The Regional Engagement Teams

Four Regional Engagement Teams (RET) have been set up across Wales to help ensure EU funding proposals meet existing and future opportunities and investments at regional levels – North Wales, Mid Wales, South West Wales and South East Wales.

The RETs work across all sectors to ensure the effective participation and success of EU funded investments – adding value to existing/planned investments within the context of established and emerging regional and thematic activities and opportunities.  We achieve this through the following actions:

RET Objectives RET Actions
Maintain a strategic overview of regional priorities/activities
  • Acquire intelligence on regional priorities/discussions from regional working groups.
  • Networking & Engagement
Regional proofing and prioritisation of operations
  • Support regional partnership structures to ensure consensus on proposed activity (prioritisation)
Ensure regional priorities and interests in EU programmes
  • Ensure regional consideration and participation within national strategic projects (additionality of activity, impact on skills demand/supply, ensuring cross-sector engagement, alignment with strategic ambitions, ensuring integration and no duplication).
  • Regular reporting and engagement with WEFO
  • Facilitate the regular review of the Economic Prioritisation Framework (EPF)
Identify potential integration/duplication/gaps in activity
  • Ongoing mapping of activity (approved, developing and emerging) across all funding streams across the region
  • Promote networking amongst projects/contacts through engagement and events
Raise profile and awareness of ESI funds regionally Promotion of opportunities and successes of projects through:

  • Regular Newsletters
  • Press Releases
  • Dissemination Events & Workshops
Supporting regional aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation and Cross-Cutting Themes.
  • Monitor and assess the impact and scope of European funded activity in the region through regular contact with WEFO and other funders and with Lead Beneficiaries to accurately gather information to inform regular reporting.
Support regional partnership structures, reflective of regional needs and opportunities
  • RET teams supporting/integrated across City Region Boards (Swansea Bay & Cardiff City Region), North Wales Economic Ambition Board, Growing Mid Wales Partnership and Regional Skills Partnerships.

Contact Details

If you are working, or planning on working, across more than one region then you may find it helpful to contact the relevant RET using the details below:

North Wales

Web: www.northwaleseab.co.uk/regional-engagement-team/ (where you can also sign up to their monthly newsletter)
Email: carwyn.jones-evans@conwy.gov.uk

Mid Wales

Web: https://www.growinpowys.com/grow-in-mid-wales
Email: mike.shaw@ceredigion.gov.uk or claire.miles@ceredigion.gov.uk

South West Wales

Email: JELewis@carmarthenshire.gov.uk
 @RLSPSWMW