Business and Local Government Data Research

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Can cutting-edge data analytics benefit your business?

We can help you find a practical solution to a problem, discover new opportunities within your sector, bolster your strategy and strengthen your marketing. Our services are always designed in response to the needs of our partners.

We pride ourselves on building long-standing relationships, supporting economic growth. We provide continuing support tailored to your business’s evolving needs.

Uncover the data driving business success today. Woven through every aspect of business operations, data presents vast potential to keep businesses at the forefront of their sector.

Funding for data analytics research projects

Businesses can access greater support and tailored data analytics services from the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre through Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIV).

DAIVs unlock funding for organisations to engage with cutting-edge data expertise. This grant-funded service enables businesses of all sizes to benefit from the data they hold. Find out more on our application page.


Our industry experts offer training tailored to your team of data analysts and IT department. From introductory to advanced levels, your staff will acquire new skills.

Delivered by leading academics, our hugely popular funded workshops provide an engaging way to bridge data analytics skills gaps as you learn from leading experts in the field of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science. We ensure your team can apply the latest tools and techniques to your data.

Challenge Labs

Our Challenge Labs are interactive workshops where our research experts work with your team to find solutions to a specific problem using innovative smart data analytics and research.

Outcomes can include scoping potential research projects, training needs and priority areas to be addressed using data analytics, creating new partnerships for wider impact.


Consultations are flexible meetings that can take place via phone or in person. Whether you want to discuss the potential of a project or would like us to guide you through our easy DAIV application process, our experts are happy to help. Our consultations are completely free of charge, with no obligation to proceed.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

We are happy to refer businesses who are interested in being part of a KTP. This flagship Innovate UK programme is designed to help businesses develop a new product or improve a process.

As part of a KTP, you will work with a specially selected team of academics. Additionally, a high-calibre postgraduate will be based at your company as a research associate and manage the project, which can run up to three years. Find out more, or contact us to be put in touch with the right match for your business.


We organise a range of exciting events to inspire and inform. We invite experts from our global network to showcase cutting-edge research and best practice in the field of data analytics. Our networking events unite the world of business and research. Keep an eye on our news page and social channels for the latest updates.


Subscribe to our YouTube channel to access our free webinars from world-leading data experts and guest presenters. Topics include all aspects of data analytics as well as applied research across sectors.

Become one of the many organisations already benefiting from working with the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre.

Your idea here

If you are looking for a service that isn’t listed – get in touch! You can call (01206 873437), email ( or tweet (@BLGDataResearch) – we are always looking for new ways to explore data, enhance knowledge and empower society.

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Manoranjan Das Director
Get in touch
Business and Local Government Data Research Centre Block C, Unit 2, Knowledge Gateway University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 873437