Current Calls for Funding
There are currently several calls for funding open as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) strategy. Click on the button below to view our latest calls.Find Out More
GFirst LEP has been awarded £8.4 million from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Growing Places Fund to set up a revolving infrastructure investment fund for Gloucestershire. This fund is designed to stimulate local economic growth by targeting investment to deliver the infrastructure needed to unlock constrained and stalled development sites, and help to realise potential development value, new jobs, housing and regeneration.
Latest News: Since commencement of the infrastructure investment fund in 2013, varied projects in Gloucestershire have benefited from investment awards from the fund. Projects include; Honeybourne Gate retirement home complex in Cheltenham, Gloucester Motorway Services on the Southbound M5, Gloucester Park View extra care facility, Gloucester Transport Hub, the re-location of Stroud Metal Company in Stroud and Shield House Data Centre, Gloucester, all of which are at different programme stages.
The GFirst LEP, working closely with Gloucestershire County Council, continues to welcome expressions of interest for potential projects. Investment funding awarded to successful applicants will typically take the form of an interest free repayable loan. Gloucestershire County Council’s Economic Growth Team, provides programme management support for the investment fund. The Programme Management Team is contactable for further information on email@example.com
As well as meeting current fund commitments, there may be an opportunity to consider one or two smaller projects. Potential future projects are required to meet a broad set of qualifying criteria, recognising that the main purpose of the revolving fund is to help bring forward key developments/development sites and stimulate sustainable local economic growth. Potential projects that may wish to be considered for this fund, can contact the Programme Management Team for an informal chat and details of the current available funding position.
Further information about the infrastructure investment fund including details of the application process and the arrangement terms which includes a processing fee for the agreed loan, can be found within the links in the download bar below.
The Gloucestershire LEP Investment Panel usually meets quarterly and acts in an advisory capacity to make investment recommendations to the LEP Board. The Panel also reviews and monitors the programme and investment portfolio for the Infrastructure Investment Fund. The LEP Board has responsibility for making the final decisions on investment funding for this scheme.
Investment Panel Members
The Panel is made up from private sector and public sector representatives.
Chair: David Owen – GFirst LEP
Vice Chair: Jon Whitbread – Harrison Clark Rickerbys (Business Membership Group)
Chris Mears – Santander (Banking Sector Group)
Nick Upton – Nicholas J Upton & Partners (Construction & Infrastructure Sector Group)
Richard Hellen – Hermes Energy Services (Energy Sector Group)
Nick Haines – Hazlewoods (Business & Professional Sector Group)
Di Pitts – Handelsbanken (Banking Sector Group)
Stephen Limbrick – Roberts Limbrick (Construction & Infrastructure Sector Group)
Adrian Rowley – Alder King (Corporate Property Group)
Andrew Hopcraft – National Composites Centre (Design & Manufacturing Technologies Group)
Graham Clark – Countryside Land Owners (Rural Group)
Mark Ryan – Gloucestershire Airport
Catherine Turner – Homes & Communities Agency (Government Agency)
Nigel Riglar – Gloucestershire County Council
Kaye Turner – Gloucestershire County Council (Accountable Body)
Mike Dawson – Tewkesbury Borough Council
Tim Atkins – Cheltenham Borough Council
Philip Ardley – Gloucester City Council
Executive Support to the Panel is provided by officers from the Economic Growth Team within the County Council.
Investment Panel Meeting Dates
30 January 2018
20 March 2018
22 May 2018
24 July 2018
20 November 2018
GIIF Guidance Notes
These guidance notes provide further information about applying for GIIF funds.
GIIF Expression of Interest Form
To apply for GIIF funds, download and complete this form.
GIIF Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more about the GIIF in this document.
GIIF Governance Flow Chart
Updated 22 September 2017
13 December 2017
Meet the Future
On Tuesday 5th December, GFirst LEP hosted a question time panel event at EDF Energy in Barnwood. Green Gourmet Founder and Executive Chair, Adam Starkey, Gloucestershire’s leading futurist, chaired the event. Other guest speakers included; Rob Loveday, Nigel Jobson, Lorrin White and John Henry Looney.
12 December 2017
New European Funding Call Open for Specialist Support for the Manufacturing Sector
The European Regional Development Fund call offers up to £500,000 to organisations to deliver specialist business support for the manufacturing sector.
12 December 2017
New Growth Hub and Business School Topping out Ceremony
Last week GFirst Staff and board members attended a Topping Out ceremony at the top of the new Growth Hub and Business School. Topping Out is a ceremony that marks the structural completion of a building, it is performed to ensure that no evil spirits are trapped in the building when the envelope is sealed, and that prosperity and good luck for the future will ensue. It takes place when the highest point of the building is reached and provides an opportunity for client, design team, contractor and workforce to toast the success of the building.
6 December 2017
Grant funding up to £170,000 now available for businesses in rural Gloucestershire
Why not come along to one of the workshops to find out more? 11th January 10am to 12pm – The Kings Head Hotel, 24 Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NR 24th January 10am to 12pm – Vantage Point, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0DD
15 November 2017
Three new Board members join GFirst LEP
Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP are pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board members; Deborah Potts, Russell Marchant and Jenny Raymond. This follows an open recruitment process where nearly 100 local business leaders applied.
23 October 2017
GFirst LEP Procurement Opportunities
Having completed the delivery of a new Digital Infrastructure for the Growth Hub Network, part of which was a new website that empowers SME businesses to seek independent and impartial business support, we are now looking to enhance that experience by providing business owners with more tools to identify the areas of support that are relevant to them and to encourage a more empowered Gloucestershire business community.
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