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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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Clowne Enterprise

We’re working with Clowne Enterprise as part of a Doing Good Business programme funded by The Big Lottery and European Social Fund. It offers free and flexible help to any out of work adult thinking about or starting their own business. Follow on Facebook or e-mail for more information.

Dunston Enterprise Club

The club now operates on-line. It provides free and friendly support for anyone considering, starting or running their own business.
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Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

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Work Foundation

Supporting and developing businesses needs to contribute to wider social goals, including expanding the opportunity for good work. Our Research Director, Nigel Hudson, is an associate of the Foundation ( Check out our posts for information on the latest issues and activities.


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Nigel Hudson

Position: Research Director
Time at Stratagia: 8 years
Specialism: Research

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