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Lord Heseltine encourages Yorkshire to go for growth

The Regional Growth Forums taking place across the country are an opportunity for potential applicants to the fund to learn more about the bidding…

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The Regional Growth Forums taking place across the country are an opportunity for potential applicants to the fund to learn more about the bidding process. Speaking at the event, Lord Heseltine will encourage them to bring forward high-quality proposals that promise to unleash local talent and help communities in Yorkshire to flourish.

Up to 170 local businesses, entrepreneurs and civic leaders are expected to attend today’s event at the AMP Technology Centre in Rotherham.

The Regional Growth Fund has two key objectives:

  • to stimulate enterprise by providing support for projects and programmes with significant potential for economic growth and create additional sustainable private sector employment; and
  • to support in particular those areas and communities that are currently dependent on the public sector make the transition to sustainable private sector-led growth and prosperity.

Lord Heseltine is Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel, which will consider all bids for funding and make recommendations to Ministers about which should be successful. He will be supported by a team of business and civic leaders and academics, including his Deputy Chair, Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, who will also speak at today’s event.

Lord Heseltine said:

“I’m delighted to be here in Yorkshire as an advocate for this important Fund.

“The Regional Growth Fund presents an opportunity for businesses and entrepreneurs in Yorkshire to help shape their own economic future.

“I hope today’s road show will inspire people to think strategically about how this fund can deliver a positive change to their local economy; creating new jobs and benefits for local people.”

The Regional Growth Fund will operate over three years. The first of at least three bidding rounds is currently open and the deadline for proposals is 21 January.

Further bidding rounds will be announced shortly. More information on criteria for the Fund and the bidding process is available from

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  1. The membership of the Independent Advisory Panel for the Regional Growth Fund is as follows:
  • Lord Heseltine, Chair

  • Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, Deputy Chair

  • Felicity Goodey (Businesswoman, former senior BBC journalist)

  • Tony Greenham (Programme Head, New Economics Foundation)

  • Sir Richard Lambert (Director General, CBI)

  • Jon Moulton (Chairman, Better Capital equity group)

  • Caroline Plumb (Entrepreneur, Freshminds)

  • Sir David Rowlands (Chair of Gatwick Airport Ltd and Angel Trains Group Ltd)

  • Mark Seligman (Chartered Accountant and Banker, Credit Suisse)

  • Andrew Shilston (Finance Director, Rolls Royce)

  • Lord John Shipley (Former Leader Newcastle City Council)

  • Tony Venables (Academic Economist, Oxford University)

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Published 12 January 2011