Ever since its formation in 1986, London Economics has worked with a range of private companies and with public bodies including national Government departments, local and regional authorities and assemblies, sector regulators, competition authorities and international organisations such as the European Commission, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

In Wales we have advised a range of clients and in the course of our work we have interviewed and surveyed a wide range of stakeholders in Wales including departments of the Welsh Assembly Government, local authorities, higher education institutions, further education institutions, student and teaching unions, and private sector companies.

Some examples of our work are provided below.

Economic impacts of large scale investments. A review for the Welsh Assembly Government of the international evidence on the impact that large scale investment in both physical and intellectual infrastructure can have on economic growth. The study reviewed evidence from a range of sectors including renewable energy, transport, communications, local development, early years education and higher education.

Student finance regimes. This research, undertaken on behalf of million+ (formerly the Campaign for Mainstream Universities), reviews the student finance regime in Wales, and in other UK countries, and examines the key similarities and differences between each regime. The study provides data showing a significant increase between 2000 and 2006 in the number of Welsh students choosing to study in Wales instead of in England.

Business impacts of environment, health and safety regulation. We analysed the impacts on businesses in the chemicals sector of a range of environmental and health and safety regulations, making recommendations to the DTI for improvements to regulation. Our analysis was based on a series of interviews with large and SME businesses in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Economic forecasts for skills gap projections. A review for the Future Skills Wales Partnership of the economic forecasts and forecast models used by Education and Learning Wales (ELWa) and its partners. Our report sets out a number of recommendations on how greater benefits could be derived from the forecasting-related activities, and examines how regional data and regional forecasts can be used in a skills’ gap projection exercise.

Modelling the Higher Education estate. Analysis for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and its equivalents in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, of the factors that drive the costs of the non-residential estate for higher education institutions.

Intake planning for initial teacher training for Welsh medium school teachers. We advised the Welsh Assembly Government on methods for projecting the number of initial teacher training places needed for Welsh medium school teachers, based on an analysis of the supply and demand for Welsh medium teachers.

Workforce capacity in basic skills provision. An assessment for the Welsh Assembly Government of the international evidence on basic skills workforce capacity in order to inform policy development in this area.

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