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LATEST! 30.09.2014
(scroll down to see full list; previous month's (August 2014) Viewpoint

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

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

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

30.09.2014: Increase in number of micro-firms reported. http://news.rsagroup.com/pressrelease/view/1666 The number of UK micro-firms (those with between 0 and 9 employees) has risen by 43% (1.4 million) since 2000, according to the 'Growing Pains' report published by RSA Insurance Group, (formerly Royal and Sun Alliance). The number of firms in the 'zero employment' category, which have no employees other than the business founder, has grown most quickly, rising by over 21% since the beginning of the economic downturn in 2008. The proportion of firms classified as high-growth (those achieving 20% annual growth in employment for three consecutive years) has fallen by over 20% since 2005. Around a third of small business owners surveyed said that it is becoming harder, not easier, to grow a business. The highest proportion of business owners who described their firm as 'ambitious' were located in Wales, while Scotland had the lowest proportion of ambitious firms. (EnterpriseQuest)

So this is where all those 'self-employed' and 'home businesses' have been hiding, eh? Doing micro-businessing instead of entrepreneurissing. Does this signal another ill-informed propaganda release from the Prime Minister, one has to ask?

Tory John Redwood warns businesses not to stand in way of EU exit. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/29/john-redwood-warns-businesses-stand-way-eu-exit Thus confirming what British businesses have already known for a number of years: that the Conservative Party is no longer the party of British business. (American business is OK, though. And 'Friends of Israel' business.)

Facedbook to help advertisers track users across the web. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/11129174/Facebook-to-help-advertisers-track-users-across-the-web.html

11 unlikely destinations tipped for a tourist boom. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11127781/The-future-of-travel-11-unlikely-destinations-tipped-for-a-tourism-boom.html

How to network your way to the top. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/11128626/How-to-network-your-way-to-the-top.-Britains-most-connected-woman-reveals-her-secrets.html

29.09.2014: UK consumers face 'lost decade' as spending cuts bite. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29406079# Hey ho! Goods news for the self-employed and all the small businesses again! Not that there will be any spending cuts on squadrons of fighter planes and bombers 'looking' for fictitious, mediatised targets somewhere in Iraq and perhaps, Syria. Rather than flipping billions of quick bucks on bombing helpless civilians and above all, children, as they usually do.

eBay pays just £620,000 of UK tax on sales of £1.3 billion. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2772461/Revealed-Online-auction-giant-eBay-pays-just-620-000-UK-tax-1-3billion-sales.html

Kickstarter dreams come true. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/27/potato-salad-kickstarter-ohio-fundraising-potatostock-party

How to clean up on property. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2772533/What-tidy-profit-House-sold-state-squalor-goes-market-just-six-months-makeover-later-10-000-more.html

Scamwatch: pyramid schemes. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/29/scamwatch-pyramid-schemes/

28.09.2014: PM tries to woo voters with discount starter homes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/11125553/David-Cameron-tries-to-woo-voters-with-discount-starter-homes.htm

CNET Community: Only 9 iPhone 6 complaints? Really? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=09/26/2014#

5 things dogs can teach us about business. http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/lifestyle/tp/5-Things-Dogs-Can-Teach-Us-About-Business.htm?nl=1

A guide to writing a marketing plan. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketplansample/ss/small-business-marketing-plan.htm?nl=1

Making money with Kindle Direct Publishing: getting started. http://onlinebusiness.about.com/od/Ebook-Publishing/fl/Making-Money-with-Kindle-Direct-Publishing-Getting-Started.htm?nl=1

Glimmer of hope for expats in Spain living in the dark. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatnews/11109556/Glimmer-of-hope-for-expats-in-Spain-living-in-the-dark.html

27.09.2014: National Minimum Wage increases on 1st October. https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates The NMW rate for those aged 21 or over will increase from £6.31 to £6.50; for 18 to 20-year-olds, it will increase from £5.03 to £5.13; and for those aged 17 or under, it will increase from £3.72 to £3.79. The NMW for apprentices aged 18 or under, or those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship, will increase from £2.68 to £2.73.

Mobiles cleared for use during flights. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29381193#

26.09.2014: EU moves to block buy-to-let mortgages. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11121854/Buy-to-let-borrowers-face-new-costs-and-limits.html

'It's time for the Tories to demonstrate that they support British business'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11122415/Its-time-for-the-Tories-to-demonstrate-that-they-support-British-business.html But they do support business: 'Friends of Israel' and USA business - especially the business of making a lot of money from the murder of defenceless civilians.

5 quick ways to boost your bottom line. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/a/boost-your-bottom-line.htm?nl=1

Christmas markets by train. http://news.uk.voyages-sncf.com/public/read_message.jsp;jsessionid=0;apw68?sigreq=92215264

England's least-visited attractions. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/11119470/Englands-least-visited-attractions.html

The 10 buy-to let postcodes to avoid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11113813/Buy-to-let-the-10-postcodes-with-the-lowest-yields.html

4,000 nurseries threatened with closure. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770306/Shape-ll-close-4-000-nurseries-told-One-six-affected-concerns-including-poor-standards-unsafe-buildings-gaps-aid-training.html

Spies in the sky trap Argentine tax cheats. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2769958/Argentine-Government-uses-drone-discover-200-mansions-100-swimming-pools-not-declared-owners.html The UK doesn't need drones to identify tax cheats. We all know who they are - starting with media proprietors and political party donors.

Accountant who defrauded clients out of £2.3million in pyramid scheme and spent the cash on porn is jailed. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770008/Accountant-defrauded-clients-2-3million-pyramid-scheme-spent-cash-porn-jailed.html#ixzz3EO7Y1h5j It sounds as if a promising political career awaits.

Hackers make ten times more money stealing medical records than credit card details. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2769109/Forget-credit-card-details-hackers-make-money-stealing-medical-records.html

25.09.2014: 'We've let down small firms on bank loans', admits Vince Cable. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2768803/We-ve-let-small-firms-bank-loans-admits-Vince-Cable-Business-Secretary-launchs-astonishing-attack-one-George-Osborne-s-flagship-policies.html So will the Government be demanding billions of pounds of refunds from the banks? After all the taxpayer bail-outs these criminal, financial, commercial and ethical lepers have received so far.

Postal service competition enquiry launched by MPs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29343928# I thought MPs had one of those before agreeing to fleece the taxpayer again with the Post Office's privatisation scam?

