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.

Is your business dull, lame and boring?

April 11th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

Most small firms’ marketing messages send their customers to sleep instead of stirring any interest or desire to find out more about their products and services. So how can you turn this into an opportunity…

Daft ideas, excuses, prejudice and failure

April 4th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

One of the biggest problems with starting a new business, or a new project or activity in an existing business, is that other people (and sometimes even you, yourself) will expect the idea to fail before you even start…

Three important ‘must haves’ in any small business

March 28th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

It’s a widely recognised fact that the majority of enterprises that are started by people with no experience of running a business and who don’t know what to do once trading, are more likely to fail…

The missing business start up ingredient

March 21st, 2014 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

When you started your business or, if you’re in the process of starting one now, what do you think is (or was) the first and most important thing you needed to have before you made the decision to start up?…

The good, the bad and the indifferent world of business advice

March 14th, 2014 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

Once you start your own business, there are plenty of people who are willing to give you the benefit of their advice and wisdom, either a professional who will charge you for it, or your well-meaning family and friends down the pub…

Is starting up in business really ‘for the many’?

March 7th, 2014 | 6 comments Source: EnterQuest

Anyone can and should start up a business and become an ‘entrepreneur’ – that’s according to the Government, the business media, celebrity business gurus and the multitude of start up ‘advice’ websites and small business ‘experts’…

How to become the perfect entrepreneur and a national hero…(or maybe not)

February 28th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

In most circumstances, building a successful business means running a firm that other people like and enjoy doing business with. In other words, they like you and they trust you and the people that you employ…

You don’t need to be unique, you just need to be different

February 20th, 2014 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

To be successful in a small or micro business you don’t have to be the best, you just have to be different. This doesn’t mean you need to be totally unique – you just need to be different in a way that will be noticed by your target customers…

The advantages of remaining ‘small’

February 14th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

With the right approach, a small business can beat its bigger rivals in many ways because there are advantages to being a small firm that big companies simply cannot emulate. And it’s down to you, as a small business owner, to recognise what these advantages are and exploit them for all they’re worth…

How to increase your profits using up-sells

February 7th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

Attracting new customers is an essential part of making a business succeed. But there’s another equally important way to increase your profits without spending loads of time and money on the advertising and promotional efforts needed to bring your business to the attention of new buyers…