These are the strategic priorities which provide the guiding principles of the LEP work programme, including projects and programmes to be delivered via the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Strategy and the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan.

They are:

Supporting Business

We will create an exceptional business support environment for aspiring growth businesses through access to finance and incentives to innovate. We will promote the Marches as a business investment location and support our new and established businesses through The Marches Growth Hub.

Physical Infrastructure

We will provide a compelling business investment offer with a progressive planning framework and infrastructure fit for tomorrow’s business needs. Read more about how we are delivering a better physical infrastructure and our freight strategy.

Skills Investment

We will support employers to develop themselves and their workforce and to provide employment opportunities for young people. Read more about our investment in skills here


We will drive the transition to a high value, low carbon economy, maximising the opportunity in new technologies, reducing environmental costs to business and recognising our environment as an economic asset.

Social Inclusion

We will support socially excluded and marginalised groups by removing barriers to their participation in activities that will improve their economic well-being.

Read our news release about the Building Better Opportunities programme here.

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