01.08.14 – Ofcom Consultation

Ofcom has today published an additional consultation on revising annual licence fees for the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands.  These two bands are used by mobile network operators for 2G and 3G, including voice calls and some 4G services.  Ofcom’s latest proposals refelct a range of expert evidence provided by respondents in the consultations to…

29.07.14 – HM Treasury

HM Treasury has today published its final decision regarding the provision of tax-free childcare vouchers.  Economic Insight advised the Treasury on this matter and our report, which assesses alternative market models for providing childcare vouchers has been published by the Treasury alongside its final decision (see the publications section of our website for details).

10.06.14 – Ofcom Consultation Responses

Ofcom has today published the responses to its consultation regarding the appropriate inflation measure to use when determining the annual license fees for 3G spectrum.  Economic Insight advised Hutchison Three on this matter – and our previous analysis for them was key to prompting Ofcom to consider a CPI, rather than RPI, approach.  The full…

05.06.14 – Latest Insights

Our latest batch of Insights are now available for download from the publications section of our website.  In Enhancing The Bottom Line we examine whether Affinity and South West Water were correct to accept Ofwat’s offer of enhanced status for their PR14 Business Plans.  In When To Pop The Question, we consider what behavioural economics has to say about good survey…

02.06.14 – Madeleine Matos joins Economic Insight

We are delighted to welcome Madeleine Matos to Economic Insight as an analyst.  Madeleine previously worked for a leading competition economics consultancy firm in Germany.  She holds a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Economics from Maastricht University (the Netherlands).

30.05.14 – EI Connect

We are delighted to announce the launch of EI Connect,our new bespoke online survey platform.  With EI Connect we can gather primary customer research evidence to help us add even more value to the advice we provide.  By having our own survey platform, we retain control of every element of survey design and implementation, so that each one…

06.05.14 – Legal Features Magazine

Legal Features Magazine has published an article regarding our advice to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) in relation to our analysis of its Compensation Fund.  Economic Insight is supporting the SRA in seeking to identify whether specific factors can be identified that impact the likelihood of claims being made against the fund to inform its review of the…

30.04.14 – NIAUR Conclusions

The Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) has today published its conclusions regarding the methodology for comparing bids for operating the new Gas to the West Pipeline in Northern Ireland.  Economic Insight provided expert advice to Mutual Energy regarding the appropriate way to adjust the cost of capital so that bids under ‘revenue cap’ and…

22.04.14 – 3G spectrum licensee fee.

Analysis by Economic Insight persuades Ofcom to consider CPI measure for 3G spectrum licensee fee.  Ofcom is currently considering the most appropriate approach for setting the licensee fee it will charge mobile network operators for use of 3G spectrum.  A key component of this licensee fee is the assumed cost inflation measure.  Whilst Ofcom had previously stated…