Business and Local Government Data Research

Working with public and third sectors

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Can your data change society?

We can help you find a practical solution to a problem, discover new opportunities, inform policy and sustainable planning, measure and demonstrate better value for money, develop best practice standards and improve services. The support we provide is always designed in response to the needs of our partners.

We pride ourselves on building long-standing relationships. We provide continuing support, adapting our services according to our partners’ evolving needs. We work with councils, charities, central government, commissioning bodies and emergency services, aligning to their strategic vision.

Our expertise translates data into knowledge to influence policy and practice.

Funding to work with our researchers

Organisations can access in-depth data analytics and research expertise from the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre through Data Analytics Innovation Vouchers (DAIV). This grant-funded service enables organisations to benefit from cutting-edge data expertise tailored to your organisation’s strategic vision. Find out more on our application page.

Challenge Labs

Our Challenge Labs are interactive workshops that bring together our research experts and operational or strategic leads within your organisation to find solutions to a specific problem. Outcomes can include a grant funded data research project, training, and further support from the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre or the wider University.


Our industry experts deliver training that is tailored to your team of data analysts and IT department. From introductory to advanced levels, your analysts will acquire new skills. This funded service can bridge skills gaps and support a sustainable model of data collection and analysis for lasting impact. We ensure that they can apply the latest tools and techniques to your data. Training can be delivered to mixed cohorts across a partnership of organisations or specifically to your team.


Consultations are flexible meetings that can take place via phone or in person. Consultations can explore potential research projects, current data collection and analytics, training needs assessments and workshops, events and other partnership opportunities.

If you would like to discuss the potential of a project with our team, do get in touch. Our consultations are completely free of charge, with no obligation to proceed.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

We are happy to refer organisations who are interested in being part of a KTP. This flagship Innovate UK programme is designed to help organisations 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 organisation.


We organise exciting networking events to maximise impact and bring data to life. We invite experts from our global network to showcase cutting-edge research. By sharing best practice and the latest developments, our networking events bring the world of research to life within society.

Balancing fundamental research with applied, our events create the perfect platform to learn and share. 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 practical applications across sectors.

Suggestions from our community

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.

Fulham Good Neighbour Service is a small charity with limited resources and we were delighted to be able to partner with the Centre. The research conducted by Aaron Wyllie focused on comparing data on our beneficiaries with publicly available statistics on local older people. This crucial piece of work enabled us to identify gaps in promoting our services in certain localities and will influence our work for the next few years.
Krzysztof Mikata-Pralat 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