Car insurance to become cheaper. http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2014/09/24/car-insurance-will-become-cheaper-but-there-are-still-problems-with-the-cost-of-cover/

Warning over new software bug. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/25/bug-bash-software-could-be-bigger-threat-heartbleed

20 things to know about your credit score. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/11120400/Martin-Lewis-20-things-you-must-know-to-boost-your-credit-score.html

10 ways to improve your small business cash flow. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/creditloans/fl/10-Ways-to-Improve-Your-Small-Business-Cash-Flow.htm?nl=1

The 5 most common mistakes of business networking. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26529/five-common-mistakes-business-networkingthe-five-common-mistakes-business-networking/ As not in fake, online networking.

How to boost your professional reputation. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26478/boost-professional-reputation/

French wine has met its Waterloo. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2768692/As-English-wine-gets-better-better-JILLY-GOOLDEN-s-taste-test-proves-French-wine-s-met-Waterloo.html French wine has been under pressure for decades but it's always good to see innovative, high quality British products making a name for themselves. Now all we need is for the media and British political classes to come up to speed.

'New-fangled' desserts like Angel Delight are to blame for the decline of the English apple, claims Environment Secretary. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2768071/New-fangled-desserts-like-Angel-Delight-blame-decline-English-apple-claims-Environment-Secretary.html Wasn't it the 1960s that Angel Delight first appeared? Whereas the demise of decent apples all around the world, not just Britain, is largely down to political party donors like large supermarket chains who are far more interested in price, than quality. Still, we musn't be too demanding of our politicians or the next step will be psychological profiling and all of a sudden, we won't have any politicians at all!

Don't buy wild-caught salmon, British shoppers urged. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/25/wild-salmon-fish-seafood-guide-mackerel So British shoppers can tell the difference between wild-caught and farmed salmon now, can they? Well, there's novel for you.

Business success from home and hospital. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2767858/I-don-t-know-I-doing-today-I-hadn-t-gone-I-did-Throat-cancer-patient-sketched-high-heels-hospital-sick-bed-founded-successful-wedding-shoe-company.html

Farmer builds dream home from shipping containers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2768293/I-m-desperate-gorgeous-girl-I-just-want-happy-explains-Channel-4-Grand-Designs-team-turn-cover-project.html

24.09.2014: Appetite for loans picks up again, say major banks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29324821#

Peer-to-peer lending expained. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/23/peer-to-peer-lending-explained/

Mobile operators in talks for rural coverage compromise. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/11117031/Mobile-operators-in-talks-for-rural-coverage-compromise.html

Paypal's credit card surcharge loophole. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11087341/Does-PayPal-offer-a-loophole-to-avoid-credit-card-surcharges.html

Taxman sends out 2000 demands to businesses which don't owe a penny, after another computer failure. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2767083/Taxman-sends-2-000-demands-firms-dont-owe-penny.html

The four ages of home ownership. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/11113415/The-four-ages-of-home-ownership.html

What are buy-to-let mortgages? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/23/what-are-buy-to-let-mortgages/

The 10 best postcodes for buy-to-let. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/investing/buy-to-let/11113718/Britains-highest-yields-the-best-10-postcodes-for-buy-to-let.html

The number of British female farmers doubles in five years. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2765406/Women-hands-dirty-British-female-farmers-doubled-five-years-13-000-2008-23-000-One-UK-s-biggest-farmers-29-year-old-Sophie-Hope-explains-why.html

Scotland gets its own web domain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11115314/Scotland-gets-its-own-web-domain.html Well, it's all been worth it then!

23.09.2014: New consumer rights come into force. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/misleading-and-aggressive-selling-new-rights-for-consumers Consumers in the UK will be able to take traders who use misleading or aggressive commercial practices to court, following the introduction of the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014. The new Regulations, which will come into force on 1st October 2014, amend the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Under the amendment, consumers will have the 'right to unwind' a contract, allowing them to undo transactions they have entered into with a trader within 90 days of receipt of goods or services, as long as the goods can be returned or services ended. If goods cannot be returned or the services have ended, the right to a discount will apply. In the event that consumers suffer a loss exceeding the cost of the goods or services, then the right to damages may also be exercised if there is sufficient proof. (EnterpriseQuest)

eBay under pressure as hacks continue. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29310042#

Warnings over gold bullion offers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29313210#

How to start a side business. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20140919-fun-or-folly-working-on-the-side

A guide to social media for small businesses. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/tp/social-media-for-small-business.htm?nl=1

Rabbit hutch Britain. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2765826/Rabbit-hutch-Britain-Draconian-building-rules-mean-homes-smallest-Western-Europe-half-size-Ireland.html Could be one of the reasons why the numbers of people running a business from home has slumped from '8 million' to just 2.9 million in under a year?

£30,000 cheaper to buy in France as rates tumble. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11112887/30000-cheaper-to-buy-in-France-as-mortgage-rates-hit-new-low-for-British-buyers.html Just £30,000? Comparing like-with-like, it's a lot more than that. But the rest of Europe shouldn't be forgotten, either.

22.09.2014: Scots announce business boycott list over rigged independence vote. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/21/scottish-independence-the-45_n_5857906.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D294718

High Streets recovering at fastest rate for eight years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/11112010/High-streets-recovering-at-fastest-rate-for-eight-years.html

UK businesses should put UK workers first, urges leader of British separatist Kippah Party. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/513546/Nigel-Farage-British-businesses-put-UK-workers-first. Especially those firms which correspond to Mr Farage's 'JudeoChristian' values and which are noted for their shekel worship above any patriotic or ethical considerations.

7.4 million lose sleep over money worries. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/22/7-4m-lose-sleep-over-money-worries/ And '8 million' of those are 'home-based internet businesses'! According to some sources, that is.

British firm goes against the flow to offer flooding guarantee. http://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/513494/British-firm-goes-against-the-flow-to-offer-flooding-guarantee

Business class only. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2763402/Business-class-ONLY-Michelin-starred-menus-massage-chairs-luxury-cosmetics-new-boutique-airline.html

21.09.2014: Buy-to-let borrowing gets cheaper. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/borrowing/mortgages/11109381/Buy-to-let-borrowing-gets-cheaper-as-lenders-cut-mortgage-rates.html

Wills and inheritance: new intestacy rules from 1 October. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/sep/20/wills-inheritance-changes-intestacy-rules

Britain must prepare itself for the worst droughts of modern times. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-weather-britain-must-be-ready-for-worst-droughts-in-modern-times-9746455.html

French farmers torch tax offices and dump vegetables. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-farmers-torch-tax-offices-and-dump-unsold-vegetables-on-streets-in-protest-over-falling-living-standards-9746199.html Well, the most unpopular president the country has ever had needs money from somewhere to pay for bombing civilians in Mali and now, Iraq, to bolster his reputation a la Margaret Thatcher. Or so the true French gauche would say. Which certainly wouldn't include the president's pro-Israeli/US terrorist, socio-fascist government.

