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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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Nigel Hudson, MPhil., BA, BTech., FIoEE

Research Director, Stratagia Limited

Nigel has been Research Director of Stratagia Ltd. since its formation. He has extensive experience of conducting  both qualitative and quantitative research into skills, qualifications and related issues. This has involved a wide range of research techniques, including in-depth face to face interviews, telephone interviews, focus groups, on-line questionnaires and facilitating stakeholder workshop discussions. Nigel has developed bespoke frameworks to analyse qualitative data and is an experienced user of the Atlas/ti analysis tool and SPSS.

Nigel is a leading authority on learning and development issues in small businesses. He has led research for the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI), completing the labour market intelligence report for their Qualifications Strategy, ‘Evidence of skill needs, supply and gaps for Business Enterprise and Business Support’, and a wide range of earlier studies. Much of his work has bridged the policy and practice divide, including a think-piece for the UK Skills Convention in 2002 and presenting a paper to the International Council for Small Business World Conference in Turku, Finland in 2007. He is an honorary fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and received a special achievement award for a ‘Special Contribution to Raising Enterprise Training and Support Standards in the UK’ in 2010.

Nigel has also undertaken a wide range of research in the creative industries, including for the Design Council and Skillset. The former studies broke new ground in their coverage of creative freelances and included a project looking at the international competitiveness position of design. This drew on evidence from both designers and design buyers.

Other major research and evaluation projects have involved working with diverse stakeholders. An example was the  the QCA/UKCES evaluation of the Sector Skills Council (SSC) ‘approval’ of vocational qualifications pilot. This involved research amongst SSCs, Awarding Bodies and other stakeholders.

Before founding Stratagia Nigel was a senior research officer at the Department for Education and Skills where he managed most of the research undertaken for the National Skills Task Force. Prior to this he worked in the engineering industry, a welfare and employment rights voluntary sector project and then  the Economic Development Department of Leicester City Council. Until April 2014 Nigel was an Open University tutor, latterly for masters level courses in the philosophy and practice of social research. As a member of the Social Research Association he is bound by the professional, ethical standards of the Association. He is also a member of the UK Evaluation Society.

Employee Profile

Christina Hill

Position: Qualifications unit writer and researcher
Time at Stratagia: 6 Months
Specialism: Research

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