Our services and expertise

My Local Economy offers insights, analysis and advice to local communities and regional organisations

Recent clients include the London First, Government of Wales, West of England LEP, Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council, Gloucester City Council, Hertfordshire LEP, the London Borough of Haringey, and Luton Borough Council.

We are trusted advisors and offer high quality solutions and reports

We are outstanding in terms of our services, professionalism and results in terms of:

We are industry leaders

We offer high quality, technically superb analysis and very readable, accessible and high impact reports. We turn analysis and insights into advice that can be actioned and delivered at the local level. We are connected to international experts and best practice organisations.

“There’s a degree of confidence because you know he knows his field – it gives us a lot of confidence.” Hertfordshire LEP.

We are curious

We are constantly learning about communities and businesses that are new to us, and this is a big part of the reason why we love what we do. We constantly strive to learn what makes local economies tick, and what capabilities and opportunities might provide turning points for prosperity.

“Strong analytical skills and in-depth knowledge across a range of topics, from skills to international comparisons.” Alexandra Jones, Chair , London Stansted Cambridge Consortium and CEO, Centre for Cities.

We go the extra mile

We always push ourselves to find the solutions to our clients needs. We take time to listen and understand your needs.

“The overriding thing is that you know who you are getting and that you’re working with a person. We could have easily got one of the bigger companies but we wanted Glenn.”  Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

We are creative

Local economies and communities are all different and they all need their own bespoke strategies and solutions. We excel in using creative abilities to reimagine local economies, and think outside of the usual frame of reference for economic policies and incentives.

“We relied on Glenn to bring clear thinking and creative suggestions to the most complex of issues and I can recommend him without any hesitation to bring great added value to all local economic development assignments.” Cathy Garner, Executive Director, The Work Foundation.

Our services

Analysing the economic performance of cities, localities and regions

Developing local economic strategies

Developing delivery ideas and action plans

Helping secure investment

Economic impact, appraisal and evaluation

Turning evidence and policy into comms and marketing collateral

My Local Economy is the Trading Name for Athey Consulting Limited, and was established in September 2011.

About Glenn Athey, the Managing Director of My Local Economy

glenn athey, director, mylocaleconomy

Glenn Athey is a local economic development specialist and Managing Director of My Local Economy, with 25 years of experience working in the field. Glenn has held senior management positions at a LEP, three regional development agencies, and the Centre for Cities. Glenn has published several high profile reports on local, city and regional economies and is a regular commentator and speaker on local economic policy, practice and devolution. Glenn is Ph.D. qualified. 

My Local Economy offers localities and regions the means to find the solutions to their economic challenges and opportunities. We do this by undertaking research and using our extensive knowledge of economic development policy and practice. The real value added comes in our ability to translate research and analysis into tailored policies and strategies, priorities, options, and delivery plans.

Current and recent projects include: Growing Together – a powerful new joint advocacy for further progress on devolution for London First; Global Britain: a fair and managed immigration system fit for the post-Brexit economy for London First; Devolution in England: understanding Scotland’s place competitiveness for Skills Development Scotland; East of England: Growing the Future of Life Sciences in the UK for the Eastern Academic Health Sciences Network; Ambition Southend – a skills strategy for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council; Hertfordshire Economic Outlook for Hertfordshire LEP.

Over the past few years I set up and ran the London-Stansted-Cambridge-Corridor Growth Commission; Developing a growth case for the West Anglia Task Force; reviewing the first 10 years of the Centre for Cities; researching and writing the Bristol and West of England Local Economic Assessments; and the Hertfordshire Labour Market and Skills Review. Recent clients include: Bristol City Council; British Chambers of Commerce; Centre for Cities; Cheltenham Borough Council; London Borough of Haringey; London Stansted Airport; London Stansted Cambridge Consortium; Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council; New Anglia LEP; and West of England LEP. You can read more about expertise and recent projects at