Custom City Monitoring takes a further step
Oxford Economics’ International Cities and Regions Forecasts provide vital information on key developments and prospects in over 3,000 locations worldwide, but we can go much deeper and further in our custom city monitoring and briefing.
We provide everything from short, one-off papers on particular issues for a city through large-scale sponsorship programmes in which our reports are used as the foundation for extensive client marketing and media activity on a monthly or quarterly basis. Moreover, our economists are skilled at presenting our analysis both in small group sessions and in keynote sessions at major conferences.
Crucially, our custom city monitoring and briefing is forward-looking and decision-oriented. We help you understand the most important factors determining the outlook for cities, identify turning points and anticipate key risks shaping the regional business environment.
We have considerable experience in tailoring our monitoring and briefing to a target audience–in particular, discussing complex economic, political and business issues in a clear, concise and compelling way to non-economists. And our team is on-hand to answer your questions and help you understand the implications of our analysis for your organisation.
How we can customise city research for you
With a global team of over 90 economists, and a network of research partners around the world, we can provide a wealth of city-level information:
High-level strategic briefings for company boards and senior executives—concise, high-level overviews of the key developments and risks in the global economy and their implications for the cities where your organisation operates or is considering investing.
Tailored presentations—talks by our senior economists, who regularly speak to senior-management teams, and more formal speeches at client conferences and events, focusing discussion on the key issues of relevance to their audience.
Early-warning monitors—reviews of policy developments and the latest economic, financial, and market indicators for signs of changes in trends across cities and to identify emerging risks that could impact your business.
In-depth city studies—analysis of particular issues affecting a city, from the key factors driving its competitiveness and influencing location decisions to the availability of talent with the right skills for your business.
Cross-city studies—performance comparsons of different cities, either internationally or within a country, identifying key emerging trends relevant to your organisation’s business decisions.
The flow of people, skills, and investment
Oxford Economics were commissioned by the Belfast City Council to update an analysis on Belfast’s contribution to the Northern Ireland economy based on a 2004 report on Belfast's regional drivers. The new report examined the flow of people, skills, spending, and investment into and out of the city's economy; analysed Belfast’s economic specialisations; and articulated its significant contributions to economic drivers of the Programme for Government, along with a potential economic role in light of a recently published Independent Review of Economic Policy. The report also explored the risks and opportunities facing the Belfast economy by running alternate scenarios, reviewed national and international developments in urban policy, and assessed the current lack of a directed urban policy in the region as a whole. This culminated in numerous recommendations on how urban policy should evolve in Northern Ireland.
Economic review and assessment of Guernsey's future prospects
An economic review and assessment of opportunities for the States of Guernsey set out a detailed economic profile of Guernsey, both in relation to its internal market forces and opportunities/threats from external sources (via regulation, strategies of "competing nations"). The analysis was complemented by a wide stakeholder consultation phase, providing a detailed assessment of opportunities for a vibrant economy going forward through managed economic growth. As Guernsey has long been at "full employment", the creation of additional jobs was considered an ineffective option. Our research set the initial framework for an economic development strategy for the Bailiwick as a whole.