Blog Tags

  • ERDF at the Cross Roads?

    The 2007-13 English regional ERDF programmes are rapidly moving into a critical make or break phase. They have just two more years to invest what is still a significant amount of uncommitted money. The programmes have experienced very tough operating conditions having navigated through an intense recession which has fundamentally changed economic opportunities. Business growth and job creation o...

  • RGF Round 1 Successes: What can we learn?

    The Government announced this month that £450m out of the total £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund would be allocated to around 50 successful Round 1 bids, subject to due diligence checks. The published information from BIS on successful bids has so far been somewhat limited; however through announcements by successful bidders and local press coverage, we have been able to start to piece togethe...

  • New Enterprise Zones – worth all the fuss?

    The dust has settled a little after the 2011 Budget and what’s happening about Enterprise Zones has become a little clearer. I’ve had a good look at the EZ Prospectus published by DCLG and read between the lines (see http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1872724.pdf). What’s the scale of EZs this time round? The Government has announced that there will 21 EZs in England...

  • Pfizer Closure Will Test the UK’s Growth Strateg...

    I suspect we all were surprised by the news that the world’s biggest drug maker Pfizer intends to close its R&D facility in Sandwich, Kent. This is the drug giant’s largest research facility in Europe, is home to world-class centres of excellence in a number of therapeutic areas (certain such as allergy, respiration and … ahem…. even erectile dysfunction) and has been the recipient of substantia...

  • EU Structural Fund Allocations: who are the winner...

    Last week’s Ministerial Statement gave us our first view of how the 2014-20 EU Structural Funds for England are set to be shared out over 6 years amongst England’s 39 LEPs.  This is a big deal for the LEPs.  The sums involved far exceed the Growing Places Fund and Regional Growth Fund, and they are seen as an important resource to back the emerging LEP investment and growth strategies.   So wh...

  • Local Growth Fund: A Few Stones Turned Over?

      Local Growth Fund (LGF) was an explicit response to Lord Heseltine’s call for greater devolution to local areas for greater control over their spending in his “No Stones Unturned” report. This week the government has grabbed the headlines with some eye-catching numbers and a renewed commitment to putting LEPs into a central role in the economic development agenda. At the same time the govern...

  • Page 1 of 1 pages