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 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…

Is self-employment the same as entrepreneurship?

May 9th, 2014 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

Self-employment and entrepreneurship are not synonymous – that’s according to a recent report from the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). This is a particular point that has been highlighted many times in EnterQuest and by its publisher, Cobweb…

What support do micro-business owners need in 2014 and beyond?

January 10th, 2014 | 5 comments Source: EnterQuest

Towards the end of 2013 and early in the New Year, there has been a considerable amount of official activity, reports and PR surrounding publicly-funded business support, access to finance for start ups and smaller firms, and an imminent new platform for small firms to access advice from business experts…

A radical approach to business support in 2014

December 19th, 2013 | 2 comments Source:

Welcome to the final edition of EnterQuest of 2013 – a year notable for a number of highs and miserable lows in the world of small business support and entrepreneurship development.

Goodbye to business mentors, hello to Baldrick the business adviser

December 13th, 2013 | 5 comments Source: EnterQuest

At the end of another underwhelming year in terms of relevance of Government-backed initiatives for small firms, the extent of the business support vacuum has been highlighted perfectly, with the publication this week of a Department for Business (BIS) report – Small business: GREAT Ambition…

Business start up freaks, predators and misfits

November 14th, 2013 | 4 comments Source: EnterQuest

In recent months, the business media has been overflowing with hype relating to the ‘record levels’ of business start ups across the UK. But despite the record levels, there is another side to the story which you will not read about in the headlines…

Free school meals and the economic recovery dog’s breakfast

November 8th, 2013 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, addressed the CBI national conference at the beginning of this week and spoke about several economic and business issues. Here’s a summary of the key points in his speech…

Small business myths that have become reality

October 11th, 2013 | 7 comments Source: EnterQuest

Here is EnterQuest’s list of ten widely believed myths that business owners, their advisers and, for that matter, the media and everyone else should be ignoring…

What micro-business owners don’t need

September 20th, 2013 | 14 comments Source: EnterQuest

It’s almost two years since the Coalition Government withdrew all central funding for face-to-face support for business start ups and the small/micro-business sector. Since then, the Coalition and the Department for Business (BIS) have made various attempts to put something else in place and have either backed or provided token levels of funding for several initiatives to compensate for the micro-business support vacuum…

Some business rules you might not know about

August 8th, 2013 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

According to many business commentators in the media, along with Government ministers and some professional bodies, the biggest problem facing small and micro-business owners in the UK is the burden of red tape caused by over 6,000 rules and regulations which distract us from getting on with business and helping the economy to recover…