UK signature businesses Tesco, BT, Marks & Spencer and others have warned British Prime Minister David Cameron that investor confidence will drop if green energy is cut continuously. The businesses argue that they would need a UK government guarantee that businesses can invest in low-carbon technologies.

The businesses said that scaling back solar power, wind energy and low-carbon technologies support risks tech and consumer businesses to investment risks.

“Regular changes to environment policy undermine confidence in investment in infrastructure of all kinds and impact on the UK’s ability to continue competing in the rapidly growing low carbon sector,” the letter warned.

The letter was a response to the long-running £1bn carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration being immediately dropped just before the COP21. Hundreds of pounds in foreign investment from the White Rose CCS Scheme in Yorkshire, wherein most investors were businesses, places them at risk of investor troubles.

The government announced early November that it would provide support for new offshore windfarms as far as 2020 to guarantee 20GW of wind power by 2030. But without the industry’s ability to reduce costs to energy due to the lack of government support for low carbon, the objective is a ways off.

According to a state-of-the-nation report in Britain, the British youth are the ones who are hit with the greatest income drop and employment in recent years. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said the youth’s economic independence and success are barred with more obstacles when compared with other age groups.

Aside from young people born into poverty, the UK’s ethnic and socio-economic groups are falling fast.

According to EHRC Commissioner Laura Carstensen:

“While we have made important progress in many areas – and it is important to note and celebrate this – the gateways to opportunity that the Commission identified five years ago remain harder to pass through for some groups such as disabled people, those from poorer backgrounds and women over a certain age.

“It’s great to see the barriers being lowered over the last five years for some people: but during the same period they’ve been raised higher for younger people in particular. Theirs are the shoulders on which the country will rely to provide for a rapidly ageing population, yet they have the worst economic prospects for several generations.”

More Tolerant With Orientation, Inequality Present On Paper

The report indicates that the British have become tolerant with different sexual orientations in all age groups. However, inequality is still present in the workplace, particularly in pay.

People under 34 years old had suffered an average pay shrink down to £6.70 an hour. Men are still twice likely to be a manager, director or a senior official in a company compared to women.

Black people’s pay declined at almost £1.20 an hour. Sikhs now had an hourly pay of £1.90.

Greece just came out of the Eurozone deal with bloodied bodies and injured spirits. Showing their defiance by re-electing Alexis Tsipras, the urge to resolve their debts still exists. Unfortunately, Greece needs new fuel to fire up the innovation in the economy and market.


Many start-ups in Greece had failed to captivate the public. Fortunately, international companies are willing to extend their trades to help up Europe’s weakened but fighting link.


CleanHands is a non-profit organisation focusing on unused soap bars and other hotel toiletries. The organisation collects them. Upon gathering the materials, they convert these into low-cost, eco-friendly hygienic and household-cleaning products.

Greece’s tourism industry may benefit from the start-up purchasing unused hygienic products common in most hotels and bed-and-breakfast venues. They may re-sell the products at a lower price to other parts in the industry or even normal households

Mastiha World

The Chios Mastiha Tree is common in Greece. As a local and export-quality inebriation, Mastiha World intends to focus their efforts to distribute the product to Greece’s local mass market. Mastiha is expensive. However, the start-up intends to make the product accessible to common and lower prices.


The freedom to manage your time in learning despite joining a for-profit university brings great knowledge at possibly no expense (unless you need a certification). MetaLearner intends to help people manage their own education with free and paid online courses.

People also have an option to take actual real-world courses but without the benefit of a classroom. The start-up primarily depends on rented spaces to render educational services.

With labour troubles increasing and the continuous economic strain suffered by China, fears of a crashing economy had caused political and civil unrest.

The world has eyed China’s stock market after a week of pummelling with sell-offs from all sides. Investors show their frustration with Beijing with the latter having no clear plans to avert the upcoming economic disaster. China’s “Black Monday” had seen zero airings from official newspapers and media networks this week.

According to China’s Xinhua Official News Agency, the economy still remains rosy and Beijing has the will and means to avert a financial crisis.” However, actual evidence exists in places such as the migrant community of Nanqija with recyclers mentioning they’ve lost more than the equivalent of £10,000 in just a year.

Chinese Entrepreneurs have also voiced their fears of remaining businesses.

However, China is not heading for a complete economic apocalypse, but it will go through an eye of a needle in the upcoming years.

According to Peking University Economist Christopher Balding, China’s increase in labour disputes is due to the lack of opportunities yet a high cost of living exists. Heavy industry cities are now in technical recession with lacking demand.

Facing charges for intending to ‘hack’ into his country’s financial payment system, Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis faces possible criminal charges. However, he maintains that creating a mirror payments system that could be used in the event of a banking collapse during a possible Greek exit from the Euro will enable the country to cancel its arrears to and from the state.

His counter-statement indicates that the European commission had controlled the Greek tax system to ‘play by their rules’, something that the EC denied, claiming his statement to be “false and unfounded”. Varoufakis said it is for this reason he considered having a team hack into the ministry’s computers to devise the parallel payment system.

The EC, along with the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund said it only provided the tax system with technical assistance and there was no attempt from lenders to control it according to a statement by EC Spokeswoman Mina Andreeva.

Meanwhile, Europe and Greece are on the verge of closing talks for the third bailout package of the country.

