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.

Can entrepreneurship be taught in the classroom?

May 29th, 2015 | 8 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…

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…

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…

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

July 14th, 2014 | 1 comment 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…

Opportunities for ‘olderpreneurship’

May 30th, 2014 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

While 65 has long been regarded as the ideal retirement age, in recent years that perception has changed considerably across all corners of society, albeit slowly. If you’re fit and well enough, you’re certainly ‘young’ enough to run a business…

Beer money, legal barriers and business failure

May 2nd, 2014 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

One of the biggest causes of early mortality in new business start ups, often within a matter of weeks or months, is lack of preparation and lack of understanding of the statutory obligations and legal restrictions you are faced with before you can start up and trade…

The lawyer, an enterprising plumber and a bank robber

April 25th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

Why do people really go into business? Or perhaps more accurately, why SHOULD people go into business? Most people, when they go into business, do so because they believe they will be successful at doing something that they are already good at, or where they have plenty of experience which is related to their existing profession…