Map-of-LEPThe Marches is a distinctive area which is home to 29,800 businesses and a £12.3 billion economy.

The region, which includes Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin,  is part of the Midlands and officially one of the most enterprising regions in the UK.

At its heart is the global birthplace of industry, part of a heritage which has sparked a revolution of a different kind with innovative hi-tech enterprises, land-based industries and entrepreneurs flourishing alongside global players.

High profile businesses which have chosen to base operations here, capitalising on the Marches’  geographical location and sector strengths in advanced manufacturing, food and drink and defence and security, include BAE Systems, Ricoh, Denso, GKN Land Systems, Caterpillar Remanufacturing, Muller Wiseman Dairies, Cargills and Cap Gemini.

Ideas which changed the world were born in the Marches: the Industrial Revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge; the first modern skyscraper, the Flax Mill in Shrewsbury; the modern Olympic movement in Much Wenlock; the Mappa Mundi in Hereford and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

These big ideas are evidence of the Marches’ pioneering industrial heritage and its entrepreneurial spirit. It has demonstrated its ability to change and adapt to emerging technology and innovation, without losing sight of its rural advantage and the quality of life this offers.

One of the largest LEPs in the country, covering 2,300 square miles, it includes the main urban powerhouses of Telford, Shrewsbury and Hereford and more than 30 market towns. Today the Marches has a vibrant SME business base, ready-made supply chains across multiple industry sectors and with its quality of life offer in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK, it is one of the fastest-growing investment locations in the Midlands.

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