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Marches Growth Hub launched

A £250,000 project that will revolutionise the way businesses access support services across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin has been launched.
The Marches Growth Hub brings together local and national products and services available to support businesses whatever their sector, size or stage of growth, in one place for the first time. 
The virtual hub,, was launched on October 20th. The business-friendly website offers advice, guidance and a directory of support services for businesses. It will be supported by three hub sites, the first of which opened in Telford on October 21st.
As well as the website, which has been developed by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and is aligned with the Business is GREAT campaign, businesses can contact a dedicated enquiry line at 0345 6000 727 for advice and support.
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Hub launched at Telford site

More than 180 business representatives attended the Telford Business Summit, which saw the opening of a state-of-the-art facility for business support in the area.

The Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin will provide meeting rooms, hot desk facilities and face to face business support, operating alongside the virtual hub, a business support website and dedicated enquiry phone line.

The Business Summit hosted the inaugural event of the hub, which focused on cyber security for businesses, and was followed by tours of the facility at the Telford Innovation Campus at the University of Wolverhampton. A hub in Hereford will open on November 17 and another in Shrewsbury in January 2016. 

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What's it all about?

The Marches Growth Hub includes a business-friendly website and a dedicated business support phone number.

To find out more, watch this short video about how the hub can help your business.


Questions, questions...

This time it's the turn of LEP Deputy-Chair, Paul Hinkins. Here he talks about the role of the Telford Business Board and what the Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin at the University of Wolverhampton can offer businesses.
Hub showcase event 

The Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire is inviting businesses to learn more about what's on offer at a special showcase event on November 17. For more info and to book, click here 
Real-time export opportunities 
Companies are to benefit from a new five year campaign that will present real-time export opportunities businesses can apply for instantly. Click here for more on Export Week 

More than 215,000 homes and businesses in the Marches region are now connected to high speed broadband.

They include more than 165,000 premises in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin and also more than 55,000 homes and businesses in Herefordshire.

The figures were revealed as BT also announced that engineering work was under way on the £5.6m roll-out of its superfast fibre broadband programme in Telford & Wrekin. To read both stories, visit the news page on the Marches Growth Hub website.

This has been special issue of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership Newsletter to celebrate the launch of the Marches Growth Hub. We hope you have found it interesting!

You can continue receiving updates from the Marches Growth Hub in its own regular newsletters by signing up at the Growth Hub website. Just look for the pink box on the front page at:

You will also find the Marches Growth Hub in the following places (including an album of around 50 photos from the launch event, on Facebook!)
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