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Bradford West screams out for jobs
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By Colin Crooks The warnings have been there for anyone to see.  Last December the Yorkshire Post screamed out “One-third of Bradfordhomes hit by lifetime of no work” it went to explain, “The latest figures for 24 constituencies across the region show that in Bradford West almost one-third of households...
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Will new planning guidance shepherd Britain back to work?
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Will new planning guidance help Britain get back to work? by Colin Crooks Today the government will announce its simplification of the planning system.  There will rightly be a huge debate about whether or not our most precious landscapes will be put under more development pressure.  There will be another...
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“It’s all about the money” Local and small is key to reducing unemployment
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I found the BBC Economy Debate last week very frustrating.  In its discussion of unemployment the entire focus (until that is, the last 5 minutes) was effectively on how big business and or big finance would create the wealth and jobs that London would need to stay vibrant in the...
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Work Programme misses the point
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Work Programme misses the point: We need to create more jobs says Colin Crooks Deborah Orr writes (Guardian Comment 24th February 2012) powerfully about the current furore over the Work Programme.  She has grasped the immense challenges that people who have been unemployed for a long time face.  She has...
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Job Creation ; my response to Polly Toynbee’s – People are nicer than PM thinks 22.01.12
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Letter to the Guardian by Colin Crooks about Job Creation Polly Toynbee is surely right when she points out the uncomfortable truth that there are many people inhabiting “a twilight zone of semi disability, borderline odd, barely coping” who would be difficult to employ (People are nicer than the PM...
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Employ 1 young person – get 2 happy parents – FREE
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Employ 1 young person - get 2 happy parents - FREE As published by FM World by Colin Crooks I don’t know about you but I seem to be at that stage in life where I know a lot of people with children either just leaving school or just leaving...
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Spotting GreenWash
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As published in FM World We are all wary of false claims for products.  This is true everywhere but it is especially galling in the environmental field where doing it right or simply offering GreenWash can mean the difference between more or less damage to our incredible planet. There are...
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Are big companies going CSR lite?
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As published on Guardian Social Enterprise Blog Last week I was asked to speak about corporate social responsibility at a business conference in theMidlands. The invite came at a good time as I’ve been wanting to investigate the watering down of CSR which seems to have quietly continued since the...
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Small businesses and social enterprises are the life blood of the communityDon’t crowd out SME’s
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Small businesses and social enterprises are the life blood of the communityDon’t crowd out SME’s. by Colin Crooks The government’s ambition to innovate in public services and to create 2 million jobs in the private sector over the next 3-4 years implies a great opportunity for SME’s to grow.  Looking...
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Understanding End of Life Management
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As published by FM World There are many factors to consider when purchasing. Juggling these conflicting criteria can be a real challenge.  Clearly cost is a major factor along with quality, compatibility, and increasingly the environmental credentials of the manufacturer. In recent years the disposal of the old equipment has...
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