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: Supermarkets should encourage small suppliers, not bully them

It’s clear that there is mass market demand for their products – and the supermarkets, like them or not, offer the easiest way to access that demand

Small Talk: Is crowdfunding good? Depends which government arm you ask

The FCA has insisted that these sites are only suitable for the most sophisticated investors

The Millennium Bridge in Newcastle: the North-east has more enterprise funding than anywhere else

Small Talk: The effects of killing off Regional Development Agencies are showing

Having abolished the RDAs, what ministers are slowly realising now is that locally run initiatives that are properly resourced represent the best chance of economic rebalancing

A craftsman making a neon light: energy takes up a large proportion of the costs of small firms

Small Talk: Small business energy customers are treated as second-class citizens

How do the energy companies get away with shutting small businesses out of the benefits that all customers should be feeling?

Small-scale copper production in Myanmar: world prices for resources have fallen

Small Talk: London’s junior market has been hit by falling resources prices

The Alternative Investment Market has just enjoyed its best year since the financial crisis, or one of its most disappointing – which view you take depends on how you judge the performance of London’s junior stock market.

Chapel Down, the English winemaker, has raised £3.9m on the equity-based platform Seedrs

Small Talk: Crowdfunding must now be taken seriously by rivals

Private equity and venture capital firms, in particular, are relaxed about the threat crowdfunding poses

Small Talk: The high failure rate for start-ups can be reduced by better support

Data from Companies House suggests 2014 will prove to have been a record year for start-ups: by the end of October, just short of 500,000 new businesses had been incorporated since the beginning of the year, 63,000 more than at the same time last year, itself a record year for launches.

The taxman seems to treat firms differently according to their size

UHY Hacker Young has been compiling figures on the outcome of compliance investigations into small businesses’ VAT accounts

Small Talk: Small businesses are failing to hire more female directors

It doesn’t seem unreasonable to think that young, fast-growing and innovative small businesses are likely by their very nature to be less conservative than their larger and more staid counterparts. But it’s always a mistake to jump to conclusions, as a study of some of Britain’s best private companies reveals: it turns out these businesses are way behind when it comes to the number of women they employ at board level.

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