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  • 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...

  • BDUK Round 2 Reflections and Forward Look

    The dust is now settling on the latest announcement from the second round of BDUK announcements . Congratulations clearly due to the winners and commiserations (for now) to the losers. The three winners  are now starting the hard work of turning their bids into concrete plans which attract private sector interest and command what looks like some substantial leverage. Exact figures will be finali...

  • 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...

  • Getting the Most Out of ERDF

    DCLG have now begun to point the way forward for the UK’s ERDF programmes. The  proposals which have now emerged indicate: Management responsibility will be transfered from RDAs to DCLG, albeit to regional teams, probably co-located with other DCLG agencies in the regions eg HCA. In London GLA will retain management responsibility. Programme Monitoring Committees will be replaced by Loc...

  • ERDF and the Way Forward

    The demise of RDAs has left England’s European Regional Development Fund Programmes edging towards a governance limbo. The recent Growth White Paper has asked us to wait until the 2011 Budget for clarity on the way forward. Although the new solutions should not be rushed, there is a risk that the vacuum starts to get in the way of progress just as ERDF’s importance to English regions escalates....

  • The Perfect Match? SME Contributions and ERDF

    In the current economic climate, stakeholders across England’s regions are keen to bring forward projects that can provide a much-needed boost to local enterprise.  They know that ERDF funding is available for this, but in many cases lack the match funding needed to draw it down. One answer is to increase the use of match funding contributions from SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). Us...

  • The Obstacle Race towards the new round of Europea...

    The starter gun has been fired for the obstacle race that is preparing for the next round of European Structural and Convergence Funds - sometimes better known as ERDF (for business support and infrastructure) and ESF (for training and employment support). Does it really matter? Well for individual localities in the UK it can. Under the current Structural Funds a total of €10.6 billion over 7...

  • Securing the Economic Benefit of the UK's Energy C...

    Regeneris is currently engaged in numerous energy studies throughout the UK, both providing support to developers in securing planning consents for their major investment projects, and also providing support to economic development agencies to secure valuable national and local economic benefits from investment in energy.  With future investment in mind, the start of December saw the publicati...

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