Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across the Marches are being urged to prepare for the launch of a new NHS COVID-19 app to support NHS Test and Trace. The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialled and will launch on September 24 in England and Wales, and will see customers having to check-in […]

Marches LEP to stage Business Recovery Week

REGISTER FOR OUR LAUNCH EVENT ON OCTOBER 12 2020 TODAY! A week of activity focused on helping businesses in the region recover from the devastating impact of the coronavirus lockdown is to be staged by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  The LEP – the business-led body responsible for driving economic growth across Herefordshire, Shropshire […]

Employers urged to sign up for Kickstart scheme

Employers across the Marches are being urged to sign up to an innovative new scheme to help young people into work as part of Britain’s Covid-19 recovery effort. Businesses are now able to register to be part of the landmark £2 billion Kickstart scheme offering youngsters aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month […]

More grants to help businesses on the way

THESE GRANTS ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE – APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN IN DUE COURSE Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic when applications open next month. Telford and Wrekin Council has submitted a bid on […]

Agri-robotics start-up raises £250k from MEIF for revolutionary system to improve crop yields

A Shropshire start-up which aims to use cutting-edge technologies to help farmers improve crop yields has raised £250,000 from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). The funding will allow Earth Rover to launch its first product, a ‘crop scouting’ system which […]

Business broadband scheme a ‘major help’ in Covid-19 recovery

A scheme which helps businesses across the Marches access high-speed broadband could be a major factor in their recovery from the coronavirus lockdown, a business leader says. Mandy Thorn, chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, says businesses could receive up to £25,000 to upgrade their internet connection and ensure they have the connectivity needed […]

New Deputy Chair announced at Marches LEP

Long-standing Marches LEP board member Sonia Roberts has been named as the new deputy chair of the partnership, which is tasked with growing the regional economy in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Mrs Roberts has served as the community and voluntary sector champion on the Local Enterprise Partnership Board since 2015 and also chairs […]

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