Roadmap for COVID-19 recovery

The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis has been published today. The 60 page document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to […]

Survey shows scale of coronavirus impact on business

A major survey of businesses across the Marches has revealed the full scale of the impact coronavirus is having on the region’s economy. Nearly 98 per cent of the 400 businesses who have so far responded to the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership survey say their business has been hit – with many revealing how they […]

£50,000 grant funding for innovation projects

Businesses could help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak and similar situations in the future, as a result of new £20 million government fund. Apply here. Grants of up to £50,000 will be available to technology and research-focussed businesses to develop new ways of working and help build resilience […]

Marches LEP delivers huge funding boost to schemes across the region

Mandy Thorn MBE business recover

Schemes which could bring major economic benefits across the region have received a £240,000 boost from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP – the business-led organisation responsible for driving growth across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – has invested the funding in a series of feasibility studies and a range of other […]

New appointments strengthen Marches LEP board

Two new directors have been appointed to the board of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, strengthening its top-level team. Dr Catherine Baxter and Christine Snell’s appointments were confirmed at the latest meeting of the LEP board following a region-wide recruitment process. Mandy Thorn, Marches LEP chair, said the appointments would bring new skills and expertise […]

Flaxmill gets funding boost as restoration enters final phase

Third and final phase of Main Mill and Kiln restoration at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings begins Project boosted by £1 million contribution from Shropshire Council Shropshire Council committed funds in 2010, to be given in the later stage of the project The current restoration programme will completed by summer 2021 The restoration of the world’s oldest […]

Neenton gets New Year’s ultrafast broadband boost

A small village in the heart of Shropshire has been given the gift of ultrafast speed broadband for 2020 thanks to the Connecting Shropshire programme. Connecting Shropshire and Airband have today announced that Airband’s ultrafast fibre network is now live in Neenton. Many houses in Neenton, near Bridgnorth, have suffered with connection speeds of less […]

New tourism strategy launched for Marches

A major new strategy to develop tourism and the visitor economy across the region has been launched by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership. The Marches LEP Visitor Economy Strategy calls for a new partnership approach to promoting Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to develop a thriving, sustainable and enhanced tourism sector which will lead […]

Work starts on speculative industrial scheme at Hortonwood West, Telford

Trebor Developments, with partner Hillwood, has appointed Morris Property as the main contractor to construct its speculative industrial unit in Telford. The land has been acquired through the Telford Land Deal, a joint collaboration between Telford and Wrekin Council, Homes England and the Marches LEP. The largest speculative industrial unit in the Telford area to […]

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