Enterprise news and opinion from Cobweb

Our editorial team regularly publishes topical news and opinion articles covering business know-how, entrepreneurship best practice, local enterprise support and national business support policy. Our independent observations and interpretation of facts stimulate some lively discussions among enterprise practitioners, business professionals and owner managers.

A mini-review of self-employment in the UK

August 11th, 2015 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

Last month the Government announced that it was appointing business owner Julie Deane to carry out a review of self-employment in the UK. The review will apparently look into why people opt for self-employment and the type of work they do, and consider the challenges and issues they face…

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…

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…

Goodbye to growth – hello to micro-investment in 2015

December 19th, 2014 | 12 comments Source: EnterQuest

Whether you’re starting, running, or advising a small or micro-business in 2015, there’s only one thing of ultimate strategic importance to the firm you’re involved with. Keeping the business solvent. Being solvent and profitable should be the primary aim of every business. Otherwise there will be no business to start up, run or support…

The trouble with entrepreneurship in the UK

November 28th, 2014 | 4 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 | 5 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…