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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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Herefordshire and Worcestershire Lifelong Learning Network

We are providing consultancy services to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Lifelong Learning Network (LLN), supporting their work in developing progression opportunities into higher learning for vocational learners in the local area.  Our work includes research into employer needs for higher education, extending progression opportunities for vocational learners, creating new progression agreements for particular groups of learners and developing bridging programmes.  We have worked closely with a number of the LLN’s partners in further and higher education as well as many local employers and employer groups.  Read our most recent reports: 

pdf Link – Opportunities for Progression to HE from Advanced Apprenticeships in Herefordshire and Worcestershire

pdf Link – Survey of employer need for higher education in North Worcestershire

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