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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 the ‘Research’ Category

Better business through people

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

A simple survey to influence policy makers’ and win £100 of High Street vouchers.

Smaller businesses and Investors in People

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

UKCES have commissioned SFEDI to develop a revised Investors in People (IIP) offer for small and medium-sized enterprises. This will form part of a re-launch of IIP in Autumn 2011. We have already developed a mini website for the project which you can find at This will be updated to provide the latest information about the project and host consultative questionnaires. The project will include a review of existing evidence on business improvement and people development and management in SMEs, consultation with stakeholders and IIP Centres during April and then consultation with businesses and business organisations through to July.

Career Development Standards and Job Profiles

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Stratagia worked with Lifelong Learning UK to produce new National Occupational Standards and example job profiles for individuals working within all-age advice and guidance throughout the UK. The aim of this work was to develop fit-for-purpose NOS for the sector to enhance and support the skills of the advice and guidance workforce.

In order to inform this work, we consulted with the career guidance sector by:

  • participating in Steering and Working Groups
  • facilitating nation-wide focus groups
  • collecting job descriptions and person specifications
  • providing an online, interactive facility for completion of a questionnaire and feedback on specific draft NOS

Further information and products of this work can be found at:
LLUK Career development national occupational standards
If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Crystal Minors at:

Interested in the efficiency that bespoke interactive on-line products offer?
Then please contact Andrew Aikman at