16.07.15 – BIS Report

Today, Rt Hon Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, announced the publication of Economic Insight’s research into the relationship between public and private investment in research and development (R&D).  He said “Public investment in science delivers strong returns to the economy of at least 20% per annum, and leverages in private…

02.07.15 – Marketforce Conference on Water Reform

Economic Insight sponsors Marketforce conference on water reform.  Today Sam Williams, a director of Economic Insight, gave a speech addressing how market participants can overcome customer inertia in the water retail market at the Marketforce water reform conference.  Economic Insight also sponsored the conference, which was attended by prominent water industry stakeholders.  Sam’s presentation can…

29.06.15 – New Client Acquisition

Economic Insight has been retained by a national retailer as its economic experts.  The retailer is seeking damages arising from anti-competitive behaviour in relation to multilateral interchange fees (the fees paid by retailers when customers pay for goods and services using credit and debit cards).

23.06.15 – Ofwat Appointment

Ofwat appoints Economic Insight to lead the design element of Water 2020.  Economic Insight is working with Ofwat to help develop the regulator’s approach to the PR19 price control, as part  of its Water 2020 Programme.  Our role is to head up the initial work on the ‘design’ of the new regulatory framework, addressing in…

05.06.15 – Latest Insights

Our latest batch of Insights is now available for download from the publications section of our website.  In Carry on collaborating we explore alternatives to the standard ‘economic impact assessment’ techniques used in the context of ‘science and innovation campuses’.  In Challenging productivity we argue that understanding the causes of the differences between productivity growth of different sectors of the economy…

23.04.15 – Water Market Reform Conference

Economic Insight sponsors Water Market Reform conference. Economic Insight is sponsoring the forthcoming Water Market Reform conference, at which industry experts will discuss the key issues facing the imminent retail market opening – including key decisions associated with business structure and strategy.  The conference is being held in London on 2 July 2015.

11.03.15 – University of Worcester Commission

The University of Worcester has commissioned Economic Insight to undertake a study to estimate the university’s economic value.  The university is one of the fastest growing in the UK, with annual admissions increasing by 8% pa in recent years, compared to a 2% national average.  In addition, it uniquely boasts the first public / private joint venture library…

03.03.15 – European Competition Law Review Article

The European Competition Law Review has published an article by James Harvey “The rocky road to competition”.  The article discusses how regulatory safeguards designed to protect consumers while competition is introduced could have the opposite effect.  It is available for download in the publications section of this website.

22.02.15 – Bristol Water Ofwat Review

Bristol Water (Bristol) has rejected Ofwat’s latest price determination and is seeking a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  Ofwat has allowed Bristol to incur £409m to run its wholesale business, whereas it had planned to spend over £500m.  Economic Insight is advising Bristol on various issues relating to Ofwat’s cost assessment, including…