Blog Tags

  • 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...

  • SME Access to Finance: Lessons for LEPs

    The LEPs should have now received their feedback from CLG on the initial drafts of their European Structural Investment Fund plans (known as the SIFs) and should be refining their plans for final submission in January.  From what we understand, a large number of the LEPs are intending to use ERDF resources to part fund SME access to finance projects. In many instances these are along similar lin...

  • LEPs – Choose Your Targets Wisely

    LEPs across England are currently engrossed in drafting their Strategic Economic Plans, counting down the five remaining weeks until submission.  Each plan will have a set of local economic targets which will help to focus and drive LEP activity, and on which the future performance of the LEP will be judged.  In setting targets, LEPs need to choose wisely, and to learn lessons from their predece...

  • Turbine Manufacturers are the Key for Offshore Win...

    Offshore wind developers have taken a lot of flak in recent years about the relatively low level of UK economic content in the construction phases of their offshore wind farms.  However Regeneris’ experience from numerous economic impact assessments of schemes suggests that this criticism is to a large extent misplaced. Offshore wind is a high priority for the UK Government, both in hitting re...

  • Have PPI Payments Boosted the UK Economy?

    Despite falling real wages, the UK consumer has been driving the UK’s economic recovery Although forecasters have been busy upgrading their expectations for UK GDP growth, some have voiced concerns about the sustainability of the recovery. Consumer expenditure (and the housing market) has clearly played a large part in driving growth despite real hourly wages having actually fallen.  Indeed, G...

  • How should we value culture and the arts?

    Regeneris Consulting has recently been immersed in high profile commissions in the arts and cultural sector, including economic analysis for the Barbican Centre, a cost-benefit analysis of the Tate and appraising bids for the UK City of Culture. Drawing on this experience, Tim Fanning and Stephen Nicol reflect on techniques for valuing these cultural assets. Whilst the Autumn Statement was not...

  • LEPs leading the way in Area Based Reviews

    In the third and final of our blogs on Area Based Reviews (ABR) we consider the role of LEPs in the process and what steps need to be taken to form a collective view on the ‘Skills Conclusion’ for the area. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) provide the starting point for each review.  They have a key role to play in ensuring that the process delivers an offer that meets each area’s educatio...

  • How Might A Theresa May Government Share Economic...

    This year, several LEPs have reviewed their Economic Plans and the priorities that they originally set out. The focus of LEPs has recently been focused around issues such as economic competitiveness, sectors and innovation and their Strategic Economic Plans are still quite rooted in the physical infrastructure agenda.  As the new Prime Minister takes office with a promise to “build a better B...

  • Page 1 of 1 pages