The Marches Growth Hub offers a single point of access to information and guidance on business support available to enterprises across the region, regardless of sector or size of development.
Developed by The Marches LEP, the virtual hub is a business-friendly website (www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk), where start-ups, SMEs and large employers can search for products and services and be signposted to advice and support. It receives £205,000 a year from the Government to support its work.
The website is supported by a dedicated free enquiry line 0800 998 1098 and physical hub sites in Telford & Wrekin, Shrewsbury and Hereford. You can view a short video about the Marches Growth Hub at the end of this page.
Marches Growth Hub Management
The Marches LEP manages the Marches Growth Hub and holds quarterly Marches Growth Hub Steering Group and two monthly Marches Growth Hub Operations meetings.
Marches Growth Hub Steering Group
The Steering Group provides guidance on key issues such as policy and objectives, budgetary control, marketing strategy and resource allocation. The aims and objectives of the Steering Group are set out in the Marches LEP Accountability and Assurance Framework.
The Steering Group is a sub-group of the LEP Board. Membership comprises senior officers from the three local authorities, a representative from each of the three Business Boards, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, DIT, Higher Education and skills representatives, a local BEIS representative in addition to Growth Hub and LEP officers. The group is chaired by Paul Hinkins who is also the Chair of Telford Business Board.
Marches Growth Hub Operations Group
The aim of the group is to manage referrals and outputs from the virtual hub and the three physical hubs and to ensure inclusivity of local delivery partners and key national business support providers.
Membership includes the three growth hub leads from the three local authorities, DIT, Economic Growth Solutions Ltd, Higher Education representative, Marches EU ERDF Technical Assistance Officer in addition to Growth Hub and LEP officers.
As the business support landscape evolves the membership of this group will be amended to ensure all key partners attend the meetings and report on performance, issues and challenges arising in our area. The Operations Group is Chaired by Chair of the Growth Hub Steering Group, Paul Hinkins.
Business Boards and SME Business Engagement
The Marches has three private sector Business Boards covering Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin. The Business Boards represent businesses across various sectors and have a two-way communication with the LEP through the Chairs of each Board, who sit on the LEP Board.
The Business Boards are not Sub Groups of the LEP, they have their own independent function and remit to provide a strategic role in supporting growth across their areas.
This link takes you to a diagram that sets out how the Marches Growth Hub Steering Group reports into the LEP Board, the reporting structure plus our three Business Boards.
The Marches Growth Hub provides a virtual centralised information point for businesses seeking support, advice or information. Why not take a look now? Or you can view a short film below