Tag Archives: SME

LEPs like Coast to Capital need a major strategy change


The appointment of Julie Kapsalis as the new Vice Chair of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is clearly very good news, as she will understand a number of aspects of the regions business interests. Her appointment is vital, … Continue reading

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Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) please change tactics


For the last 10 years I have been working for a small business which has grown over that period and from time to time we have been successful at winning significant contracts for various parts of the public sector such … Continue reading

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MPs please focus on size rather than location!


Its understandable that MPs who where debating “The Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body” last Tuesday turned their attention to where the contractors who will rebuild the Palace of Westminster are to come from. After all every MP comes from a different … Continue reading

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The Tory Party must stop manipulating Small & Micro Enterprises


My superficial historical knowledge helps me to understand why the Labour Party has very strong connections with many Trade Unions. However I recall how in the 1970’s and 1980’s the Conservative Party, quite legitimately demanded that people who were members … Continue reading

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Public sector procurement is in a mess


The promises made by this Government to increase the levels of procurement dedicated to SME’s from 25% under the coalition to 33% on under the new administration should offer a meaningful way of growing our economy and strengthening society if … Continue reading

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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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