New ESF bidding round announced

July 25, 2018
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A new European Social Fund bidding round is due to be announced which will make around £15m ESF funding available to invest in employment and skills and social inclusion in the Marches LEP area.
Tenders are due to be launched over the summer for applications to support projects in three areas:

  • The sustainable integration of young people into the labour market, supporting young people into education, employment and training (Investment Priority 1.2)
  • Management of a Community Grant scheme to support social inclusion towards employment (Investment Priority 1.4)
  • Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning, developing the skills of existing and potential employees and redundancy support (Investment Priority 2.1)

Further details about the tenders and stakeholder events will be published when they become available over the summer.
Projects will be co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
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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:

For any finance queries please contact:

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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