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.