SYSTRA has the expertise to assess and appraise business cases for a whole range of infrastructure, transport and construction projects – helping programme and fund managers to ensure programmes are in line with relevant national and local guidance.

Ensuring infrastructure schemes are compliant and deliverable

Presenting a powerful business case for any new infrastructure project is essential to securing funding from the various devolved grant schemes in the UK. Managers and funders of new schemes need to ensure that business cases are well informed, clearly presented and provide objective evidence to support the proposed development.

To have the best chance of success, business cases must comply with the relevant guidance, demonstrate a proportionate approach to project appraisal, and show that the scheme is deliverable and offers value for money. Business cases must also meet the overall funding objectives of the specific grant scheme, and comply with Green Book guidance on programme appraisal.

To have the best chance of success, business cases must comply with the relevant guidance, demonstrate a proportionate approach to project appraisal, and show that the scheme is deliverable and offers value for money. Business cases must also meet the overall funding objectives of the specific grant scheme, and comply with Green Book guidance on programme appraisal.

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SYSTRA business case assurance specialists provide expert advice on making the best strategic, economic, commercial, financial and management cases for any new development.

Our specialists provide independent expert assessments of every element of business cases. We can provide assurance for business cases relating to transport infrastructure, energy facilities, environmental projects, security schemes and construction projects.

Independent business case review

SYSTRA business case assessors ensure a consistent approach is adopted throughout any proposal. Our core team of assessors is supported by the expertise of multi-disciplinary specialists who provide technical input where required. We are happy to work as part of a wider team or to work in partnership with programme managers to collaboratively develop the most comprehensive business cases.

Support for winning bids

Our business case assurance team can provide expert recommendations on the strategic, economic, commercial, financial or management cases for a whole range of infrastructure projects. Our involvement ensures that proposals comply fully with relevant local and national guidance, as well as local assurance frameworks. Consequently, we have a successful track record of gaining grants from many devolved funding programmes.

Bespoke scheme appraisals and clear audit trails

Our agile approach enables us to adapt our services to the demands of diverse scheme proposals and to respond to changing government guidance or scheme requirements. We can mobilise our specialists quickly to provide the assessment and advisory services clients need to prevent delays and hit key submission deadlines.

Crucially, in our business case assurance work, we establish a clear audit trail. This ensures that business case documentation is updated to reflect issues, and comments raised on a scheme are logged in a single document.

Early advice on appraisal strategy

Key to creating a successful business case is the early involvement of our assurance team. From our experience, we know that if we are engaged to review early-stage proposals, such as Appraisal Specification Reports or Strategic Outline Cases, we can make valuable recommendations about the requirements for the later stages of business case development.

Early intervention helps clients take the most cost-effective and proportionate approach to appraisal. Agreeing the appraisal strategy before any appraisal work begins also results in fewer issues, clarifications and additional work at the business case review stage. That creates a more time-efficient approval process and delivers business cases that are more likely to pass decision gateways at the first attempt..

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