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 over 30 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 through our regional network and partner organisations. Our introduction of the Excellence in Economic Development standard 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 Patron…The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH is the Patron of the Institute of Economic Development (IED). On accepting the invitation Lord Heseltine said, “I was pleased to receive the invitation to become the first Patron of IED and I am happy to accept it. I look forward to offering whatever support I am able to IED’s Chair, the Board and its Executive Director in the important work in which the Institute is engaged.”
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.