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The UK economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites of many economic development organizations (EDO's) in the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

These are also known as investment promotion agencies (IPA), local or regional development agencies (RDA's), or as public-private partnerships such as industrial or community development corporations and urban regeneration or renewal agencies.

The directory may also include major chambers of commerce or industry organizations and professional associations which provide useful information for reference by potential investors in their region or industry sector.  It also includes some links to universities, such as for science and research parks or technology business incubators.  It also selectively provides suggested contacts and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries to highlight specific potential business locations.

Contact us for independent project assistance in confidence, or for assistance promoting an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other "short list" research or project planning assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.

We are independent - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

We are also developing a related European directory of professional service providers - but refer first to the UK list lower on this page..

That includes site selection consultants, corporate real estate firms, property developers, design and construction firms, project management, tax advisors, labor market (HR) specialists, financial incentives for investment projects, relocation services and other specialists whose capabilities may be helpful when planning and implementing projects.

We welcome suggestions for additions or updates to this or our Invest in Europe directory.

Congratulations to London, England and the UK for winning the opportunity to host the 2012 Olympics.  For information about plans for the London Olympic Games in 2012, refer to :

Organizations which promote business investment in the greater London region, also known as inward investment projects or foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, are listed below.

Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into the UK.

The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful as background to support your project plans. 

Search Europe - across many economic development websites Directory of European economic development websites
United Kingdom Scope Contacts Website and other resources

Project announcements

UK Trade & Investment (formerly known as the Invest in Britain Bureau and as Invest UK) National  

www.uktradeinvestusa.com  (for USA)

www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk

BT eLocations Telecom   www.bt.com/btelocations
England   GDI : Phil  
English Partnerships Developer   www.englishsites.com
Think London Metro   www.thinklondon.com
London Development Agency Metro   www.lda.gov.uk
London First Centre Metro  

www.london-first.co.uk

www.lfc.co.uk

London BioScience Innovation Centre BioScience   www.londonbioscience.com
Locate in Kent Region   www.locateinkent.com
Sheffield First Metro   www.makeitinsheffield.com
Invest East of England Region  

www.eeia.com

www.investeastofengland.com

East of England Development Agency Region   www.eastofengland.uk.com
South East England Development Agency, Guilford, Surrey Region TEL +44(0)1483 484200 www.seeda.co.uk
Surrey Research Park Research park   www.surrey.ac.uk/research_park
South West RDA - Southwest of England Regional Development Agency - SWRDA - Exeter Region   www.sw-england.com
The British Midlands Region   www.thebritishmidlands.com
East Midlands Development Agency - EMDA  England's East Midlands Region   www.englandseastmidlands.com

www.emda.org.uk

Advantage West Midlands Region TEL +44(121)380 3500

www.thewestmidlandsregion.co.uk

www.advantagewm.co.uk

Aston Science Park, Birmingham England Science park   www.astonsciencepark.co.uk
Nottinghamshire County Council Economic Development County   www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk
BioCity Nottingham Biomedical science park   www.biocity.co.uk
University of Warwick Science Park Ltd., Coventry science park   www.warwicksciencepark.co.uk
One NorthEast, Newcastle upon Tyne Region   www.onenortheast.co.uk
The North of England Inward Investment Agency Region   www.thenoe.com
County Durham Development Company (CDDC)

County

  www.wherebusinessgrows.com
Northumberland County Council, northern England, north of Newcastle upon Tyne County   www.northumberland.gov.uk/invest/
Tyne & Wear Development Co., northern England - Newcastle upon Tyne area County   www.tyne-wear.co.uk
Yorkshire Forward - and BioScience Yorkshire initiative Region  

www.yorkshire-forward.com

www.bioscience-yorkshire.com

Barnsley Development Agency Metro   www.barnsleydevelopmentagency.co.uk
Rotherham Industrial Development Office Metro   www.rido.org.uk
Bionow - northwest England Biotech sector   www.bionow.co.uk
The Mersey Partnership - Invest Merseyside     http://investmerseyside.com/

www.investliverpoolcityregion.com

Manchester Science Park Limited Science park   www.mspl.co.uk
Warrington Borough Council, northwest England Borough   www.warringtonuk.com
Wales      
Welsh Development Agency Region   www.invest-in-wales.com
WalesTrade International Trade promotion   www.walestrade.com
Cardiff & Newport Call Centre Initiative contact centers   www.callcentrewales.co.uk
Scotland      
Scottish Development International Region

 

www.scottishdevelopmentinternational.com

 

BioDundee Biotech   www.biodundee.co.uk
Locate Dundee City +44(0)1382 434252 www.locate-dundee.co.uk 
Hillington Park Innovation Centre, Glasgow Science park incubator   www.innovationcentre.org
Aberdeen Science and Technology Parks Science park   www.astp.co.uk
Northern Ireland      
Invest Northern Ireland Region   www.investni.com
University of Ulster Science Research Parks Ltd. (UUSRP Ltd.), Londonderry Science park   www.ulster.ac.uk/uusrp
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though this directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.

