Deloitte, Fraser of Allander in research partnership

Deloitte and the University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute said they have agreed a partnership “to provide businesses with enhanced insights into the Scottish economy.”

The business advisory firm will support the independent research institute’s closely-watched quarterly Economic Commentary report, providing additional analysis and helping to communicate its findings to Scottish companies.

Beginning in September, the partnership will also help Fraser of Allander expand its coverage of Scotland’s economic performance.

The two organisations will work together on a regular series of new studies looking at a selection of Scotland’s key sectors – including oil and gas, financial services, and digital – highlighting key trends, as well as the opportunities and challenges within them.

John Macintosh, Tax Partner at Deloitte, said: “Economics has seldom been more relevant.

“Businesses are facing an ever-changing landscape, not only in Scotland, but further afield too.

“This partnership will give us access to unrivalled factual and independent analysis of what is happening in the Scottish economy, helping us to advise businesses about the action they need to take.

“We look forward to what will undoubtedly be a fascinating and insightful series of projects in the months ahead.”

Graeme Roy, director at the Fraser of Allander Institute, added: “Deloitte is exactly the type of organisation that we were looking to work with, providing us with an important link into Scotland’s business community.

“Greater access to the right companies will help inform our reports and provide us with even better intelligence about their current experiences, challenges and opportunities.

“This partnership also represents a real vote of confidence in the value of independent economic analysis in Scotland.

“It’s through partnerships like this that we can help inform public debate and support the next generation of economic researchers.”