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Brainstorming – Business Advice

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Brainstorming can be an effective way to generate lots of ideas on a specific issue and then determine which idea – or ideas – is the best solution. Brainstorming is most effective with groups of 8-12 people and should be performed in a relaxed environment. If participants feel free to relax and joke around, they’ll stretch their minds further and therefore produce more creative ideas. A brainstorming session requires …

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True Stories

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An accountant banker and solicitor were called in to see an important client “I am dying and i want to take it all with me” he said You will each take one of these envelopes containing £1m and put it in my coffin just before they screw down the lid. They all agreed to comply. The client died and at the funeral they all put their envelopes …

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Toilet Humour

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A Tax inspector, a VAT inspector and an Accountant were in the urinal performing their morning constitutional before a meeting. The Tax Inspector finishes first and walks over to the sink to wash his hands. He then proceeds to dry his hands very carefully. He uses paper towel after paper towel and ensures that every single spot of water on his hands is dried. Turning to the …

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Beekeeping Great Money Source & Vital For The Environment! – Business Advice

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Beekeeping is not only a great for making money, and honey, it’s also  vital to the environment. Honey bees are dying all round the world and new bee keepers are needed everywhere to increase the stock. If you love bees and love honey and wax products this is a great part-time hobby/money-maker. You can get into bee-keeping even if you don’t have …

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Aunt Betty’s Cash Gift

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It is widely reported that government ministers are seeking access to the bank details of virtually everyone in the country. The reason given is to crack down on welfare system fraud. (Really? I can think of a wider application.) In most tax investigations the inspector will ask to see bank statements. He will trawl the transactions to see if they tie in with the items reported on tax returns …

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Changes to the Driving Licence – Business Advice

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How Changes in the Driving Licence will affect businesses By RAC Business The driving licence counterpart was introduced in 1998 to display information that could not fit on the photocard driving licence. It includes penalty point information and provisional vehicle entitlements. After 17 years of dutifully doing its job the counterpart will be abolished on 8 June 2015.This means that from …

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Legal Studies: Lesson No. 23467

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A lady about 8 months pregnant got on a bus. She noticed the man opposite her was smiling at her. She immediately moved to another seat. This time the smile turned into a grin, so she moved again. The man seemed more amused. When on the fourth move, the man burst out laughing, she complained to the driver and he had the man arrested. The case …

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Things Solicitors Do To Waste Time & Money

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Charge by the hour. Most solicitors charge by the hour. This gives them every incentive to drag out a project as long as possible. Ask how many hours the work is likely to take, multiply it by their rate. Add 10% and offer that as a flat fee. If they turn you down then find a new solicitor quickly. Nitpicking Solicitors are trained to find problems, and they’re very good …

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HMRC Attack on Private Use of Company Vans – Business Advice

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One of those areas we are seeing increasing activity from HMRC is around the use of company provided vans by employees, where a nil benefit has previously been reported on end of year forms P11D. From April 2005 the tax rules changed to allow employers to report nil benefits where employees used their vans for the use of travel from home to work (i.e. for ordinary commuting). Prior to …

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Meditating with Cows

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Hanging out with your bovine friends down on the farm can be very relaxing. Forget staring at stones or focusing for hours on single blades of grass. A Dutch farmer has come up with a new method for meditation.. it all takes place in his cow stalls near the German border. One of the services on offer is a wellness retreat for stressed out businessmen. And when it comes time …

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Travelling Teddies

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Apparently there are around 1.2 billion cuddly toy animals in the world — and you can bet that most of them have never seen the city of Prague. Now a Czech company, The Czech Toy Travelling agency, aims to change all that. Send them your inanimate, furry friend and they will send you pictures back of your stuffed beast in front of various landmarks around Prague. A basic package tour for …

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Join the Social Media Revolution – Business Advice

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How to Get Customers Using Social Networks Like Face book, Twitter and You Tube You can get customers for your business by using social networks like Twitter, Face book, LinkedIn and You Tube. These are only a few of the social network web sites engaging people online. Social Networks are not just for playing online games, taking quizzes, sending virtual gifts or stay in touch with friends and family. Companies …

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Tax Havens are good things… – Business Advice

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TAX HAVENS are nothing to do with tax evasion and crooked business activities generally. It’s no good political pundits making a big fuss and begging to people’s feelings of self-poverty with a plea of “everyone must pay tax”. The fact is, no country controls the world, and no country should be allowed to control the world. There is fair competition, and that means that you should be allowed to escape …

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Taking the (VAT on) Biscuits! – Business Advice

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VAT is a consumption tax, which means the more you use, the more you pay. Although businesses can often reclaim the VAT they have suffered VAT has a social conscience — it is charged on ‘luxury’ items. By way of example, potatoes are zero–rated (i.e. subject to VAT at 0%) but a packet of crisps includes an extra 20%. Food, as used as an example above, does give rise to a …

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How To Save Money Every Month

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Live within your means. Whatever your income is, do not spend more than you bring home every week. Do not finance your lifestyle with debt. It’s easier to save money every month if your partner is also helping. Discuss your money matters with your partner. A budget is more likely to be a success when both parties arrange it together. When you work as a team, neither person …

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Have You Applied for Funding? – Business Advice

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Small businesses should look at alternative finance to banks   While many small businesses haven’t applied for funding because they say they ‘don’t need it’, out of those that do, a recent survey of 1000 small businesses showed that 68 per cent got all funding they needed, 21 per cent got some of their target, but 10 per cent were still …

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9 Lessons For Business Owners – Business Advice

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Lessons for business success from the Royal Marines You may see your office as your war zone, but what can the skill set of a Royal Marine Commando teach you in terms of running your business? By Business Matters Discipline and organisation are skills that business owners and commandos share, but is there more to it? These quick 10 lessons …

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Grant Boost for UK Small Businesses

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Government £5000 grant boost for UK small businesses to tackle cyber security A new scheme to protect small businesses from cyber attacks has been announced by Government today. Speaking at the Reform “Cyber Security: assurance, resilience, response” conference in London, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has outlined how a new voucher scheme designed specifically for SMEs will launch later this …

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The Importance of Retail Display Design

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  The Importance of retail display design It can be argued that one of the key factors of a successful retail business is the impact their shop window has on consumers. It is even more essential in today’s society with the ever-growing popularity of social media and online shopping, as more and more people are choosing to make their purchases …

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Where have all the potatoes gone?

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What will the future impact of these changes be? There are concerns that the closure of small shops is a one-way street. Once small independent stores shut, there are often insurmountable barriers to getting back into the High Street. It is very difficult for new businesses to start up. And there are concerns that a tipping point could be reached. Once a certain amount of independent retailers shut, …

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Do you know where you are going?

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Begin with the End in Mind So, what do you want to be when you grow up? That question may appear a little trite, but think about it for a moment. Are you–right now–who you want to be, what you dreamed you’d be, doing what you always wanted to do? Be honest. Sometimes people find themselves achieving victories that are empty–successes that have come at the expense of things that were far …