The growth that businesses can achieve often depends on the quality of the economic environment where they operate.

The connectivity provided by infrastructure including good transport links and high speed broadband is vital. And the creativity and skills of the people using it contributes not only to the ‘ease of doing business’, but to levels of innovation and productivity.

More recently, housing, healthcare and education are increasingly seen as key, as people become more conscious of the quality of the ‘lived environment’ including housing, healthcare, green spaces, air quality, education and the arts. 

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And there is an urgent debate around how and what we prioritise, to ensure effective public services are delivered and remain affordable. If we can’t pay for every increasing need out of the public purse, where will the priorities sit? How can they best be delivered? What is the appropriate balance between public, private and not for profit sectors?

These are difficult but not impossible challenges. The same macro trends and disruptive models that impact commercial markets are equally at play, with collaboration between public, private and not for profit sectors offering the opportunity of co-creating innovative solutions.

The role we play

We have a strong track record in providing large scale programme, project and contract management , supporting the delivery of large scale infrastructure projects and providing assurance that public spend is being wisely managed.

We work directly with core cities and local leaders to help them in their ambitions to become vibrant places where businesses and people can flourish. We explore and create new ways of collaborating and delivering services and support large scale investments with private sector developers, service providers, charities and government departments who are responsible for delivering them.

We know this is not an easy agenda to deliver, and that we will need to change ourselves if we are to be credible and effective in working with our clients.

To deliver effectively in this area, we are also drawing upon our expertise in insight and analytics, financial advisory and assurance services and programme management. We’re also shaping a new environment in our own business with our wellbeing agenda, entrepreneurial education, social mobility agenda and transformative office environments.

Our strengths and credentials to do this

The public sector, globally, is actively seeking out fresh thinking and is open to sharing innovation. Our CFO Insights service (a joint offer with CIPFA) is a great example of giving the public sector a powerful online tool that provides benchmarking and data analytics.

We have strong credentials in the public sector, providing assurance for 33% of local authorities and 37% of NHS Trust and clinical commissioning groups, which means we have unique insight into how public services are delivered.

Our track record on infrastructure in the UK and internationally add depth and the basis upon which we can share insights and best practice from around the globe.

Our work

The health and wellbeing index

The effectiveness of regional health provision can depend on a complex web of local authorities and NHS bodies, as well as the regulatory, procedural, cultural and financial approaches of all involved.

In producing our Health and Wellbeing Index, we successfully collated essential data and case studies that helped promote collaboration between key influencers.

The business location index (BLI)

As part of our role in sourcing new business intelligence, our Place Analytics team identified the most attractive locations in England for foreign business investment, measuring best value for money in terms of quality and cost.

Our report, based on the BLI, ranks 324 local authorities in England on key economic, social and environmental criteria that influence business decisions. It’s a tool that helps local authorities and local enterprise partnerships better understand and market their assets to inward investment.

Vibrant Liverpool

We helped ACC Liverpool develop a full business case for the new Exhibition Centre in the city.

The complex opened in September 2015 and sits alongside the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre. The £66 million project created the UK’s only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention centre and exhibition facility.

Our work focused on assessing the financial impact of the new centre to help the client determine the types of event the facility could support, and conducting an economic impact assessment to estimate the number of jobs the centre could create along with the value added to the city’s economy. 

The evidence

$439bn

infrastructure deal activity slowed somewhat in 2014, with 750 deals completed valued at an estimated $439bn, a decline on the 1,004 transactions completed in 2013 worth an estimated $446bn. asset pricing continues to rise however, with the average size of an infrastructure transaction reaching $549m in 2014, up 67% on the $329m figure from 2010

33%   

  we currently audit 33% of all local authorities

Trusted

our mid-market and public sector (inc not for profit) clients describe us a ‘trusted’ adviser and almost all would refer us

top 3

we are a top 3 adviser to the not for profit sector

10%  

housing: we are the third largest provider by turnover audited with around 10% of the market

£500m 

not for profit audit and advisory fees in our target market are around £500m

57%  

public purse trustworthiness: only 57% of the public think charities are trustworthy, says the charities aid foundation report

 £250bn 

the not for profit sector represents 7% of gdp, employs 2 million people and has assets of £250bn.

18%  

schools: we are the second largest player in the audit market (18% of the audit fees)