making sense of place economics

Place assessments

Place assessments

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Future local growth requires sound analysis and focused strategic thinking. The need for fresh intelligence and robust analysis of economic and social prospects has never been more acute.

The context for refreshing economic visions of towns and cities is unprecedented - local, national and global economies are in unchartered waters and, as they emerge from recession, need to adapt to a new government, reduced public sector funding and new spatial and institutional models based on Local Enterprise Partnerships.

GENECON prepares local economic assessments and place diagnostics, reviewing local assets and understanding the economic, social and spatial relationships of towns and cities.

We have:

  • prepared the economic evidence base to support Strategic Economic Plans, including for Coast to Capital, Tees Valley, Sheffield, and South East LEPs;
  • prepared an assessment of the economic potential of Newhaven as a growing economic asset on the Sussex coast;
  • prepared socio-economic profiles of a range of towns and sub-regions to support growth planning, including Blackpool & the Fylde Coast, Bournemouth, Redcar, Ripon, Tees Valley, Grimsby.
  • assessed the 'state of the economy' in Thames Gateway Kent, identifying economic themes for local growth promotion;
  • analysed local economic performance and business sector strengths to inform new visions and strategy for cities including Sunderland and York;
  • completed economic assessments of specialised economies, such as coastal towns, including Hastings, Brighton, Scarborough, Cowes, Dover and Barrow and rural market towns;
  • refreshed regional investment priorities for the HCA to support further investment planning in the Yorkshire & Humber region;
  • developed an innovative new housing and regeneration framework to guide future strategy and investment priorities across the Leeds City Region;
  • provided the research base for the North West Coalfields Partnership's programme of enterprise and business support.