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Case Study 1

Key services employed

- Economic and social impact assessments
- Economic strategies

Case Study 1: Social and Economic Effects of Oil and Gas Development in the Falklands

Working in his previous firm, Stephen Nicol led a wide-ranging study looking at the potential effects of oil and gas development in the Falkland Islands. The brief was to understand the potential economic and social impacts on the Falklands arising from a major new potential oil development (the Sea Lion field), but also to consider the impact of other scenarios involving additional exploration and development.

He looked at what had happened in other parts of the world as well as holding detailed discussions with oil and gas companies with interests in the Falklands. As part of three field work visits to the Falklands, over a hundred people were involved in meetings and focus groups.

The report was used by the Falkland Islands Government to prepare for future rounds of exploration.



Case Study 1

Key services employed

- Economic and social impact assessments
- Case making



Case Study 2: Economic Impact of Mill Green Designer Outlet, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

Stephen Nicol’s work supported a planning application for a 30,000 sqm Designer Outlet Village on the edge of Cannock in the West Midlands. The Council needed a comprehensive assessment of the economic and social benefits of this major retail scheme.

He assessed the full benefits for the Cannock Chase area using existing information on retail impact and other data sources. The report was used by the Council to make its final decision on the scheme which has now received full planning permission


Case Study 1

Key services employed

- Economic strategies
- Research and analysis

Case Study 3: Rural Economy and Visitor Economy Growth Plan, Cumbria

Cumbria LEP and the Lake District National Park Authority

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership needed support in developing full growth plans for two of its key priorities: the rural economy and the visitor economy. Our work involved a detailed review of the evidence at a local and national level and sector consultations. We drafted the overall Growth Plan for the LEP in consultation with local partners. The Growth Plan took account of key development such as the opportunities from international visitors and the challenges of BREXIT for the farming sector.

The Growth Plan is being used by the LEP to help support future funding bids and setting priorities for support.

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