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Investment creates more than 300 jobs  

The Marches saw increased levels of investment from overseas businesses during the year 2014-15, new figures have revealed. 

The report, published by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), outlines that there were a total of 16 successful investments secured, marking an increase from 12 in the previous year.
And 13 of these were directly supported by
the Marches LEP and UKTI.  

As a result of these investments, more than 302 new jobs have or will be created and a further 250 existing posts have been safeguarded. 

The Marches LEP is one of just 17 Local Enterprise Partnerships nationally to have seen an increase in overseas investment, whilst 18 have experienced a fall.

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Queen's Award

Businesses are invited to a morning briefing on UK Trade & Investment's new exporters initiative.

The Get Export Savvy event in Shrewsbury next month will see a demonstration of a new online toolkit geared towards upskilling new exporters.

Visitors can also hear from exporters and experts on taking the first steps into trading overseas and the logistics of international trade. 

For more info and to book, click here

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Countryside grants scheme launched

MLEP to recruit new board members   

The search is on for up to four new board members to join the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

The private sector-led organisation is looking for people with experience in the Herefordshire, Shropshire & Telford & Wrekin business and community networks to take up the roles. The new members will play a key part in helping the LEP to drive economic growth in the area.

The partnership is currently implementing schemes across the region to create thousands of homes and jobs through a £83 million Growth Deal secured from the Government's Local Growth Fund. A recruitment pack is available here

University takes space at Skylon Court

Mobile first service for apprenticeships  

The Skills Funding Agency has launched a new digital service which allows candidates to search, register and apply for apprenticeships and traineeships in England.

Find an Apprenticeship and Find a Traineeship will be  replacing Apprenticeship vacancies (Av) for candidates by the end of June.

Candidates who have not already done so will need to register to use the new service.

Link to the new service 

COGS conference

Have your say on transport issues!  

Midlands Connect is an ambitious initiative, supported by the region’s local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), aimed at identifying and then realising the transport connectivity improvements that the Midlands need to maximise long-term regional economic growth. 

Businesses across the Marches are being invited to contribute their opinions on the state of the road and rail networks across the whole Midlands region as part of a major research study being carried out by the initiative.

The initial economic report identified key growth corridors, including Wolverhampton-Telford-Shrewsbury-Wales along the M6-M54 as well as the A49 through Herefordshire as routes key growth corridors. 
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