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Regional Economic Development

We aim to help every region in England to increase sustainable economic development and narrow the gap in growth rates between regions.

The Angel of the North against a blue sky

These pages explain how we work in partnership with the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and other regional bodies to meet our aim by working to promote investment, skills, employment, efficiency, innovation and competitiveness.

There is also information on how we are working across government and with other partners to reduce the gap in growth rates between the English Regions, and there are also links to the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

There are also pages on how we are working with the European Union and internationally to achieve the Department's strategic priorities and to have the greatest impact on productivity.

The role of the Industrial Development Advisory Board, which advises on regional assistance, is explained. Regional Development Strategy is covered, including the policies of Government departments working with devolved administrations.