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

strategy & delivery

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.

Regional economic growth and recovery strategy

Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Growth Strategy 2021-2030

We worked with local stakeholders and board members to produce an economic strategy for Leicester and Leicestershire that ingrained local character, history and progress – putting local identity and ideas throughout the final strategy document. This was also made relevant to existing and emerging government policy themes such as levelling up, build back better, innovation and trade.

A strategy to kickstart the UK Innovation Corridor

We managed and facilitated a nine-month Growth Commission and created an ambitious strategy for change

Nine Growth Commissioners, four inquiry events, piles of evidence, international experts and case studies… we collated, put together and analysed a high quality evidence base and produced a high-impact stratetgy that was a game-changer for the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor. This provided the roadmap and priorities for the next evolution of the initiative into the UK Innovation Corridor.

Growth industries and SMEs strategy


We researched the Stockton-on-Tees company base and industrial specialisms in depth and explored options for growth business and industry strategy and delivery using the latest academic and business research on scale-ups, entrepreneurship and enteprise support.

A New Innovation Agency for Wales

Expert advisor to the Welsh Government on innovation policy and suport

Working with CM International, and the University of Cardiff, an expert team reviewed innovation needs and policy options to inform the development of a proposed new agency by the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales. 

Skills strategy

Ambition Southend

We researched, consulted and wrote an ambitious new Skills Strategy for Southend-on-Sea. This was very much a bottom-up, locally specific strategy that used the latest economic evidence and research on changing skills needs, and also involved in-depth consultations with major employers, schools, public service providers, careers organisations and colleges.

Local economic strategy

New economic strategy for Gloucester

A highly tailored economic strategy for Gloucester was devised to take advantage of its strategic location, and successful business and industrial parks – whilst addressing the skills needs and deprivation of some of its inner city areas.


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

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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.