Sector Expertise

LIFE SCIENCES
Life Sciences imageA commonly used definition of biotechnology is the application of life science knowledge to industrial products, processes or services
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ENERGY
Energy imageThe generation of energy is a subject of increasing public and political debate as a result of concern about global warming, unstable and increasing fossil fuel prices and the technological improvements that have increased the competitiveness of renewable energy generation. Achieving the most appropriate mix of energy generating technologies will be crucial to future economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.
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SCIENCE & BUSINESS PARKS
Science & Business Parks imageSince the first Science Parks were established in the UK at Heriot Watt and Cambridge, their role in encouraging the commercialisation of research from the academic base and facilitating the development of hi-tech clusters has been widely recognised, leading to significant growth in the number of science parks around the world.
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FURTHER EDUCATION & SKILLS
Skill & Training imageIn the increasingly competitive global environment, the competitiveness of economies as well as individual businesses will depend, to a large extent, on increasing skills levels in the labour market. Access to appropriate training and skills development is also key to achieving social equity.
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HIGHER EDUCATION
Higher Education imageThere have been significant changes in the higher education sector in the UK in recent years as a result of expansion in participation in higher education, the globalisation of the sector, changes to the funding regime and increasing expectations from policy makers on the role of universities.
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TOURISM & LEISURE
Tourism & Leisure imageTourism is the biggest industry in many countries, in terms of both contribution to GDP and employment. Tourism is the world’s largest export earner and the fastest growing economic sector for foreign exchange earnings and the creation of employment. Tourism and leisure can be a driver of both economic growth and regeneration. The sector can stimulate significant infrastructure investment that benefits local residents as well as visitors.
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BUSINESS START-UP & SME DEVELOPMENT
SME Development imageThe level of creation and growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is a crucial barometer for the economic and social well-being of all countries.
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SOCIAL ECONOMY
Social Economy imageThe social economy can be defined as community, voluntary, charity and non-for-profit organisations set up to promote and deliver specific community services or achieve social objectives. The importance of the sector to economic and social development is increasingly being recognised by government and by the public.
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COMMERCIALISATION & INNOVATION
Commercialisation & innovation imageThe commercialisation of university research has been identified as a strategic priority by government, economic development agencies and higher education institutions as a route to increasing economic competitiveness.
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REGENERATION
Commercial Regeneration imageBiGGAR Economics has undertaken a number of projects that have considered mechanisms for the regeneration of communities adversely affected by economic change.
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PLANNING
Commercial Property imageBiGGAR Economics has provided a range of economic advisory services relating to projects being developed and seeking planning approval. This has included acting as expert witnesses at planning and public inquiries.
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