As a Local Enterprise Partnership, we’ve been tasked by the government to provide the strategic leadership necessary to set economic priorities and create the right environment for business and growth.
In our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), we’ve committed to providing the county with a highly employable and economically productive workforce by 2022, which meets the needs of local businesses and high-value growth sectors.
To achieve this, we’re doing the following:
Our integrated approach stimulates the demand for skills provision for school, college and university leavers, enabling interested parties to meet the needs of our local industry by providing the right number of places in the right skills areas and at the appropriate level.
The Gloucestershire Skills Statement, published in March 2017, outlines our vision and aims for bridging the skills gap and stimulating growth as a result.
Facts and Figures
jobs created from the A40 project
jobs created from the Cyber Business Park project
secured for the Forest of Dean
GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire County Council and other Gloucestershire local authorities established an Employment and Skills Board in summer 2017. The board provides a link between the workforce and training needs of local employers with the provision of local education, training and skills providers in the county to ensure there are strong matches between them.
The first meeting of the board took place in October 2017. The board will meet every quarter. An evidence base has been produced to aid discussion and decision making. The document can here found here.
Board members currently include:
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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