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  • Preparing for CIL : the Need for a More Rounded Ap...

    Last week’s Planning article on the first wave Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedules (Variable Rates, pp20-21) makes for interesting reading. A lot of the discussion in recent months has been on the scale of the levy to be charged and the article summarises the different rates being proposed across the six most advanced CIL areas. These include a proposal for a £70/m2 flat rat...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Sub-National Growth White Paper

    Regeneris Consulting has published a briefing on last week’s White Paper.  Below are some quick highlights: LEPs Anyone involved in LEP bids might now be wondering what all the fuss was about: we have a bit more clarity on what they are not going to be and the funding they won’t have access to. Some LEPs may end up delivering services on behalf of central government, but will need to...

  • Allocating Regional Growth Fund

    Regeneris Consulting welcomes the Regional Growth Fund announcement in the Comprehensive Spending Review but cautions it should be allocated in a targeted manner. Regeneris has done a quick assessment of where needs and opportunities are greatest to see which locations are best placed to take advantage of RGF. Using our simple assessment framework, Liverpool, Sheffield, Blackburn and Darlington...

  • 39 LEPs to growth?

    Local Enterprise Partnerships or LEPs have now been with us for a couple of years – the Coalition’s big idea on local economic development and growth. As we enter 2013 what does their report card look like and, more importantly, what is their future? Responsibilities but no resources One of the Coalition’s first acts was to abolish the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). They were liked in...

  • In at the Deep End or Business as Usual for LEPs?...

    The 2014-20 European Structural Funds constitute an enormous opportunity and challenge for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Up to now, LEPs have had access to modest lumps of funding from Growing Places and Regional Growth Funds, which are just drops in the stormy economic ocean.  European Structural Fund allocations mean serious money, for every area, every year to 2020. The allocations...

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