Shropshire employment project hits target three times over

January 30, 2018

An employment programme that aims to help Shropshire people into work is celebrating a year of success having helped three times their annual target of individuals to find work.
The Building Better Opportunities Shropshire Project, funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, supports those furthest away from the labour market helping them move forwards into employment.
The programme, run by a partnership of 20 organisations led by Landau, is tackling poverty by helping locals build their confidence and skills, and tackle individual barriers to learning.
Nearly 700 individuals have already benefitted, including more than 300 with a disability. More than 200 of these individuals had been unemployed for over two years, and an equalamount lacked basic skills and motivation.
Thanks to work experience, volunteering opportunities and individually tailored support as part of the project, 84 people have found work and a further 124 have volunteered as a direct result of the program.
One participant said: “I am so grateful for the support and assistance I have received since being part of this project. It has given me focus and direction whilst building by confidence and self-esteem; opening up avenues I would never have considered before. It is the best decision I have made to make inroads on my journey to finding the right career path for me.
“Based on my experience, I would recommend becoming part of this project to others who need support and guidance; it is a great project to be a part of.”
BBO Project Manager Sandie Dent said: “We’ve had an extremely successful first year delivering BBO in Shropshire, supporting more than 680 people to increase their confidence and skills, and improve their chances of finding jobs.
“Thirty-seven of the people helped into employment by the project were from jobless households – securing work, income and independence have been a truly transformational
achievement for them. We look forward to supporting more people in this way over the coming year.”

Back to top arrow

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:

Skip to content