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
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
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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