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Hard decisions and uncertainty: horizon-scanning for local public services

In the course of several recent future-focused projects we began creating a list of 21 major societal trends which public service leaders and those leading local economic development, should be watching. They are inspired by our work supporting Milton Keynes’ landmark MKFutures2050 Commission, our research into the future of skills for the Government Office for Science, and the international training programme in horizon-scanning techniques we run with Stockholm-based Kairos Future.  All the trends we have selected are taken from published sources, and which in our view are robust and reliable. All interpretation is our own. We presented our 21 trends at a recent webinar, along with research into the future ...

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Supporting enterprise is about people not just plans

Phil Swann, Si Managing Director writes One of my biggest frustrations of the last five years of coalition is the failure to exploit the potential of the new generation of strategic economic plans (SEPs). I feel guilty at having persuaded several local authority and local enterprise partnership (LEP) clients to treat the SEP process seriously only for the subsequent local growth deals to become a depressing process of cherry-picking individual schemes. The best LEPs were moving towards genuinely business-led strategies. They were getting to know which businesses in their area had the ambition and potential to grow; discovering where they were located and which sectors they were in. They were ...

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Building for Growth: supporting London’s SME construction firms

Shared Intelligence, along with MTW Consultants, have been appointed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to carry out a new business support programme – dubbed ‘Building for Growth – for 280 small and medium sized construction companies located in Central and West London. The programme aims to support businesses by: Helping them to access more work opportunities in their area Introducing them to large construction contractors Improving their chances of winning public sector tenders Improving business processes and productivity Helping them to manage and achieve sustainable growth The Building for Growth programme involves a number of themed workshops designed to help companies win ...

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