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What Yorkshire Forward does

Yorkshire Forward is the regional development agency for the Yorkshire & Humber region. There are 9 such agencies in England, and each is tasked with improving the economy in its own particular region. We’re funded by central government (ie by taxpayers) and we also receive funding from the EU. You can read more about our funding.

Essentially, our goal is to make Yorkshire & Humber a better place to live, work and invest, and to ensure that our region is able to compete on the domestic and global stage. In this section, you can find out how we do this in practice—with our Corporate Plan which explains how we will contribute to the Regional Economic Strategy.

Our vision for Yorkshire & Humber

Our vision for Yorkshire & Humber

Our role is to boost the economy of our region, and by doing that our vision is to help businesses grow and prosper; to support people in reaching their potential; and to enhance the places which make up our region. Find out about our vision for Yorkshire & Humber.

Our aims for Yorkshire & Humber

Our aims for Yorkshire & Humber

Our aims for Yorkshire & Humber include supporting people, helping businesses and improving places. It means taking a long-term approach to assuring business success and a high quality of life, whilst protecting our environment.

Our strategy for Yorkshire & Humber

Our strategy for Yorkshire & Humber

Many partners, including Yorkshire Forward, have contributed to developing the Regional Economic Strategy for Yorkshire & Humber. Find out more about that, and our Corporate Plan for helping to achieve that strategy.

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