Isle of Man creating a Bitcoin island. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11109256/Creating-a-Bitcoin-Island-just-off-the-English-coast.html

20.09.2014: English business community's 'relief' at Scottish vote against independence. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29272547 Existing 'snouts in troughs' in other words, and not to be confused with the thoughts of 90% of the business community, English or Scottish, with which the Israeli/US terrorist-friendly British Bropaganda Corporation (BBC) has no relationship whatsoever. And of course, the fact that an independent Scotland would have exercised its own control over broadcasting, has nothing to do with the Corporation's (or the Merdochs') propaganda either. At all. At all.

International calls to re-run rigged 'Scotland The Slave' referendum. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/20/scottish-referendum-rigged-petition_n_5854016.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D294481 Ukrainian, North African and Middle East, Atlantacist vote-riggers putting it about again?

English snouts in 'Scotland The Slave' trough turn to betrayal while voting is still warm. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/scottish-referendum-results-crossparty-consensus-collapses-amid-torylabour-spat-on-the-english-question-9745125.html

Victory over bank charges could open payout floodgates. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2763083/Victory-bank-charges-open-payout-floodgates-Court-backs-customer-hefty-overdraft-fees.html

Purple carrots launched in supermarkets by 23-year-old twins. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/sales/11106932/Purple-carrots-launched-in-supermarkets-by-23-year-old-twins.html

Accountant turns dominatrix to earn £25,000 a year to spank businessmen at her home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2762226/Accountant-ditches-desk-job-dominatrix-earns-25-000-year-spanking-businessmen.html

Scamwatch: cash for crash fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/19/scamwatch-crash-for-cash-fraud/

Things entrepreneurs didn't worry about ten years ago. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/26499/things-entrepreneurs-didnt-worry-10-years-ago/ Go back twenty years and this list can be trebled. It would all be OK if earnings had increased apace during the same time frames. But they haven't. All that has developed significantly has been the level of scams and fraud. Especially 'official' fraud.

How to ruin your chances of referrals. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/18405/how-to-ruin-your-chances-of-referrals/

Cut your postage costs today. Free quote. http://www.frankingassist.net/request-a-quote/

19.09.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/19/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Britain hamstrung by poor language skills. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/11103628/Britain-hamstrung-by-poor-language-skills.html That's the internet, digital and dummyphone political classes for you. They can't read (even the time), they can't do joined-up writing, they can't do sums, they've got no manners, they spend most of their time in bed, mugging, looking at porn or gaming yet they're supposed to learn new languages like Innit, as well?

Lord Digby Jones attacks UK's culture of failing to support struggling businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26491/lord-digby-jones-attacks-uk-failure-support-struggling-businesses/ There is a lot of money to be made from struggling and failed businesses just as there is from people who can't meet their financial obligations generally. And of course, this Government only measures so-called entrepreneurial success by the numbers of start-ups - and not by survival rates or profitability. Which Digby Jones understands perfectly well. Or he wouldn't be a 'Lord'.

Nine women found guilty of £21 million pyramid scam. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/18/get-rich-quick-scam-champagne-celebration-give-and-take The convicted nine have now been offered jobs managing the country's pension contributions.

The ultimate guide to energy suppliers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/energy-bills/11103884/Energy-suppliers-the-ultimate-guide-to-price-AND-customer-service.html

Copying registered designs to become a criminal offence. http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2014/september/new-criminal-
On 1st October 2014, provisions of the Intellectual Property Act criminalising the copying of registered designs will come into force. Under the Act, it will be a criminal offence to copy a registered design in the course of business and without the owner's permission, in order to make a product to the same design or to a design with no material differences. It will also be an offence to import, export or place such a product on the market, where the person doing so knows or has reason to believe that a registered design right has been infringed. (EnterpriseQuest)

Trending: why buy clothes when you can borrow? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2759459/Why-buy-clothes-borrow-New-website-allows-cash-strapped-fashionistas-rent-designer-items-wardrobes-heeled.html Actually, this has been around for yonks but now that the UK is in the grip of an 'economic revival', the idea might see a resurgence in popularity.

18.09.2014: Evidence sought for National Insurance Contributions Bill. http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2014/september/have-your-say-on-the-national-insurance-contributions-bill/ The House of Commons Public Bill Committee is seeking written submissions of evidence from small business owners and advisers, on the National Insurance Contributions Bill 2014-15. The provisions of the Bill will simplify the process of payment and reporting of NICs by the self employed. This will enable Class 2 and Class 4 NICs to be collected via self assessment from April 2016. The Bill will also extend certain existing tax rules under the Finance Act 2014, for example, preventing the avoidance of NICs by 'intermediaries' such as employment agencies. Evidence should be submitted to the Committee by 28th October 2014 and submissions should not exceed 3,000 words. (EnterpriseQuest)

eBay redirect attack puts buyers' credentials at risk. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29241563#

European Court rules in favour of capping card fees. http://www.brc.org.uk/brc_news_detail.asp?id=2682 The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled in favour of capping card processing fees for UK retailers. The fees, which are known as interchange fees, currently cost UK business £1 billion a year. The retail industry has been campaigning for around ten years for the fees to be made more competitive. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), urgent action is required to implement the caps, as the UK is lagging behind other European countries which already have caps in place. (EnterpriseQuest)

How do freelancers (or self-employed) get a mortgage? http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/sep/17/freelancer-workers-get-mortgage

Rip-off Britain: 10 astonishingly bad deals. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/17/rip-off-britain-10-astonishingly-bad-deals/

An accountant's guide to surviving a tax investigation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11086393/An-accountants-guide-to-surviving-a-tax-investigation.html

Wasabi: why invest in the hardest plant to grow? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29082091

The invisible art of etiquette. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/the-invisible-art-of-etiquette-having-good-manners-delivers-all-sorts-of-unexpected-gains-9739132.html British businesses to note.

