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Connecting Shropshire (Broadband for Shropshire)

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About the project

£5.022m Local Growth Fund was awarded as part of a £15.3m project to address market failure in broadband connectivity particularly in rural areas in Shropshire through fixed and wireless broadband infrastructure.

The aim is for 97% of premises in Shropshire to have access to superfast broadband.

This project will upgrade broadband provision to 64,328, including 51,792 premises with superfast broadband, 9,988 receiving a fibre connection of greater than 2mbps, and 2,548 having access to a basic level of broadband (at least 2mbps).

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£5.022 million Growth Deal 2 investment

Over 64,000 premises have been given access to superfast broadband

Over 500km of fibre optic cable deployed and over 500 structures (transmitters, cabinets, etc) built

The aim is for 97% of premises in Shropshire to have access to superfast broadband
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Project milestones

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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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