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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1. What does SEEDA do?

The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has one aim - to support the economic development of this world-class region. We work at a local, national and international level to attract inward investment, to help businesses reach their full potential and to win practical support from a range of partners.

2. Who is it answerable to?

SEEDA is an accountable public organisation accountable to Parliament through our sponsor department, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and relevant select committees. Those set by Government are common to all RDAs.

3. What is the relationship between SEEDA and the South East England Partnership Board?

The Partnership Board brings together SEEDA and the South East leaders to prepare, deliver and monitor regional strategy which provides a long-term route map for putting in place the conditions needed for sustainable economic growth that will make the South East a better and more sustainable place to live and work.

4. Why did SEERA change to the Partnership Board? And what is the difference?

SEERA (South East England Regional Assembly) was dissolved on 31 March 2009.

This is the result of the Government's plans to streamline regional working arrangements, as part of its Sub-national Review (SNR) of Economic Development and Regeneration.

As of 1 April 2009, responsibility for regional planning and the production of a new Single Regional Strategy rests with the South East England Partnership Board, which is supported by staff from the former Assembly and from SEEDA.

5. What is the RES?

The Regional Economic Strategy. It is the overarching regional policy to promote the following across the South East.

  • Global Competitiveness
  • Innovation and Growth
  • Sustainable Prosperity.

It is currently being combined with the Regional Spatial Strategy

6. What is the RSS?

The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS). It outlines the strategy for Physical Development across the South East. It is currently being combined with the Regional Spatial Strategy.

7. I am starting a business how can SEEDA help?

SEEDA funds and manages Business Link in the South East as the primary access channel for business support and advice. Trained advisors guide new or established business owners of whatever size on the correct path to improve productivity, access finance or discover new markets.

8. I am an international company interested in a SE base who should I contact?

South East England is home to many of the world's most successful international companies - and an important base for UK, European and Global operations. It is the location of choice for many important customers, suppliers and competitors. It is where many exciting new businesses and technologies are developing.

SEEDA, partnered with United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI), offers support to all South East companies to trade internationally, be they home-grown or foreign owned.

More information can be found at the Invest South East England website.