13.12.2018 – Ofwat amends Severn Trent Water ODI cap.

Ofwat has today published its decision to increase the cap on outperformance payments Severn Trent Water can receive relating to its outcomes delivery incentives.  The cap has been increased from 2.0% to 2.6% return on equity.  Ofwat estimates that this could be worth up to £45m in allowed revenues to the company.  Economic Insight advised Severn Trent on its application to Ofwat.

12.10.2018 – Economic Insight advises FMCG provider on brand strategy

Following the development of our brand authenticity measure, in conjunction with leading academics at Birmingham and Oxford Universities, Economic Insight is advising a FMCG provider on its UK brand strategy.  Our work will help the client identify the brand authenticity attributes that most drive consumer behaviour.  We will then advise the client as to how it can best reposition its brand, to maximise its overall value.

08.10.2018 – ‘Fairness’ in pricing strategy design: new client commission

Economic Insight is advising a building society as to how it can more explicitly incorporate the concept of ‘fairness’ into its pricing strategy.  With ‘fairness’ moving up the regulatory and competition law agenda (see the Citizens Advice CMA Super Complaint) our Strategy Lab has developed a framework and analytical toolset that allows our clients to embed this thinking within broader commercial strategic-making.

08.10.2018 – the “Draft Pass-on Guidelines”

Economic Insight and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP provided a joint response to the European Commission’s consultation on its draft Guidelines for national courts on how to estimate the share of overcharge which was passed on to indirect purchasers and final consumers. Our response can be downloaded from the publications section of this website.

20.09.2018 – Carbon compensation scheme evaluation

The department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has hired Economic Insight to evaluate the impact of carbon compensation schemes on energy intensive industries (EIIs).  The compensation schemes are intended to mitigate the impact of energy policies that disproportionately impact energy costs for industries with high energy usage.  Our work will blend extensive qualitative research with advanced econometric techniques ,in order to establish the impact of the schemes on firm behaviour.

13.09.2018 – Utility Week Congress Sponsorship

Economic Insight sponsors Utility Week Congress 2018.  Ian Thompson, one of our Senior Consultants, will speak about balancing uncertainty of returns and incentive power in the RIIO-2 price control. The conference gathers industry stakeholders and experts who discuss the key developments in the utilities sector and will be held in Birmingham on 9th and 10th October 2018.