ESRC-funded research provided crucial evidence for the introduction of a UK National Minimum Wage and was cited prior to minimum wage legislation in Hong Kong and Germany.
All impact case studies (business and industry)
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Research on carbon accounting led to the development of international benchmarks for corporate performance, more than £500K of business investment and a spin-out company benchmarking over 1,000 companies.
An ESRC internship led to the development of commercial software that can analyse social media comments about a company’s operations and products, revealing potential business risks.
Research into local, sustainable car manufacturing has led to the development of a new business model, adopted by manufacturing companies.
Key research inputs from the ESRC Spatial Economics Research Centre helped underpin development and use of the Manchester Independent Economic Review.
Research by Professor Neil Wrigley and colleagues has helped transform thinking on food retail development, its role in sustaining viable town centres and the future of UK high streets.
Lancaster University Management School has increased the productivity and sales of 250 local companies through its innovative Leading Enterprise and Development programme.
Research findings contributed to a change in Ofgem policy that ended an energy competition clause that was potentially costing households up to £2 billion a year.
New project management toolsets developed with the ESRC-funded Transformation Project helped Warwickshire Police launch new Automatic Number Plate Recognition schemes on time and budget – targeting vehicle-based criminality and solving a string of serious crimes.
Findings about the levels of bullying of disabled people in the workplace have led to changes in policy, promoting equality and improving workplace environments.
A research collaboration with the National Apprenticeship Service identified key characteristics for vocational excellence - improving the selection process for the WorldSkills Competition.
Analysis of customer data enabled the not-for-profit organisation Moneyline to offer loans to low-income customers, by providing more comprehensive risk assessments than traditional banks.
Following co-operation with researchers at the University of Leeds, several local authorities have adopted specific 'good practice' procedures for the erotic dancing industry.
Research on how 'Section 106' planning agreements can help the long-term unemployed has resulted in a new methodology to evaluate employment initiatives.
An integrated marketing strategy helped the charity Christian Education Movement to improve services, increase revenue and target potential areas of growth.
An analysis of how people communicate across different media is feeding into BT's design process and products, providing important knowledge for development of future services.
Research has quantified how consumer purchasing decisions drive carbon emissions - helping to develop PAS 2050, a business standard on carbon footprinting.
Specialist child-care agency ISWA Ltd increased competitiveness and expanded its customer base, using a Knowledge Transfer Partnership to develop a new business plan and marketing strategy.
A psychological evaluation of Texthelp Systems software highlighted the benefits of the product, supporting marketing and leading to new contracts and predicted increase in exports.
A situational business analysis and change programme boosted SOG Ltd business tenancies, generated new business amounting to over £54k, and improved tenant communication.
A KTP partnership enabled Craftsman Tools to identify and expand into new markets in the UK and Europe, increasing turnover and profits.
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership collaboration between the Milford Docks Company Limited and Cardiff University developed a strategic marketing plan, increasing annual sales turnover by £200,000.
Nan Gall Energy Systems increased exports by £400,000 and expanded the customer base following a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Robert Gordon University.
Advice from ESRC-funded economists raised £22.5 billion for the government from an auction of radio bandwidths for 3G mobile phone licences.