ERDF Funded Projects

The projects that have received investment from the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Competitiveness and Employment Programme 2007-2013 are listed here under the Programme Priorities from which they have been supported. Alternatively, you may download a beneficiaries spreadsheet.

NB: Beneficiaries are organisations receiving ERDF investment for a project. The ERDF shown is the amount committed to a project, this may change through a contract variation but will be adjusted to actual amounts invested when the project is completed. Eligible expenditure is the amount that is eligible for ERDF support, this may be less than the project’s total costs as that may include expenditure which is ineligible for ERDF support.  

Priority 1: Promoting Innovation and R&D

Beneficiary: Huddersfield & District Textile Training Co Ltd
Project: Textile Innovation Programme
ERDF Investment: £1,548,960 Eligible Expenditure: £3,668,432
Starts: 1/7/09 Ends: 30/6/12
Description: Providing an innovation centre for technical textiles including close to the market R&D. It will support a range of environmental improvements and use of nano and plasma technologies to produce fabrics which are self-cleaning or conductive fibres to make smart clothing that monitors the wearers body functions and dressings that monitor wounds, prevent infection and deliver medication.

Beneficiary: National Metals Technology Centre
Project: Advanced Materials Centre at the AMP
ERDF Investment: £1,598,460  Eligible Expenditure: £2,804,318
Starts: 1/3/11  Ends: 31/3/14
Description: This project will establish a world class Centre of Excellence in Advanced Engineering and Materials that will provide a range of industrially-focused strategic services to regional companies, delivered by NAMTEC.

Beneficiary: Sheffield Hallam University
Project: Innovation Futures
ERDF Investment: £1,673,826 Eligible Expenditure: £3,282,012
Starts:  1/1/9 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: This project supports a new team to deliver bespoke, in-depth interdisciplinary interventions to embed R&D, promote an innovation culture through long-term collaborations with businesses, increase business growth and sales and contribute to the delivery of the Regional Innovation Strategy. Innovation Futures will encourage businesses to transform the way they manage resources, by supporting the development and use of new processes and technologies to improve resource efficiency. Innovation Futures will be embedded within Sheffield Hallam University and will deliver a unique package of services which will promote and embed innovation in companies.

Beneficiary: University of Bradford
Project: University of Bradford Sustainability Centre
ERDF Investment: £2,990,000 Eligible Expenditure: £4,338,301
Starts:1/1/8    Ends:30/6/13 
Description: This project will be a focal point for sustainable development-related research and knowledge transfer expertise working with new and existing businesses. With interdisciplinary expertise in social sciences, environment, health, management, informatics, and design & engineering, Surprise will focus initially on supporting businesses in: sustainable construction; resource efficiency (particularly water); and behaviour and cultural change.

Beneficiary: University of Huddersfield
Project: Huddersfield Enterprise & Innovation Centre
ERDF Investment:£6,439,750 Eligible Expenditure: £11,419,216
Starts:1/4/10  Ends: 31/3/15
Description: The Huddersfield Enterprise and Innovation Centre (EIC) project will refurbish and extend an existing University building to create an exciting 3900 m2 business centre for collaboration and research. The Centre is designed to promote and facilitate collaborative working R&D & Knowledge Transfer from the HE knowledge base and promote entrepreneurial culture in both HE and the business community. It will be recognised as a regional and national exemplar of Open Innovation, providing unique modes of access to the university knowledge base, state-of-the-art facilities and services. Through the physical infrastructure of the building, facilities management arrangements and the planned business development interventions, we will create an innovation community (start-ups, SMEs, blue-chips and university programmes) that will facilitate dynamic interactions to promote supply chain and demand-led innovation. We anticipate that the Centre will become host to 90 tenant companies and engage with a significant number of other companies as associates. The proposal builds upon experience gained elsewhere and aims to address current gaps in provision. An existing university building will be renovated and extended to create the Centre and this, along with University HEIF funding, will be used as match funding for the project. The EIC will also provide the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) with a soft landing zone in the region to help establish NPL in the North in the longer term. NPL is an integral partner to the project and has been involved in the development discussions.

Beneficiary: University of Leeds
Project: Institute of Product and Process Development (IPPD)
ERDF Investment: £4,081,596 Eligible Expenditure: £6,734,430
Starts: 1/1/09 Ends: 30/9/12
Description: This project is a collaboration between the Institute of Process Research & Development (IPRD), in the school of Chemistry at the University of Leeds and the Innovative Physical Organic Solutions (IPOS), Department of Chemical & Biological Sciences, at the University of Huddersfield. The Universities will be collaborating for marketing and referral purposes as the Institute of Product and Process Development (IPPD) bringing together the expertise in both institutions and facilitating a significant investment in new equipment, facilities and staff to support the region’s fine chemicals sector. Businesses will be able to engage with the staff and facilities at the universities to conduct collaborative research and development work, developing new products and leaner processes. The cost of initial engagements will be discounted for SMEs. An industry club will be formed to drive university research and support applications for research grants. The project will work closely with other initiatives and schemes in the region such as the Particles and Pharmaceutical Centres of Industrial Collaboration.

