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What We Do
We work tirelessly to promote economic growth in the county, create jobs and provide real opportunity for businesses in the region. We do this by developing roads and transport infrastructure throughout the region, launching organisations like The Growth Hub that offer invaluable business advice, and building training and education facilities that will promote Gloucestershire’s future champions.
Chief Executive, GFirst LEP
By 2022, Gloucestershire will be the county to have world class companies, a diverse business portfolio and a reputation for starting and strengthening great businesses.
How We Do It
In order to achieve our goals, we set a plan in motion. The Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) was submitted to the government in 2011, and outlines how we plan to grow the economy by 2022. Our aim is to drive growth of 4.8% GVA per annum, averaged over the period of the plan.
By following the SEP, we know that Gloucestershire will be home to even more world-class businesses and have a reputation for growing, attracting and retaining a diverse range of companies. The county will have the right skills and infrastructure to support business growth, and a reputation that attracts national and international companies to invest here.
In short, we’re making Gloucestershire the best place in the country for business.
Strategic Economic Plan
Our ambitious business plan outlines how we will drive our economy forward by 2022 to achieve growth of 4.8% GVA per annum.
The Gloucestershire Growth Deal
Since 2014, we’ve secured £106.63 million of funding, and we're using it to help Gloucestershire grow through groundbreaking projects.
Who Our Plans Benefit
Through our work, we’ve been able to provide funding for projects all over the county, working with a range of partners. From helping business start-ups get on their feet and rejuvenating our high streets, to building new educational facilities and improving our roads, we’ve got Gloucestershire’s best interests in mind.
How You Can Get Involved
25 May 2018
GFirst LEP Charity Work
GFirst LEP is proud to have supported National Star College as our Charity of the Year.
25 May 2018
GFirst LEP Vacancy Business Group Manager
24 May 2018
Vacancy (WECA) Programme Manager – South West Local Energy Hub
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is recruiting for a Programme Manager – South West Local Energy Hub, on a fixed term 2 year contract.
18 May 2018
The National Cyber Awards 2018
Cheltenham is delighted to have been chosen as the venue for The National Cyber Awards 2018 this November.
14 May 2018
Project Manager ERDF (Technical Assistance) – maternity cover for 12 months
We’re recruiting… GFirst LEP are looking for a Project Manager ERDF (Technical Assistance) to support the implementation of Gloucestershire’s European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) Strategy by providing appropriate European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) technical assistance to stakeholders across the county
14 March 2018
Opportunity for Cheltenham Growth Hub
Gloucestershire organisations are being invited to once again submit their interest as the Growth Hub expansion enters its next phase in Cheltenham.
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