Local Business, Global Reach
Many leading national PLCs and diverse, innovative and specialist businesses are choosing to make their base in Gloucestershire, ranging from advanced manufacturing, financial services and pharmaceutical companies to animation and digital media businesses.As a result, the county is well placed for attracting inward investment, new start-ups and business expansion. Here’s how we’re helping to make the most of these opportunities.
Dr Diane Savory OBE DL
Chair of GFirst LEP
We’re proud that Gloucestershire is home to GCHQ, one of the three UK intelligence agencies that forms a crucial part of the UK’s national intelligence and security machinery, providing intelligence, protecting information and keeping our society safe and successful in the internet age.
Chairman, Mears Group
Gloucester is an excellent location for our company as the city has a highly skilled workforce within the sectors in which we operate. The city’s dynamic approach to regeneration and business support is seeing it become a leading contender within the South West.
We’ve got plenty to shout about when it comes to our economy. Not only is Gloucestershire home to many global brands covering diverse sectors, but also to thousands of thriving start-ups, with the best three-year business survival rate in England.
Did you know?
We’re pleased to announce that Gloucestershire has one of the highest rates of employment in the South West. The county also has the highest proportion of employees in export-intensive sectors of all LEPs alongside London.
Committed to developing our people
A major priority in our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) is skills development, particularly to plug the gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, where there is scarcity both at a county and national level. Completed in 2017, the Gloucestershire centre of excellence in Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear skills (GREEN), is a world-class centre of excellence for STEM training, providing workforce development training and apprenticeship opportunities based at the decommissioned Berkeley power station site.
Gloucestershire is already served by excellent rail and road transportation links, with easy access to the motorway networks and major routes, and is a gateway to the urban hubs of Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff and London. However, we’re working hard to make sure Gloucestershire is one of the most connected counties in the UK.
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.
27 February 2018
GFirst LEP Vacancy Strategic Business Manager
21 February 2018
Breaking News: Growth Deal Funding
Four major projects for the county have funding confirmed by GFirst LEP
10 January 2018
High profile coverage on BBC News for Cheltenham's new Cyber Park
GFirst LEP's CEO David Owen talks to BBC News about Cheltenham's new Cyber Park, which includes a £22m investment from the LEP.
3 January 2018
GFirst LEP has approved partners in the districts of Stroud and the Forest of Dean for the expanding Growth Hub Network
The Growth Hub is strengthening its presence in the county with confirmed partners Makespace@ the Malthouse in Stroud; and Vantage Point Business Village in the Forest of Dean.
20 December 2017
GFirst LEP Staff Vacancy - Enterprise Coordinator
GFirst LEP are looking for an Enterprise Coordinator to join our Education team.
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