Category: Growth Strategy

Three ways economic development can help business today

  What are the three ways economic development can help business today? Collecting the bins and planning are statutory functions at most local authorities in England, economic development  (ED) function is not a statutory function.  So it is right that we ask what is the value of economic development and what contribution does it make…
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How (not) to sell infrastructure projects

What do we mean by Infrastructure? Infrastructure – roads, rail, sewerage, airports are often big projects which offer benefits for future generations.  But infrastructure projects also often have big implications – including big disruption for the residents who have to contend with the traffic diversions, noise and change. OK, give me some examples… Red Potato…
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Don’t miss the HS2 train! SMEs need to get on board

Our journey with HS2 begins The HS2 train hasn’t yet arrived for passengers, but for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), it is already time to get on board.   OK, enough of the puns, but you get the point.  For SMEs to benefit from large scale infrastructure opportunities the time to get involved is…
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A1M Growth Area

A1M Growth Area Meeting It seems like things are happening along the A1M Growth Area.  Here is a report from the A1M Growth Area Forum meeting for businesses. [View the story “A1(M) Forum: how can we plan for future growth?” on Storify]

Some nice workshop feedback…thanks!

Education workshop feedback Since our intervention, Red Potato staff have received this great workshop feedback. Many thanks to @welhatcouncil for these kind comments: “We would like to thank the The Director of Red Potato, Jay Wheeler, who led the Education Workshop on Apprenticeships, Skills & Training at the Welwyn Hatfield Annual Alliance Conference on the…
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Red Potato announced as finalist in Hertfordshire Business Awards

Fantastic news Red Potato is a finalist in the “Commercial Business in the Community” category at the Hertfordshire Business Awards!  This is a great privilege, and we were really pleased to hear the news last week.  While we hope to go on and win the award, we also recognise that business investment in the community…
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What does it take to be an entrepreneur?

Well first of all, if our straw poll is anything to go by, most entrepreneurs wouldn’t describe themselves as “entrepreneurs”! In our survey the most common words business owners used to describe themselves were “positive, determined, optimistic”.   Not one of them described themselves as an “entrepreneur”. This is understandable, because the truth is not…
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What does the business value? The 3 reasons why clear values are essential for business profitability

Jay Wheeler, Red Potato.   www.red-potato.com Why would an independent business owner want to take the time-consuming, uncomfortable journey of developing, interpreting and running a business in accordance with clear values? Because ultimately it effects the bottom line.  This article shows why, when it comes to business values, the journey is as important as the…
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Promoting apprenticeships to SMEs: Training providers need to wake up and smell the roses

The florist said “they never send me anyone who can work out the cost of half a dozen flower stems to make a bouquet and be trusted to write a greetings card without making a spelling mistake”. Everyone nodded their heads in agreement and the discussion moved on. We were talking about apprenticeships at one…
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Mentoring for life: Are troubled teenagers and business entrepreneurs made from the same stuff?

When it comes to mentoring it can mean very different things to different people: ranging from social befriending through to a strict focus on shared objectives mentoring.   Befriending may include things like helping someone to take small steps to overcome a fear of open spaces for example.   The warmth, encouragement and support from befriending can be crucial in helping, as…
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