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: 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?
Small Talk: Who should we thank for falling unemployment? SMEs. So we must do everything we can to help them carry on the good work
21 April 2014 01:56 AM
Who should take the credit for Britain’s jobless rate falling back below 7 per cent? Well, while policymakers argue about the politics of lower unemployment, let’s look at the figures: since 2010, 84 per cent of job growth has come from small and medium-sized enterprises, while almost nine in 10 people moving out of unemployment have either started their own business or been taken on by someone else’s small company.
Small Talk: Incentives are generous for social enterprises although the patchwork of schemes can make the search for help complicated
14 April 2014 01:41 AM
Remember the famous Google motto, “do no evil”? The giant search engine has found it difficult to maintain an unblemished reputation as a force for good as its business has grown, but the principle remains important to Google’s founders. And if nothing else, they’ve proved that the pursuit of profit does not have to be a business’s only goal – capitalism and social conscience do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
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