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What We Do
We work tirelessly to promote economic growth in the county, create jobs and provide real opportunity for businesses in the region. We do this by developing roads and transport infrastructure throughout the region, launching organisations like The Growth Hub that offer invaluable business advice, and building training and education facilities that will promote Gloucestershire’s future champions.
Chief Executive, GFirst LEP
By 2022, Gloucestershire will be the county to have world class companies, a diverse business portfolio and a reputation for starting and strengthening great businesses.
How We Do It
In order to achieve our goals, we set a plan in motion. The Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) was submitted to the government in 2011, and outlines how we plan to grow the economy by 2022. Our aim is to drive growth of 4.8% GVA per annum, averaged over the period of the plan.
By following the SEP, we know that Gloucestershire will be home to even more world-class businesses and have a reputation for growing, attracting and retaining a diverse range of companies. The county will have the right skills and infrastructure to support business growth, and a reputation that attracts national and international companies to invest here.
In short, we’re making Gloucestershire the best place in the country for business.
Strategic Economic Plan
Our ambitious business plan outlines how we will drive our economy forward by 2022 to achieve growth of 4.8% GVA per annum.
The Gloucestershire Growth Deal
Since 2014, we’ve secured £101.69 million of funding, and we're using it to help Gloucestershire grow through groundbreaking projects.
Who Our Plans Benefit
Through our work, we’ve been able to provide funding for projects all over the county, working with a range of partners. From helping business start-ups get on their feet and rejuvenating our high streets, to building new educational facilities and improving our roads, we’ve got Gloucestershire’s best interests in mind.
How You Can Get Involved
29 June 2020
Gloucestershire Careers Hub to help transform careers education and support skills for covid recovery
Expansion of proven model supporting young people with their career decisions and the post-covid local skills agenda. Overall, more than 2,200 schools and colleges are to be covered by Careers Hubs – nearly half of all the state sector. Initially, at least 35 schools and colleges will be part of the new GFirst Careers Hub.
17 June 2020
Launch of High Streets Task Force
A package of support to help high streets to get back on their feet has been launched by central Government, coinciding with the shops reopening yesterday.
12 June 2020
Updated: Covid-19 Business Impact Survey
Almost 3 months since lockdown started, and the business landscape changed for everyone.
12 June 2020
Discretionary Business Grants now available across Gloucestershire
A new fund for Discretionary Business Grants is now live.
6 June 2020
Contractor appointed to start landmark transport scheme
We are delighted to annouce that Gloucestershire County Council has appointed Knights Brown as the contractors to bring the first half of our West Cheltenham Transport Improvement Scheme (WCTIS) to life.
4 June 2020
New regional COVID testing centre in the county
New regional COVID testing centre to operate at Hempsted Meadow Gloucester from 5 June.
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