our services

We specialise in urban, regional and local economic development. We are experienced professionals who have advised national and local government leaders and officials.

We inform decision makers with our high quality analysis, influence the local and policy community with our clear and effective communication and influencing skills, design and manage strategies and projects, and help clients access funding and resources.

And we work across traditional silos – we are research professionals, communications and policy advisors, can do a fantastic Green Book project design, and a track record in winning funding.



Hot prospects from emerging markets

We have developed an exciting specialism over the past two years, analysing emerging markets, new technologies and the prospects for local growth

We have been working closely with a leading global foresighting consultancy and data provider to bring greater understanding and insights into the capabilities and prospects for a UK region. This includes emergent markets such as Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Space, Satellites, Biopharmaceuticals and Electric Vehicles. Please get in touch to find out more.

Informed decisions

We tell you what the numbers mean and what you should do about them

We are different – in a very accessible, high impact style we tell you what the numbers mean, and how this should influence policy, strategy and practice. We are economists with a vast amount of experience working with the public and private sector, and informing and influencing policy and funding outcomes.

Influence & advocacy

Persuading local stakeholders and advocacy to national policy makers

We have provided high profile advocacy reports, contributing to campaigns, including the collaboration between London, the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine. We monitor government policy and messaging and reflect this in our client advice and policy development work.

Manage boards, projects & services

We are experienced public sector managers and civil servants

You can hire our combined technical and management skills with our outstanding public policy, communication and project management experience. We can help you to set up, design, manage and deliver projects. We can help convene and facilitate boards and partners.


Every city, region and local area is different - we listen, learn and we custom build economic strategies

We love learning about new places, and how places we know have changed. We are skilled in listening, understanding, and differentiating city, region and local economies. We specialise in building unique local, “bottom-up” economic strategies that also play into national policies and funding conversations.

Funding bids

We have 25+ years of experience in successfully bidding for government funds

We’ve been writing Green Book compliant funding bids since 1998. We have a track record of winning bids. Economic rationale, project concept, impact appraisal, options appraisal, theory of change, logic chains, BCRs… this is second nature to us.




We love challenging assignments, complex opportunities,  and intractable problems. Our vocation is to help city, region and local economies succeed and for prosperity to be sustainable and shared. 

We deliver genuine insights, based on local conditions and dynamics. Our reports, outputs and advocacy are better than most other advisors and consultancies you will find in the market today.



You are a leader, director or head of service. Like us, you are a passionate advocate of cities, regions and local economic policy and practice.

Are you as ambitious for your local economy as we are?

Do you need our help with a project or task that is very challenging, but has big rewards?

Want to win hearts and minds so partners and stakeholders get behind your priorities, plans, and delivery?

We can help.


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2023: The year ahead

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Monitoring your local economy during an economic crisis

Monitoring your local economy during an economic crisis

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Get in touch.

We are based in Cambridge, UK, and work and meet clients all over the UK. Of course, we have access to MS Teams and Zoom as well. Get in touch if you want to discuss an idea, project, or just want an informal discussion about your work.

Please get in touch using the form below or call us on 07799 880137

(international +44 7799 880137)

mylocaleconomy is the trading name of Athey Consulting Limited, a Limited Company registered in the UK (Company no. 07771760) and based in Cambridge, UK. (c) Athey Consulting Limited.