With a business base as rich and diverse as its landscape, the Marches is a region where enterprise and innovation have long provided economic vitality and growth.
At its heart is the global birthplace of industry, part of a heritage which has sparked a dynamic business region where innovative enterprises operate alongside land-based industries and entrepreneurs flourish alongside the global players which have chosen to base their operations here.
The Marches includes the unitary council areas of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, home to more than 630,000 people and more than 28,000 businesses. Located in central England, it is bordered by the industrial heartland of the West Midlands to the east and Wales to the West, within easy reach of the UK's main motorway networks.
The historic city of Hereford, the Shropshire county town of Shrewsbury and the new town of Telford are the key centres of population and employment. But with more than 25 market towns and thousands of villages across its landscape, the Marches offers a unified trading area, based on common interests and a shared pride in business success.
The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership was launched to create the conditions for economic vitality and sustainable employment across this diverse region, globally recognised for its pioneering industrial heritage and entrepreneurial spirit.