The team at Ingenium Research have been involved in measuring the night time economy across the UK and Australia for over ten years.
The initial methodology (the “Night Mix Index”) was developed during our time at TBR in the UK, when we calculated the UK’s NTE to be valued at £66bn in 2009. This was the first recorded approach to measuring NTE activity in the world and was adopted by local authority councils and the UK central government’s Home Office to show the relative economic importance of the night time economy within the wider UK economy.
In 2012, the approach was replicated for the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors in Australia for the purpose of measuring the scale and trends in NTE activity across Australian capital cities.
Since 2017, Ingenium has been operating in Australia to provide CCCLM and local government areas with unique NTE insights, as many urban areas take an increasing interest in developing 24-hour economies.
Services we can provide include but are not limited to analysing and reporting on granular geographic economic activity and clustering, criminal incidents, live music, transport and trading hours. We can analyse how these factors align with current policy and make recommendations for future policy direction.
See below for some examples of our recent research projects
This project, for the City of Gold Coast Council, identified twelve distinct night time economy
(NTE) precincts through geospatial analysis of economic, crime and live music data. We
reviewed the interrelationship between this data and local and state policies, plans,
investments, and news stories to suggest evidence based considerations.
We were commissioned by Canterbury Bankstown Council (CBCity) to support their newly
published NTE Action Plan by determining the sub-LGA economic impact of their NTE. This
was complemented by mapping NTE business clusters and their opening hours to determine
the area’s “night time intensity” rating.
The Ingenium team developed the original methodology for measuring Australia’s NTE over ten
years ago and have been involved in annual iterations since its inception. These studies for the
Council of Capital City Lord Mayors provide consistent insights about the size of sector for
Australia, the states, territories and 88 of the most populous LGAs.