Business needs assessment

Working with Centre West in Elswick

The University of Cumbria’s Centre for Regional Economic Development and DC Research were appointed by Centre West (formerly Newcastle New Deal for Communities Programme) to undertake a business needs assessment. This involved business and stakeholder consultations and business surveys, delivering a report that profiled businesses in the Elswick Strategic Commission Area, identifying concerns, needs and aspirations of businesses in the area, and making recommendations on future business support provision.

For further information, please contact Dr Stephen Connolly.

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A founding Director of DC Research, Stephen has more than eighteen years research experience achieved through a combination of roles in both academic research and private sector research and consultancy. Stephen is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, and a Member of the UK Evaluation Society. He was awarded his PhD entitled "An analysis of the UK National Lottery: estimating additionality for local government" in 2004.

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