Workshop to identify energy issues for Herefordshire businesses

January 17, 2018

Herefordshire businesses are being urged to attend a special event next week to highlight energy challenges they are facing.
The views will help inform a new energy strategy being developed by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership as part of its work to help remove barriers to business growth.
A two-hour breakfast workshop will be held at the Marches Growth Hub at Skylon Court in Rotherwas from 8am to 10am on January 23.
It will include a welcome and introduction from the Marches LEP, an overview of the Energy Strategy and associated research and development from energy experts Encraft, and a workshop, run by Sustainability West Midlands, to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing businesses.
Gill Hamer, Director of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, said it was vital local businesses had their say as the Government investigates a number of energy issues as part of its new Industrial Strategy.
“Energy needs to be considered to build a strong regional economy, we need the right energy infrastructure for new technologies; to find ways of reducing energy costs for business and explore the economic benefits of a low carbon economy.
“This workshop is aiming to identify the key energy related issues affecting businesses in Herefordshire. Our new energy strategy can only accurately reflect the challenges to businesses if companies are willing to share their experience with us firsthand.
“We hope this workshop will help us understand where there are energy related constraints on businesses and therefore growth, and also explore low carbon options they would like for the future.”
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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

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