Beneficiary: University of Leeds
Project: Utilising Synergies in Nanomanufacturing to Accelerate Innovation
ERDF Investment: £1,064,176 Eligible Expenditure: £1,903,044
Starts: 1/5/09 Ends: 30/4/11
Description: This project builds on the distinctive and impressive nanomanufacturing technology business exploitation activities in the Yorkshire & Humber region, and the established best practice technology transfer expertise that exists within the partner higher education institutions. It aims to increase and promote this high technology innovation to help build the knowledge economy of the future within the region and begin to generate substantial economic benefits. Additionality will be achieved through a regional collaborative network of universities and companies each able to contribute in niche areas, but together can provide solutions and opportunities for business development.  Through wider promotion, leveraging of current contacts and resources, and stimulating new investment in innovation this will lead to rapid development of technology into products that will bring benefit to the region through high technology business growth including job creation and job retention. Activity will be a combination of networking with business (via a variety of formats), collaborative project building to deliver new processes and projects, project resourcing and delivery, and focused support to commercialisation of new technologies.

Beneficiary: University of Sheffield
Project: Mercury
ERDF Investment: £5,144,286 Eligible Expenditure: £9,738,572
Starts: 1/4/10 Ends: 30/9/13
Description: Project Mercury will work with companies to develop and demonstrate the innovative powder-based manufacturing processes on their products and transfer the technology to their companies. This will mean that regional companies will have the opportunity to increase their competitiveness through adopting advanced materials and process technologies which are currently not available within the Yorkshire and Humber region. (Powder-based manufacturing is the production, enhancement and repair of manufactured items using a material feedstock, including advance metal or ceramic, in a powder form rather than conventional forms of feedstock such as billets or sheets). By focussing on the innovative field of powder-based manufacturing the project will achieve
the critical mass to secure an internationally leading position for regional manufacturing in this high-growth area.

Beneficiary: University of Sheffield
Project: Factory of the Future Extension
ERDF Investment: £2,403,478 Eligible Expenditure: £4,806,955
Starts: 1/4/10 Ends: 31/3/13
Description: University of Sheffield Factory of the Future Extension (“Factory of the Future Extension”) is a capital project, which will build an extension on the existing Factory of the Future building located at the university. This project will provide facilities that will increase R&D and knowledge transfer activities with regional companies and give them access to world-leading research.

Beneficiary: University of Sheffield
Project: NAMRC/KTC
ERDF Investment: £15,177,247 Eligible Expenditure: £31,264,132
Starts: 1/1/10  Ends: 31/12/12
Description: The University of Sheffield Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC)/Knowledge Transfer Centre (KTC) Capital project (“NAMRC/KTC project”) will be a capital build, which will create two new buildings at the University of Sheffield. The two buildings will be a Nuclear Advanced R&D Centre and a Knowledge Transfer Centre that will nable world leading research to be carried out. 

Beneficiary: University of Sheffield
Project: AMRC Hub Revenue
ERDF Investment: £3,855,939 Eligible Expenditure: £7,711,879
Starts: 1/6/10  Ends: 28/2/14
Description: The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Hub Revenue project (“the AMRC Hub revenue project”) will provide revenue support to regional companies to assist in building the next generation of nuclear power stations. The AMRC Hub will also assist manufacturing companies to enter new markets in other sectors, including the manufacture of renewable energy generating equipment and oil & gas.

Beneficiary: Yorkshire Forward
Project: Grants for Research & Development 
ERDF Investment: £3,700,000 Eligible Expenditure: £9,137,077
Starts: 31/10/09 Ends: 30/8/13
Description: Grant for Research and Development is a national scheme which will provide grant support to existing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and individuals starting businesses to research and develop technologically innovative products and processes. The scheme is delivered in Yorkshire and Humber by Yorkshire Forward on behalf of Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS).

Beneficiary: Yorkshire Forward
Project: Innovation Networks
ERDF Investment: £1,909,022 Eligible Expenditure: £3,818,044
Starts: 7/10/8 Ends: 7/10/11
Description: Yorkshire Forward has established three Innovation Networks: Advanced Engineering and Materials, Formulation and Healthcare Technologies. Innovation Networks are enduring innovation communities bringing together companies with the potential to grow through innovation and leading expertise from the regional knowledge base. Their role is to encourage collaboration and the free exchange of ideas in areas of mutual technical and commercial interest. They are managed business-led organisations designed to stimulate innovation, mainly through collaborative projects, but also by commissioning studies and disseminating market intelligence, innovation best practice and leadin-edge knowledge. Each Network brings together growing companies and cutting edge knowledge with a desire to innovate. They encourage and build collaboration within a managed network, developing clearly defined projects and create regional, national and international visibility for the Networks and Yorkshire and Humber businesses within them. Three ingredients: growing companies; cutting-edge knowledge; and innovation, combined with three principles: collaboration within a managed network; clearly defined projects; and regional, national and international visibility – comprise the key elements of an Innovation Network.

