An update from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership
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Employers lead the way in LEP £2.8m manufacturing skills project 

Nearly 2,500 apprenticeships could be created in the Marches as part of a £2.8m project which will see employers take the lead in developing workforce skills.

The Marches LEP is in the final stages of negotiations with three successful bidders to develop Advanced Manufacturing Hubs – regional training centres which would support employers in parts of the region where there is limited access to workforce training.

The largest contract, at more than £1.9m, is a project led by four partners, Shropshire employers Grainger & Worrall, Classic Motor Cars Ltd, Salop Design & Engineering and training specialist In-Comm Training.

The consortium intends to develop the Marches Institute of Manufacturing and Technology which will deliver training in Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury and aims to create 1,913 apprenticeships. Full story... 

Track record revealed at Marches MPs summit in Westminster 

Members of the Marches LEP Board briefed MPs from across the Marches on its current bid for £68m of Growth Deal funding.

The partnership also took the opportunity to highlight its track record of delivery to the MPs, who are endorsing the LEP's proposal for funding for 11 projects to create homes and jobs. 

LEP Chairman, Graham Wynn OBE, said: “I’d like to thank the board members who attended, including the leaders of Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council, who also took the opportunity to lobby MPs about issues in their areas.” Read on... 

Chairman honoured for contribution to economic regeneration 

LEP Chairman Graham Wynn OBE has been recognised for his support for local businesses and contribution to economic regeneration by the University of Wolverhampton.
He became an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his contribution to the economic regeneration of the region. 
Mr Wynn, co-founder of Telford-based TTC, the UK’s largest national driver retraining company, said: “It is both a huge surprise and a great honour to receive this recognition from the University of Wolverhampton." More...
Click on the image to play the interview with Graham at the ceremony  
Robotics consultancy on offer

Companies of all sizes with a concrete idea, challenge or development project related to industrial or service robotics are invited to an event on October 19 in Coventry, to find out how to access free robotics consultancy and a chance to secure further support and funding to build a complete pilot system. More info...

Businesses from across the Marches are being invited to the launch of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s “Enterprise Advisor Network”. The launch takes place at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, Telford on Tuesday October 11 2016 at 4pm. More...

Don't forget to sign-up for the Marches Growth Hub newsletter to to be the first to hear about new grants and funding support available for businesses as schemes go live!  

More than 120 business support products, schemes and programmes are now available to search on the Marches Growth Hub directory. The Marches Growth Hub is your single point of access to business support information across Hereofordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. 
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