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Brexit: opportunities and risks to a fairer, sustainable economy (Now closed)

Posted on 24 Oct 2016 in News

We are seeking to commission a piece of work to explore the opportunities and threats to economic resilience that Brexit brings.

The issue
In the wake of the majority vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in the recent referendum, the country has entered a period of uncertainty. There is a plethora of possibilities, opportunities and challenges that face UK society and the economy that underpins it. Across the political spectrum there is consensus that we are entering a turbulent time in economic, political and social terms.

The big questions about the nature and relationship of a UK economy with a different relationship to European and world economies that face us all pose opportunities for bringing about positive change, re-thinking the relationships between individuals, communities and our systems of exchange, as well as real threats to the long term economic prospects for ourselves and the next generation.

To explore this issue, the Foundation is seeking to commission a piece of work to explore both the opportunities and threats to economic resilience that Brexit brings. At this stage, we have more questions than answers:

  • What might the UK’s new industrial strategy look like?
  • How could the principles of a more equitable distribution of economic goods and services be created and embedded?
  • What issues might emerge during the process of negotiating new trade agreements with Europe and the rest of the world?
  • How will we ensure good environmental and social outcomes, such as good working conditions for workers, and prevent a “race to the bottom”?
  • What is the likely direction of travel of the new government in terms of issues of pay inequality? What representations should be made?
  • How can we best resist corporate lobbying for a roll back of financial market regulation?
  • How might the devolution agenda play out? Might individual nations, regions or cities be given the resources and levers to determine their own economic futures? If so, what support will they need to ensure good societal and environmental outcomes?
  • What are the risks and protective factors for the UK economy at this juncture? What can we put in place to maximise the long-term resilience of the UK economy and minimise the risks of exacerbating inequality and poor environmental and social outcomes.

The call for proposals

We are offering up to £20,000 for a think piece, structured seminar series or set of collaborative essays to explore what Brexit might mean for an economy that would work more closely in support of the society’s needs:

  • What are the Top 10 challenges to economic resilience in the next two years, in terms of maintaining social outcomes such as fairness and protecting the most vulnerable in society?
  • What are the main issues or institutions at risk?
  • What are the opportunities that may emerge?
  • Who are the key players and influencers in relation to these?
  • What are the policy levers that need to be used to encourage positive developments or reduce the risks?
  • What are the timescales for action?

We want to explore:

  • What needs to be tackled at a systems change level and at a local level?
  • What might the role of civil society be in relation to each area?
  • What kinds of strategic interventions might usefully be supported and how time critical are they?


We are interested in seeing proposals that will draw ideas from a range of sources and approaches to formulate a compelling agenda. The successful bidder will:

  • Have a track record of working collaboratively across the political spectrum.
  • Have a sound record of policy analysis and review.
  • Have capacity to start the work quickly and adopt a flexible approach to a developing landscape.
  • Present a methodology and approach that reflects a range of voices, including those who may be under-represented in in current policy debates.
  • Have and be able to reflect an understanding of the Foundation’s interest in an economy that is fairer, more environmentally and socially sustainable and is less susceptible to shocks.


We are flexible about the main outputs –digital outputs such as short films, a series of blog/ essays or other outputs are possible. We would ask that there is a summary document produced in the format of the Foundation’s Intelligence summaries. If the main output is a written report, we ask for a document of no longer than 10,000 words.

Commissioning process

Send us your proposal by email by 15 November 2016. Decisions will be made 28 November 2016. Final outputs by 6 March 2017.

Proposals should include:

  • Full contact details of the proposer. This should include email addresses, telephone numbers and postal address.
We wish to positively encourage collaborative working and so are open to partnership bids – although one person or body would need to take the lead in terms of contracting with us and being legally accountable for the contract.
  • Design, methods and approach: A brief overview of how you expect to carry out the work, including your experience of using your approach, key informants and other evidence of your ability to do what you suggest.
  • Timetable: Please provide a schedule setting out how you will meet our timetable.
  • Costs: Estimates of the costs for the review as outlined, including any expenses and VAT.

The Foundation will evaluate the proposals received in terms of:

  • Feasibility.
  • Deliverability.
  • Experience, knowledge and internal capacity.
  • Collaborative ability (through methods or networks) to access a broad range of opinion.


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