Start Up Britain gets mixed reception

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, launched on 28th March 2011. Designed to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK, it has the full backing of the Prime Minister, the Chancellor and HM Government.

It has received a mixed reception however, as Danielle Codd, Business reporter at BBC News reports:

‘The scheme, led by the private sector, is offering support in the form of vouchers worth about £1,500 in areas such as IT training and internet advertising.

It is supported by some of the biggest firms around, including AXA, Barclays, Intel, Blackberry, Experian, Google, Virgin Media Microsoft, McKinsey & Co and O2.

But while the Prime Minister, David Cameron, insisted “Now is the time to strike out on your own”, Mr Graham [ from the business support consultancy Made Simple Group ] derides the plan as “all hype and nonsense”.’

You can read the full article online at the BBC. Only time will tell how succesful the initiative will be.

New research paper published on business support

BMG research and Middlesex University have undertaken research to understand the barriers to the take up and use of business support in the UK.

The report concludes that:

•Over the last three years, two fifths of SME employers made use of formal external assistance, with one in five seeking only information, one in eight both information and strategic advice, and one in twenty only strategic advice.
•Business Link was the main public sector provider of information and strategic advice, with email, telephone, and face to face methods being used more frequently than web based methods.
•An estimated 28 per cent of SME employers had a latent demand for formal business assistance over the last three years: half were non users that did not recognise their need for assistance, despite experiencing unresolved problems; a third were nonusers that did recognise their need for assistance; and one in seven were users who had other unmet needs for assistance.
•Amongst SME employers with latent demand, the main reason for market failure was doubts about the benefits and value of assistance in relation to the expense and time involved. Relationship failures such as a lack of trust or confidence in external advisors were also evident amongst certain types of business, as were concerns about being able to find appropriate assistance.

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Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Workshops

Is your organisation interested in your employees self-understanding and development, career development and exploration, problem solving and team building….?? If so you may be interested in holding a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) workshop to help them on their way.

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was developed over 50 years ago and remains the most utilized personality instrument within the field of Human Resources. The MBTI can enhance a persons understanding of themself, their motivations, their natural strengths and their potential areas for growth. It also helps people to appreciate people who differ from them.

The MBTI is based on the theory that we all have a natural preference for dealing with the things we come across in our daily lives. There is no right or wrong to these preferences. Each identifies normal and valuable human behaviours.

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Target HR Limited offers in-house workshops for 5 or more employees, as well have running locally held workshops for smaller numbers.

Workshops are facilitated by British Psychological Society qualified practitioners.

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