LEP Chairman honoured by university

September 29, 2016

Marches LEP Chairman Graham Wynn OBE has been recognised for his support for local businesses and contribution to economic regeneration by the University of Wolverhampton.
Mr Wynn received his award from the Faculty of Social Sciences at a ceremony held at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
The Honorary Doctor of Business Administration was presented on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 in recognition of his contribution to the economic regeneration of Shropshire and the surrounding areas by supporting local businesses.
Mr Wynn, co-founder of Telford-based TTC, the UK’s largest national driver retraining company, said: “It is both a huge surprise and a great honour to receive this recognition from the University of Wolverhampton. The University is investing in the regeneration of our region and helping to upskill our workforce, whilst providing higher education opportunities for local students. I would like to thank the Governors and the Academic Board for this great honour.”
Born into a Shropshire farming family and educated locally, at age 15 Graham started an engineering apprenticeship at one of the country’s largest agricultural and automotive dealerships; his career progressed from engineering into sales and then management, and he ultimately became a main board director.
In 1993, Mr Wynn, and his wife, Jenny started re-training motoring offenders, later forming TTC, which has grown to be the UK’s largest national driver retraining company.
Based in Telford, TTC trains over 330,000 drivers annually, and 25,000 children receive Bikeability training through their cycling division.
TTC is listed in the London Stock Exchange’s top 1,000 of the UK’s most inspirational companies, and was also recently voted Company of the Year at the Shropshire Star Business Awards.
Mr Wynn attributes the success of TTC to his partnership with Jenny and the team they have built, focused on excellence in customer service delivery.
Graham was appointed as a magistrate in 1986 and awarded the OBE in 2006 New Year’s Honours for his contribution to road safety.
His community work has included being a member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, founding member of Telford Business Partnership, chair of Telford Business Board, chair of the Marches LEP and board member of the National LEP Network, representing the six West Midlands LEPs, Midlands Connect and the Midlands Engine.

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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: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

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

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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