The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is driving accelerated economic growth across the region.
A partnership of business, education and the local authorities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, it is investing in innovation, higher level skills, housing and business sites.
The LEP’s vision for the Marches is of a strong, diverse and enterprising business base, operating in an exceptional and connected environment, where the transfer of technology and skills foster innovation, investment and economic growth.
It is developing a vibrant regional economy, putting business at the heart of our work and removing barriers to growth so that sustainable jobs can be created.
The LEP is one of 38 LEPs in England, each tasked with driving economic growth in their region.
By leading co-ordinated action to stimulate economic development, through programmes and projects focused on housing, transport, infrastructure, broadband availability, inward investment and skills, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership is aiming to improve the economic prosperity of the region.
As well as the three councils, the LEP works with investment teams of Enterprise Telford, Invest in Shropshire and Invest Herefordshire, and the Government to bring in private sector investment. And it is talking to businesses from small high-tech firms in remote rural locations to internationally renowned companies in vibrant town centres and busy market towns to understand what needs to be done to tackle barriers to growth.
To read more about our work in the Marches, the 2017 Annual Report can be downloaded below.