Herefordshire Rural Hub – May News!

Please click here to download the latest copy of the Herefordshire Rural Hub newsletter:  May 2018 Newsletter

Herefordshire Young Enteprise Awards 2018

The Herefordshire Young Enterprise finals were held on Thursday 26th April.  A very well attended event saw the Young Enterprise companies presenting to a full theatre at Hereford College of Arts.

The following companies took part and presented on the night:

  • ABOVO – Hereford Cathedral School
  • The Entrepreneurs Club – Hereford and Ludlow College
  • KISETSU– St Davids Centre
  • RAART – Hereford College of Art

The winners were as follows:

  • Special Judges Award: Jess Strachen from KISETSU
  • Entrepreneurship Award: RAART
  • Best use of Finance: KISETSU
  • Best use of ICT and Social Media: RAART and The Entrepreneurs Club
  • Best Presentaton: RAART
  • Creativity in Business: ABOVO
  • Best Trade Stand: ABOVO
  • Best Company Report: The Entrepreneurs Club
  • Company of the Year (Runner Up): ABOVO
  • Company of the Year: RAART

The winning company who will go forward to represent Herefordshire at the Herefordshire and Worcestershire finals in Worcester on the 6th May are:


For more information about Young Enterprise in Herefordshire please contact:

Kirsty Sockett
Area Manager
Young Enterprise
M 07960 063388

Herefordshire Rural Hub – April News!

Please click here to download the latest copy of the Herefordshire Rural Hub newsletter: April 2018 newsletter

Marches LEP seeks new board members

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership is looking to recruit two new Board Members, with good local business networks, and ideally at a regional and national level as well, who will play a key role in helping us to drive economic growth in the area and provide effective governance to the public /private Partnership.

An ideal candidate will have commercial acumen, a good understanding of public/private partnership working and the ability to contribute to reaching agreement on complex issues that cut across service delivery of the public, private and voluntary and community sectors.

The Board is seeking individuals who would bring the following skills and experience:

  • 16-18 years skills development / adult workforce skills development
  • Business and Professional services – IT, finance, marketing
  • Environmental Technologies sector

This is an exciting opportunity to make a considerable contribution to this Partnership which has moved into a mature phase, having developed an independent office, undertaken restructuring to maximise capacity through the recruitment of appropriate staff and is now geared to the delivery of a full programme of work.

There is no remuneration package associated with the posts however provisions are in place to cover appropriate minimum expenses incurred. The appointment will be for a two-year term and it is estimated that the post will require a commitment of up to two days per month. New members will be appointed by a panel which will be drawn from the Marches LEP stakeholders.

The Marches LEP encourages diversity to maximise achievements, good practice, innovation and impact and we welcome applications from everyone. Females and members of the BME community are currently under-represented on our Board and we therefore reflect a positive action approach, under the Equality Act 2010. Appointment will be on merit alone.

Download the application pack: Marches LEP Board Member Recruitment February 2018

Herefordshire Rural Sustainable Destination Management Plan 2018-2020

The new Destination Plan for Rural Herefordshire was launched in October 2017 and can be downloaded:  HERE


The latest news from Herefordshire Rural Hub

Please click here to download the latest copy of the Herefordshire Rural Hub newsletter: January 2018 newsletter

Herefordshire Young Enterprise Finals 2017


The Herefordshire Young Enterprise finals were held on Thursday 27th April.  A very well attended event saw the Young Enterprise companies presenting to a full auditorium at Hereford College of Arts.

