Project Development

Building on the foundations

Next steps in establishing an independent research & advocacy organisation for Greater Exeter

We are delighted to announce that Greater Exeter CIC has been granted financial support for organisational development by the European Union Regional Development Fund, which has allowed us to commission a new website as well as work on organisational governance and business model development.

We now expect to be able to pursue further financial support during 2018, by which time the positioning briefings we have also commissioned will have been published and promoted, helping to establish early stage reach.

Several key development decisions have influenced our current positioning phase. We have decided to focus primarily on Exeter itself to begin with, concentrating on key knowledge economy and spatial strategy themes, before expanding our geographical and topical scope to cover the wider region during 2018.

A business model is being actively developed with specialist help, alongside ongoing discussions with initial project contributors, potential research partners and other stakeholders.

The organisational development plan for 2018 includes an increased focus on regional spatial strategy around the publication of the draft Greater Exeter Strategic Plan, the establishment of a governance structure, initially via an advisory board, in preparation for application for charity status, and an uptick in communications activity including the publication of regular horizon scan updates and the delivery of presentations to potential partner organisations.

The initiative is still at an early stage, but we hope to begin preparation for our first major participatory action research project next year. We are currently seeking potential project contributors with sectoral expertise, as well as values-aligned advocates to help develop organisational traction across the region.

Please get in touch if you would like to offer to contribute or find out more about getting involved. We’d love to hear from you.

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