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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 November, 2014

Business numbers continue to surge

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Latest business population estimates show the surge in the number of businesses in the UK since the turn of the century is continuing. This has been driven mainly by big increases in self-employment, sole traders and the like. Follow this link to see our graph. Time series of number of businesses by size NH 2014 11 25 v2

Resources for enterprise

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Need some resources to think about or help you start a business? See what we’ve created by following the link to Dunston Enterprise Club.

ONS update LFS data

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

The Office for National Statistics have re-weighted the quarterly Labour Force Survey data for 2012 and 2013 so they are consistent with the latest 2014 population estimates. Contact if you need further information or analyses of the new micro data.