Levelling Up Fund Successful Bids

In our last few posts we have set out the need to prepare strong bids for LUF Round 3, and the areas of a bid that will need particular focus, based on our experience of previous bidding rounds. Here are some examples of successful Round 2 LUF bids that our team has worked on.

Insight Author

Gareth Jones


The Appledore Clean Marine Innovation Centre for Torridge District Council

We worked with Torridge District Council to prepare a bid for the Appledore Clean Marine Innovation Centre (“Appledore”). This is an exciting project that will enable two universities to establish a presence in northern Devon, undertaking research and innovation activities in the clean marine sector, including floating offshore wind and aquaculture.

We showed how the Appledore project will deliver high quality, high value economic activity and employment, driving up productivity in a coastal town facing economic challenges. This provides an opportunity for real structural economic change and genuine levelling up. Our analysis quantified the economic benefits of new, better paid and higher skilled employment, including opportunities for graduates in northern Devon, local supply chain impacts, and the benefits of spin-out companies being established in the local area.

In the Budget of March 2023, a new Levelling Up Partnership for Torridge was announced, enhancing Government’s support for levelling up here.

Learn more about the successful levelling up bid for Torridge District Council >

The Beacon Project for Dover District Council

We worked with Dover District Council to help prepare the submission for the Dover Beacon project. This will transform an eyesore town centre site into a new creative campus and business centre, expanding the capacity for higher level skills training across Dover to boost productivity and employment.

We demonstrated how the Beacon project would address key socio-economic challenges and deliver significant long term economic benefits to the area through increased higher-level learning and skills and high quality physical regeneration of a key site.

Learn more about the successful levelling up bid for Dover District Council >

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We will be running some informal online workshops in the next few weeks to give you an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about LUF Business Cases. To register your interest please enter your details here. If you would prefer a one-to-one conversation, please contact me now.

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Other funding bids

We have also previously helped secure other Government funds, including Town Deal and Future High Streets Funding. Further examples of successful funding bids we have worked on can be found here: