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Understands employer issues across West Sussex and makes regional partners aware of these issues and challenges.
Engages with businesses across West Sussex and ensure business needs are reflected in sub regional strategies and emerging actions.
The Gatwick Diamond Initiative (GDI) is a business led private/public sector joint venture managed by Surrey Economic Partnership and West Sussex Economic Partnership, supported by businesses, SEEDA, local authorities, LSC, Business Link and higher and further education providers to facilitate and co-ordinate actions that will improve the economic performance of the area.
Through the West Sussex Economic Skills and Enterprise Board, SEEDA is providing capacity and operational funding of £100,000 to the Gatwick Diamond Initiative which is matched by local authorities. SEEDA has also funded key studies to benchmark the sub region internationally and a demand study to support proposals for the university centre in Crawley.
A strong working relationship continues to develop between Gatwick airport and SEEDA as the airport moves to divest itself from BAA and progresses the sale of the airport. SEEDA is working closely with the airport management team to ensure that the airport continues to play a full role in the economic development opportunities of the Gatwick Diamond.
The university of Brighton, in partnership with SEEDA, Crawley borough council and Central Sussex college are taking a lead role in the creation of a university centre in Crawley that will support educational attainment and progression across the Gatwick Diamond.
SEEDA recognise East and West Sussex as individual counties. Mid Sussex is one of seven local district authorities which comprise West Sussex. SEEDA do not break down their data into districts and would only be able to separate information on Mid Sussex by carrying out a manual trawl of all the data provided.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which applicants have received funding from the Technology Strategy Board's £72 million spending on innovative research and development announced in October 2008. 
Photonics: Next Generation Optical Internet Access (1st round)
Advanced Materials: Sustainable Materials and Products
Intelligent Transport Systems and Services: Informed Personal Travel
High Value Manufacturing: Step Changes in Competitiveness; Value Systems
Energy Generation and Supply: Maximising Recovery of UK's Oil and Gas
Resources-Photonics: Next Generation Optical Internet Access (2nd round)
Low Impact Buildings: Design and Decision Tools
Creative Industries: Accessing and Commercialising Content in a Digitally Networked World
Energy Generation and Supply: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies
Network Security: Interdependency, Complexity and Risk.
The Low Impact Buildings: Design and Decision Tools competition (in Phase 2) was delayed until June 2009 and is currently at assessment stage. For the other competition areas, the applicants that have received offers of grant funding will be placed in the Libraries.