South East England Development Agency is Closing on March 31, 2012

The Government has announced that all Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), including SEEDA, will close by 31 March 2012.

Responsibility for economic development and regeneration in England is being passed onto successor bodies, including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and central Government departments

Our objective is to ensure a professional and cost effective closure by this date.  We have pledged to work closely with our partners, contractors and stakeholders to ensure that the past and future economic benefits of key programmes and assets continue to deliver the greatest economic value for the South East and value for money for the taxpayer. 

Please click here for more details about our closure plan, transition arrangements and successor organisations.

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Who we work with

SEEDA worked with partners at a regional and sub-regional level to develop the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) - the economic framework for growth across the South East. We also worked with national and European Government and our partner RDAs.

We delivered the RES with our partners in the following ways:

  • bringing public and private sectors together through, for example, the sub-regional partnerships, such as the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH)
  • working with business organisations to drive the simplification of business support
  • working with Local Authorities, for example in the 'Diamonds' - the key areas of economic growth
  • working with the Third Sector and Social Enterprises to develop their potential for growth
  • working with higher education institutions to help release the economic potential of innovation
  • liaising with Government - departments such as Communities and Local Government (CLG), the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), plus key ministers and MPs; the Government Office in the South East (GOSE); United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI), and
  • regional bodies including the South East England Partnership Board and the South East England Councils.

Delivery bodies

SEEDA created, and funded, a number of arms length delivery bodies. Post SEEDA's closure many of these activities will be delivered by different organisations to continue economic development and business support. To find out more about the new responsibilities and successor bodies click here.