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 are and what we do - Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts

Roles and Responsibilities

SEEDA is the Government funded agency responsible for the economic development of the South East of England.

Under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998, each Agency has five statutory purposes, which are:

  • To further economic development and regeneration
  • To promote business efficiency, investment and competitiveness
  • To promote employment
  • To enhance development and application of skill relevant to employment
  • To contribute to sustainable development.

Click here for more information about SEEDA.

Organisational Structure

SEEDA is governed by a Board which is appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

To find out more on our management structure, click here. You can also access organisational charts which shows all staff positions at 30 June 2010 and 22nd October 2010

Information relating to the legislation relevant to the authority's functions

The eight Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) were established under the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998, and were formally launched in eight English regions on 1 April 1999. The ninth, in London, was established in July 2000 following the establishment of the Greater London Authority (GLA). Responsibility for sponsorship of the RDAs moved from the former Department for the Environment, Transport & the Regions to the DTI in 2001, and then to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), now BIS, on its creation in Summer 2007.

Lists of and information relating to organisations with which the we work in partnership

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has responsibility for sponsorship of the RDAs. SEEDA works in partnership with the other 8 English RDAs, central Government departments and a wide range of partners at local, sub-regional and regional level.

To find out more about who we work with, click here.

Senior staff and management board members

Information on our Board members and Executive Directors is available on this website.

The locations and contact details for the authority

SEEDA Headquarters are located in Guildford, Chatham and Brussels.

SEEDA has a number of representative offices located in Europe, USA and Asia Pacific.

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What we spend and how we spend it - Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit.

Financial statements, budgets and variance reports

Our financial statements can be accessed via the Annual Reports page of this website.

Planned future spend is outlined in our Corporate Plan 2008-2011 and the Corporate Plan 2008-2001 Refresh document.

Details of Staff Exit costs related to closure Click here to download the file

Capital Programme

Information on major plans for capital expenditure is included in our Corporate Plan 2008-2011 and the Corporate Plan 2008-2001 Refresh document.

Staff and Board members' allowances and expenses

Staff and Board members' can claim allowances and expenses according to SEEDA's Terms and Conditions of Employment. Please browse the Freedom of Information disclosure log to view previous similar requests to SEEDA.

Pay and grading structures

Further details on our pay scales are available:



Procurement and tendering procedures

The Procurement pages of our website contain information on our procurement and tendering procedures.

Lists of contracts awarded and their value

A list of contracts is available here.

Transparency Agenda: Publication of spend over £25,000

As part of the government’s drive towards greater transparency Regional Development Agencies are required to publish all transactions with a value of over £25,000 (inclusive of VAT). The data covering the period from 1 April 2011 to now is published here and will be updated monthly thereafter.  Data for the financial year ending 31st March 2011 can be found here

Financial statements for projects and events

Project spend for the year to 31 December 2008

Project spend for the quarter to 31 December 2008

Other information will be made available on this website shortly. Should you require this information in the meantime please contact the FOI team using the FOI request form.

Internal financial regulations

The RDA's Accountability Framework outlines our internal financial regulations.

SEEDA has established an Audit Committee to give advice to the Accounting Officer on the adequacy of audit arrangements (internal and external) and on the implications of assurances provided in respect of risk, control and governance.

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What are our priorities and how are we doing - Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

Strategic plans

SEEDA's activities are guided by the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) for the South East 2006-2016 and the RES Implementation Plan.

More detailed information is provided in the Regional Economic Strategy Action Plans.

Annual business plan/annual reports

SEEDA's Corporate Plan 2008-2011 and Corporate Plan 2008-2011 Refresh document.

SEEDA's Annual Reports.

Internal and external performance reviews

The latest Independent Performance Assessment of SEEDA was carried out by the National Audit Office in 2006. Agency performance was judged to be 'Strong' and our score was 21 out of 24 available points. Nonetheless, we identified areas for improvement and set out the actions needed to make improvement happen.

A SEEDA Improvement Plan was developed in response to the Independent Performance Assessment and updates are provided on a regular basis.

Service standards

SEEDA's Standards of Service and Access to Information.

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How we make decisions - Decision making processes and records of decisions.

Major policy proposals and decisions/Public consultations

SEEDA is responsible for the Regional Economic Strategy (RES) for the South East 2006-2016.

This strategy was developed in consultation with stakeholders in business, local government and the voluntary sector; the consultation documents and the draft RES are published on our website.

Major policies proposals are discussed and decided by the SEEDA Board. These decisions are documented in Board papers.

Background information relating to major policy proposals and decisions

SEEDA's policy decisions are informed by a comprehensive evidence base. The RES is supported by the RES 2006-2016 Evidence Base.

Progress against RES targets is measured in an Annual Monitoring Report. The latest Regional Economic Strategy 2006-2016 Annual Monitoring Report, Issue 2, October 2008.

Background information relating to policy proposals and decisions discussed at the SEEDA Board are included in the Board papers.

Minutes of senior level meetings/Reports and papers

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Policies and procedures - Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering services and responsibilities.

Policies and procedures for the conduct of departmental business

The RDA Accountability Framework outlines policies and procedures for the conduct of departmental business.

A Code of Conduct for Staff applies to all employees of SEEDA.

Policies and procedures for the provision of services

SEEDA's Standards of Service is available here.

Policies and procedures for the recruitment and employment of staff

SEEDA's recruitment and employment policies are available on the Employment pages of our website.

Customer service

SEEDA's customer service and complaints procedure is set out in our Standards of Service.

Records management and personal data policies

Policies in relation to records management and personal data are set out in the Privacy Statement page of our website.

Charging regimes and policies

This information is available on request.

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Lists and registers - Public registers and registers held as public records

Asset registers

This information is available on request.

Disclosure logs

A Freedom of Information disclosure log lists all requests fulfilled by our Freedom of Information team. is available on the Freedom of Information pages of our website.

Register of gifts and hospitality provided to Board members and staff members (2010/11)

Gifts and Hospitality Register - April to June 2010

Gifts and Hospitality Register - July to September 2010

Gifts and Hospitality Register - October to December 2010

Register of gifts and hospitality provided to Board members and senior personnel

Gifts and Hospitality Register January to March 2011

Gifts and Hospitality Register RECEIVED - April - July 2011 Click here to download the file

Gifts and Hospitality Register - January to March 2010

Gifts and Hospitality Register - October to December 2009

Gifts and Hospitality Register - July to September 2009

Gifts and Hospitality Register – January to March 2009

Gifts and Hospitality Register – October to December 2008

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The services we offer - Information about the services we currently provide including leaflets, guidance and newsletters produced.

SEEDA Document Library

To enable you to search for information you want quickly and easily, SEEDA maintains a comprehensive Document Library of all the information published by us.

This is divided into 9 sections for easy access and links to those sections are noted below:

News and Publications

Our news and publications are available here.

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