Examples of our consultancy work illustrate the range of services, skills and experience that we can provide.
Creative Kernow, 2017 - 2019
In 2017 Creative Kernow commissioned a longitudinal evaluation of their Cultivator Project in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Cultivator supports skills and business development in creative industries and is part financed by the EU's European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund. The evaluation had four stages: initial development of an evaluation framework in 2017, two interim evaluations in 2017 and 2018; and a final evaluation in 2019. The evaluations explored achievements against project objectives and anticipated outcomes, including the development impact on individual businesses of participating in Cultivator.
Jo Talbot worked as part of a consultancy team led by Ash Futures and in association with Mary Schwarz, an arts specialist. Jo project managed the evaluations.
In 2017, Reach (the rural delivery team of Bridgend County Borough Council) commissioned an evaluation of progress towards the aims and objectives of the Bridgend Local Development Strategy which delivers LEADER activities in rural Bridgend, part funded by the Rural Development Programme for Wales. It supports the piloting of activities that help to create self- sustaining rural communities, vibrant rural economies and diversified rural enterprises.
Jo Talbot worked as part of a consultancy team led by Ash Futures and project managed the evaluation.
Community Led Local Development is an approach to local economic development partly supported with EU funding. In 2016, Cornwall Development Company, on behalf of a local working group, commissioned the development of Local Development Strategies for Community Led Local Development (CLLD) in Cornwall. These acted as the bid to Government to secure European funding to support their local delivery. The bids were successful. Four Local Action Groups are taking forward Community Led Local Development in Cornwall, which supports businesses to grow and individuals to gain in confidence and skills, in targeted neighbourhoods across Cornwall.
Jo Talbot worked as part of a consultancy team led by CAG Consultants, leading the writing of the Local Development Strategies.
In 2015 Creative Rural Communities, the Local Action Group for the Vale of Glamorgan, commissioned an evaluation of its Business Plan for 2011-2014. This has supported rural community and economic development initiatives in line with LEADER principles, part funded through the Rural Development Programme for Wales.
The evaluation reviewed delivery of five ‘Project’ areas of activity including support for agricultural diversification into tourism, heritage initiatives, rural services, ‘slow’ tourism pilot activities and community engagement. It highlighted some of the innovative approaches taken in activities supported, the extent of additionality, achievement of targets and other local impacts e.g. leadership. It also made recommendations for the next round of LEADER and other local regeneration initiatives, and used case studies and examples to illustrate impacts.
Jo Talbot worked as part of a consultancy team led by Ash Futures, acting as project manager for the evaluation.
Cornwall Council, for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, commissioned work in August 2013, to assist them in the preparation of a draft 'Smart Specialisation' framework.
This was needed as part of the preparation of a European Structural and Investment Fund Strategy, to deliver EU funding from 2014 to 2020.
Smart Specialisation seeks to identify particular market where an area has significant competitive advantage with opportunity to innovate and undertake R&D through its business base and with partners such as higher education institutions and research partners.
Three market areas were identified as potential themes - e-health & e-wellbeing, agri-tech and offshore renewables – together with enabling drivers. Other potential market areas were also identified for further investigation.
Jo Talbot worked as part of a consultancy team led by Catalys on this commission, acting as project manager for the consultancy team.
ESPON is the European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion, undertaking a range of research to support policy makers at national or local level achieve the EU 2020 goals for 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth'.
In December 2013 the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) commissioned research and preparation of a publication to promote relevant key messages from ESPON research to UK organisations.
The research, undertaken jointly with Christabel Myers, focused on projects with finding s which could support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) activities in the UK.
ESPON has a huge bank of information that is available online including datasets, indicators, maps and research results of relevance to ESIF activities.
The research was published as RTPI Research Report No 2 March 2014.
JOHT Resources Ltd participated in an 'In Residence' research project with the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, part of the University of Exeter's Medical School based in Cornwall.
The research explored research around valuing the health benefits from green infrastructure and its wider implications for health and planning.
It noted the range of research which identified benefits but the gap in research which quantified these in a way useful for use in measuring marginal changes in health benefits arising from developments.
The research paper was published in the Town and Country Planning Association's Journal, Vol 83, No.2, February 2014.
In December 2013, local authorities in the Peak District commissioned the development of an outline economic growth package targeted at Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), identifying how the wider Peak District economy could support delivery of LEP targets and projects that Peak District partners could develop to assist in this.
The work was funded through the Local Government Association’s Local Growth Advisor scheme and contracted by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Jo Talbot of JOHT Resources Ltd worked with Mott MacDonalds to develop the Economic Growth Package, alongside partners from the four local authorities in the wider Peak District.
The Growth Package is intended to provide Peak District partners with a base from which to work with LEPs on developing projects and securing funding to take these forward.
Visit Wales were keen to explore the local economic impact that Tourist Information Centres have in Wales, in terms of the additional spend that visitors make as a result of visiting TICs and the economic impact of spend made on running TICs. Research commissioned in 2012 demonstrated the value that TICs have in generating and supporting jobs and economic added value for the Welsh economy through providing tourist information to visitors.
The economic impact assessment was informed by an innovative primary research programme with visitors to TICs, and a questionnaire to TIC Managing Agents. The findings were used in conjunction with economic indicators to assess economic impact in terms of full time equivalent jobs and Gross Value Added, taking into account additionality (what might have happened anyway, whether visitor activity was new or simply displaced activity from somewhere else, what the downstream economic benefits are, what element of spend leaks out of the Wales economy).
JOHT Resources Ltd worked as a subconsultant, in a team with Houston Economic Consulting Ltd and Beaufort Research Ltd.
In 2011, the Marine Management Organisation commissioned research to explore how marine planning could maximise socio economic benefits for coastal communities; and how spatial planning and marine planning might work together to support this.The research, part of the evidence base for marine planning, looked at coastal communities and marine activities at both a national level and in the East of England where the first marine plan is being developed.
Research and workshops held with local authorities in the East Marine Planning Area explored opportunities and issues for building benefits from marine planning, with renewable energy, tourism, port development and fishing being the big topics of interest. Research also explored how terrestrial spatial planning and marine planning could be better coordinated and help facilitate delivery of marine related economic activity in areas of economic need.
Jo Talbot worked on these studies in her role as Senior Associate at Roger Tym & Partners (now part of Peter Brett Associates) and in conjunction with Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion.
Cornwall Council commissioned research to look at the future for smaller settlements, as part of developing a strategic approach to future planning in the County. The research recommended a three tier approach to give smaller communities the opportunity of greater localisation of services and functions to make them more sustainable, including developing clusters of settlement as functional units. The broad recommendations, developed and tested across nine differing communities in Cornwall through community testing workshops, were taken forward and subject to further consultation in the Cornwall Core Strategy Preferred Options in early 2012.
Jo Talbot worked on this study in her role as Senior Associate at Roger Tym & Partners (now part of Peter Brett Associates) and in conjunction with Rural Innovation and c4g.
Improving Europe's River Corridors was the subject of a European project funded through the INTERREG IIIB Programme, exploring how river corridors could be improved by strategic partnership working, leading to environmental and economic benefits. Jo supported the Project Manager in project delivery work through facilitating transnational workshops with partners, helped with preparation of the project's final report. She was then retained to work with the Environment Agency (who led the project) to explore how its findings could contribute to the development of Environment Agency policy and practice.
Jo Talbot worked on this study in her role as Senior Associate at Roger Tym & Partners (now part of Peter Brett Associates)