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Goodbye to growth – hello to micro-investment in 2015

December 19th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

Being solvent and profitable should be the primary aim of every business. Otherwise there will be no business to start up, run or support. Forget business growth and acceleration, and to hell with the ‘catapult your sales’ claptrap from the fake special advisers who promote Government-funded schemes in an attempt to raise the profile of their own struggling business…

The trouble with entrepreneurship in the UK

November 28th, 2014 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

In the last couple of years, there have probably been more articles written, think tanks established, research reports published and ministerial statements made about business start up, entrepreneurship and enterprise, than over the whole of the past 30 years. In fact, it’s noticeable that a national obsession with ‘entrepreneurs’ – typically portrayed as heroic risk-takers – has emerged…

The disappearing benefits of self employment

October 23rd, 2014 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has called on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to review the levels of social security contributions and entitlements of both self-employed and employed workers. The SSAC is an independent statutory body that provides mandatory scrutiny of most of the proposed regulations that underpin the social welfare system…

Raising your game by meeting client expectations

August 7th, 2014 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

Excellent customer service is a given these days – we all expect it. But this simply gets you into the game – it’s not enough to differentiate yourself from the competition. Customer service needs to be something much more effective, demonstrable and, above all, tangible…

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