More grants to help businesses on the way

August 24, 2020

Thousands of smaller businesses in England are set to benefit from £20 million of new government funding to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic when applications open next month.

Telford and Wrekin Council has submitted a bid on behalf of the partners in the Marches Growth Hub Project (Telford & Wrekin Council, Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council and the Marches LEP) for further ERDF Grant Support for SMEs across the Marches to aid their Covid 19 recovery responses.
Grants of between £1k and £5k will be available to SME businesses to access external consultancy support or to purchase items of equipment to help get them back on track.
The grant pot will be split into two distinct pots; the first of around £450,000 will cater for the wider economy and a second, around £239,000 will specifically target those businesses in the tourism sector.
Subject to the application being successful, further details on how to apply will follow in due course. You can register your interest below.

Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Simon Clarke MP said: “We have always said that we would stand behind our businesses and communities as we rebuild following the coronavirus pandemic.
“This new funding does exactly that. Businesses will be able to use these new grants to pay for the expertise, equipment and technology they need to adapt, recover and rebuild.
“Small and medium sized businesses are the beating heart of communities; they provide employment and contribute significantly to local economies and we are determined to give them the support they need to continue to thrive.”
Please contact the relevant area growth hub for your business in HerefordshireShropshire or Telford, to register your interest and please sign up for the Marches Growth Hub newsletter which will include full details on how to apply once the grant scheme is live.
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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:

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:

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

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