The SEP enables us to support businesses and develop the skills of workers in high-growth sectors, including helping start-ups to grow and maximising the connections and opportunities of the motorway corridor.
We’re already putting the plan in action, achieving great things for Gloucestershire. In October 2014, we opened The Growth Hub, the first stop for business support in the county, and, in December 2016, we opened GREEN, the Gloucestershire Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear Skills Centre. Farm491, a state-of-the-art space for agri-tech innovators, was opened in June 2017, and we’re also implementing a Growth Zone, ensuring the availability of quality employment land in proximity to the M5 motorway and enabling excellent connectivity throughout Gloucestershire and the rest of the UK.
Facts and Figures
growth to Gloucestershire by 2022
jobs being created by the SEP
jobs protected by our plans
Dr Diane Savory OBE DL
Chair, GFirst LEP
Our business plan has ambition and drive, stretching goals and supporting evidence to satisfy the most testing of challenges. We believe that, with the right support and funding, it holds the key to achieving successful growth in Gloucestershire.
The SEP was submitted to the government in March 2014 to request Growth Deal funding. In July 2014, we had secured the full £62.5 million of Growth Deal funding we requested, followed by an additional £15 million in January 2015, and £29.13 million in February 2017.
You can download the SEP, its appendices and any supporting documents by clicking on the buttons below. To find out how we’re putting the SEP into action, visit our projects page.
Facts and Figures
apprenticeship opportunities being created
qualifications being achieved
new homes being built
Strategic Economic Plan
Our Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire
Appendices to GFirst LEP's Strategic Economic Plan
Annual Report 2017
Building on success
Gloucestershire Skills Statement
This document outlines how we'll improve the Gloucestershire economy through skilled workers
Skills Statement Evidence Base
Our evidence base for the Gloucestershire Skills Statement
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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