The Marches

A unique area consisting of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, the Marches is part of the Midlands and officially one of the most enterprising regions in the UK.

The Marches is a thriving place to live and do business, with an exceptional quality of life and natural environment and strong communities.

The birthplace of industry

At its heart is the global birthplace of industry, part of a heritage which has sparked a revolution of a different kind with innovative hi-tech enterprises, land-based industries and entrepreneurs flourishing alongside global players.

Ideas which changed the world were born in the Marches: the Industrial Revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge; the first modern skyscraper, the Flax Mill in Shrewsbury; the modern Olympic movement in Much Wenlock; the Mappa Mundi in Hereford and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

These big ideas are evidence of the Marches’ pioneering industrial heritage and its entrepreneurial spirit. It has demonstrated its ability to change and adapt to emerging technology and innovation, without losing sight of its roots.

A great place to do business

High profile businesses which have chosen to base operations here, capitalising on the Marches’ geographical location and sector strengths in advanced manufacturing, food and drink and defence and security.

Companies based in the Marches include BAE Systems, Ricoh, Denso, GKN Land Systems, Caterpillar Remanufacturing, Muller Wiseman Dairies, Avara Foods and Cap Gemini – to name but a few.

Hereford

Hereford is an historic cathedral city, a centre of commercial and cultural importance and also a gateway to surrounding countryside and leisure opportunities. Recent expansion to the retail area has seen the redevelopment and renewal of the Old Market.

Shropshire

With the renowned historic market town, Shrewsbury, at its heart, Shropshire has an exceptional education offer, with high-performing schools, a large college offering academic and vocational programmes and a new University Centre, all with strong links to local businesses and career opportunities.

Telford & Wrekin

The birthplace of the industrial revolution, Telford is now a fast growing, diverse modern business location at the forefront of opportunities and challenges around productivity and automation in advanced manufacturing. Telford is meeting the need for a more technically skilled workforce, addressing inequalities and focussed on work readiness and progression in wages and skills.

What we offer

Our economic strategy combines our vision and values with a clear plan towards achieving our ambitions for growth.

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Key sectors

The Marches is a thriving, successful place to live and do business, with an exceptional quality of life and strong communities.

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Our vision

Together, we are developing a vibrant regional economy, putting business at the heart of our work and removing the barriers to growth.

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Our economy

Our economic strategy combines our vision and values with a clear plan towards achieving our ambitions for growth.

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