SQW was founded in 1983. Consultants are drawn from academia, government, industry and the development agencies. Our clients include international bodies, such as the World Bank and the European Commission, government departments in the UK and overseas, several directorates of the European Commission, major charitable foundations, private firms and a wide range of regional development agencies and local authorities. Our HQ is in Cambridge and our other offices are in Edinburgh, London, Leeds, Manchester and Hong Kong.
The firm's skill base centres on wealth creation and the ways in which it may be enhanced through policies, programmes and projects at national, regional and local levels. Many of our staff have economics or related qualifications, but we also employ staff whose degrees were in scientific or other disciplines. Senior staff typically have wide experience of strategy development and review, feasibility and evaluation assignments and there is also a specialist capability in performance measurement. They are supported by research consultants, who assist in surveys, data assembly and analysis.
In terms of subject matter SQW has a distinctive strength in relation to the organisation and effectiveness of research policies and programmes. This links across to the commercialisation of research through technology transfer and new firm starts. We have also undertaken a range of work exploring the, currently fashionable, topic of clusters and recently published a new book on the Cambridge Phenomenon. SQW also has a strong record in working across the range of tasks being developed by the UK Regional Development Agencies, drawing on our strengths in SME development, skills, strategic planning, programme review and the design of performance measurement and monitoring systems.