Businesses urged to complete vital skills survey  

January 9, 2023

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership today urged businesses to contribute to a vital survey which aims to put employers at the heart of skills, training and development.

The Local Skills Improvement Plan, known as LSIPs, is designed to explore emerging skills needs of employers as sectors evolve, automate, look to increase productivity and work to net zero. 

The LEP says having the right skills mix is vital to the regional economy and will help businesses to innovate and meet new opportunities while giving residents flexibility within the labour market. 

The Department of Education project is being delivered in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and supported by the LEP and its partners.  

The project will look at current gaps in provision, and soft as well as hard skills. Moving forward, it aims to understand future needs of employers, how sectors are evolving and how that will change the skills training demands of employers.  

Four sectors have been identified to work with initially: 

  • Engineering/Manufacturing/ inc. Food and Drink Production 
  • Professional Services 
  • Construction / inc. Environment Technologies 
  • Health & Social Care 

Many skills and professions will have crossovers in and from these sectors, allowing a wider picture to be built. 

Want to have your say? 
If you are a business who employs within the Marches LEP area, in one of the sectors above, then we would be very interested in your views, understanding and forward vision on skills and training. 

Click here to take the Survey now or contact or copy the link to the survey and enter into your browser - 

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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: | email:

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

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:

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

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