Auto sector skills survey

Business in the Marches involved in the automotive supply chain are being urged to support a new initiative to help identify sector skills issues. The Automotive Industry Partnership (AIP) is conducting a survey of the sector which will support the roll-out of a new £30m scheme to address skills gaps, increase graduate recruitment and the […]

Director opens learning centre

Marches LEP Director Gill Hamer has officially opened a new resource centre for the community launched by Herefordshire Housing Group. The group has transformed a once under-used community area in Hereford into The Learning Box @Brierley Court – a centre dedicated to offering the community access to digital resources and training to help them take […]

New Project Update published

A project to transform a key area of Telford town centre in a bid to boost visitor numbers and investment is progressing well. The Coach Central scheme was awarded a £750,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund. Progress on this, and stories on a number of other programmes and schemes funded via the EU across […]

Royal stamp of approval

Two Marches companies are celebrating after scooping a prestigious 2015 Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Telford-based Thermserve and Prometheus Medical, of Leominster, join Jaguar Land Rover and Midcounties Co-op as winners of the annual award given to businesses and individuals across the UK in four categories – innovation, international trade, sustainable development and enterprise promotion. Both […]

Agri-tech focus of UKTI event

Businesses interested in the agri-tech sector, its supply chain and opportunities overseas are being invited to an event at Harper Adams University next month. The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) half-day seminar will coincide with Export Week and the World Expo 2015 in Milan, where the UK’s theme is ‘Grown in Britain & Northern Ireland. For more […]

Project call for £11m EU pot

Projects which will promote economic growth and create jobs across the Marches could benefit from a share of more than £11 million of European funding. Applications are being invited for projects focused on research and innovation, business competitiveness, low carbon and information communication technology (ICT). The four themes have been identified as priorities for funding […]

Countryside grant scheme

Farmers, woodland owners and forestry contractors in the Marches can apply for grants under the Countryside Productivity Scheme. The Countryside Productivity Scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). It’s administered by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). A grant may cover up to 40% of the total eligible costs of the project. There are 2 types […]

Grant boosts vibrant High Street

A new coffee shop has proved itself to be a social hub in the market town of Kington, Herefordshire following a major refurbishment that saw it transformed from a former hardware store into a modern, popular meeting place. The transformation was supported by a Redundant Buildings Grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The grant, […]

Employers urged to sign up to hub is the national information hub and knowledge sharing network for businesses interested in apprenticeships. Join Apprenticemakers for free to connect with other businesses that have been through the process and gain from their knowledge and experience of running an apprenticeship scheme. If you’ve already run an apprenticeship scheme in your business, join for free […]

Businessman appointed to LEP Board

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has strengthened its board with the appointment of Frank Myers. Mr Myers, the Managing Director of Ross-on-Wye based MCP Systems Consultants Ltd, joins the LEP board as Chair of the Herefordshire Business Board, a position which he has assumed from Peter Brown. He has a broad responsibility to assist in promoting economic growth […]

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