How to write a unique selling proposition. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/marketingsales/a/how-to-write-a-unique-selling-proposition.htm?nl=1

17.09.2014: Are you next on the taxman's hit list? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11092959/HMRC-targets-Are-you-next-on-the-taxmans-hitlist.html

Which? bank customer service ratings. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29223073#

The future of UK street markets. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27442765

The English economy built on debt. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2757940/An-economy-built-debt-Bank-England-alert-confirms-high-levels-mortgage-debt-recession-worse.html Which is why it really can't afford to lose all those Scots who DON'T want to contribute to English debt.

Scotland just now is a bit like someone contemplating self-employment for the first time. That first step towards being your own boss is usually a worrying leap of faith, however well-researched the move may be. There really are no guarantees; there will be plenty of risks and 'iffy' decisions; at best, it will be hard work with plenty of setbacks thrown in. But the reason successful self-employed folk stay that way is because they make a life quality choice. They appreciate values which surpass those of money alone. Of having pride and satisfaction; of emotional, historical (family businesses above all), social, intellectual and hopefully, material independence. Rather than fagging for Big Corp, the banks and the USA.

But I'm sure the majority of Scots know all that, anyway.

UK unemployment falls by a further 146,000. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29235655# An ONS spokesneuterthing BIG TEAM memberperson said, 'The ONS is 95% confident that the figure of 2.02 million unemployed is within 77,000 of being accurate either way.' Or, if that confidence of 95% is representative of the country's workforce plus 77,000, that means the the UK's unemployment could actually be up by 146,000. Or a lot more. Roughly. Thereabouts. Or so. (Near enough for Government propaganda and media reporting, though.)

Ad watchdog bans three copycat websites. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/sep/17/advertising-standards-authority-ban-copycat-websites-government-passport-ehic-premium

Thousands lie on motor cover forms. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29227185#

Yet another bungled Government PFI scam costing the taxpayer billions. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/bungled-pfi-deals-force-government-to-shell-out-hundreds-of-millions-on-unbuilt-waste-disposal-plants-9736695.html

Funding Tree to support small community-based businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/angels/deal-focus/26468/funding-tree-democratises-crowdfunding-support-small-community-based-businesses/

Rent, don't buy, urges TV host. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2758730/Rent-don-t-buy-urges-TV-host-Grand-Designs-presenter-Kevin-McCloud-says-renting-way-forward.html Or, buy an affordable home in Europe instead and let broadband and lo-cost flights take the strain. As long as you've got some form of sustainable income, of course.

The ultimate Tinder photo; a pic of a bank balance. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/16/the-ultimate-tinder-photo-a-photo-of-a-bank-balance/ Another piss-poor digital pic reflecting a ploy much favoured by scammers as proof of fantastic earnings. (Although you'd have thought someone with a bit of cash could afford something better at taking pics than a hundred-year-old BBC Brownie box camera used by trembling hacks for propaganda shots of supposed terrorist bombings.)

16.09.2014: Small Business Act for Europe consultation announced. http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/small-business-act/public-consultation-sba/index_en.htm The European Commission has launched a public consultation about proposed revisions to the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe. The consultation is seeking views from small business organisations, public bodies, and small and medium-sized firms. The proposed revisions to the SBA include measures to simplify the process of setting up in business, improve smaller firms' access to finance and markets, and address skills shortages. The consultation runs until 15th December 2014. (EnterpriseQuest)

Tech firms want 'digital Ministers' and easier migration. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29205372# What 'migration' would this be? Dial-up speeds 'migrating' to broadband? 'Migrating' the public to billing only for services they actually receive? Anyway, this Government already has an internet scammer as a Minister; and an ex-BT man.

UKTI launches new e-Exporting Programme. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/online-exporting-package-launched-to-help-british-businesses-sell-while-they-sleep Trade Minister Lord Livingston has launched a new online exporting initiative to enable UK firms of all sizes to trade internationally by selling online via e-marketplaces, such as eBay and Amazon. The UKTI e-Exporting Programme has identified over 400 e-marketplaces worldwide and will provide information and advice about how UK firms can register and trade via these e-marketplaces. UK firms will also be able to access an e-Exporting adviser. The e-Exporting Programme, which was piloted in China in November 2013, is expected to support around 50,000 UK firms to become established online traders. (EnterpriseQuest)

I see the Government's propagandascheisenwriters are increasingly using the language of the scammer: 'sell while they sleep', my arse. Mind you, it's a view which dovetails perfectly with our politicians' own Benefits Street mentality of money-for-wasters.

Compensation call for passport delays. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/16/passports-backlog-payouts-mps

Scottish vote for independence would be a nightmare for the British (and American) murder industry. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/11097333/Yes-vote-would-be-nightmare-for-engineering-and-defence-businesses.html On the other hand, the Scots could anticipate making a world-full of new friends and use the taxes saved from subsidising 'Friends of Israel' businesses on other, more profitable ventures.

Bank bonuses many customers are missing out on. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/15/bank-bonuses-many-of-us-are-missing-out-on/

Phones 4u administration: your rights. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/15/phones-4u-administration-your-rights/

'Free money' gambling ads to end. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/sep/15/free-money-gambling-ads-ditched-bookmakers The ruling is to be introduced after it was discovered that modern Dummyphone Man actually believed that by gambling, he was going to receive 'free money'.

Trending: how to go bankrupt: the process explained. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/15/how-to-go-bankrupt-the-whole-process-explained/

Trending: inheritance tax now the norm for southern families. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11088321/Inheritance-tax-is-now-the-norm-for-southern-families.html We have been warning of this for a couple of years now. Add a successful home business (any family business) to the mix and it makes you wonder if it's all been worthwhile, with the HMRC (government) pushing its greedy snout into your legacy before your children even get a whiff. Still, it all helps the country's 'Friends of Israel' businesses and their bent, rent-boy (and gal) politicians.

Air France warns of rising disruption. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29202675# It would be more newsworthy and pertinent to announce when French trade unionists are actually AT work. Or, fraudulently taking taxpayers' money in a pretence at working.

Scam watch: 'Peter Pan' virus fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/16/scamwatch-peter-pan-virus-fraud/

The George Clooney investment scam. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/15/The-george-clooney-investment-scam/

15.09.2014: Small business economic confidence grows. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29197510#

Home ownership becoming an exclusive members' club. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29198736#

UK house prices will fall if Scotland voted for independence. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11095297/UK-house-prices-will-fall-if-Scotland-votes-for-independence.html

People looking to move house just because of poor mobile phone signals. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2755453/Lack-mobile-phone-signal-drives-mad-house-survey-reveals.html

Taking public transport to work makes you happier, claims study. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/taking-public-transport-instead-of-driving-to-work-makes-people-happier-study-suggests-9732535.html

It looks as if the home business scene is rapidly approaching its death throes as numbers have imploded from '8 million' (media sources) to a mere 2.9 million (official sources for media consumption) in just one year. Recent reporting about commuting's cheaper and happier options are only additional nails in the coffin. And it's all the Scots' fault!