The following companies took part and presented on the night:

  • Terra – Hereford College of Arts
  • Sorted! – Whitecross School, Hereford
  • XIIX – St Marys RC High School
  • Menter – Lady Hawkins School
  • Play in a Day – Hereford College of Arts
  • Funk the Junk – St Davids Centre
  • Okoola – Hereford Cathedral School
  • Terra Potters – Hereford Sixth Form College

The winners were as follows:

  • Business Skills Award:  XIIX
  • Finance Award: Terra Potters
  • Individual Recognition Award:  Louisa Sadler, Terra
  • Entrepreneurs Award: Terra
  • Creativity in Business: Play in a Day
  • The Journey Award: Emily Joss, Menter
  • Best use of ICT and Social Media: Terra and Okoola
  • Best Managing Director (Runner Up): Megan, Play in a Day
  • Best Managing Director: Fleur, Okoola
  • Best Presentaton: Terra
  • Best Trade Stand: Funk the Junk
  • Best Company Report: Terra

The three winning companies who will go forward to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire finals in Worcester on the 9th May are:

  • Terra
  • Okoola
  • Sorted

For more information about Young Enterprise in Herefordshire please contact:

Grace Perks
Young Enterprise Manager for Herefordshire

M 07867001849

We’re supporting the Hereford bid to be UK City of Culture 2021

Herefordshire Business Board is pleased to announce their support for the Hereford City of Culture bid.  The bid is being led by the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership, a consortium of arts, culture and heritage groups, local government and businesses with a shared vision:

“For Herefordshire to be internationally recognised as a beacon for inspirational arts and culture that enhances wellbeing”.

The City of Culture team states that winning the bid would turbocharge our county’s cultural and economic life, bringing national and international attention to businesses, health organisations, education facilities and art projects.

To find out more about the City of Culture bid and to pledge your support please visit


The Business Event 2017 – Hereford Racecourse

Business support organisations in Herefordshire are joining forces for the first time in 2017 for an unmissable event aimed at helping county enterprises grow and thrive.

The Herefordshire Business Event 2017 will be the largest event dedicated to supporting businesses in every sector, no matter what size they are, in the county.

Organised by the Marches LEP in partnership with the Marches Growth Hub, Herefordshire Council, the Business Solutions Centre, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Business, The Business Event 2017 will be held at Hereford Racecourse on 13th June.

The free-to-attend Business Event 2017 will feature:

  • keynote speakers running multi-million turnover businesses in the region sharing their inspiring stories of success
  • workshops on export, business rates and skills and clinics on access to finance and funding
  • Dedicated Business Support Zone where you can find out more about what’s available for individual businesses including information on grants, mentoring and international trade
  • Networking opportunities at lunchtime and throughout the event with coffee and refreshments

Registration is essential for The Business Event 2017 places on the business workshops is limited.

Draft Agenda:

9:00 am Registration and networking
9:30 am Formal Speeches
10:30 am Workshops and networking
11:30 am Local entrepreneurs including Nick van der Walle (Astute Graphics) in discussion about their businesses and how working internationally from Herefordshire works for them
12:30 pm Workshops and networking

Please visit Eventbrite HERE to book your place and see up to date information on this event.

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Make a Difference; support young people in Herefordshire to be both entrepreneurial and develop financial capabilities

YE logoBoost your own skills while enhancing the self-confidence and capabilities of young people. The benefits of taking part in this unique experience are numerous.

This is your opportunity to help students run a successful business by guiding them through the first stages of setting up a company. Through this experience not only will you be consulting, mentoring, motivating, encouraging, and leading the students to success, but also developing your own skills and knowledge.

Contact: Grace Perks on 07867001849 or email

What our Business Mentors say:

“I see the company programme as an opportunity to work with future generations of young entrepreneurs and potential business leaders. I believe Young Enterprise programmes are a bridge between the national curriculum and life after education – allowing students to apply their academic knowledge and gain new skills”.

What our students say:

As a team, we have learnt so many new skills we can apply to future jobs and within the business, and know that if it wasn’t for Young Enterprise, Inky Links would not be as successful as it is today. As managing Director of the team, I will be taking on the business after our college course has finished”.

Make a difference. Strong advisory support this year has seen 13 successful teams compete this year with 2 businesses continuing independently in the future following their Young Enterprise experience.

Time commitment: minimum one hour every week during one academic year – however if you have more time, the students would appreciate all the help they can get!

We recognise that work and life can sometimes get in the way of this commitment and appreciate every effort you make to be there as much as you can.

If you would like to make a difference but cannot dedicate as much time as required please enquire about our one day programmes that operate throughout Herefordshire across the academic year.


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