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The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners working for local and regional communities.

Representing You…. Established 40 years ago, the IED’s key objective is to represent the interests of its members and ensure their views are widely expressed and noted.

The IED is committed to demonstrating the value of economic development work for local and regional communities; the pursuit of best practice in economic development and the attainment of the highest standards of professional conduct and competence.

Connecting You…. We manage a valuable network of professionals engaged in economic development and its associated professions from both the private and public sectors enabling you to share best practice, enhance your knowledge and accelerate your professional development both at a local and national level.

Supporting You…. We provide and promote a range of Continuous Professional Development opportunities at national and regional levels. To find out more about our Continuing Professional Development Programme, please click here. Our introduction of the Excellence in Economic Development and the associated Self-Assessment Toolkit allows organisations in both the public and private sector to develop the competence of their people, projects and processes, facilitate the exchange of best practice and enable benchmarking over time.

Our Board…We are a not for profit company run by a Board of elected Directors. For more information about our current Board of Directors, please follow the links on the left. Our latest Annual Report can be found by clicking on the link in the left hand menu.

Our Patron…Judith Blake, the Baroness Blake of Leeds CBE, has been appointed as the new Patron of the Institute for Economic Development (IED). She takes up the unpaid role from outgoing Patron, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, who was in post for two years.. For the press release on this appointment please click here.

Celebrating 40 years of the IED…In 2023, we celebrated 40 years of the IED. To find out more about how we have marked this anniversary, please click here.

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