Welcome to the Beacon Dodsworth blog

The aim of our blog is to inform, educate and entertain all with a geographic or demographic twist

We believe that location intelligence enhances processes, improves planning capability and ultimately enables people to work smarter in every industry.

Our blog contains practical examples of using GIS, mapping, software and data solutions in business. It's updated by different members of our team including our directors, software developers, account managers and marketers. This means you can expect a different perspective on a wide range of subjects.

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Our blogs

All you need to know about postcodes but were afraid to ask

The humble postcode has been around for years. We look at how postcodes are used and what led to their introduction.

How far is it to the beach

Using Beacon Dodsworth's scripting technology to showcase demographic and geographic trends.

What is GIS software?

GIS software is a problem-solving toolkit that will effectively enable you to manage large datasets for example from your customer database, understand locations and present information.

Where is the North

We've used the territory manager tool in Prospex GIS to split the UK into North, East, South and West with equal population counts.

A career in the GIS industry

Three months into my first professional software developer job with Beacon Dodsworth, and I love it.

Geodemographics and the University of East London

The University of East London explain how they have been using our P² People & Places geodemographic classification.

Mapping GP prescription data

An article by Allan Brimicombe (Head of Centre for Geo-Information Studies at the University of East London) & Pat Mungroo on using GP prescription data to understand health needs.

Lifestyle data and spending habits

Exploring consumer habits around baked goods using lifestyle data and geodemographic profiling unlocks a range of opportunities.

Household spend on fruit and vegetables

Using GIS mapping to visualise, analyse and present data in a geographical context.

Postcode to postcode drive time and distance

What happens if we want a postcode to postcode drive time lookup table?

What has the census ever done for us?

How Census 2011 can be used to help organisations with demographic analysis.

Customer data analysis solutions

Customer data analysis solutions provide actionable insight and a range of opportunities that can make a huge difference for businesses. Free data samples available

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