projects

Business Planning

Glover House, Aberdeen
Client - Active Stirling

MKA Economics led a multi-disciplinary team assess the feasibility of restoring Glover House in Aberdeen, to create a lasting legacy to Thomas - The Scottish Samurai. This included a business case to take forward the preferred option which was ratified by Aberdeen City Council in December 2016. 

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

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. This included being an Expert Witness at the Public Inquiry in September 2016.

Aros Estate, Mull
Client - Tobermory Harbour Association

MKA Economics was commissioned to develop a business case and supporting economic impact assessment of the tourism and community development proposals for the Aros Estate, south of Tobermory in Mull. This assessment will strengthen the case for investment and support an approach to appropraite funding sources in order to progress this valuable community heritage project.

Economic Impact Assessment

Highlands and Islands Economic Impact Framework 2016-18
Client - Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

In partnership with Frontline Management Consultants, MKA Economics was retained to the HIE Economic Impact Framework Panel for the period 2016 - 2018, an extension to the commissioned secured in 2013.

Active Stirling Impact Assessment
Client - Active Stirling

In 2016, MKA Economics was commissioned by Active Stirling to assess the socio-economic impact of Active Stirling and their various activities and assets.

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 Perthshire, North and 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 - 2016, 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.

Ladies and Mens Scottish Opens
Client - North Ayrshire Council

MKA Economics was commissioed to appraise the expected community, economic, tourism and social events of the Ladies and Mens Scottish Oen being hosted by the Aberdeen Asset Management and EventScotland at Dundonalds Links in July 2017.

Project monitoring, appraisal and evaluation

Think Local: Interim and Final Evaluation
Client - Scottish Government

MKA Economics carried out the Interim Evaluation of the Scottish Government’s Think Local Programme. This formative evaluation assessed progress towards the eight overarching targets set out at the initiation of the three year programme in 2013. MKA Economics completed the Final Evaluation of the programme in October  2016.

Community Food Fund: Interim and Final Evaluation
Client - Scottish Government

MKA Economics carried out the Interim Economic Evaluation of the Scottish Government’s Community Food Fund. The economic evaluation focused on the economic impact of supported projects over the 2013-2015 period and to help guide future roll-out of the fund in the period to 2016. MKA Economics completed the Final Evaluation of the fund in October  2016.

Market Research

VisitAberdeen Evaluation
Client - Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

MKA Economics conducted visitor and business surveys to collate the views of local businesses on the actions and activities of VistAberdeen, the new destination managment orgnaistion for Aberdeen City and Shire.

Caithness Accommodation Audit
Client - Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Working with Breakthrough Business Support, MKA Economics completed the 2016 accommodation audit for Caithness. MKA Economics led the demand side assessment, including the consultation phase with key industry bodies and demand generators to assess future drivers for growth. 

Shetland Accommodation Audit
Client - HIE

MKA Economics supported Breakthrough Business Support complete an accomodation audits for Shetland, MKA Economics led the consultation phase with key industry bodies and intermediaries to assess demand requirements.