Central Bedfordshire Council engaged Andrew Graves and colleagues at TBR to undertake a study to test the assumption that Central Bedfordshire is a low Gross Value Added (GVA) and low productivity economy and, if this was found to be the case, to investigate the causes. The study focused on analysis of secondary data to explore the economic output and productivity performance of the local economy. The first task was to establish and describe the key measures of output and productivity and to acquire the data necessary to assess these for Central Bedfordshire and comparator areas. Measures employed included total GVA, GVA per capita, GVA per filled job, GVA per hour worked and GVA per firm. The study also investigated innovation levels using granular data from the UK Innovation Survey (UKIS),…
According to the National Infrastructure Commission, the Cambridge-Oxford ARC is set to set a population increase of over 1 million and a growth in employment of 1.1 million between now and 2050. Milton Keynes is located right in the middle of the ARC and therefore faces a major growth opportunity. We are pleased to be working with David Lock Associates in delivering this important project, which will set out proposals for how Milton Keynes and surrounding areas can use spatial planning to maximise the impact of future growth. Our role is in developing future economic scenarios and interpreting these into implications for spatial development (size, scale, type and location).
Ortus Economic Research is delighted to have been commissioned, in partnership with Professor Tim Vorley of Sheffield University, to support the development of their Inclusive Growth Strategy. The project is focused on identifying key sector specialisms in Doncaster and making recommendations regarding how these might be developed to support inclusive growth. In addition, our brief is to support the integration of sector specialisms into the Inclusive Growth Strategy, due for publication in late 2018. A draft version of the Inclusive Growth Strategy is available here.
Having provided key evidence in support of RBKC’s successful application for a borough-wide exemption from office-to-residential permitted development rights, in this project we updated our analysis of key sectors and the relationship between commercial premises and employment across the borough. This study used new techniques to join business data together with premises data, creating an empirical link between the commercial premises offer and the businesses on the ground.
We are developing a forecasting tool that Luton Borough Council will use to examine the impact of planned investment on the skills pipeline. Luton has recently launched an investment framework that seeks to secure up to £1.5bn in inward investment that will be applied to a range of physical developments. These developments are estimated to generate up to 18,500 jobs over the next 10 years.