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London Growth Boroughs 2015-18 Convergence Strategy

Towards the end of 2014, Shared Intelligence worked with the London Growth Boroughs to identify opportunities for further collaboration on skills and employment to feed in to development of the next Growth Boroughs Convergence Strategy 2015 – 2018. The population of Greater London has hit 8.6 million. The last time London was that big was 1939. The current wave of growth is projected to continue until London has over 10 million residents. Where will all the new people and businesses be accommodated? The short answer is that much of it will be in the East of London, in the six Growth Boroughs. A more challenging question is what needs to ...

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East Sussex Growth Strategy

Team East Sussex commissioned Shared Intelligence to prepare a Growth Strategy for them as the South East LEP local federated board for East Sussex. We carried out a comprehensive programme of stakeholder engagement with members of the LEP, local authorities, colleges, local delivery bodies and other stakeholders to agree a shared set of growth priorities for the county. The strategy helped to refocus attention on East Sussex’s economic strengths as an attractive location for high value-added businesses in advanced manufacturing and knowledge-intensive services and as a nationally significant tourism and leisure destination.

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Maidstone Economic Development Strategy

Working with a group of elected Members and council officers at Maidstone Borough Council, Si helped prepare an Economic Development Strategy for the borough. We worked with Members and officers to identify the key economic challenges facing the borough and the priority actions to address them. This included an analysis of the sectors with growth potential and the main locations for growth. The work is being used to help inform preparation of the Council’s Local Plan.

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Gloucestershire EU Structural Investment Fund

Working with officers from Gfirst, the Local Economic Partnership (LEP) Si helped to prepare Gfirst’s European Union Structural Investment Fund Strategy (EUSIF). We worked over a short intensive period with officers from the LEP to prepare a clear and concise economic narrative about Gloucestershire’s economy, bringing together existing research and originating new analysis to shape the logic model for the strategy. Our insight meant the LEP was able to articulate a stronger rationale for the strategic investments proposed under each of the EU’s thematic objectives.

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Slough Town Centre Regeneration

Shared Intelligence was commissioned by Slough Borough Council to help identify the regeneration priorities for the town centre. This included facilitating a one day workshop bringing together officers from planning, economic development and transport to engage in discussions about the future of Slough Town Centre as a retail, office and leisure destination. The outcome was agreement to an outline work programme for the Council to take forward over the next year.

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The Croydon Promise: Growth For All

There is massive growth potential in Croydon; over £9billion of investment is planned over the next five years including a new Westfield-Hammerson shopping centre (one of the largest in Europe), over 9600 homes, and 1m sq.ft of new office space. This is an investment programme on a similar scale to the Olympic Park. The new administration of LB Croydon elected in May 2014 were keen to demonstrate to residents, businesses and investors that they welcomed this growth, and would actively enable it for the benefit all of Croydon’s residents including the large BME community.  Shared Intelligence worked closely with senior LB Croydon officers from across the regeneration, planning, economic development, ...

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Ipswich culture: economic impact model and vision

Ipswich is home to a uniquely high concentration of major arts organisations (including six of Arts Council England’s national portfolio organisations) but the council and their partners recognise they “just don’t shout about it enough”. This piece of work was to help the town’s cultural partners develop a better understanding of the contribution of arts organisations to the visitor economy in particular, and begin a strategic conversation about how that could be maximised through leadership and investment. Commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council we developed a bespoke economic impact model. The model was designed jointly with stakeholders in a collaborative process. The model aimed to triangulate regional business economy and tourism ...

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Swindon and Wiltshire LEP

Over the last six months, Si has been helping the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to develop its Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). The SEP sets out the long-term economic vision for the area and puts forward a series of proposed investments under four priorities: Innovation – according to independent analysis, the area is a “hotbed of innovation” so there is much to build on Military – the area will soon be home to one fifth of the UK army, creating major economic opportunities Town Centres – there are huge opportunities to regenerate Swindon and grow places like Chippenham, Trowbridge and Salisbury Urban expansions – the SEP includes plans for New Eastern Villages, ...

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London’s Business Improvement Districts

Our report appears in the first monthly Mayor of London Business Improvement District newsletter. Working with the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM), we prepared a report for the Greater London Authority (GLA), entitled London’s Business Improvement Districts. The GLA recognises that, if it is to engage more actively with BIDs as a means to encourage economic development in London, it must understand where BIDs are, what they do and how they are developing, the contribution they make to the local economy, and the potential to increase their impact with additional support. The research that formed the basis of our report was commissioned to: Analyse the  functions of current BIDs in ...

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The role of county councils in economic development

In the light of the focus of much of the debate about economic growth on cities we were commissioned to produce a report. This report addresses: The economic contribution of county areas; The role of county councils and driving economic growth; and How current policy could better exploit the potential of counties. The report, which is available on the County Council Network website, summarises the economic importance of those parts of the country covered by county councils. It goes on to explore the current and potential contribution of county councils to driving economic growth and ways in which that contribution can be exploited to the full in the light of ...

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