The Marches LEP has invested in its research base in order to drive evidence-based policy and investment decisions. Access to accurate, local information and data is critically important in developing robust strategies, plans and projects, as well as supporting competitive bids to attract funding into the Marches.
The draft Marches Local Industrial Strategy has been developed to complement our SEP and focuses on delivering clean growth and improved productivity, in an inclusive and sustainable way.
We have developed it by working alongside local stakeholders and businesses to gather a new evidence base which understands the challenges and opportunities faced by our key industries today.
The Marches LEP Annual Economic Review 2019 provides an overview of the economic health of the Marches looking at a variety of indicators, from both national and local sources.
As part of the Marches LEP’s work with Midlands Engine, it supported the development of the Midlands Engine LEP Profile – The Marches which collates economic insight across the five foundations of productivity: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place.
To complete our understanding of business base, the LEP has commissioned the following research:
- Sector needs assessments:
- Visitor Economy Strategy with accompanying evidence base.
- Digital Strategy
- Innovative Healthcare with May 2020 Addendum
Our Skills Advisory Panel has overseen the development of an analytical tool kit and evidence base. This is used to inform investment decisions and influence how our skills challenges can best be met.
In addition, Sector Deep Dives have been carried out to understand skills issues in the Marches key sectors. The Draft Executive Summary introduces work carried out by the SAP looking at the following sectors:
- Advanced Manufacturing – draft
- Agri-tech – draft
- Business and Professional Services – draft
- Cyber Security and Resilience – draft
- Environmental Technologies – draft
- Food and Drink – draft
- Health and Social Care – draft