Hopefuls believing that the new Greek proposition had potential were shot down after Athens and its creditors have broken down again. Confidence in Syriza proposals have been shattered with the Greek public.

As of yet, no agreement between Greece and its creditors exist. The EU wishes that Athens have more spending cuts in exchange for rescue funds.

Next week, Greece is scheduled to provide €1.6bn. An amount it does not hold, to the International Monetary Fund.

With six hours of talks earlier in the day between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and IMF heads, the meeting ended with Greece remaining firm on its position to have no additional austerities.

The EU leaders saw Tsipras’ proposals to hold clout and were constructive. However, on Wednesday, he was asked to revise and make the plans “tougher”.

IMF’s Christine Lagarde raised issue with the 11-page proposal prepared by Tsipras. The proposal was littered with red type by the creditors.

Tsipras said:

“The repeated rejection of equivalent measures by certain institutions never occurred before, neither in [bailout countries] Ireland nor Portugal.

“This odd stance seems to indicate that either there is no interest in an agreement or that special interests are being backed.”

The ECB, which supports the Greek financial system while a new proposal is in the process, said it will halt all support if no agreement and no new bailout agreement is in place

The United States export trade’s fall has the economy contract by 0.7pc on an annual basis spelling a setback for the global economy

Official data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) indicate that exports have fallen by 7.6pc in the first quarter of 2015. A growth of 4.5pc was indicated in the last quarter of 2014. However, imports have increased by 5.6pc.

The trade deficit had earned the US a 1.9 percent reduction from its total expected GDP with a 0.6 pc difference.

However, economists are optimistic the fall can be reversed in the second quarter with a 2 pc annualised expansion. They indicate the United States is distorted by “residual seasonality”. But attempts to adjust growth figures for seasonal factors did not decrease the data’s margin for error.

The US is headed for its worst first-half performance since 2011.

According to Markit Chief Economist Chris Williamson:

“Recent analysis suggests the seasonal adjustment mechanism is not fully removing all of the usual weakness seen in the economy at the start of each year, in turn most likely linked to the severity of the recession causing havoc with the statistical analysis of seasonal trends.”

When you see Yanis Varoufakis, you might think Greece’s Financial Minister is fierce, straightforward and sometimes crude in his approach to bending Greece’s bailout package terms a bit before the EU. However, the burden he bears is the heaviest of the lot. With a country about to lose its economic potential, Varoufakis’ efforts going in vain is a lot of trouble not just for Greece but for the rest of the world.

After his Tweet made the headlines yesterday, Mr. Varoufakis might be cracking under the immense European pressure placed before him. But with the way he is handling the situation, he gains more credit from me. The EU is indeed a heavy mistress, but it has its own good points as well.

EU cannot keep saving Greece from its own economic meltdown. As Athens has less than a week to persuade EU officials to extend their bailout terms of about £5.6 billion, nerves will break and steel will shatter.

Greece’s stock market has fallen despite expectations of the Greek government defaulting on their loans. According to the Greek Deputy Finance Minister, the government is struggling to find money needed to pay wages and pensions for government employees this month.

Indeed, the Greek Financial Crisis is not one man’s burden. Varoufakis could be seen as the symbolism of Greek financial thought and resilience. The man’s patience is being tested, but he isn’t failing. He still holds hope and confidence that the country will get through soon enough.

Running a business is no joke. Aside from gathering initial capital, you’re instantly thrust into a world where your first three weeks guarantees nothing but continuously added responsibilities, missed deadlines and complaining employees.

It makes you wonder how the earlier successful businesses handled it.

But truth be told, no business proprietor will tell you it was easy from the start. But their determination, diligence and a sound business plan helped guide them out of the storm.

1. Social Media Allows You to ‘Teleport’ Where Your Customers Are

“Know where your customers are hanging out online. You don’t have to be everywhere. Be where your customers are … and communicate with them there.” – Laurie McCabe, Partner SMB Group

Laurie McCabe has been 20 years in the industry before she entered as a partner for the SMB Group. She has a stellar trac record, working for Hurwitz & Associates, AMI-Partners and Summit Strategies.

Definitely, her strategy is true. It is important to prioritise geographic engagement rather than have yourself in all places all at once.

2. Networking is Working

“Never stop networking, never stop pushing. It’s easy to give up when everybody around you … is telling you ‘you can’t do it’. You have to be around positive people. Then push on.” –Tom Force, Owner, ICE Keytags

Make it a appoint to attend conferences, events and public apperances that guarantee you could meet new people. I agree with Tom Force that these events extremly help to network with other people. Being around positive people helps inspire you. Rather than having people who drag you down, get inspired by people who believe.

3. Stay Positive

“Our first three years were brutally tough… every day was about survival. Then I remembered a lesson from my father. Your mind is everything, yet it’s not what you know, but rather how you deal with it. It is about your mindset and positive thinking.” –Clate Mask, Founder and CEO, Infusionsoft

It’s true. Your mind is everything. Do not be intimitdated by huge problems. Instead, welcome their presence. Once you have accepted that you have a huge problem on your hands, look for the smaller details, the weak points of the problem that would shake down its foundations once you take it on. You’d be surprised at how quickly you could resolve such huge problems.

The re-purposing of email marketing as downloadable content is possibly revolutionary for Internet marketing. Meanwhile, in 2015, mobile marketing, high quality written content and video will dominate the digital airwaves. Are you ready?