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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 Mentoring and the Department for Business are failing

March 28th, 2013 / 4 comments

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.

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Report questions the use of mentors in business support

February 21st, 2012 / 17 comments

A Government-commissioned report has concluded that volunteer mentoring from successful entrepreneurs is ‘not to be relied on’ as a core source of advice…

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Professionals question the thinking behind 'Business In You'

February 6th, 2012 / 4 comments

The Government’s latest web-based initiative to support and encourage start ups was launched by David Cameron last week. The Business In You website has been set up by the Department for Business (BIS) to highlight support for start-ups and growing businesses and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in 2012…

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The current state of business support: has BIS got it right or wrong?

October 3rd, 2011 / 5 comments

New research has been released by┬áthe Department for Business (BIS) into the way that businesses use formal external support. The […]

RIP face-to-face business advice

July 7th, 2011 / 17 comments

Last week business minister Mark Prisk finally clarified the Department for Business (BIS) stance on Government-backed business support and where […]

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Business Link: friend or foe to local enterprise agencies?

February 21st, 2011 / 5 comments

This week minister for small business Mark Prisk invited readers of to a live question and answer session regarding […]

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New Enterprise Allowance and business support changes announced

January 10th, 2011 / 17 comments

The Government has announced details of the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA), which it claims will create up to 40,000 new […]