our priorities:

Skills Development

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We support businesses to grow, develop their workforce and provide employment opportunities.

The Marches LEP secured Growth Deal funding to help tackle the skills gap in the region. We aim to address the skills challenge through funding projects in the region to support growth for both businesses and young people.

Our role

The LEP supports delivery of employment and skills initiatives in line with the objectives outlined in the Marches Strategic Economic Plan and other strategic documents. We articulate local skills priorities to Government to tackle barriers to growth and maximise local investment, giving due consideration to the Marches Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) and the work of area’s Employer Representative Body (ERB).

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The Marches Careers Hub

The Marches Careers Hub is part of a network overseen by the Careers & Enterprise Company and supports institutions within the local authority areas of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to transform careers education across The Marches region by linking education with business and helping secondary schools and colleges achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks of world class careers guidance.

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Supporting Employers

We work to support businesses and communities develop the skills they need to adapt to technological change and we invest to attract new highly skilled people to the region.

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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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