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.
18 October 2017
GFirst LEP collaborate with Cybersecurity company PixelPin
GFirst LEP has collaborated with Cybersecurity company, PixelPin, to provide secure access to the Growth Hub’s online business support services.
4 October 2017
GFirst LEP Annual Review 2017
We’d like to say a big thank you to those that our attended our sixth Annual Review event at Rush Skate Park, in Brimscombe, Stroud.
21 September 2017
Get to Know GFirst LEP
Discover how GFirst LEP is transforming Gloucestershire's economy.
16 September 2017
High Impact Export Support for High Growth SMES
Gloucestershire is home to major exporters such as Prima Dental and Renishaw, however as identified in the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership Structural and Investment Funds Strategy, there is evidence that productivity has slowed.
10 September 2017
New Call ERDF
The following European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) call is now open for partners to begin the application process. This call invites proposals that support inward (foreign direct) investment into the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership area. The budget for this call is £500K. The closing date for submissions is 10th November 2017.
29 August 2017
Private Sector & Voluntary/Community Sector Board Member
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