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Following the successful merger between SQW and Oxford Innovation, we are pleased to welcome Andrew Strivens, Group Chief Operating Officer. Andrew, a chartered accountant with experience both as a Management Consultant with PwC and as Practice Partner with Weil, Gotshal & Manges US law firm, is responsible for Finance, HR and other support functions on a Group-wide basis. This appointment follows the stated intentions at the time of the merger of further investing in the Group's management and internal support functions in order to accelerate growth and performance. Andrew is based in our Oxford offices and is contactable at astrivens@sqwgroup.co.uk.
SQW - working with Cambridge Econometrics - completed a study to review the economic performance of rural areas inside and outside of city-regions. The study developed a working definition of city-regions based on an analysis of commuting flows at district level and informed by the approach developed in an earlier study for then-ODPM. Using this definition, it tested, in quantitative terms, the extent to which the economic performance of rural areas varied, and the reasons for this. Finally, the study drew on a number of case studies. These were defined in terms of a transect, extending from an urban node through rural areas within a city-region (as defined for the purposes of the study) to rural areas which apparently were outside of any major city-region. The study found some important differentials in economic performance with rural areas within city-regions generally performing more strongly than those outside. To view the report, please click here.
The Boards of SQW Ltd and Oxford Innovation Ltd have announced the completion of a merger between the two companies. The merger brings together two market leaders in the fields of economic development and regeneration, technology commercialisation and business support for high-growth companies. The expectation is that the new Group Company of over 150 employees in six locations across the UK will grow significantly, with the objective of preparing for a stock market flotation in two to three years. To read the full press release, click here.

 

This report was commissioned by EEDA, English Partnerships, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Felixstowe Town Council and combines the work of SQW, David Lock Associates and BBP Regeneration. The strategy focuses on the long term regeneration of the town and surrounding area. To view the report click here.
This project was a review of a partnership of 18 UK universities which carried out innovative projects in sustainability, broadly defined to include socio-economic and environmental factors. The study's recommendations will contribute to a forthcoming review of sustainability by HEFCE. To view the reports click here.

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