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.
Small Talk: Small businesses struggle to get paid – and too often the culprits are big businesses and councils
14 July 2014 02:42 AM
One in four companies is spending more than 10 hours a week chasing overdue payments
Small Talk: The Alternative Investment Market has recovered after five miserable years but is still fragile
07 July 2014 01:16 AM
Britain has a remarkable propensity for building things up only in order to knock them down again. The sad story of the online fashion retailer Asos is a case in point. Having lauded the company for years, driving its stock to higher and higher valuations, investors have run for cover at the first sign of trouble; two profits warnings have seen the share price halve this year.
Small Talk: Click and collect could be the catalyst for small, independent retailers to mount a comeback
30 June 2014 01:13 AM
Could the internet save the high street, particularly the smaller independent retailers we all profess to love but all too often fail to support with our custom? Brandon Lewis, the government minister with responsibility for the internet, thinks so – and he might be right.
23 June 2014 02:15 AM
More support for Britain’s often-neglected medium-sized businesses: the Confederation of British Industry today publishes a series of proposals for tax reforms it hopes will enable many of these companies to fulfil their potential.
Small talk: As more small companies appeal against rejected applications for credit, banks need to try harder to get their lending decisions right
15 June 2014 06:16 PM
More than 1,100 small firms were wrongly turned down for finance by a big bank over the year to the end of March, a report reveals today.
Small Talk: Forget the funding... entrepreneurs should bank on having a mentor to give them a flying start
08 June 2014 08:31 PM
What support do business start-ups need most today in order to get off the ground, grow and eventually prosper?
Small Talk: In Britain small companies are often sold on to bigger firms. In Germany they tend to do things differently ...
26 May 2014 01:31 AM
The former BT boss Lord Livingston, who now serves at the UK’s Trade and Investment minister, is understandably delighted about the deal announced last week by Chinook Sciences, the Nottingham-based clean technology specialist. Chinook’s £300m contract to build a waste-driven energy plant in the UAE is the first large export deal for a medium-sized British company since Lord Livingston unveiled specialist support for these businesses earlier this year.
In Britain small companies are often sold on to bigger firms. In Germany they tend to do things differently...
25 May 2014 06:02 PM
Why should Germany have 10 times more medium-sized enterprises than the UK?
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more