Beneficiary: Yorkshire Forward
Project: Large Company R&D Award Scheme
ERDF Investment: £4,096,052 Eligible Expenditure: £12,288,163
Starts: 1/1/09 Ends: 31/6/12
Description: This provides specific targeted financial support to large companies wishing to accelerate R&D and innovation activities but who cannot bear the full risk themselves. Up to 50% of eligible costs of R&D projects are available to be granted via a competition. It is anticipated that at least 30 projects will be supported

Beneficiary: Yorkshire Forward
Project: Innovation Vouchers
ERDF Investment: £2,199,000 Eligible Expenditure: £4,398,000
Starts: 1/1/10 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: This project aims to deliver innovative ways for SMEs to interact with the Knowledge Base to increase productivity and company sustainability. Support will take the form of an easy-to-access innovation voucher providing funding for an innovation project to be undertaken by a knowledge base supplier of the SMEs choice. Innovation Vouchers is a national scheme which forms one of the seven innovation products in the business support simplification programme as a means generating new collaborations between SMEs and the knowledge base. 

Priority 2: Stimulating and Supporting Successful Enterprise   

Beneficiary: Barnsley College
Project: Honeywell House Sustainable Construction and Renewable Energy Centre
ERDF Investment: £2,758,560 Eligible Expenditure: £4,243,938
Starts: 11/2/10 Ends: 31/12/12
Description: The project includes the design, tender and construction of Honeywell House Sustainable Construction and Renewable Energy Centre within the campus of Barnsley College. It will deliver a demonstrator centre that will provide two practical / demonstration areas which will be used to showcase current environmental technologies and four multifunction rooms that can be used for open days, seminars, providing advice and guidance or research.

Beneficiary: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: Enterprising Barnsley
ERDF Investment: £2,891,000 Eligible Expenditure: £4,755,000
Starts: 12/12/08 Ends: 31/3/12
Description: Enterprising Barnsley offers support to businesses through three integrated delivery channels: free expert enterprise coaching, shared, fully serviced office accommodation and a comprehensive programme of network events

Beneficiary: Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Project: Supporting and Stimulating Successful Enterprise in Bradford District 
ERDF Investment: £1,890,098 Eligible Expenditure: £4,064,729
Starts:  01/04/11  Ends: 31/03/15
Description: The project deliverS specialist intensive assistance to businesses in key sectors to identify and support opportunities for business start-up, business growth and job creation. It seeks to build on the learning obtained through the activity of Bradford Councils LEGI funded programmes but with delivery focussed on the Solutions for Business prospectus. Activities include:
• Support for high potential start-ups
• Support for women entrepreneurs
• Support for innovative and high growth Businesses

Beneficiary: Electronics Yorkshire Ltd
Project: Electronics Yorkshire 
ERDF Investment: £888,400 Eligible Expenditure: £1,693,510
Starts: 1/1/08 Ends: 31/12/09
Description: Electronics Yorkshire supports the electronics sector with business support, advocacy, consultancy and a specialised technology resource

Beneficiary: Finance Yorkshire Ltd
Project: Venture Capital and Loan Fund
ERDF Investment: £30,000,000 Eligible Expenditure: £60,000,000
Starts: 4/12/09  Ends: 31/12/13
Description: This project creates a regional Venture Capital And Loan Fund to build on the success of the Partnership Investment Fund (PIF) and the South Yorkshire Investment Fund (SYIF) and provide a consistent offer across the whole region. The fund will maximise the potential for ERDF and uses the JEREMIE initiative to secure investment from the European Investment Bank. The investment aims to assist 729 businesses, create 223 businesses, create 8,920 jobs and safeguard 7,942 more. It has three separate funds: seedcorn finance investing between £15,000 and £780,000 in new and early stage technology and knowledge –based businesses; business loans, typically unsecured loans of between £15,000 and £150,000 for established businesses and £15,000 and £50,000 for start-up or early stage businesses; equity linked finance providing investments from £100,000 to £2,000,000. 

Beneficiary: Hambleton District Council
Project: Hambleton Managed Workspace
ERDF Investment: £2,446,203 Eligible Expenditure: £5,871,866
Starts: 1/11/07 Ends: 31/8/10
Description: Food grade managed workspace in Leeming Bar and an office based workspace facility in Northallerton, both in purpose-built buildings. For further information download the Hambleton managed workspace project profile

Beneficiary: Hebden Bridge Community Association
Project: Hebden Bridge Creative Quarter
ERDF Investment: £1,252,184 Eligible Expenditure: £2,706,708
Starts: 1/02/10 Ends: 30/9/14
Description: Hebden Bridge Creative Quarter will provide specialist business premises for newly establishing and growing CDI businesses, meeting the need currently not met by the private sector or other operators. The project is designed to develop knowledge-intensive businesses in the Hebden Bridge area.

Beneficiary: Kirklees Borough Council
Project: Energy Innovation in Deprived Communities
ERDF Investment: £7,063,777 Eligible Expenditure: £7,924,349
Starts: 1/02/10 Ends: 30/9/14
Description: The Energy Innovation for Deprived Communities (“EIDC”) project aims to deliver a new approach to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for the hard-to-treat households within the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Beneficiary: Leeds City College
Project: Incubation and Education
ERDF Investment: £5,606,488 Eligible Expenditure: £12,188,000
Starts: 9/9/10 Ends: 31/8/13
Description: This project will develop facilities and services to provide additional support for College Learners, including community learners, around moving into and making a success of Enterprise. It will develop the potential of Further Education to engage Groups / Communities under-represented in Enterprise and support an increased number of College Learners into Enterprise, by nurturing new businesses through Start Up Mentoring Services plus access to facilities including workshops, meeting rooms and hot desks.

