Economic Development Consultancy

HJA is a specialist economic development consultancy that advises public, private and third sector clients across the UK on a wide range of issues.

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Our Services

We provide consultancy advice and support throughout the UK on economic development, often at the interface between the public and private sectors. We help local authorities, government, communities, developers and businesses to plan for economic development and understand the socio-economic impacts of projects and programmes on areas and societies. Our work covers issues such as jobs, enterprise, investment, employment of local people, skills, productivity, energy, infrastructure, sites and premises.

Strategies & Evidence

We help planning authorities, LEPs, and other public bodies understand the state of their local economies.

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Socio-Economic Impact

We help landowners, developers, and the public sector make the economic case for and against site allocations and permissions.

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Business Cases & Funding

We help public and private sector organisations to define and develop projects to support economic growth.

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Clean Growth

We help public and private sector organisations understand the economic and social impacts of low carbon energy projects.

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  • We have worked with Hardisty Jones on a number of occasions and return to the agency due to their professionalism  and depth of subject knowledge.
    Bea Symington
    Business Officer, Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Their technical work is always of the highest quality and on many occasions their outputs have been instrumental in the achievement of our client’s desired outcomes.
    Neil Mantell
    Director, LRM Planning
  • The depth of their expertise combined with their ability to naturally become part of the team and fully understand our needs led to high quality outputs meeting and exceeding our expectations.
    Edita Adamicikova
    Head of ESG, Viridor
  • Hardisty Jones Associates have an impressive ability to fully understand the needs of their client. High quality outputs to achieve desired outcomes is the experience enjoyed to date.
    Sam Terrell
    Principal Economic Growth Officer, Harlow & Gilston Garden Town
  • HJA are approachable, easy to work with, listen to the needs of the client, and maintained good client relationships communicating well at all stages of the project. 
    Stuart Williams
    Group Leader – Planning Policy, Cardiff Council
  • HJA are collaborative team members working well across disciplines with various consultants, taking their own initiative rather than waiting for direction to maximise the impact their research has.
    Pete Brown
    Director, Estrans Developments
  • Throughout the on going evaluation of Social Business Wales, Hardisty Jones Associates have provided on going guidance and positive challenge, with clear recommendations.
    Glenn Bowen
    Enterprise Programme Director, Social Business Wales

Projects

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  • Bath & North East Somerset Economic and Employment Land Evidence

    HJA was commissioned to produce an Employment Growth and Employment Land Review for Bath & North East Somerset Council to support the preparation of a new Local Plan, for which the Council required an updated economic and employment evidence base.

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  • Devon Coastal and Market Towns Action Plan

    We delivered an Action Plan for Devon County Council which offered specific proposals to support local authorities’ town regeneration, including proposals for pilot programmes, and a detailed plan for County, District, and town stakeholders to progress their support for town growth and development.

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  • Holes Bay Business Case – Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

    We constructed a full business case on behalf of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council in support of their successful bid to secure £5 million funding from Dorset LEP, which enabled the Council to acquire land at the Holes Bay site and proceed with plans to develop 830 homes.

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  • Sizewell C Economic Impact Assessment

    In 2018, HJA was instructed by the now East Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council to produce an Economic Impact Assessment of the proposals for the construction of the new Sizewell C nuclear power station.

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  • North Devon Innovation Strategy

    HJA were commissioned by Torridge and North Devon District Councils to develop and Innovation Strategy for Northern Devon that would identify gaps in the innovation landscape in Northern Devon and identify an action plan to fill those gaps.

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About Us

HJA has been operating in the economic development industry since 2010, working for public, private and third sector clients across the UK on a range of economic development issues.

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Meet the Team

Our directors share over half a century of combined experience in the economic development industry, supported by a team of highly talented consultants and researchers.

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Insights

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  • The Impact of Covid-19 on Working Practices and Office Demand

    Read time: 8 mins

    An increase in remote working was one of the more enduring changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic – whether this change will impact UK working practices in the long term is ...
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  • Net Zero: Economic Development Implications

    Read time: 6 mins

    Over the next decade and beyond, decarbonisation is expected to play a major role in reshaping the UK economy. This will be driven by both government regulations and companies find...
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  • The Impact of New and Emerging Technology on Economic Development in the UK

    Read time: 4 mins

    Technological development is expected to play an important role in re-assessing the supply and demand of commercial property. The application of artificial intelligence, robotics, ...
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  • The Impact of Covid-19 on Working Practices and Office Demand

    Read time: 8 mins

    An increase in remote working was one of the more enduring changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic – whether this change will impact UK working practices in the long term is ...
    Read More
  • Net Zero: Economic Development Implications

    Read time: 6 mins

    Over the next decade and beyond, decarbonisation is expected to play a major role in reshaping the UK economy. This will be driven by both government regulations and companies find...
    Read More

Contact Us

Bristol Office

3rd Floor, The Sion, Crown Glass Place, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 1RB

Cardiff Office

Fielding House, Thornbury Close, Cardiff, CF14 1UT

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