The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was part of the Midlands UK delegation at MIPIM in March 2018, where opportunities for investors in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin will be highlighted.

Selling the region as “one of the best places in the UK to invest, live work and play’, the Marches LEP worked with partners at the three local authorities to develop an exciting proposition for investors.


Development opportunities in the spotlight include the defence and security-focused Enterprize Zone at Skylon Park in Herefordshire, the Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury and an area of 200-acres of development ready land in Telford.

LEP Chairman Graham Wynn OBE will join Midlands Engine Chairman Sir John Peace, other LEP and local authority leaders in Cannes during MIPIM

Shropshire is promoting its vision to creatively reuse its heritage buildings and estates for modern uses, making the county a unique and inspiring place in which to invest. As part of this, it has chosen to highlight the Flaxmill Maltings – the world first iron-framed building – which will be available to the market by 2021, providing four floors and 25,000 sq ft of luxury office space. It is also showcasing development opportunities in Oswestry, Whitchurch and the former Ironbridge Power Station and Clive Barracks at Tern Hill.

In the south Marches region, investor interest in development ready plots is already high at Skylon Park. Skylon is the only UK Enterprise Zone with a dedicated defence and security focus thanks to its proximity to the SAS base in Hereford and a cluster of nearly 100 businesses operating in the sector including nearby QuinetiQ in Malvern and GCHQ in Cheltenham.

The prime development site within Skylon Park is the North Magazine, a 10 hectare plot benefiting from dedicated access and full land remediation.

The Marches LEP is joining other private and public sector partners including Greater Birmingham (Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country); Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP; D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire); Lincoln & Lincolnshire; Leicester City Council and Leicester & Leicestershire LEP and Stoke-on-Trent at the dedicated Midlands Pavilion.

View the Marches brochure for MIPIM 2018 here


View the Midlands Engine Investment Portfolio here

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