14.09.2014: Scottish vote for independence would be a disaster for businesses, claims CBI chief. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2754983/From-tea-cakes-rates-Yes-disaster-Scottish-business-CBI-boss-JOHN-CRIDLAND.html Which businesses would these be, then? 'Friends of Israel' businesses?

The disenchantment of the 'Endis'. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/13/endies-employed-no-disposable-income-struggling-in-london Does this mean they've already spent their business start-up loans? No wonder the Scots want out.

UK to refund Chinese tourist visas. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29184299# With the number of international friends enjoyed by pariah Britain down to the number of fingers on an arm with an amputated hand, there's nothing like suddenly going overboard with the Chinese after half a century of childish, diplomatic posturing. Next on the agenda - back to being friends with the Russians. After having deprived the national economy (us plebs) of £ billions in missed revenue and opportunities.

National press release: small businesses continue to be let down by local councils. http://www.centre-p.co.uk/Small_Business_Rates_Relief_.pdf

easyJet targets business flyers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2754574/That-s-spiffing-easyJet-rolls-new-8-5million-campaign-appeal-business-flyers-including-Hugh-Laurie-TV-advert.html

How to buy a second home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/propertyadvice/11089897/How-to-buy-a-second-home-and-get-along-with-the-village.html

The hidden dangers lurking in your stationery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11092444/The-hidden-dangers-lurking-in-your-stationery.html

1-in-6 cod suppers using a cheaper type of fish. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2754475/Is-Fish-Fraud-y-One-six-cod-suppers-sold-chip-shops-actually-cheaper-type-fish-says-food-safety-expert.html Is that all?

Trending: replica cars. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/features/replica-cars-the-new-classics-roaring-back-into-the-lead-9731437.html

Trending: fish poaching. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/poached-salmon-angling-groups-say-theft-is-rife-and-underpoliced-9731620.html

Business promotion and training videos. http://www.roundwindowmedia.com/

13.09.2014: New guidance about changes to consumer rights. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/misleading-and-aggressive-selling-new-rights-for-consumers Guidance about forthcoming regulations that will give consumers new rights against traders who commit misleading or aggressive practices has been published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Consumer Protection (Amendment) Regulations 2014, which will come into force on 1st October 2014, will amend the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, enabling consumers to bring private actions against traders in the civil courts. (EnterpriseQuest)

Infographic: http://www.waterfrontsolicitors.com/legal-expertise/commercial-contracts/consumer-contracts

Bitcoin could pose a threat to UK economy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11090391/Bitcoin-could-pose-a-risk-to-UK-economy.html As well as the Scots voting for independence, ISIS/IS/the latest shade of US-sponsored terrorism, the EU and illegal immigrants? Head for the hills!!! (Again.)

Shortage of EU truck drivers could put economic recovery at risk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2754266/A-lorry-load-trouble-Shortage-truck-drivers-caused-EU-rules-puts-economic-recovery-risk-Christmas-deliveries-threat.html Oops. We missed this particular threat.

UK close to 'breakthrough' on Chinese visitor visas. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/11092727/UK-close-to-breakthrough-on-Chinese-visitor-visas.html

Which UK city is best for lifestyle? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29174074#

Internet banking scams soar by 71% as branch closures force customers online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-2753277/Online-banking-fraud-increases-71-year-according-FFA-UK.html A 'brilliant' scam which will make much more money for banks employing teams of hackers, than PPI.

EU gears up to fight US internet giants. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/12/europe-fights-us-beasts-of-internet Oh, dear. Our bent Government and the taxman will be disappointed.

Who are today's entrepreneurs? (Amazon advertorial). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/amazon-entrepreneurs/10895293/british-entrepreneurs.html?WT.mc_id=605813&source=TrafficDriver

'The world's largest food and drink exhibition', October 19 - 23, Paris. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16749

Trending: canned craft beer. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2014/sep/12/canned-craft-beer-five-best Whatever happened to a cask of bitter in the pantry? Answer: The taxman drank the beer and the Government designated the empty cask and the pantry a housing development for London first-time buyers.

Triumph for 19-year-old Joe as watermelons from Herefordshire go on sale. http://www.internationalsupermarketnews.com/news/16744

Become your own boss and join Avon today. http://www.avon.uk.com/PRSuite/your_dream_opportunity.page?s=email&c=leadgen#.VBPinWctCP8

CNET Community: Are password managers safe even if the info is stored in cloud? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=09/12/2014

How much money did I save with my water butt? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/household-bills/11062035/How-much-did-a-wet-August-and-water-butts-save-me.html

12.09.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/12/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Theresa May to relax China visa rules on Friday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/11090892/Theresa-May-to-relax-China-visa-rules-on-Friday.html A delay which has only cost the UK economy a few £ billion. And even now, there are plenty of businesses which claim the new measures don't go far enough. On the other hand, Israeli and American terrorists and war criminals can come and go into the UK as they please.

China set to overtake US as world's biggest economy. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/11/the-us-is-about-to-lose-its-title-as-the-world-s-biggest-econom/ Oh, dear. This will present our inbred, public-school and educationally-inadequate ruling classes with a dilemna. Who to fag for now? Apart from Israeli terrorists, of course.

UK moves closer to official American colony status. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/11/uk-us-security-checks-passengers Now THIS is what Theresa May, The Scrote Office and our fagging Government are really talking about. Lickin' US arse. (For now, at least.)

Big business lobbying on Scotland doesn't stack up. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/jim-armitage-business-lobbys-scaremongering-doesnt-stack-up-on-scottish-independence-9724541.html Well, it does actually. It's a sure sign that when all the big snouts constantly at the trough start squealing at the prospect of losing their places (especially the criminal, taxpayer-subsidised banks), it's time for the rest of the farmyard to rate its chances.

Political snouts in trough attain record levels. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2752273/One-four-MPs-member-family-public-payroll-costing-taxpayers-4m-year.html Which is why a leading trio of English pariahs recently paid a one-off, rabble-rousing visit to Scotland. They don't want an involuntary contributor to their bent existences leaving the fold.

