making sense of place economics

City economies

Transforming cities and unlocking investment

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The GENECON team specialises in the dynamics of town and city economies.

Our understanding of city competitiveness, business agglomeration and city-scale assets, reflects our wide experience across UK urban centres.

Members of our team were advisers to Lord Roger's Urban Task Force and subsequently devised new delivery models for city economic development, including URCs and EDCs.

We pioneered city collaboration between Yorkshire's cities was a precursor to city-region economic governance. And our recent economic masterplan and project appraisal work in cities such as Newcastle, Sunderland, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bradford, York and Carlisle, has advocated creative but realistic plans for city growth in the context of recession and public spending cuts.

We have particular experience of the dynamics of town centres and 'high streets' having led the Government's review of high street performance alongside the Mary Portas review and recommendations. Click here to read our high streets performance review published by BIS.