Are ever larger contracts really the answer?

I think the best way to create jobs, reduce costs and improve service levels is to set contracts on a more local basis.  Please see my recent blog “Are ever larger contracts really the answer?” on the New Start website bemoaning the way that the Ministry of Justice tendered the language translation service   http://www.cles.org.uk/yourblogs/are-ever-larger-contracts-really-the-answer/  

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Colin Crooks to speak at Common Purpose, 31st October

Common Purpose Shoreditch London 31st October Author of How to Make a Million Jobs, Colin Crooks, will be appearing at an event organised by Common Purpose in Shoreditch, London on Wednesday 31st October. Colin will be speaking about the problem of persistent worklessness and about the new social enterprise he is setting up to tackle the issue, Tree Shepherd. Free to attend, all welcome, more details coming soon.

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Colin confirmed to speak at Liberal Democrat Conference

Liberal Democrats Party Conference 2012 Brighton 25th October 2012 Colin Crooks has confirmed that he will be speaking at a special session looking at the issue of persistent unemployment as part of the 2012 Liberal Democrats Party Conference. Colin Crooks is author of How to Make a Million Jobs and founder and CEO of Tree Shepherd, a social enterprise which aims to tackle the issue of worklessness in some of the country’s most deprived communities. If you are attending the conference, please do come along on the 25th and join the debate!

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New event – Lewisham Labour Party

Lewisham Labour Party Lewisham 25th October Colin Crooks will be speaking as a guest of Lewisham Labour Party on Thursday 25th October in a newly confirmed talk on his How to Make a Million Jobs book tour. For all those interested in how social enterprise can help to address the issue of long-term unemployment, this talk is a must! Free to attend, all welcome. More details to come….

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New event on the How to Make a Million Jobs tour!

Carnegie Library Lambeth Wednesday 24th October A new event on the How to Make a Million Jobs tour has been confirmed! The book’s author, Colin Crooks, will be speaking at Carnegie Library, Lambeth on Wednesday 24th October. This is a chance to hear about some of Colin’s experiences as a serial social entrepreneur, and some of the solutions he proposes to deal with the problem of persistent unemployment. The talk is free to attend. All welcome. More details to come.

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New Start book review – “invaluable contribution”

New Start book review – “invaluable contribution” In her New Start Book Review Liz Zacharias, head of new initiatives and fundraising at SHP, says  “His [Crooks] formula is the ‘intense long term planting of social enterprises in defined areas of worklessness, which will create real employment and improve social cohesion’ by focussing on impact rather than profit. This focus will create social capital and in turn create a ‘tipping point’ that will lever in mainstream investment………..Crooks makes an invaluable contribution in applying experience and taking a small is beautiful approach to the issues. Read the New Start Book Review at […]

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Author of Social Value Act launches book

 How to Make a Million Jobs – Colin Crooks Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be able to speak here today at the launch of a new book by Colin – and I have to say the subject matter could not be more timely. Although economists have been puzzled by the recent data, it does seem clear that despite the strong economic headwinds we have been operating in, employment has been far more resilient then we have expected. But despite this, reducing unemployment remains one the most important challenge this Government faces. Why? Because unemployment is not just […]

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Dulwich & West Norwood Labour party – new event

Dulwich & West Norwood Labour party Herne Hill 17th October Colin Crooks will be speaking as a guest of Dulwich & West Norwood Labour Party on Wednesday 17th October in a newly confirmed talk on his How to Make a Million Jobs book tour. Colin will be discussing how social enterprise can help to address the issue of long-term unemployment. The talk is free to attend, all welcome. More details soon…

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Shining a light on the menace of long-term worklessness – Stephen Timms MP

Shining a light on the menace of long-term worklessness In politics we talk a lot about how to get people off benefits and into jobs.  But very few in politics have direct experience of creating jobs for people who have been out of work for a long time.  That’s why Colin Crooks’ accounts of individuals who made it into work with his social enterprises, and those who did not, are so enthralling.  They are real-world experiences and . Mr Crooks largely accepts the ‘work first’ presumption that has guided thinking in the Department for Work and Pensions for some years. […]

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Yes Minister review – let’s plant some trees!

Yes Minister review – let’s plant some trees! How to make a million is a plea to policy makers and practitioners to resist the temptation of the myopic focus – only – on youth unemployment at the expense of adult worklessness. In “How to make a million jobs – a charter for social enterprise” social entrepreneur Colin Crooks draws on his considerable personal and professional experience to make a powerful plea for an intelligent debate and a conversation which explores the multifaceted layers of the beast called unemployment. The author emphasises the need for ‘social employability skills’ which cannot really […]

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