All impact case studies (business and industry)

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Time and money

Paving the way for the Minimum Wage

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.

Industrial emissions

Benchmarking carbon emissions for business

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.

Twitter on smartphone

Analysing business risks on social media

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.

City traffic

Making car manufacturing sustainable

Research into local, sustainable car manufacturing has led to the development of a new business model, adopted by manufacturing companies.

High street

Changing the face of the high street

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.

Cheese packing

Helping small business grow

Lancaster University Management School has increased the productivity and sales of 250 local companies through its innovative Leading Enterprise and Development programme.

CCTV monitoring

Project management toolsets improved policing

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.

Wheelchair pictogram

Helping disabled persons in the workplace

Findings about the levels of bullying of disabled people in the workplace have led to changes in policy, promoting equality and improving workplace environments.


Improving vocational skills training

A research collaboration with the National Apprenticeship Service identified key characteristics for vocational excellence - improving the selection process for the WorldSkills Competition.


Enabling low cost loans

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.

Sexy boots

Regulation of the erotic dancing industry

Following co-operation with researchers at the University of Leeds, several local authorities have adopted specific 'good practice' procedures for the erotic dancing industry.

Business presentation

Embedding marketing across activities

An integrated marketing strategy helped the charity Christian Education Movement to improve services, increase revenue and target potential areas of growth.

Talking on phone

The way we talk

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.

Industrial emissions

Calculating carbon footprints

Research has quantified how consumer purchasing decisions drive carbon emissions - helping to develop PAS 2050, a business standard on carbon footprinting.

Computer mouse and graph

More customers with strategic planning

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.

Learning software

Psychological testing of language tools

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.


Boosting business tenancies

A situational business analysis and change programme boosted SOG Ltd business tenancies, generated new business amounting to over £54k, and improved tenant communication.

Moored ship

Building a better brand

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.

Laptop and newspaper

New customers with new web resources

Nan Gall Energy Systems increased exports by £400,000 and expanded the customer base following a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Robert Gordon University.

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