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.

The misunderstood and misrepresented needs of the self-employed

February 27th, 2015 | 3 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 | 5 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 | 3 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 | 4 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…

How to win more business with less effort

July 25th, 2014 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

Consistent sales follow-up creates a predictable and profitable stream of prospects and customers that buy. However, not following up with your prospects and customers is the same as filling up your bathtub without putting the plug in…

Prospecting from home: How to prepare for battle (PART 2)

July 14th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

You may be one of the lucky people who starts a home business with some existing clients in tow. Maybe a successful eBayer or car-booter who wants to go full-time. Or perhaps a freelancer or a sub-contractor looking for just one, major long-term contract…

Prospecting from home: How to prepare for battle

June 27th, 2014 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

There are many reasons why people choose to start up and run their business from home, whether it be for the flexibility, independence or reduced costs. Whatever the reason, one of the most important tasks is how to prepare yourself and make the right first impression for prospective customers…