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 trouble with entrepreneurship in the UK

November 28th, 2014 | 2 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 | 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…

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

July 14th, 2014 | No comments 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…

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 | 1 comment 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…