Nigel Hudson

Enterprise, Skills and Vocational Learning

Much of Nigel’s recent work has focused on enterprise, technology and related policy. He has extensive experience as a researcher and practitioner in small and start-up businesses. This included authoring a discussion paper, Think big, act small: will the system ever meet the needs of small businesses?, for the UK Skills Convention in 2002 and presenting a paper on UK small business policy to the International Council for Small Business World Conference in Turku, Finland in 2007. He authored a major skills assessment for the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative in 2008 and two years later received their Special Achievement Award for raising enterprise training and support standards in the UK. A particular interest is the growth of self-employment, the role of technology in facilitating this and the implications for continuing learning and development.

Nigel has led and contributed to several studies on Investors in People and learning in small businesses. Recently he has completed an evaluation of a pilot support programme for the Start Up Loans Company. During 2017 he also assisted The Manufacturing Institute in a study into the challenges facing manufacturing businesses in Greater Manchester and their preparedness for Industry 4.0.

Prior to founding the research, vocational learning and IT consultancy Stratagia in 2002, Nigel was a senior research officer at the Department of Education and Skills. There he managed almost £1m worth of research conducted for the National Skills Task Force. Nigel has extensive experience of facilitating learning, having previously worked as an Open University tutor for over twenty years on master’s courses in qualitative and quantitative social research.