Beneficiary: Lighthouse Group UK Ltd 
Project: The Centre of Excellence Phase 2
ERDF Investment: £939,165 Eligible Expenditure: £2,022,322
Starts: 1/10/10 Ends: 30/9/13
Description: Phase Two will maximise sustainable development practices to provide bespoke flexible incubation, start up and grow on space dedicated to the needs of new and high technology businesses within the Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) sector. The project responds directly to the identified need to create a new technology enterprise hub for CDI, focusing on job creation through start up and growth. Utilising a location adjacent to the motorway network, the centre will work with our partners Advanced Digital Institute to provide an alternative geographic focus to the current support within the district for Creative and Digital Businesses. Working with mainstream partners (Bradford Council, Business Link) TLG will support sustainable business growth through high quality targeted infrastructure and specialist CDI specific business advice. The endorsement and integration of the project within Bradford Council Economic Development Services, will enable a fully integrated approach through dedicated hosting of a sector specialist

Beneficiary: North East Lincolnshire Council
Project: Catch  Phase 3
ERDF Investment:
£1,486,044 Eligible Expenditure: £3,291,447
Starts: 4/1/11 Ends: 31/3/14
Description: The project will double the capacity of the Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence Humber by including a new light trades workshop, extending the existing process plant, developing a new scaffold training centre and providing new car parking facilities.

Beneficiary: Property Alliance Group Ltd
Project: Victory Higher Manufacturing Park
ERDF Investment: £2,792,533 Eligible Expenditure: £8,460,707
Starts: 1/4/10 Ends: 30/9/13
Description: The Victory Higher Manufacturing Park will be a capital project to build two buildings and remediate surplus land to support the development of new high quality industrial and manufacturing accommodation in the Lower Don Valley.

Beneficiary: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: Growth & Prosperity in Rotherham (Soft Landing Zone)
ERDF Investment: £842,310 Eligible Expenditure: £1,348,386
Starts:  1/4/11  Ends:  30/8/14
Description: Building on two decades of successful delivery of incubation and inward investment programmes, Rotherham sees its next phase of development as capturing international business, and growth of existing businesses in to global markets. The first aspect is encouraging additional successful knowledge-based business to set up in Rotherham by attracting foreign business. The second aspect is working with home grown talent to develop ideas that have true potential to create export-focused businesses through accelerated development and support and encouraging businesses to share ideas for development through creating and facilitating an Ideas Bank facilitated through the two local universities - utilising web based forums, where access to potential ideas for graduates and existing South Yorkshire businesses would be available. 

Beneficiary: Science City York
Project: Specialist Services for Business
ERDF Investment: £1,218,363 Eligible Expenditure: £2,719,596
Starts: 1/7/07 Ends: 30/6/12
Description: This project will drive business growth in target knowledge based sectors though specialist business mentors, specialist support and enhanced online services to improve market intelligence and mobility of talent in the region.

Beneficiary: Science City York
Project: Science City York - Embedded Business Space and Technology Transfer
ERDF Investment: £19,746,000 Eligible Expenditure: £38,810,761
Starts: 1/1/07 Ends: 30/11/12
Description: This project provides infrastructure to facilitate knowledge transfer and collaboration leading to increased business investment in R&D. It comprises three capital elements: expansion of the University's Heslington East site to include knowledge transfer business space; Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) - remodelling and refurbishment of underutilised laboratory and office space for science-based businesses within a specialist technology centre; Bio-refinery Demonstrators – Creation of a semi-scale bio-refinery to research and optimise processes for the production of chemicals and bio-fuels from bio-based waste materials.

Beneficiary: Sheffield City Council
Project: South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme
ERDF Investment: £1,507,148 Eligible Expenditure: £72,318,692
Starts: 1/4/11 Ends: 31/3/14
Description: South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme (SYSGEP) will accelerate the transformational private sector expansion that is needed to deliver sustainable job creation and increased competitiveness amongst targeted SMEs displaying high growth potential within the emerging sectors in South Yorkshire, thereby addressing a gap in the business support landscape that is not currently served through the ISY Programme resources or by any other means. Through integrated key account management and tailored marketing activity the programme will facilitate the growth and expansion of indigenous businesses and inward investors (once they have made a location decision). 

Beneficiary: CO2 Sense Ltd (formerly The Yorkshire and Humber Sustainable Futures Company Ltd)
Project: Lower Carbon Economy - Resource Efficiency Yorkshire
ERDF Investment: £3,569,662 Eligible Expenditure: £7,654,542
Starts: 1/4/09 Ends: 31/3/12
Description: Lower Carbon Economy - Resource Efficiency Yorkshire is a business support project to increase competitiveness of regional businesses though adoption of resource efficiency measures

Beneficiary: University of Huddersfield
Project: Graduate Entrepreneurship Project
ERDF Investment: £1,292,702 Eligible Expenditure: £2,585,404
Starts: 01/01/11 Ends: 31/12/13
Description: The Graduate Entrepreneurship Project will deliver a broad framework of activity that will be delivered both locally by individual HEI institutions, and regionally, to engage students and recent graduates within 5-7 years of graduation (depending on local need) to encourage and support business start up and growth. The project contributes to the cost of providing suitably trained and experienced staff at nine Higher Education Institutions, with overall project delivery being managed and co-rdinated by the Grant Recipient. Developed from the successful current Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme, it will serve as a bridging programme to enhance nationally driven activity around student and graduate entrepreneurship into the regional structure and economy. The regional student base will be used to drive business starts and create jobs. The project will introduce new areas of activity such as commercialisation opportunities for post graduate research students and early stage researchers. Students will be able to develop and test their ideas and the market for them.

