David Prosser

David Prosser is a former business editor of The Independent who now writes for a variety of publications, often focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship.

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Small Talk: the story of your life – and a tale of modern business

Who says British companies can't be entrepreneurial as well as inventive? Meet OMG, the Oxford-based technology business which will today unveil its first foray into the retail sector: a new type of camera that stands a genuine chance of changing the market.

Small Talk: Dragons' Den is giving out all the wrong messages to SMEs

Television isn't doing small business any favours. While the Government tries ever harder to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the hope that they can drag the economy out of recession, our most popular TV programmes continue to perpetuate some of the myths that have grown up around the British entrepreneurial spirit (or lack of it). They tell us that most would-be small business founders are crackpots with no financial acumen. And they insist that business success is all about aggression and naked ambition.

Small Talk: Small firms' clout helps spur Santander into a fees U-turn

Many small firms do not realise the Ombudsman covers them, but European law requires this

Small Talk: SMEs need more funding but wheels are moving too slowly

It is now almost six months since Tim Breedon, chief executive of Legal & General, published the findings of his non-bank lending task force. Given its headline warning, that British businesses will face a funding shortfall of between £84bn and £191bn over the next five years, it would be helpful if Mr Breedon's proposals became a reality sooner rather than later.

Small Talk: A cleverer approach to the issue of intellectual rights

This week on Business Connections... David Prosser on making sure you comply with international sanctions. Join our growing SME network at: es-bc.co.uk

Small Talk: Online doors opening fast for small firms seeking funds

This week on Business Connections... David Prosser maps out the road to StartUp Britain. Join our growing SME network at es-bc.co.uk

Small Talk: Entrepreneurial spirit alive and kicking in North

This week on Business Connections... David Prosser reports on issues vital to the small and medium business. Join our growing SME network at: es-bc.co.uk

Small Talk: At last, the banks lend a hand to small firms

Whisper it quietly, but Britain's banks may finally be beginning to do their bit by offering more support for small and medium-sized enterprises. In certain areas of the business banking market, there is even evidence of a price war.

Small Talk: The new tax break for small firms that may go begging

How many small and medium-sized enterprises will take advantage of the 'patent box' regime that comes into force next April? It's a potentially valuable new relief that rewards businesses which have generated profits from intellectual property by charging them less tax – just 10 per cent – on the money.

Small Talk: If StartUp High Street is to work the road must be clear

To be successful the scheme is going to need some public sector support
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