About Us

Hardisty Jones Associates is an expert economic development consultancy that operates throughout the UK. We provide consultancy advice and support throughout the UK on economic development, often at the interface between the public and private sectors.

Meet the Team

About Hardisty Jones Associates

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.

The company was founded in 2011 by Dr Gareth Jones and Stuart Hardisty who have been involved in economic development, regeneration and sustainability advice, support and academic research since the early 1990s. They have provided economic development support to many public, private and community bodies in the UK and overseas.

How do we operate?

  • We develop an intelligent understanding of your needs, enabling us to deliver a bespoke service
  • We are clear about the outputs that you require from working with us, and deliver these outputs
  • We aim to become your trusted advisors and will not be afraid to offer constructive challenge
  • We follow the Institute of Economic Development‘s Code of Professional Conduct for Consultancy – click here.

Meet the team

  • Stuart Hardisty


  • Gareth Jones


  • Sarah Lane


  • Joshua Harding-Jones

    Senior Consultant

  • Isabel Compton

    Assistant Consultant

  • Emily Hung

    Assistant Consultant


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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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  • Union Street Transformation Economic Impact Statement

    HJA were commissioned by Nudge Community Builders to deliver an economic impact statement to support their work to regenerate the Union Street area of Plymouth.

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  • Exeter & East Devon Enterprise Zone Project Appraisal

    Exeter & East Devon Enterprise Zone requested a high-level appraisal of a proposed district heating transmission main that would serve the Cranbrook Expansion Zones. Our appraisal showed that the project did not meet the strategic objectives of the Enterprise Zone. This led to the Enterprise Zone reconsidering their investment, and seeking an appraisal of an…

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