• Business Groups

Our business groups are made up of industry leaders who keep us on track and help to make sure we spend our funding in the areas that need them most.

Each business group focuses on a key part of our economy – from engineering to retail and everything in-between – and has an aim and several objectives. In addition, representatives from business membership associations are invited to meet with the GFirst LEP board every six months to discuss the challenges facing businesses in the county today.

Get involved

All of our business groups, with the exception of our Construction and Infrastructure group, are currently looking to recruit additional members. We are looking for innovative, dynamic and enthusiastic individuals to represent the voice of business and who can help make a positive difference to Gloucestershire’s economy.

If you would like to be considered to become a group member, please contact Karen Campbell on 01242 715 492 or email karen.campbell@gfirstlep.com

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Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

Members

AIMS

Address the major issues related to the current and future skills shortages in the sector by ensuring that any misconceptions are confronted and highlighted effectively, maximising growth potential and ensuring the right talents and capabilities are nurtured in the county.

OBJECTIVES

  • Focus on improving the skills, planning, infrastructure and communications within the wider sector in Gloucestershire.
  • Promote and support the joining up of activities in this sector within an education and training context to inspire future generations.
  • Work collaboratively and take into account the views of employers in the sector to ensure a collective effort to address their main challenges.
  • Engage with other business groups to share ideas and widen the reach of all represented efforts.
MembersMembers
  • Chair: Neill Ricketts – Versarien
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Mike Curran
  • Kathrin Beckerleg – Delphi Diesel Systems
  • Nigel Cottell – MOOG Controls Ltd
  • Les Davis – Ultra Pals
  • Julian Grail – Grail Engineering
  • Helen Harrison – Star Hydraulics Ltd
  • Andrew Hopcraft – National Composites Centre
  • Laura Hurcombe – SPP Pumps
  • Phillip Johnston – Trackwise Designs Ltd
  • Anne Johnstrup – Truturn Precision Engineering
  • David Nairn – Fluid Transfer International Ltd
  • John Pattison – Mecwash Systems Ltd
  • Jackie Reece – Ultra Electronics
  • Gary Ridgway – Poeton
  • Andrew Robinson – ARC Energy
  • Mark Roderick – Allcap Ltd
  • Peter Ronan – Fluid Transfer International Ltd
  • Tom Suwart – Spirax Sarco
  • Ron Tyler – Helipebs Controls Ltd
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Agri Food and Rural

Members

AIMS

In partnership with the Royal Agricultural University:
Identify and communicate the needs of the land-based sector in Gloucestershire in relation to the issues impacting on the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).
Support the growth and effective growth potential, resilience and competitiveness of land-based businesses and improve the competitiveness of the land-based sector and its long-term sustainability.

OBJECTIVES

  • Develop a sector-based, countywide strategy to support the growth of the land-based sector and supply chain if appropriate.
  • Devise and implement initiatives and activities that will help promote, nurture and support improved skills to ensure the longevity of our thriving rural economy.
  • Promote and focus on capturing and sustaining business efficiency, ensuring that an entrepreneurial and innovative culture is embraced throughout by adapting to new trends and technologies.
  • Engage with other business groups to share ideas and widen the reach of all represented efforts.
MembersMembers
  • Chair: Professor Jo Price – Royal Agricultural University
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Mike Curran
  • Board Member Representative: Mike Warner – Warners Motor Group
  • John Biddulph – NFU/CLA
  • Graham Clark – County Land and Business Association
  • Oliver Cooper – Strutt & Parker
  • Jeremy Davies – Campden BRI
  • Janet Dwyer – University of Gloucestershire (CCRI)
  • Claire Edwards – Gloucestershire County Council
  • Will Frazer – NFU
  • Simon King – Royal Agricultural University
  • Chris Lyons – Business West
  • Charles Mann – National Farmers Union
  • Russell Marchant – Hartpury College
  • Jill Matthew – Gloucestershire County Council
  • John Mortimer – Country Land & Business Association
  • Roger Mortlock – Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
  • Gill Reindl – Hartpury College
  • Tanya Robbins – National Farmers Union
  • Elin Tattersall – Gloucestershire Rural Community Council
  • Nick Waloff – Cotswold Taste
  • Bob Watters – Forest of Dean Local Action Group
  • Simon Weaver – Turnstone Farming Co Ltd
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Banking and Finance

