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.

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…

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…

A quick small business survival guide

August 2nd, 2013 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

We’ve highlighted the problem of new business owners lacking commercial acumen many times in issues of EnterQuest – especially in the two critical areas of finance and marketing – but it’s also worth mentioning some of the individual habits of new business owners which can often indicate that survival is likely to be a problem…

The Monty Python guide to ‘Great Business’ support

July 25th, 2013 | 10 comments Source: EnterQuest

The business support landscape has changed dramatically in the last two years, with a shift away from subsidised local provision of face-to-face support and training for start ups and micro-business owners, to a mixture of celebrity-led initiatives alongside the Department for Business’ (BIS’) attempts at providing ‘support’ on an online basis…

New report makes recommendations for micro-business growth

May 13th, 2013 | 2 comments Source: BAD News

Lord Young has made a number of recommendations for the Government to encourage micro-business growth…

How to be a successful small business failure

April 4th, 2013 | 10 comments Source: EnterQuest

The role that the small and micro-business sector plays and contributes to the health of the economy in the UK should never be understated. In 2012, over 4.5 million small/micro-business proprietors accounted for 47% of private sector employment and 35% of total private sector turnover…

Why Mentoring and the Department for Business are failing

March 28th, 2013 | 4 comments Source: EnterQuest

Contrary to continual claims by BIS that the biggest headaches and priorities faced by small business owners are red tape and access to finance, BIS’ own survey results provide a strong indication that problems with sourcing funding has not been an issue for 90% of business owners, and 98% had not sought information or advice relating to regulations.