Advanced Manufacturing

With its central role as the home of the first industrial revolution at Ironbridge, the Marches has a long and proud history of engineering innovation.

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The manufacture of basic metals, for example, is over three times as specialised in the Marches as in Great Britain generally, whilst our motor vehicles and machinery manufacturers are both more than twice as specialised as competitors around the country.

Over 70% of our manufacturing jobs involve metals, machinery, materials and automotive.

As a result, the Marches is home to some of the biggest names in the sector, including Special Metals, Ricoh, BAE and GKN.

It also forms an integral part of the West Midlands automotive supply chain with a range of Tier 2 and 3 companies supplying large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with parts including batteries, light weighting and composites.

Our record of innovation means these firms will help lead the way in the all-important transition to electric and autonomous regions – something the Marches LEP will be at the forefront of supporting.

Key Sectors

Well established sectors in the Marches with high productivity and high levels of employment and specialisation.

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Enabling Sectors

High employment, with significant entry level jobs and services vital to our economy, with different productivity or growth challenges.

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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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