Members

AIMS

Work collaboratively with other banks and financial institutions to take practical action in supporting the work of the LEP and local businesses, allowing them to meet the requirements of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

OBJECTIVES

  • Give focus to businesses on the understanding of what finance is available to them and how they can be supported.
  • Enhance the strength and growth of the local economy through the provision of impartial advice.
  • Provide clear hints, tips and advice to businesses when applying for grants and additional financial support.
  • Develop specific events and practical forum clinics to support businesses in presenting their cases to banks for accessing finance.
  • Engage with other business groups to share ideas and widen the reach of all represented efforts.

Banking and Finance Clinics 2017:

Tuesday 31 October
Tuesday 12 December

 

MembersMembers
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Mike Curran
  • Chair: Chris Mears – Santander
  • Board Member Representative: Adam Starkey – Green Gourmet Ltd
  • Matt Daily – Grant Thornton
  • Penny Dean – Folk2Folk
  • Emma Fells – Barclays
  • Andrew Kirk – Lloyds Bank Plc
  • Chris Mapp – Unity Trust Bank
  • Di Pitts – Handelsbanken
  • Jonathan Powell – Clydesdale Bank
  • Julie Powell – NatWest Bank Plc
  • Martyn Mangan – Elkro Ltd
  • Phil Mitchell – Harbour Key Ltd
  • Simon Sheldon – Harper Sheldon
  • Mark Wilton – HSBC
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Business and Professional Services

Members

AIMS

Work collectively as an Enterprise Review and Investment Committee, providing views and feedback that will enhance the quality of pipeline project proposals received by GFirst LEP for consideration for future funding opportunities.

OBJECTIVES

  • Represent and communicate the needs of the Business and Professional Services group in Gloucestershire in relation to the issues impacting the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).
  • Contribute to achieving the aims and objectives of GFirst LEP, with the themes of Investment, Connection, Promotion and Skills.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of GFirst LEP and the implementation of the LEP plan via the GFirst board.
  • Engage with other business groups to share ideas and widen the reach of all represented efforts.
MembersMembers
  • Chair: Ruth Dooley – Hazlewoods
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Mike Curran
  • Will Abbott – Randall & Payne
  • Matthew Clayton – Willans LLP
  • Vanessa Coates – Prosser-Knowles
  • Ruth Cornish – Amelore
  • Jeremy Harrison – Barbican HR
  • Ian Heather – Heather Resource Management Ltd
  • Clive Lewis – Achieving the Difference LLP
  • Paul Mourton – Lodders Solicitors LLP
  • Paul Owen – Angus Day LLP
  • Fiona Spencer – Fiona Spencer Ltd
  • Bryan Stiles – Ex-HSBC
  • Vikki Walters – Gloucestershire County Council
  • Nicki Williams – St. James's Place Wealth Management
  • Luan Wise – Luan Wise Marketing
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Construction and Infrastructure

Members

AIMS

Support the Growth Zone theme of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) to identify and facilitate planning of employment land in the M5 corridor of the county.

OBJECTIVES

  • Agree the quantum and broad location of the employment land with the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) teams of Gloucester City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council.
  • Engage with the Gloucestershire Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) and raise awareness of the scheme to encourage further projects to come forward.
  • Lead the LEP ‘Planning Matters’ forum to facilitate engagement with private and public sectors.
  • Help improve future development opportunities and positive engagement with the local planning process.
  • Engage with other business groups to share ideas and widen the reach of all represented efforts.
MembersMembers
  • Chair: Stephen Limbrick – Roberts Limbrick
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Mike Curran
  • Board Member Representative: Mike Warner – Warners Motor Group
  • Andrew Billings – Newland Homes
  • Simon Carey – Barnwood Construction
  • Michael Carter – EG Carter
  • Mike Court – Quattro Design Architects
  • Robert Duncan – Duncan Property Developments
  • Paul Fong – Hunter Page
  • Chris Haslam – Consultant
  • Garry King – Two Rivers Housing
  • Steve MacPherson – Bloor Homes
  • Paul Markey – Markey Builders
  • Angela Presdee – Gloucestershire County Council
  • Ben Ramsay – Kier Group
  • Adrian Rowley – Alder King
  • Mark Ryan – Gloucestershire Airport
  • Simon Tothill – Robert Hitchins
  • Nick Upton – Nicholas J Upton and Partners
  • Jeremy Williamson – Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Scott Winnard – Bruton Knowles
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Creative

