Delivering an East Midlands European Investment Plan: Priority Axis 3 (PA3) Project

EMC has been successful in securing ERDF technical assistance to develop a ‘socio-economic framework’ which will influence and inform the development of the 2014-2020 ERDF Programme. 


PA3 Project: EU Funding - East Midlands LEPs Collaborative Working Study - Project Extension (September 2015)

This project is an extension to work already undertaken to identify and promote opportunities for collaboration between Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to use European funding for larger projects and services that achieve greater impact and economies of scale. This objective is part of the criteria set by Government for the evaluation of European Union (EU) projects.

The work already undertaken identifies a range of reasons why collaboration would be beneficial. These include strong similarities in economic challenges and outcomes required, increased efficiency in the delivery of services and projects, higher outputs, supply chains and sectors that are important to more than one LEP area, the need for similar support packages for example to retain specialist skills and the opportunities to use local expertise not necessarily available in each LEP area. However the need for a good business case to convince individual LEPs that collaboration was worthwhile was also identified.           

The findings of this project extension support many of the findings of the previous work regarding the similarities in economic profiles and challenges and the potential benefits of collaboration. However it has also identified some of the reasons why collaborative projects and services have not been developed for EU funding. The final report is available below:

East Midlands LEPs Collaborative Working Study - Project Extension (September 2015)

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PA3 Project: East Midlands LEPs Collaborate Working Study

In Autumn 2014 EMC commissioned a short piece of work to examine the EU-SIFs of LEPs in and around the East Midlands and, by focusing on the sectors which have already been highlighted as particular areas of strength in the region – transport, engineering, food & drink, energy, among others – identify common themes and priorities of each and recommend ways in which joint working and resources can be combined to maximise the effectiveness of projects supported by European Funds in 2014-20. The final report is available below.

East Midlands LEPs Collaborative Working Study (January 2015)

Lessons Learned in European Funded Strategic Collaboration Projects

As part of its Technical Assistance work, EMC commissioned consultants Regeneris to examine best practice in designing and delivering large strategic collaborative projects using European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) in 2014-20, drawing on case study projects across England from the 2007-13 funding period. Focusing on the East Midlands region, the report seeks to answer four key questions: Why collaborate across a larger area?; When and where to collaborate; How to enable collaboration; and, How to make collaborative projects operate effectively. The report is available below:

Lessons Learned in European Strategic Collaborative Projects - Final Report (July 2014)

Follow-On Programme of Seminars

In order to promote the development of strategic projects in the region, a follow-on programme of seminars is being taken forward by EMC in partnership with relevant industry bodies. The first such event, entitled Fast Track for Growth, aimed at the midlands rail engineering sector, took place on the 26 February at the Roundhouse in Derby. A report of the event is available below:


EMC held the second of the follow-on programme of topic seminars Eat to Grow!, on 19 June at Pera Business Park in Melton Mowbray. It was designed to stimulate collaborative projects in the food & drink sector that could be supported by the 2014-20 EU Programme, particularly where these cross LEP boundaries. Around 25 experts in the food and drink industry attended the event representing the manufacturing sector, universities and colleges, government, LEPs and local authorities. A report of the event, along with the presentations are available below:

EAT TO GROW! (July 2014)

Objectives for the Session: Andrew Pritchard, EMC

National Priorities for the Food & Drink Sector: Tim Render, Defra

A Local Perspective: Justin Brown, GLLEP

Collaboration in Action: Andrew Collinson and Paul Shepherd, Food & Drink iNET

Existing Business Support Opportunities: James Bosworth, Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)

EMC and the Energy Technologies Institute held a third sector based event Powering Up ! - EU Funding Opportunities for the Energy Sector on 16 July at The Link Hotel in Loughborough. A report of the event, along with two of the presentations are available below:

POWERING UP! (July 2014)

Making the Most of EU Funding in the East Midlands: Andrew Pritchard, EMC

National Priorities for the UK Energy Sector: Dr Elizabeth Hooper, Loughborough University

Collaboration in Action: Dr Mike Colechin, Energy Technologies Institute   

Meeting Need Realising Opportunity: A Socio-Economic Framework for the East Midlands to Inform the Delivery of EU Structural Funds (2014-2020)

Following the half day LEP based consultation events and technical workshops held over the summer, EMC launched the socio-economic framework for the region - ‘Meeting Need, Realising Opportunity’. The report, which is available below, will help to inform the delivery of EU Structural Funds for 2014-2020.  Contact for further information.

Meeting Need Realising Opportunity (December 2013)

Historic Documents:

Draft socio-economic framework 

EMC has now produced a draft socio-economic framework: ‘Meeting Need | Realising Opportunity’.  It highlights a number of strategic investment opportunities, and gives some practical advice for LEPs and others about how to make the most of future EU funding. Any comments on the draft should be sent through to by 22 November 2013. The final document will be agreed by the EMC Executive on the 6th December 2013. 

Meeting Need Realising Opportunity - draft soci-economic framework (4 October 2013)

Interim Report

EMC summarised the work undertaken to the end of July 2013 in an Interim Report to inform the next stage which is the development of the draft 'socio-economic framework'. In particular the Interim Report highlights the key evidence and outcomes from 6 consultation events, with support from Nottingham Trent University, and in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships and Climate East Midlands. In total 279 representatives attended the 6 events. The Interim Report is available below:

Interim Report (2 August 2013)

Consultation Events

A series of joint consultation events took place in July 2013. The presentations from each event are available below:

1st July 2013 Greater Lincolnshire LEP event are available here.

5th July 2013 Leicester and Leicestershire LEP event are available here.

9th July 2013 Roundtable discussion on Research, Innovation & SME Competitiveness are available here.  

16th July 2013 NEP/SEMLEP event are available here.

22nd July 2013 D2N2 event are available here.

25th July 2013 Green Economy Roundtable are available here.

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EMC is leading a Technical Assistance (TA) Project under the East Midlands ERDF programme to produce a ‘socio-economic framework’ as an input to the Government’s EU Growth Programme and relevant LEP investment strategies.