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.
30 November 2014 11:53 PM
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.
24 November 2014 12:47 AM
Interest rate swap contracts proved disastrous for the finances of many small businesses
17 November 2014 12:22 AM
The smallest and newest companies by and large make a relatively small contribution to the economy
10 November 2014 12:57 AM
The Small Talk column
Small Talk: Other sources of money for young businesses don’t mean banks can’t – or shouldn’t – help
02 November 2014 11:40 PM
The retailers Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley top an intriguing ranking just published by Start-Up Loans, the government scheme set up to offer new businesses finance, advice and mentoring. The “Rags to Rich” list features entrepreneurs who started with a relatively small cash sum and turned the companies into large and successful enterprises.
27 October 2014 02:56 AM
Hobbyist traders contribute £8bn to the economy mint images
20 October 2014 02:26 AM
Complaints by small businesses about their banks have tended to focused on credit – or the lack of it – in recent times, but what do these customers think about the rest of the service they receive? Are they happy with the way their business current account is run, and are they getting a fair rate of interest on the often sizeable amounts of cash they hold?
13 October 2014 01:45 AM
So here we go again. Television’s annual tribute to the great entrepreneurial spirit of Britain arrives on our screens this week. And it is no wonder that the country’s small business start-up rates are running at an all-time high, given the quality, determination and, above all, passion of the candidates making their bid for glory on The Apprentice. We can expect every single one of them to give, at the very least, 110 per cent.
07 October 2014 01:14 AM
Britain’s small businesses are sleepwalking towards a pensions disaster. Thousands are missing the legally binding deadlines by which they must introduce occupational pensions for staff – and many will face expensive fines and penalties as a result.
Small Talk: The banks are still not following their own guidelines for lending – starving creditworthy businesses of cash
29 September 2014 01:00 AM
Banks are still making thousands of poor decisions about whether to lend money to small businesses, according to the banking industry’s own adjudicator.
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