LEP track record revealed at MP summit

September 14, 2016

The Marches LEP has delivered 9,850 houses, created 8,000 jobs and secured £670m of private investment for the region in the last five years.
The “track record” was highlighted at a meeting in Westminster as Marches MPs were briefed on the LEP’s bid for nearly £68m of Government Growth Deal funding for 11 projects, which would create a further 2,850 homes and 7,200 jobs.
LEP Chairman Graham Wynn OBE said: “As well as delivering thousands of homes and jobs, we have also invested £800m in infrastructure, economic development and transportation working with our local authority partners.
“I’d like to thank board members who attended, including the Leaders of Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council, who also took the opportunity to lobby MPs about issues in their areas.”
Projects which could be supported if the bid is successful include the proposed New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMITE) university in Herefordshire, a £19.9m project, and an enterprise park in Ross-on-Wye which would create more than 460 jobs.
Also in the project list is the development of an Oswestry Innovation Park, a £13.2m scheme which will see 1,400 jobs created, and Enterprise Telford – a £19m advanced manufacturing and innovation development estimated to create 1,250 homes and 1,650 full time equivalent jobs.

LEP Director Gill Hamer and Chairman Graham Wynn with Jesse Norman MP, Minister for Industry and Energy

MPs at the meeting included Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman, the newly appointed Minister for Industry and Energy, along with North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin, Shrewsbury & Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, Ludlow MP Philip Dunne and Telford MP Lucy Allan.
Mr Norman said: “It was very helpful to meet with the LEP and hear about progress to date. As MPs for the region, we are backing this funding bid which could not only deliver thousands of new homes and jobs for the whole region, but also help tackle the skills gap.
“The Marches LEP is a great example of the private and public sectors working in partnership to grow the economy of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.”
LEP Director Gill Hamer added: “It was an extremely positive meeting with MPs. It gave us a chance to show how our work focuses on the ways we can build a diverse and strong economy which supports businesses; a skilled population; infrastructure which is for growth and strong communities which are sustainable.”

Owen Paterson MP, Bill Wiggin MP and Daniel Kawczynsk MP
Phillip Dunne MP greets Chairman Graham Wynn OBE with Lucy Allan MP
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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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