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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 July, 2012

Cost-effective consultation

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

We’re currently redeveloping out consultation tool, Project Space, to offer users even greater control and flexibility. If you need to consult a wide range of people on the detailed contents of QCF units, Standards and the like then this can be a great way of saving time and money. If you’d like to know more just fill in the form on the Contact section or email

Thanks, and the lucky winners

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Thanks to everyone who completed the quick poll on QCF training in our last Newsletter. Congratulations to Liz and David, winners of the draw for two bottles of prize winning Italian red wine. If you’re intersted in our QCF training workshops just drop a line to us at or use the form on our Contact page.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Enda Donnelly was one of the presenters at an event in Glasgow which showcased six case studies from our research into Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the workplace. The event was attended by a wide range of professionals from across Europe. You can find material from the Glasgow event at