Upper Quartile 2011 Annual Report


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Highlights of the financial year, 2011

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Upper Quartile 2011 Annual Report

  1. 1. Annual Report 20117-9 North St David Street Edinburgh United Kingdom EH2 1AW Tel: +44(0)131 524 9640 Web: www.upperquartile.co.uk
  2. 2. Background Upper Quartile is an international management and economic development consultancy based in Edinburgh. We specialise in providing creative advice in the most challenging business and economic environments. All of our partners are experienced international development and management professionals who have worked at senior levels in the public and private sectors. Our clients include international NGOs, the UN, government agencies and global companies. Our scope of work embraces economic reconstruction in hostile regions, advice on economic development and reform, and business strategy and benchmarking. We also continue to work with a wide range of companies and government agencies in our home market in the UK. The common theme is our ability to deliver clear, pragmatic solutions to problems that are complex, highly uncertain and, occasionally, chaotic. We have three main areas of expertise: Post-conflict Economic Development Business Strategy Reconstruction & Reform We provide strategic business We continue to advise an We offer advice on overall corporate planning advice to multiple expanding range of Governments, strategy, research and analysis, clients focussed on driving business international and private companies project design and evaluation. All growth. Much of this advice on strategic development, project our partners have at least 25 years focuses on investment by design, FDI and trade promotion, working at senior levels in economic multi-nationals in transitional and and monitoring and evaluation in development and understand the fragile economies fragile and post conflict states unique challenges and accountabilities of organisations in this area. Our work has included monitoring and evaluation, strategic development, project design, FDI and trade promotion Our Partners and senior staff are accustomed to working alongside the military, to coping with uncomfortable working conditions and to supporting national and regional governments to build their own skills. As conflict-affected economies recover, livelihoods, trade and investment opportunities begin to develop. With our local knowledge and network of contacts, we are able to advise small companies and global companies on doing business in these economies and are currently working with Business Development Service (BDS) providers as well as energy, logistics and engineering companies. You can find out more about Upper Quartile by visiting our website at www.upperquartile.co.uk Upper Quartile Annual Report 2011
  3. 3. Where we work CROATIA Removal of immigration barriers for international staff for FDI UK Management of European Social Funds – Rural Training and KOSOVO development Support to IPAK in Development of commercial income business planning streams for British Universities Business and Social Enterprise LIBYA Development SERBIA Institutional Assessment Development of of GPCETI and supporting Industrial Parks / agencies Business Zones in southern Serbia JORDAN KUWAIT Preparation of an Investors Conference economic development plan for the Aqaba Economic Free Zone MONTSERRAT Support for the Trade and Investment Promotion Agency TRINIDAD Change management in the Trade and Investment Promotion Organisation CHINA Economic impact analysis of EU / China Executive ST HELENA training programme Chief Economist and IRAQ Economic Development Support GAMBIA Upper Quartile is a 50% owner of NORTH KOREA the Iraq Business News Review of investment Assessment of Preparation of Investment Policy opportunities for bulk international trade for Iraq breaking of sea / air cargo integration opportunities Business Regulation and Business Environment improved TANZANIA PAPUA NEW Senior Civil Servant skills GUINEA development programme AFGHANISTAN Capacity building for Provision of technical support for senior Government DFID alternate livelihoods officials in advance of programme Economic Partnership Agricultural Value Chain analysis for Agreement negotiations MAIL (CARD F programme) with European Counter Narcotics review in Helmand Commission Upper Quartile Annual Report 2011
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  5. 5. Our Growth Our People Upper Quartile Annual Report 2011