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New Economic Advisory Firm ‘Perspective Economics’ launched in Belfast

An innovative new economic and policy advisory firm, Perspective Economics, has been set up in Belfast. Led by two experienced local economists, Jonathan Hobson and Sam Donaldson, Perspective Economics is located in one of Belfast’s newest office developments, River House.

Director, Jonathan Hobson and Associate Director, Sam Donaldson

They work with a wide range of public and private sector clients to undertake sectoral research, appraisals, data analytics, impact assessments and evaluations. The team has expertise in key sectors including digital and cyber security, health and life sciences and urban economics.

Newly established, the firm has already secured clients across the UK and Ireland, including a recent appointment by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to conduct a detailed economic study of the UK’s cyber security sector which will help to inform government policy and interventions.

They also have a contract with University Hospitals Birmingham, the UK’s largest Foundation Trust, to understand the impact of public investment in new medical technologies.

In Northern Ireland, they have been working closely with several local and devolved government bodies to provide economic advisory services.

The firm is growing rapidly and as a result, is currently recruiting for new economic and policy analysts to join the team. The team is projected to grow to 12 employees in the next three years.

Director, Jonathan Hobson said: “We’ve both previously provided economic and policy advice as part of larger corporate consulting businesses.  Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the potential impact that emerging technology could have within what has been a relatively risk adverse industry.

“We knew that to maximise the benefit of these new technologies for our clients, and for the public good, we needed to be more agile.  By being honest, flexible and evidence-led we want to help change the face of economic consulting – focussing on adding real value for our clients.”

Associate Director, Sam Donaldson commented: “Now more than ever, there is a need for our clients to understand what makes sectors, economies and societies tick – and to understand how they can best support sustainable and inclusive growth. We’ve invested heavily in data-driven methodologies to make sure that our team provide meaningful and relevant insight that visualises, engages and drives evidence-informed policy-making.”