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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…

The myth about business schools and business start ups

January 29th, 2015 | 6 comments Source: EnterQuest

There’s a popular assumption and misconception among policy-makers that universities, and business schools in particular, are hotbeds for business start ups and entrepreneurship. In reality, however, although increasing numbers of graduates have been thinking about doing so in recent years, those who start up immediately after graduation are at the highest risk of failure and are the least likely to grow their business…

Report outlines Government policy for devolution to cities

January 26th, 2015 | No comments Source: BAD News

The ‘Cities Outlook 2015’ report, published by The Centre for Cities, provides an overview of the Government’s policy approach to localism and devolution in the last 10 years and its impact on economic performance in the UK’s largest cities and towns. The research outlines the implications of further devolution and is based on a robust assessment of leading data sources…

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