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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 May, 2016

Small biz in an e-world?

Friday, May 20th, 2016
Here are some more stats on the extent to which small businesses are using e-resources such as a website, social media and e-commerce. This is our re-working of data from two recent BIS reports.
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Don’t dismiss micro biz!

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Government’s have often been dismissive of the smallest businesses, labeling them as ‘lifestyle’ and not making a significant contribution to economic growth and the like. The latest research from the Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills shows that most of them do aspire to grow. Nearly half of sole traders and the like do and the figure rises by size of business as the following chart shows.

Bix growth chart

Access social research publications .. by end of June!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

If you’re interested in research and not already a member of the Social Research Association here’s another reason for joining up! The SRA is providing free access to Sage and The Policy Press e-books and journals for members. But this is only a trial and it is due to close at the end of June, so don’t delay.