A handful of banks now dominate the US financial sector. This consolidation has resulted in higher costs for consumers and small businesses and put the economy at greater risk of a financial crisis.
Many unemployed young people are engaged in a variety of economic activities. These may not necessarily be recognised as a form of self employment or informal employment.
Young and successful entrepreneurs get the attention, but they are the exception, not the norm.
A new book of photographs is a reminder of a slower and simpler way of living — before chain stores, throwaway clothing and online retail.
With fewer funds to fall back on, minority-owned enterprises have struggled in the recession. To make things worse, many are in sectors that have been badly hit by lockdowns.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected businesses owned by Black, Asian and minority ethnic people. Here’s how we can help them bounce back.
The new rules will allow insolvent small businesses to keep trading rather than go straight into administration.
Helping small businesses survive isn’t all about tax breaks, red tape and industrial relations changes. Here are four other things governments can do.
South Africa’s food system is dominated by big firms, leaving small businesses to supply localised and under-served markets, and provide rural employment. It needs to be inclusive and diverse.
Without policies to address the core needs of small business, Victoria’s second wave of restrictions will be a killer blow.
The government wants to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the definition of “small” is still pretty big.
Small businesses are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. To improve community resilience, we need to help them ‘build back better’.
The demands of gentrification in some neighbourhoods are proving deadly for some independent businesses, including local bookstores, often forcing them to close.
Mobile loan platforms have given Kenyans access to easy loans, but they come at a high price.
Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.
Ten years ago, almost a third of self-employed people in the UK contributed to pension schemes. That figure has dropped dramatically.
Simply providing more money will not accelerate the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.
It’s not just affecting areas in post-industrial decline – retail spaces are closing and losing value across England and Wales.
About two-thirds of Americans now live in states where marijuana is legal for medicinal or recreational purposes, leading some to worry corporate and Wall Street interests will take over the industry.
South Africa needs to rethink the role of the informal economy as it mulls over ideas to beat joblessness.