Bristol Economic Analysis consultancy activities

Our academic output has strong links with our consultancy activities. We strive to transfer our economic knowledge and apply our economic skills to find solutions to or to deepen knowledge of issues encountered by firms, workers, organisations and governments. There's no issue too big or too small for us to analyse, and no topic is too unusual for us to investigate.

We offer cost effective and imaginative knowledge solutions as evidenced by long established relationships with clients. We are able to offer an exceptionally wide and analytical skills base by working with other departments across the University.

If you wish to discuss a potential project then please feel free to contact us.


We have undertaken a wide range of consultancy projects in recent years, which illustrate our commitment to analyse economics topics that have relevance to contemporary businesses, workers and government policymakers alike.

Previous funders include social enterprises, local authorities, the World Bank, European Commission, UK Government, Welsh Assembly Government, New Zealand's Government, UK Regional Development Agencies and sub-regional strategic partnerships.


We have recently researched the following areas:

  • Economic impacts of cultural and sporting events
  • Scoring environmental credentials
  • Regional productivity and vulnerability analyses
  • City level analysis of local employment patterns
  • Does participatory decision making ensure higher levels of job satisfaction?
  • Mental health, physical health and employment propensity
  • Influence at work and the desire for more influence
  • Managing the exhibitor – visitor relationship: increasing repeat attendance for satisfied and unsatisfied visitors
  • The changing influence of culture on job satisfaction
  • Which attributes create repeat visitation for attendees?
  • Levers of job satisfaction: participative decision making and individual characteristics
  • Sector variations in SMEs' use of external business advice
  • Basic needs, government debt and economic growth
  • Regional productivity differentials: explaining the gap
  • Beyond 'access': internet use and take up of online services by adults living in disadvantaged areas in England
  • Country-level business performance and policy asymmetries in Great Britain
  • Explaining spatial variation in business performance in Great Britain
  • Disparities in UK business performance: a case for regional policy
  • Church organists: analysing their willingness to play
  • Ad hoc governance and growth in dematerialising economies
  • Factors influencing the use of external business advice by SMEs
  • Policies to stimulate growth: Should we invest in health or education?
  • Quitting behaviour in good (and bad) work places
  • Internet shopping and Internet banking in sequence
  • Economic performance in rural England
  • Business productivity and area productivity in rural England
  • Culture, participatory decision making and job satisfaction
  • An examination of consumers' resistance to computer-based technologies

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