Tenants may win eviction protection. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29156186#

Customer has to threaten Npower with bailiffs. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29159487#

Big enough for all the family. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buyingsellingandmoving/11089152/For-sale-3G-homes-the-best-properties-for-extended-families.html Or '3G' (3 generation) homes as they are now fashionably being called. Not to be confused with the recently-out-of-fashion official 3G telecoms scam. It's all good news for potential home and family businesses, though.

The £50,000, 3D-printed house you can download from the internet. http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/3dprinted-wikihouse-40-the-50000-house-you-can-download-from-the-internet-9727424.html

Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, October 16 - 17, London. http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/digital-publishing-innovation-summit-London-2014

OAP property boom. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2752871/OAP-property-boom-One-12-60s-second-home-grey-savers-buy-let.html

Victory for South Downs anti-frackers. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/victory-for-antifrackers-as-planning-authorities-block-south-downs-application-9727393.html

Change your Google account password. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/5-million-google-account-details-leaked-on-russian-bitcoin-forum-9725030.html

Three Fifths of Start-ups Have Tried and Failed to Secure Traditional Financial Investment. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26379/three-fifths-start-ups-tried-failed-secure-traditional-financial-investment/

Starting a new business? Make sure you stay on the right side of the tax man! http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/finance/26391/starting-new-business-make-sure-stay-right-side-tax-man/

11.09.2014: Scottish independence: Losing the Union Jack could cost 'brand Britain'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/scottish-independence/scottish-independence-losing-the-union-jack-could-cost-brand-britain-9724706.html

Bank account switching up 19% in first year. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29141587#

Is your area set for a local property crash? http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/10/is-your-area-set-for-a-local-property-crash/

John Lewis voted Top of the Shops. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2751426/John-Lewis-voted-shops-Department-store-wins-three-awards-major-consumer-survey.html

Human cattle truck UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2751074/Cattle-truck-UK-Overcrowding-row-trains-half-passengers-forced-stand.html

Treasury seeking views for Autumn Statement 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/autumn-statement-2014-have-your-say Firms, charities and members of the public are being invited by the Treasury to submit their views on existing Government policies and offer suggestions for new policy ideas that could be included in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement 2014. In a move to make policy-making more open and transparent, the Treasury is seeking original and innovative ideas for inclusion in the Autumn Statement. Submissions must be sent to the Treasury for consideration by 17th October, in preparation for the Statement's delivery on 3rd December 2014.

Views should be submitted via email to: autumnstatementrepresentations@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk

France's other migrant problem - penniless Britons. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2751110/France-s-migrant-problem-Penniless-hungry-BRITONS-Their-dreams-La-Belle-Vie-turned-dust-Then-socialist-EU-neighbours-far-tougher-won-t-pay-benefits.html With notable exceptions, that should really read 'Penniless, idle and thick Britons'. Or, typical tabloid and TV fodder.

'We are putting together a list of contacts who might know of SME’s or Entrepreneurs who would like to enter the University of South Wales Business Awards. http://www.uswbusinessawards.co.uk Entrants can win up to £12,500 to invest in their business. It would be helpful if you could please forward your office and/or other branch contact details as we are compiling a list of nominees.'

10.09.2014: What the skills shortage means for UK SMEs. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/sme-home/11070446/skills-shortage.html?WT.mc_id=605654&source=TrafficDriver

Official 'smart scam' meters will cost every home £215. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/10/smart-meters-will-cost-every-home-215/

Energy firms to pay back £153million to 3.5million customers who overpaid for gas and electricity before moving to rival firms. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2750089/Energy-firms-pay-153million-3-5million-customers-overpaid-gas-electricity-moving-rival-firms.html

Tory 'Friend of Israel' claims anti-Israel goods boycott is a sign of 'resurgent anti-Semitism'. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/09/gove-against-boycotting-israeli-goods-gaza-conflict As for the ongoing, thousands of victims of Israeli Nazism, fuelled by largely American and British military supplies and fagging politicians, there was no comment. As there never is when 'anti-semitism' is used as a propaganda shield for cowering terrorists and war criminals. And their rent-a-gob allies and supporters.

Anyway. Boycotts like this are good for British business. As any patriotic, non-Friend of Israel would appreciate.

Peter Pan virus threatens hundreds of thousands of UK computers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/peter-pan-virus-threatens-hundreds-of-thousands-of-computers-in-the-uk-9720891.html

Post Office IT system criticised in report. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29130897#

Postcodes targeted for passport fraud. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/09/passport-office-targeting-100-postcodes-fraud-investigations

The Santander Small to Medium-Sized Business of the Year Finalist Focus: Piers Linney. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/national-business-awards/26312/santander-small-medium-sized-business-year-finalist-focus-piers-linney/

Four wrong reasons to start a business. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/columns/opinion/26340/four-wrong-reasons-start-business/

Generation Useless. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2749314/Generation-HELPLESS-Children-better-using-smartphones-swimming-tying-shoelaces-telling-time.html The Government's Entrepreneurs of the Future.

Bizarre bazaars. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2749031/Bizarre-bazaars-Hidden-piles-CDs-magazines-spare-parts-goods-incredible-shop-fronts-world.html

The 13 inventions travellers really need. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/11083569/The-13-inventions-travellers-really-need.html

09.09.2014: Ofcom outlines plans to help small firms. http://media.ofcom.org.uk/news/2014/sme-plan/ Communications regulator Ofcom has outlined a programme to ensure small firms are better served by UK telecoms services. According to Ofcom, this will include providing support to rural firms, launching a web portal that provides advice and support specifically for business, and publishing research on the provision of telecoms services to small and medium-sized firms. Ofcom has already published a 'contract checklist' that provides advice for firms about landline phone, broadband or mobile contracts. (EnterpriseQuest)

The 'contract checklist' is available at: http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/ofcom-for-business-consumers/

Firms still ripping off consumers with premium rate phone charges. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/08/firms-still-ripping-off-consumers-with-premium-rate-phone-charge/

‘Rent to own’ firms to face parliamentary scrutiny. http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/sep/08/rent-to-own-firms-face-parliamentary-scrutiny

Scamwatch: iCloud fraud. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/08/scamwatch-icloud-fraud/

Should you delete you entire email inbox? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-business/11077191/Digital-detox-Emails-are-playing-with-our-minds-So-should-you-delete-your-entire-inbox.html

