Our markets

We work across the public, private and third sectors in health, national and local government, economic development and education. We are on major consultancy procurement frameworks.

  • Economic Development

Smart economic development is about creativity, thoughtful strategy, crossing organisational boundaries, and winning real benefits. We help our clients deliver better outcomes in:

• city and regional economic development strategies
• multi-agency partnership processes
• economic impact assessment
• summative and formative evaluation
• economic and options appraisal
• industry cluster and sector strategies
• tourism, events and destination management review
• policy, programme and project design and development
• business growth and enterprise
• skills, employability and worklessness
• regeneration and inclusion
• scenario planning and economic futures 

We use practical tools and advice based on our successful track record. We will help you meet your objectives, transfer our knowledge and build your capacities.

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  • Government

Government is working to deliver real benefits from policy and investment, generate savings and meet rising stakeholder expectations.  The context is also changing, with increasing debate about the role of government.

We help support this work in:

• policy analysis and reviews
• research to inform policy choice
• strategy development and scenario planning
• transformation and change management
• organisation design and restructuring
• project and programme management
• stakeholder engagement and consultation
• workforce and organisational development
• options appraisal and economic assessment
• performance measurement and balanced scorecards
• programme impact evaluation and learning reviews
• regulatory impact assessment

We use practical tools and advice based on our successful track record. We will help you meet your objectives, transfer our knowledge and build your capacities.

Project Summaries:
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  • Health Care
The NHS is facing the challenge of meeting rising demand with current resources whilst improving quality and the patient experience. Traditional ways of working will not achieve this; radical service redesign, combined with a shift in mind-sets – led by leaders taking an engaged approach across their system – is the only option. We are helping clients to meet this challenge by:

    • strategy – helping clinical commissioning groups and trusts to develop their strategies to get the most from their resources
implementation – developing business cases, redesign of services across systems, and programme management
• people – developing high performance leadership teams and workforces to and deliver sustainable change
evaluation – evaluating outcomes, performance and processes to get more for your money and take corrective action

We use practical tools and advice based on our successful track record. We will help you meet your objectives, transfer our knowledge and build your capacities.

Projects Summaries:
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  • Local Government

Citizen expectations, public service reform agendas and financial constraints are huge challenges for local government delivery. We support success in
this work in:

• partnership development and performance assessment
• service reviews and performance improvement
• project and programme evaluation
• options development and appraisal
• economic development
• social return on investment
• education and skills agenda
• area regeneration
• social inclusion
• road safety strategy and evaluation

We use practical tools and advice based on our successful track record. We will help you meet your objectives, transfer our knowledge and build your capacities.

Project Summaries:
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  • Education

Further and higher education are drivers of learning and innovation upon which future success for people, business and the economy depends. We support this work in:

• organisation strategy development
• scenario planning and futures research
• merger development and implementation support
• organisation and performance reviews
• learning services market research
• new business opportunity development
• project and programme evaluation
• commercialisation support
• business planning and estates strategy
• leadership development

We use practical tools and advice based on our successful track record. We will help you meet your objectives, transfer our knowledge and build your capacities.

Project Summaries:
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  • Regulatory Affairs

Regulators need to be cost-effective, and achieve the desired regulatory outcomes in a way that minimises the burdens imposed on businesses and individuals. To achieve effective regulation, regulators should be:

• risk-based
• proportionate in their decision-making
• transparent
• accountable for their actions
• recognising their role in encouraging economic progress and growth

We help support both regulators and regulated organisations with:

• policy analysis reviews
• research to inform policy choice
• strategy development and scenario planning
• stakeholder engagement and consultation
• options appraisal and economic assessment
• organisational risk profiling
• impact evaluation
• cost-benefit analyses
• risk profiling
• risk reviews
• risk management tools
• regulatory impact assessments

We use practical tools and advice based on our successful track record. We will help you meet your objectives, transfer our knowledge and build your capacities.

Project Summaries:
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  • Not-for-profit organisations

Not-for-profit organisations are pushed for more outcomes from less resources, so robust decision-making is critical. We have a track record of working with charities, social enterprises and funders to support their decision making processes in:

• making choices – research that focuses on key needs for better outcomes and impact for those they work with
• identifying benefits – evaluation that identifies impacts, outcomes and full value delivered for all stakeholders
• improving performance – capture and share learning across sites, projects and programmes to help your people do things better
• achieving influence – provide compelling evidence that wins policy makers’ and service commissioners’ support

We work with a range of organisations across the UK using practical approaches and tools that can help you:

• do the right things – make best strategic choices
• do the right things well – maximise effective and efficient delivery
• build your in-house skills – we work with your people and transfer our knowledge

Project Summaries:
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  • Innovation

Innovation is about turning ideas into new or improved products, services or business processes. Innovation is seen as the engine of long term economic development, playing a crucial role in driving economic growth and employment. We work with people and organisations to deliver these benefits in economic development agencies, higher and further education, businesses and healthcare. We support innovation activity in a number of ways: :

• better decision making to identify what innovation projects to pursue or fund through market assessment, due diligence, options analysis and cost-benefit analysis

• helping organisations implement their innovation policy through business plan appraisal, market research, skills development, lean, review of innovation support processes and structures

• supporting organisations to make the case for innovation funding through grant applications, business case development and feasibility studies

• helping organisations commercialise their research through market research, evaluation and appraisal

We use practical tools and advice based on our successful track record. We will help you meet your objectives, transfer our knowledge and build your capacities.

Project Summaries:
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