consumers who unlike western governments and their media (propaganda), don't support a Nazi regime of terrorist, mass-murdering, land-grabbing monsters.

What is TTIP? And six answers which should scare you. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/what-is-ttip-and-six-reasons-why-the-answer-should-scare-you-9779688.html I see the media is finally doing some reporting on this critical issue. There must have been a particularly crap episode of Come Prancing last night.

Tesco fracas shows how we should have paid heed to struggling farmers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/chris-blackhurst-tesco-fracas-shows-we-should-have-paid-heed-to-struggling-farmers-9781137.html The media obviously has to prioritise. Pentagon and Israeli propaganda and live coverage of the Engerlandt cheatball squad losing to a team of wheelie bins, are much more important.

10 huge, time-wasting mental habits. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/26689/10-huge-time-wasting-mental-habits/

07.10.2014: British Government's £85 billion taxpayers' bung to Big Corp. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/06/benefits-corporate-welfare-research-public-money-businesses What is truly astonishing about the level of political corruption in the UK is not the amount involved but just how bare-faced the hypocrisy has become. As long as a politician has more than fifteen likes on Arsebook and his/her secretary can get some inconsequential remarks onto Twatter every so often, then that is as far as their bent existences go. Public accountability, the country's best interests, morality, ethics and honesty have become memories as distant as watching telly without repeats.

Self-employed quiz: who earns more? Builders or shopkeepers? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11144751/Quiz-who-earns-more-builders-or-shop-owners.html You could try asking your local politician these questions - although the Government couldn't give a stuff. As long as self-employed start-ups help keep down unemployment statistics. Allegedly.

UK services sector growth slowing. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29503366#

Copycat official sites trick drivers, MPs warn. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/11145023/Copycat-official-sites-trick-drivers-MPs-warn.html

Report calls for review of social security for self-employed. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/358334/
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to review the levels of social security contributions and entitlements of both self-employed and employed workers. The SSAC have published a report that reveals that self-employed people now account for 15% of the workforce, compared to 12% in 2000, and that, although self-employed people generally have lower incomes and pension savings than people in paid employment, they face a variety of differences in relation to their treatment within the current social security system. The report also highlights concerns about the introduction of Universal Credit, such as how fluctuating income from self employment is dealt with, and the potential for the system to distort business decision-making. The report recommends that simplifying the definition of self employment should be investigated. (EnterpriseQuest)

Facebook planning money transfer service. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11142855/Facebook-planning-money-transfer-service.html

French PM plans Sunday trading. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/06/french-pm-sunday-trading-economic-plans It's not French output which is the problem - but the breathtaking scale of the country's waste. And unfortunately for the country's grafters, it's the wasters who are in power. (Just like Engerlandt, actually.)

On the other hand, is France finished? Mais, non. http://my.telegraph.co.uk/expat/stephenclarke/10156435/france-is-finished-nest-ce-pas-well-non-actually/ (At the very least, Sarko is making a comeback.)

The Bread Exchange: what would you swap for a home-made loaf? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11143326/What-would-you-swap-for-a-homemade-loaf.html

Alan Sugar hits out at tax avoiders and Apprentice celebrity-seekers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/sir-alan-sugar-hits-out-at-tax-avoiders-and-apprentice-celebrityseekers-9777884.html So we'll be seeing the end of The Apprentice and Dragons' Den then, will we? And find a couple of proper business shows to take their place? Good.

Give fat people free bikes on the NHS, says cycling Olympian, Chris Boardman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2782151/Give-fat-people-free-bikes-NHS-tackle-Britain-s-obesity-timebomb-says-Tour-France-great-Chris-Boardman.html Oh, and cycle manufacturer. And jolly nice bikes he makes, too. All very good for British business - instead of American Big Pharma.

