The Business Event 2017 is a ‘first’ for Herefordshire

May 16, 2017

Hereford’s business support organisations are joining forces for the first time in 2017 for an unmissable event aimed at helping county enterprises grow and thrive.
The Business Event 2017, aimed at supporting businesses from every sector, no matter what size they are, will be held at Hereford Racecourse on June 13.
It has been organised by the Marches LEP in partnership with the Marches Growth Hub, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Herefordshire Council, the University of Wolverhampton and the Federation of Small Businesses, supported by Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire and Herefordshire Means Business.
The Business Event 2017 will feature keynote speakers running multi-million turnover businesses in the region sharing their inspiring stories of success; presentations on using digital and social media to increase sales and engage customers; and a Business Support Zone offering 1-2-1s and workshops on exporting made easy; grant funding for business growth and tips on how to sell to the public sector.
Speakers at The Business Event 2017 in Hereford include  John Jones, a partner in the long established and family owned Hereford department store Philip Morris & Sons and Nick van der Walle, founder and managing director of Astute Graphics, talking about how he has built his company over the last ten years, working with global brands from a Herefordshire base.
LEP Director Gill Hamer said: “This is a first for Herefordshire, which is why it is THE event businesses should be attending. We are bringing the county’s business support organisations, information and help under the same roof for the first time, making it easier for businesses to access the support they need to grow their business.
“We also wanted businesses to be inspired and hear how other companies have achieved success, with home-grown entrepreneurs not only telling their story but also giving their tips on growing a business.”
LEP Chairman Graham Wynn will open the event and launch The Marches LEP Annual Report which gives an overview on how £104m is being invested in the region in infrastructure, jobs and homes creating projects which aim to remove barriers to economic growth.
Herefordshire Council will also take the opportunity to update businesses on its economic vision for the county and progress with its Hereford 2020 programme of work.
Organisations including the Department for International Trade, Herefordshire and Ludlow College, the University of Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre and Skylon Park will be exhibiting at the event as part of a dedicated Business Support Zone.
To register to attend The Business Event at Hereford Racecourse, on June 13, visit:

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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.

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