Marches LEP backs NMITE project with £5.66m funding deal

November 22, 2019

Three new centres to train the next generation of engineers could be built on Hereford’s Enterprise Zone after the Marches LEP agreed a £5.66m funding package for the city’s future new provider of higher education.

The decision follows a submission of a business case to the LEP from the New Model Institute of Technology and Engineering (NMITE) supporting the development of new learning and teaching facilities.

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon

The £5.66m is the second tranche of a wider £8m funding package secured via the Government’s Local Growth Fund by the Marches LEP for NMITE and is subject to the project achieving a number of targets, including the number of learners enrolled and jobs created.

Mandy Thorn, Chair of the Marches LEP, said the project was strategically important for the region in helping to deliver economic growth.

The LEP Board met last week and welcomed the NMITE team, which presented its updated plan to us following the submission of its business case. The Board agreed to allocate funds, subject to conditions being met, to go towards the creation of three centres on the Hereford Enterprise Zone for graduate, undergraduate and higher apprenticeship students.

The Board was encouraged to hear from NMITE about the significant levels of interest from private sector organisations that will deliver a further £5m investment to bring this project to fruition.”

The go-ahead by the LEP Board follows the initial £2.34m deal signed in August which has been used to support the transformation of the former Robert Owen Academy in Blackfriars Street, now known as Blackfriars, for future students to learn practical engineering skills.

NMiTE is aiming to address the shortage of skilled graduate engineers in the region across the advanced manufacturing, agri-engineering, data, defence, resources security, and sustainable/smart living technology sectors.

Professor Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, President and Chief Executive of NMITE, said: “This is welcome news for NMITE having received its full support from the Marches LEP of £8 million. Work has already begun at Blackfriars, our first major teaching centre, which is already making a significant difference to meeting our milestone targets. We are looking forward to the new developments at the Enterprise Zone.”

The Marches LEP is the private-sector led company working in partnership with the local authorities in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to drive economic growth across the region.

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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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