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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Corporate Plan

The Corporate Plan defines SEEDA’s contribution to the Regional Economic Strategy for South East England (RES) 2006-2016 over the next three years.

The South East faces three key challenges indentified in the RES:

  • achieving and maintaining global competitiveness;
  • raising productivity and increasing employment opportunities for smart growth that will spread the benefits of competitiveness;
  • investing in sustainable prosperity for quality of life, a key source of the South East’s competitive advantage.

SEEDA's original three-year Corporate Plan (2008-11) was agreed by Ministers in June 2008, but since then the country has experienced the steepest recession for many decades.

In response, SEEDA reviewed its activities to focus on those that will deliver the greatest possible economic returns. Our top priority was to help businesses survive the recession and ensure the South East is ready to take advantage of the upturn.

A refreshed Corporate Plan focused our work for the next two years to deliver the best possible economic results for the South East.

Corporate Plan 2008-2011 Refresh Summary

Corporate Plan 2008-2011 Refresh

By the end of the Corporate Plan period, SEEDA will have:

  • embedded a living RES as the mechanism through which regional economic development can be monitored and reviewed, allowing targets to be adjusted in the light of progress, new knowledge and unexpected events;
  • established strong regional sub-regional partnerships which deliver RES targets with the active involvement of councils. Business, all tiers of education and research, the third sector and communities through strategic, cross-cutting SEEDA teams;
  • enabled new ways of working which deliver targets at the most effective geographic levels that align local, regional and national resources behind the RES;
  • allocated priorities and resources involving local partners transparently and effectively;
  • prepared the region to deliver a Single Regional Strategy. SEEDA will have worked closely with local authorities, local partners and stakeholders. It will be a strong and effective advocate for the region’s needs.

Related documents

Corporate Plan 2008-2011 Summary

Corporate Plan 2008-2011