Beneficiary: Warmsale Limited
Project: Marfleet Environmental Industries Park
ERDF Investment: £4,743,339 Eligible Expenditure: £13,395,026
Starts: 1/4/10 Ends: 31/3/14
Description: The Marfleet Environmental Industries Park is to be developed on the site of the former Humbrol manufacturing complex situated on Hedon Road, in Hull. The Park will enable the City of Hull attract investment in one of the regions key target sectors – Environmental Technology. The City is an ideal location for this sector, with availability of supply chains, skills within the labour pool and proximity to dock and port related facilities

Beneficiary: Yorkshire Forward
Project: Tower Works
ERDF Investment: £1,934,194 Eligible Expenditure: £4,164,932
Starts:  6/9/10 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: This project uses ERDF funding to enable immediate works to be carried out, followed by an enabling first phase of development, meeting demand for further managed workspace in Holbeck Urban Village specifically focused at the Creative & Digital Industries (CDI) sector. The first phase will enable the wider site to be developed as it will be de-risked and the area will be animated allowing Tower Works to fulfil its potential as a pivotal gateway development. These works will include immediate conservation works to one building, full development of the listed building known as the Entrance Range for managed workspace, conservation works to the Engine House and other associated development costs. Through the above works, ERDF will be able to create essential grow-on space for companies involved in the targeted CDI sector. It will also enable Yorkshire Forward to attract a developer to deliver the remaining phases of this pivotal historic and iconic site on a key gateway into Holbeck Urban Village. This in turn will further support and secure the growing cluster of these companies. The ERDF investment will act as a key catalyst to help regenerate this central site and provide important expansion space for Leeds City Centre as well as helping to diversify the economy into expanding markets.

Priority 3: Sustainable Communities

Beneficiary: Barnsley Development Agency Ltd
Project: Enterprise in Deprived Communities
ERDF Investment: £500,184 Eligible Expenditure: £1,000,368
Starts: 1/4/11 Ends: 31/3/14
Description:  This project will work with social enterprises in Barnsley to increase employment opportunities. This will be achieved through a range of activities including mentoring, coaching and holding presentations 

Beneficiary: City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Project: Enterprising Bradford
ERDF Investment: £4,558,827 Eligible Expenditure: £9,278,302
Starts: 1/1/07 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: Supporting the growth of new enterprise in deprived communities in Bradford, and work with third sector organisations to help them identify opportunities for growth and to become tender ready. In Halifax, the project will link established companies to emerging community businesses and social enterprises in a mentoring programme

Beneficiary: Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: Inclusive Enterprise
ERDF Investment: £4,000,000 Eligible Expenditure: £8,000,000
Starts: 1/4/08 Ends: 31/3/11
Description: The project funds a number of streams of enterprise coaching and intensive start-up support targeted at the Doncaster’s deprived neighbourhoods and communities. Specific provision to improve understanding of and access to finance in these communities is also provided.

Beneficiary: E-Factor Enterprise (NEL) Ltd
Project: Inspiring Enterprise
ERDF Investment: £4,073,279 Eligible Expenditure: £8,312,814
Starts: 1/9/10 Ends: 31/12/13
Description: The project will support and develop an enterprise culture in North East Lincolnshire facilitated by an established network of enterprise centres across some of the regions most deprived communities and extending the scope and impact of E-Factors LEGI programme. It will reinforce the support to individuals, SMEs and social enterprises at community level to encourage and support the creation of long-term sustainable enterprises, increase latent economic activity from pre-pre-start coaching stages and on-going support up to and including specialist support to existing enterprises. The project will also provide coaching for the application of ICT in business and engage entrepreneurs in digital creative and cultural sector opportunities. The overall impact will be the provision of a flexible, dynamic and sustainable infrastructure of support to pre-pre-start, pre-start, and existing businesses and social enterprises. 

Beneficiary: Goodwin Development Trust
Project: Hull Enterprise Partnership
ERDF Investment: £2,254,996 Eligible Expenditure: £4,601,000
Starts: 1/4/08 Ends: 31/3/11
Description: Supporting the growth of new enterprise in deprived communities in Hull, whether social enterprise, private enterprise or self-employment.

Beneficiary: Goodwin Development Trust
Project: The X Factory
ERDF Investment: £988,401 Eligible Expenditure: £2,017,145
Starts: 1/1/10 Ends: 30/6/11
Description: The project will purchase and refurbish a former supermarket site. This capital project will provide 900m2 of upgraded floor space that will provide dedicated facilities that engage disadvantaged groups in economic activity. It will act as a local regeneration initiative that provides inward investment and subsequent local economic multipliers. The subsequent delivery of publically funded employment and training activity will help support new and existing businesses within Hull.

