New Marches food hub welcomed

July 20, 2022

The chief executive of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed news that plans for a Marches regional food hub have been awarded funding from UK charity the Dixon Foundation.

The Marches Regional Food Hub will bring together councils in Monmouthshire, Powys, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to create an innovative food procurement partnership.

Plans to create the hub have just been awarded seed corn funding from the Dixon Foundation, a UK charity supporting positive regenerative solutions. The funding is supported by Dynamic Purchasing UK Food (DPUK), the national body supporting dynamic food procurement.

DPUK aims to establish dynamic food procurement in every region of the UK. This is a proven model that uses smart technology to open the market for SME producers to supply into large public institutions.

Rachel Laver, from the Marches LEP, said she was delighted to see councils across both sides of the England/Wales border working together.

“This is an excellent example of organisations coming together and working in partnership to create a hub which will bring benefits across a wide region,” Rachel said.

The hub aims to connect local food producers with public bodies initially – such as local authorities, schools and hospitals, making shorter food chains to benefit the environment, local economy, food security and public health.

Short food supply chains have been shown to lower carbon emissions, boost the local economy and support smaller producers and businesses, while bringing fresh seasonal produce to local kitchens.

Catrin Maby, Monmouthshire Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment said:

‘The successful application to the Dixon Foundation with support from DPUK presents a very exciting opportunity.  This is a win-win for the local rural economy and our environment as we work with our farmers and food producers to provide opportunities to increase local food production and reduce food miles.’

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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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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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