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STRATEGY & FUNDING

ENTERPRISE POLICY CONSULTING FOR
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

We create ambitious local economic strategies, vision statements and industry sector plans. We write winning bids for government funding programmes.

WHAT WE DO

Our clients provide strategic leadership to the business populations they serve. They convene employers in places and sectors around plans for their collective success. Our services empower them to identify their goals, what they need to do to achieve them and how to get their priorities funded. We work with business associations, local government, economic development bodies, civic-minded corporates and consultancies.

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UK Shared Prosperity Fund

How UK local government should prepare for SPF and the end of EU Structural and Investment Funds

 

OUR OFFER

STRATEGY REVIEWS

We create strategies and investment prospectuses for local economic development; sector plans and area visions for enterprise and business growth. Our approach is to help our clients navigate a four-stage process of evidence gathering and stakeholder engagement. The process asks the questions: (1) Where are we now? (2) Where will we be if we don't change our ways? (3) Where do we want to be? (4) How do we get there? Sign up for our newsletter and get your free strategy template here!

FUNDING BIDS

We support our clients with Green Book compliant bids into public funding competitions. We help them win the resources they need for their enterprise and business growth programmes. Learn more about our success in securing the UK's largest funding award from the Community Renewal Fund here

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WHY US?

EXPERIENCE

We draw on two decades of experience working on strategies in commercial, local economic development and membership association contexts. We've written or contributed to plans for every economic strategy round in England since the mid 2000s. From Regional Economic Strategies to post-COVID economic recovery plans.
 

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 know what makes an effective funding bid. We've judged competitions at the national and sub-national levels. We've pitched successful bids for public and non-governmental bodies. We draw on these perspectives to deliver the highest-quality bids. Our team's experience working with business groups and government means we know which strategies land best with each other's stakeholders. 

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

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FEATURED PROJECTS

Business Meeting

Community Renewal Fund  - Start & Grow enterprise programme

Cambridge Food Market

Economic Development Strategy Guide - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (UK)

Covid 19

Restart, Rebuild, Renew plan for a post-pandemic UK economy

 

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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