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South East Midlands LEP: Creative and Cultural Research. Get involved.

Are you a part of the vibrant Creative or Cultural Sector?

FireDog Research have been commissioned and are progressing a research study on behalf of the South East Midlands LEP (SEMLEP) into their Cultural and Creative Sectors. Working in partnership with SEMLEP, our team have created a short online questionnaire that takes just 10 minutes of your time to complete.

Now is your opportunity to share your views on your business, the SEMLEP are and the growth and opportunities that are available in the South East Midlands.  

If you are an employer within the Arts, Heritage, Sports, Visitor Economy, Creative and Cultural Industries, the team at SEMLEP would love to hear from you. Share your views on skill development and skills needs on the following link:


Want more of a say?

For a more in depth chat, the friendly FireDog team undertaking a number of telephone interviews in the next few weeks. Please let us know if you are available for an anonymous and more in-depth chat about your business, the sector and SEMLEP.

FireDog and SEMLEP appreciate your time and help. For more information, please contact Gwenn Winters, our Research Director at FireDog by emailing hello@firedogresearch.com


The National Health Service

Where does the money go?

At the recent General Election everyone agreed with Danny Boyle that the NHS was a wonderful thing. There were no major disagreements about the principle. Instead we simply heard how much our politicians loved the health service – how much better it would be because of them and how much worse it would be with the other guy.

But there is one question that interests me, simply because it is never discussed. Is this because we are not aware of it? If gut feel is the mark of a politician, should MPs across the land not be talking about this issue?

What should the NHS pay for? And what is private medical cost?

I’m not talking about cosmetic surgery or gastric bands here.

I think I’m starting a debate which is surely much less controversial.

The following is hypothetical, but illustrates my point.

I have a sore knee.

I go to my GP. She believes that it is a problem that should best be managed with exercise and/or mild analgesic. I think differently and decide to take advantage of my private health cover.

I demand that my GP writes a referral letter to my private consultant.

I have surgery.

I go home. My knee starts to hurt. I am unable to drive. So I am visited by my GP (in our out of hours). I am prescribed medication.

My wound is redressed.

I need remedial surgery.

Can you guess which parts of this are paid for by the NHS?

Answers next week.

Ross Moloney
Managing Director, FireDog Research