 

  The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at Global Direct Investment Solutions (GDI Solutions)

 Please contact us for project assistanceAs this business grows, relationship leaders in Europe will develop and maintain working relationships among more area representatives, professional service providers, and corporate executives who are responsible for major projects.

Name e-mail Phone Fax and Websites

Bruce Donnelly, President

Global Direct Investment Solutions

PO Box 439, Fox River Grove IL 60021

bruce@gdi-solutions.com 847-304-4655 (Chicago suburbs)

FAX 847-304-5375

www.gdi-solutions.com

www.ontheshortlist.com

Phil Eadon

Partners4Technology International

Delta Promotions & Marketing Ltd.

Washington, England, United Kingdom (UK)

 

located in Northern England near the cities of Durham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Sunderland

phil.eadon@partners4technology.com

EU mobile :

from UK dial as (078) 3473 0929

from US dial as (011)+44-783-473-0929

 

Office :

from UK dial as (0)191-415-7340

from US dial as (011)+44-191-415-7340

country code is 44, Durham is 191

www.partners4technology.com

 

This directory selectively highlights participating economic development organizations and professional service provider contacts in the Europe region by including more relevant links to useful content than just the local website.  The directory may also identify other contacts of potential interest to executives and business advisors on a selective basis, as in the case of the following initial examples.  We work together with EDO's to share timely knowledge about the benefits of their areas as we serve potential investors and advisors who are responsible for business location or site selection decisions for foreign direct investment (FDI) or capital investment projects such as new factories or offices, expansion projects, business relocation, and consolidation of operations as in post-merger integration situations.

Related services support global B2B technology partnering in cooperation with local economic development organizations or IPA's.

Other sources of information 

The following additional sources of information are included here for ease of reference.  Refer also to the list of US Government and related information sources for these or other countries, or the Research section.  Have you found other good sources, or local contacts for economic development and investment support?  Please let us know so that we may share them with others.

Source Website
Europa - The European Union Online

and EuroStat - for EU statistics, Panorama - Portraits of the Regions, etc.

http://europa.eu.int/index.htm

http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat

The Financial Times - and FDI Magazine, by FT Business www.ft.com   www.fdimagazine.com
Corporate Location magazine (also known for a while as SDI - Strategic Direct Investor ) is published by Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. www.corporatelocation.com
Invest in the UK - private publication with reports supported by advertising about economic development in the various UK regions www.invest-in-the-uk.com
The Economist www.economist.com
The Economist Intelligence Unit, publishes market research for subscribers www.eiu.com
International Herald Tribune www.iht.com
BBC World Service, and Global Business Programme

www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice

www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/business

European Business magazine http://europeanbusiness.eu.com/
   
British foreign policy news and travel advisories http://www.fco.gov.uk
Information about the UK www.i-uk.com
Focus - information for member expatriates living in London or the rest of the UK www.focus-info.org
   
Confederation of British Industry  
BIA - UK BioIndustry Association www.bioindustry.org
   
U.S. Commercial Service: Showcase Europe - export promotion http://www.buyusa.gov/europe
   
BURA - British Urban Regeneration Association - a forum to exchange private and public sector ideas and best practices about regeneration of urban areas    www.bura.org.uk
Corporate Real Estate Firms         
Search global commercial real estate websites

This section will be used  for convenience to highlight major corporate real estate firms with operations in the region.

See also the global CRE list, which can be used to find local offices of firms which may not be highlighted below.

We also provide selective major property listings for the region, with links to the real estate firms and agents involved.

