Is your business ready for changes at the end of the year?

The transition period is ending on 31 December and there will be no extension. The UK will no longer be part of the EU Customs Union and Single Market. This means that, regardless of whether we reach a free trade agreement with the EU, there will be new rules for businesses from 1 January 2021 […]

Week long online festival on the fringe of cyber security

Businesses are being invited to take part in one of the UK’s biggest online cyber events this month being delivered by the team behind Hereford’s Cyber Quarter – Midlands Centre for Cyber Security. The Cyber Fringe Festival, which is running from November 23-27, will features more than 100 experts from across the world who will deliver a range of strategic, operational and technical online sessions covering cyber […]

Export Growth Plan launched to help businesses build back better

A package of measures to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic has been announced by the Government. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Growth Plan provides additional financial support and expertise, some of which is targeted towards specific regions that are most in need. The plan includes a £38 million […]

Marches LEP summit launches economic recovery work

Work to produce a comprehensive plan to set the Marches on the road to economic recovery following the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched at a major summit in the region. The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership’s Economic Recovery Summit has highlighted a range of priorities for rebuilding the region’s economy and helping its business community recover […]

Film production company set for growth thanks to new grant

A Shropshire film production company has its sights set on growth thanks to a £10,000 grant from a new business support programme. The Ludlow-based Wild Edric Media company has used the  money – from the Marches Small Equipment Grant (SEG) –  to help it buy a £30,000 multi-camera professional-standard live streaming package. Wild Edric Media […]

First look at Shell Store’s transformation to business hub

The dramatic transformation of Hereford’s former munitions store was unveiled today as work on the £7.3m project which will support 25 new and growing businesses neared completion. The iconic roofline of the historic Shell Store remains. But now, within its framework, is 2,500 sq metres of business space, sensitively redesigned and developed to support new and growing […]

Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across the Marches are being urged to prepare for the launch of a new NHS COVID-19 app to support NHS Test and Trace. The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialled and will launch on September 24 in England and Wales, and will see customers having to check-in […]

Marches LEP to stage Business Recovery Week

REGISTER FOR OUR LAUNCH EVENT ON OCTOBER 12 2020 TODAY! A week of activity focused on helping businesses in the region recover from the devastating impact of the coronavirus lockdown is to be staged by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  The LEP – the business-led body responsible for driving economic growth across Herefordshire, Shropshire […]

Employers urged to sign up for Kickstart scheme

Employers across the Marches are being urged to sign up to an innovative new scheme to help young people into work as part of Britain’s Covid-19 recovery effort. Businesses are now able to register to be part of the landmark £2 billion Kickstart scheme offering youngsters aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month […]

New Deputy Chair announced at Marches LEP

Long-standing Marches LEP board member Sonia Roberts has been named as the new deputy chair of the partnership, which is tasked with growing the regional economy in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Mrs Roberts has served as the community and voluntary sector champion on the Local Enterprise Partnership Board since 2015 and also chairs […]

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