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Invest In The United Kingdom (UK) Economic Development Directory

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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  (for USA)

BT eLocations Telecom
England   GDI : Phil  
English Partnerships Developer
Think London Metro
London Development Agency Metro
London First Centre Metro

London BioScience Innovation Centre BioScience
Locate in Kent Region
Sheffield First Metro
Invest East of England Region

East of England Development Agency Region
South East England Development Agency, Guilford, Surrey Region TEL +44(0)1483 484200
Surrey Research Park Research park
South West RDA - Southwest of England Regional Development Agency - SWRDA - Exeter Region
The British Midlands Region
East Midlands Development Agency - EMDA  England's East Midlands Region

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

Aston Science Park, Birmingham England Science park
Nottinghamshire County Council Economic Development County
BioCity Nottingham Biomedical science park
University of Warwick Science Park Ltd., Coventry science park
One NorthEast, Newcastle upon Tyne Region
The North of England Inward Investment Agency Region
County Durham Development Company (CDDC)

Northumberland County Council, northern England, north of Newcastle upon Tyne County
Tyne & Wear Development Co., northern England - Newcastle upon Tyne area County
Yorkshire Forward - and BioScience Yorkshire initiative Region

Barnsley Development Agency Metro
Rotherham Industrial Development Office Metro
Bionow - northwest England Biotech sector
The Mersey Partnership - Invest Merseyside

Manchester Science Park Limited Science park
Warrington Borough Council, northwest England Borough
Welsh Development Agency Region
WalesTrade International Trade promotion
Cardiff & Newport Call Centre Initiative contact centers
Scottish Development International Region


BioDundee Biotech
Locate Dundee City +44(0)1382 434252 
Hillington Park Innovation Centre, Glasgow Science park incubator
Aberdeen Science and Technology Parks Science park
Northern Ireland      
Invest Northern Ireland Region
University of Ulster Science Research Parks Ltd. (UUSRP Ltd.), Londonderry Science park
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 847-304-4655 (Chicago suburbs)

FAX 847-304-5375

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

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


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.

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

European Business magazine
British foreign policy news and travel advisories
Information about the UK
Focus - information for member expatriates living in London or the rest of the UK
Confederation of British Industry  
BIA - UK BioIndustry Association
U.S. Commercial Service: Showcase Europe - export promotion
BURA - British Urban Regeneration Association - a forum to exchange private and public sector ideas and best practices about regeneration of urban areas
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
Colliers International - UK (Belfast NI, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester)  - global, main website for all areas, as locations may change  

Cushman & Wakefield - Healey & Baker
FPD Savills (UK)
Grubb & Ellis Knight Frank   
King Sturge
Strutt & Parker
Chesterton International
GVA Grimley - GVA Worldwide
NAI Fuller Peiser
ATIS REAL Weatheralls Ltd. - Atisreal is a BNP Paribas Company - BNP Paribas Real Estate; CRESA Partners in the USA has ties to Atisreal
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   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
Gazeley Properties Limited
Panattoni Development
ProLogis (REIT, global distribution facilities)
Atkins Group - Hanscomb Faithful & Gould - independent project management, owner representation, quantity surveyors
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.


Ernst & Young - their European Investment Monitor, in cooperation with Oxford Intelligence, tracks corporate investment trends in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe
Deloitte & Touche - and country guides
Baker & McKenzie
Covington & Burling; over 500 lawyers, offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, London, Brussels; specialists in international life sciences, intellectual property
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK) - offices in 18 countries, over 2400 lawyers
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
Hieros Gamos  - legal research center, global listing of law firms
Lex Mundi  - global association of law firms
Juris International - reference sources for international law, and also provides lists of business lawyer associations worldwide
International Tax Review - a Euromoney Plc publication
International Financial Law Review - Legal Media Group - Euromoney Institutional Investor plc - publishes country directories and descriptions of law firms
Managing Intellectual Property - Legal Media Group - Euromoney
European Market Entry Consulting  
Atlantic Bridge Limited - specialist in CE marking issues
Location Strategy Management
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
Ports, Rail, Airports and Logistics services
BAA - British Airports Authority
Exel Logistics - UK based global supply chain management firm
British Airways World Cargo
Relocation Services
TEAM Relocations
UK Relocation Services - sponsor of TIRA Network The International Relocation Associates
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

Bench International - specialized in pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive search, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Basingstoke UK for European searches
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
 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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