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.

A business support wish list for the next five years

April 10th, 2015 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

It is often said that five days is a long time in politics, but five years of the Coalition’s economic policy measures has been the equivalent of an ice age for business support practitioners in more ways than one. It is unclear if there will be more of the same approach to support policy after the election or if a change in government will bring about a reversion to measures which have failed in the past…

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…

Is self-employment the same as entrepreneurship?

May 9th, 2014 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

Self-employment and entrepreneurship are not synonymous – that’s according to a recent report from the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS). This is a particular point that has been highlighted many times in EnterQuest and by its publisher, Cobweb…

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…

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…

What support do micro-business owners need in 2014 and beyond?

January 10th, 2014 | 6 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.

A guide to the real ‘secrets of success’

November 22nd, 2013 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

This week, we’re focusing on a few tips and tactics that are typically followed by business owners who manage to survive without a great deal of fuss – either with, or without, external advice…