The Spectator, on the rise of the new wave of technology-enabled home-based businesses, run by women…

“… none of the women I have spoken to have had any benefit from government grants or expertise. In fact, their experience in that area has been wholly negative. “˜The red tape is far worse now than it was when I set up my first business,’ says Soskin. O’Hanlon approached the DTI Small Business Service but found dealing with it so time-consuming that it was cheaper not to bother. Jay had a similar experience with the DTI’s Business Link, which supposedly offers “˜practical help for small businesses’. “˜I found I knew much more than they did, and spending time with them cost me money,’ she says.”