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We advise on, design, and evaluate initiatives to promote business growth in places and industries


Nature Friendly Modern Building

Somerset Economic Futures - pre-strategy visioning    

Factory workers learning how to use a numerical control machine

Local Skills Improvement Plan for South Yorkshire

Business mentoring session

Mentoring Matters - business mentoring in the UK

Sheffield Town Hall and Peace Gardens

South Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce Policy Programme

Cogs and gears

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Business Support System Review

Future of offshore wind, electrification, and life sciences in North East England

North of Tyne / North East Innovation Prospectus


Client quotes


Daniel Woolf, Head of Policy & Government Relations, Enterprise Nation:

Working with PolicyDepartment on the production of a tech adoption policy paper was not only productive but also genuinely enjoyable. Their team's expertise in translating complex issues into readily understandable and actionable steps is truly impressive. They consistently demonstrated flexibility and responsiveness, even to last-minute adjustments, always maintaining a professional and collaborative approach. I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Rob Hamilton, Head of Investment and Economic Growth, North of Tyne Combined Authority:

PolicyDepartment provided the Combined Authority with insightful analysis whilst also setting up thought-provoking discussions with stakeholders – distilling the findings down into practical policy recommendations which are helping drive our approach around innovation and investment.

I have no hesitation in recommending PolicyDepartment as a very good organisation to partner with. PolicyDepartment supported the three South Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce for many years providing much needed capacity, credibility and thought-leadership to our research, policy and advocacy activity.  PolicyDepartment brings technical expertise to the table but also context and candid advice on how to manage complex stakeholder relationships.  PolicyDepartment contributed to a range of projects for the South Yorkshire Chambers, including our economic research, Local Skills Improvement Plan, PR, and developing our strategic relationship with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.  In all cases, the outcomes of the work had a positive impact for the business communities we serve as well as leaving the Chambers well positioned with our political and public sector partners. 

Richard Kenny, Executive Director, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority:

Glenn Athey, working with Mike Spicer, provided a thorough review of the CPCA Growth Works Programme, and the wider enterprise support ecosystem and provision in the area. What they delivered was an accurate, innovative and useful review, within the context of changing funding sources and priorities, that provided in-depth analysis, and a forward looking agenda with recommendations concerning the rationale, focus, objectives, governance and delivery of enterprise support and inward investment in the region. It was an excellent piece of work.

David Gimson, National Network Manager, Business & IP Centres, British Library:

...a highly valuable consultancy project for us, utilising depth and breadth of experience in the areas of business support, local government and wider economic policy...we’ve been implementing their recommended actions and are already starting to see positive outcomes.

Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director, British Chambers of Commerce:

It was great to partner with PolicyDepartment on our economy Restart work which has had real impact and helped shape government thinking.

Dr Corrina Osborne, Director, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership:

Mike understood exactly what we were looking for...We were very satisfied with the work undertaken by PolicyDepartment.

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