Marches LEP to stage Business Recovery Week

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 and Telford & Wrekin – says next month’s Business Recovery […]

Agri-robotics start-up raises £250k from MEIF for revolutionary system to improve crop yields

A Shropshire start-up which aims to use cutting-edge technologies to help farmers improve crop yields has raised £250,000 from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). The funding will allow Earth Rover to launch its first product, a ‘crop scouting’ system which […]

Business broadband scheme a ‘major help’ in Covid-19 recovery

A scheme which helps businesses across the Marches access high-speed broadband could be a major factor in their recovery from the coronavirus lockdown, a business leader says. Mandy Thorn, chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, says businesses could receive up to £25,000 to upgrade their internet connection and ensure they have the connectivity needed […]

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 […]

Marches LEP backs NMITE project with £5.66m funding deal

Mandy Thorn MBE

Three new centres to train the next generation of engineers could be built on Hereford’s Enterprise Zone after the Marches LEP agreed a £5.66m funding package for the city’s future new provider of higher education. The decision follows a submission of a business case to the LEP from the New Model Institute of Technology and […]

Marches LEP signs £2.34m funding deal for Herefordshire university project

The Marches LEP has signed a £2.34m deal to fund the transformation of a former school into facilities for Hereford’s proposed new university. The funding will be used to refurbish and equip buildings at the former Robert Owen Academy in Blackfriars Street for students learning practical engineering skills. NMiTE is aiming to address the shortage […]

Craemer Group invests £25m in second Telford facility

Leading plastics manufacturer Craemer Group has now launched a £25m facility for plastics injection moulding at one of Telford & Wrekin Council’s premier business parks at Hortonwood West. It is the Group’s second plastics facility in Telford for the production of wheelie bins, pallets, storage and transport containers. The new site includes large machinery to […]

Award-winning brewery completes expansion project

An award-winning, family-owned, brewery which was formed by a former Guinness brewer almost 35 years ago, has completed a major expansion project and created an additional five jobs following receipt of a £100k Marches Building Investment Grant, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Wye Valley Brewery has extended an existing building at its […]

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