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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, 2014

Cutting the cost of consultation

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Project Space is an on-line consultation tool. You can post documents, such as qualification units or occupational standards, and create a website where people can access them. They can comment on the document as a whole or make edits line by line.  The system collates all the contributions – no more cutting and pasting (or even losing!) e-mailed comments. The tool can also host bespoke questionnaires. If you want to know more about how Project Space can save you time and money just e-mail

More QCF Handy Hints

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The latest handy hints for unit and qualifications development in the Qualifications and Credit Framework are now available. These cover setting credit values and level and developing Rules of Combination. You can find them on the website in our Credit and Qualifications section. The final three, covering issues such as assessment and grading, are due out at the end of this month. Just notify to receive tour copies by e-mail.

Latest Newsletter

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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