Tag Archives: SME

Parliament, please stop patronising SMEs


Three weeks ago I wrote a blog, inspired by a claim by a select committee in the House of Commons that it wanted to meet with Small and Medium Enterprises. The challenge with SMEs is they represent businesses referred to … Continue reading

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Apprenticeships need positivity & action


A couple of weeks ago in the House of Lords, a short debate took place on the theme of Apprenticeships under the guise of a couple of questions from David Blunkett (now Baron Blunkett of Brightside and Hillsborough). There were … Continue reading

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We must reverse decline into real growth


According to this report on the Coastal West Sussex Local Enterprise Partnership website, “the numbers of West Sussex students choosing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) topics at GCSE and A-Level [is] declining”  It is with this in mind that … Continue reading

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The Government needs to go much further


Following the collapse of Carillion over the weekend, the response from the Government is once again displaying an acute failure to understand the way in which such companies operate, or perhaps they are intentionally ignoring such understanding. Carillion employed a … Continue reading

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A bad starter for ’18


The need to assemble an effective group of people to regulate Universities and other Higher Education bodies is clear. As Justine Greening stated in the announcement that was published a minute into the New Year as the new body came into … Continue reading

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A Government department in chaos


Anne Milton is the MP for Guildford and Minister for Women and Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills State in the Department for Education. On Monday the preview of an interview with her was published to question why the outcome … Continue reading

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A vital link from Business to Education


Today the TES online magazine has published an article entitled ‘Colleges should be key in widening access to University’. I agree with the article by Julia Belgutay but don’t believe it goes far enough. There is of course a vital role … Continue reading

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