Economic Development

Economic development consultancy

Helping places achieve their potential

Advising on investments for social progress, improved living standards, and to create decent jobs for all.

Why Urban Foresight?

1/ Place-based approach
We understand what makes places unique and how local assets can unlock new opportunities.
2/ Focus on outcomes
Purpose-driven business that delivers positive social, economic, and environmental impacts.
3/ Sector expertise
Practical insights on emerging trends, technologies, and challenges.
4/ Evidence for change
Robust analysis, innovative toolkit, and creative insights.
5/ Investment secured
Track record of securing major investments for transformational projects.

How can we help?

Strategies and action plans

Building on local assets and opportunities to transform perceptions, attract investment, and set a strategic direction for change.

Sector development

Creating opportunities in emerging sectors and areas of smart specialisation.

Feasibility studies and business cases

Testing proposals, developing options, and creating investment-ready business cases.

Market research and analysis

Evidence-based insights on the performance of places, sectors, and markets.


Assessing the impacts, achievements, and lessons learned from strategic funding decisions.