Economic Development

Our economic development experience extends to a number of disciplines including: the development of local and regional economic strategies, EU Structural Funds and other sources of regional funding support, science parks/ incubators, higher education/ knowledge-transfer, sectoral development and clusters, FDI attraction and inward investment, small business creation and associated support services. Economic development strategies typically cover a range of activities – the promotion of small business, inward investment, skills development, physical infrastructure, the environment, innovation and technology, etc. CSES has the breadth of knowledge and expertise that is required for these types of assignments.

Please contact  Jack Malan or  Jan Smit for further information with regard to CSES’ work in the area of economic development.

Examples of our economic development work includes:

  • Review of clusters strategy for North West England –  CSES provided  a detailed mapping assessment of key sectors in the North West England and helped define a strategy for their future growth and development. The cluster strategy was a key element for the North West Region’s regional development strategy
  • Area Investment Framework for Thames Gateway North Kent  – this assignment involved developing a 25 year development plan for the Thames Gateway, the largest government-approved regeneration project in the UK. The strategy was wide-ranging in scope and included developing a framework for the development of residential housing and commercial space, as well as leisure and cultural facilities.
  • Essex Technopole - the CSES team carried out an assignment for the Essex Economic Partnership to devise a strategy to develop a Technopole in the Essex region. This involved developing a comprehensive strategy for business incubation and technology transfer based on 5-6 clusters - telco's, high tech engineering and manufacturing.