making sense of place economics


Clarity from complexity

Clarity from complexity

We are management consultants specialising in economic development and place-making. Our focus is on navigating the complexity of place economics - making sense of places, communities and economies.

We configure place strategy, define investment priorities, confirm project viability and unlock local growth delivery.

In the new paradigm we face in resourcing economic development and achieving local growth, only investments grounded in delivery realism will be credible.

Bespoke services

Bespoke Services

We are continually refreshing our business to meet new market challenges.

Everything we do is bespoke and all our advice is precise and tailored. We listen, we understand, and then we work with our clients to shape the brief and match our response through person to person relationships. The Government's drive for local growth, including through Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local & Regional Growth Fund and Enterprise Zones, requires new approaches to economic consultancy to achieve 'more for less'.

Our advisory services are now structured around 4 key business areas, focused on clients in the public and private sectors engaged in economic development and regeneration to accelerate and improve the UK economic growth process.

Incisive advice

Incisive Advice

Our trusted team - our talented team of advisors blends core skills in economics, financial analysis, economic geography, property development, town planning and management consultancy. Our team offers a deep understanding of the dynamics of local economic development and place economics - this has been built over many years across all sectors and geographies in the UK.

Our advisory heritage - we have developed the economic case to Government for public sector investment in some of the most complex economic development and regeneration projects nationally. We bring experience as former senior practitioners in public sector economic development and as leading private sector advisers in a global management consulting business.

Our nimble and entrepreneurial culture - we provide a lean, flexible and responsive approach in challenging economic conditions. Securing the best possible outcomes for our clients drives our business culture and we offer the flexibility needed to deal incisively with the changing course of our clients' needs. GENECON's Directors provide dedicated and visible leadership and management on all engagements, ensuring effective direction of our resources.

Delivery innovation

Delivery Innovation

Innovation drives GENECON's business.

Our clients rightly expect more than standard responses to complex economic challenges. It's our attention to robust evidence, case-making clarity and practical delivery enabling that they value. And they have confirmed our position as market leaders in the economics of place-making and local growth. This hard-earned market reputation has been built on a distinctive service offer that positions us as 'trusted advisors' not 'product-led consultants'. By tailoring our team, hand-picking our co-advisors and providing senior project leadership, we can provide a bespoke response to the specific circumstances and opportunities of the place or project in question. Our clarity of approach and our reputation for innovative strategy and delivery solutions sets us apart.

Our clients tell us what they think about GENECON - we've asked them.  They value:

  • Our creative yet realistic approach to economic strategies.
  • Our robust approach to project advocacy and case-making.
  • Our market leadership in Green Book economic appraisal.
  • Our innovation in responding to new policy initiatives.
  • Our experience of Government funding procedures.
  • Our understanding of the changing context for their activities.
  • Our flexible, team approach and knowledge sharing

Art, science, sense and collaboration

art science sense and collaboration

Art lies in our creative and innovative approach to changing places.

Science applies in our incisive analysis and robust evidence for making cases.

Sense reflects our thinking to innovate policy and our realism about what works.

Collaboration underpins everything we do, with our clients and in our team, to organise delivery of efficient economic development and regeneration outcomes.

Clients list

Government Departments & Agencies

  • Ministry for Housing Communities & Local Government
  • Dept. for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Historic England
  • Natural England
  • Homes England
  • Ministry of Justice
  • HS2

Local Authorities

  • Carlisle City Council
  • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • City of Bradford MDC
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Derby City Council
  • Dover District Council
  • Durham County Council
  • Eastbourne Borough Council
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council
  • Chester City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Hastings Borough Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • Lewes District Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Middlesbrough District Council
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Kesteven District Council
  • Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Oldham MBC
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Shepway Borough Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • Stockport MBC
  • Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Sunderland City Council
  • West Lindsey District Council
  • Wyre Borough Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Essex County Council
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Barnsley MBC
  • Doncaster MBC
  • Thanet District Council
  • North East Combined Authority
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Regional and Local Economic Agencies

  • Blackpool & Fylde Coast EDC
  • Leeds City Region
  • Northwest Development Agency
  • One NorthEast
  • South East England Development Agency
  • Yorkshire Forward
  • Black Country LEP
  • Cumbria Tourist Board
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Durham County Council
  • East Kent Partnership
  • Lancashire LEP
  • Leeds Renaissance Partnership
  • North Staffordshire Partnership
  • Northumberland Strategic Partnership
  • Stockton-Middlesbrough Initiative
  • South East Northumberland & North Tyneside Regeneration Initiative
  • Thames Gateway Kent Partnership
  • Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership
  • South East Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Solent Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Humber LEP
  • Lancashire LEP
  • D2N2 LEP
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Public – Private Delivery Partnerships

  • Thames Gateway Kent Partnership
  • Bradford Centre Regeneration
  • Derby Cityscape
  • Hull City Council
  • Land Trust
  • Leeds City Region
  • Maryport Developments Limited
  • London Thames Gateway Development Corporation
  • 1NG – Newcastle - Gateshead
  • Sea Change Sussex
  • Creative Sheffield
  • West Lakes Renaissance
  • West Northants Development Corporation
  • West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
  • Newcastle Science City

Community Organisations

  • Betteshanger Regeneration Forum
  • Trustees of Holy Trinity Church, Hull
  • Lancaster Arts
  • North Deal Community Partnership
  • Howdenshire Forward
  • Southey Owlerton Area Regeneration

Education & Skills Providers

  • Daresbury Science Park
  • Glyndwr University
  • Integreat Yorkshire
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Net Park Durham
  • North West Biomedical Research Centre
  • North West STEM Partnership
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • Wolverhampton University
  • University of Sheffield

Private Sector

  • Aecom
  • Arup
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Deloitte
  • Haribo
  • Gillespies
  • HBG Construction Ltd
  • Kensington Developments
  • PD Group Management Ltd
  • Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Sun International
  • White Young Green
  • John Thompson & Partners
  • WS Atkins
  • Helioslough Ltd
  • British Land
  • Chestnut Homes
  • Montpellier Estates
  • Enplan
  • JMP
  • Wardell Armstrong
  • Alamo Manufacturing Services Ltd
  • General Electric
  • Henry Boot Developments Ltd
  • Galliford Try
  • Home Group
  • Burberry
  • Jones Lang Lasalle
  • Peel Holdings
  • David Lock Associates
  • Arcadis