The Marches is a thriving, successful place to live and do business, with an exceptional quality of life and natural environment and strong communities.
Businesses, local authorities, education and third sector organisations are ambitious for growth and are committed to working together to invest in the prosperity of our businesses and residents.
The Marches is home to global manufacturers and well-established supply chains of SMEs in the diverse and distinct strengths of metals, machinery, materials and automotive.
With its central role in the first industrial revolution at Ironbridge, the Marches has a long history of engineering innovation. Today, the Marches has a significant manufacturing sector with more than 26,800 jobs, contributing £2.3bn to its economy.Learn more
This core sector supports 47,000 jobs including large firms such as Capgemini, Staffline Group and ReAssure. There are 7,470 businesses in the business and professional services (BPS) sector as a whole, which contributes 24.3% of our GVA.
The finance and real estate sub-sectors are dominated by micro businesses and, in terms of overall size and output, the sector is broadly comparable to similar LEP economies.Learn more
Our rich agricultural sector provides the base for a strong food and drink sector characterised by international companies. The legacy and heritage of the Marches as a farming region has evolved into a nationally significant food and drink sector with over 9,000 jobs.
With specialisations in cider and fruit wines, meat and dairy processing, a number of international companies have a presence in the Marches.Learn more
Nationally significant strengths in anaerobic digestion coupled with the opportunity to become world leaders.
An internationally recognised defence and security sector with an emerging cyber cluster in ‘Cyber Valley’ specialising in business security.
A nationally significant agri-tech cluster of engineering and precision farming with Harper Adams University at its core.
An ageing population in a rural area offers innovative health and social care approaches and opportunities.
Businesses, local authorities, education and third sector organisations are ambitious for growth and are committed to working together to invest in the prosperity of our businesses and residents.Learn more
Our economic strategy combines our vision and values with a clear plan towards achieving our ambitions for significant growth by 2038.Learn more