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BCEF’s wealth of knowledge and expertise is available to businesses, public sector organisations and government departments through a range of project and consultancy services.

Our team can help you towards a specific goal or with a long-term programme of change. We work with many organisations over the long-term, becoming a real partner in their problem solving and development. Our work includes organisational structure, change management, and restructuring and re-engineering analysis.

Our consultancy services have included:

  • advising electricity companies on how to change their tariffs to encourage use of off-peak electricity
  • working with regional businesses to understand more about what drives productivity
  • working with Bristol City Council to evaluate their Wellbeing Charter
  • advice for the Low Pay Commission on minimum wages, the pay of apprentices, and the quality and production efficiency of their statistics
  • working with a large Brazilian media conglomerate on the organisational structure for a new branch of their business, including new roles and systems.

We work in partnership and advise a number of important organisations on a regular basis, including:

  • The Patent Office
  • The Office for National Statistics
  • The European Commission
  • Bristol City Council.

As well as formal consultancy, we offer professional development training and have an extensive programme of business engagement. Recent events have included a business breakfast meeting for the ONS, and BAFA’s South West Regional Conference in 2017; upcoming events including hosting ONS’ regional Economic Forum, a workshop on finding truth in a world of big data, and training course on understanding trade statistics.

From comprehensive government policies to creating a workplace wellbeing charter – whatever the project, you’ll benefit from access to outstanding analytical skills and wide-ranging experience in all areas of business, economics and governance.

The table lists externally funded projects and clients in the last four academic years:

Project title




Provision of a trade mark applications forecasting model

Intellectual Property Office

Does migration affect education of girls in Tajikistan? Evidence from panel data.

United Nations University

The role of indeterminacy and self-fulfilling expectations in emerging economies

British Academy

Access to Australian social services data

Australian Government

Review of anonymisation of EU-LFS and EU-SILC

European Commission

Non-compliance with the minimum wage in the informal sector

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Productivity framework for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly LEP

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (C&IoS) Local Enterprise Partnership

Development of confidentiality training

Office for National Statistics



Developing an ecological stock-flow consistent modelling framework

Network for Social Change

Managing shadow money

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Banking and capital markets union

Foundation for Progressive European Studies

Progressive macroeconomic scenarios for Europe

Foundation for Progressive European Studies

Productivity in Wales

Welsh Assembly Government

Build and quality assurance of ARDx

Office for National Statistics



Employment and welfare in disadvantaged neighbourhoods (PhD scholarship)

Bristol City Council

Governing financial interconnectedness in developing countries: an actor-based approach to capital account convertibility

Institute for New Economic Thinking

Employment-focused scenarios for Europe

Foundation for Progressive European Studies

Productivity and workplace health (PhD scholarship)

Bristol City Council

Anonymisation of the community innovation survey 2010

European Commission

Environmental sustainability, finance and the macro economy: A stock-flow consistent approach

New Economics Foundation

Regional resilience

Cardiff University

Economic impact of sport in the West of England region

West of England Sport Trust

Enabling data linkage in public health research

Wellcome Trust

Regional growth fund: impact and economic evaluation

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

REPOA growth poverty nexus: finance and accumulation

REPOA - Policy Research for Development

Rebuilding the ARD

Office for National Statistics

BIS - Evaluation of economic impacts

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills



How can employment and skills policy or practice reduce poverty?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Assessment of skills and business support programmes

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Assessing the reliability and usefulness of official data sources.

Low Pay Commission

International and domestic comparisons of apprentice pay.

Low Pay Commission

Consultancy for the administrative data service.

Economic and Social Research Council

Social and individual impact of community self build initiatives.

Forces in Mind Trust

Romanian migration.

World Bank

Productivity in the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

We also offer a range of professional development courses, including accountancy and tax, statistics and econometrics, and economic evaluation. For further details, please see the UWE Bristol’s CPD directory or contact the Centre .




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