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. Find out more here.


The LEP and its three partner councils (Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin) are developing an Energy Strategy for the Marches area, funded by BEIS. The Strategy will review current policies, energy supply for current and future demand given the LEP’s plan to deliver 40,000 new jobs and 70,000 new homes by 2031; it will also consider the possibilities and funding available for the transition to a low carbon economy. Focused consultation with key stakeholders will take place during December with a final strategy and action plan due to be published in Spring 2018.


More than 215,000 businesses can now access high speed broadband – but many businesses are still struggling to access the fibre network. Find out more about how the LEP is supporting the roll-out of the super fast service to more households and businesses.

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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