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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...

  • 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...

  • Regional Growth Fund Round 1 Reflections

    So the dust is settling. After the mad dash to submit Regional Growth Funding (RGF) bids by the 21st January deadline, what have we learned? Surprise, surprise – it is highly competitive As RGF is pretty much the only show in town to replace a wide array of previous government programmes, it’s hardly surprising competition has been stiff. Even though there was little more than two months to...

  • 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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