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East Midlands Development Agency

east midlands development agency
Abbreviation emda
Motto The catalyst for change
Formation April 1999
Legal status Government agency
Purpose Government funding for the East Midlands
  • Apex Court, London Road, Nottingham
Region served East Midlands
Chief Executive Jeff Moore
Main organ EMDA Board
Parent organization BIS
Affiliations EMRA, UKTI
Budget £159m (2008-9)[1]

The east midlands development agency (emda) was the regional development agency for the East Midlands region of England formed in 1999.


  • Structure and function 1
  • East Midlands economy 2
  • Abolition 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Structure and function

emda’s office was located next to a Premier Inn, BBC East Midlands (and Radio Nottingham), and the NHS walk-in centre on London Road on a roundabout called Boots Island on the A60.

From April 2010, the functions of the former East Midlands Regional Assembly were transferred to emda.

The Chairman of the Board of emda was Dr Bryan Jackson OBE. Previous Chairmen were Derek Mapp (left 2004) and Chief Executive, Martin Briggs (left 2005).

It claimed to produce £1bn in economic benefits each year to the region.

East Midlands economy

The area has large healthcare and engineering companies. The knowledge economy in the area (which emda is particularly interested in) is based around Nottingham, Leicester and Loughborough universities, nearby to which science parks are situated.

The Government Office for the East Midlands was based on Talbot Street in Nottingham.


In June 2010, it was announced that emda would be abolished and replaced by local enterprise partnerships by 2012. emda was abolished on 31 March 2012.


  1. ^ "House of Commons - East Midlands Development Agency and the Regional Economic Strategy - East Midlands Regional". Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

External links

  • EMDA
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