Bagging a bargain? My hellish visit to a luggage auction. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/08/luggage-auction-bargain-baggage-battle

A fifth of fashion shopping is now on the web. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2748650/Fifth-fashion-shopping-web-Boom-customers-used-buying-items-without-trying-on.html

Sex sells… second-hand motorcycle parts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2748114/Sex-sells-second-hand-motorcycle-parts-Mechanic-sees-sales-skyrocket-eBay-using-bikini-clad-models-sell-bike-parts.html

Entrepreneur moves into a garden shed to pursue her dreams. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/09/entrepreneur-moves-into-a-garden-shed-to-pursue-her-dreams/

(Official) Guidance. Electronic signatures. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electronic-signatures

Hit your financial goals: 10 steps to success. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/08/hit-your-financial-goals-10-steps-to-success/

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

08.09.2014: Mail delivery offices opening on Sundays. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29098650#

Britain is a nation of shop assistants. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2747194/Britain-nation-shop-assistants-sales-retail-positions-occupation-survey-reveals.html

Big six energy firms lose customers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29079596#

Pound falls on independence poll. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29079596#

Latest business start-up trends from around the world. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-22449887

Buying train tickets for European travel. http://www.seat61.com/UKconnections.htm#.VA07Xmcg-P9

07.09.2014: Why a divorce from Scotland could ruin us all. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2746514/Why-divorce-Scotland-ruin-Mortgages-Pensions-The-pound-pocket-worth-90p-ll-pay-water.html It sounds just like an elected British (English) government at work or, no change, then. On the other hand, I've started looking seriously for my first property in Scotland.

Buyers who never own all their home. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2745774/Buyers-never-home-Soaring-house-prices-means-generation-able-buy-fraction-property.html Perhaps this explains the Government's recent 'home business' propaganda release and proposal for a new, model tenancy agreement for the home-based entrepreneurial failures of tomorrow?

Ten technological faux pas to avoid. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/11077631/Navigating-modern-life-ten-technological-faux-pas-to-avoid.html

Wash career advice out of your hair: start by selling shampoo. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/wash-career-advice-out-of-your-hair-start-by-selling-shampoo-9715994.html

Hotel Inspector calling on expats with struggling hotel and B&B businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatnews/11072901/Hotel-Inspector-calls-on-expats.html

Dutch enterprises in Burgundy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/11070749/Going-Dutch-in-Burgundy.html

9 common mistakes made by franchisees. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/franchise/fl/9-Common-Mistakes-Made-By-Franchisees.htm?nl=1

06.09.2014: Whitehall contracts overhaul urged by watchdog. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-29074187# If government were to take this advice on board, there would be no more political party donors, Britain would be a democracy and all the country's little businesses would be able to earn a living. Yay!

Bank customers to sign in with veins. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29062901# Designed to make it easier for banks to have their pound of flesh. If their customers can find a till which is still open after queuing for half a day.

The nine point test that tells eBay sellers if they must pay tax. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11077856/The-nine-point-test-that-tells-eBay-sellers-if-they-must-pay-tax.html

Bedroom tax to be abolished. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coalition-rocked-by-bedroom-tax-revolt-9715640.html

The myth of working from home. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21588760 What - another homeworking 'myth'?

A good European harvest - but Russian ban hurts. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/05/europe-harvest-russian-ban-fruit-veg Not to worry. We have just had a bit of posturing from KKK (Kiddy Killer Kameron) and NATO (North American Terrorist Organisation) who, after re-branding themselves an 'alliance' to commemorate their assistance with the latest slaughter of thousands of children by paedo-terrorist Israelis, look all set to make a very big difference to Russian sanctions. (I don't think.) Just as long as they can concentrate on bombing frightened kiddies in schools and hospitals.

Cobblers to Tesco. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2745595/Cobblers-Tesco-Victory-independent-shoe-repairer-fought-stop-retail-giant-squeezing-out.html

London hotels among the dirtiest in the world. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2743857/London-hotels-named-DIRTIEST-world-Tokyo-Warsaw-offer-sparkling-accommodation-Sheffield-isn-t-bad-either.html

Cornwall visitors to pay £10 congestion charge? http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/09/05/cornwall-visitors-to-pay-10-pound-congestion-charge-toll/

Construction Expo 2014. http://www.kentconstructionexpo.co.uk/delegates-book-online/

JCB Sitemaster Toughphone. http://link.onedirect.co.uk/u/gm.php?prm=NE9XSWhyoC_282393848_134275_10754

CNET Community: how do you migrate data and programs from a dead PC to a new one? http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=09/05/2014

05.09.2014: Freebie Friday. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/05/freebie-friday-your-ticket-to-this-weeks-best-freebies/

Lack of digital know-how costing UK retailers £12 billion. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/running-your-business/19375/lack-of-digital-know-how-costing-uk-retailers-12bn/

FSB Says Local Enterprise Partnerships Must Engage More With Small Businesses. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26286/fsb-says-local-enterprise-partnerships-must-engage-small-businesses/

Google to refund millions to app customers over its friendly fraud. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/11076039/Google-to-refund-millions-to-app-customers-over-its-friendly-fraud.html

What to consider before buying a franchise. http://sbinformation.about.com/od/franchise/fl/What-to-Consider-Before-Buying-a-Franchise.htm?nl=1

04.09.2014: CBI predicts slowdown in growth. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29055527#

DFID launches new international funding tool. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-international-development-funding-finder-launched A new international development funding tool has been launched by the Department for International Development (DFID), to help charities, individuals, business and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) create a shortlist of appropriate funds they can apply for. The tool includes drop-down menus that can be used to search for relevant funds by name, country, sector, amount of money required and organisation type. Types of funding listed include DFID-funded business support, grants and funds relating to international development. (EnterpriseQuest)

Public trust in banks 'years away'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29046605#

eBay glitch blocks user access. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29054972#

Garden cities to save rural vilages from being dug up. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11073217/Garden-cities-to-save-rural-villages-from-being-dug-up.html

How to set up a community garden. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/03/how-to-set-up-a-community-garden

700-year-old Norfolk pub named best in Britain; a Yorkshire pub best for food. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2742041/Rose-Crown-pub-Norfolk-named-best-Britain.html

A third of travellers prefer British food to foreign dishes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2740516/Forget-eating-local-A-THIRD-travellers-prefer-British-food-foreign-dishes-one-10-whip-Full-English-roast-dinner-holiday.html It makes you wonder why they bother leaving Britain in that case. And just how they manage to get their hands on British-style ingredients while abroad.

