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.

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…

An overlooked source of business support

June 4th, 2013 | No comments Source: Better Business

There is almost certainly one in your town or city, and it will be open during business hours from Monday to Friday, and possibly after hours and on Saturdays as well. It’s an under-publicised resource that can be used as a venue for research, meeting clients, and even as an office in the early stages of trading, totally free of charge. What is this resource? Your local public library…

The ‘magic’ of incubation

March 21st, 2013 | No comments Source: Better Business

There are currently over 300 business incubators in the UK, each providing support for start-up businesses. BETTER BUSINESS spoke to Peter Harman, chief executive of UKBI, about business incubators and their place in the future of business support…

2012 – the year of imaginary small business support

December 14th, 2012 | 14 comments Source: EnterQuest

At this time of year its customary to reflect on what has happened over the preceding 12 months (in a business sense) and ponder what lies in store over the next year. Across the UK in 2012 there has been no core support or major push to build capacity and quality in the development and promotion of viable start ups and micro-enterprise…

Business support sector at full capacity and struggling to meet demand

November 19th, 2012 | 5 comments Source: BAD News

Business support and advice agencies are currently facing record levels of demand for their services at a time when restrictions in the availability of funding are seriously hindering their ability to maintain their levels of service. The findings come from a survey of business support and advice organisations carried out by BAD News publisher Cobweb […]

LEPs losing business support, Heseltine champions their cause

November 5th, 2012 | 1 comment Source: BAD News

The Work Foundation has reported that business leaders are preparing to vote with their feet and move away from supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) which they see as ineffective. The report has been followed this week by the publication of a comprehensive economic review by Lord Heseltine…

The business start up crimewave

October 11th, 2012 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

One particularly damaging effect of the economic downturn and cutbacks to funding of frontline business support has been a surge of people starting up on the side, without registering with HMRC or Companies House, rogue trading without statutory licences and permits, and plain illegal trading…

Report says lack of finance not an issue for small firms

July 9th, 2012 | 2 comments Source: BAD News

Lack of demand and the current economic climate is the number one problem facing 40% of firms, according to a new report from the Open University (OU)…

Inquiry launched into how LEPs are performing

June 18th, 2012 | 1 comment Source: BAD News

Individuals and businesses are being asked to give their views on how well Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have performed so far in promoting local growth and creating jobs…

Return of the ‘one-stop shop’ for business support recommended

March 19th, 2012 | 9 comments Source: BAD News

The Government must clear up the “alphabet soup” of business support schemes and set up a single business support agency, according to a new report commissioned by the Department for Business (BIS)…