Currently the UK is a hostile place for micro business and small business, there is the government which seems to be hell bend on making it more and more difficult for small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants to run their affairs. Unless you are Richard Branson and get invited to fly to China and India with the PM and getting your hands on the fifth largest bank in the UK with taxpayers money, you are having a tough time.
Today I travelled to Ken Livingstone’s London from the suburbs in Hertfordshire with the 11:17 train to Kings Cross, to do some business. While waiting on the platform for my train, I was reading about Ken’s plans to increase the congestion charge to £25 per day for some cars, that is about $50 per day to drive into London with your car. I’m still wondering what is happening to all the money Ken is getting from us everyday right now, since the promised travel improvements certainly have not happened.
My train arrives and is over-full, in-fact two stations on and nobody can get on the train anymore, hundreds of people are left on the platforms. If you run a small business and want to travel to London your are in trouble these days, the whole infrastructure is not functioning. On one hand we have Ken who has long lost touch with what is happening to people, charging exorbitant amounts to enter London by car, without that we have a public transport system in and around London that can cope even at non-rush-hour times.
Needless to say that I arrived late for my meeting and when I complained about the service, I was told to fill in a form.
London is my favorite city and my favorite city is in trouble, big trouble. Let’s hope Boris Johnson can sort this mess out. ST.