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 […]

Get Export Savvy – Meet the Expert

date Thursday 8th October 2015

Businesses are invited to a Shropshire International Trade team event – Get Export Savvy, Meet the Expert The event will be on October 8 at Telford Campus, University of Wolverhampton, where attendees can a host of international trade experts. Why You Should Attend: Benefit from 30 minute 1:1 meetings with individual experts offering advice on international trade. Sessions available […]

A quick Q&A with….LEP Chairman Graham Wynn OBE

  Our Quick Q&A with… feature has been launched to give an insight into the roles, responsibilities and opinions of  Marches LEP Board members as they work on behalf of the region to drive economic growth and the creation of sustainable private-sector jobs. First to take some questions is Marches LEP Chairman, Graham Wynn OBE. Q: Congratulations on […]

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 […]

Rugby World Cup event at Villa Park

date Wednesday 16th September 2015

Selling into the Commonwealth The Rugby World Cup is one of the largest global sporting events, running in the UK from 18 September to 31 October. Around half a million foreign visitors are expected, set to boost the economy, with the UK predicted to gain £869m worth of business from the tournament. UK Trade & […]

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 […]

Businesses invited to consider opportunities in Latvia

Businesses in the Marches looking to export for the first time are being invited to consider business opportunities in Latvia, with a visit to Riga being organised by UK Trade & Industry later this year.  UKTI West Midlands is organising a visit to the beautiful capital of Latvia, Riga where UKTI advisers in the market will […]

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