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.

Business start up freaks, predators and misfits

November 14th, 2013 | 4 comments Source: EnterQuest

In recent months, the business media has been overflowing with hype relating to the ‘record levels’ of business start ups across the UK. But despite the record levels, there is another side to the story which you will not read about in the headlines…

Why Mentoring and the Department for Business are failing

March 28th, 2013 | 4 comments Source: EnterQuest

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.

New business minister appointed – Prisk moved to housing

September 10th, 2012 | 3 comments Source: BAD News

Business minister Mark Prisk has been removed from his post as part of the latest Cabinet reshuffle. The new business minister is conservative MP Michael Fallon, who is expected to resign from his £350-an-hour city role as director of brokerage Tullet Prebon in order to take over at the Department for Business (BIS) where, according […]

BIS figures reveal poor take-up of support services

May 21st, 2012 | 4 comments Source: BAD News

Just 1% of small and medium-sized businesses have ever used the Mentorsme website, new figures from the Department for Business (BIS) show…

Two more firms to receive business support from Government

April 27th, 2012 | 6 comments Source: BAD News

The latest initiative to support small firms as part of the Government’s Business In You campaign has been announced by small business Minister, Mark Prisk. The announcement that the Government will provide support for two firms comes a day after it was reported that the UK had officially entered a double dip recession…

Bad apples and Business 2012

March 22nd, 2012 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

Earlier this week Cobweb attended the Business 2012 show at the London O2 as an exhibitor. Despite some difficulties with the venue’s location the event was well attended by prospective business start ups, business owners and professionals…

Mentor numbers announced, but nothing on numbers using them

March 12th, 2012 | 6 comments Source: BAD News

According to the Department for Business (BIS), the Government’s £1.9 million Get Mentoring initiative has signed up 7,500 volunteer business mentors in the four months since it was launched, half its target figure of 15,000. However, it is not clear about how many small firms are seeking help from the mentors, or how the scheme will be monitored…

Report questions the use of mentors in business support

February 21st, 2012 | 17 comments Source: BAD News

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

Professionals question the thinking behind ‘Business In You’

February 6th, 2012 | 4 comments Source: BAD News

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…

Another mentor recruitment drive launched

November 22nd, 2011 | 4 comments Source: BAD News

The Department for Business (BIS) has issued a call for another 10,000 volunteer business mentors to join the controversial Mentorsme initiative, pledging £1.2 million to train them…