Saturday, 20 February 2016

The growing pains of the sharing economy

The sharing economy has the potential to deliver great benefits to communities.

But it will only become mainstream if regulators give it a chance according to bosses at AirBnB and Uber who both delivered TED talks this week.

Forbes gives the lowdown on the latest TED talks on the The Sharing Economy / Giving Economy.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Repeal of 1973 legislation enables Londoners to rent out their homes on a short-term basis

Until last week, under a law dating back to 1973*, any Londoner who wanted to rent out their home for a few days had to apply for planning permission, or else face a fine of up to £20,000 for each ‘offence’.

The Deregulation Act 2015 repeals this legislation.  Londoners can now take advantage of websites allowing short-term rents without fear that they are committing an offence.

About time too!  1973 was the year that the UK entered the European Economic Community, the Vietnam War ended and the Watergate scandal erupted.  Much has happened over the 42 years since.

London residents can now participate in the sharing economy, and enjoy the same freedom and flexibility as the rest of the country to let their homes on a temporary basis.

Whilst red tape continues to hold back the sharing economy at least we are moving in the right direction.

*The restrictions on short-term lets were contained within Section 25 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Need help finding a reliable solar panels installer?

We have long sung the praises of installing solar panels on your home. However, whilst there are many excellent installers out there, there are also a few that are underwhelming.

At last, help is on hand for UK residents seeking a reliable Solar PV installer?  Check out the latest YouGen blog post, which will help you sort the wheat from the chaff.

Now all we need is for spring to arrive to get those panels working properly.


Sunday, 9 November 2014

8 advice nuggets on growing your home business

Business is GREAT BritainAre you daunted by the raft of regulations impacting on your business?  Do you feel intimidated at the prospect of pitching your product to a large corporation?  Do you need to raise finance but your bank has turned you down for a business loan?

We take you through a website that offers you the support to tackle the above issues, and more.

The Government's Business is Great Britain website aims to provide:

"Support, advice and inspiration for growing your business".

We are happy to report that the website succeeds in this aim.  We direct you to the best nuggets of advice contained in the website.

1.  Marketing to make your business grow
Do you need support with your marketing?  Find out about the wide variety of resources that can help you market your business at Marketing to make your business grow.

2.  Financing business growth
Have you been turned down for a business loan?  A bank loan is not the only way that you can raise money to fund your business. Learn more about the range of ways to raise funding at Financing business growth.

3.  Winning business from large corporations
Do you feel intimidated at the prospect of pitching your product to a large corporation?  Winning business from large corporations helps you take advantage of the opportunities of working with large companies, and allows you to search for opportunities through a Business Exchange.

4.  Dealing with late payments
Do you know your rights when your customer is not paying up in time?  If a customer is late in paying for goods or services you have provided, learn how you can claim interest and debt recovery costs at Dealing with late payments.

5.  Tax relief and incentives
Are you aware of the potential tax perks available to your business? If your business meets certain criteria, it may qualify for help with business rates or tax relief for research and development.  Find out more at Tax relief and incentives.

Photo: Had a great business idea? Click the link to find out what to do next  Intellectual Property Rights
Have you a great business idea that you want to protect?  Learn more about copyright, designs, patents and trademarks at Intellectual Property Rights.

7.  Complying with Regulations
Do you feel daunted by the raft of regulations impacting on your business? Find out whether you need a licence for your business activity and check which regulations may apply to your product or service at Complying with Regulations.

8.  Help with creating faster Broadband connection
Is your sluggish broadband speed slowing your business down?  Get a broadband Connection Voucher up to the value of £3,000 to help cover your upfront connection costs for faster, better broadband at Help with creating faster Broadband connection.

The House-Saver Verdict on Business is Great Britain 
This is a great website.  The site provides up-to-date, practical advice for businesses, and is brimming with inspirational case studies. This is a website that warrants bookmarking by any small business owner.