Members

AIMS

Work collaboratively with organisations and businesses in the creative and cultural sector, proposing practical activities that will allow the creative economy in Gloucestershire to contribute to the growth potential identified in the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

OBJECTIVES

  • Help retain more of the brightest art and design students in Gloucestershire.
  • Create a countywide approach to art and design, from funding to promotion.
  • Help support promotion of the local creative sector outside the county.
  • Close the gap between the art and design sector and secondary schools in the county.
MembersMembers
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Mike Curran
  • Louise Bardgett – Create Gloucestershire
  • Bill Burford – University of Gloucestershire
  • Anne Dawson – University of Gloucestershire
  • Julie Finch – The Cheltenham Trust
  • Nicky Godding – NK Media Ltd
  • Jane Jenkins – Gloucestershire College
  • Pippa Jones – Create Gloucestershire
  • Hollie Smith-Charles – Gloucester Culture Trust
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Energy

Members

AIMS

In partnership with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College:
Ensure that energy and low carbon matters are given prominence in LEP strategic planning and project development, allowing the LEP to put initiatives in place that help support and grow the energy and low carbon economy, and encourage the adoption of measures to improve energy use by businesses.

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide representation of energy sector businesses in Gloucestershire.
  • Support the LEP in ensuring that the GREEN project is able to deliver its ambitions to support the skills needs of the growing low carbon energy sector.
  • Inform and support activities to create and retain jobs in the sector.
MembersMembers
  • Chair: Andy Slaney – SGS College
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Karen Campbell
  • Kris Atkins – Sustainable Direction
  • Mike Brain – Severn Wye
  • David Evans – Schneider Electric
  • Christopher E Gleadle – CMG Consultancy
  • Richard Hellen – Hermes Energy Services
  • John Henry Looney – Sustainable Direction
  • Matt McKerrow – McKerrow Engineering
  • Jeremy Miller – Spirax Sarco
  • Helen Pearce – BEIS
  • George Ridd – SGS College
  • Rebecca Steele – Ecotricity
  • Peter Wiggins – Gloucestershire County Council
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Retail, Tourism and the High Street

Members

AIMS

Positively contribute in a timely fashion to the success of retail businesses within Gloucestershire.

OBJECTIVES

Bring together the best retail knowledge and operational experience in the county and share great retail practice.
Devise practical and simple initiatives to support the key identified challenges facing retailers, both current and future.
Promote career opportunities and training development within retail.
Be the conduit for new developments, particularly in digital technologies.
Continue to support the LEP’s delivery of the pathfinder objectives.

To help meet these objectives, our retail business group has developed an innovative retail toolkit to breathe life into the county’s high streets. Click here to find out more about our retail toolkit.

MembersMembers
  • Chair: Nigel Jobson – SuperGroup
  • GFirst LEP Lead: Mike Curran
  • Board Member Representative: Diane Savory – GFirst LEP
  • Polly Barnfield – Maybe*
  • Matthew Bird – Gloucester Quays Centre Manager
  • Kevan Blackadder – Cheltenham Business Partnership
  • Paula Burrows – Forest of Dean District Council
  • Gideon Darley – Stroud District Council
  • Jonathan Davies – Cirencester Chamber of Commerce
  • Sally Graff – Cotswold District Council
  • Dean Guston – Senior General Manager, The Greenway Hotel
  • Raphael Herzog – General Manager, Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester
  • Penny Manuel – SOHO Coffee Company
  • Chris Nyland – Nettl Gloucester
  • Jo O’Connell – Gloucestershire College
  • Katie Power – Tewkesbury Borough Council
  • Jason Robinson – Eastgate Shopping Centre
  • Ivan Taylor – Truscott Jewellers
  • Katie Tucker – Kingfisher Treasure Seekers
  • Adam Wassell – Gloucester City Council
  • Dorian Wragg – Bruton Knowles

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