£1.7m project will tackle causes of poverty in Herefordshire

March 9, 2017

Residents in Herefordshire are set to benefit from a new £1.7m fund to be invested in activities which tackle poverty, promote social inclusion and boost the local economy.
Organisations are now being invited to bid to deliver the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) project, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020.
It is the second of two Building Better Opportunities projects which will run across the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership region, and will be focused on the Herefordshire area.
Fiona Fortune, from the Marches Building Better Opportunities team, said: “This funding will be invested in local activities tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. Just over £1.7m is available and collaborative bids are being encouraged which include a range of local partners.
“Projects will need to provide pre-employment support within Herefordshire for disadvantaged people aged 19 and over who are not in work. The project will focus on those who are furthest from the labour market, helping them engage in activity to move towards and into employment. “
The first Building Better Opportunities project in the Marches was recently awarded to Landau Limited which will work with around 20 providers across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to help support people overcome a range of challenges so they can secure jobs.
Further details about the workshop are available on the Marches Building Better Opportunities website http://www.bbomarches.com/
Further details about the Building Better Opportunities funding opportunity and to download and application form please go to the Big Lottery Fund website https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/esf
The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Monday 27 March 2017.
The Big Lottery Fund has worked in partnership with the Marches ESIF Sub-committee to identify local need and priorities and project outlines have been launched which set out what the project will need to achieve.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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