Work under way on world leading agri-tech hub

Work has got under way to create the infrastructure to support a world leading agri-tech research and innovation hub on the edge of Newport, ultimately supporting the creation of up to 950 jobs. Ni-Park is a key element of the Newport Innovation and Enterprise Package (‘NIEP’) which secured £6.36m funding from the Marches Local Enterprise […]

£1.5 million available for voluntary sector and small organisations to tackle unemployment from the European Social Fund

A new £1.5 million grants scheme has been launched to help unemployed people across the Marches build a brighter future. The ESF Community Grants scheme is supporting small and voluntary organisations with funding of between £5,000 and £20,000 for initiatives that will move unemployed people towards employment, training or back into education. The programme is […]

£9m cyber centre on track for 2020 opening

Herefordshire will be home to the UK’s leading centre of excellence in cyber security – a £9m state-of-the-art hub supporting innovation and industry in the sector when construction completes on site in 2020. Herefordshire Council Leader David Hitchiner and Herefordshire Enterprise Zone Chairman Andrew Manning Cox were among a group of councillors and business representatives […]

New jobs at Telford estates management firm thanks to grant help

A Telford-based estates management company which operates across the country is expanding after receiving help from a grant programme supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership. Halesfield-based Spacecare received just over £7,000 from the Marches Building Investment Grant (MBIG) to create new offices at its headquarters in a move which has also created two new […]

Marches LEP backs NMITE project with £5.66m funding deal

Three new centres to train the next generation of engineers could be built on Hereford’s Enterprise Zone after the Marches LEP agreed a £5.66m funding package for the city’s future new provider of higher education. The decision follows a submission of a business case to the LEP from the New Model Institute of Technology and […]

Up to £175,000 funding available for rural businesses

Rural businesses in The Marches are being invited to apply for up to at least £175,000 in EU grant funding for projects which help grow the regional economy and create new jobs. DEFRA‘s Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme provides grants for rural business development, food processing businesses and those involved in rural tourism infrastructure. […]

Shell Store transformation well under way

A milestone in the £7.3m scheme to transform Hereford’s Shell Store into a business incubation and innovation centre has been marked with an official visit from leaders of two organisations involved in the landmark project. The Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner, and Andrew Manning Cox, the Chairman of the Hereford Enterprise Zone, were […]

Marches LEP signs £2.34m funding deal for Herefordshire university project

The Marches LEP has signed a £2.34m deal to fund the transformation of a former school into facilities for Hereford’s proposed new university. The funding will be used to refurbish and equip buildings at the former Robert Owen Academy in Blackfriars Street for students learning practical engineering skills. NMiTE is aiming to address the shortage […]

Six figure funding makes growth a reality for Telford tech hire company

A Telford-based audio-visual hire company has secured £100,000 from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). Blue Hire, which supplies equipment to the likes of ASOS, eBay, Nike and Budweiser, has secured this investment from BCRS Business Loans, which manages the WM Small Business Loans fund for the MEIF. Blue Hire has used this investment to create new […]

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