Scamwatch: weight loss fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/06/scamwatch-weight-loss-fraud/

06.10.2014: Taxman using psychologists to make people pay up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11142244/Taxman-using-psychologists-to-make-people-feel-guilty-if-they-dont-pay-up.html

Jump in small firms disputing loans. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11142565/Jump-in-small-firms-disputing-loans.html

Royal Mail cuts cost of posting Christmas gifts. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11139827/Royal-Mail-cuts-cost-of-posting-Christmas-gifts.html

BT Mobile hit by technical hurdles. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/telecoms/11142047/BT-mobile-network-hit-by-technical-hurdles.html

Britain can lead the world in sharing economy, says Government adviser. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11139789/Britain-can-lead-the-world-in-sharing-economy-says-government-adviser.html

Why it's a bad time to buy a house. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11141110/Why-its-a-bad-time-to-buy-a-house.html

05.10.2014: MPs investigate financial system's cyber weaknesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11140037/MPs-investigate-financial-systems-cyber-weaknesses.html What really needs to be investigated are all the Ministers, MPs and civil servants' relationships with the country's (mainly American) digital advisers and gurus who have caused such havoc, risk and loss to the taxpayer ranging from national security through to public services, education through to the financial sector. In other words, let's see who's on the take and then turn to the remainder who are clearly just criminally incompetent.

Shoppers lose appetite for big supermarkets. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11141300/Shoppers-lose-appetite-for-big-supermarkets.html Oh. dear. Another Government/bogus guru prediction which has gone wrong then?

Payday loans could be written off for a million borrowers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2781153/Payday-loans-written-1million-people-Wonga-founder-walked-4million-payoff-left.html

Successful startups may be defined by the first failed ejaculation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/technology-topics/11139538/Successful-startups-may-be-defined-by-the-first-failed-ejaculation.html There are an awful lot of politicians who would have been 'up' for this!

Secrets of menus revealed: Long descriptions and foreign words make diners spend more on food. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2781090/Fancy-Assiette-piglet-That-ll-54-Why-menu-descriptions-bit-mouthful-cost-more.html

Trending: DIY policing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780866/Police-turn-away-lost-property-tell-public-track-owners-yourself.html With police officers on national filming duties, the Government has laid another proposal for the recruitment of a well-know (to MPs) American pulp TV cop to be appointed as Government Adviser on effective Twattering on law and order. Leaving battered shopkeepers, small businesses and pensioners to fend for themselves as usual.

eBayer selling 'skimmers' exposed by undercover reporter. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2780823/eBay-crook-sold-devices-clone-bank-cards-cashpoints-unmasked-undercover-sting.html (The country's entire police force was still busy filming and posing for a few selfies with David Cameron and Theresa May.)

The best places to stay in Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2780411/Best-hotels-Britain-named-Good-Hotel-Guide.html

04.10.2014: UK broadband speeds climb. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/11138376/Average-UK-broadband-speeds-up-as-digital-divide-narrows.html

John Lewis boss apologises for comments made about France. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/oct/03/andy-street-john-lewis-france-sorry-sclerotic

Bristol pound launches The Guild of Independent Currencies. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26663/bristol-pound-launches-guild-independent-currencies/

How to qualify a business idea. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/a/how-to-qualify-a-business-idea.htm?nl=1

03.10.2014: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): letter from Vince Cable to all MPs. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip-letter-from-vince-cable-to-all-mps Following on from misleading the public in the run-up to the The Royal Mail rip-off, anything which comes now from Vince Cable can be viewed as having serious form. And so to his explanation of TTIP - which is not so much a reduction of barriers to free trade as is officially claimed, but a major sell-out of the country's national assets to US Big Corp. Ironically, for all of David Cameron's recent reassurances on the future of the NHS for example, such institutions will be among the first to fall to foreign - and almost certainly American - hands. So, as this country has already seen from the Government's sale of its digital cock-up vision of the future almost exclusively to the US, so, the rest of what is left standing, is about to follow suit. And if the public doesn't like it, under TTIP, big business will now be able to sue.

The fact that any discussion of the consequences of TTIP is deliberately and conspicuously missing from the mainstream media (propaganda) is indicative of the seriousness of the threat. So we have a few notes below.

[1] John Hilary: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership:
NewStatesman: TTIP: The biggest threat to democracy you’ve never heard of:
[2] The Guardian: The TTIP deal hands British sovereignty to multinationals:
[3] 38 Degrees blog: TTIP: Day of action:

Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/10/03/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-week-s-best-freebies/

Microsoft unveils Windows 10. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/11132025/Microsoft-unveils-Windows-10-and-brings-back-Start-Menu.html

Three Fifths of Start-ups Have Tried and Failed to Secure Traditional Financial Investment. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/26656/three-fifths-start-ups-tried-failed-secure-traditional-financial-investment-2/

Heard of crowdfunding? Entrepreneurs have. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/10/01/heard-of-crowdfunding-entrepreneurs-have-nicola-horlick-guest-blog/

So when did 'social media' become 'business media'? http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/26653/social-media-become-business-media/

End of the ink cartridge rip-off? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2778082/End-ink-cartridge-Epson-unveils-printer-refillable-TANK-print-6-500-pages-needs-refilling.html Or, put another way, printer manufacturers finally react to the success of compatible toner/ink refill industry.

