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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tips for a Successful R3 RGF bid

    Last week the £1 billion Round 3 of the Regional Growth Fund was launched. With a deadline of 13th June, those interested in bidding will need to gear up quickly. Regeneris supported a number of Round 1 and Round 2 bids, with our successes including a £4 million bid for the North West Aerospace sector, a £26 million Hull and East Riding Renewables Sector Development programme bid (see here) an...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Big Footprints? Measuring Corporations' Impacts

    We have probably all seen examples of multinationals being pilloried in the press for allegedly avoiding paying UK corporation tax. Some companies have responded by emphasising the jobs and wealth that they bring to the country. While using economic impact assessment in this defensive way has its place, there are actually a range of more positive ways in which companies can benefit from a robust...

  • 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...

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