Our latest thinking on the issues that matter most in economic and social development through our Viewpoint series, and our latest published reports. Our older Viewpoint ‘thought piece’ publications are available from the archive.
The productivity performance of SMEs during the pandemic is a topic on which relatively little is known, although it has been possible to engage in informed speculation about likely impacts. Supported by the Productivity Insights Network, we undertook econometric analysis looking at factors affecting turnover and productivity using SME Finance Monitor data from the early stages of the pandemic.
The UK Corporate Governance Code acknowledges the importance of diversity and the value to boards of having a range of different perspectives. We worked with the London Business School Leadership Institute to explore how diversity can influence board effectiveness and dynamics of FTSE 350 companies.
The civil Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) programme provides grant funding for industry led R&D projects, with matched contributions from industry. The UK Government has committed £1.95bn up to 2026 to the ATI R&D programme. SQW’s early impact evaluation has now been published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Hertfordshire’s life sciences sector has developed over many decades. SQW was asked by Hertfordshire LEP to examine the evolution of the cell and gene therapy businesses cluster – within the wider context of life sciences in Hertfordshire – and to consider opportunities and barriers in relation to its future growth.
The £3.3m Communities Fund supported initiatives aiming to tackle entrenched social issues, provide better outcomes for communities and improve local public services. SQW's evaluation has now been published by Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Council England and VisitEngland have been working with local partnerships for several years to help them to create effective alliances and practical actions to improve the cultural visitor experience. The second phase of the programme invested £4.2 million between April 2017 and January 2021 and supported eighteen local partner consortiums. SQW has evaluated both phases of the Cultural Destinations programme.