The Marches LEP’s annual report was launched in Westminster

Our vision for the Marches is of a strong, diverse and enterprising business base, operating in an exceptional and connected environment, where the transfer of technology and skills fosters innovation, investment and economic growth.

To achieve this vision, we are working with local partners, stakeholders and the business community to identify barriers to growth.

And then we are prioritising projects which will help remove those barriers and drive growth.

From physical infrastructure work building roads to open up development sites to supporting connectivity programmes delivering superfast broadband – our task is not one without challenges.

We are working with central Government and the European Union to ensure the region is getting a fair share of funding to deliver these projects.

The LEP is also managing a Growth Hub which provides businesses in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, with a wide range of information, guidance and support to help them grow and create jobs.

Our Strategic Economic Plan and our Evidence Base was updated in 2018 following extensive consultation with partners to ensure we are concentrating on the right things.  It is now time to look ahead and, against the backdrop of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, LEPs have been tasked with developing Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) to drive economic growth, raise productivity and create more prosperous communities.

More about our Strategic Economic Plan can be found here.

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