Workshop to encourage Shropshire firms to seek royal approval

July 4, 2023

A virtual workshop to learn about the benefits of – and the process for – entering the UK’s most prestigious business awards is being held this month.

Business owners and managers in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin with innovative, sustainable and dynamic firms are being encouraged to find out more about the inaugural King’s Award for Enterprise 2024.

Hosted by the Shropshire Lieutenancy’s deputy lieutenants, Mandy Thorn MBE and Gill Hamer, the event on July 12 will give help and advice to businesses thinking of entering the ‘Oscars’ of the business world.

Mandy said: “Winning a King’s Award for Enterprise would be a huge boost for any business, and I know we have lots of firms in Shropshire who could receive the accolade.

“As the awards are judged solely on merit, it is open to a wide variety of enterprises with winners varying from large international companies to small businesses with just a handful of employees. These honours are a real chance for all our companies to shout about their success.

“The virtual event will be a chance to find out about the awards, the entry categories and the application process as well as the support available from Gill and I.”

The virtual workshop will take place on Teams from 9am – 9.45am and places can be reserved by emailing

Previous Shropshire winners include Telford-based Scanning Pens, automotive casting specialist Grainger & Worrall of Bridgnorth and Whitchurch’s Stallion AI.

Advice and support on the entry process is available through the Shropshire Lieutenancy and for more information about entering the awards visit

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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:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

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The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

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