Derby's best-kept food secret. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11135180/The-return-of-pyclets-Derbys-best-kept-food-secret.html It's only 'secret' because today's dumbwalkers and food programme producers don't get out much. An interesting addition to the menu for street vendors and homely caffs, I would have thought.

Pensioner's home-based bicycle repair business angers neighbours. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2777740/Hoarding-pensioner-angers-neighbours-huge-collection-rusting-bicycles-stored-trailers-outside-home.html

02.10.2014: Thousands unable to renew car tax as new system stalls. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29430979# Oh, dear, look. Yet another official, digital, mega-cock-up. Is there any aspect of this government's digital performance which has worked so far? Apart from enriching US Big Corp, fleecing the taxpayer and two fingers?

Young people lack workplace skills, says study. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29454002# This has only been common knowledge for decades and it seems that despite this country's historical, abject failure at addressing the problem, it is now left to prime-time TV advertising by a High Street bank, of all people, to try and impart some basic life and social skills to the lumpenproletariat. In the meantime, the Government's cronies will pretend to make them all entrepreneurs, instead.

Britain running out of phone numbers again. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2777240/We-running-phone-numbers-Five-places-dial-area-code-contact-homes-businesses.html

3 ways successful business owners avoid taking risks. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26635/3-ways-successful-business-owners-avoid-taking-risks/

Communication mistakes to avoid at all costs. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26638/communication-mistakes-avoid-costs/ Or, the antithesis of online social networking which encourages the very opposite of good communication skills.

Avoid harming your brand with these 10 social media mistakes. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26620/avoid-hurting-brand-10-social-media-mistakes/

15 seasonal business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/15-Seasonal-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1

14 economy-proof business ideas. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/business-ideas/fl/14-Economy-Proof-Business-Ideas.htm?nl=1

The best - and worst - countries in the world to grow old. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/revealed-the-best-and-worst-countries-in-the-world-to-grow-old-9767639.html Unsurprisingly, right at the bottom of the list are all the countries where the USA and its lickspittles have stuck their thieving, murdering, terrorist snouts. Let the British ex-pat exodus continue.

01.10.2014: The hidden taxes costing you a fortune. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/30/the-hidden-taxes-costing-you-a-fortune/

EU to keep Russian sanctions in place over Ukraine. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29429602# Thus dispelling the propaganda myth that the EU and the US are interested in peace in the region. Otherwise, how else is the Ukraine junta going to spend its $17 billion IMF loan on buying Coalition of Evil-manufactured weapons? Unfortunately, that means still more hardship for business plebs like us whose stock in trade has nothing to do with ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity, murder, theft and lies - as Russian counter-sanctions also continue to bite.

UK living standards worse than thought. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/30/fall-uk-living-standards-deeper-ons-tuc 'Thought' by whom? Public school fags in government on backhanders from Big Corp?

More than 1-in-8 targeted by pension scams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/30/more-than-one-in-eight-targeted-by-pension-scams/ Leaving the remaining 7-in-8 pensioners suffering from official pension theft.

eBay to split off PayPal online payment business. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29423251#

Cold calling: the victim who fought back and won. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20068927

£250,000 fine threatened for deluge of mobile phone spam. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20068927

Web software firm taunts UK data regulator over cookies. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19505835

19 things to learn from a 30-year-old multi-millionaire. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/becominganentrepreneur/tp/19-Things-To-Learn-From-a-30-Year-Old-Multimillionaire.htm?nl=1

Boris The Buffoon to brick. 'You will not be alone'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/11130504/Boris-tells-brick-You-will-not-be-alone.html

Foraging for mushrooms is more popular in France than adultery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/11129893/Why-autumn-in-France-is-heaven-for-food-lovers.html


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

Len Tondel



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