Police asking victims to undertake DIY investigations. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/police-ask-victims-to-do-diy-investigations-of-some-crimes-9709828.html

Kipper separatist leader says Britain must stand up for 'JudeoChristian values'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/nigel-farage-says-britain-needs-to-stand-up-for-its-judeochristian-values-to-combat-homegrown-militants-9708082.html Like paedo-terrorism, murder, crimes against humanity and thieving land and resources? Well, it's good to know finally, where the UK's pro-Israeli-terrorist media darlings stand on fundamental political issues.

So, at the drop of a hat, we no longer have The Kipper Party but - The Kippah Party. Rupert Merdoch will be pleased and continued, pro-terrorist, hate-preaching mainstream media support for our ersatz separatists, is assured.

Beyond networking. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26269/beyond-networking-2/

03.09.2014: UK moves up global economic ranking. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29028714#

Pound slumps to five-month low. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741350/Pound-slumps-5-month-low-Scottish-poll-rocks-markets-Shares-slide-support-independence-grows.html For all the media propaganda suggesting how inconsequential the Scots are, isn't it surprising to see just how much of an impact the debate alone, is starting to have?

UK construction growth surges. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29030604#

Britain a nation of smartphone shoppers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2740982/Visits-retail-websites-mobiles-overtakes-desktop-traffic-time.html

Petrol and popcorn are top rip-offs. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741418/Petrol-popcorn-rip-offs-Britons-think-value-money-four-ten-day-day-purchases.html

UK seeks extra energy supplies for winter. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29038804# From Vlad The Bad, no doubt.

Blackout alert: offices and factories to suffer electricity rationing this winter? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741039/Blackout-alert-Offices-factories-undergo-1970s-style-electricity-rationing-winter-stop-households-plunged-darkness.html

£428 cost of ignoring the small print. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741443/428-cost-ignoring-small-print-84-adults-admit-don-t-read-terms-conditions-taking-loans-credit-cards-insurance.html

Three early warning signs of identity theft. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11069761/Celebrity-hacking-Three-early-warning-signs-of-identity-theft.html

CNET Community: Yet another phone scam alert. http://nls.cnet.com/pageservices/viewOnlineNewsletter.sc?list_id=e497&send_date=09/02/2014

What British b&b owners can learn from the French. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/11069348/What-British-b-and-b-owners-can-learn-from-the-French.html More generalised rubbish.

Cabbies demand Uber ban in Britain. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uber-app-banned-in-germany-and-gives-fresh-hope-to-angry-british-cabbies-9707155.html

Car insurance: where every pound goes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/motorinsurance/11069486/Car-insurance-where-every-pound-ends-up.html

France to ask Britain to contribute to costs of migrant centres around Calais. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741001/France-ask-British-taxpayer-help-cover-cost-migrant-day-centres-Calais.html A potentially dangerous precedent. Next thing you know, everyone will be asking Britain to pay reparation to all the countries it bombed/helped to bomb and which displaced the refugees in the first place.

Corruption impoverishes and kills 'millions'. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29040793# Unfortunately, this isn't a statistic which corresponds to the media's propaganda for those who profit from the deaths of 'millions' - so no more will be said. And certainly nothing will be done.

New law to help name and shame tax evaders. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/03/new-law-to-help-name-and-shame-tax-evaders/ Does this mean HMRC are going to stop helping tax evaders - notably US Big Corp, the media and anyone else who gives politicians Big Bungs?

Time running out for expats to own up to tax avoidance. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/expat-money/11064330/Time-running-out-to-own-up-to-tax-avoidance.html Will we see media owners stepping forward?

02.09.2014: Self-employed should be given access to pension contributions. http://www.demos.co.uk/press_releases/demos-give-self-employed-the-freedom-to-access-their-pensions-to-encourage-saving The self-employed should be able to withdraw their recent pension contributions, according to a cross-party think tank. In its report 'Going It Alone', Demos has recommended that self-employed people be given the power to withdraw, at any point, a portion of their pension contributions from the last two years, in order to increase confidence in saving. Figures released recently by the Office for National Statistics revealed that just 30% of the self-employed contribute to a pension, compared to around 51% in paid employment. (EnterpriseQuest)

Winchester the self-employed capital of the UK. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/news/26233/winchester-self-employed-capital-uk/

Inadequate record keeping costly for English farmers. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/failure-to-keep-good-farm-records-costs-millions-in-lost-payments Poor record keeping is costing English farmers millions of pounds worth of EU payments, according to figures released by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). The RPA identifies inadequate records as a 'major' cause of cross-compliance breaches. In 2013, these breaches totalled almost 3,000 and reduced Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments to farmers in England by around £2.3 million. (EnterpriseQuest)

TaxationWeb newsletter. http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=20130af8d76b06160470ee741&id=6981b50e02&e=45c941d6f6

Sales of English rose wine soar. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2739640/Sales-English-ros-wine-soar-thanks-best-quality-drinkers-dreaming-sun.html

Habits of remarkably successful people. http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/in-business/advice/26238/habits-remarkably-successful-people/

01.09.2014: UK businesses want new deal with EU, say British Chambers of Commerce. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29002835#

UK manufacturing at 14-month low. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29009651#

Consumer borrowing jumped in July. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29012840#

Bustling market towns hold the secret of happiness. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29002835#

The last affordable area in Britain for house prices. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11067085/House-prices-Welcome-to-the-last-affordable-area-of-Britain.html

Gas companies charge consumers three times what they pay. http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/01/gas-companies-charge-consumers-three-times-what-they-pay/ Which is why MPs are about to award themselves a pay rise. So that they can receive more than three times what they are worth.

Greener homes could get £100 off council tax bills. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2739346/Greener-homes-100-council-tax-bills-Owners-rewarded-installing-double-glazing-loft-insulation.html

Five things never to buy from a bank. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11064192/Five-things-never-to-buy-from-a-bank.html

Trending: HMV comeback. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2738551/HMV-topple-Amazon-musics-number-one.html And some decent music for a change. Adam and the Ants. Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Sid Snot and The Bogeymen.

Israeli terrorism against Gaza estimated to have cost £1.5 billion. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/31/gaza-war-costs-israel-budget-cuts I'm sure our 'jewhadist', Friends of Israel government will be dipping into our pockets to help offset those costs. Just as I am sure America's terrorist regime will be doing the same with their taxpayers.


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

Len Tondel



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