CB Richard Ellis www.cbre.com
Colliers International - UK (Belfast NI, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester)

www.colliers.com  - global, main website for all areas, as locations may change

 www.colliercre.co.uk  

Cushman & Wakefield - Healey & Baker www.cushwake.com
FPD Savills (UK) www.savills.co.uk
Grubb & Ellis Knight Frank www.grubb-ellis.com   
King Sturge http://www.kingsturge.com    www.kingsturge.co.uk
Strutt & Parker http://www.struttandparker.com
Chesterton International www.chesterton.co.uk
GVA Grimley - GVA Worldwide www.gvagrimley.co.uk    www.gvaworldwide.com
NAI Fuller Peiser www.naiglobal.com
ATIS REAL Weatheralls Ltd. - Atisreal is a BNP Paribas Company - BNP Paribas Real Estate; CRESA Partners in the USA has ties to Atisreal http://www.atisrealweatheralls.com    http://www.atisreal.com/
Regus - furnished, staffed, and equipped offices on short-term leases, plus meeting rooms, videoconferencing, and temporary (daily) space which may be useful to project teams needing a place to operate in an area during planning or startup work www.regus.com   for list of offices in over 300 locations worldwide, including the United Kingdom
Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Construction

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of location consultants and project management services.

DEGW - large office environment planning, facility requirements definition www.degw.com
Gazeley Properties Limited www.gazeley.com
Panattoni Development www.panattoni.com
ProLogis (REIT, global distribution facilities) www.prologis.com
Atkins Group - Hanscomb Faithful & Gould - independent project management, owner representation, quantity surveyors www.hanscombfgould.com
Tax and Legal Consultants - and reference sources for international law, tax, finance, and intellectual property issues

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of tax advisors and international legal advisors, as most such firms have European operations or affiliates.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

www.pwcglobal.com

Ernst & Young - their European Investment Monitor, in cooperation with Oxford Intelligence, tracks corporate investment trends in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe www.ey.com
Deloitte & Touche - and country guides www.deloitte.com    www.deloittewebguides.com
   
Baker & McKenzie www.bakerinfo.com
Covington & Burling; over 500 lawyers, offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, London, Brussels; specialists in international life sciences, intellectual property www.cov.com
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK) - offices in 18 countries, over 2400 lawyers www.freshfields.com
Morrison & Foerster LLP - patent and intellectual property, venture financing, partnering, M&A, public offerings, technology transfers, tax strategies, litigation; offices in Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and various US cities www.mofo.com
   
Hieros Gamos  - legal research center, global listing of law firms www.hg.org
Lex Mundi  - global association of law firms www.lexmundi.org
Juris International - reference sources for international law, and also provides lists of business lawyer associations worldwide www.jurisint.org
International Tax Review - a Euromoney Plc publication http://www.legalmediagroup.com/internationaltaxreview/
International Financial Law Review - Legal Media Group - Euromoney Institutional Investor plc - publishes country directories and descriptions of law firms www.legalmediagroup.com/iflr/
Managing Intellectual Property - Legal Media Group - Euromoney www.legalmediagroup.com/mip/
European Market Entry Consulting  
Atlantic Bridge Limited - specialist in CE marking issues http://www.atlanticbridge.co.uk
Location Strategy Management http://www.lsm.net
PricewaterhouseCoopers UK "Pathfinder" service - in the tax practice, to help clients through typical startup issues for establishing new offices in the country  
Partners4Technology - multi-industry global B2B partnering service,  "matchmaking" online supported by local economic development partners and periodic InterTech networking events, with a particular focus on technology company introductions among SME's www.partners4technology.com
Ports, Rail, Airports and Logistics services
BAA - British Airports Authority www.baa.co.uk
Exel Logistics - UK based global supply chain management firm www.exel.com
British Airways World Cargo www.baworldcargo.com
Relocation Services
TEAM Relocations http://www.teamrelocations.com
UK Relocation Services - sponsor of TIRA Network The International Relocation Associates http://www.ukrelocation.com
Executive Search - refer to our global HR directory including the section on relocation and compliance services for expatriate assignments
AEA International Search - network includes Cook Associates in the USA, Michael Stern Associates in Canada, Alexander Hughes in Europe www.aeainternationalsearch.com

www.alexander-hughes.com

Bench International - specialized in pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive search, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Basingstoke UK for European searches www.benchinternational.com
R.J. Watkins & Company - Executive Recruiting Consultants, based in San Diego with offices in San Francisco, Campbell CA and London; also associated with angel investor / venture capital groups http://www.rjwatkins.com
Universities
   
   
   
 Banks    This list will identify some major banks in the UK for convenience, and particularly those which are actively involved in providing services to foreign companies as they invest in setting up new operations in the UK, since there are many banks in the UK.  See also the selective global list in the corporate development and finance section.
   
Regional directories of economic development and investment promotion agencies
US : Northeast US : Great Lakes Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast US : South Central US : West Coast Central America, Caribbean
Europe South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia Korea Japan

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