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Useful Links

Below you will find a list of links to various organisations we work with or think economic development professionals may find useful. We will continually update this list, so please do get in touch if you think something is missing or you are from an organisation who wishes to appear on this list.

Association of Town Centre Management

ATCM is Europe's largest membership organisation dedicated to helping town and city centres realise their natural roles both as prosperous locations for business and investment, and as focal points for vibrant, inclusive communities.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The department has responsibility for:

  • business
  • industrial strategy
  • science, research and innovation
  • energy and clean growth
  • climate change

District Councils Network (DCN)

The District Councils’ Network is the national voice of district councils in England.

Economic Development Associated Scotland (EDAS)

EDAS is a membership body for economic development organisations in Scotland

Gov.UK houses a range of information about government services and information, including on Brexit and various business advice and support services.

Government of Ireland

Information on the Irish State.

Homes England

Homes England is the non-departmental public body that funds new affordable housing in England.

LEP Network

The LEP Network is a gateway to news and information that enables Local Enterprise Partnersships (LEPs) to come together on areas of shared importance, engage with Government, and share knowledge and good practice.

The Network is also there to help those outside the world of LEPs, understand what a LEP is, what LEPs are trying to do and how to engage further with the relevant LEP.

Local Government Association (LGA)

The LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. They aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.

Local Government Chronicle

The Local Government Chronicle (LGC) is a British weekly magazine for local government officers.

Local Government Information Unit

LGiU is a think tank and local authority membership organisation as well as a registered charity.

New Start Magazine

New Start is the toolkit for regeneration practitioners.

Northern Ireland Executive

Office of National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics produces independent information to improve our understanding of the UK's economy and society


From the producers of Regeneration & Renewal, Planning and the Placemaking Awards; PlacemakingResource is the website for professionals working to make places better.

Regional Studies Association

The Regional Studies Association works with its international membership to facilitate the highest standards of theoretical development, empirical analysis and policy debate of issues at this sub-national scale, incorporating both the urban and rural and different conceptions of space such as city-regions and interstitial spaces.

The Scottish Government

The devolved government for Scotland is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs, and transport.

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales, working to help improve the lives of people in Wales and make our nation a better place in which to live and work.

Westminster Social Policy Forum

The Westminster Social Policy Forum organises senior-level conferences on public social policy. It has no policy agenda of its own other than to improve the quality of debate on public policy developments and so create opportunities for informed discussion.

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (WWG) was set up in October 2013 as part of the What Works Network to analyse which policies are most effective in supporting and increasing local economic growth.

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