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Westminster summit to launch Marches LEP annual report

A top-level summit at the House of Commons will see the launch of this year’s annual report of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

Members of Parliament from Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have been invited to join LEP board members, senior Government officials and leading civil servants for the launch on June 26.

The LEP’s annual report details progress on its work driving economic growth across the region over the last 12 months and its ambitious plans to build on its success over the next year.

Marches LEP chairman Graham Wynn said the launch provided an excellent opportunity for the LEP to hold talks with some of its key London-based and regional partners.

“We are delighted to be staging this event at the House of Commons, where we can bring together some of the people whose support and input is so important to helping make our work a success.

“This summit will play an important part in the comprehensive consultation we have launched over our new Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). This will give a detailed analysis of the Marches economy as it stands and pinpoint the key areas which will help the region sustain and develop growth.

“We are also drawing up a new Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) to underpin this plan, and will be able to take the opportunity of this summit to discuss some of the main points with national officials.”

Board members will hold talks with every MP from the Marches region during the launch, which will be hosted by Graham Wynn, director Gill Hamer and senior politicians from the region’s councils.

It will also include briefings with senior civil servants and the LEP's new Westminster senior sponsor Hardip Begol, Director for Integration and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The private sector-led Marches LEP has launched a major consultation exercise with businesses over its SEP and the LIS to tackle barriers to growth, training and skills shortfalls and identify key sectors which will drive growth over the next decade.

The LEP has already helped attract £285m of Government, European, public and private sector funding to Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Pictured: Marches LEP board members will be launching their annual report at the House of Commons. From left, Andrew Manning Cox, Frank Myers, Mandy Thorn, David Llewellyn, Paul Hinkins, James Staniforth, Sonia Roberts, Paul Kalinauckas and chairman Graham Wynn.

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