Athey Consulting offers economic advice in a language that you’ll understand. We are a specialist economic consultancy working in the field of local economic development and regeneration. The firm is led by the Managing Director, Glenn Athey (MIED), who has 20 years of experience working in local and regional economic development as an economist, strategist and senior executive. We pride ourselves of providing accurate and practical insights into local economies and the best options for meeting economic opportunities and addressing challenges. Our reports contain expert insights, written and presented in a high impact and accessible “hand to a Minister” style. Recent clients include: Bristol City Council; British Chambers of Commerce; Cheltenham Borough Council; London Stansted Airport; London Stansted Cambridge Consortium; Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council; West Anglia LEP; and West of England LEP. 


Nathaniel Lich?eld & Partners (NLP) is the UK’s leading independent planning, economics and urban design consultancy, with of?ces in Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, London, Thames Valley, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh. It was set up in 1962 by highly-decorated town planner Professor Nathaniel Lichfield and is owned by its staff through an employee benefit trust. It now employs 220 people across its nationwide offices. From new towns and new airports to the country’s first regional shopping centre and the world’s most famous football stadium, NLP has been at the forefront of town planning in the UK for over five decades. We are the market leaders in innovation, developing planning tools and methodologies which unlock potential and add value to our client’s assets. NLP is currently RTPI Planning Consultancy of the Year, marking a hat-trick of wins since 2011 making it the first consultancy ever to achieve this feat.


Regeneris Consulting is one of the UK’s leading economic consultancies. From our offices in London and Manchester, we provide high quality, research based
advice for a wide range of clients in the public and private sector. Our team has the experience, expertise and insight to offer a comprehensive and flexible package of economic analysis and research support, including:

  • Economic and Sector Research

  • Economic Impact Assessment and Appraisal

  • Business Planning and Feasibility

  • Strategy and Action Planning

  • Securing Investment and Funding

  • Project and Programme Evaluation

  • Organisational Impact

  • Housing and Economic Forecasts



Chimera Consulting is a specialist economic development research consultancy, based in the Midlands and serving clients on a UK-wide basis.
2016 marks the company’s 15th anniversary and its Founder and CEO, Adam Jeffrey (MIED), has 29 years experience of working in the economic development arena including 9 years with key responsibilities in Local Authority ED, Civil Service and a Regeneration Partnership. Chimera has successfully delivered over 225 assignments for the public and community sectors.

Services include:

  • Evaluation

  • Business surveys

  • Research

  • Strategies and action plans

  • Business planning and project development

  • Community consultation / evidencing need and support

  • Project funding

Over the 15 years, clients have regarded us very highly for our professionalism, integrity, rigour and going the extra mile. They also appreciate our enthusiasm and personable, accessible approach to doing business. We pride ourselves on taking a pragmatic and solution-based approach to all of our assignments and work closely with clients to ensure expectations are met and exceeded.


Emsi aims to connect the economic development, education and employment sectors together through the common language of labour market data. Through our granular market intelligence, we are partnering with over 100 organisations and institutions in these sectors, including LEPs and Local Authorities, helping them better understand the needs and trends of the labour market in which they operate, and providing solutions around issues such as productivity, employability, and the skills gap.


Oxford Innovation is the leading operator of innovation and business centres, providing office, laboratory and workshop premises to innovative start-up and growing companies. Oxford Innovation also manages the most successful technology investment networks in Europe, whose members include business angels, funds and corporate venturers. The company also delivers innovation advisory programmes for public and private sector clients.


SQW Group Limited is the parent company of SQW and Oxford Innovation.  SQW is one of the largest and best known UK providers of research, analysis and advice on sustainable economic development solutions for public, private and not-for-profit organisations. The company works with clients in the UK and overseas, providing advice on issues such as urban and rural regeneration, neighbourhood renewal, innovation and business development, higher education and technology transfer, and skills development.

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The LEP Network is a gateway to news and information that enables LEPs to come together on areas of shared importance, engage with government, facilitate dialogue with economic development stakeholders, and share knowledge and best practice.  


The British Property Federation is the membership organisation for, and the voice of, the UK real estate industry.
We represent and promote the interests of all those with a stake in real estate in the UK – owners, developers, funders (equity and debt), agents and advisers.
We work with government and regulatory bodies to help the real estate industry grow and thrive, to the benefit of our members and the economy as a whole. Because our membership is industry wide, we can provide government and regulators with the knowledge they need to make decisions.


Our vision is for a vibrant and successful real estate industry, working in partnership with governments to deliver:

Economic growth: our Toscafund research shows that real estate represents £1,667bn of UK assets and contributes £95.6bn GVA to the economy each year.
Essential infrastructure: the breadth of our industry encompasses homes, offices, retail and leisure, stations, airports and ports. The boundary between real estate and infrastructure is increasingly meaningless and both are essential. The sector is also intrinsic to the development of social infrastructure, such as hospitals, GP practices and schools.
Great places: our members make great places for people to live, work and relax. Doing this well can make a huge contribution to building sustainable communities and increasing social cohesion, as well as increasing productivity through promoting well-being.

Get Involved!

To contribute to the conference research, and share your views on what and who you would like to see on the conference programme, contact Aziliz.dufay@haymarket.com

To discuss commercial partnership opportunities, including speaking slots, branding opportunities and privately hosted discussions, contact Heather.Lynn@haymarket.com

To discuss potential media and marketing partnerships for this event and/or Planning Conferences, contact Richard.Goddard@haymarket.com



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Last year's attendees said: 

"Excellent range of speakers with very strong content. Unmissable." - Programme Manager, Hertfordshire LEP

"An excellent, interesting event and a good opportunity to network with peer group / colleagues" - Director, Moore Strategic Consulting Ltd 

"The most important economic development conference in my calendar each year" -   Director, Hardisty Jones Associates

"An absolute “must attend” for ED professionals" - EDO, Canterbury City Council

"Every aspect of this conference was directly relevant to my day job" - Head of Enterprise and Investment, Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Economic Development Company

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