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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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Stratagia in the Peak District

We’ll be doing a walk of about 5 miles from Alport, through Lathkill and Middleton Dales to Youlgrave where we’ll be having lunch at the George Hotel.

The plan is to leave Chesterfield at 10am and start the walk from Alport at 10.30am, arriving Youlgrave at 1pm. We’ll aim to finish lunch by 2.30pm, walk back to the cars by 3pm and be back in Chesterfield for 3.30pm.

The walk is through two of the most beautiful of the limestone dales in the Peak District. Those not keen on walking can join us for lunch in the village, which boasts the world’s smallest detached house.

Should you be interested please contact us on 0845 226 1712 alternatively email

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