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A guide to guaranteed business failure

June 30th, 2015 | 5 comments Source: EnterQuest

Every year, several hundred thousand people start up in business, and some of them perform well enough to survive and continue trading successfully beyond those tricky first couple of years…

Can entrepreneurship be taught in the classroom?

May 29th, 2015 | 10 comments Source: EnterQuest

One particular debate which has become a perennial cause of divided opinion among enterprise professionals relates to whether entrepreneurship can or cannot be taught in a classroom setting. In the light of these differences in opinion the answer to the question is clearly yes, no, and maybe…

A business support wish list for the next five years

April 10th, 2015 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

It is often said that five days is a long time in politics, but five years of the Coalition’s economic policy measures has been the equivalent of an ice age for business support practitioners in more ways than one. It is unclear if there will be more of the same approach to support policy after the election or if a change in government will bring about a reversion to measures which have failed in the past…

The misunderstood and misrepresented needs of the self-employed

February 27th, 2015 | 4 comments Source: EnterQuest

There has been a considerable amount of commentary, statistics and dialogue reported about the rise in self-employment levels across the UK over the last five years. At first glance, these top line figures seem impressive and have been heralded by ministers, think tanks and start-up groups as a healthy surge in enterprise and entrepreneurial activity which is fuelling the UK’s return to economic growth…

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