Up to £175,000 funding available for rural businesses

Rural businesses in The Marches are being invited to apply for up to at least £175,000 in EU grant funding for projects which help grow the regional economy and create new jobs. DEFRA‘s Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme provides grants for rural business development, food processing businesses and those involved in rural tourism infrastructure. […]

Community grants tender totalling more than £1m launched in the Marches

Communities in the Marches could benefit from grants worth more than £1 million to help get more people into work, it was revealed today. The European Social Fund’s new Community Grants Programme will see funding of up to £20,000 given to organisations to help support unemployed people through packages of training and support. The Education […]

Investment in region’s roads key to Marches economic growth

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP praises LEP for cross-border partnerships Dualling of the A5 and investment in the A49 and the M54/M6 link is vital if the economy of the Marches and the wider Midlands is to thrive. That was the message to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP when he attended an event hosted by […]

Women urged to help build vibrant future for region

The region’s leading businesswomen have been urged to join the drive to build a vibrant economy for the Marches for years to come. Marches Local Enterprise Partnership director Gill Hamer called on women to step forward and help shape the economic future of the area by applying for two vacancies on the LEP board. Her […]

Paint business has designs on growth thanks to grant funding

A pioneering manufacturer of high-end, environmentally friendly paints will increase its workforce and realise continued growth thanks to a grant from Herefordshire Council. The grant, worth over £9,000, is part of the Marches Building Investment Grant (MBIG) which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It is aimed at funding extensions, renovations and […]

Specialist support on offer for manufacturing SMEs

Manufacturers can now access specialist support and grant funding to improve their business thanks to a new programme in the Marches. The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) will help businesses identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement under the new initiative. The £9.7m programme is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) […]

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