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About Steve Pope

Steve Pope has worked in economic development and European Union affairs for over 20 years, both in the private and public sectors, and is a member of the UK Institution of Economic Development.

For the last 8 years, he has worked as an independent EU and Economic Development Consultant specialising in:

  • grant aid applications
  • employment and vocational training policy advice and
  • EU lobbying.

Clients include the European Commission, European Training Foundation/World Bank, NHS, Lincolnshire County Council, The Salvation Army and the social inclusion charity Tomorrow's People Trust. Successful grants obtained include ESF, ERDF, NRF, IAG, JC+, LDA and Connexions. For the European Commission, Steve has acted as an assessor of applications to the EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

He's also an Advisor to golf's governing bodies (PGA of Europe, R&A and European Institute of Golf Course Architects) on EU policies impacting on the golf industry and is a part-time golf course architect - see

As an EU official from 1995 - 2000, Steve delivered expert policy advice and managed EU programmes on employment and vocational training reform in Central and Eastern Europe.

As a UK local government official from 1990 - 1995, Steve developed and managed employment, training and regional development programmes and projects in the East Midlands of England.

In the late 1980s, as a UK national government official and as a secondee to the European Commission, Steve worked on the major reform of the EU Structural Fund programmes on regional development and vocational training.


Steve Pope demonstrated a range of skills and delivered high quality results. In particular, he has very strong analytical skills, combined with a broad and open-minded view of the subjects on which he is working. Jean-Raymond Masson, European Training Foundation - 2000
Je voudrais tout d'abord vous transmettre ma satisfaction sur la façon dont ce complexe Programme s'est déroulé… Odile Quintin, Director General, DG Employment & Social Affairs, European Commission on an EU programme designed and managed by Steve Pope - 2000
Steve's advice and inputs were instrumental in helping the East Midlands to expand the coverage of its priority Structural Fund areas by securing two new Objective 5b area and retaining its Objective 2 status. Malcom Rose, Head of Strategy, Nottinghamshire County Council - 1995

Funding links

Steve has successfully secured the following funds for a variety of clients. Follow the links for more info on a range of funds.

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