our region:

What we offer

The Marches provides an outstanding business environment, offering both employers and staff the best of work and home life.

The Marches is a thriving, successful place to live and do business

People here collaborate and help each other succeed. 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.
We are a great place to grow.

A spirit of enterprise

A strong spirit of enterprise, matched by an outstanding quality of life, makes the Marches an attractive proposition for investment – which is why companies and organisations such as Müller Dairy, Ricoh, Heineken and Tyrells have either their headquarters or major operational bases here.

It is home to world-recognised brands and global corporations operating in the defence, food and drink, advanced manufacturing and environmental technologies industries. Tourism and leisure and business services sectors are also among the main drivers of economic development.

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with an exceptional quality of life and natural environment and strong communities.

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Ready for business

The Marches really has it all: a skilled and talented workforce to harness; ready access to the West Midlands; access to airports and ports; sensible business costs; competitive house prices; universities and higher education opportunities; a fantastic quality of life and a host of business sites ready to move into.

And did we tell you that The Marches is one of the UK’s most beautiful regions with fantastic scenery, landscapes and history? Investment here has never looked so attractive!

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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: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

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: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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