Invitation to complete Bank of England poll

The Marches’ business community is being asked to contribute to a Bank of England poll ahead of an event in November which aims to map a positive future for financial markets. The Bank says: “Financial markets can and should be powerful drivers of prosperity. They finance trade, investment and growth. They price and allocate capital, […]

Marches LEP announces raft of new appointments

The Marches LEP has announced the appointment of five new members to its business-led board who bring with them expertise in specific industry and skills areas from the private and not-for-profit sectors. Each will serve for a two year period. At the same time, it has been announced that Graham Wynn, Chairman of the Marches […]

Business Growth Hub to open in Telford

A new centre offering advice, guidance and a host of services for businesses is to open in Telford as part of a major national initiative revolutionising the way that businesses access support. The official launch, which takes place on October 21, will see the ‘Marches Growth Hub, Telford’ become the first of three planned satellite sites […]

Business support scheme success

European funded business support schemes in the Marches have created or safeguarded nearly 800 jobs, new reports have revealed. An external independent review of six programmes – the Business Enterprise Fund, the Marches Environment Technology Network (metnet), Marches Grads for Business, Optimising Business Broadband, and the Redundant Buildings Grant scheme – revealed that collectively they […]

Fund deadline warning

Developers in The Marches have less than a month to apply for a share of a £7.5 million fund aimed at creating much needed homes and jobs across the region. The fund, made available by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (MLEP), is aimed at bringing forward development projects and applications are due to close on […]

Applications open for £17m European funding pot to support business

More than £17 million of European funding is being made available for projects which promote economic growth and create jobs across the Marches. Applications are now being invited for projects focused on research and innovation, business competitiveness, low carbon and information communication technology (ICT). The largest amount of funding on offer is £9.5m allocated to […]

Food & drink sector challenges

Red tape, price pressures and issues around staffing are some of the key sticking points that impact on the potential growth of the region’s food and drink businesses, according to research carried out by the Marches LEP. The research, which was carried out in order to support applications to the Rural Development Programme for England […]

Growth Hub to revolutionise support for Marches businesses

A new project which will revolutionise the way businesses in the Marches access vital support and advice is to be launched this autumn. The Marches Growth Hub will bring together all the national and local business support in a ‘one stop shop’ for the first time in a bid to help businesses in Herefordshire, Shropshire […]

Investment Fund Launched

£7.5 million is being made available by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in a fund  aimed at bringing forward development projects that will create much needed homes and jobs across the Marches region covering Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. The Marches Investment Fund, which has been made possible via an award from the Government’s Growing Places […]

Government awards cash for innovative heating plans in the Marches

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has secured £67,000 in Government funding to investigate and develop plans for state of the art shared heating systems that could cut costs and promote energy saving. The cash from the Department of Energy and Climate Change will go towards four feasibility studies into potential schemes in Hereford, Shrewsbury, Whitchurch and Telford. The Marches […]

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