Beneficiary: Hull City Council
Project: Local Work Guarantee (Hull)
ERDF Investment: £1,908,000 Eligible Expenditure: £3,226,000
Starts: 5/2/09 Ends: 30/4/12
Description: ERDF is supporting one strand of a multi-strand suite of employment projects that are designed to address worklessness issues in Hull. The strand: Maintaining Employment Contract provides a job-brokerage service linked to local employers, promoting inclusive recruitment practice and supporting employers with job-matching, advertising and accessing the broadest population of applicants.

Beneficiary: Ispace Investments LLP
Project: Ipark 2
ERDF Investment: £1,498,823 Eligible Expenditure: £3,488,953
Starts: 1/1/10 Ends: 31/12/13
Description: The project comprises the development of quality accommodation to meet the needs of micro/SME firms in Hull requiring incubation, managed workspace and “grow on” space in a safe, secure environment. The project will provide 4,463 m2 of new floor space subdivided into 22 units.

Beneficiary: Key Fund (South Yorkshire) Ltd
Project: Key Fund Yorkshire Social Investment Fund
ERDF Investment: £1,417,555.96 Eligible Expenditure: £2,931,712.88
Started: 1/4/07 Ended: 31/10/09 Project Completed
Key Fund Yorkshire provided funding for third sector organisations to become social enterprises, for existing social enterprises to develop and for social entrepreneurs aspiring to set up a social enterprise.

Beneficiary: Key Fund (South Yorkshire) Ltd
Project: Key Fund Social Enterprise Programme
ERDF Investment: £1,440,539 Eligible Expenditure: £2,845,727
Starts:  29/7/10 Ends:30/9/13  
Description: Small grants (up to £3,000) for voluntary and community sector organisations and social enterprises to help them move from grant funding towards sustainability

Beneficiary: Leeds City Council
Project: Middleton Enterprise Centre
ERDF Investment:
£847,836 Eligible Expenditure: £1,766,450
1/10/09 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: Middleton Enterprise Centre  will provide a physical enterprise presence in the heart of one of the City's most deprived communities and will be the primary vehicle through which an enhanced Leeds LEGI Programme will be delivered in this particular part of South Leeds. The Centre will be a two-storey new build and will act as a central ‘hub’ in terms of encouraging and stimulating entrepreneurialism and self-employment within the target communities. The Centre will provide networking and hot desk space for budding new businesses, using the existing ‘Pay as you Go’ tariff model adopted by the existing catalyst centres in Leeds, as well as office accommodation of various sizes for up to ten additional commercial and social enterprises.

Beneficiary: Leeds City Council
Enterprising Leeds
ERDF Investment:
£599,360 Eligible Expenditure: £1,223,183
1/4/10 Ends: 31/3/13
Enterprising Leeds is focusing on raising the profile of enterprise and increasing self-employment rates in some of Leeds most deprived communities. This isdone through an integrated package of enterprise coaching and intensive start-up support. This project will allow Leeds City Council to expand and extend on the existing provision currently being delivered as part of the Leeds LEGI "Sharing the Success" programme. Enterprising Leeds will primarily be delivered through a network of enterprise centres set up with LEGI funding, situated with some of Leeds most deprived neighbourhoods. The centres will provide a central and single access point to enterprise support at a localised level. The project will work with individuals until they are at the stage where they can access mainstream support

Beneficiary: Leeds City Council
Project: Employment Leeds
ERDF Investment: £693,045 Eligible Expenditure: £1,386,090
Starts: 1/1/11 Ends: 31/5/14
Description: The project will provide a single point of contact for all employers wanting to recruit including hard to fill vacancies. It will be made up of an Employment Leeds Co-ordination Team that will provide a single point of contact for employers, wishing to recruit and/or retain staff and a Job Brokerage Team employed by Leeds City Council to work with employers to identify their needs and to assist with their recruitment process which will incorporate a construction-specific element which will be delivered by Construction Leeds.

Beneficiary: Newlands Community Association (Trading) Ltd
Project: Newlands Enterprise Park
ERDF Investment: £1,018,412  Eligible Expenditure: £2,545,878
Starts: 1/7/10 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: Newlands Enterprise Park will construct a business park in the severely deprived area of North Bradford. The park will provide business space for new and existing businesses. Newlands Enterprise Park will be environmentally focused to enable sustainability to be attained in the long term including the use of energy generation and waste reduction,  rainwater harvesting and recycling and high levels of insulation. the development will create a landmark sustainable Enterprise Hub, fourteen managed workspace units, and create the largest straw bale building in Europe.

Beneficiary: Prospect Estates Ltd
Project: Darnall Managed Workspace, Sheffield
ERDF Investment: £407,203 Eligible Expenditure: £1,083,321
Starts: 1/8/10 Ends: 30/9/11
Description: This project will convert a dilapidated building in the Darnall area of Sheffield into 20 separate lettable managed workspace units totalling circa 836m² net. In addition, energy efficient ICT connected accommodation, management services, will be offered to include reception, messaging, meeting rooms through permanent on site management. The projects target market will be micro/small businesses reflecting the demographics of the local area. With affordable rents on acceptable occupancy terms.

