Published: January 27th, 2016
The challenges facing businesses in
The Marches will be discussed at a major event in April as the region
plays its part in the growth of the Midlands Engine.
Representatives from across a range
of industry sectors will gather to discuss how the issues of
connectivity and productivity can be tackled. And they’ll also hear
how businesses in the region are facing the challenges head on to
break down the barriers to growth.
The Marches Local Enterprise
Partnership‘s Annual Conference will be held on April 27 2016 at
Ludlow Racecourse, where the partnership will also launch its annual
Chairman of the Marches LEP, Graham
Wynn OBE, said: “The Marches LEP is the organisation tasked with
driving economic growth in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford &
“As part of that, we are very much
a part of developing the Midlands Engine – a long term strategy
which aims to create 300,000 extra jobs across our wider region, put
skills at the heart of our economic revival and deliver billions of
investment into new transport infrastructure.
“But we need to break down the
barriers to growth which Marches businesses face if we are to succeed
in our ambitions both here, and in the wider Midlands region. Good
broadband and mobile connectivity has been identified by our business
community as a top priority in enabling them to do business
efficiently, to access new customers and to compete and grow within a
“We also know that getting the
right people, with the right experience and the right qualifications
is an over-riding concern of many of our businesses, particularly our
large employers and manufacturing sector companies.
“How we address this, and how our
business community are tackling the skills issue, will be key to the
future productivity and growth of our region. If we can create a
skilled workforce, we will keep and attract investment in our region
and in turn, create more sustainable private sector jobs.
“Our annual conference is also a
chance for us to actively engage with businesses in the programme of
work we are tasked with to develop the economy on their behalf, and
on behalf of everyone who lives and works here.”
As well as a panel discussion, the
conference will hear more about the Marches LEP’s vision for economic
growth, its progress so far and more on how the region is working
alongside other East and West Midlands LEPs as part of the Midlands
More details on guest speakers are
expected to be announced next month.