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.

Daft ideas, excuses, prejudice and failure

April 4th, 2014 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

One of the biggest problems with starting a new business, or a new project or activity in an existing business, is that other people (and sometimes even you, yourself) will expect the idea to fail before you even start…

Three important ‘must haves’ in any small business

March 28th, 2014 | No comments 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…

Business start up rights, wrongs and suntans

January 17th, 2014 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

Is there a right way and a wrong way to start up in business? The challenge facing novice micro-business owners is that many, if not most, of them are oblivious to what is right or wrong – after all, everything is new and outside of their previous experience…

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.

Starting a business during a downturn

August 23rd, 2013 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

With the business world now truly being a global village as a result of technology, fewer restrictions on the movement of goods and people, cheaper travel and so on, every new business start up is going to find it harder and harder to compete…

A quick small business survival guide

August 2nd, 2013 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

We’ve highlighted the problem of new business owners lacking commercial acumen many times in issues of EnterQuest – especially in the two critical areas of finance and marketing – but it’s also worth mentioning some of the individual habits of new business owners which can often indicate that survival is likely to be a problem…

How to avoid being an ‘incompetent-preneur’

July 5th, 2013 | No comments Source: EnterQuest

When you start up a new business, everything seems hard because, of course, everything you’re doing is new. But running your new business once you’ve started trading is also hard, and it’s a mistake to think that things will necessarily get easier as your venture evolves, because, in most cases, this just isn’t going to be the case…

Small business winners and losers

June 20th, 2013 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

Running a small business is, in many ways, a form of gambling. Why so? Because people are continually attracted into business with little or no entrepreneurial or marketing know-how, and often encouraged to do so by civil servants and ministers with too much emphasis on the rewards and very little regard for the risks…

What is the point of going into business?

May 16th, 2013 | 2 comments Source: EnterQuest

Being a small business owner or sole trader is one thing, but being an entrepreneurial small business owner – one that thinks and acts in a way that can set you apart from most of the other small firms operating in your sector or industry – is a different matter altogether…

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…