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Productivity and micro business

The Productivity Insights Network, funded by the Economic and Social research Council, have recently published a follow-up evaluation of a series of programmes designed to boost productivity (see _January19.pdf ). The initiatives under the microscope were all originally part of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Future Programme. Looking at the report from […]

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Can policy be inspired by practice?

At the beginning of this week (19 November 2018) I had the great good fortune to be invited to a workshop on ‘Driving improvements in business performance’ for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) personnel organised by the Work Foundation ( My challenge was to decide what to say in five minutes on […]

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Business productivity review

As part of their concern with the UK’s productivity performance, the Government has launched a consultation. You can have your say at . We’ve already posted some thoughts under the business support and advice services heading. Do you agree with our points about sole traders and micro businesses?

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Business startup comes to Chesterfield

Here’s a date for your diary: Saturday 24 February. The micro biz champion Tony Robinson OBE will be in Chesterfield to tell us what it’s really like to work for yourself. Marketers, bookkeepers, social media experts and lost of others will be on hand (along with folks who’ve recently started their own business) to offer […]

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Archive for November, 2009

Society, Health & Development Diploma Resources Evaluation Project

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

January – March 2009          Qualifications & Curriculum Authority

New resources had been developed to help teachers deliver the new Society, Health & Development 14-19 Diploma; our task was to evaluate the process used for procuring and delivering these resources. The work included a review of the extensive background materials, interviews with Sector Skills Council representatives, Awarding Bodies and resource authors and facilitation of discussions at a launch event. A topic guide was developed for the interviews and adapted for each audience. An evaluative framework was also created to collate and compare the data gathered from which we were able to produce coherent and well-evidenced findings and recommendations.

Languages Sector Occupational and Functional Map

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

September 2008 – March 2009      CILT, the National Centre for Languages

Our contribution to this work included extensive desk research into the scope and nature of the languages sector, the factors driving skill change, skill shortages and the supply of qualifications and training. We also designed a questionnaire that was circulated within the sector.

Key Stage 4 Language Trends Survey

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

August 2008 – November 2008      CILT, the National Centre for Languages

We helped CILT design the questionnaire for their 2008 survey of language provision in secondary schools, managed this postal survey of schools and analysed the results.

Reports from the survey and further information are available at .