Policy

Financial Scrutiny

4-consulting has been involved in a secondment to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe).  The secondment provided support to the Financial Scrutiny Unit (FSU) on economics and statistics from early in 2013 to the end of 2014.

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International Development

International Development

4-consulting was commissioned by the Swedish Government’s Swedish Agency for Development Evaluation (SADEV) to provide research support.  A major evaluation was required to investigate support for the development of policies working with other countries and European institutions.

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Social Enterprise Support

Social Enterprise Support

4-consulting was commissioned to evaluate support provided by Fife Council to social enterprise.  This included stakeholder consultations and a survey of recently established social enterprises ...

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Support Mapping

Support Mapping

4-consulting was commissioned by the Fife Economy Partnership (FEP) to produce an evaluation report investigating the efficiency of a range of partnership working across Fife with particular attention to overlapping and complementary support across different partners.

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Scotch Whisky Contribution Study

4-consulting was commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to undertake a study of the contribution that Scotch Whisky producers make to the Scottish and UK economies.  The SWA requested ...

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A Review of Car Parking in Kirkcaldy

A Review of Car Parking in Kirkcaldy

4-Consulting were commissioned by the Business Improvement District (BID) Kirkcaldy4All to review Car Parking in Kirkcaldy Town Centre.  Town centre businesses were surveyed to help the BID understand ...

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Contact Centre Review

4-consulting was commissioned by Fife Council to survey the contact centre industry across Fife to help inform the future development of the industry organisation ContactFife which helps to promote Fife as a leading location for contact centres in Scotland.  

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Artisan Food Centre Review

4-consulting was commissioned by Elmwood College to investigate the development and potential interest in an Artisan Food Centre serving as a centre of excellence for the whole of Scotland.  The concept is partly inspired by the successful Welbeck School of Artisan Food based in Nottinghamshire. Our work established the likely demand and helped inform the viability of the Artisan Food Centre. 

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The Economic Impact of Glasgow University

 4-consulting were asked to analyse Glasgow University’s economic  impact on  Scotland and on the rest of the UK in terms of jobs and  output generated and contribution to ...

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Gleneagles Economic Impact

Gleneagles Economic Impact

4-consulting was commissioned by the Gleneagles Hotel to Investigate the Economic Impact of Gleneagles at different geographies covering the local community, a wider local area and Scotland.  Since ...

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Blairgowrie Charrette

4-consulting were asked to provide a review of the local economy for a Charrette in Blairgowrie.  A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate ...

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Fife Cultural Trust Impact Study

4-Consulting were commissioned to assess the Economic Impact of Fife Cultural Trust (FCT).  FCT was formed to deliver, from 1st October 2012, Libraries, Arts, Museums, Galleries, Theatres, ...

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Cupar Sheriff Court Impact

4-consulting was commissioned to provide an assessment of the economic impact on Cupar, and its surrounding area, of the closure of Cupar Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts.  The assessment ...

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Data Matching

Data Matching

Scottish Enterprise (SE) provides customised support to companies through its account management programme. 4-consulting was commissioned with Aston University to match information on account managed companies, from records held by from SE and Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), with information from large-scale business surveys held by government.

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Optometry Funding Report

4-consulting was commissioned by the Association of Optometrists Scotland (AOP Scotland) to investigate the impact of the new NHS funded eye examinations in Scotland.  In particular this report ...

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Scotch Whisky Contribution

4-consulting was commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to undertake a study of the contribution that Scotch Whisky has made to Scotland’s economy. The 1960s and 1970s represented ...

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Kirkcaldy Comedy Festival

Kirkcaldy4All commissioned 4-consulting to provide an independent evaluation of the Kirkcaldy Comedy Festival 2011 to assess whether it met its objectives. The evaluation also considered the economic ...

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Alcohol Licensing Fee Review

Alcohol Licensing Fee Review

4-Consulting were commissioned by the Scottish Government to provide a Review of Alcohol Licensing Fees. This research aimed to establish the current fees collected and costs incurred by Local Authorities, ...

