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ERDF Programme: 2007-2013

The ERDF was established to promote sustainable, environmentally efficient growth in the capital. The 2007-2013 programme is now closed.

Strategic direction and priorities of the 2014 -2020 European Structural Investment Funds, including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are set up by the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP). Learn more about current programmes.

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ERDF 2007-13 achievements

  • 21556
    small businesses
    have been supported
  • 9672
    saved or created
  • 34605
    metres cubed
    of additional flood storage capacity
  • £400m
    new sales
    generated by small and medium businesses

Project management

The GLA’s European Programmes Management Unit (EPMU) is the ‘Intermediate Body’ responsible for the delivery of London’s 2007–13 and 2014-20 EU Programmes. If you would like access to past ERDF forms and guidance, please contact EPMU.

You can find out who the beneficiaries were and types of projects supported by viewing this beneficiaries table.

Final Implementation Report (FIR)

EPMU submitted the Final Implementation Report to the European Commission at the end of March 2017. This report presents aggregated financial data and qualitative information on the whole programming period. It will be uploaded once the Commission approves it.

Interim Evaluation Report

In 2012 Regeneris conducted an independent interim evaluation of the London ERDF programme. This included interviews with stakeholders (including some LMC members) and ERDF projects, plus a thorough review of project and programme documentation.

Regeneris’ final report provides a very useful overview of the ERDF programme and highlights areas of good practice. It also proposes areas for development (many of which focus on the 2014-20 programme).

The five key findings for 2007-13 are:

  1. an effective Operational Programme in terms of strategy
  2. implementation has largely progressed as planned
  3. the programme is making strong progress in committing funds. The programme is making reasonable progress in achieving programme targets
  4. EPMU has provided strong programme management
  5. there are a number of lessons and examples of good practice which can inform the 2014-20 ERDF programme in London.

You can find out more information on proposed recommendations by reading the ERDF report.

European Regional Development Fund

Case studies

Investment Escalator (released September 2015)

The Investment Escalator offered London’s small and medium sized businesses tools to grow:

Lady giving presentation

  • Digital Detox joined in their early stages of growth. Through the project, their programme manager attended expert workshops on: business effectiveness, management accounting and employment law
  • they benefited from student consultations with a third year accounting and finance student 
  • the result: Digital Detox had to look for a bigger office and have created ten new jobs (and planned to make fourteen more within the year)

Read the full case study

Innovation agency (released June 2013)

This project supported designers to capitalise on their talent, with innovative new products and services:

Glamorous looking lady

  • Innovation Agency delivered the 'Building Brand Equity' pilot, starting with workshops for 15 business owners
  • Katie- a small business owner who joined the pilot- attended the initial workshops and received one to one mentoring which offered specific advice on how to tailor her business plan and what to show investors (such as making her 'story' clear)
  • as a result: Katie's business' turnover grew by 52%, staffing increased by 50% and she started working in the Middle East, Asia and the US

                                                    Read the full case study

Project FoodSave (released November 2014)

FoodSave was funded by the Mayor of London, European Regional Development Fund and London Waste and Recycling Board:

Group winning an award

Read the full case study



Co-Innovate (released June 2015)

The Co-Innovate platform allowed SMEs to access expertise from Brunel University: 

Outdoor stage

  • A UK-based SME worked with Brunel student James Ward, who designed 'Veil', a lighting product prototype
  • it won the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) International Achievement Award of Excellence in 2012, the World Architecture Festival Awards 2012 and BD Architect of the Year 2014 
  • James went on to work as a designer for contemporary lighting design installation company LUUM

Read the full case study


Emerging Growth (released September 2015)

Emerging Growth helped London businesses to understand international opportunities and increase training skills:

Dodd's Gin

  • The London Distillery Company ltd was invited to present at the London stall for the FHC International Exhibition in China 
  • they bought a Shanghi-based importer with another company and launched 'Dodd's Gin'
  • the equity they owned in the importer was 10%, which is equal to $2.1mil. In the following 5 years, Dodd's Gin sales were expected to grow to c. £500k annually

Read the full case study


Greening small businesses (released January 2015)

This project supported small businesses in 6 London boroughs to go green with a programme based on practical short term actions with indications of longer term benefits.

Greening Businesses logo

  • The Forge Clinic, for example, moved from recycling no waste to recycling 95% of it, saving £400 a year in the process. Heating controls had also been changed, saving £250 a year, and a proper environmental policy had made sure all that all of the clinic’s providers were eco compliant. 
  • the clinic also planned a lighting upgrade that would save £1,500 a year in electricity and to replace the boiler, to save a further £1,000 a year
  • after participating in the Greening Business Programme, The Forge Clinic won Richmond Council’s ‘Exceptional’ Go Green Award in December 2013

                                                       Read the full case study


Mayor's export programme (released December 2015)

The Mayor's Export Programme aimed to increase the number of London SMEs trading internationally over a 2 year period:

Employees walking to work

  • Remitia Limited, the instant payment platform based in Canary Wharf, was the first member of the U.S. trade mission to get a deal stateside
  • David Brown (CEO and founder of Remitia) said: thanks to the "FinTech Trade mission, we have gained an outstanding platform to network with some of the most powerful players in NYC."
  • it was shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious Payment Awards in London in November 2015

Read the full case study