Bristol - Characteristics Population 398,000 110 km 2 2 nd strongest city economy in England outside of London & 34 th in EU - GDP per head Shortlisted for the 2008 European Capital of Culture 36,000 students at two universities 82.4% of persons of working age economically active
Bristol – Key Sectors Aerospace (Airbus, Rolls Royce, etc.) Environmental Technologies (wind power to waste disposal) Media and Creative industries Financial Services ICT Tourism
Bristol is a successful and vibrant city Knowledge based economy - With significant economic disadvantage and challenges: Bristol – Successful?
Action Plans in Bristol 63m local investment (ERDF + ESF + match)
Local ownership and control Local, regional, and European strategic priorities addressed Coordinated integrated local delivery – synergy Simple, effective, and innovative delivery Local Action Plan Benefits
Well informed and better investment Capacity building and project development support for local organisations Local authority bankrolling Coordinated monitoring
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Aims and Objectives: Share best practice in the management and delivery of structural funds and regeneration programmes in sub-regional areas, meeting the needs of local populations and regional strategies. Build a transnational exchange on the local management led approach to the organisation and delivery of Structural Funds and regeneration programmes. Endeavour to improve delivery performance in the development and construction of new programmes. Good Practice Guides now published
Top Ten Tips Strategic Fit Have a clear and integrated sub-regional strategy in place, and use it as a guide for structural fund interventions Subsidiarity Functions should be devolved to a sub-regional level where this increases efficiency and effectiveness of the programme Vertical Partnership Effective delivery requires the engagement of local, regional and national actors Horizontal Partnership Use local expertise and knowledge to build a strong and effective multi-sector partnership Stakeholder Engagement Use a variety of techniques to ensure that the widest possible range of stakeholders from all sectors are engaged in the programme in a way that is appropriate for them
Top Ten Tips Communication Communication at horizontal and vertical levels is essential to programme success. This includes stakeholder relationships, PR and reporting arrangements. Project Development Work with local organisations to ensure that they understand the objectives and opportunities, as well as reporting, audit, and dissemination requirements. Capacity Build delivery capacity by investing in staff, ensuring that training is available, and that there is a clear understanding when external expertise is useful Understanding the Impact Know what impact the funds are having at a local and regional level. Use a variety of indicators and assessment techniques. Learning Take all opportunities to learn from within the region and from beyond the region. use EU regional co-operation programmes to provide new ideas and knowledge for the region.
Conclusions: Local planning and management makes it possible to provide a better response to needs in the territory, addressing European, regional and local strategic priorities. Cities and sub-regional areas should be involved in preparing Operational Programme strategy. Structural Funds should be decentralised where appropriate. Cities and sub-regional areas have shown themselves to be capable of managing Financial Instruments. Cities and sub- regional areas should directly manage Structural Funds delivery where capacity exists. www.SRNeurope.net
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