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.

Who can prevent your business from trading?

February 15th, 2013 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

Generally speaking, people who set up and run their own business rarely, if ever, in the early stages consider the possibility of having to close their business down. Yet from day one, this could happen for all sorts of reasons…

Budget Special 2012

March 21st, 2012 | No comments Source: BAD News

Here is a summary of the most relevant and important measures announced by the Chancellor in his 2012 Budget…

‘Freelancers aren’t all tax-dodgers’, say contractor groups

February 27th, 2012 | 1 comment Source: BAD News

Freelance groups have called on MPs and the media to stop branding sole contractors as tax-dodgers in disguised employment, ahead of an expected decision on how the rules used to determine employment status should be reformed…

The ‘fun’ of running your own business

December 16th, 2010 | 3 comments Source:

One peaceful Monday morning, the owner of a small hotel in a UK town received a surprise and completely unannounced visit from an official from his local HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) office. “I’m here to investigate a suspicion that you might not be paying your staff the National Minimum Wage,” the official claimed. “OK,” […]

Survey results – biggest small business concerns in 2010

April 29th, 2010 | 3 comments Source: EnterQuest

Last month EnterQuest carried out its latest subscriber survey of small business owners to identify the issues that are causing the most concern in the year ahead, irrespective of which party will form a new government. We also asked for views about business owners’ own abilities and weaknesses, where they might require support, and who […]