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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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Challenge yourself and reap rewards of community buying

  In our economy, it probably comes as no surprise that co-operative buying, whether informal with friends or crowd-sourcing online, is a growing trend among consumers. Our research shows that almost 20% of people are buying co-operatively and with household … 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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Introducing UK Green Investments

In my last blog I said I would give you all a more detailed introduction into the UKGI team (or to give its full name, UK Green Investment) that has been established in BIS to handle early-stage transactions before GIB … Continue reading

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(Re)Constructing success: a way forward for the Green Investment Bank?

As the Green Investment Bank (GIB) moves towards operational activity, the team is designing a strategy and guiding principles.  There is much to learn from the experience of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whose mandate was, and … Continue reading

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Green investment news

My last blogs have given you all a briefing on the initial preparation stages of bringing to fruition the vision for the Green Investment Bank – I will try to respond directly to the series of interesting comments soon – … 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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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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Responding to comments from ‘Preparing for the Future’

It is encouraging to see the range of comments that this report has sparked. While the sheer volume prevents me from responding to each in turn, there are two key points I would like to raise: First, many of you … Continue reading

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Preparing for the future

I’m delighted that we have published the report on the International Dimensions of Climate Change this week. This shorter type of Foresight project examines what risks the UK could face in the future through international climate change and the strengths … Continue reading

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