Will new planning guidance shepherd Britain back to work?

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 debate about the place of […]

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Work Programme misses the point

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 also adroitly identified one of […]

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Job Creation ; my response to Polly Toynbee’s – People are nicer than PM thinks 22.01.12

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 thinks 20.01.12) but I cannot […]

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Spotting GreenWash

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 two types of GreenWash:  blatant […]

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Are big companies going CSR lite?

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 global recession. Is it down […]

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Small businesses and social enterprises are the life blood of the communityDon’t crowd out SME’s

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 deeper though I am sceptical […]

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Understanding End of Life Management

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 been included. Very rarely though […]

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Transformative nature of Reuse

Social Firms Conference Report Green-Works’ CEO Colin Crooks started the For What it’s Worth seminar on recycling by taking off his wedding ring. He held up the five grammes of white gold and said that its production had required “33 tonnes of ore to be extracted from the ground which was then soaked in cyanide […]

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