Growth

Get Britain Trading

The Forum of Private Business is today launching its headline Get Britain Trading 2012 campaign to celebrate small businesses and recognise the barriers they face at an event in the House of Commons. As a leading, not-for-profit small business organisation … Continue reading

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What brings cash – finance fitness

With the start of a new year comes the opportunity to look at how we go forward into 2012 – and if you run a business, especially at the moment, you’re probably thinking about how you can succeed and develop. … Continue reading

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Giving consumers the midata touch

  We all like a good deal. It’s particularly important now when we’re all feeling our wallets squeezed. And especially in the run up to Christmas. But sometimes it’s hard to know whether we’re getting a bargain or being ripped-off. … Continue reading

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Good progress towards green investment

Well, I’m afraid I have been neglecting the blog a little, but a lot has been happening and it’s time to catch up. Firstly, to answer Andrew MacIntyre’s blog comment, which basically asks, what’s the purpose of the Green Investment … Continue reading

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The passion for UK manufacturing

It was great to see this week’s announcement from Vince Cable that the High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre is now open for business. This is the culmination of much hard work since it was first announced back in … Continue reading

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Balancing the rulebook of employment law

Try sitting in a meeting of business people and mention employment law and tribunals. Everyone has an opinion and it’s like throwing a steak into a pool of piranhas. The reason for this strength of opinion is that it reflects the … Continue reading

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Business, social enterprise and the Big Society

Last Monday I had the daunting privilege of being a judge for the Big Venture Challenge. Our task was to help find 25 of the most promising and scaleable social enterprises in England, the prize being a very attractive package … Continue reading

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Working together with small businesses

The last 18 months have been tremendously busy, sometimes unsettling, but also increasingly productive. We are getting to grips with the things that matter to small firms – tax, regulation, finance and support – and working hard to get a … Continue reading

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Green Investment Bank – an update

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It’s time for an update on progress with the Green Investment Bank (GIB). I have been working with Vince Cable on bringing together the Advisory Group, and I hope an announcement will be made soon. When the Advisory Group has … Continue reading

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The next generation of healthcare

This week the Government looks at where we are currently in relation to the regenerative medicine field. A report, ‘Taking stock of regenerative medicine in the UK’ has been published following some good work from the Office for Life Sciences, … Continue reading

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