Beneficiary: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: Enterprising Neighbourhoods
ERDF Investment: £3,913,178 Eligible Expenditure: £7,332,468
Starts: 1/1/07 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: Enterprising Neighbourhoods promotes enterprise to disadvantaged communities in Rotherham. It supports sustainable economic growth by creating enterprise opportunities for individuals and businesses

Beneficiary: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: Rotherham Employment Support
ERDF Investment: £725,700 Eligible Expenditure: £1,528,977
Starts: 1/4/10 Ends: 30/9/12
Description: The Rotherham Employment Support programme addresses employers needs and identify the market failures surrounding unemployment, employment
retention and redundancy, which directly impact on productivity and economic growth. Rotherham Employment Support will address the growing issue of
redundancy and attempt to minimise the effects of the recession on the labour market.

Beneficiary: Scarborough Borough Council
Project: Scarborough Job Match
ERDF Investment: £595,329 Eligible Expenditure: £1,214,951
Starts: 1/10/08 Ends: 30/6/12
Description: Scarborough Job Match works with employers in the town to improve links between workless people and available jobs.

Beneficiary: Sheffield City Council
Project: Sheffield Employment Project (aka Sector Routeways)
ERDF Investment: £1,782,000 Eligible Expenditure: £3,564,000
Starts: 1/4/09  Ends: 31/3/12
Description: Sheffield Employment Support brokers connections between buoyant and growing sectors and economically inactive people from target groups including lone parents, job seekers, and incapacity benefit claimants.

Beneficiary: Sheffield City Council
Project: Enhanced BiG (LEGI) Programme
ERDF Investment: £4,696,364 Eligible Expenditure: £9,392,727
Starts: 1/4/08 Ends: 31/3/11
Description: This project aims to encourage local enterprise in Sheffield’s most deprived communities and amongst the most underrepresented groups in enterprise. It builds on the existing LEGI investment being delivered through Big: Make it Your Business which is grounded in community-based enterprise coaching designed to encourage start up activity.

Beneficiary: Sheffield City Council
Project: Enterprising Neighbourhood Centre Knutton Road (SOAR Works)
ERDF Investment: £2,776,058 Eligible Expenditure: £4,648,142
Starts: 1/2/08  Ends: 31/3/12
Description: The project includes the feasibility, design and construction of a managed workspace within the Parson Cross area of Sheffield. It will design and deliver a building which will provide office, light industrial, artist space, meeting rooms and hot desking space acting as a hub for the provision of employment, enterprise and training services within an economically deprived neighbourhood.

Beneficiary: South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Project: Access to Opportunities
ERDF Investment: £2,005,251 Eligible Expenditure: £4,877,000
Starts: 1/7/08 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: Access to Opportunities helps people to gain employment through a package of integrated sustainable transport solutions

Priority 4: Infrastructure for a Competitive Economy (South Yorkshire only) 

Beneficiary: Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: Doncaster Civic & Cultural Quarter (CCQ) Enabling Infrastructure
ERDF Investment: £2,443,767 Eligible Expenditure: £6,626,267
Starts: 1/1/10  Ends: 31/12/12
Description: This project will deliver physical infrastructure works to develop 11,000m2 of land. This will stimulate the development of a Civic and Cultural Quarter (CCQ) increasing the attractiveness and footfall of the Waterdale area and unlocking 25 acres of brownfield land for development. The project includes highway infrastructure, namely road narrowing, junction improvements and improving public transport pick-up and drop-off areas; works on services and drainage; and
hard and soft landscaping of the public space

Beneficiary: Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: Doncaster Southern Gateway: White Rose Way Improvemnt Scheme Phase 1
ERDF Investment: £4,678,475 Eligible Expenditure: £12,837,382
Starts: 1/4/11  Ends: 30/8/14
Description: This scheme improves the physical attractiveness of a key gateway in Doncaster’s largest business districts and urban renaissance heart. This economic infrastructure will reverse the impact of the economic recession by removing the physical barrier to investment and growth and make Doncaster a more attractive destination to high growth sectors whose decisions on where to locate are based around what a ‘place’ can offer. This major gateway and southern access point from M18 and M1 creates a very poor introduction to the town and suffers from poor design, inadequate landscaping, no pedestrian access, creating an uninviting impression and stifling investment. Improvement work consists of a sympathetic and sustainably designed gateway access with borders the Potteric Carr SSSI, provides a high quality landscaping scheme and an imposing landmark feature on entering the town. Transformation of Doncaster’s economy into a creative and innovative economy necessitates the improvement of critical business infrastructure, delivering up to 2,000 jobs directly attributable to releasing planning restrictions on 220,0002 developable land in the town centre

Beneficiary: Sheffield City Council
Project: Eastern Gateway
ERDF Investment: £1,109,921 Eligible Expenditure: £3,009,548
Starts: 9/2/09  Ends: 30/11/11
Description: This project will crea a high quality gateway to the new Retail Quarter, the New Business District, the Moor and the Sheaf Valley from Arundel Gate/Eyre Street. It will give improved accessibility for all users and create a setting for future development. It will give greater connectivity between various commercial developments and create an entrance to this part of the city

Beneficiary: Sheffield City Council
Project: Sheffield Cultural Infrastructure
ERDF Investment: £4,142,000  Eligible Expenditure: £11,233,000
Starts: 1/4/08  Ends: 31/3/11
Description: Supporting the second phase of the Crucible Theatre redevelopment and regeneration of Tudor Square in Sheffield

Beneficiary:  South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
Project:  Rotherham Central Railway Station Redevelopment and Station Gateway Improvements
ERDF Investment: £2,679,531 Eligible Expenditure: £5,069,531
Starts: 1/4/08 Ends: 31/3/12
Description: This project will provide a new railway station for the centre of Rotherham and improvements to the station gateway. The Station improvements will provide a visually welcoming and prominent gateway to the town centre with high quality design to create a flagship poiece of architecture.

