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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 December, 2010

The Holiday Season is Upon Us

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Seasons Greetings!

To our customers, colleagues, friends and relatives: Have a very happy holiday and all the best for the New Year, from all of us at Stratagia.

During the holiday period, we will be closing the office from 23rd December 2010 to the 4th January 2011 inclusive. You can of course still leave messages, but please do not expect responses until after the office opens.

The results are in: our FAB Conference mini-survey

Monday, December 13th, 2010

We would like to thank everyone who visited our exhibition stand at the FAB conference. During the conference, we ran a survey asking attendees from Awarding Organisations (AOs) about the challenges they faced with QCF qualification development right now, and we especially thank the 36 people who took the time to participate in our survey. We’ve analysed the results, and will publish a short report early in the new year, but we can share some of the highlights now.

  1. The most pressing policy issue identified by respondents was funding of qualifications. With increased competition between AOs and a recent change of Government, a lot of people expressed concern over their market position and the impact of changes to the existing funding regimes.
  2. In terms of QCF-specific challenges, respondents raised two main problems: first, dealing with equivalence across qualifications, and second writing higher-level units (that is to say, units at level 4 or above).
  3. Lastly, a large proportion of participants identified IT process and system challenges: either internal IT systems to support their accreditation process, or interfacing with the IT systems of other organisations. Indeed, improving internal IT systems was ranked mostly highly as an area in which there is scope for improving technical skills.

We look forward to publishing our full findings early next year; if you’d like a copy of the report sent directly to you then please let us know, or of course subscribe to our website’s RSS feed or follow us on twitter to get notified of updates!