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The Benefits of Research And Innovation

4-consulting were commissioned by New Directions (foundation for European reform) to examine the broad economic and social benefits of research and innovation.  Our report evaluated the economic ...

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Red Tape Watch

4-consulting were commissioned by New Direction (foundation for European reform) to support Red Tape Watch! This was a series of studies measuring the real impact of European Union regulation of business ...

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Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive

4-consulting were commissioned to study The Real Economic Impact of the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.  Hedge funds, private equity funds, commodity funds, real estate ...

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Lennoxtown Charrette

4-consulting were asked to provide a review of the local economy for a Charrette in Lennoxtown. A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision ...

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St Margaret's Hope

4-consulting were part of a team providing a report to consider the consultation draft of the St Margaret’s Hope Masterplan in South Ronaldsay.  DTP Urban Design was awarded the contract ...

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Market Development Programme

The Market Development Programme (MDP) encourages Fife companies to develop their markets and exploit new opportunities.  The MDP helps companies attend exhibitions and events across the UK and ...

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St Andrews Economy and Tourism

4-consulting were consulted to provide a report on St Andrews economy, tourism and businesses.  The report described how the economy of St Andrews is linked with the rest of Fife (and Scotland) ...

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Linlithgow Town Centre BID Midterm Review

4-consulting were asked by the Linlithgow Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) to be understand the extent to which their current business plan and BID projects were meeting the needs of ...

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Linlithgow Town Centre - The Views of Businesses, Residents and Visitors

4-consulting were asked to assess the impact of traffic management options in Linlithgow town centre. West Lothian declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in April 2016.  This started the ...

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Economic Impact of Scottish Horse Racing

4-consulting were asked to provide a study on the economic impact of Scottish horse racing. The report described Scottish racing’s economic profile and its role in the leisure sector of Scotland.  ...

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Modelling the Impact of Policies on Income and Inequality

4-consulting were asked by NHS Health Scotland to estimate the impact on income distribution in Scotland of a broad range of policies. The research was undertaken in order to facilitate modelling of ...

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Mill Road BID Midterm Review

4-consulting were asked by Mill Road industrial estate Business Improvement District (BID) to be understand the extent to which their current business plan and BID projects were meeting the needs of ...

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Technology

ICT Co-Location Procurement

ICT Co-Location Procurement

Marathon Oil UK LLC is a US-quoted company with substantial international interests in oil exploration that commissioned us to help it to procure an IT Co-Location facility in the UK.

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ICT Manufacturing Systems Procurement

ICT Manufacturing Systems Procurement

Wind Towers (Scotland) Ltd fabricates the steel towers on which are mounted wind turbines.  The company serves the whole of Europe.

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ICT Strategic Planning

ICT Strategic Planning

Originally commissioned by the Scottish Government team planning the set-up of Creative Scotland, we advised on the technical merger of the ICT facilities of the predecessor organisations.

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ICT Performance and Governance Review

ICT Performance and Governance Review

MacLean Electrical Ltd, an international electrical distributor based in Scotland, invited us to review the performance of the company's ICT function.

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ICT Strategic Review

ICT Strategic Review

Museums Galleries Scotland is the national development organisation for the museums and galleries sector in Scotland

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Management

Change Management

Change Management

City of Glasgow College’s three-way merger presented a complex change management and transformation challenge.  The establishment of new leadership structures and reorganisation of management teams across a much enlarged organisation required commitment to a range of developmental strategies and support mechanisms.

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Management Development Programme

Management Development Programme

The management development programme at Reid Kerr College was launched to coincide with the introduction of a new tier of managers within the organisation.  College senior management recognised the challenges associated with taking on a new management role and wished to secure the benefits of offering highly individualised mentoring support for this group of staff.

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Restructuring Leadership Team

Restructuring Leadership Team

National College for School Leadership, based in Nottingham, develops and supports leaders of schools and early years settings. Peter Siviter was commissioned to assist the Commerical Director in restructuring the leadership development team.

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