This piece of work was commissioned with the aim of gaining a clearer understanding of the needs of micro businesses, especially in relation to the topics of recruitment, retention and the barriers to employment. The proposal was aimed at delivering the East Suffolk Partnership (ESP) goals concerned with raising aspirations and fostering a vibrant business sector.
The research was substantially funded by the ESP, with match funding from Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils. The final report provides an evidence base to support the ESP and its Vibrant Economy Task Group in determining future work priorities. The same is true for the East Suffolk Economic Development service.
The research involved:
The intended approach to this work was one of compare and contrast. That is to say, to compare the national picture with the situation locally and to contrast both to highlight consistent themes and issues pertinent to this sector.
All this was done with a view to making recommendations relating to trends in the sector, supporting people into work by means of skills and being work ready, and growing the sector to support employment.
Some of the findings of this work are discussed in the Joseph Rowntree report entitled ‘Tackling transport-related barriers to employment in low-income neighbourhoods’ which can be accessed here.