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 misunderstood and misrepresented needs of the self-employed

February 27th, 2015 | 3 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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

Fatal distractions and the new business owner

May 2nd, 2013 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

This week we’re going to take a look at some common, and occasionally fatal, mistakes that are made by new business start ups – and sometimes by their supposedly more experienced counterparts…

There is no such thing as an entrepreneur

January 18th, 2013 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

This week, we are revisiting one of those perennial discussion topics that is of natural interest to enterprise support practitioners and professionals, and of obsessive fascination to the wider business media, ministers and ‘experts’. The topic is – what exactly is an entrepreneur?…

Entrepreneurship is a team sport, even for sole traders

September 13th, 2012 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

A couple of years ago we published an article on a subject that many people new to business struggle to understand. So we thought it would be timely to revisit the real world of small business ownership.