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Regional Development Agency Sponsorship

The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) is one of England’s nine Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). Its main role is to help drive economic development in the South East region.

Government Offices (GOs) work with the nine Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) . More information on the national picture

Under the 1998 Regional Development Agencies Act, SEEDA has five main purposes:

  • to further economic development and regeneration
  • to promote business efficiency, investment and competitiveness
  • to promote employment
  • to enhance development and application of skills relevant to employment
  • to contribute to sustainable development

SEEDA’s work covers:

  • regional regeneration
  • making the South East a competitive location for business
  • encouraging companies to invest in the region
  • putting together a regional skills action plan together with partners to match the needs of the South East labour market

Regional Economic Strategy

The 1998 Regional Development Agencies Act required SEEDA to work with regional partners to put together a Regional Economic Strategy (RES) that sets out the priorities and targets for the sustainable economic prosperity of the South East.

The current version of the South East Regional Economic Strategy 2006-16 can be viewed on SEEDA’s website.

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