Last year I took considerable time out to pursue political roles. I relocated several times during the year, fought a parliamentary campaign in Scunthorpe and was runner up in the selection of the Conservative’s Kent Police & Crime Commissioner candidate. It was a privilege to have stood for parliament, and the research into public service transformation challenges and opportunities has reinforced my passion for innovation and reform – and the importance of social value in government spending.
In 2016 I want the Knowledge Hive to reconnect with the work that makes a difference to communities, small businesses and women and I start by supporting the Pink Shoe Foundation’s work on a UK Economic Blueprint for Women as a member of the Access to Markets Work Stream. We will be focussing on the Economic Blueprint goals:
- The value of exports by women-owned businesses (WBs) will increase by 30%
- An index of the corporate and government spend with WBs will be created, tracked and published – working towards a target of 5%
- A marketplace will be developed to enable WBs to cluster in order to win contracts and to do more business with each other