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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 June, 2013

Social media and research

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

The Social Research Association is running its third conference on Social Media in Social research in London on Monday 24 June. For more info go to Our research director, Nigel, will be there so do grab him and say hello!

Summer newsletter

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Our latest newsletter will be out during June, with tips, information and the like. If you’re not on the mailing list just e-mail to make sure you don’t miss out.

Stratagia stroll – date change

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Our annual stroll in the Peak District will now take place on Wednesday, 26 June. We’ll be setting out from Bakewell for lunch at historic Haddon Hall. Just drop us a line if you’d like to join us and we’ll send you full details.