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David Tuck

David has founded URBEC – Urban Economics as a fresh platform for delivering smart economic development consultancy services to public authorities and the private sector. URBEC specialises in place strategy, investment case-making and project impact, providing agile and authoritative support to local authorities and agencies across the UK.

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With experience spanning five decades, David has witnessed and influenced the changing landscape of UK urban policy and its impact on local economic performance. An urban economist, and professional member of the RTPI and RICS, David has worked across the full spectrum of local and central government, delivery agencies and the private sector as an advocate of better outcomes for places and communities. He has a deep understanding of the UK’s economic geography, the dynamics of place and the mechanisms through which local economies can be revitalised, grown-on and levelled-up.

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A consistent champion of a ‘real Northern Renaissance’, David has played a leading role in developing and delivering strategies and infrastructure projects to support economic growth and regeneration in sub-regions, towns & cities and local communities. His influential work has informed current agendas for Levelling-Up, Future High Streets, Town Deals and Housing Infrastructure and he has led many successful business cases and funding bids to support project and programme delivery. His focus on compelling strategic evidence, sound economics and creative ideas has helped project promoters unlock often complex delivery solutions and to measure and demonstrate economic impacts.

He has been closely involved in supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships, Mayoral and Combined Authorities in place analysis, business case formulation and establishing and operating investment assurance frameworks and impact assessments. He is a leading expert on HM Treasury Green Book and its application to economic growth and regeneration investments.

David is retained as a strategic adviser to the Arcadis Place Economics team, supporting business growth in this sector and the development of integrated place services to public sector clients.

He has also recently been retained by the UK Atomic Energy Agency to support business case development for the STEP Programme to deliver a prototype fusion nuclear power plant in North Nottinghamshire, a major international R&D project featured in the Government’s major infrastructure programme.




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