Marches LEP


Marches Growth Hub

The Marches Growth Hub offers a single point of access to information and guidance on business grants, loans, support and advice available to enterprises across the region, regardless of sector or size of development.

The virtual hub is a business-friendly website, where start-ups, SMEs and large employers can search for products and services and be signposted to advice and support. Alongside the website, hub sites have opened in Telford, Shrewsbury and Hereford, which are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund enabling the Marches Growth Hub to work with businesses to diagnose their support requirements and advise on suitable options from the plethora of available schemes that can assist business growth and development.

Groundwork West Midlands Sustainable Business Services

Groundwork West Midlands deliver a wide range of environmental, health and safety support and training services to businesses across the West Midlands Region. They support an extensive range of clients from the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Business Environmental Support Scheme for Telford

The Business Environmental Support Scheme for Telford (BESST) is a partnership between local private and public sector businesses. Our role is to assist businesses to improve their environmental performance, in order to boost competitiveness and reduce their impact on the environment.

There is a well documented link between good environmental practice and economic performance and through BESST local businesses have a forum to exchange new ideas and share best practice at workshops and a variety of topical events.

Meres & Mosses Business Environment Network

Meres and Mosses Environment Network brings together organisations from across the Meres and Mosses Nature Improvement area to share best practice and demonstrate their commitment to environmental best practice. Their mission is to enhance the environmental performance and profitability of local businesses by sharing knowledge and understanding and to help businesses to reduce their environmental impact on the landscape of the Meres and Mosses, whilst developing a greater understanding of the importance of the long term sustainable future of this area.

Herefordshire Business Futures Forum

The Business Futures Forum is free to join and provides a network of support and information for local businesses looking to increase their efficiency and profitability while enhancing their sustainability and reducing their environmental impact. Forum meetings are held quarterly and focus on a range of topics, such as energy, resource efficiency, transport, waste, operations efficiency, grants, funding and legislation. Meetings focus wherever possible on case studies and tours of members premises.


Grants and support are available to Marches SMEs on a broad range of sustainability issues. We’ve listed just a few of these below:

BEEP – Business Energy Efficiency Programme: supports eligible businesses to become more environmentally friendly, and in doing so, save money on energy costs. The support on offer is twofold – firstly to assess your business premises, products and processes to see what improvements can be made with energy usage and secondly, to provide grants of up to £20,000 (up to 40% of the total cost of the project) to implement the recommendations from the assessment and make your business more energy efficient.

AGRI – Agri-tech Growth and Resources for Innovation: The AGRI project provides a free innovation support service to eligible SMEs who want to become more innovative or active within the Agri-tech sector. The support will involve a combination of workshops and one-to-one business advice, which may include assistance with technology development or application.