04.04.14 – Affinity Water & South West Water

Both Affinity Water and South West Water have had their Business Plans confirmed as being of ‘enhanced status’ by Ofwat.  Utility Week has published an article by Economic Insight Director, Sam Williams, which examines whether the companies were correct to accept Ofwat’s offer, given the potential financial costs and benefits of appealing to the CMA.

03.04.14 – David Willetts MP,

Today, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, annnounced the publication of Economic Insight’s research into the drivers of competitive advantage in UK universities.  He said “Today my department is also publishing new independent research on the drivers of research excellence, that reminds us that brilliant science isn’t just a result of…

18.03.14 – Tax-free Childcare Policy

HM Treasury has today published its consultation response regarding the coalition Government’s flagship tax-free childcare policy.  Economic Insight were the economic advisers to the Treasury on this matter and our report, which assesses alternative market models for providing childcare vouchers, has also been published by the Treasury alongside its consultation response.

14.03.14 – The Rough Guide to Economics

Economic Insight Associate, Dr Andrew Mell of Corpus Christi College – Oxford, has today published The Rough Guide to Economics.  The book examines the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 and its resulting global problems and explores economics right from its foundations to the present day.  Dr Mell’s book is available in all good bookstores, including Amazon and Waterstones.

25.02.14 – Financeaiblity

Southern Water has appointed Economic Insight to provide expert advice on financeaiblity, following Ofwat’s publication of its guidelines on risk and reward.  The regulator is currently reviewing the Business Plans submitted by the water and sewerage companies and will announce in March those companies whose plans are considered to be of sufficiently high quality to have…

07.02.14 – Annual License Fee

Ofcom has today published the responses to its consultation on the Annual License Fee for 900 and 1800MHz spectrum.  Economic Insight has provided detailed advice to Hutchison Three UK on this matter, and Three’s published response includes our expert reports on the cost of capital and taxation value adjustments

04.02.14 – Legal Ombudsman Report

The Legal Ombudsman has published our report on the business case for good complaints handling in the legal services profession.  Our analysis shows that investment in good complaints handling by law firms and other legal services providers has the potential to increase firm profitability.

02.12.13 – Ofwat Business Plans

Water companies submit Business Plans to Ofwat.  Today water and sewerage companies in England and Wales submitted their Business Plans to Ofwat, the water regulator.  The companies’ plans set out their proposed prices and, relatedly, investments and efficiencies for the forthcoming price control period.  Ofwat will publish their ratings of the plans in April 2014. …

05.11.13 – BIS Report

Economic Insight report on reforms to the regulatory and competition law appeals framework published.  The BIS has published a report by Economic Insight on behalf of Hutchison Three UK in response to the consultation on reform to the UK appeals framework for regulatory and competition law matters.  Economic Insight frequently advises leading UK firms on related economics…