Beneficiary: Yorkshire Forward
Project: Digital Region
ERDF Investment: £29,821,820 Eligible Expenditure: £80,862,520
Starts: 7/4/09 Ends: 31/12/11
Description: Digital Region is a Next Generation Broadband Access Network which will take very fast digital subscriber line (VDSL) and optical fibre from the telephone exchange to street corner cabinets, offering greater bandwidth, guaranteed and symmetrical broadband usage and capability for advanced applications with products possible of 50Megabits per second (depending on type and quality of current connection) . It is the largest municipal deployment of its kind in the world and will form a significant ‘test bed’ infrastructure for use by the market leaders in the digital economy. Digital Region will be an independent and wholesale network, with cover right across South Yorkshire which represents 2-3% of UK Market. The network will be fibre based and technically superior to any current market offering available at a competitive rate when compared to the rest of the market. The anticipated benefits arising from the Digital Region project will be:
• Regional economic transformation
• Innovation and enterprise
• Greater social and economic inclusion
• Better environment and quality of life.
Individuals will benefit from the enhanced applications that the service providers will develop and run across the network. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), has been established to contract with the chosen technology provider, Thales Transport & Security Limited. The SPV will be the Accountable Body for the receipt and administration of public funds and has been developed to manage the Digital Region network build contract.

Priority 5: Technical Assistance

Beneficiary: East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Project: Humber TA
ERDF Investment: £191,730 Eligible Expenditure: £383,610
Starts: 1/4/09 Ends: 31/1/12
Description: The Humber TA (Technical Assistance) will take on the role of brokering and developing partnerships and consortia to take advantage of the drive towards larger more strategic investment of ERDF monies. The Humber TA Project will ensure a single point of contact, linking complementary ideas within the sub-region and identifying where a broader delivery mechanism may be more appropriate linking in with other regional TA projects. Humber TA will be proactive in identifying where proposals from the Humber region not only meet strategic objectives from the Regional Economic Strategy and Cross Cutting Themes but through a series of events, workshops and master-classes ensure that all partnership members are fully aware of the aims, opportunities and requirements of the ERDF 2007- 2013 Operational Programme and the Regional Economic Strategy (RES)

Beneficiary: Leeds City Council
Project: Create and !nnovate
ERDF Investment: £247,563 Eligible Expenditure: £495,126
Starts: 10/1/08 Ends: 31/12/10
Description: This project has two strands: Create and !nnovate. Create coordinates ERDF activity, raises awareness of the Programme and maintains and develops links with ERDF projects across the Leeds City Region. It aims to generate further ideas suitable for ERDF applications and increase the number of projects approved by the Programme. Innovate provides a resource to develop and conduct joint planning and coordination relating to the innovation agenda and focuses on making links between HE-led projects

Beneficiary: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Project: South Yorkshire TA
ERDF Investment: £999,247 Eligible Expenditure: £1,998,494
Starts: 1/4/09 Ends: 31/7/11
Description: South Yorkshire Technical Assistance seeks to improve the implementation, monitoring and control of ERDF in South Yorkshire. The Grant Recipient (Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council) and the five Delivery Partners; (Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Forest Partnership and Dearne Valley Eco Vision), will co-ordinate ERDF activity and raise awareness of the ERDF 2007-13 Operational Programme in South Yorkshire. South Yorkshire Forest Partnership will increase the number of projects coming forward under Priority 4 from South Yorkshire, and the Dearne Valley Eco Vision will increase projects coming forward in the Dearne Valley. The South Yorkshire Forest Partnership and Dearne Valley Eco Vision elements of South Yorkshire TA will help to raise awareness of sustainable development and environmental good practice issues among existing and potential project sponsors across South Yorkshire. The South Yorkshire TA project will support the development of partnerships that will ultimately generate ideas suitable for future ERDF applications. The activity of the partners will increase the number of projects approved by the ERDF 2007–2013 Operational Programme and will ensure that ERDF adds value to LEGI and WNF funding programmes and tackles deprivation with regard to worklessness and enterprise effectively.

Beneficiary: Yorkshire Forward
Project: TA for ERDF Programme Management
ERDF Investment: £4,007,502 Eligible Expenditure: £8,015,000
Starts: 4/1/08  Ends: 31/3/12
Description: This project encompasses those parts of the Technical Assistance strategy where Yorkshire Forward is in the lead, delivering partnership and consortia development of ERDF projects to meet targets, appraisal, contracting, claims and auditing of ERDF projects, publicity and information, evaluation, development and implementation of cross cutting themes and overall programme management.

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