Ortus and Qa Research were commissioned by the North of Tyne Combined Authority to deliver a business survey on behalf of its constituent local authorities. The survey explored business performance following the Covid-19 pandemic, actions being taken to reduce businesses’ carbon emissions and environmental impacts, and the take-up and need for business support services. We undertook a telephone survey of registered businesses, alongside an online survey which was targeted at unregistered businesses (freelancers, sole traders and partnerships) via the client partners’ and other local business networks. In total, 860 interviews were completed, allowing robust analysis at parliamentary constituency level to help large local authorities understand the businesses in their area. Findings were presented in a detailed final report, alongside a data pack with extensive data tables and statistical analysis.
To support the strategic work of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Ortus was commissioned to undertake a detailed study of employment along the banks of the river Tyne and within three key sectors: Energy, Offshore and Marine. The study was conducted in March 2022 and was used to inform discussions with partners and government regarding the importance of both the sector and key employment sites located along the banks of the river that require continual access across to the River Tyne – and therefore rely on quayside infrastructure and being able to safely transport goods along the river. The analysis included an economic impact assessment for both employment and GVA following HM Treasury Green Book guidance.
Ortus and Qa Research have delivered the latest in a series of research studies of exporting activity across the Midlands Engine area. As well as levels of exporting and barriers preventing/enabling factors supporting exporting, the surveys also reviewed business support challenges and, in the most recent survey, examined the impacts of Brexit and Covid-19. The research also provides an assessment of the levels of actual and potential exporting required in each LEP to contribute to regional and national targets. The 2021 study delivered a survey of 1,725 businesses (employing 5 or more people) in the Midlands Engine region, including minimum quotas per Local Enterprise Partnership area in order to produce results which were robust at LEP level.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused the biggest economic shock of recent times. The ongoing and uncertain nature of the global emergency means that economic recovery will neither be straightforward nor achievable in the short-term. The North East LEP, as part of its role within the North East Covid-19 Economic Recovery Group, sought to bring in a team to support the development of timely, targeted evidence and analysis to support the recovery planning. Ortus, working in partnership with New Skills Consulting, was commissioned to provide regular intelligence reports to the Economic Recovery Group and the LEP Board. This involved ongoing analysis of a wide range key data sources, including standard economic and labour market datasets but also those related to the various support schemes established by government (e.g. CJRS and SEISS) and…
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),…
The Ortus team (whilst at TBR) delivered this ground-breaking study for GLA which delivered an updated overview of the nature and distribution of economic activity and employment in London, along with a detailed analysis of London’s specialisms, clustering, agglomeration economies, and sector distribution.
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.