The Marches LEP has invested in its research base in order to drive evidence-based policy and investment decisions. Accurate, local information and data is critically important in developing robust strategies, plans and projects, as well as supporting competitive bids to attract funding into the Marches.
Our Strategic Economic Plan 2019 was based on an updated evidence base and extensive consultation with partners.
The draft Marches Local Industrial Strategy has been developed to complement our SEP and focuses on delivering clean growth and improved productivity, in an inclusive and sustainable way.
We have developed it by working alongside local stakeholders and businesses to gather a new evidence base which understands the challenges and opportunities faced by our key industries today. The Marches LEP Annual Economic Review 2019 provides an overview of the economic health of the Marches looking at a variety of indicators, from both national and local sources.
As part of the Marches LEP’s work with Midlands Engine, it supported the development of the Midlands Engine LEP Profile – The Marches which collates economic insight across the five foundations of productivity: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place.
Learn more at www.midlandsengine.org
Our businesses define our economy with clear existing and emerging specialisms and strengths. Understanding our assets and business base is vital if we are to effectively target action to drive growth.
To complete our understanding of business base, the LEP has commissioned the following research into key sectors. You can view and download this research using the links on this page.
Our Skills Advisory Panel has overseen the development of an analytical tool kit and evidence base. This is used to inform investment decisions and influence how our skills challenges can best be met. The panel provides strong leadership on skills in the local area through commissioning data and evidence into skills issues, engagement with training providers and liaison with employers. Click here to learn more.
Sector Deep Dives have been carried out to understand skills issues in the Marches key sectors. The Executive Summary introduces work carried out by the SAP looking at the key sectors.
A study into the construction sector was also completed as part of our partnership working with CITB.
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