our priorities:

Business Support

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Creating an exceptional business growth environment through access to finance and quality support.

We will develop incubation and grow on spaces for firms, support companies to innovate, diversify and scale-up and champion our business communities.

Marches Growth Hub

The Marches Growth Hub offers a single point of access to information and guidance on business support available to enterprises across the region, regardless of sector or size of development.

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Our Small Business Champion

Dave Courteen is the chair of the Marches Business Support Steering Group and the Marches LEP’s Small Business Champion. Dave is the founder and managing director of Mosaic Spa and Health Clubs which runs the highly successful Shrewsbury Club and Holmer Park Spa and Health Club near Hereford. Dave is also the deputy chair of the UK Active Members Council, a member of Shropshire Business Board, a Trustee of Sports Chaplaincy UK and also chair of Suffolk-based Sporting ‘87 football club.

Access to Finance

We know that access to finance is an issue for our businesses, and that it can be a barrier to growth. The Marches Growth Hub can signpost you to support on offer.

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Marches Business Boards

The Marches Business Boards represent businesses across various sectors and have a two-way communication with the LEP through the Chairs of each Board, who sit on the LEP Board.

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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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