projects

Business Planning

Stirling Sports Village
Client - Active Stirling

During 2014, MKA Economics led the strategic business case to guide the refreshed masterplan for the completion of the Stirling Sports Village, including additional cricket, curling and football facilities.

Judy Murray Tennis Centre and Colin Montgomerie Golf Academy
Client - King Group

In 2014, MKA Economics led the business case to develop a Judy Murray Tennis Centre, Colin Montogomerie Golf School, hotel and housing at Park of Keir, near Stirling. MKA Economics also carried out the socio-economic impact assessment of the proposals.

Old Kirk, North Berwick
Client - East Lothian Council

MKA Economics was commissioned to  conduct a feasibility assessment of restoring and refurbishing Old St Andrews Kirk to safeguard its future and provide new interpretation investment. MKA Economics supported the 'economic case' with a specific focus on the source and application of funding opportunities.

Economic Impact Assessment

Highlands and Islands Economic Impact Framework 2013-16
Client - Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

In partnership with Frontline Management Consultants, MKA Economics was appointed to the HIE Economic Impact Framework Panel for the period 2013 - 2016. MKA Economics was also appointed to the Evaluation and Research Framework Panel in 2013.

Scottish Hotels and Resorts
Client - Scottish Development International

MKA Economics completed a series of economic impact assessments of various resort proposals across Scotland to highlight the potential scale of the economic opportunity and to help guide future SDI and wider public sector support.

Various Wind Farms
Clients - Various

MKA Economics has led the Socio-economic, Tourism, Land Use and Recreation Chapter of a number of onshore wind farm in South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Highlands, Western Isles and across Wales. 

Event impact assessment

Tiree Music Festival
Client - Tiree Music Festival 

Economic evaluation of the multi-award winning Tiree Music Festival 2012 - 2014, which was awarded 'Best Small Festival in Scotland' at the Thistle Awards in 2012 and 2013 - the event was also awarded 'Best Cultural Event' at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and 'Best Event' at the Scottish Trad Awards. In 2014, the event was awarded 'Best Small Event' at the UK Event Awards.

Dumfries and Galloway Rally Events
Client - Dumfries and Galloway Council

MKA Economics carried out the community, economic, social and tourism impact of the Scottish Rally, Merrick Stages Rally and the Galloway Forest Rally in 2014. The assignment also assessed future market opportunities aligned to the findings of the Scottish Government's Motorsport Event Safety Review.

Project monitoring, appraisal and evaluation

Aberdeen Hotel Demand and Supply Assessment
Client - SDI

In 2014, MKA Economics conducted an economic appraisal of Aberdeen's hotel sector in order to inform policy to grow the contribution of the sector in the period to 2025.

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
Client - University of Stirling

MKA Economics completed the economic case for a new Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre in 2014. This included a HM Treasury compliant Business Case covering strategic, management, economic, financial and commercial aspects. 

Market Research

Aberdeen Inspired Evaluation
Client - Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

MKA Economics conducted business surveys to collate the views of local businesses on the actions and activities of Aberdeen Inspired and the Business Improvement District. 

Inverness and Moray Accommodation Audit
Client - Scottish Development International and Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Working with Tourism Resources Company, MKA Economics completed the accommodation audit for Inverness and Moray. MKA Economics led the demand side assessment, including the consultation phase with key industry bodies to assess future drivers for growth. 

Key Destination Accommodation Audit
Client - Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise

MKA Economics supported Tourism Resources Company complete a series of accommodation audits for six key destinations (Aberdeen, Royal Deeside, Dundee, Perthshire, St Andrews and Loch Lomond). MKA Economics led the consultation phase with key industry bodies and intermediaries to assess demand requirements.