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  • RGF Round 2: What Can We Tell?

    Earlier last week the Government announced the winners of the second round of the £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund. The £950 million available for Round 2 will be allocated to 119 successful Round 2 bids, subject to due diligence and needs to be spent by 2014. The published information from BIS on the successful bids is currently quite limited however through local publicity and press coverag...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • End of Year Reflections & Best Wishes

    2010 has been a memorable year for people working in and around the public sector. The new Government is proving to be far more radical than anyone initially expected and its reforming zeal has probably been felt most profoundly and quickly in the economic development arena. The swift dismantling of the RDAs has been followed up with dramatic financial changes to other agencies in the field and...

  • Regional Growth Fund Bidding Advice

    I recently attended the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) Roadshow in Liverpool where Lord Heseltine and BIS officials set out their requirements and expectations of the first round of RGF bids. What were the key points? We are in the thick of work on several bids so it was helpful to be able to ask questions. The summary below could help anyone pulling a bid together and needs to be read in conjunct...

  • 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....

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