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Cobweb publishes occasional opinion articles and papers which review, question and challenge different topics relating to business start up and micro-enterprise, business support policy and entrepreneurship best practice.

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Why we need more enterprise, not more entrepreneurs and gurus

September 25th, 2015 / 5 comments

Over the last few years in the UK, there has been a bewildering obsession and overuse of the term ‘entrepreneur’, which has been universally attached to anyone who is self-employed or running their own business…

Can entrepreneurship be taught in the classroom?

May 29th, 2015 / 10 comments

One particular debate which has become a perennial cause of divided opinion among enterprise professionals relates to whether entrepreneurship can or cannot be taught in a classroom setting. In the light of these differences in opinion the answer to the question is clearly yes, no, and maybe…

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The misunderstood and misrepresented needs of the self-employed

February 27th, 2015 / 4 comments

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…

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There is no such thing as an entrepreneur

January 18th, 2013 / 3 comments

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?…

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Why governments 'don't get' entrepreneurship

May 17th, 2012 / 3 comments

The results of a fascinating study published by the Kauffman Foundation look into the reasons why government intervention programmes to support entrepreneurship either consistently fail or don’t work…

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Department for Business report on entrepreneurship in the media misses the point

March 21st, 2011 / No comments

The Department for Business (BIS) has announced in a report that rising coverage of successful entrepreneurs in the media is […]