Operational Programme 'Yorkshire and The Humber'

Programme under the Competitiveness and Employment objective co-funded by the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF)

United Kingdom

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The European Commission adopted on 7 December 2007 a regional development programme for Yorkshire and The Humber for the period 2007-2013. The Yorkshire and The Humber ERDF Regional Competitiveness and Employment Programme involves Community support for Yorkshire and The Humber within the framework of the Regional competitiveness and employment objective, with transitional support for South Yorkshire as a phasing-in region that qualified for support in 2000-2006. The total budget of the programme is around € 1.17 billion and the Community investment through the ERDF amounts to € 584 million.

1. The purpose and aim of the EU investment

The programme aims “ to capitalise on the region’s assets and secure a prosperous future for the region’s people and businesses within a sustainable knowledge economy”.

To achieve this, a range of key actions have been identified:

  • to increase Research and Development (R&D), innovation and technology transfer
  • to create dynamism and entrepreneurship within enterprises
  • to embed creativity in the process of product development
  • to drive more company innovation and embed technological advances into production processes
  • to restructure the business base towards a more high value added economy
  • to secure the physical/electronic infrastructure that underpins business productivity
  • to ensure that disadvantaged communities benefit from growth of the economy

At least 75% of the Programme resources are aimed at promoting competitiveness and creating jobs. (“Lisbon priorities”) .

2. Key expected achievements

The Programme aims to create or safeguard 46 187 new jobs, support the creation of 4072 new businesses, and assist 19192 businesses to become more competitive.

3. Priorities

There are three region-wide priorities and a fourth specific infrastructure for South Yorkshire. A fifth priority runs across the programme for technical assistance.

Priority 1: Promoting innovation and R&D

Yorkshire and the Humberside spend less on R&D than any other UK region. The programme aims to develop a region-wide environment for innovation, with the ultimate goal of increasing both public and private investment in R&D. It will help to stimulate an innovation culture and strengthen the innovation infrastructure. It will assist businesses to continually innovate through new products and processes, new organisational changes and novel marketing methods. It will also promote technology transfer among companies, businesses, institutions and universities.

Priority 2: Supporting and stimulating successful enterprise

The priority seeks to promote a greater shift towards knowledge-intensive growth sectors by increasing the number of businesses and occupations in high-growth and knowledge industries and by developing a more entrepreneurial culture. Under this priority, the programme will concentrate on removing barriers for new start-ups and existing businesses, promoting entrepreneurship, boosting the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region. For this purpose, the region may use the JEREMIE mechanism (Joint European Resources for Micro and Medium Enterprises), a micro-financing facility drawing on resources from structural funds and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Priority 3: Sustainable Communities

The priority will support employment creation and enterprise in disadvantaged communities. It will assist in reducing economic inequalities and improving territorial cohesion by ensuring that everyone benefits from the region’s economic growth. Resources will be targeted at the most deprived communities where continued under-performance represents a threat to the region's continued economic development growth.

Priority 4: Economic Infrastructure for a Competitive Economy

The programme will continue investing in South Yorkshire’s economic infrastructure to maximise the impact of European structural funds in the region to date and facilitate the development of a knowledge economy. Investment in the provision of an advanced broadband infrastructure in urban centres will be a precondition for the attraction of new businesses which will in turn be the drivers of economic growth.

Priority 5: Technical assistance

This priority will provide support for programme management and implementation, including technical support, communications and publicity, research and evaluation.

Financial and Technical information

Operational Programme 'Yorkshire and The Humber'

Intervention Type

Operational Programme

CCI no

2007UK162PO009

Number of decision

C/2007/6313

Final approval date

07/12/2007

Breakdown of finances by priority axis

Priority Axis EU Investment National Public Contribution Total Public Contribution
Promoting innovation and R&D 112 379 531 84 743 217 197 122 748
Stimulating and supporting successful enterprise 264 465 832 249 531 581 513 997 413
Sustainable Communities 116 716 192 111 868 293 228 584 485
Economic infrastructure for a knowledge economy 66 676 166 114 094 630 180 770 796
Technical assistance 23 343 238 23 343 238 46 686 476
Total 583 580 959 583 580 959 1 167 161 918