GFCI – The Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) provides profiles, ratings and rankings for approximately 80 financial centres, drawing on two separate sources of data – instrumental factors (external indices) and financial centre assessments. Instrumental factors: previous research indicates that many factors combine to make a financial centre competitive. These factors can be grouped into five over-arching ‘areas of competitiveness’: People, Business Environment, Infrastructure, Market Access and General Competitiveness. Financial centre assessments: GFCI uses responses to an ongoing online questionnaire completed by international financial services professionals. Respondents are asked to rate those centres with which they are familiar and to answer a number of questions relating to their perceptions of competitiveness. The GFCI was first published by Z/Yen in March 2007 and has subsequently been updated every six months.
GIPI – Taylor Wessing, the leading international law firm, regularly publishes an independent Global Intellectual Property Index (GIPI), developed and managed by Z/Yen. The GIPI gives an up-to-date overview of the IP environment in many of the world's leading jurisdictions. Based on an innovative analysis of responses to an ongoing questionnaire of senior industry figures globally and an array of published empirical data, it provides business leaders, legislators and lawyers alike with an objective assessment of the best and worst jurisdictions to obtain, exploit, enforce and attack particular types of IP including trademarks, patents and copyrights.
Commercial Disputes – Taylor Wessing, the leading international law firm, have asked us to conduct a piece of research into commercial disputes, the best ways of conducting these and the jurisdictions under which to achieve the quickest and most desirable outcomes. This involves an online questionnaire so please help out if you have had any experience of commercial disputes.
Sales & Marketing Benchmarking – The Z/Yen Sales & Marketing Benchmark is built up from data supplied by many participants who have completed this survey since 2003. The structure of the survey is designed to explore the allocation of marketing expenditure alongside information on the sales focus of the business.
Examples of Past Surveys
London’s Competitiveness as a Financial Centre – This study analysed the key factors that make a financial centre competitive. It examined perceptions of four leading financial centres, London, New York, Frankfurt and Paris. The study also assessed how things have changed since a similar Corporation of London study in June 2003.
Anti-Money Laundering – This study assessed the perceived costs and benefits of UK Anti-Money Laundering Requirements (AMLR) compared with other jurisdictions including the USA, Germany, France and Italy. It also examined how effective AMLR is and what impact the UK AMLR had on the competitive standing of the UK financial services industry. Research was carried out between September 2004 and April 2005 and involved 34 personal interviews and an online survey to which we received 386 responses.
VCS Insurance Management Club Feasibility Study – Charity Logistics invited Z/Yen Limited (Z/Yen) to deliver a feasibility study for a mutual risk management club to provide insurance to the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). The study was supported and endorsed by the Active Community Unit of the Home Office, the Charity Finance Directors Group, the Institute of Fundraising and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. The fieldwork for the review was conducted between March 2003 and May 2003.
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