What we do
What we do
What we do
The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is the driving force behind sustainable economic development in the East of England.
We work in the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and the four unitary authorities Luton, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
The vision for the East of England is to create a leading economy, founded on a world class knowledge base, creativity and enterprise.
Our role is to:
- lead and mobilise partners and deploy resources to deliver economic growth in line with the demands and direction of local businesses and organisations
- deliver measurable, practical programmes that make a positive difference to people's lives and businesses
- invest in large, long term projects that have a real impact on communities and people's lives
- persuade and influence others to bring resources together to find innovative ways to solve challenging economic issues.
To do this we work with a range of partners - including regional and local authorities, businesses, educational establishments and the voluntary sector.
To deliver our stretching programme of activities, EEDA has an expenditure budget for 2008/09 of £154 million - less than 0.5 per cent of total public spending in the region.
EEDA facilitates the production of the East of England's regional economic strategy (RES). The themes and priorities set out in this document inform EEDA's corporate plan, which details what we will deliver to support the RES.
In order to do this EEDA has identified seven programmes of activity. Each has a dedicated team focused on delivery and all absorb several themes which affect everything we do:
Business Support - to enable and encourage businesses to access valued publicly-funded business support services and to catalyse demand-led skills provision across the region.
Science, Innovation and High-Level Skills - to build on the region's science base and increase the commercial exploitation of ideas.
Regional Infrastructure - to prioritise and enable increased investment in regional infrastructure.
Economic Participation - to improve employability and increase economic opportunities for individuals unable to participate in the region's economy.
Sustainable Economy - to enable businesses and individuals in the region to improve their efficient use of resources and to support the land-based, renewable energy and environmental goods and services sectors to grow.
Strategy and Intelligence - to deliver high quality evidence-based policy making, evaluation and investment planning in the East of England.
Partnerships, Advocacy and Communication - to undertake a successful programme of partnership development and delegation to implement the Sub-national Review, support local authority capacity building and act as effective advocates for the region and Greater South East at national and international levels.
You can find further specific detail on the respective programme pages and on the underlying principles page.
In order to help us shape regional strategy, EEDA also commissions research studies in areas of interest. All of our research reports are published on the East of England Observatory site.