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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, 2014

Help create educational opportunities

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Two of our colleagues are walking the 26 mile Dipper Challenge in the Peak District or running the Wolverhampton half marathon to raise funds for two educational charities. The Derbyshire Childrens Holiday Centre not only provides kids who would otherwise miss out with a break away from home but also offers activities and support to develop their inter-personal skills and self-confidence. In Kenya many bright children from poor backgrounds cannot afford to access secondary schooling. KES helps fund students and equipment at a school in the Nakuru area of Kenya. We know money is tight and demands are many but if you are able please sponsor Nigel and Jackie through your preferred link:



Ofqual consulting on QCF

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Ofqual is consulting on proposals to remove the regulatory requirements surrounding the QCF and amend the approach to determining the size of qualifications. The consultation documents are available at