Projects

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The EU has established a network of EBIC’s throughout the Asia Pacific region. Four are already operational in Bangkok, Bombay, Kuala Lumpur and Manila. Others are planned for Colombia, Jakarta, and Vietnam. This assignment was to produce a report considering how EBICs had operated to date and their likely future evolution; bearing in mind links with TICs and Asia Invest.
SQW is working with Menon Business Economics to undertake a desk based review of barriers to SME formation and growth in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on three East African countries – Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania – and on access to finance for firms in the formal economy.
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SQW was contracted by IFC to support preparation of a support strategy and action plan for the agri0business sector in Bangladesh. The SEDF supports SME growth and has chosen to adopt a sector focused approach, with agri-business being one of the target sectors due to its importance to the economy and potential for productivity and income improvements among SMEs. The support was provided to SEDF staff to develop an action programme drawing on best international practice, but tailored to local needs ad opportunities.
SQW was commissioned as lead consultant to undertake a review of the strategic direction, business model, financial viability and management structure of HKPC. The HKPC employed 600 staff, and had for over 25 years played a key role in enhancing the productivity of Hong Kong industry and encouraging technology upgrading and innovation. But its traditional role had been challenged by the movement of most manufacturing activities into mainland China and the establishment of other organisations in Hong Kong. A radical rethink of future role and structure was therefore required.
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SQW was asked by CIVIX, a planning and design firm, to assist them to advise UWI on a new science park at their Mona Campus in Jamaica. This involved thinking through the policy stance which the University should take in order to maximise likely benefits without disrupting its main academic purposes. We also considered in outline the property development and phasing approach which might be possible given local market conditions and national economic development objectives.
SQW was contracted by IFC to support preparation of a support strategy and action plan for the agri0business sector in Bangladesh. The SEDF supports SME growth and has chosen to adopt a sector focused approach, with agri-business being one of the target sectors due to its importance to the economy and potential for productivity and income improvements among SMEs. The support was provided to SEDF staff to develop an action programme drawing on best international practice, but tailored to local needs ad opportunities.
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SQW was commissioned to undertake this pan-European research and dissemination project which is focused on local and regional initiatives for promoting energy efficiency through the direct and enabling roles of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It involves the preparation of case studies, guidance and a wiki resource. SQW leads a partnership with ICLEI and the Regional Environment Centre (REC).
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been characterised by an emphasis on the regeneration and economic benefits which they have the potential to bring to the UK, to London and in particular to the Host Boroughs of East and South East London. In July 2012, SQW was commissioned by the Greater London Authority to undertake an evaluation of 2012 Games-time employment, and in particular the extent to which employment opportunities were secured by previously workless Londoners. The evaluation also assessed post-Games employment support provision and the degree to which the event has the potential to leave a lasting…
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SQW, together with two other UK-based consultancies with regional offices in Hong Kong (GMI and Shankland Cox), were commissioned to formulate plans for reform of the service sector in Shanghai and redevelopment of the central commercial area of the city. The main objective was to facilitate the growth of Shanghai as an international financial and business centre for China, and of a wide range of services to support rapid industrialisation and economic development in the Yangtse Basin, a region with a population of 300 million of which Shanghai is the natural gateway city. The immediate catalyst for city centre redevelopment…
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The aim is to propose for a smart integrated land transport system. The Smart Land Transport system will provide a nationwide quality, rapid, efficient and safe transport service network that can ensure sustainable, equitable and uncongested mobility and connectivity in livable cities to support the long term 2035 development goals.
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The Capital Region of Denmark is an administrative body covering Copenhagen and the surrounding region. Its responsibilities include healthcare in the Region and, through the Centre for Innovation and Research, it works closely with the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Technical University on the commercialisation of hospital and university R&D The three organisations were concerned that their commercialisation efforts and achievements were not understood fully by stakeholders and interested parties and we were commissioned by the Capital region to review progress (including comparisons with the UK) and to advise on how activities mighty be enhanced. SQW collaborated with David…
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South East Kowloon Development Statement Study comprises one of the largest, most challenging urban redevelopment sites in the world. It is an area of 600 acres in the heart of Hong Kong, including the former airport at Kai Tak, surrounding old urban areas, and an area of Kowloon Bay suitable for reclamation. SQW were commissioned as part of a consortium led by Llewelyn Weeks Planning to prepare a Outline Master Development Plan for the entire area, covering urban form and structure for the new development areas, redevelopment and upgrading proposals for the old urban areas institutional mechanisms for implementation, economic impact and financial aspects…
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SQW was appointed to work for the Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport, Tourism and Development on a capacity building project to prepare Croatian beneficiaries to benefit from support to be granted by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The projects were clustered in three areas: Business development, community development and infrastructure.