Director opens learning centre

May 22, 2015

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 the next steps in their employment journey.
At the Learning Box, individuals can develop their own career paths, access the latest digital equipment and have the opportunity to take part in personal and social development activities.
The centre will be open to the group’s customers and the public alike through drop-in sessions so that they can access the facilities when it suits them.
Gill, who was joined by Herefordshire Housing’s Chief Executive Peter Brown at the opening event, said: “This centre is a fantastic example of a housing provider working with the community to identify skills gaps and come up with an innovative way to address those issues. It is projects like The Learning Box which will help our region combat unemployment, and help provide people with the right skills to find work or progress their careers.”

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

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