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.

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.

What exactly is ‘enterprise’?

September 6th, 2012 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

At first glance this may seem like a strange question, but what exactly is meant by ‘enterprise’ in terms of an activity – in other words to ‘be enterprising’? And why is it important and useful to be clear about this in relation to starting, running or supporting a small business?…

Are you a really an entrepreneur, or just a business owner?

July 19th, 2012 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

Some recent research by business software provider Sage has indicated that less than 5% of small business owners consider themselves to be an ‘entrepreneur’, and most prefer not being referred to in this way. However, thinking of yourself as a business owner or sole trader rather than as an entrepreneur is one thing, but being an entrepreneurial business owner is a different matter altogether…