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 guarantee that your business fails

January 24th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

Every year up to half a million people start up in business, and some of them even do well enough to survive and continue trading successfully beyond those tricky first couple of years. But a fact that gets missed is that it’s actually much easier to start up in business than everyone is led to believe, especially a business that is likely to end up on the scrap heap sooner rather than later…

Business start up rights, wrongs and suntans

January 17th, 2014 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

Is there a right way and a wrong way to start up in business? The challenge facing novice micro-business owners is that many, if not most, of them are oblivious to what is right or wrong – after all, everything is new and outside of their previous experience…

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.

The forgotten corner of most business plans

November 29th, 2013 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

There are going to be many mistakes in first-time business plans, such as wildly optimistic sales forecasts, understated expenditure projections, a mysterious lack of any risks involved with the venture, a lack of strategic clarity and so on. But this is nothing compared to the biggest and most universal mistake of all…