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RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

ENTERPRISE POLICY CONSULTING FOR

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

We analyse what changes in the business world mean for places, industries and communities. We design, appraise and evaluate enterprise programmes.

WHAT WE DO

Our clients are passionate about the success of the business populations they serve. Our research empowers them to understand and respond to a changing world. We support business associations, government, economic development bodies, civic-minded corporates and consultancies.

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Shifting expectations around customer and vendor relationships

What does this mean for the operation of business support services in the UK?

OUR OFFER

COMMUNITY-FOCUSED RESEARCH

We design surveys, workshops and focus groups of business leaders. To put questions of policy interest to this time-constrained audience takes rare skill and experience. You must speak their language. Navigate the divide between their personal and professional perspectives. Understand how requests for insight can come across as demands for commercial disclosure. Our team is grounded in business experience. We are business owners ourselves and between us have years working in and on behalf of business networks. See our 'business translation guide' for economic development bodies on exiting COVID lockdowns

PROGRAMMES AND SYSTEM REVIEWS

We translate the latest research from leading academic institutions and thinkers into real-world policy solutions. We design, appraise and evaluate enterprise projects and programmes.  We draw on years of experience stretching back to the regional reviews of business support in England in the 2000s. But enterprise policy must be forward-looking. Technology, changes to working practices and structural shifts in economies are constantly re-shaping the success factors for business in the 21st century. We bring our direct experience of these developments into our work.  

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WHY US?

EXPERIENCE
We draw on two decades of experience commissioning, leading and producing high-impact analyses including the UK’s largest private poll of business conditions: the Quarterly Economic Survey at the British Chambers of Commerce.


AGILITY
Our skills were honed in major 'change moments', including the Coronavirus pandemic, the financial crisis of 2007-8, the Brexit referendum of 2016 and the no-deal Brexit deadlines of 2019.

 

QUALITY

We produce high-quality, readable analysis - not impenetrable data dumps.  We know that research reports in themselves are not the endgame.  The follow-up is crucial and the approach of our team reflects that.  We work with our clients to get solutions funded and publicise their priorities. 
 

VALUE 
We don’t have the overheads of a major research agency: we work with freelancers and others to meet the scale of your needs.

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FEATURED PROJECTS

Powerful Computer

Small business tech adoption in the UK

Birmingham Canal

West Midlands (UK) Future Business Support System

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Surrey (UK) post-COVID, Post-Brexit socio economic trends

BITE-SIZED COMMISSIONS

We know that sometimes you want direct support but need things quick without the commitment of a major commission. So subject to availability, PolicyDepartment offers a range of super-value, fast-turnaround consulting services for commissions taking between 2 hours and 2 days equivalent to complete. 

 
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WHY OUR CLIENTS LOVE US

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

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

 

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