GFirst LEP is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, probity and accountability in the delivery of its services. We do not tolerate any such malpractice, abuse or wrongdoing and invite employees and others whom we deal with who have concerns about what is happening at work to come forward and voice those concerns. GFirst LEP encourages a free and open culture in its dealings between its officers, employees and all people with whom it engages in business and legal relations. In particular, we recognise that effective and honest communication is essential if malpractice is to be effectively dealt with and GFirst LEP success is ensured.
To encourage a culture of openness and allow employees with serious concerns to blow the whistle, we have a whistleblowing procedure/policy to encourage and protect our staff. We do not tolerate any harassment or victimisation (including informal pressures) and will take appropriate action to protect whistle blowers who raise a concern in good faith.
If you are unsure whether to use this procedure or require independent advice at any stage, you may contact Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity see www.pcaw.org.uk
For more information on this policy, please contact our Office Manager – email@example.com
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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