About Yorkshire Forward

Yorkshire Forward is the Regional Development Agency (RDA) for Yorkshire and Humber. As one of nine RDAs in England, we were established in 1999 to transform the English regions through sustainable economic development.

Following the Government’s decision to abolish Regional Development Agencies by April 2012, we have worked closely with public and private sector bodies in region to manage the transition of our responsibilities, prior to our closure.

We remain supportive of economic recovery and future growth for Yorkshire and Humber and are keen to work closely with our partners to help them understand functions, projects and activities which we currently manage and deliver.

We will endeavor to keep staff, stakeholders, partners and suppliers up to date with developments throughout this transitional stage.

What Yorkshire Forward does

What Yorkshire Forward does

Yorkshire Forward is the regional development agency for Yorkshire & Humber. Find out what we do to help grow the economy in our region, and how our work contributes to the Regional Economic Strategy.

Our policies for achieving economic growth

Our policies for achieving economic growth

This section tells you about the practical things we’re doing to achieve our overall goal: to grow the economy of Yorkshire & Humber. Our plans are set out in a set of 11 policy programmes, and you can read summaries of these here.


Where we work: our sub-regions

Where we work: our sub-regions

We maintain offices in South Yorkshire and the Humber. The teams based there work closely with individuals, businesses and partners to identify local challenges and how best to respond.

Our offices

Our offices

Yorkshire Forward’s headquarters are in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with regional offices in Hull and Rotherham. Please feel free to get in touch.


How Yorkshire Forward is funded

How Yorkshire Forward is funded

Yorkshire Forward is able to invest in the economic development of our region thanks to funds received from two sources: central government and the EU. Find out more.

How Yorkshire Forward is structured

How Yorkshire Forward is structured

Find out how Yorkshire Forward is structured. You can meet our board and our management team, and even reading board meeting minutes.


Working with Politicians and the Public Sector

Working with Politicians and the Public Sector

Find out how we're scrutinised by politicians and how we help MPs, MEPs and both elected and appointed officials from our regional councils.

Our performance as a regional development agency

Our performance as a regional development agency

Here you will find copies of our corporate plan, our board papers, reports and charts on how we are performing along with information requested from us through the Freedom Of Information Act.



How Yorkshire Forward makes a difference

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Board meetings

The board of directors meets every 6 weeks. Find out more in our archive of papers and minutes.

Inform magazine

Our magazine highlights the latest opportunities and support available to companies in the region.

Our strategy

Find out how Yorkshire Forward helps to achieve the Regional Economic Strategy