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.

The misunderstood and misrepresented needs of the self-employed

February 27th, 2015 | 4 comments Source: EnterQuest

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…

The myth about business schools and business start ups

January 29th, 2015 | 6 comments Source: EnterQuest

There’s a popular assumption and misconception among policy-makers that universities, and business schools in particular, are hotbeds for business start ups and entrepreneurship. In reality, however, although increasing numbers of graduates have been thinking about doing so in recent years, those who start up immediately after graduation are at the highest risk of failure and are the least likely to grow their business…

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…

Beer money, legal barriers and business failure

May 2nd, 2014 | 1 comment Source: EnterQuest

One of the biggest causes of early mortality in new business start ups, often within a matter of weeks or months, is lack of preparation and lack of understanding of the statutory obligations and legal restrictions you are faced with before you can start up and trade…

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 | 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…

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…